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Document Your Worst as Well as Your Best

You can learn a lot from your darkest times.

Hey creator,

I hope you had a fantastic week and you’re planning an amazing weekend ahead. Today I’d like to share some perspective about life and why I think you should document the worst as well as your best.

Let’s dive in.

What Happened?

This week I got an alarming wake up call that we all should have our own business and take care of our own livelihood instead of giving the reins to someone else.

I can’t share the details while the incident is still happening, but let’s just say my lifestyle is significantly worsening because of this change.

I’ll have to learn to live on 33% of my usual income.

Thankfully, I’m paying rent to my father instead of a stranger so things could be more flexible.

What Am I Doing About It?

If there’s one thing this incident taught me, it’s that we need to focus on speed instead of perfection. Do the thing before you’re ready.

Up until this point, I was building a course about Podcast Interviewing. I wanted to make the course perfect. Now? I don’t care. If I manage to get it out there fast enough and then improve it later, I may yet offset some of the loss of income I’m about to incur over the next few months.

Even if it’s just a couple hundred dollars more every month it’s still money I could use.

What Can You Learn From This?

Well, imagine today something unexpected happens that makes you lose 66% of your whole income for the next couple of months. Imagine you don’t have savings so now you need to survive on a tight budget.

What do you do?

Have you been building something? It’s time to speed it up. If you’ve been focused on editing the thing just right, change tactics. Focus on shipping it before it’s ready. Focus on making it useful, not perfect.

If you’re working on a course, you could always improve it later. People who get your course now could always get the updated material later.

Thank You For Reading!

I’m considering offering some paid services based on my skills in software engineering, blogging, YouTube and more. If I can help you somehow, please don’t hesitate to reply to this email and tell me how.

I would love to hear from you about anything, really.

Thank you for being here.

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