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A collection of my long-form essays.

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2022: A Year in Review

Hi there and welcome to my second public annual review! The Christmas holidays are a good time to play golf (if you're in the Southern Hemisphere), eat more than you should and reflect on the year that has been. I took a moment to look at diary entries, old newsletters

2022: A Year in Review
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Don't Create, Document

Before I started writing, I thought it was the exclusive domain of the pros. I thought you had to be extremely creative or original if you wanted to write. You either had to be as profound as Hemingway. Or you had to go to great lengths for your craft like

Don't Create, Document
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Become a Conversation Barista

I’ve been lucky to have a few meaningful, high-quality conversations lately. Talks that have left me brimming with energy and ideas. Discussions where I could have gone on talking for hours if I didn't have to head to the next appointment. Conversations where the topics and ideas bounced off

Become a Conversation Barista
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Run Your Newsletter Like a Restaurant

I believe more people should start writing online. Not only will you be better off for it (by increasing your luck surface area), the world will be a richer place for learning from your ideas. In this essay, I cover: 1. Why you should write a newsletter 2. How to

Run Your Newsletter Like a Restaurant
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Dealing With Feedback

Feedback is an important part of the writing process, but it can also be disheartening when you've laboured over a piece and it gets picked apart. While feedback is a valuable input for your writing, it shouldn’t hold you back from the ultimate goal, which is to publish your

Dealing With Feedback
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Build Your Own Website (with zero coding)

I believe more people should start writing online. Everyone has a life filled with stories of triumph and failure that others can learn from. Everyone has a bunch of ideas that deserve to see the light of day. By sharing your stories and ideas online, not only will it increase

Build Your Own Website (with zero coding)
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In Memory of Pacco

We laid Pacco to rest last Friday. It was a warm summer’s evening. The birds were chirping. A soft wind was rustling the leaves on the trees. He went to sleep peacefully in my and Jess’s arms. He had been diagnosed with a brain tumour towards the end

In Memory of Pacco
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The Fisherman's Guide to Writing

My friends who are writing-curious often ask me how to come up with ideas to write about. This is something I also struggle with from time to time. I encounter a sense of panic when I didn't know what to write about or what to put in my next newsletter.

The Fisherman's Guide to Writing
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Why I Write

I jumped on a call with a course mate from Write of Passage a month ago and he asked me the million-dollar question – why do I write? Here is what I told him. It comes down to three things: 1. Feeling grounded 2. Differentiating myself 3. Figuring out my purpose

Why I Write
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ROF: Return on Focus

We are all given a fixed amount of time per day. How we apply our focus determines our output. Similar to getting better returns on an investment (ROI), we can also gain from using our attention wisely, increasing our Return on Focus (ROF). You don’t need more time When

ROF: Return on Focus