DeveloPassion's Newsletter #142 - Clarity

DeveloPassion's Newsletter #142 - Clarity


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

Yet another week has passed. There's now less than 20% of the year left. That's not a lot of time. But 18.88% is not zero, meaning that there's still time to make meaningful progress!

Alright, let's gooooo 🚀

The lab 🧪

This week, I let my inspiration pull me forward. I worked mainly on the newly launched Knowledge Worker Kit. I have:

  • Prepared the outline
  • Started writing the part about "Clarity", which focuses on how to bring clarity to your life. It applies to Knowledge Workers too
    • Written about Values, and Principles, and how to combine them to create a Personal Manifesto
    • Written about goals (there's a free part linked below)

You might wonder why I'm starting to write this for knowledge workers. Well the thing is that, without clarity, no intelligent knowledge work is possible. It all starts there: clarity about your values, principles, goals and priorities!

Here's a small extract:


I've also updated and shared my own Personal Manifesto, using the approach I've included in the guide:


I will continue to explore ideas, topic by topic, sharing useful and valuable guidance, templates and resources along the way, as part of the content, but also with the private community:

There's a ton yet to be done, but I'm convinced that this will be a valuable product. I just need to convince a few more of you to start the journey with me.

Next week I'm going to write about SMART goals, life goals, time horizons, and more!

Apart from that, the lab was pretty quiet. I'm just glad that one more of you decided to support my work. Thank you so much ❤️

New articles

This week, I've published an article about the importance of setting and pursuing goals. It's a small extract of the Knowledge Worker Kit (just the introduction):

The Crucial Role of Setting and Pursuing Goals
Clarity is not only about values, but also about knowing what your goals are. In this article, I want to explore the reasons why setting and pursuing goals is essential for personal and professional success.

Quotes of the week

  • "If we don’t define enough, we default to more, which makes it impossible to understand when to say no"
  • "You want to be rich and anonymous, not poor and famous" — Naval Ravikant

Thinking and learning

On the explosion of Tools for Thought (TfTs): and

PKM (Part 1): The Explosion
PKM (Part 2): Landscape

An interesting video about Maps of Content (MoCs):

When we keep everything on paper, it was someone's job to organize it. Organizing information is quite the challenge. But the first step is to realize that organizing it will help:

22.00.0010 Manifesto part 4: Why aren’t we given training?║J•D
Johnny.Decimal is a system to organise projects (or your life, or anything else)

Storytelling matters to non-fiction too:

Nicole van der Hoeven on emergent note-taking:

Yet another wonderful Lex Fridman Podcast episode:

How six years of journaling affected one's life:

How 6 Years of Journaling Affected My Life (Self-Programming and Life Structure)
by u/AdamsText in productivity

It would be great to be able to avoid all the profit-driven manipulations:

Shields up
Years and years ago, I helped the Weekly World News make a book. While their periodical was weekly, it certainly wasn’t news. They were just four people in a small office in Florida. They gle…

Ready to get to the next level?

If so, then check out the Knowledge Worker Kit, the Obsidian Starter Kit, the Obsidian Starter Course, the PKM Library, a PKM coaching session with me, my collection of books about software development and the IT Concepts Wall 🔥.

If you want to discuss, then don't hesitate to join the Personal Knowledge Management community or the Software Crafters community.

About Sébastien

Hello everyone! I'm Sébastien Dubois (you can follow me on Twitter 🐦).

I'm an author, founder, and CTO. I write books and articles about software development & IT, personal knowledge management, personal organization, and productivity. I also craft lovely digital products 🚀

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