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Hey there!

So today we hit a tiny milestone for the newsletter as it's the 60th issue of The Slice! Looking back, it's been a really cool ride having been able to create a tiny pocket of people that eagerly wait for each issue every week. Its a surreal feeling I'll tell you that much.

I dont really have an end goal with this newsletter, it's the process of actively building and putting it together thats the most rewarding part of The Slice for me. The byproduct of this little project of mine has been the tiny community and the friends I've made in the process. I've gained a great sense of belonging knowing that people actively read and get a value from each issue that I put out each week, which has been a big motivator for me, so I thank you! 

It's still blows my mind that Is still get a lot of people asking me questions like "how do I start a newsletter", "how can I grow this SaaS", "do you think my project has potential" or "I'd love to know your thoughts on x ?"

It really flatters me that many of you value my opinion and my input. Every time I get asked these questions I try and give in depth constructive criticism to the best of my ability, but in reality, you and me both are just winging it.

- Nic 
Important

Every week I spend quite a bit of time putting this newsletter together and it's been an incredibly rewarding experience for me but it has officially gotten to that stage in The Slice's life cycle where it's no longer free for me to send out this newsletter each week. I've always said that I will keep this newsletter free for you guys and I intend to keep my word on that. 

If you'd like to show your support, consider buying me coffee (it's $5 bucks) either once off or on a monthly basis. One coffee ensures that I can send one issue out each week and helps cover the costs to keep The Slice alive! 

To give something back to you guys, I was thinking about opening up a private Telegram group for all the supporters to hangout, talk about your projects/businesses or just chat smack with some like minded folks. Let me know if thats something that you'd be interested in!
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Here are some dope tools that I discovered this week.

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Newsletters 🚀

My picks of dope newsletters for this week.
This weeks newsletter of the week is YouTopian Journey, a mindset reset providing you with weekly wisdom, inspiration, motivation, and art, from the world's first graphic novel for self-help.

They have a really awesome instagram page as well that is literally a self-help comic, and their Substack goes into more depth for each IG post they make. A really unique take within the newsletter medium thats absolutely awesome! Definitely worth checking out!

Interesting reads  📚

There's a lot of crap on the internet, here's a gem or two.
Here's to the crazy ones: lessons learned at Apple.
So much value in this article alone, its scary. Avy Faingezicht was an ex Apple employee and he shares his learnings and habits he picked up after working at the company for 6 years. Here are my two favourite quotes from his post.

"Things happen because people make them happen. Companies are made of individuals, and no project succeeds without a driven person pushing the vision forward.

"Everyone is winging it. Yes, experts too. What we call expertise is nothing but a mix of self-deception, ruthless focus, pattern matching ability, and just enough training data" Read More

Don't Rush to Simplicity.
"Expertise in a subject often goes in a bell curve of simple → complex → simple. Can we skip the complexity?"

I feel likes memes make the world go round and this iteration of the midwit bell curve for simplicity slaps different. Read more

It's *not* too late to join the creator economy.
Creative people used to be a joke.

In high school, I told people I was going to be a musician. They laughed out loud at me. I grew up with odd characters who wrote poetry. They too were laughed at. I had a friend who was a standup comedian. He tried to do it professionally. People at the bank he worked at during the day laughed at his nighttime gig.

Then there are writers. If you told people ten years ago that you wanted to be a writer and maybe publish a book, they’d say “get a real job ya bum.” Not anymore. Read more

Learnings 💡
How I built a business that lets me live on a beach full time.
Jason Kester talks about his story of how he built a business that allowed him to travel full time. 

"I take a lot of vacation. I find it more enjoyable than working.
That's not to say that I don't like working. I write software for a living, which is crazy fun in and of itself. If you'd have told little 14 year old Jason, writing games on his Commodore 64, that he'd one day have a job doing basically the same thing, he'd have been pretty stoked." Read more

Building an instagram audience from 0 - 277,564 followers in 365 days.
Here is some great advice, insights and everything Alexander Boon learnt from growing an Instagram audience. Apparently it's not actually that hard and all it takes is a bit of consistency. Check it out
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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 | Brettenwood Coastal Estate, Ballito, KwaZulu Natal, 4409, South Africa