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I think creating a side project just because all the cool kids are making money doing it can make you exasperated.

It looks like when the reason for doing it is not to solve your own or anybody else's problem, your focus becomes more and more about technology, competition, process, etc.

Otoh when you're alleviating the pain, your focus is always to get it done as quickly as possible no matter how many corners you need to cut.

So yes it's time to take a step back and figure out what your goals are and if they align with whatever it is you're doing with your time.

I work on side projects as an escape of competence because all the cool kids complain about how hard life is and cry about unnecessary framework bullshit.

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