Words. Wisdom. Winners.
Every job sucks.
Every startup sucks.
Every relationship sucks.
The goal is not to find something that won’t suck at all – because at some point everything does.
The goal is to find something you are happy to struggle along – because you care about it. And who you are becoming in the process.
One of my favourite thinkers, Seth Godin, recently wrote about competition.
And how it is all pervasive.
I totally agree to his PoV.
However, what, then should be the driving force of what you create – your business, a side project or a piece of art you want to create?
That you bring YOU into it.
Not what you must be.
Not what you should be.
Certainly not what the voice of resistance says it should be.
Do your own thing. Your own way.
And you would find a way to beat the competition by not competing against them.
Which is a win-win.
A lot of people reach out to me on social media and emails, and appreciate me for creating content consistently on almost every social media platform, considering it is a difficult thing to be active there all of the time.
However, I am not creating content daily. Nor am I active there all of the time :)
I shoot content for 8 hours every Monday. And that gets into a two-week production cycle. Every week. And then my team takes on their respective roles.
We do the same boring things every week.
However, we don’t do it entire week.
We have our days planned. And we show up. Consistently.
Showing up as per process > Showing up urgently
We track our social media content meticulously.
Every week – on what worked, and what didn’t.
Amidst all of this, one fascinating sight that has emerged is what kind of posts have higher and lower reach.
Yesterday I shared my content journey on Twitter, and how I create content. It received a decent amount of interaction and traction.
However, whenever I post something related to having more validation or having fun, it automatically gets more traction. Because that is what social media is all about.
The key, then, is to create content in a manner that allows you to validate the audience and state your point conclusively.
When you strike that balance consistently, that is when you have won the game of content.
Document your life.
What makes you soar.
What makes you plummet.
Be transparent. Share progress.
Quicker than you know, you are creating wonderful content because of authenticity.
Creating content is difficult. However, when you share your life, it is the easiest thing in the world.
How do you celebrate your first half-a-million?
YouTube was the platform where Ankur Warikoo clocked his first 500,000 followers once wariCrew was formed.
To celebrate this milestone, all of us decided to have a virtual offsite, where Supriya from our team led us for a fluid art workshop, followed by lunch and random banter.
It turns out, celebrating success is equally if not more important than all the hard work to get there.
1. Ankur’s colours and canvas were used by his kids two days prior only. He had to order a new set :)
2. Some of us were fortunate enough to have it delivered to our doorstep just an hour before the scheduled time.
3. The lunch that day was on the company that day, and Ankur had cham cham in dessert, which of course, he didn’t offer to all of us :))
The onus to market and sell your book is on you.
The onus to keep yourself happy is on you.
The onus to “create” your luck through your habits is on you.
Not anyone else.
They may help you.
Assist you. Root for you.
However, no one can walk the path for you.
The path is yours. So is the onus. Just like the success would be yours.
The biggest tragedy of life is going to the end of your life and not doing something you had always wanted to do.
The biggest tragedy of life is not giving your 100% to your work.
The biggest tragedy of life is not spending time with family because you were too engrossed in work.
The biggest tragedy of life is not living your life, and making a tragedy of it every day you live.
For the past 5 years, I have met someone new every week.
Earlier it used to be in the office.
Now it happens through Zoom.
I decide spontaneously.
An interesting email.
An intriguing tweet.
An article that caught my fancy.
I just seek their time.
People have amazing stories, amazing experiences, amazing things to share!
It is like reading a book a week, in less than 30 minutes :)
The best part, you ask?
Most of these conversations, I walk away with something that I need to think upon, work upon, improve upon.
Isn’t that beautiful?
“How much money do you need in life?”
I ask this question often.
And I’m fascinated with the answers.
Some quote crazy figures.
The others do not know.
If you do not know the answer to this question, you will continue chasing a number that never stops.
You will spend your entire life working to earn money.
Even when you have enough.
Enough to not work for it anymore.
For me, the answer is 21.7 crores ($2.5 million), which will meet ALL of my current and future needs and desires.
If we work so hard for money, we owe it to ourselves to find the answer!
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