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Tired of working for someone else

The mega camp is over; I’ve come back home.

We talked a lot and did many things, but I slept around 5 hours/day, so I now feel pretty weak. I should recharge my batteries.

For those reasons, I didn’t manage to write these days, and this hurt me a lot.

I know I’ve written about this possibility in the Sunday post, I didn’t have much time for me, and I don’t believe it is my fault.

Anyway, I decided to pay up a few bucks for my missed updates. Check the donation post here.

These days left me mentally exhausted also.

Lately, what I’ve been thinking the most is that I’m tired of working for someone else.

I’m usually passionate about what I do, but I think I lost the sparkle. Boredom, unclear objectives, and the absence of opportunities to develop me further are the issues.

The reason why I still stay there is partly affective, mainly economic. Let’s say 25% the first, 75% the latter.

But I already know the answer.

Working on this little blog gives me joy, so I will work hard on my projects in the next months to become more independent and eventually be economically free.

I prefer to work for myself than for someone else.


PS: I also did some edits here and there. For example, updated the website security by changing the author slug (so that malicious people can’t scrap the login) and removed the author page from the search engines.

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Time to pay for these missed days

I’ve missed three days of my writing routine due to the work trip (read more about my concerns).

I didn’t know if I would have time or not (reveal: I didn’t).

As per my commitment, then I should pay a few bucks for every day I miss.

I know I slept so little, and the camp schedule was full so that I even justify myself. But I’m not attempting to find excuses here.

Thus, I’ve come up with the idea to pay a few bucks anyway.

Yesterday I came across Paul Grisel‘s new startup, Plant My Forest.

Paul’s idea is excellent. Therefore I decided to support his journey as a creator and bought 30 trees. YAY!

Plant my forest receipt, 30x trees planted.

Please note this is a backdated post.

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Retreat, busy days, quick Sunday update

How funny I’m writing from a bench in the middle of nowhere. Being a digital nomad remote worker has its benefits.

This morning, after 3 hours of sleep, I met with the LeadsBridge team for the annual mega camp. Five days down the Marche hills, in this lovely villa in Morro d’Alba (Ancona), surrounded by olive trees all around.

My will is to write something every day, between a meeting and a wine tasting. I don’t know if I’ll catch up with my commitment these days because of our schedule packed full of activities, but let’s see.

I’m now enjoying the sunset while some guys here are preparing the grilled meat for dinner. An excellent way to end this Sunday!

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What I’ve learned after four years in a startup

In 2016 I started my journey as a freelancer, and going back ’till then, I was looking for a side job with little to no effort to grant me an extra few bucks a month. I then found a job listing by the CTO of LeadsBridge, a small Italian startup entirely bootstrapped, searching for some customer support agents.

The application went great, we started working together shortly, and I quickly growth my position as the customer support team leader.

In the following months, the passion for what I was doing snowballed in me, the time spent was enormously bigger than our initial plans, and my salary adjusted accordingly. I am also the 7th – we should be around 40 people now -, so I guess this played its part in the situation (my expectations were undoubtedly high).

Right after being turned 2, I left the support management for a Marketing Specialist position. New role, renewed motivation.

Fast forward to today, I’m still part of the marketing team, and last month I celebrated my fourth year with them.

This is what I’ve learned by being in a startup:

  • Growth is not steady but rather a roller-coaster, both for money and emotions.
  • Being successful is not always related to the amount of money; instead, goals, personal growth, or happiness can be the key. Try to define what success is for you.
  • Put the effort in, but always seek for smarter solutions.
  • Balance your time between work and life. It’s easy to get sucked into the workaholic routine, but burnout is a serious issue which I do not recommend to anyone.
  • Get your time off; you need it, you’ve earned it.
  • For the sake of God, shut off notifications when you’re away. If someone needs your help, they will find you (or the solution) in another way. Your mind will thank you later.
  • Above a certain number of people, maintaining a playful environment is challenging. If you have a small team, do it with them.
  • If something requires time, deploy fast, improve later. Keep in mind the 80/20 rule.
  • Your product should be easy to use; the more the friction, the more the customer requests. And you’ll inevitably spend way more time dealing them.
  • As for football teams, players who carried you from division 3 to division 1 will not be the same. More skilled and expert people are required to climb the ladder. Turnaround is something unavoidable.
  • As in life, try to exit the comfort zone whenever you can. You’ll learn new skills faster, become better, and so the business.
  • Please don’t take it too seriously. Remember to enjoy what you’re doing.

It’s not much, but that’s what I learned.

