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📈 Trends crossed $10k

Trends crossed $10k

Less than 3 months ago, I wrote a post on how I failed to monetize Trends.vc.

⏳ 3 Years. No Income.

The post ends with earning $162 after the failed launch.

Some milestones:

There's a short essay coming about the lessons learned so far. But a sneak peek:

  • Start what you won't quit: I quit a lot of things before Trends. I wasn't thinking about this as an infinite game. It's important to enjoy the work. It'll get hard even if you enjoy it.
  • Community Matters: As a solo founder, it's easy to get stuck in your head and develop blindspots. Friends can act as honorary co-founders.
  • They're Just Like You: I recently met a lot of people that I've looked up to for years. It's easy to feel like you don't belong. But when you get close... You realize that they're just like you. They've just been compounding longer. It's cliché but Steve said it best: "Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it… Once you learn that, you'll never be the same again."
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    I needed to read this line today, " It'll get hard even if you enjoy it." Congrats on sticking with the infinite game.

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    This is awesome, congratulations! Look forward to reading the essay.

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    Watching your journey up close has been super inspiring! You've always had potential and this external validation was inevitable. Taking notes and learning from you, Dru!

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    Congrats man! Great content! Keep it up!

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    Congrats Dru ✨

    Your work is very valuable to me, even on the free tier. Thanks

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    Congrats!!! This is so true —> “ They've just been compounding longer”. I don’t see this talked about enough.

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    I checked the site and its one of the best on earth it given me insights how to reshape my new platform and yeah i will do lots of IH updates so all of you can learn from it. Well done @dru_riley keep up awesome work and ready to read your essay

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    So happy to finally see you making some cash off Trends!

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    keep going yo. love the content.

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    Congratulations Dru! Great milestone and many more will follow!

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    Congrats bro! 🎉🚀 keep it up!

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    Congratulations Dru! Love your concept: In my case I have a wife and friend as honorary cofounders 🤗.

    You remind me of “The Dip” from Seth Godin, it’s hard to know when to stick and when to quit, but we all do this for the hustle/struggle.

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    Congrats Dru! So inspiring

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    Very cool! Your newsletters are gold! 🔥

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    Holy crap, so happy to see you take off!

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    Love your newsletter man! Awesome tips. Starting what you love so you won't quit is sooooo important!

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    “Friend act as honorary cofounders” ❤️

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    Wow! Congratulations Dru!! :) Super exciting milestone :)

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    Congratulations can't wait for the full essay.

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    Happy for you! 🎉

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    Loved your persistency!

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    Absolutely identify with and love the Steve quote. It's what drives me to this day that even ordinary folks like myself can make an impact. Even if its just one person.

    But the funny thing about that is, I've learned how to help one person really well, matters before you help 100. And I am still learning that!

    I am inspired to see your progress and very happy to see this rocket ship take off.

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    So cool to see Trends growing, Dru. Very great ✌️🍵

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    Amazing milestone - glad I was able to follow your journey from the beginning 🙂

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