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Happy Thursday, this is issue #65 of The Slice.

Sorry for the huge delay in todays issue, this week has been a pretty intense week for me, as it kinda marks the end of me being a student (went back to college 6 months ago for a short course). I mentioned this about 3 issues ago, but I'm in a weird transition phase at the moment, that excites me and also keeps me up at night because now I'm on the job hunt again, which is something I haven't done in close to 5 years. 

Maybe its because I'm coming from a background of marketing and jumping head first into IT. Who knows, but I'm keen to see how this next chapter turns out! 

In other news, I made a Telegram group for anybody interested in joining. Its just a community group where I get to interact with you, take suggestions on what goes int the newsletter and also a place to network and discuss side hustles, SaaS and building tiny online businesses. If you're keen on joining, here is the invite link here to the telegram group - dont forget to introduce yourself!

Now for this weeks issue 

- Nic 

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This weeks catches 🎣
Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.


Tango is a tool that helps you create beautiful step-by-step guides with screenshots.


Parade lets you build your own Style Guide without hiring a designer. Describe the brand personality you want and pick from AI-recommended fonts and colors.


Upflowy is a drag and drop no code tool to build and optimize web experiences. Easily A/B test signup flows, sales lead funnels, customer on-boarding and more..

Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This week I decided to skip "the newsletter of the week" and I'd like to make a little announcement to all my subscribers who are newsletter creators themselves. 

I do a lot of cross-promotions with other newsletters. I've found that its the best way to scale and grow To this day I still swear by it and I owe a lot of my own success to this strategy which means I'm always open to doing cross promotions with anybody that has their own newsletter.

Basically im calling out to everyone that writes a newsletters to reach if your keen to do a few cross-promotion and grow together! If you're keen, send me a mail and lets chat! 

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
My Life After Quitting Social Media
Social media is like cigarettes and alcohol. Toxic. Addictive. Yet widely accessible. Everybody knows it’s bad. Everybody knows that it’s wasting your time and polluting your brain with envy, jealously, and resentment. Yet again, nobody is trying to prevent it – nor take the steps to withdraw. The benefits of using social media, it seems for plenty of people, are far greater than the benefits of staying away. Well, after saying no to cigarettes and alcohol after 7 years of obsessive use, I also decided that it’s time to take care of my mental health. For a bit over 3 years, I’m not using social media. Read More

’Why Am I Not Rich & Famous?’ the Delusion of Our Times. 
Every year, I learn about new things that make me think that our world is headed in the wrong way. Take private jets.

There are now companies that offer “affordable” private jets. I saw a news item about this recently on tv. You can split the cost of a private jet with 30 or so other people who want to go to a party destination like Ibiza in Europe. Or Las Vegas in the US. Read more

Why your career is your biggest opportunity to make a difference.
You have about 80,000 hours in your career: 40 hours per week, 50 weeks per year, for 40 years.

This makes your choice of career the most important ethical decision of your life. Read more

Five Dimensions of Curiosity.
For over 20 years, I have been studying curiosity. I didn't plan to be a curiosity researcher. I entered graduate school in 1998 to study how panic attacks emerge. Upon interviewing people suffering from panic disorder I became less interested in what led them to panic and instead intrigued by their unmet desires.

An impending fear of panic attacks led them to avoid certain situations, people, and objects. Asked about these feared situations, they responded with regret. The pain of unfulfilled, residual curiosity. Read more
Learnings & Resources 💡
How to Implement the 4 Ps of Marketing
The 4 Ps of marketing is a model businesses use to control and optimize the essential factors of marketing a product or a service. The four components of the model are product (what you sell), price (how much you sell it for), place (where you sell it), and promotion (how you get customers). Read more

I Borrowed James Clear’s Instagram Strategy to Grow My Email Newsletter.
As a content creator, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. There are so many things we should do. Writing articles, growing our social media following, having a top-notch newsletter — weekly of course.

Sounds like a full-time job? It is. To succeed, we need laser-sharp focus on the right actions. 
Check it out

ASK HN: How do you learn?
Yet another great hacker news thread that flew under the radar. Check it out 
Google Forms, Typeform, SurveyMonkey are great. Except they are not private. Check out BlockSurvey - an end-to-end encrypted survey tool. It's like SIGNAL for forms & surveys. 
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That's all for this week, see you next week, same time, same place! If you enjoyed this issue, consider sharing The Slice💌
Written by Nic | Sandymount Green, Dublin, Dublin, D04 H319, Ireland