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There are opinions even on this site, than maintaining a personal journal could make you a more successful person. But for me it's always easier to learn by example, so I wonder if there are any diaries of successful people available?

I personally have read "A Country Doctor's Notebook" - it's interesting as fiction, but not so interesting as a story of success (the hero of the story becomes a drug addict in the end). May be I should read "The Diary of a Young Girl" by Anne Frank also?

I want something as inspiring as "Martin Eden" but in diary format. Or could you be so kind and share with me some parts of your diary?

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Success and maintaining journal: What is cause, what is effect? Not obvious that having journal will inevitably cause huge success for everyone, why do you think so? Being introspective might, and journal is one way to help the process. –  Peter Masiar Jun 13 at 20:21
    
Leonardo Da Vinci? Journalling in the loose sense of the word, is just a process of recording thoughts, ideas and events and don't necessarily have to take the traditional format (ex- Dear Journal, Today I tried...). –  Dallas Jun 14 at 7:00
    
Does Twitter count? There are all kinds of twitter-friendly successful people out there. –  Muz Jun 14 at 19:54

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Before twitter, many people wrote journals and later wrote books based on those journals. Classic examples might be "Origin of the species" by Darwin, wikipedia has details.

Also, autobiographies of famous people were (I suspect) based on personal journals, before ghostwriting became the norm. Most recently, the only books I would dare to vouch as being NOT ghostwritten were two books by Obama. Rest, I bet was all ghostwritten.

Alone by polar explorer Byrd is a good read - about wintering in Antarctic.

Martin Eden is good read. but John Barleycorn is considered the most autobiographic of London's novels, although most of his writing is quite autobiographic.

Book "Life of Milarepa" is considered earliest book about the process of experiencing personal enlightenment. Almost 1000 years old.

All good reads, but not sure how this fits question/answer format.

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Finding a diary online is... very hard and few people would do it. Personally I wouldn't after all one of the definitions of diaries is that it is supposed to be something personal, not something you share.

That being said, there are plenty of places you can look at the progress of successful projects, not people. There is a catch: it won't be in a narrative fashion, rather a real world example of development.

First of all there is something you must get clear with: What are your target projects?

I will give you the answer: Only the opensource projects. You aren't likely going to find information about closed source projects, not atleast inside information which can show you the way of work and thinking.

I will give you two main examples: bugzilla and github. What can you learn from them ? Basically how is progress made, how people communicate and you can view everything, every commit, every bugentry/fix.

A good example for a huge and successful project in bugzilla is, well, firefox. You can find their bugzilla here, just pick a product and start reading current or resolved bugs: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/

The second example will be github, where you can do pretty much the same thing, but with projects of different scale. The example I am going to give is angular.js https://github.com/angular/angular.js

If you are interested in up and comming projects I suggest viewing the trending repositories section: https://github.com/angular/angular.js

Tl;dr: You probably won't find diaries in a narrative fashion however a lot of big projects have their development process open and you can learn/draw inspiration from them.

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