DeveloPassion's Newsletter #135 - New friends

Edition 135 of my newsletter, discussing Knowledge Management, Knowledge Work, Zen Productivity, Personal Organization, and more!


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

As an indie hacker/bootstrapper, my motto is to enjoy the journey. I don't focus overly on the end goal, as it might be too far away, unreachable, and that would just make me frustrated all the time. Focusing on the fact that you're not reaching your goals is a recipe for disaster. So, instead, I focus on enjoying each and every day. I try to feel grateful for the little things too.

This week, I'm grateful for the time I could spend with my kids, instead of being stuck in an office 70km away from home. I've also decided to convert a part of my indie hacking revenue into a new friend called Zwan:

He's cute, right???! :)

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

This week, I've decided to spend more time to try and monetize this newsletter. There are two main ways I can do this: convince more of you to become paid subscribers, assuming you get value out of what I create for you, and want to get more/support my work. I try to do that regularly, but I don't want to be too demanding/annoying, and I can fully understand that only a tiny percentage of my readers are willing to do that.

The other way is to include paid promotions in the newsletter. This is something I've been thinking about for a while. I've already accepted "exchanging" newsletter recommendations. But this time, I'm willing to try something different. Next week, a first promotion will be included. I will be very clear about the fact that it's a promoted space, so don't worry about that. I hope you'll understand that it's just another way for me to make my lifestyle more sustainable and get closer to my goal: being able to focus 100% of my energy on my indie efforts!

New articles

This week, I've published an article about eventual reciprocity, a concept that we should all keep in mind and use to be better humans and build leverage:

Eventual reciprocity
Eventual reciprocity is a long-term game that can help you build better relationships, accumulate trust, social capital, reputation, and has unexpected benefits.

Quotes of the week

  • "Doing well with money has a little to do with how smart you are and a lot to do with how you behave" — Morgan Housel, The Psychology of Money
  • "Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become" — James Clear, Atomic Habits

Thinking and learning

Harvard Business Review seems to agree with a point I've made recently, and even goes further. It's not only founders who should keep a journal. Actually, the more senior the job title, the more important it gets:

The More Senior Your Job Title, the More You Need to Keep a Journal
Being a CEO can be a lonely job–there is no obvious person in whom to confide. Keeping a journal can fill that void, by giving a new leader a chance for structured reflection of recent past events and decisions, and mental rehearsal for future ones. Despite the time and discipline it takes to keep a…

Clayton Miller goes a bit further about his current PKM system:

This is a further deep dive into why I use what I use in my PKM
This is a further deep dive into why I use what I use in my PKM. It is made up of different applications that fit together nicely though I can also compartmentalize them for varying mental states…

I couldn't agree more with TfTHacker. PKM tools should really help us all build and share workflows and templates:

Tool Makers Should Help us to Easily Share Workflows
Tools for Thought are known for having steep learning curves, which can overwhelm us as users.

Where good ideas come from:

Luckily, the Obsidian installer doesn't require admin rights. But if you really can't use it, here are some ideas about how you can use OneNote as an alternative:

Using OneNote, for when you can’t use Obsidian
Sacrilege!! Why would anyone want to use OneNote instead of Obsidian? Especially if you’re already an Obsidian user?? Well, most companies…

A cool collection of videos of Steven Johnson:

Indie Hacking and bootstrapping

An interview with Louis Pereira:

What we really compete with:

Jason Fried on LinkedIn: #competition #competitiveintelligence #spending | 88 comments
YOU ONLY COMPETE WITH ONE THING There's so much chatter and advice out there about how to handle "the competition". How much should you worry about them… | 88 comments on LinkedIn

How not to fail:

Jessica Livingston’s Pretty Complete List on How Not to Fail | Y Combinator
Here’s Jessica’s keynote from our third annual Female Founders Conference [], which brought together more than 800 women building women-led startups. Jessica has seen over 1000 companies go through YC and shares her learnings about what it takes to succeed as…
The independent path
Opting out of the default


Graph of Thoughts: Solving Elaborate Problems with Large Language Models
We introduce Graph of Thoughts (GoT): a framework that advances prompting capabilities in large language models (LLMs) beyond those offered by paradigms such as Chain-of-Thought or Tree of Thoughts (ToT). The key idea and primary advantage of GoT is the ability to model the information generated by…
Early days of AI
Rather then view LLMs, Transformers, and diffusion models as part of a continuum with past “AI”, it is worth thinking of this as an entirely new era and discontinuity from the past

An interview with George Hotz about Tiny Corp, which may bring us more weapons to fight against the AIs of tech giants, X, AI Safety, Self-Driving, AGI, etc: