Anyway, this week’s email is sort-of about how this course came to be. You see, I’d been intending to do some sort of course about the How to be a YouTuber stuff for ages. But I’d been procrastinating from it for way too long.
In my head, I kept thinking of it as some sort of Big Deal. And because it was a Big Deal, I told myself I had to spend ages planning the course, figuring out the content, researching competitors, building marketing funnels, and a load of other stuff.
One day, after several months of beating around the bush with my team, Angus (my producer) was visiting my place in Cambridge for a cheeky takeaway. I was lamenting about how difficult it was proving to figure out a strategy for the course, when Angus said, “look, why don’t we stop talking about doing this course and actually just do the course?”
At that moment, it was like a lightbulb went off in my head. I realised that I’d fallen into the trap of endless planning, and no execution. Sure, there’s a time and place for planning. But usually, most of us go way too overboard on the planning front, especially if what we need to do feels hard or unclear.
That afternoon, Angus and I took out some post-it notes, and the Part-Time YouTuber Academy
was born, with the website ready to go within a few days. Since then, I’ve chatted with lots of people considering starting a YouTube channel. In most cases, they hadn’t started yet because they were still planning.
“It’s something I’ve been thinking of doing but I haven’t figured out what I’m going to talk about” or “I’ve been planning it for ages but I haven’t sat down to film a video yet”.
As someone famous once said, “the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. In the context of YouTubing, the single step is just getting your first video out there. It doesn’t need to be fancy. You can just open up the YouTube app on your phone and record with the selfie camera directly into it. The main thing is that you take that first step, and start, because if you keep on planning, you’ll never end up doing.
That was the trap I was falling into, and I’m grateful for Angus for pulling me out of it. Now we’ve launched this course, things are going well, all the lessons are outlined, and we’ll be able to hopefully add some value to people’s YouTube careers without wasting more time talking about it.
Of the ~600 people who replied to my survey aimed YouTubers / people interested in starting YouTube, 75% hadn’t yet started a channel (but were planning to). And of those that had started already, almost none were uploading consistently.
YouTube isn’t a get rich quick strategy. Like all the best things in life, it’s a very long game. You have to put in the work, and do it consistently, over several years, to reap any real rewards from it. There’s a simple 3-step formula that I always tell people: (1) produce content that people find useful, (2) do this every week, (3) do this for 2 years. If you can mange that, I can 100% guarantee that your life will change in ways that you can’t imagine.
So even if you’re not a budding YouTuber, my question to you is this - what are you currently planning as procrastination from actually doing? And what are you doing half-heartedly that you could be doing consistently instead, to benefit from compounding returns?
Have a great week!
PS: I’ve been in a half-hearted rut with the gym recently. I can see the belly protruding a little as I write this. Need to get back on the Gymshark train. Writing this as a reminder to myself and to give myself accountability by telling my friends on the internet. Sorry for the excessive info.