This week, I did a 600,000 subscribers Q&A video
on YouTube where I answered ~20 questions sent in via Twitter
. In this email, I’ll post some quick notes to some of the more interesting answers in case you don’t have the time to sit through 26 minutes of video (don’t worry, I don’t blame you).
How did you figure out what you wanted to do on YouTube?
Tried a lot of things, some of them stuck, others didn’t. Pursued the ones that (a) I enjoyed making, and (b) seemed to resonate with people.
What is something that 99% of your followers don’t know?
I’ve had a stutter since the age of ~5. It’s quite annoying.
Advice on starting a YouTube channel?
Most important principle in your life?
These days, to maximise randomness and optionality. Ie: to keep my options open because the future is so unpredictable.
5 Habits that have brought the most value?
- Reading a lot
- Listening to lots of podcasts (I’m a 2x speed kinda guy)
- The Capture Habit
- Understanding the Trichotomy of Control
- Brushing my teeth
Most Valuable Micro-Efficiency to save time in the long term?
Alfred - an incredible Mac app that lets you navigate the computer with keyboard shortcuts. Here’s a blog post
I wrote about it years ago.
One thing you’d put on a billboard?
It won’t make you happy.
Advice for starting a blog?
Consistency and patience. At the start it’ll feel like you’re shouting into the void. Keep at it.
AirPods or Apple Watch?
The AirPods are life-changing. The Apple Watch is meh kinda nice to have.
If you could go back 5 years what would you change?
I’d take 100x as many notes on the stuff I was reading, watching and listening to. I’d write book reviews for every book I’d read. And I’d post all of it publicly on my blog.
Hope some of that was helpful. If you fancy checking the video
out, there are time stamps in its video description and in the pinned comment so you don’t have to watch all of it if you’re just interested in specifics :)
Have a great week!