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Dec 13, 2018 08:54:07

What I want to write about

by @basilesamel PATRON | 446 words | 380๐Ÿ”ฅ | 428๐Ÿ’Œ

Basile Samel

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I have been working as an entrepreneur for close to a year now. I experimented with many things along the way: creating a startup, launching a solo business, traveling the world while working remotely... Even if I am just 24, I can at least share my personal experiences. Maybe some people will find valuable insights in there. You never know until you put yourself out there.

Yesterday I proposed the idea of writing a book in public, and I received many great comments. Some positive, some negative. Truth is, I am not doing it to seek the validation of others. If I can inspire people to break out of their shell along the way, that's good, but this is not my goal. I just have passions I want to write about.

Back in engineering school three years ago, I wrote a 20 pages essay on alter-nomadism, an "ethical and sustainable neonomadism". I was trying to figure out how travel impacted human history and how it could shape the future as well. I moved from France to Sweden soon after to broaden my knowledge of software. I applied some principles I learnt from my essay, and became a digital nomad: I avoided lectures like the plague and worked remotely instead. Thankfully Sweden has one of the best education system in the world and it was easy to negotiate. I moved around Europe, got an internship in Geneva, launched a startup remotely, traveled some more, and now I'm writing from South-East Asia.

I graduated as a software engineer in March this year. Yet I decided to become a full time tech entrepreneur to make my own products and hopefully help to solve interesting problems with technology. Again, I didn't do it to change the world or to help people, it just burst out of me.

Now, I don't want to write a self-help book on how to become a digital nomad or launch your own startup: I am nobody. Instead, I want to narrate what happened so far and the lessons I received. My best work of introspection, a monologue on what it means to be a nomad entrepreneur.

Here is a list of topics I want to cover: Deleuze's nomadology, the maker movement, sustainable living, bootstrapped startups, open startups, the hacker culture, the craftsmanship spirit, aesthetics and software, nomadism, what is an entrepreneur etc.

Many topics to cover, although I am still convinced I can do it. 5 persons are already joining me in this journey of writing their own book in public, and we are a growing community of writers on demand. I am just going to focus on getting 0.01% better every day and it will compound eventually. 

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    @basilesamel Looking forward for those next texts that you mention.

    Michel Ortega avatar Michel Ortega | Dec 13, 2018 19:16:19
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      @michelortega Thank you :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 13, 2018 19:18:21
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    @basilesamel You certainly are quite the nomad! You idea of introspection and why you are writing reminds me of Gary Vโ€™s advice to โ€œdocument donโ€™t create.โ€ A lot of content is the summary after a long journey. I would like to see more of the journeys as they unfold.

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Dec 13, 2018 16:43:27
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      @brandonwilson ha yes I agree with Gary V on this! It's coming up :)

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 13, 2018 17:04:46
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    @basilesamel I love the way you pursue your goals and dreams. And you're encouraging me to do the same thing. Thanks!

    Wulfert Vlot avatar Wulfert Vlot | Dec 13, 2018 09:32:39
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      @wulfertvlot Thank you Wulfert ? I hope you will write about your personal goals soon ? Even though I love your prose!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 13, 2018 09:37:53
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    @basilesamel cool man, I hope you succeed. I think 200 words a day will take you a long time before you'll finish a book though ? by the way I wrote a book in public this year https://medium.com/@flowen/im-writing-my-first-book-or-else-i-pay-my-girlfriend-a-1000-6fabc847137f it's fiction but alas still hard work.

    lowen flowen avatar lowen flowen | Dec 13, 2018 09:20:09
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      @flowen Fiction is much harder! Thank you for the warning though :) I just looked at my personal stats and figured out I am writing more than 350 words in average in less than an hour. Hopefully it will go on this way

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 13, 2018 09:30:45
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    @basilesamel will be interesting to read about the larger picture and social/historical context that led to the whole movement around indie makers, DNs and open startups. Like what you wrote for nomadism perhaps?

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Dec 13, 2018 09:03:43
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      @jasonleow yes exactly! Tying the craftsmanship values from ancient times to the maker movement and maybe also how it could become a new form of art? Like Paul Graham said in his essays, painters used to be left out from other art forms like poetry, dance or tragedy. Maybe this is a pattern, who knows!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Dec 13, 2018 09:12:16
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