Do you know who is watching?

Nick Jensen
2 min readJan 12, 2021

It has been about 150 days since I started my running journey. From the beginning, I would share both my wins and defeats on social media. I don’t have a large following or many connections and did not receive much engagement on my posts or stories. Despite a lack of response, I continued to share mostly to keep myself accountable.

A few months into my journey, a friend reached out to me. I hadn’t heard from them in a while, so it was good to spend time catching up. They mentioned earlier that week they had laced up a pair of shoes and got on the treadmill for the first time in years. They were inspired to take action after seeing my continued running story posts.

Through this event I learned while you may not always see a lot of engagement, you never know who is watching.

This experience has me thinking more about the concept of building in public. I have always kept my ideas guarded; embarrassed by the mistakes I might make building a product. The more I see how sharing in my personal life has led to me helping others, the more I believe in building in public.

There are many benefits to sharing your work publicly, one of the most important being accountability. Sometimes we work on our products and don’t have anyone holding us accountable. It can easy to find ourselves losing focus and slipping away from why we started in the first place.

Are you sharing your defeats and setbacks along side your wins or are you living that Instagram life?

The truth is, you may never know who or what you inspire.

- Nick Jensen (@ncklrs) January 12, 2021

Originally published at on January 12, 2021.



Nick Jensen

Founder of Maker Ops and CTO of a Fortune 5000 company that enjoys talking about the outdoors, running, coding, and building products.