775 Day Burnout Battle, Creating an AI Finance Analyst, AI Legal Assistant

Nov 02, 2023

1-2-3 Newsletter - Read Time - 3 Mins

In today's edition:

  • 1 Story - My 775 day burnout battle (a story of dopamine vs passion)

  • 2 Expert resources - Podcast on a Page, Creating an AI finance Analyst

  • 3 Tech tools - AI legal assistant, Data trained bots, Tailored book recommendations


Important Update!

From next week this newsletter will be changing.

As you'll see from the story below, I've faced a bit of a struggle recently, so it's time to scale back.

You'll still receive a Friday newsletter (it just might not be every Friday) and it'll still take 5 mins or less to read.

It won't follow the usual 1-2-3 format, but it will still include a tonne of great content.

I thank you in advance for continuing to subscribe to Tech for Finance.


1/ Story

My 775 day burnout battle (a story of dopamine vs passion)

It’s been just over 26 months since my first subscriber.

Seeing the notification was an amazing feeling…

“Somebody likes what I have to say” - yay!

I’ve always craved recognition.

And this was exactly that.

- 6 months later, I’m starting a podcast

- 1 month after, I’ve 10,000 followers

- 6 months after that, 1st viral post

More numbers, more dopamine.

But at the same time:

- I’m sleeping less

- I’m skipping meals

- I’m constantly staring at screens

Which all bottom out dopamine.

But I can’t stop, so I compensate.

- More caffeine

- More ‘bio-hacks’

- More supplements

Even greater highs.

And even lower lows.


- I start writing guides

- I launch a newsletter

- I start guesting

Which I love to begin with.

But then they start becoming hollow.

- My work starts suffering

- My body starts aching

- My family suffer too

I lose track of why I started.

And I replace passion with ‘doing more stuff’.

Enough is enough.

From now on I will do less ‘stuff’.

But more of the things I’m passionate about.

My advice to others.

Don’t confuse dopamine with passion and drive.

Find the passion that drives you, and the dopamine will sort itself.


If you know someone who could be struggling with burnout, you can share the post on this link.

2/ Expert Resources

1. Anthony Perozzi - Podcast on a Page

I'm expermenting with a new post format for the podcast. Do you like it?


For the hi-res PDF of the above image click here.

2. How to create an AI Finance Analyst (without replacing your job)

This episode is with Jamie-Lee Salazar | CEO & Co-Founder at Cobbler

In this wide-ranging discussion we cover:

- Generative AI in Finance

- Automating Finance Work With AI

- Managing and Cleaning Data for AI

- Balancing Work, Family Life, and Resets

- Future of AI Assistants and Generative AI

- Honest Communication in Tool Purchases

And much much more.

Don't miss this amazing conversation.

Ep.039 - Listen here, and watch here.

3/ Tech Tools

  1. Genie AI - AI legal assistant (I went to school with their founder) - Find out more here.

  2. FastBots - AI chat bots trained on your data - Find out more here.

  3. Shelfhelp - Personalised book recommendations - Find out more here.

IMPORTANT - Always read the data policy for any tools you try. If you’re ever unsure, make sure your data, and any customer or supplier data is anonymised (or don't use it!)

NOTE - I am not affiliated with any of the tools in this e-mail.

So that’s it for this week.

Until Next Time


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