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The word perspective wasn't in my vocabulary until 15 years ago. I was just living life as it was. Obsessed with what fascinates me without worrying about the exterior world. One big reason was my addiction to the online game "Dofus."
Slowly, day by day, I started disassociating from the real world. The game became more interesting than life. I developed a huge lack of empathy for "real humans."
The lack of empathy starts from the fact that "real people" couldn't understand why I loved that game so much. I was finally strong and respected. But that was all an illusion.
I was addicted and obsessed with this game. All I was thinking about during school was the game. I had good grades so that I could play it, I ate so that I could play it, and I didn't go out to play it.
All that I was doing was so that I could play the damn game.
I wasn't able to think anymore. Until one day, I asked myself. Imagine if my brain was thinking about something interesting instead of the game. I wanted to understand how I tricked my own brain into an addiction to this damn game.
The crazy part? I was able to quit in a day. I did play again but never to the point of addiction ever again. I was able to quit because I chose a different perspective.
I thought, "Life is better because of the game," but "Life was better WITHOUT the game." I rediscovered my love for basketball and started going to the gym again. I replaced the game with Photoshop, drawing, learning coding, and many other small hobbies. Although, because of Dofus, I learned Photoshop. So, I guess it wasn't all bad.
Here is my thought process in a nutshell:
- What would life look like if I stopped playing the game? (Deep, honest answers)
- Will playing the game bring me money? (It could've actually, but I thought no)
- What can I do instead of playing the game?
- Why did I love the game so much? (No friends, no sports, nothing)
- Is there any positive outcome from the game? (Every positive aspect you can think of is an ILLUSION)
The exact same concept as those who smoke cigarettes. The fake positive outcome is "It helps me to calm down." I won't get deep into that. It's only to paint the picture.
What you'll learn by reading this intersect. I repeat, reading, not skimming, hehe:
- How you can choose your perspective
- Why your thoughts are worth sharing
- How to create unique perspectives
- How to distribute your new perspectives
- Unique perspectives = Un-niche = YOU are the niche
Imed, it's your first time sharing what you will write in advance. Why? Well, I'm iterating and trying a new format. Iteration is the name of the game, "they say." Nah, Naval says.
In all seriousness, I decided to share what you will learn because you might fall off the wagon while reading this long-ass newsletter, BUT I do my best to keep it as engaging as possible. I blame the laziest who only skim through everything (guilty.) I promise you. Every section is worth your precious time.
Without further due, okay, let's dive in.
Perception is the way you see life, while perspective is the way you understand what you see.
Similar but not the same meaning. I came across a book that changed my life for the best. I read it for the first time in 2020. "Choose Your Perspective: 7 Tips for High Performance Through Intentional Thinking by John Martin."
If I would've read that book before, breaking from game addiction would've been "child play."
After reading this intersect, you'll probably rush to buy the book immediately. Let me know if you do, hehe.
You might ask, why should I bother to develop a clearer perspective in the first place?
Well, for starters, it will help you to stop being judgy, develop deeper empathy, gain clarity, gain unlimited learning opportunities, and especially not take everything personally.
Not enough good reasons? Take a nap, and come back because you're being too much.
Ok, you're ready now.
Think of close-minded people. They have limited perspectives on life in general. It's black or white. 9 to 5, nothing else. Coffee, nothing else. Chicken with salt and pepper, nothing else.
I'll stop right there. In general, you can't have regular discussions. I was close-minded. So, I know what I'm talking about here (from personal experience.) It was a discussion about the video game, OR I didn’t exchange a word with you.
Being open-minded doesn't mean you should agree and try everything or jeopardize your core values. Having firm boundaries is a must.
The purpose of developing a unique and clearer perspective is to help you navigate life better, meet like-minded people, and discover new opportunities that you will never discover if you're close-minded.
If you think you are, and you're reading this. Well, you just won the lottery of life, my friend.
