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Parkinson's Law, "Get Rich Quick" and Building an Audience! 📚

James Shaw
James Shaw
Hey friends. 👋🏻
Hope you’ve had an awesome week and welcome to another issue of my weekly newsletter! 😊
This week I wanted to share the progress I’m making on writing my first book and well as my experiences of sharing my work in public. I also wanted to share a thought-provoking video I watched that changed my views on getting rich quick. 💭
Let’s get into it! 🚀

📖 Book Writing and Parkinson's Law
This week I’ve been busy writing my first eBook entitled iOS 15 WidgetKit: Build Widgets for SwiftUI. Progress has been good and I’m halfway through my first draft. 💪🏻 Here’s the summary of the first three chapters:
iOS 15 WidgetKit: Build Widgets for SwiftUI
iOS 15 WidgetKit: Build Widgets for SwiftUI
I had originally set myself the target of publishing the book by the end of November. However, I’ve now revised this to be the end of October, just over a week away at the time of writing.
Whilst on holiday last week; I reflected on Parkinson’s Law that states:
Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
Setting myself a tight deadline has meant I’ve been up at 8am every day excited for the day of writing ahead. I’ve been really productive and have been absolutely loving it! 😁
Hopefully by next week’s issue, I might have something close to a full first draft! 😅
💸 "Get Rich Quick"
The phrase “Get Rich Quick” is often quickly dismissed and associated with a dodgy, shady scam. I disagree with this.
It is 100% possible to get rich quick*. It is not at all possible to get rich easy. There’s a big difference.
I use an asterisk next to the word quick, because in my opinion, the definition of quick in this context is 10 years, not a few weeks. In terms of someone’s life, and what we’re trying to achieve, 10 years is quick.
Of course, the definition of rich also varies from person to person. My view is that rich doesn’t mean having £15 million in the bank. Rich is having enough wealth to do what you want, when you want. And that’s what I’m striving for. 🙌🏻
I’d 100% recommend checking out Ali Abdaal‘s video below to hear him discuss this further.
How to Make Money Online - The Millionaire Fast-Lane Method
How to Make Money Online - The Millionaire Fast-Lane Method
📈 Building an Audience
Before starting out on this journey, I didn’t fully understand the value of “building in public” and building an audience. That was until I read the book “Show Your Work!” by Austin Kleon.
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
Show Your Work by Austin Kleon
In this book, Austin explains why all creators and entrepreneurs should share their process and work in public, and why there are so many benefits for doing so.
“By letting go of our egos and sharing our process, we allow for the possibility of people having an ongoing connection with us and our work, which helps us move more.”
I’ve been doing the whole “build in public” thing for a few months now and have found that the main benefits are:
  1. 🤝 Creating Accountability - Having an audience makes me feel accountable to them to regularly post updates and content. It keeps me productive and engaged.
  2. 🔁 Building a Feedback Loop - Being a Solo Creator means it’s often just me and my work. This means it’s easy for me to overlook or miss something. Having an audience helps to pick this things up and build and create things that people actually want and need.
  3. 💪🏻 Seeing my Progress - When your head is well and truly “in it”, it’s often hard to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of what you’ve achieved. Documenting progress makes it easier to do this.
  4. 🙋🏼‍♂️ Establishing a Following - Building a following of likeminded, supportive peers is absolutely invaluable when starting it. It absolutely turbo-charges your networking ability and introduces you to people that can really make a difference in your journey.
Furthermore, once you have grown an audience that trust your content and opinion; every project, app or endeavour that you subsequently work on has a user-base right from day one. That’s invaluable.
And lastly, the opportunity to learn and grow with likeminded peers is huge. Already in just a few short months, I’ve spoken to so many awesome creators who’ve given me so much inspiration and ideas for things to try.
Whilst my Twitter following is relatively small, it’s already doubled in a few months and I’m really enjoying putting out the content! 😁
👋🏻 Have a Great Week!
Thanks for reading this weeks issue and I hope you have an awesome week! There’s no time like the present, go get it! 💪🏻 James. 😊
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James Shaw
James Shaw @jsh8w

I'm a Software Engineer starting my entrepreneurial journey of full-time indie-hacking, content creation, investing and freelancing! 🎉 🚀

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