Stefi Rosca

👟 Stefi’s Shorts #6 - the extra mile

Dear friends,

This week has flown by. Last Thursday I felt something odd with my stomach and went to bed earlier but didn’t rest at all. On Friday I pushed through until midday and then went to bed early. Took me about 2 days to get back to feeling better.

Whenever I get sick I start to worry and get afraid that maybe something is wrong. I think being aware that I could leave life right now helps me make the most of every day. Sounds maybe a bit of a cliche thing to say but I didn’t always have this awareness.

But enough about that! On a brighter note this week I completed an intro course on being a YouTuber and one thing that stood out was the importance of having good sound so I went ahead and without much overthinking bought a couple of entry-level mics. I’m really excited to start shooting but at the same time nervous. Hopefully, soon I can make time for it.

Another thing that kept me busy was the book The Coding Career Handbook by Shawn Swyx Wang I’ve started reading this book in 2020 but then dropped it. With my goal of reading more tech books this year, rather than non-tech related self-development books, I picked it up again and I found some good, interesting ideas. I’m going to share some below.

3 Ideas That Made Me Think This Week

  • “This is sometimes called the “one percent rule” - 90% of people passively view content, 9% comment on content, and 1% create.”
  • “I am not a parent, but I liken it to what I’ve heard about that first day you come home with your first child. You’re afraid, you don’t know if you’re the person to do this, you don’t know what you don’t know. But you’ve just signed up to raise this child for the next 2 decades. For the next 10 million minutes of your life you will be a parent. So: you read up, try things out, learn from your mistakes, and you “parent”every day. Every year millions of people commit, and end up more or less figuring out how to be great parents their kids love. It’s the same with your writing, your personal brand, your career. It’s your baby. You’ll figure out how to parent it once you realize it’s yours and you have no choice but to do it every day.”
  • “Going the extra mile to delight people invokes the principle of reciprocity, which is one of the most powerful forms of influence.”

All these quotes are from The Coding Career Handbook by Shawn Swyx Wang.

YouTube Video or Podcast of the week

I was looking through old videos I added to my YouTube watch later list and found this video from the beginning of Nathaniel Drew’s channel. You might draw a bit of inspiration from it as I did. Enjoy ✨


“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” - Roger Staubach, the Hall-of-Fame football player also from The Coding Career Handbook by Shawn Swyx Wang.

Are there any ways in which you could go the extra mile maybe in your personal or professional life? My recommendation is to start small and consistently keep at it.

Quote of the Week

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have a great day, and thanks for reading,


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