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Writing an article shouldn’t be this hard

Today’s is a tough day.

I know that creating habits is not that easy, even more so when perfectionism kicks in.

I spent the day doing things like work calls, invoices, social media plans, gym workout, but I always had the feeling that something wasn’t working the way it should. My mind was full of thoughts about what I may have written on today’s blog post.

Should I write about my work experience, or would be better around goals achievements? What are doing other creators? Let me check; I may find inspiration.

Meanwhile, the clock is ticking.

I felt the pressure going on me, and I know I had to act somehow.

But instead of forcing me in any way, I stared at the sunset from my balcony. Then, BAM, I’ve got the idea.

I finally started writing about my feelings, sharing the difficulties I’m encountering along the way. And I should say that this one is also a good article for me, so what?!

Why do I care so much about such a small thing as a blog article? There are many days to come, many opportunities, and tomorrow is another day.

Maybe I’ll start writing in the morning, instead of waiting the night. Do first the most important thing, they say.

To my future self, to who will read this, don’t let the analysis paralysis blocks you. You’ll end overthinking the available possibilities, and soon enough, you’ll be unable to decide something.

Follow your gut.

PS: today, I also connected Google Analytics and made some slight edits to the website. Small goals, FTW!

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The fear in taking the leap

Today I was serologically tested for COVID-19.

No symptoms, probably neither positive now or in the past, nothing but because I need it for work travel.

Strange world, huh?! It’s 2020, you’re planning some trips to weird locations, and a global pandemic hits the world, with more than 26 million cases as per today.

We will see the results in the next days, hoping for the good. But let’s continue with the story.

While getting back home, I had the time to think about the blood draw.

I always feared the venipuncture due to a trauma I experienced when I was a kid (thanks, nurse). But I grew old, and I now know it’s such a slight pain that I don’t bias myself anymore.

When you enter the clinic, they ask you to compile some privacy modules.

They then call you to go to the room where the attendant will take your blood, so you sit on the chair and start replying to other questions.

Meanwhile, they clean the venipuncture site, apply the tourniquet, making you feel the pressure on your arm, open the butterfly needle, and insert it inside your vein.

Ouch! It’s like someone pinched you.

You still realize what is happening that they already collected two vacutainer bottles and applied the cotton wool.

You can go, it’s finished.

Was the fear justified? Well, not enough.

It is good to have some, but not as much as to hold you back. And this is true in every aspect of life.

It took me a shallow effort in the face of more significant benefits, like being tested for Coronavirus disease, forced my body to regenerate the blood loss (it helps to reduce sugars and fats), and exit the comfort zone once again.

Like any other useful thing we may do, the secret is to do it.

Easy to say in my case, right?

Well, we can associate this with habits, personal projects, business, or whatever. We dream of doing something, but we never start.

What I described earlier connects intrinsically to this blog creation and my writing commitment.

I started this blog by following what my gut was telling me. It wasn’t a project I was thinking of creating, nor did I have a plan, but I had the idea and the time, so why not do it?

Was I afraid of what people may think about me? Or was it more comfortable not to start at all?

The lesson I grabbed here is: it doesn’t make sense to wait and wonder what will happen in the next future.

What we keep saying to ourselves is only BS. Full stop.

When I left my old employee job, before finding an alternative, it was the same. Indeed I do not fear the job leap anymore now, and I also advise my friends to pursue new opportunities.

Yes, perfectionism is still an issue for me, but this is what is all about.

Just. Take. The. Leap.

Will it be hard? Yes, it certainly will.

Don’t let your fear control you. Start, have faith, and something good will happen along the way.

As Michael Jordan once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take“.

Let me know if you have any feedback; I’ll be eager to look into it!

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Starting now: a commitment with myself

This is my first blog post.

It is the first time I write a piece of content, and I’ve decided to commit myself.

2020 is the year of change, and so am I.

It’s been years I’m dealing with procrastination, and I finally want to do something for me. I know this will push me hard outside my comfort zone, and if you already have experienced this yourself, you know why.

I want to write every day, so the rules are simple:

  • show up,
  • write a piece of content (no matter if it’s small or long, I’ll follow my feelings),
  • become better.

To hold myself accountable, if I miss a day, I’ll donate $20 or support another creator, uploading the proof with a backdated blog post.

Thank you, Pat Walls, for having inspired me with this idea. I’ll always look forward to your work.

I’m starting this with no audience, no personal brand, nothing but my commitment, on a website with my name. You know what? It’s scary as hell.

Let’s see what happens!

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