DeveloPassion's Newsletter #126 - 40

Edition 126 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #126 - 40

Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois, your host (I'm on Twitter). You're receiving this email because you signed up for DeveloPassion's Newsletter. Thank you for being here with me ✨

Welcome to the 126th edition

Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩

I turned 40 yesterday. As I write this edition of my newsletter, I have been roaming the earth for 14600+ days. It seems that it's a pivot age and a big source of anxiety for many people. It's not really the case for me. I see life as a river. I'm just going along the path like everyone else. And "milestones" such as this one aren't that meaningful to me. Instead of worrying about something I can't control, I prefer to focus on what I can influence, such as my financial freedom and my happiness in general ;-)

Apart from that, I worked some more in the lab!

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

As my PKM coaching sessions have great success, and as many of the people I coach also seem to enjoy the Obsidian Starter Kit, I've decided to put more priority on my video course. I've prepared the course outline and shared it on Twitter. This course will be an upsell for the starter kit. Once I release this, I will work on additional ones:

  • One dedicated to Obsidian
  • A broader one only focusing on PKM ideas, concepts, workflows, etc

My goals are simple:

  • provide more value to everyone interested in Personal Knowledge Management (PKM)
  • help more people discover PKM
  • improve my flywheel
  • increase my revenue

It's also a way to force myself to hit the Record button more often, as I'm still struggling with video.

I didn't find enough time to work on Knowii this week.

New articles

I've published two articles this week.

The first one is about the value of gratitude:

Be grateful for the small things too
In this article, I want to discuss gratitude, and how it (really!) helps look back with a different mindset. Introduction What do you see when you look back? Do you remember everything clearly? What stands out? Do you remember what made you happy yesterday? Last week? What about last month

In the second one, I explain how I use my daily notes to capture information, as well as my knowledge ingestion process:

How I use daily notes
An overview of how I use daily notes and how I extract knowledge from those.

Quotes of the week

  • The future of work is spending more time with family — Adam Nathan
  • The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new — Socrates

Book of the week

One book that I want to read soon is Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software by Steven Johnson.

Thinking and learning

How cool. Apparently, the Brain Maps Out Ideas and Memories Like Spaces.

Advice Expires
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Great Writing is Invisible
Helping the hallucination
The new academy: modern intellectuals are writing their best ideas on Substack
Welcoming Richard Dawkins to Substack
What is your book-reading workflow?
by u/noobinPython in Zettelkasten

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

20 Best SaaS Books on Starting a Profitable Software-as-a-Service Business in 2023 - Stratoflow
Explore the ultimate list of the 20 best SaaS books to kick-start a profitable software-as-a-service business in 2023 and achieve success.

Real sad news from Dagobert this week:

Shutting down our startup after 5 years
My wife and I decided to give up on our startup Logology. It was a tough decision to make, especially after spending 5 years and almost all of our savin…

I love the approach of Rosie Sherry:

Rosie Sherry on LinkedIn: I'm going for less is more. Shipping every day. For no pushy fomo. No…
I'm going for less is more. Shipping every day. For no pushy fomo. No promotional growth hacks. For respecting people's inboxes. For minimalism. For the…


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