As we were going through Q&A, Ali raised one of the most common problems that many new YouTubers faced: Perfectionism. On one hand, being a perfectionist drives you to create the best, most polished content possible. However, in most cases, it actually paralyses people, and often most folks don’t even end up taking that first step of filming and uploading a video because of their fear of it ‘not looking perfect’.
There was once a pottery teacher called Brian. One month, he decided to split his class into two groups. Group A had to make a pot every day for 30 days (so 30 pots in total). Group B had to work on a single pot for the whole 30 days.
At the end of the month, Brian judged the quality of the pots. Without exception, every one of the top 10 pots came from Group A, the guys that made one pot per day 🍯. None came from the group that focused on perfecting their single pot.
The lesson here is to put in the work, and just get the reps in. Focus on quantity over quality (at least at the start)! The more you do stuff, the better your stuff will become! The same concept can be applied to any skill you wish to develop. Want to be stronger? Start going to the gym, consistently. You might start with lighter weights in the beginning, but over time you’ll progressively get better, and will be able to lift heavier weights and get even stronger!
Likewise, at the beginning of his YouTube career, Ali told himself that his first 100 videos were going to suck. But he just kept going - and look where he is now - at 1.2 million subscribers!
I know this to be true because I’ve been through this exact experience with my both my weekly articles and newsletter. Looking back, the first few posts and iterations of newsletters definitely weren’t as good as what I’m producing now. But I didn’t let anything stop me, I just started, and kept going. I’ve only made improvements along the way, and will continue to do so!
So friends, here’s a fair ‘warning’ - my first 100 videos are going suck too, so bear with me 🐻 Look out for an upcoming video in next week’s edition of my newsletter :)
Till next week!