DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Eventual reciprocity

DeveloPassion's Newsletter - Eventual reciprocity
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Welcome to the 63rd edition
Another week, another newsletter! I hope that you all had a great one 🤩
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This week I’ve been feeling quite lonely. It’s a weird feeling to be back in this frame of mind. It’s like a jump back in time for me. Back to my early twenties, when it was all I could think about. Luckily, I’m stronger than I was back then. I see life very differently. And while there’s certainly anxiety involved, I don’t want to let my fears dictate my (in)actions anymore. I will face those fears head-on.
The great news this week is that I’m in the process of negotiating a new contract as a freelancer. I apparently impressed them with my technical knowledge. It felt great to hear, even though my impostor syndrome tells me it’s all bullshit 😂. But anyway; yay me for passing the interviews 🎉
It’s an awesome opportunity for me to secure my current lifestyle for a bit longer. It’s a fully remote position, part-time (10-15 hours a week), and super flexible. Ideal for me.

The Lab 🧪
The lab has been really quiet recently:
Very low sales
When I look at this graph, thoughts that immediately emerge automatically often include “failure”. But I’m in it for the long game.
While the short-term stats look quite disappointing, I don’t worry too much. Instead, I focus on adding value. Day after day, week after week.
Speaking of which, this week I’ve added a few more articles to my Obsidian Starter Kit. As it grows, I realize that I’m working on something larger than a simple user guide. What I’m busy detailing is actually closer to a methodology. And it makes sense. I keep refining my process, and now I have a great excuse to clearly document it.
For now the Obsidian Starter Kit remains my main focus. I don’t have enough energy to do much more and prefer to avoid launching new experiments right now.
Eventual reciprocity
I’m confident that I’m accumulating “pieces” that will ultimately compound. Just like my articles. Every single one I write feels “ignored” at first. Then, slowly, views accumulate and people start sharing the link around. As this happens, the impact is amplified by the internal links. More people get to discover my articles, my newsletter, my posts, and my products. It’s the wonderful effect of the flywheels.
The negative feelings that arise as a result of the short-term lack of success are linked to the fact that we tend to hope for immediate success. We hope for immediate growth, immediate sales, immediate fame, and fortune. These illusions make us feel bad needlessly. They also push us to act rashly and make bad decisions.
I think it’s way more interesting to focus on long-term trends than on short-term variations.
For me, playing the long game is all about people and communities. I want to help “my people” be successful. And that means you. I want you all to succeed. I want to share whatever I know, whatever I learn, and whatever you need to move forward with your goals. In practice, that means giving away my time and energy for you. That means answering your questions on Slack, through Twitter DMs, via e-mails, etc. That means writing more articles to explain interesting concepts that can be useful to you. It also means creating new products that help you be more productive, more knowledgeable, better organized, etc. It means sharing as much as I can.
In summary, it means doing whatever is in my power to help you. And that starts with understanding. Because I can’t possibly help if I don’t know what you need most, or what’s the best thing I can do to bring value to you.
Playing the long game is also aiming for eventual reciprocity (thanks to Arvid Kahl for coining this term). This idea that someday, somehow, you’ll think about me in return. You’ll share a link with your friends. You’ll buy a product from me. You’ll read the books I wrote. In short, you’ll be there for me, too.
Playing the long game feels much more interesting and valuable to me. I prefer to build long-lasting relationships that bring a lot of mutual value over time than making a quick buck by selling to a stranger that will never even care about who I am.
Things I've learned this week
Some of the notes I've taken this week
This week an idea that I found fascinating is that “Innovation is rebellion until it succeeds”. It’s an insight shared by Jeffrey Snover, a Microsoft fellow that created PowerShell. In a recent tweet, he explained how he got demoted over his project at Microsoft. And today, PowerShell is one of the cornerstones of Windows and Microsoft tools.
Recent articles
Maps of Content (MoCs) for better Knowledge Graphs
Books corner
The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity
Quotes of the week
  • Nothing is worth more than today — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Tips of the week
Experience is not about knowing it all
How cool is that?!
A 3D Animated Roller Coaster Model in Excel
Thinking and learning links of the week
Obsidian Plugins that I use every day
Obsidian - Flow charts/Mind maps with Excalidraw
Tech links of the week
Google I/O 2022: Advancing knowledge and computing
Google I/O 2009 - The Myth of the Genius Programmer
Checklist - The A11Y Project