Snippet: Independence Day ☍

Shared on March 31, 2022

John Siracusa quits his day job and writes about going independent in the most John Siracusa-way possible:

As part of this process, I’ve had to find what I think of as my “maximum capacity.” How much can I ask of myself before I fall apart? I learned some important lessons at my very first job, even before I had a house or kids, by slamming hard into the limits of my own body thanks to chronic RSI. Later, my children helped me plumb the depths of sleep deprivation while also entirely recalibrating my value system.

At each decision point, I’ve adjusted my life to fit within my maximum capacity by curtailing “unnecessary” activities. My family and my day job were necessities. Everything else was optional. As I’ve gotten older, my maximum capacity has decreased, of course, and I have exceeded my limits on many occasions. But for the most part, I’ve been able to keep it together.

I’ve enjoyed John’s work for years, especially because he has a lot of the same context of the old Apple that I do. With this additional time, I’m excited to see what he does next.

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