Day 25

Pardon me if things get a bit messy in this reflection. I'm switching up the format to experiment with a few things:

  • as a way to share my thoughts with those who bother to read my writing. please, please chat me up if you like what i share


  • as a way to share interesting bits of information i come across while doing semi-random walks on the internet.

Everything I Know (Book) by Paul Jarvis

My key takeaways from this book so far are listed below

  • set a number to earn for the current year. Work hard in the first few months to make that amount you set. The moment the number is hit, spend the remaining months doing anything else other than work. It could be on hobbies / side projects?

  • Start now because perfection is the enemy of getting things done.

Random thoughts: Could I collect a list of essays and posts that inspired me to start? I could start with collecting all my thoughts in Roam on what made me move out of inaction. The goal is to write my journey in phases so that others may follow along. I'll eventually look at putting together a “indie hacking starter kit” (with all the useful links i keep) and use that to kickstart a community where everyone reminds each other to “keep doing” and help one another where we are stuck with something.

The Future of "Neuroscience"

These tools for increasing your productivity by helping you to manage your personal knowledge database are starting to grow steadily. At some point within the next few years, it might tip over into mainstream adoption.


Cedric praised me, I think.

I think your development speed for new ideas is inhuman

Daily Journalling Thoughts

How do I write my daily journal in a way that it behaves like a snapshot of my progress?

Should I start with a fixed template that will gradually evolve to become more compact but telling? Eg include Mood, Thoughts, Insporation / energy sources (quotes, books etc)

I want to do part of my daily journal like a snapshot because I want to be able to look back and see my progress in a more structured way. Structure allows you to see patterns despite chaos in your data.

Build a Second Brain and Sell It

Can roam allow me to build a second brain and sell access to it?

What’s the simplest way to do this? Building an MVP means I should use a virtual OS with my roam account logged in. Then it'll allow paid subscribers to browse my roam account with a virtual mouse (they can only click around) They can’t type anything which might mutate the documents and affect the integrity of my Second Brain's contents and structure which people paid for.

The caveat with this method is they can’t create flash cards or their own content for their own brain out of what I already have?

So I whipped out a proposal to Conor, the creator of Roam through a post titled Ideas for Roam. He liked my tweet but didn't DM me about it. I guess no one cares.

Second Brain Plans

  1. Allocate 30mins daily to decompress my mind

  2. Come up with a process to collate all that I have seen

  3. Start bookmarking / favouriting things I want to collate

  4. Use that list like a stack and de-queue it as I format and dump it into my roam brain

The goal here is to build connections between facts. Flash cards can be used to memorise these key facts. I can then draw on them to trigger a chain effect when recalling other memories related to it.

Consider the example from this newsletter by Superorganizers, How to Make Yourself Into a Learning Machine:

For example, memorizing all of the U.S. presidents is something that people might think is for show. But to me it’s actually really helpful to know who was president at a certain time because it allows you to connect the president with that time period. For example, take Reagan. If you know when he was president, you can say, Okay this was around the Cold War and it was towards the end of it, and his platform supported trickle down economics which was a very important idea in that time period. Memorizing these things means that if you’re talking about the U.S. in the 80s, you’ll remember that he was president, and all of those concepts come up. 

3 Takeaways for having a Second Brain

  1. I increase the amount of useful facts I know gradually (research has proven that you remember things for longer term if you use spaced repetition)


  2. Daily housekeeping to maintain connections and grow them.


  3. Making it practical by regularly using these facts and connections to write better articles. No more randomly hopping around to look for inspiration. Use the search tool to quick find 1 fact and look at all the connections to it to find related facts.


I Teared Up Last Night at 3AM

I really love the direction of where ReadWise and Reading Supply are going. I’ve seen their growth — they started with a small problem, with a big vision. Then they grew and grew, adding feature on top of feature based on real demand by early adopters. Now they are such beautiful tools in the education / neuroscience space (my dream industry that I want to build my wealth and impact upon)

All it takes is for you to start something and grow with it as a maker.

I want to be like them – starters, builders and growth minded people.

Those train of thoughts just made me feel that I need to work harder.

Mad respect for Jim, Tristan, Daniel Doyon and Michelle Pokrass. Thanks for being daring in chasing your passion and for building your side projects into great products. They are really an inspiration to me.

You brought me tears of inspiration.

I will get there soon.

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