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How Focus Led Me To YouTube

My YouTube channel just hit 30,000 subscribers but no one was ever supposed to see it. Now more than ever, I’ve had to be intentional about my focus to keep the main thing “the main thing.” Here’s my story as it currently reads.

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I started posting videos to YouTube quietly in 2021 as a way to track my own learning and force myself to explain the code I was writing. It was never supposed to be “a thing.”


I took a couple of minutes and ran a quick 5k trail run today. I always run without audio and find a quick run often does more good for my coding than sitting at my desk.


I feel like “imposter syndrome” is too frequently used in the dev space. The feeling of being stretched can be (is often?) a healthy thing.

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