Day 27: Getting some progress

🧙‍♂️ Interesting Reads

🤔 How to build the next Trello and sell it for $425 million or more

This is an interesting article exploring how Trello found a cosy spot in the bottom segment of the multi-billion dollar project management market. I've been posting interesting links in a private telegram group about business reads. A junior of mine, who works with me at the same startup as software engineers discussed about the potential of the company we worked for. My mind somehow found a connection to Trello and I shared this.

💸 Why Trello Failed to Build a $1 Billion+ Business

I sent the other Trello article to one of my friends who is one of the smartest people I know to talk about business. Within a minute, he threw this link back at me. It paints another picture on top of the supposed $425M success Trello had. They could have been more successful and here's the article that expounds on how.

🧠 Roam's White Paper

The future of Roam and it's place in advancing how we organize our thoughts is in this white paper. If it doesn't excite you, I don't know what else to say.

🤔 Thoughts and Feelings

Work Happier

It makes me happy when I do good work that builds up to something greater. It's like i'm laying bricks for a nice house I envision i'm building.

It takes discipline and commitment to finish building a big house – heck, construction workers take months to build million dollar fancy homes.

Whatever I learnt about running a business through the hundreds of articles and books I have read about it, they mean nothing until I have applied these theories by executing and getting results.

Only by executing and getting results will I be able to gain credibility.

That credibility allows me to encourage my friends and my girlfriend to try the advice I have for them. Credibility makes the advice I give more weight in their minds – enough to at least inspire them into trying it out. Afterall, this is why we look at successful people like Bill Gates, Richard Branson and the like. Through their exemplary accomplishments, we strive to follow in a similar path. We give more weight to the words they say. If they gave a piece of advice, people are more likely to listen to it.

I want to be in a similar position and gain that sort of respect and credibility to help more people get out of their rut.

But first I have to get out of my rut.

Whether I like it or not, people look at credibility before deciding if an advice is worth listening to 🤷‍♂️

Intellectual Loneliness

I feel lonely whenever I write or share things I think might be helpful to others, and no one looks at them.

There is a strong inner desire to talk about something I have read – an online article or a book – with others and hearing their thoughts about it. It makes what I'm reading more interesting. I get to learn about the different perspectives about the same things we are reading.

Writing has been something I do daily the past few weeks. Yet, whenever I share my works over telegram or twitter and no one replies me, I can't help but feel that they probably didn't like it.

Did they find it bad or distasteful. Or nonsensical. Or... maybe they were thinking:

"I don't know what he's talking about"

Not knowing how I can improve scares me. My subconscious succumbs to an inferiority complex – do they think I'm stupid?

How can I get more people to engage with the content I create? 😢


It feels so sureal.

I felt so stressed and angsty about all the school projects that won't help me with my future career goals.

But I started working on my side project, Young Makers and I remembered the lessons Paul Jarvis shared in his book, Everything I Know. I didn't strive for perfection. Instead, I worked on the small bits that I knew i could get done.

So here it is. There is more work to do before Young Makers launches. But I'll take some time to feel grateful I got things moving.

Leave me some love

I don't know if this means anything to you, my dear reader. But if you read what I wrote above properly, you will know how much it means to me to engage with people who read what I write.

I want to know your thoughts and feedback. If you could be so kind as to leave me some of these, I'll be very grateful and happy.

Send them to me via Telegram or a tweet!

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