The Secret to My Success: Stimulants

Often, people ask me what the secret to my success is — meaning, they want to know how I manage to produce so much open source code and be so productive with my time.

The answer, if there is one at all, is multi-faceted. One of the biggest contributing factors is that of caffeine.

Whenever I'm in a particularly productive cycle, you'll see me pounding away Red Bull or coffee like there's no tomorrow. It's something I've always done, and it serves me greatly.

I also have a history (in the past) of abusing my sleeping schedule, so I can get things done. I don't recommend this, as it can be very harmful to your mental health and overall well-being.

You may notice that both of these behaviors are symptomatic of either Bipolar Disorder or ADD. In either case, you would be correct, I am diagnosed with both.

Today, I take Vyvanse daily (perscribed), which helps me tremendously with executive function. In addition to that, I drink a moderate amount of caffeine throughout the day, and am able to produce a steady amount of work almost constantly.

Why am I sharing this? Why not. I think it's important to talk about these things.

Caffeine (and other stimulants) work for me. There wouldn't be a Requests if I didn't use these substances. I think that's interesting.

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