I haven't written for a while. Because I don't have idea about what I want to write about. Sometimes I think writing about bitcoin and how it has changed my life should do the trick but I have done that five times already. Then I think maybe about world cup but yours doesn't have that kind if readership get. Then maybe just maybe about my self improvement journey but it'd fail as people won't be interested in mine and I am improving anyway. So what's the point of even putting into it? So here I am, with my imaginary friend having abandoned me looking for some love and ideas and some validation. That is all.
 

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don't take this the wrong way, but putting up a $2 paywall when there's nothing behind might turn people off. if someone wants to send u $2, they can do it by tipping you directly.
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@Cain I have removed that. Thanks for the suggestion. The paywall was more like an experiment. I was like if I put content but there is issue of access as well and instead if having a parasol put everyone in free preview and have a purchase for those who can and want to buy, without the added benefit of getting access as I believe we shouldn't put up walls, will that work. But I get your point. If someone wants to contribute something they should voluntarily
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Dear UJ,
I have good news and bad news.
Bad news first: You may need to up your game. Try and keep at it for a reasonable period of time. Get feedback, assess progress, pivot if necessary, and keep going.
Good news: Time is on your side! I'm likely much older than you are, so please take this as a tough-love pep talk from someone who wants you to succeed. The following is based on my experience in figuring out how-to ignite a new career path in the last four years. (That is just to get to the level of “competent” enough to call myself an illustrator. I would not say I've reached mastery yet. Basically I'm able to communicate my message in the way I'd envisioned, most of the time. Sometimes it takes more than one try. For example, today I messed up my 100th day doodle and had to re-do it and am currently waiting for ink to dry. So I'm replying to you in the meantime!)
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More good news: It is possible to put in thousands of hours of deliberate practice (10, 000 hours is the most quoted number) and improve your skills in whatever you endeavour to do.
Bad news: The process of self-improvement requires that you accept your feelings of discomfort. If you are a beginner at anything, there is a large gap between starting and mastery. You may be practicing for years before gaining the kind of attention you may be seeking. (e.g. I drew and blogged for a good couple of years with *crickets*.) There's a lot of noise and you should not expect to be validated for simply adding to the noise. You need to develop your value proposition so that your signal is eventually strong enough to rise above the noise. There's an endless stream of free, cute and funny animal videos and entertaining animations on the internet. There are top-performers in various fields who are publishing free content (workout videos, makeup tutorials, etc. etc.) that provides value to anyone who is interested in consuming it.
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Good news: As you make progress through deliberate practice, you don't have to do it alone. You can either hang out with people in real life who help you to up your game, or you can hang out with them on the internet (as role models or unofficial mentors). Seek to connect with others and give value without expectation, and they may even help you along the way. Develop self-awareness. Action beats over-thinking.
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SOME RESOURCES. I don't pretend to be in the same league as the following people, but their content inspires me to up my own game (in relation to myself). Resist the temptation to compare your beginning to other people's middle or peak. I realize that most of them are white males (with corresponding privilege) but that doesn't mean that their messages or techniques/strategies can't be applied by anybody, including me or you:
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The Gap explained by Ira Glass (video by Daniel Sax, based on work of David Shiyang Liu. I've watched this video many times over the last several years as a reminder.)
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Other people/podcasts I've followed for years: Creative Pep Talk, The Unmistakable Creative, Chase Jarvis, Simon Sinek, Marie Forleo, Brene Brown, and many many TED talks.
People/podcasts I've discovered more recently, who are high on emotional intelligence: Lewis Howes, Jordan Harbinger, Tom Bilyeu (These guys have been around for a while, but I like to joke that I'm a few years behind on the internet. That's how much awesome free content there is out there!)
Best resources will be different in specialized fields, but these people talk about the overarching attitude, mindset and people skills that are helpful across disciplines. This is where the bar is set on the internet. It is high, but you have your own unique value proposition. It's your job to do the work and document your growth.
I prefer to informally hang out with these people (by listening in on their interviews with top performers, while I draw) over arguing with "Core shills" on Twitter.
Is it strange that I paid you to share these comments? (It seems a bit backwards, but today can be a backwards day.) :)
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Last one: The internet is an amazing tool and even more so with the integration of magic internet money (BCH) via Yours.org or The Money Button. The tools are a small part of the equation. The rest is work, and sharing your truth and journey. Nobody else can offer your unique perspective to the world.
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@Satoshi Doodles Wow man. Thanks.
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