Dec 31, 2018 11:29:28

2019 Bucket List

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Basile Samel

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1) Hard Launch 200 Words a Day

The product and the community are growing every day. The main bugs are fixed, new features are coming along, and the first monthly-recurring revenues have been registered. It's time to scale and reach new product heights.

2) Achieve Ramen Profitability by January 2020

If I want to keep working on my products I need to reach ramen profitability: earn enough money from making products to cover my basic living expenses. My target is 1000$ in monthly-recurring revenues or 12000$ in gross revenues. The two streams of income I want to focus on are 1) my public book and 2) 200 Words a Day.

3) Work remotely from a Buddhist monastery for a month

I had this idea two months ago from a traveler I met in Penang. She and her sister joined a meditation retreat for one week. This experience kinda fascinates me so I wonder if I could find a way to receive the teachings and apply them in parallel on my business. For short, I want to push the Mindful Maker idea to the extreme. Maybe I could find a way to use my skills in IT in exchange for time off that I could dedicate on my personal work.

4) Release my book written in public by March 15

I want 200 Words a Day to be an awesome platform for writers from all backgrounds. The first step is to build a community product to get into a writing habit. The next step will be to make something out of those writings that could be monetizable for every member. If I don't walk this path first I cannot tell others to follow me in this journey, so I decided to write every day to publish this book made in public while building the publishing platform in parallel. Empowering people into becoming authors through a dead-simple product is my dream. Not just writing for the sake of writing, but writing to help yourself and others.

5) World Tour: meet makers and entrepreneurs all over the world

I'm gonna have to travel some more. Meeting like-minded people to learn from them is becoming increasingly dear to me. Thus, instead of choosing destinations at random, it might be cool to visit makers directly.

6) Create a maker band

What if we took the concept of music bands and applied it to entrepreneurship? Not a co-founder relationship per see, but a new form of collaborative company with friends making random things for fun. My friend Justin who is from Malaysia reminded me a few days ago of this idea we had together 3 years ago. Maybe it's time to make it a reality.

7) Bike tour

Take my bike, a bag, and a tent. Code and write from the roadside. Test my limits on how nomad I can go.

(?) to be updated

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    @basilesamel For 3 it would be great to document your experience in the monastery (maybe a chapter for the book?)

    Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Jan 01, 2019 09:58:30
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      @valentino I think it could become a whole book by itself :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 01, 2019 13:07:26
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    @basilesamel awesome bucket list Baz! Gonna steal that title for my post if you don't mind haha. Btw, I spent some months in Buddhist monasteries practising mindfulness before, as a volunteer. They usually offer some sort of free board food in exchange for work, or subsidized stay (where you donate a suggested amount for your stay). If you're keen to find out more let me know! :)

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 01, 2019 07:06:41
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      @jasonleow Thanks! :)

      No prob, I didn't invent the term Bucket List ;)

      Definitely, it would be awesome to talk about your experiences, contacts and tips!!! :D

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 01, 2019 13:09:20
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      @jasonleow You went to Plum Village???? :O You know my hometown is 50km from there lol 😂

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 01, 2019 14:49:28
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      @basilesamel Sure, DM me on Twitter/Telegram if and when you wanna chat about it. Meanwhile, check out:

      Plum Village, France - I spent 3 months here. Changed my life.

      Plum Village, Thailand - nearest monastery in SE Asia. There's an even newer one in Vietnam as well I believe.

      Wrote more about my experience here

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 01, 2019 14:53:53
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      @basilesamel oh haha I realised as I was typing Plum Village, that it might be in your home turf. It's a beautiful place to live. Almost surreal paradise. But the Master (Thich Nhat Hanh) is not there now, he's in Hue, Vietnam now.

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Jan 01, 2019 15:03:10
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    @basilesamel Great list! I'm looking forward to seeing things unfold.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 31, 2018 15:25:55
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      @brandonwilson Thanks Brandon!!! :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 01, 2019 12:54:07
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    @basilesamel Great goals! I am particularly interested in the book one (no. 4) - are you planning just to gather a number of your entries and bundle them up into a book or have a separate project specifically dedicated to writing your book here, which will start in the future?

    Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Dec 31, 2018 13:37:28
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      @jmaga I want to use all my writings here as raw materials and recycle them into a full-blown book with a richer structure tying all of them together while expanding on them.

      This is why I call it "writing a book in public". You get all the main ideas from my writings, I explain what goes on in my head in some posts, but the book won't be a lazy patchwork.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 31, 2018 13:49:54
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      @basilesamel ok! so this is like a work-in-progress stage which will later be edited. That makes a lot of sense!

      Am Ki avatar Am Ki | Dec 31, 2018 14:44:52
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      @basilesamel @jmaga Have you started writing yet? Any idea what application you'll be using?

      Valentino Urbano avatar Valentino Urbano | Jan 01, 2019 09:59:04
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      @jmaga Exactly!
      @valentino I'm creating a custom editor within 200WaD ;) I think this is going to be a killer feature. More on that in a couple of weeks

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jan 01, 2019 14:18:38
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