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Hey Paul. First time reader, I found this inspiring, and it generated some ideas for action (as someone relatively new to writing consistently online).

However, I felt like the point of “overcoming fear” was underdeveloped. You listed a number of benefits to writing that all more or less resonate. But they don’t address the fear piece directly. I think lack of credentials holds some people back, but another fear that looms larger is this inhibition around upsetting others. Fear that if you don’t write something that is self-deprecating, politically correct, not underdog enough, you’ll get called out. There’s such an inhibition around being judged and ostracized (or worse) that permeates the public forum.

How do you step into that fear?

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Good stuff, I agree with most of it! Cheers 💚 🥃

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Hi Paul! I like writing my newsletter but I get anxious and angry when I go on twitter. I like what you wrote in a comment below about how removing venting from your writing makes it better; I’ve found the same. But how do you avoid getting psychologically hooked by content that feels (is) designed to hook? I’m intrigued by your recommendation of twitter for connecting. I don’t have an account for fear of getting hooked again and again. Every time I visit twitter I feel worse, but I’m throwing the baby out with the bath water it seems based on what you’re saying. Do you have rules about what you don’t allow yourself to engage in? Do you take dedicated time away from social media?

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This is really excellent!

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