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(Last Updated On: February 5, 2019)

It's Time to Level Up

There is too much content out there now. It’s overwhelming and there’s always something out there that seemingly caters just to your exact tastes. It could be a YouTube channel, TV show, podcast, blog, or something else. Whatever it happens to be, it’s probably doing more for them than it is for you.

Creators can form communities, build authority and earn money for simply putting something out to the world. Consumers can’t. (Merky Ace sent out a now-deleted tweet about this very thing earlier in the year that I actually bookmarked, and now I’m annoyed I didn’t screenshot it).

You don’t have to be especially skilled or knowledgeable to become a creator. You can just document as you learn something and still get the same benefits. I’ve seen so many begin blogs, eBay businesses and ecommerce sites and document them via Twitter, Instagram or YouTube. There’s no reason why you can’t do the same and get rewarded for it.

1. Establish What You’re Drawn To

It’s probably become habit that you end up at certain online destinations, and you underestimate how much time you spend there every week.(For instance, I used to be OBSESSED with a couple of forums back in the day without ever contributing). Take the time to consider where you flock to and what about that content draws you to it. You probably think it’s the topic, but there are probably many more reasons why you return.

2. Identify What You’re Good At

Are you a good talker? Decent at writing? Know how to put together a nicely-edited video? Establish your strengths and apply them to the most suitable medium for you. You may have a thing for wordplay. In that case, your creations may be print-on-demand t-shirts. You might be a great problem solver. In that case, you may decide to create something in a question and answer format.

3. Separate Entertainment from Education

I used to lie to myself and think that just because I was watching YouTube channels run by people that often make business content that I was learning something from everything they put out. In reality, I had fallen for the personality and didn’t want to miss out on any of their uploads. Be honest with the content you’re consuming (like I wasn’t for some time) and figure out what you really want/need to continue taking in.

4. Wein Yourself Off the Things You Don’t Need

When you have a limited amount of time in your day and you want to introduce extras, something’s got to give. If you’re going to become a consumer, you’re going to have to find the time to make things for your audience. As long as it’s good, there’s always going to be someone interested in what you have to say.   

5. Find Your New Calling

There are so many things out there for your to explore. I’m afflicted by a need to do as many as possible because I have a little knowledge of quite a lot of things. You may only have one speciality, and that’s perfect– it means that you can focus on creating whatever you think it’s best suited for you. I’m always going to advise you to do things that allow you to create an income and suit your lifestyle best, but money doesn’t always have to be the aim. Creating will get you somewhere a lot quicker than consuming will.

6. Get Creating

It’s that time. Get going. Make whatever is calling you. Learn as you go. Create. Build.

Chiino

27 / Nottingham, UK. Trying these things since 2007. Writing about these things since 2014. Doing this full-time since 2018.