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It's been such a joy to watch and learn from y'all's journeys — excited to keep collaborating!

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Thank you for sharing your experiences! Fostering community does seem to be vital in expanding creative growth. I’m looking forward to hearing about future Substack programs.

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Thank you for sharing this! It's incredibly inspiring to read about the fellowship experiences. It really shed light on the value of community energy creating a strong foundation for growth and a safe place to experiment with new ideas. So cool!

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What a lovely summary, congratulations and gratitude to the Grow Fellows

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Congrats to all the fellows! It’s nice to hear how fulfilling the experience has been for these writers and I hope to see more programs like this.

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Really useful post - so great to read everyone’s insights and different takes on their Substack experience. What David Adeleke said - about feeling like you’re “walking a path no one else had done before me” really resonated with me. It’s definitely inspired me to seek out or create a community of fellow writers to share learnings and ideas. Thanks!

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That was such a valuable experience. Thank you so much for investing in us!

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Thank you for this wonderful experience. 😊

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Thank you for this amazing experience!

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V inspiring to read this. Thanks Substack for making an exciting place for writers : )

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❤️🌏🌱👌Excellent takeaways. Thank you and congratulations to the 11 writers…

Congratulations to Substack for they have gained an incredible and valuable asset…

Artistically, well done. HRH ❤️

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Substacks programs are really inspiring and they are one of the reasons I committed to this platform. It's so great to hear how beneficial this one was for its participants. Can't wait to hear about the next one.

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Nice drawings, Nishant.

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Really loved reading everyone’s takeaways, and learning that Substack has these sorts of programs! 🙌

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It took me a while to realize what Substack is doing. It's not primarily a service for readers, it's primarily offering on-the-job training for writers.

Substack is trying to solve the problem that Batya has been shouting about. In previous decades writers started writing early. They didn't waste 10 years in high school and college absorbing useless information, they just started working at newspapers when they were 14, and gradually moved up from printers devil or copyboy to editor.

The math is simple when you pry out all the conventional assumptions. A worker who starts at 14 has a 10-year head start on a worker who starts at 24.

Congrats to Substack for helping to solve a real problem. Learning by doing is the ONLY way to learn.

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