When you develop new perspectives, you'll feel smarter and kinda weird because it would be something new, something you've never felt before. You know what's crazy? It's an unlimited feeling. I get it every time I make a new connection, like an addiction- a healthy addiction. My thoughts race through my mind, and I can visualize the tiny spark moving in my neurons. It is truly fascinating.
Once you start gaining new perspectives, you might get confused sometimes. Is it worth sharing? Is it worth keeping?
That's quite normal. To give you a tangible example, I read the book I mentioned above three times. I didn't understand jack shit the first two times. Because, as I said, I was close-minded.
I thought reading books was a waste of time. I also thought it was only for nerds. Now that I think of it, I'm kind of a nerd. I read my first book outside of school at 26 years old. It's not too late to make a change.
Choosing your perspective helps you navigate life for the best.
I have to give you an extreme example here. Imagine you got a flat tire in the middle of the highway. You're all fucked for the rest of the day, waiting for the towing to come and help you out. You have two choices here, you complain about your day for the upcoming two days, or you thank god that you only got a flat tire and move on.
You are reading this intersect. You have two choices, implement what you read or dismiss it.
Kinda simple, isn't it?
If you think nobody cares about you. You're right and wrong at the same time. The majority of the population is selfish. I don't wanna make you feel bad but think of it for a few secs.
Are you reading this because you care about me or because it's helping you somehow?
No hard feelings here. Just speaking facts. If you want me to read your thing, make it interesting and engaging. If I give feedback to friends, I don't sugarcoat it. If it sucks, it sucks. How do you wanna help someone get better if you lie to him?
Back to the main point. Nobody cares until it serves them. You're reading this, and you're thinking to yourself, OH, really? Personally, I'm selfish.
Don't let anyone make you feel bad for putting yourself first. If self-preservation is what is called selfish, be selfish.
Be selfish with your time.
Be selfish with your health.
Be selfish with your boundaries.
Be selfish with what matters, and you'll make a bigger impact.
So, here is my "perspective" on why you might wanna consider sharing your thoughts even if nobody cares.
Share your thoughts for selfish reasons. Do it for you. Do it to look back at them. And, I can guarantee you, 98.9889% that someone WILL care enough to send you a DM and let you know how reading your thoughts changed his life.
If a picture is worth a thousand words. A thought is worth a thousand lives.
Share your thoughts.
What you just read was a perspective I came up with because of a particular process. Same for the intersect you're reading. Shoutout to Dan Koe for his framework. Although, it's not how I do it entirely.
In 7 steps, you'll change the way you approach perspectives:
- Reflect on personal experiences, values, and beliefs.
- Identify strengths, weaknesses, passions, and areas of expertise.
- Continuously learn and explore your curiosities.
- Keep a beginner mindset. Anyone can teach something. Even a jerk can teach you how not to be a jerk. See how really anyone can teach you something?
A Sheep Mindset is programming you into leaving independent thinking.
Question existing ideas and assumptions in everyday life.
Not everything has to make sense.
Stop following blindly, follow wisely.
Can you believe I have many friends that I disagree with? Well, it's kinda cool having like-minded friends, but like-minded doesn't mean agreeing with everything and everyone.
Engaging in conversations with diverse backgrounds has helped me evolve tremendously. Again, I was a close-minded MF. I disagreed most of the time for the sake of disagreeing. Yes, I was a jerk. Living proof that we can change.
The number of tweets and newsletter ideas I got only from speaking with my friends is insane.
I apply interdisciplinary thinking to generate unique insights. Having multiple interests helps a lot, when you become aware of your possibilities, ideas start to race through your mind.
I also love to use sports and anime analogies to explain my perspectives. If you read my previous intersects, you probably noticed how I sprinkle it subtly and paint a picture in your mind. Like I'm doing right now.
The best way to experiment is to try a bunch of shit, gather the data, analyze it, make more of what's working, iterate what's not working until it does, and repeat the process.
Sounds simple? It is. But simple ain't easy. Damn, I love saying that.
Let me be explicitly clear here. You DO NOT force authenticity. Being authentic literally means "be as you are." I share my stories, experiences, and opinions. But I'm not sharing my entire life. I get to choose what I want to share.
