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Good morning my friends and
I’m taking a half-day today and Friday! If this ends up being useful I might make it a “thing” — who knows.
Hope you had a restful weekend! Some links from around the interwebs:
- The internet rewards this. Marc and Ben. SaaS management.
- It’s about the long-game. Break it down. Bezos letters. Shoutouts.
- Acast raises. Podimo raises. Employees, time off. Papercups.
- Technical interviews. Make meetings great again? RevOps? Stockx.
- Quizzes, forms, nocode. Product design interviews. 3D textures!
- All tests passed. Find meaning. Windows 3.0. Short, fat, fingers.
- Measuring is hard. Ask questions as a leader. What’s working.
- Not moving to Spain. Simple biz tools. Burn LinkedIn. Chemo.
- Foldable words. NYT subscription. User management. Typi
- Smallest Kanban board ever, open source! How they SRE.
To infinity & community,
The wonderful thing about the internet is that you don’t have to always be around your friends and engaging with them all the time — I believe this is an intrinsic benefit of the internet where you can have many more friends in many more communities than you could if you were just doing it IRL-only.
For instance, the fact that I can take long and extended breaks from a variety of communities is a feature, not a bug when it comes to real, authentic, and healthy community (and relationships).
For instance, I took a 5-6 month break as things got very busy around the startup and I needed to take a big step back from a very fun game that I play competitively. I was also, in a few brief moments, a globally top-ranked player and so I had a bit of name recognition.
Consequently, my sudden disappearance — I quit cold-turkey and didn’t tell anyone — was noticed, especially by a handful of friends that I played with on-the-regular. So, when I suddenly appeared back on in-game and I was greeted by kind words and real heart-felt sentiments:
Apparently — I had never known this and they had never told me! — I was one of their “oldest friends” in the game and larger community. I won’t lie, that kind of hit me hard; like deep, gut-level type of shit where your pulse quickens and things start tasting a bit more salty in your mouth.
I missed my friends and I missed playing with them! I had a full roster of friends when I left and only 2 of them kept me as a “in-game friend” when I returned. This didn’t hurt my feelings as it took just a few days to start building the
friendlist back up when word got out that I was back.
And that’s the point: Real, authentic, healthy community means that you can always come back. There’s always a spot for you at the table. And, in our small (but growing) community — The YENIVERSE — we think that way too.
Sure, you may have had to “duck out” for a while to deal with life stuff; totally get it! Communities — just like relationships — aren’t perfect systems; they are human-based, people-centric, and as a natural result they are always flawed, imperfect, and wildly-unpredictable.
But that’s what makes communities (and the most-fun and interesting relationships that we keep!) magical and that X-Factor is ultimately what makes them effective as tools for growth and development.
Healthy communities are places where you know you belong, even if it’s been a “hot minute”. You can always jump back in, where ever you left off, team up once again so that you can kick some serious ass.
Here’s a thought
yenizens: Build a community and a culture that is safe / “default” enough so that your members can “leave” or even “ghost” without (cultural) penalty; create a space where folks can come back anytime.