And why small numbers won’t reduce your impact
Happy to have been in on Plan Your Next early. It’s had steady impacts on me over and over again.
Thanks for the shout-out and for doing what you do! Keep up the always great and inspiring work, and Happy 2023!
Hi Nate, I'm a fellow designer who writes 👋. I found you through Salman, and am inspired by how you incorporate your design experience with writing. Something I'm navigating as well. Happy new year!
As someone who’s spoken to you twice through a call, glad to have discovered your newsletter. Will have to schedule another call with you again soon!
Well said Nate. Considering sharing something similar. Thanks for the inspiration. The art of the long view as practiced by Kadlac (and the turtle, please more)
Thanks for writing this! I had a little newsletter once upon a time for about 6 months and had 18 subscribers (only 2 were strangers). It got discouraging and I put a ton of pressure on myself to keep writing long, super valuable content every week. Maybe it shouldn’t have been so discouraging after all.
Hey Nate, I love that you've shared your calendar link. I started doing the same myself recently and have had so many interesting and serendipitous conversations. I tried your link but was given an error — maybe you could share an updated link?
Thank you for sharing, Nate! I’m just getting started with my own newsletter and, although you’re several steps ahead, it’s encouraging to know that we’re on the same path: the slow route, the long road, the journey of seeking quality over quantity.
Also: I found you through Tom and the Figma course you guys are doing! Excited to be following along with that adventure.
hell ya this rocks thanks for sharing dude!
Nate - I felt like this post was speaking directly to me and my motive for starting a Substack this year https://robustimperfection.substack.com/p/figuring-out-what-i-have-to-say.
One of my primary goals is finding a community and what you said here makes me feel like I’ve been welcomed into one. Thank you!
Nate, thanks for pulling back the curtain! Absolutely loved this edition! Must've been the time off. ;-)
This line really resonated as something I've personally been trying to make more of an effort in:
"Creating something new is like revealing a new part of your personality your friends haven’t experienced. You’re letting them in on new stories, and secrets, allowing them to open up to you in ways unavailable to them before."
One day, I'll make my first 100!
As a writer who designs – and has literally no idea what I want to focus on from minute to minute – I felt this in the depths of my soul.
I loved this quote:
That’s the type of relationship I aim to have with most people, and this is an almost automatic way to increase the give:ask ratio.
You’ve been an ongoing inspiration to me Nate, and have had a heavy hand in my own growth. It was wonderful to read about your journey with your writing and take some notes about how we the people can improve on our writing, outreach, community as well!
Can I get an extension to make tweets look like that aesthetic 😀