Everyone has secrets. Don't you dare tell me you don't.
So, I don't really get it when people get emotional when people aren't sharing their entire life. Should they also document their dreams while they're at it or what?
Seriously, share whatever the hell you want. It's not like you only have ONE failure, ONE story, or ONE success. You can choose what you want to share and what you don't.
I use a lot of explicit language in my content because that's how I speak "currently." It's something I wanna change in the future because that's not how I speak to my parents and that's not how I want my kids to take me as a role model. It's who I am today. I can't stop it in one day because it feels weird. But, I'm warning you, I'm slowly eradicating cursing words from my vocabulary. Although, I'll keep the sarcasm and humour! OK. I see you smiling.
You learned how to develop unique perspectives, now is the time to distribute them.
The best way to do it is to start a newsletter. The reason is quite simple. You'll find it easier to explain yourself instead of being limited by the number of characters on Twitter or any other platform.
There is no right or wrong here. You can share a long-ass newsletter like mine or a small 1000 words to start. I like to write long-ass newsletters for the simple reason that I love talking, and I love giving an entire context around the topic I'm explaining.
As you're reading this right now. I could've divided it into "Why your perspective is your niche" and "How to develop your unique perspectives."
That's it. That could've been enough. But that's not my style (for now.)
Until then, you have to read my mega-long newsletters.
So, you might have some questions. Let me list those for you and answer them (I'm assuming here):
- What platform do I choose for my newsletter?
- What is the difference between an email list and a newsletter?
- What topic do I write about?
- Do I need a website?
- How do I repurpose?
Good questions! Let me answer these:
My personal preference is hosting it on your own website. Why? Because you own it, you don't rely on another platform.
But, if I have to give my best alternatives, they would be Substack or Behiiv.
Excellent question my friend (you might think I'm not normal.)
As the name suggests, an email list is a list of emails, names, and other contact information submitted by the user.
A newsletter is an email you send to your subscribers!
I use ConvertKit for sending my newsletters.
What you’re reading right now is a newsletter “issue,” I branded the name to “intersect.”
An intersect is an issue.
That's a tricky question to cover in a sentence. In short, I'd suggest experimenting for a month, and you'll discover what you enjoy writing about and what you don't. Developing unique perspectives help you expand your knowledge. So, basically you don't need a topic to think of in particular. Have a look at my previous intersects.
When starting out, it's not a necessity. Your main goal is to build trust and authority. When you do that, people don't care about your website. Although, if you can have it for an affordable price, why not?
What is an affordable price? Weeeeelll, I have an upcoming digital product, The Creator Bundle Intersect. Build your website and your newsletter in 90 minutes or less. It includes:
- A website template (similar to mine)
- A crash course on how to use the template
- A crash course on Branding
- A crash course on SEO
- Behind the scenes of my graphics.
Imed... How much is it? I told you it was an affordable price. Ok, it's 79$.
You can buy it here.
- Free hosting on webflow
- Free hosting on Convertkit
- Creative freedom on Webflow
Too good to be true?
By now, you're supposed to know I don't do things by half.
Dan Koe inspired me to overdeliver. And that's what I'm gonna do. Tips are welcomed though!
Believe me. You won't ask me this question once you write your newsletter.
My “content strategy” in a nutshell:
• Long-ass newsletters
• Long-ass tweets
• Long-ass videos
• Short-form videos
• Short-form tweets
Guess what works well?
Every single one of them.
Do what feels right to you.
I often get the same question over and over again. How did you start posting content without a niche? My answer is simple: I didn't want to box myself within a particular range of topics.
If you explore my blog, you'll see how I write about anything that comes to my mind.
Recently, I started using data to create better content (what resonates with my audience,) a.k.a you who is reading this right now. Oh, if you're reading this, it means you read everything above? Oh, you might be a skim reader as well. In both cases, thank you!
You don't worry about any niche when you're sharing your perspectives. Because anyone who will follow you is doing it because of YOUR perspective.
Enjoy your day, my friends.
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