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- Day 28, 29 and 30: My Career Mistakes, 4 Newsletters on Personal Development and Newsletter Writing and My Reflections on Writing Daily for 30 days
Day 28, 29 and 30: My Career Mistakes, 4 Newsletters on Personal Development and Newsletter Writing and My Reflections on Writing Daily for 30 days
🎉 Greetings, everyone!
📆 Today marks the grand finale of Ship30for30. 🚀 From the moment I started publishing daily on July 13, with just a couple of missed steps along the way, this journey has been nothing short of exhilarating. 🌟
💪 Today, not only will I make up for those missed beats, but I'll also pour out my reflections on reaching this remarkable 30th day. 📝 But here's the thing: this moment isn't the crescendo; it's the ignition of something new and exciting. 🔥
I'd like to extend heartfelt gratitude to my wife and two daughters, as well as to my fellow readers and connections, for standing by me throughout this transformative journey. Your support has been my driving force. 🙌
Let's step into this next chapter together! 📚🌱
Day 28: 3 Mistakes I Made Early In My Career—And What I Would Have Done Differently
I have been working in Humanitarian Sector for almost 7 years.
And in that time, I've gotten to do a lot of cool things:
Worked in different organizations.
Worked with colleagues from different countries and gained international experience.
Deployed to other countries for emergencies.
There isn't much I would change about my journey.
But if I could go back, here are a few of the mistakes I made early on—and what I would have done differently:
Not able to determine my exact focus area: Initially, my career lacked a clear specialization. I spent years in MEAL and later shifted to Partnerships and Safeguarding, but without focused expertise. This divided my efforts and hindered my excellence. In hindsight, I'd have introspected earlier to pinpoint my passion and strengths, enabling me to specialize and contribute more effectively.
Inadequate Communication During Pressure Situations: Early on, I struggled with clear communication in high-stress scenarios. This led to misunderstandings and delays in emergency responses. Looking back, I see the need for better communication skills and concise messaging to enhance collaboration and mission success.
Trying to Please Everyone, Not Saying No: Initially, I aimed to help everyone and avoided declining tasks. This caused overcommitment and diluted my effectiveness. If I could redo it, I'd set boundaries and prioritize tasks aligned with my expertise, delivering better quality work, fostering relationships, and preventing burnout.
Day 29: 📚 Exploring the Gems: My Top 4 Newsletters for Personal Development and Writing
Newsletters, the literary companions I eagerly anticipate each day.
But in this vast sea of content, finding the ones that truly enrich my knowledge has been a journey of trial and error.
(A lot are a waste of time, unfortunately.)
Here's a peek into my coveted list of newsletters that make the cut:
1. Farnam Street (Brain Food Newsletter) Discovering Farnam Street has been like finding a treasure trove of timeless wisdom. With over 500,000 subscribers, it curates ideas that transcend time – from wealth creation to living a meaningful life. No political noise, just pure insight delivered every Sunday, helping me achieve unstoppable progress.
🔗 Subscribe: Farnam Street Newsletter
2. Sahil Bloom's Curiosity Chronicle Sahil Bloom's Chronicle is my daily dose of intellectual stimulation. Engaging and thought-provoking, it's a journey into the curious corners of the world. Each issue sparks my imagination and fuels my appetite for knowledge.
🔗 Subscribe: Curiosity Chronicle
3. Newsletter Operator by Matt McGarry and Newsletter Circle by Ciler Demiralp For aspiring newsletter writers, these two gems are a must-follow. Matt and Ciler generously share a wealth of information, helping me refine my craft. The insights they provide, for free, are like gold for anyone looking to dive into the world of newsletter creation.
🔗 Subscribe to Newsletter Operator: Newsletter Operator
🔗 Subscribe to Newsletter Circle: Newsletter Circle
In a world where time is a valuable asset, these newsletters have proven their worth. They're my trusted sources for personal development and writing inspiration. So, if you're seeking quality content that truly matters, give these a shot.
As my journey continues, so does my hunger for knowledge and growth. If you share this appetite, let's connect. And for more insights, reflections, and discoveries, subscribe to my newsletter.
Let's embark on this learning journey together! 📚💌 newsletter.selimuysal.net
🚀 Day 30: 30 Days of Writing: Unveiling My Transformative Journey
Joining forces with Dickie Bush & Nicolas Cole for the Ship 30 for 30 challange and digital writing course was my leap into uncharted waters. With a commitment to crafting and publishing 30 Atomic Essays in just as many days, I've navigated unexplored territories and unearthed some priceless gems along the way.
1. Consistency Unlocks Progress: Through the rhythm of daily writing, I've witnessed the mesmerizing dance between dedication and progress. Each day's effort accumulated into a remarkable tapestry of growth – not just in my writing skills, but also in the unwavering confidence that comes with consistent action. Small steps transformed into giant leaps, proving that showing up day after day is a powerful formula for evolution.
2. Embrace the Unknown: As I released pieces into the digital abyss, uncertainty became my unwavering companion. But with time, I realized that embracing this uncertainty is a ticket to unanticipated revelations. The essays I hesitated to share often found resonance among readers, reminding me that creativity blooms in the spaces where doubt is silenced. By pushing past the comfort zone of certainty, I've opened myself to endless creative possibilities.
3. Connect Through Personal Stories: The heart of my writing journey has been the infusion of personal tales and experiences. Through vulnerability, I've forged genuine connections with my readers. When I share stories from my life, I invite others to see themselves in my words, creating an intimate bond that transcends the digital realm. These stories are the threads that weave us together in this vast online tapestry.
With newfound clarity and momentum, my writing journey is far from over. I'm excited to announce that I'll be continuing to share insights, reflections, and stories each day.
If you're as passionate about this odyssey as I am, join me by subscribing to my newsletter. Through it, you'll not only stay updated but also delve deeper into the behind-the-scenes of this transformative writing expedition. 📝💌
Are you ready to embark on your own writing adventure?
Let's connect and discuss the infinite possibilities that await when you take that first step.
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Let's step into this next chapter together! 📚🌱