Over the last couple years, I’ve spent most of my free-time helping people teach themselves a new skill like learning how to code and giving advice here & there. I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way of throwing my hat into the ring of the world of content creation, and I’d like to take a minute to share some of my feelings on it.
Two years of creating content has taught me many new skills like how to look into a camera, how to setup a live stream, how to shoot film, how to light a room, getting great audio quality, and a deep-dive into video editing.
While these skills are quite valuable in the long term, I also found the type of content I was creating to be a little less connected with what I want to be creating in the long term. While I’m passionate about the content I am creating, the story I was telling seemed a bit disconnected and targeted only to one skill like programming. There are so many people interested in coding, but I found that most people aren’t willing to change their lives in order to learn a challenging skill like programming. This is where I believe I can help.
I don’t want to chase the new tech everyday and being the first to share it to get some type of clout. I don’t want to be making the same jokes that everyone knows just because I know they get views. And I sure as hell don’t want to be making controversial content just because it’s known to convert at least half of the viewership at a significant cost.
Instead, I want to provide value. I’m not talking about the value of being entertained for a few seconds or minutes, but rather the value that one can ultimately act on to become a better version of themselves.
In a world where we consume a significant amount of information and content, I continue to ask myself at the end of each piece of content “What value did I get from this?”. If I don’t feel like I got value from it, I usually feel bad for wasting a few minutes of my life, but it ultimately helps me avoid watching similar pieces of content in the future, or even narrowing my scope down to what actually provides me value.
While one can get plenty of value from an individual, I believe that most value comes from communities. That’s what I’m hoping to build over the next two years. A community for individuals who truly care for their own self-development and can find accountability devices within it.
That’s why today, I’m announcing this within a blog as it helps keep me accountable to take a larger step in a direction that I took too long to do, and that’s to start something new.
That new thing is Elemental. It’s how I view the world in terms of self-actualization and achieving one’s full potential. Although I don’t claim to have all the answers, I do want to do my best to share my perspective with the world more broadly & help others achieve their fullest potential.