Obvious to you. Amazing to others.
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Hi friends,

This week I've discovered the work of Derek Sivers. An idea that resonated with me is what Derek calls "Obvious to you. Amazing to others."

Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them.

I’ll bet even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman felt that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious.

So maybe what’s obvious to me is amazing to someone else?

Hit songwriters often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.

We’re clearly bad judges of our own creations. We should just put them out there and let the world decide.

I've touched on something similar in my latest blog post, I wrote:

"It’s common to vastly underestimate the value of your knowledge, don’t assume that what you know is common when it’s not. We just believe it is because we can’t imagine not knowing it."

The point I'm trying to make is we should all be open to sharing our ideas, no matter how obvious to us they may feel.

Have a great week.


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Mastering Twitter to Grow Your Newsletter and Make Money

A great podcast that explores how you can grow your newsletter (I found this very useful as you can imagine). The guest, David Perell sends 3 newsletters every week with less than 2 hours of work!

The Secret To Loving Your Work with Bruce Daisle‪y‬

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