I've been thinking a lot lately about "Why?"
Why do I feel like making something every day is essential?
Why do I add "365" to the end of my screen name?
Why did I start vlogging?
It's easy for me to answer all of these questions with: "I just do", but there needs to be more to that.
Often with people my age, we see successful startups and entrepreneurs and we want to be them. We want to be thought leaders, we want to be a insert-thing-here guru.
Those are great goals, but they are jumping a few guns.
First Goal: Become an Expert If you want to be a thought leader, you have to be a leader, which means you have to give people a reason to follow you. But to lead thought specifically, you need to be an expert in something. Becoming an expert takes work and years of experimentation, failure, and a bunch of life lessons. I don't think anyone my age can be a thought leader UNLESS they are an expert in a certain field which I believe can be done, it's just really rare.
I for instance have so much to learn with photography and video and podcasting, that I'm no where near an expert. That's why I have to work on those things every day: so I can become an expert eventually. Patience is required.
Before I go on I want to be clear: I'm trying to preach this stuff to myself. I'm an impatient person and the empty goal of being a guru or a leader of some kind tomorrow sounds incredible, but I know I'm not going to get there for a while because that's just not how life works.
Second Goal: Remember that the small actions are the most important Being the next big thing is great, but it's rarely the goal with those who end up being the next big thing. Big goals like being famous are cool, but it's the little day to day goals that will get you anywhere. My goal is to get good at photography/video (they are the same nowadays), podcasting, and business. If I get big, great, if I get good at those things, even better.
Third Goal: Work Hard in Everything I believe almost everything in life is work: cooking, my marriage, art, and so on. I say it's all work because you have to put energy into those things.
I even believe playing video games can be work. The difference for me is whether the work has purpose or not. Marriage is extremely rewarding and purposeful, while playing video games is a bit directionless and means nothing. Working smart is part of working hard.
All work you do should have the intent to serve others. You could say, "I do photography for me", which is true, but go a step further. If you are doing something that makes you happy, the more likely you are to use it to make others happy. It's a chain reaction.
These are actually a few of my bigger goals, so here are some of my small goals straight out of my notes app: (not in any particular order)
Learn a new editing trick or technique in Premiere every other day
Cook at least 5 days a week
Hold my camera steadier
Be more mindful about what I post and post less
Read my Bible
Develop my backlog of film
Watch no TV during the week
Run or find an alternative you flat-footed garbage-body (I apparently wrote this to myself)
Visit at least 3 places this year (Looks like I'll definitely have this one covered)
I'll post more of these later.