“As you get older, you realize that adults are making it up as they go”

A man holding a hammer while forging on an anvil in a workshop.

False.

There is a massive difference between someone who is competent and someone who is not.

Try talking with a customer service person who does not understand the product. Or getting a hair cut from a barber who hasn’t practiced enough.

When someone tells you adults are making it up, they’re trying to motivate you. But their message is, “fake it until you make it”.

Faking it until you make it not only feels bad; it also doesn’t work.

Instead, get competent. Develop your craft. Work persistently and consistently to get better.

It happens slowly, over time. But eventually, you’ll be competent, and the right people will recognize you for it.

Is escaping from your problems a bad idea?

A boy running through nature towards a city.

We can think of a life as a never-ending series of problems for us to solve. How do you like to handle these inevitable problems?

Roughly speaking, I see three ways to deal with problems:

First, you could ignore your problems. I try not to.

Second, you could escape from them. Some ways I do this include visiting the sauna, reading before sleeping, watching a TV series, or playing a video game on my tablet. When you choose to escape, you deliberately distract yourself. You fill your head with something else than your problems.

Third, you could meet your problems head-on. Some ways I do this include meditating, going for walks, thinking while I ride my bike, and talking to friends or family about the problem.

Sometimes people suggest that I meet all problems head-on, rather than escaping. But as far as I can tell, temporarily escaping from your problems, in a limited way, can help me stay relaxed and relatively stress-free.

Maybe I’m wrong, though. Maybe the key to happiness is acknowledging and addressing all problems, without any running away. What do you think?

Yours,

— Peter

Shitty first drafts

A laptop, phone, coffee mug, and notepad and pen on a desk.

Ever heard of “shitty first drafts”?

The idea is that when you’re creating something, you draft the entire thing before you go back and improve parts of it. In other words, you create a shitty first draft.

For a (rehabilitating?) perfectionist like me, it’s painful.

But it works. I recorded ten videos for my upcoming course today. Am I happy with all of them? No. Are they done? Yes!

And now everything feels different. The pressure is off. I can focus on improving the videos I already have. For some reason, that feels worlds different than creating the first version.

Not sure why, but I’m rolling with it… and maybe you should roll with it next time, too.

Yours,

— Peter

Question: how do you like to consume content?

A man wearing headphones while sitting in front of a laptop.

I’ve been at this daily content creation for nearly a year now and, to be honest, I’m getting tired of it.

Daily creating was great for me initially, because it destroyed any of the hangups I had about getting my content out there.

Now I’m looking forward to creating more long-form content. I want to explore certain topics more deeply and I want to collaborate more in my content.

Before I do, though, I need your help.

Can you tell me—just reply or leave a comment—through which media you like to learn?

  • Blog posts
  • Communities (forums, Slack channels, FB groups…)
  • Ebooks
  • Online courses
  • Podcasts
  • Webinars
  • Videos
  • Other, namely…

Check all that apply! 🙂

Yours,

— Peter

You can make extra money with an online course (plus 7 course topic ideas)

A lesson from Peter's online course on OmniFocus.

I’m working on my first-ever online course. And I’m fucking pumped about it!

My working title for the course is How to Set Up and Use OmniFocus 3 to Get Stuff Done.

Why am I creating an online course?

I’d like to make some extra money. And I’m very good at teaching people how to use OmniFocus. So I figured: let’s monetize that skill!

You can create an online course too. It’s really easy and you can make some nice extra money.

But you might be thinking: “What do I know that I can teach people?” Well, here’s some inspiration:

  • How to create your first budget for recent graduates
  • How to get your first data science job
  • How to demonstrate your programming expertise by sharing an open source project on GitHub
  • How to list your first apartment on Airbnb
  • How to get a good night’s sleep while having young kids
  • How to make your first appearance as a DJ at a house party a success
  • How to make sure your first-ever scuba diving gear set will last you ten years

Here’s how you create your first course:

  1. Sign up for a two-week free trial with Podia, the best online course platform. (If you dig into it, two weeks is enough time to create a short online course!)
  2. Write a sales page that explains the one key thing people will walk away with after taking your course.
  3. Share your sales page on social media.
  4. Add your course content with Podia’s visual editor. (You can simply type your lessons or shoot and upload videos. You can also add quizzes or files. Super easy.)
  5. Price your course—maybe around $50 for a starter course.
  6. Publish your course with one click.
  7. Promote your course on social media.
  8. Make money! 🤑 💰

Keep your first course short, simple, and focused. Sell it, learn from it, and repeat.

What do you have to lose? Seriously, sign up with Podia now.

Yours,

— Peter

P.S. If what you have to lose is Netflix time, or beer-drinking-with-friends time, then what are you waiting for?!