January 9, 2022

This is the first email of the year

Happy new year!

It's been a little while since my last update. I took a short break at the end of last year to go away to a cottage in a remote area a few hours' drive from Toronto. Let me tell you - it was SO nice getting away from the city to slow down and mentally reset. I spent most of my days reading and evenings cooking / eating. It was great.

Here's a pic of our dog growling at the deer that would come by every morning to get fed:

Even though I took a break from work, I stayed true to my commitment and posted daily on LinkedIn.

Then this happened:

163,012 views, 786 likes, and lots of messages from internet strangers and new signups to Ops Hacks. Many of you reading this probably discovered me and Ops Hacks through this one LinkedIn post. This was definitely way more attention than I'd ever gotten before on the internet.

But here's the funny thing.

I didn't think this post would do so well. I had spent a lot of time that morning trying to think of something clever to post on LinkedIn, but couldn't. So I wrote this post quickly to get it out of the way and go back to lazing around.

So why did this post take off the way it did?

Consistency. Because I had spent writing one LinkedIn post everyday for 2 months prior in obscurity.

OK, so my LinkedIn post is a silly example - it's not so great an achievement that everyone should dissect it and try to extract lessons from it - but the point is that consistency is an underrated and underappreciated trait in life. (And this also serves as a nice progress update on how my pivot from blog posts to LinkedIn has been going for those of you who have been following this journey since the beginning).

What might appear to be an overnight success is more often the result of a prolonged period of practice and perseverance, and making one's own luck.

So no grand declaration of goals or resolutions for the year from me.

This is the first email of the year, and I'll continue to write you every week on the progress of Ops Hacks, as well as my learnings and any tips and tricks I pick up along way.

I hope you'll continue to stick around as I make mistakes, fail, learn, and iterate.

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