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About

Hi there! I’m John. Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I grew up in Cape Town and I currently live in Munich with my girlfriend and our dog. I’m an actuary at a large European insurer. The product I’m responsible for uses rewards to promote healthier living. In my free time you’ll catch me outdoors. I love trail running and hiking. I write about many things, but the main themes so far are philosophy, stoicism and the creator economy.

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Influences

Some of my favourite influences on Twitter (should see these names come up in my writing): @paulg @SamHarrisOrg @JamesClear @naval @balajis @jackbutcher @AliAbdaal @patio11 @clairlemon @tomosman @EricJorgenson @packyM

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Goals

Working on these 12 problems [https://www.johnnicholas.org/writing-12-problems/] . Some of my desired outcomes: * Complement my technical background with writing skills. * Writing for an audience of one, but I hope it adds value to other people's lives. * Expand reach. Instead of emailing the same people at work every day,

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Approach

Personal guidelines: • Have some fun. Add humour whenever I can. • Be sincere. • Learn in public. Serendipity x connections x just trying = luck. • Document my process, document what I’m learning. • This is for me. Writing for an audience of 1. Build a niche.

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