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Become your own hero - The future of my personal newsletter

Exactly one year ago, I hit "send" on the first issue of my personal newsletter to 52 subscribers.  N
Become your own hero - The future of my personal newsletter
By Kasper Vancoppenolle • Issue #10 • View online
Exactly one year ago, I hit “send” on the first issue of my personal newsletter to 52 subscribers. 
Now I have over 750 subscribers, and I lost touch.
I started this newsletter as a personal project, without an actual goal in mind.
I didn’t want to get thousands of subscribers.
I wasn’t looking for any kind of internet fame.
I didn’t plan on using it to sell my services.
I only wanted to share the content that I enjoyed reading with my own network, hoping that they would enjoy reading it too.
I spend quite a lot of time consuming content that helps me grow. And it’s one of the things I’m pretty proud of.
My inbox gets filled every day with great posts from sources like Medium, Farnam Street, Quora, HBR, and other personal newsletters.
I’m actually one of those people that takes the time to read these newsletters, click on all the links, open 15 different tabs, bookmark the most interesting articles, categorise them by topic, share them with my network, re-read them later…
Why do I spend so much time doing that?
Because I want to grow as a person, both in my personal life and in my professional career.
Nothing really says it better than the clip of Matthew McConaughey’s speech after winning the Oscar for Best Actor in 2014.
In this speech Matthew thanks his personal hero:
“When I was 15 years old, I had a very important person in my life come up to me and asked: Who’s your hero? I thought about it, and you know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.
So I turn 25, 10 years later, that same person comes to me and goes: So are you a hero? And I said: Not even close! No no no. Why? Because my hero is me at 35.
Every day, every week, every month, and every year of my life, my hero is always 10 years away and I’m never going to be my hero.
And that’s just fine because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing.”
I don’t know about you, but his words resonate with me.

That’s why I decided that my personal newsletter should be about becoming your own hero.
In the following newsletters, I will be sharing the content I found on the internet that helped me get closer to becoming my own hero.
You’ll be seeing entertaining videos like the speech from Matthew McConaughey, interesting articles like the difference between amateurs and professionals, my favourite books and authors, and also more of my personal stories.

I won’t be writing every week, month or year.
I don’t have a specific structure in these mails.
I just want to focus on helping you grow.

I hope you’ll keep following my adventures,
and try to become your own hero too.
Cheers, Kasper.

Here's the amazing speech by Matthew, after winning "Best Actor" in 2014.
Here's the amazing speech by Matthew, after winning "Best Actor" in 2014.
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