Come hell or high water. In this case, water

Come Hell or High Water. In This Case, Water

For much of September I wasn't at my desk. In fact, I wasn't even in the same country as my desk. I was enjoying my honeymoon in Italy and Switzerland with my wife.

Besides a much needed break from the craziness of NYC, traveling gave me a chance to get some rest. As some of you may know, I have been building a Git training business called, and prior to our trip my mental state had been easily derailed by obsessing over two competing outlooks: " is a great business and will be successful", and " will ultimately fail, and I will have wasted irretrievable time with nothing to show for it".

I can't say that this mental battle doesn't still exist, but taking a small break allowed me to regain control. It's now a little bit easier to step back and see the big picture of why I started. To focus on the process rather than the false dichotomy of success or failure.

I try to remember that there is no such thing as failure if you try, because failure is the most effective way to get better in the long run. Taking a break gave me a chance to reset and remember this. However, my re-entry into work wouldn't be so smooth...

Water, water, and more water

I returned to New York ready to get back to the grind, but the weather had other plans.

While I was away, record rainfall caused 3 inches of water to flood the basement of the co-working space where I work. Water poured in, and created a river in the hallway. Sadly my office was partially flooded. My first days back were spent removing soiled rugs, and triaging damage. Thankfully only a few millimeters of water managed to penetrate my office door, but casualties included my rug and main video light.

Though this damage was less than it could have been, my newly full fuel tank had to take a hit - along with about a week of productivity and a few hundred dollars. Yes, even rugs are business critical (soundproofing!).

As I ramp back up into work, be sure to check out the public GitHub repository for up-to-date progress and weekly updates. Feel free to leave feedback there as well.

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There is a lot more to come in future newsletters. Thanks again for joining the journey. Cheers,


The Modern Coder

My name is Jack Lot Raghav, I'm a tech industry professional (ex Amazon) & growing YouTuber (28k @themoderncoder) building an online business ( In this newsletter, I'll be sharing monthly technical & business insights as I strive for self-employment.

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