🔥 Campfire: The 3-hour rule, copying other's work, and 11 life-changing questions

Edition I

Hi friends 👋,

Happy Monday!

Welcome to the first edition of the Campfire – a newsletter at Alex’s Camp!

Campfire is a collection of high-end content on design, solopreneurship, technology, and more.

I’ve been collecting my notes and findings for a few years. Now, I’m doing it publicly, hoping that you will find it valuable, too.

Note: I’ll be experimenting with different formats for this, so l’d like to hear from you what you find most interesting.


Let’s start with some updates.

I have published two new articles last week on Alex’s Camp.

Freelance Sales 101

Most freelancers suck at sales. Pro freelancers are really good at it. In the article, you can find a sales flow that works 100% of the time.

Dream clients: Closing

Part four of the series is about how to work with dream clients. This article’s topic is the one people rarely share publicly: about closing a deal and follow-ups. 


Okay, now on to the Campfire!

Anyone working in the creative field probably knows that it’s impossible to work for 8 hours per day and have fresh groundbreaking ideas. Oliver Burkeman in his article “The three-or-four-hours rule for getting creative work done” talks exactly about this.

He brings some examples from the world’s geniuses, like Charles Darwin, Henri Poincaré, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and many more.

Read full article


The tweet from David Perell made me think about copying other people’s work. When I just started working as a designer the only thing I would do on daily basis was look at other designers’ work and try to replicate it on my own.

It’s not about stealing other people’s work or using it for your projects. It’s about copying to understand the fundamental concepts and how to apply them in your own work.

“Through imitation, we discover our voice.” — David Perell


The quality of our answers depends on the quality of our questions. Blake Burge recently posted a thread with 11 life-changing questions to ask yourself today.

Most of them you’ve probably heard before. But, have you answered them at least once? If not – the time has come.

The answers will help you think more clearly and understand what do you want from life and what is the next step to take.


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Thanks for reading and see you on Thursday!

Have a good week,
Alex