Thinking back through the year 2020 and the years before that, I've realized that much of what I'm doing online is the result of strong synergies.
Doing one thing helps me do another thing, which helps me do another thing, which helps me do the first thing:
- I'm writing blog posts to deepen my knowledge about topics.
- At work, I profit from the knowledge I gained writing a blog.
- My work, in turn, inspires new topics for the blog.
- I wrote a book about clean architecture to learn about the topic deeply.
- Now, my software projects benefit from that knowledge.
- Also, the income from the book allows me to pay authors to grow my blog.
- I'm building a blog analytics tool to give me insights into where I can improve my blog's content.
- While building it, I learn new things to write about on the blog.
- The blog analytics tool allows my blog authors to see their article's stats.
- I'm deploying my blog analytics tool to AWS, which inspired me to write a book about AWS.
- Working on the AWS book, in turn, inspires me to research the best ways to integrate my blog analytics tool with AWS.
- I'm working with AWS at my day job, so I can take the knowledge I gain there to my book and vice versa.
It turns out that many of the things I'm doing are intertwined and almost every activity produces a benefit for another activity.
Many of these synergies just "fell into place". I have only recently become intentional about them - it pays out!
Where are the synergies in your professional or personal life? Can you take advantage of them? Can you create new synergies?