“And I used to have a little book called the bug book, where I’m the bug and I’m studying the bug called Jim.”
In his interview on The Tim Ferris Show, business author Jim Collins talks extensively about his journaling practice, inspired by a mentor who suggested that he study himself like a bug. I tried out Jim’s journaling approach, and benefitted greatly, so I built BugBook.
The purpose of Bug Book is to help users discover and learn more about themselves. In Jim’s words, “We struggle in our 20s to get clarity about how to deploy ourselves in the world. Because everything up until you finish high school, or college, or graduate school, or whatever, it’s structured. You don’t really have to think about it. It’s like, “Oh, I gotta figure out how to do these math problems,” or whatever. But life isn’t really like that. And then all of a sudden, you hit life and life is much more ambiguous. And so, you’re trying to navigate through it. …
It’s honestly pretty difficult to believe that I’m already nearly a third of the way through my software engineering program with Thinkful.
But man, has the past month been like drinking from a firehose.
In the past 5 week’s I’ve:
Here are the user stories/technical requirements we had to…
Enrolling in Thinkful’s bootcamp was easy. All it took was one $12,000 click of the mouse, and that was it. The chips were down, and I definitely felt a strong sense of “failure is not an option”. I needed to set myself up for success as best as possible and attempt to learn as much as I could on my own before my first day. I needed a plan.
When COVID hit, I was working for a small talent acquisition firm as a recruiter. After the initial stress of an abrupt switch to work-from-home wore off, I felt like I was able to find another gear. I was setting personal bests week after week on the majority of performance metrics that we tracked. With two hours worth of commuting cut out of my day I was getting more sleep, spending more time with my partner, and felt happier than I had in a long while. With ironic thanks to COVID, I’d hit my stride.
Then I had my quarterly one-on-one with my boss. A few days later…I’m unemployed. …