Don't let others tell you what you can't do

Around three years ago, I was living in London. I had pretty traumatic events while living there, so I decided to go to Thailand for a while (but that’s another story).

One of the things that I remember while in London is that I was trying to help the company I worked for. There was a couple of times where I jumped in and wrote something to help.

They never said anything. Just ignored it. I felt that they were looking at each other silently, saying, “why this Spanish developer is writing, this is ridiculous. What does he think he is?”. Nobody said that to me, ever, but that’s what I felt from the environment.

And there is some truth to that. Yes, I’m Spanish. Yes, I’m a developer. Yes, my grammar is not brilliant.

And?

Because they put those tags on me and put those tags on myself, I decided that I shouldn’t write in English. Because, you know, who am I to do so?

So, I tried to write in Spanish, but I wasn’t getting any feedback from it. I didn’t know where to post. There wasn’t a community of people that I liked. I like the community around business, makers, startups in English. I was enjoying reading and listening to podcasts, but… I couldn’t participate because I thought so or because a group of people made me feel that I couldn't do it (my fault).

But in the past weeks, I wrote some trendy articles.

Writing is not about having perfect grammar. Yes. Those things would help, but they can be improved with time, practice, and perseverance.

Do you know how many people said to me: your writing sucks!?

Zero.

In fact, I have at least 20/30 comments saying the exact opposite—even some direct messages on Twitter from top-performance encouragement to write more.

So, no matter what people have said to you. No matter what you have said to yourself. Or what others made you believe. If you want to do something, do it. Who cares what others think.

I’m writing now. So, go and do what you want to do.

If people said to you that you are a bad designer, a bad writer, that you are not made to be an entrepreneur. It doesn’t matter. Find your way.

There are no rules. If others were successful using skills that you don’t have or talents you don’t have, it doesn’t matter. There are thousands of paths to achieving the same.

Find yours.

About this Newsletter

I started this publication after writing an article that got very popular. I did it without thinking too much.

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about what would be the ideal content to share here. I was looking for the intersection between fun for me to write and useful for you to read.

Today I just thought that this publication would be perfect as a journal for my main goal in life: freedom.

I don’t believe in money in absolute terms. For example, I make a good amount of money as a developer, but that keeps me attached to my computer. That’s not freedom to me. What I am looking for is to do with my time what I want (writing, traveling) and not having to answer to a boss.

You probably already know what I am talking about it.

Would you be interested in reading my journey as I go about it?

What’s the plan:

I basically came up with the idea of creating the next to start making money:

  • Writing a book about my failures (link). $10. I don’t think this will be ready until March/May next year.

  • Creating a video course on how to Master Reddit (link), $30 if you get it now and when release $50. I will probably record it next week.

  • Founders Circle (link). This is a community for founders to help each other when we launch something or to work together. I am still unsure about what tools we will be using, etc. It’d be $10/month for the first members and after $20/month. The idea is to create something small, like maybe 100/200 members max. So we can know each other and help each other.

  • A Technology Product, but I will tell you more about this in the future.

So, those 4 ideas are going to be my main focus for the next year. Creating, growing, writing, learning. I don’t know if I’ll make enough money to sustain myself from that, but this is the plan.

I will tell you all about it here in this newsletter.

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

PS. I started meditating again. It feels amazing.

PS2.: I didn’t forget about the 52-challenges for next year.

PS3: You can reply to this email and tell me anything you want.