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How to create your own personal knowledge base for free using Notion & a Chrome extension
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In this week's newsletter I share my personal knowledge base, giving you access to every book, highlight, article, video, podcast, and more that I've consumed that's helped me in my career and life, particularly related to go-to-market strategy.
I also share a Notion template and Chrome extension that can help you build your own knowledge base entirely for free!
Now let’s crack on with the newsletter 😍
👮🏼♂️ Don't copy, steal.
Hardly any ideas in the world are original. Almost everything is a mash up of someone else's idea. Austin Kleon gives an awesome example of this in his Ted Talk 'Steal LIke an Artist" below👇... As someone who posts a lot on LinkedIn, Youtube, and of course through this newsletter, the idea that nothing is original really resonated with me.
I rarely ever come up with something original, I just share a mash up of powerful ideas I've come across.
As Pablo's quote goes: "Good artists copy, great artists steal".
Good artists copy someone's work to imitate them, whereas great artists steal individual ideas and incorporate them into their own repertoire which helps create their own unique style.
Unique style, from unoriginal ideas.
Most of the ideas I implement at work or in life come from other people.
I steal ideas from anywhere and everywhere!
Books, articles, podcasts, Youtube, Linkedin, Twitter, Quora.
Knowledge is everywhere.
But I realized it's super hard to recall knowledge once it's been consumed.
I can almost never remember which source my ideas came from and I struggle to share the right source when asked for it.
So I decided to create my own knowledge base and share it with you.
💜 Sharing is caring
My goal is to capture, organize, and share knowledge on everything that's helped me in my life and career, with a particular focus on go-to-market strategy, startups, sales, marketing, and personal development.
It's kind of like my second brain.
Since I've been writing this newsletter I wanted to see if anyone else would be interested in having access to it.
So last week I shared the below post 👇 on LinkedIn.
The reaction was mind blowing!
Over 30,000 people viewed the post and hundreds of people requested access.
If you haven't seen it already but would like access, you can check it out here 👇
Every article, book, video, and podcast I've listened to. Topics mainly around go-to-market strategy, startups, sales, marketing, and personal development.
🧠 Create your own second brain
I was quite surprised when a ton of people told me they were doing the same thing, but instead of using Notion they were hacking it together through excel and a bunch of other tools.
Many asked if I had a template, but I didn't actually have one 😔
I thought I should build one and then share it with you all! 🤓
So, here's how you can build your own personal knowledge base, completely for free.
Step 1) Duplicate my free Notion template,
Click on the top right hand corner 'duplicate'. This will enable you to edit and save to your personal Notion.
Step 2) Download the 👉 'Save to Notion' 👈 chrome extension
STEP 3) Edit and customize your knowledge pages
Update your profile picture
Update your cover photo
Rename your database
Step 4) Capture content and populate your knowledge base
Using the Chrome extension you can add articles, websites, youtube videos, tweets, and podcasts all within a couple of clicks.
Check out the below video which walks you through step-by-step on how to add items to your own knowledge base.
🤗 Sit back and enjoy your master piece
Use the different views to check out your knowledge.
View by Topic (pricing, leadership etc)
View by Format (book, video, podcast etc)
Tip: You can use an app called Readwise.io that captures your kindle highlights so they can be stored in Notion too!
Podcasts (add links from your Spotify website)
Hopefully it helps you as much as it's helped me.
I'll continue to add everything I consume so the knowledge base is just getting started! 🚀
If you have any questions about the template feel free to message me at firstname.lastname@example.org
🤔 Now, a quick question for you....
I've found immense value in knowing what my friends are reading and listening to.
Would you find it useful to know what your friends, colleagues, or favorite business leaders are also reading and listening to?
If the answer is 'yes', then let me know by replying to this newsletter.
I'm thinking about creating a public knowledge base where everyone can add their profiles for maximum knowledge sharing.
But let me know, is this a good idea?