Earlier today I was reading a post that @kimmaida wrote at the start of November called 7 Tips for Career Advancement and Personal Fulfilment. I'm constantly thinking about how to improve myself and move forward. The article had great tips and it inspired me to write this.
Kim talks about setting personal goals. Earlier this year I set a big goal for myself. One that would solve a systemic problem I built in the past.
I love starting projects but rarely finish them. A lot of us are probably like this. Something new and shiny comes along and you jump on it. I'd been thinking a lot about creating instead of simply consuming. Because of this, I decided to start valuing finishing over starting.
What does this mean? I simply wouldn't commit to anything big until I finished what I was currently working on.
Halfway through the year I set out on my biggest project yet. To develop an online platform for mental health.
I'm incredibly proud of the product I developed. Users get to build a daily writing habit in a simple online editor. The more they write, the more we donate to mental health research.
The product will never make me rich but it might make a positive difference in the world. That is what makes me proud about it. That is why I wanted to write this post.
This feels like the biggest win of my life. 🎉
When I was in high school, I suffered from depression. I dropped out of high school and told myself I would never make it to 25. I felt terribly alone and afraid to get help.
Thankfully, somehow, I was able to find tools (meditation, writing) that got me to where I am today.
I know a lot of us are suffering. I kept trying to think of ways I could help. Eventually I thought of Wrabit. A platform to help write daily. A tool to explore the feelings inside you. Something to give people the confidence to express themselves unedited.
It's not the best code I have ever written. I didn't use test driven development. I took shortcuts so that I could make sure I launched the thing. Again, finishing over starting.
With all that being said, I have never been more proud of myself. This is just the beginning.
Thanks for taking a look and I hope to share more of the journey with you in the future!