🧠 — I've thought about stopping this newsletter...

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Writing iz Hard (But Worth It).

Hey friends!

This is the second week that I've found myself running behind on this weekly newsletter and I feel a little bit bad about that.

... but nearly enough to apologize.

And, that's kind of the point. I'm so fucking busy right now (and I know that you are as well) and so I've been in a very intense season of trying to prune the bullshit...

... but, this newsletter isn't bullshit—it's just de-prioritized among the many other things that are a bit more pressing.

Then, you might argue, okay... so, only do the things that are the most pressing. This feels logical and could serve as a real prioritization strategy, but, growth happens "in the margins" — not as often as we might believe when we're in the shit (and under pressure).

Because in the moment, it's all just action, reaction, real-time changes, on-the-fly. There's no time for learning and no need for "education" — that'll come after things settle down and you have time to process the events and see them for what they were (if you can).

True growth happens when we take the necessary and intentional time to take a step back and review our work, as plainly as we can. Don't beat yourself up about it and don't overly-praise it — it's all just work. It's all just "stuff" that you did. No need to get all hot-and-bothered about it or think of it more than it actually is.

There's nothing sexy about sending 300 emails a day to folks all around the world.

It (seems) really sexy, though, if you share on twitter how you're fucking crushing that inbox like whoa.

Same difference? Maybe. Semantics? Sure.

So, here's the point: Writing is a slow and laborious process. It's not meant to be fast — it just simply can't. That's why writing is one of the best places for us to have those moments of respite, relaxation, and reflection. This is also why I ask my team, every single week, to share a few thoughts in a dedicated slack channel so they can intentionally slow things down, reflect, and socialize any learnings that they've had in the week that just finished.

It's one of the coolest weekly ceremonies that we do!

Anyways, let me know if you have any other rituals — I'd love to try them out!

(And no, I'm not going to quit this newsletter... although, I may change the delivery system...)

To infinity and bitcoin.

John Saddington
Chief Cartridge Blower (CEO of YEN)

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