This past week, I published my 100th consecutive daily blog post.
I've wanted to write online for years, but my perfectionism stood in the way: I wasn't sure what to write about and wasn't ready to open myself up to the potential criticism that comes from creating publicly.
So I hid.
But I wanted to challenge myself — to expand my surface area with the world and attract likeminded, curious people. Writing is thinking, and I also wanted to clarify my perspective by writing every day. I figured that would force me to set aside my perfectionism and help me build the habit.
Sometimes doing something every day is easier than just doing it occasionally.
So I published my first post and scheduled an event called "reevalatue blog" on my calendar for 100 days in the future. I knew I needed to commit long enough to see if the practice was worthwhile.
But I soon discovered that I didn't need the calendar reminder. The joy of creating and not just being a passive consumer on the internet soon outweighed any lingering trepidation I had.
Over the past few months, I've started to find my voice and have found that as broad as this blog is, it all ties back to a single idea:
By focusing on creating systems, we can sustainably scale our impact on the world.
My posts on system design and systems thinking started to touch more explicitly on this, and I'd like to highlight this line from the latter, because it's the current that runs through the rest of the blog:
The world is a collection of interdependent systems. And when we think holistically about how those systems interact, we’re able to bring about more meaningful change.
This idea extends in many different directions, so I wrote a list of the core, underlying principles that summarize the first 100 posts, which you'll find below. Each link takes you to an individual topic page, where you can read more. And if you'd like to view the full list of topics in one place, click here.
🤝 We can change our culture by leading it in a better direction.
⚪️ Simple is better than complex because it's more sustainable.
So I'm doubling down on publishing daily for the forseeable future, and can't wait to see what the next 100 days bring.
As always, thanks for reading.
Special thanks to @EmmaGZRoberts for reviewing this list of principles for me.