What is the difference between you and me or anyone who makes content and those who don’t? Plain and simple, creators prefer content over consuming it. This has been something that has been ingrained into my life over the past few years, as I've been making videos since March of 2020. It's crazy to say that this is how long I've been creating content on a consistent basis but that’s where I’m at.
Creating rather than consuming has become my preference in this time period. The main reason I'm making this podcast is to ask a question of each and every one of you. How often are you putting the content you consume into action? A lot of people ask Chantz and me, “Why are you guys so into self-help? Are you consistently finding value from these things? I feel like you’re going to run out of things to learn and talk about.”
A common trap people seem to make when they talk about self-help is they believe everyone just reads self-help books to feel good and then they don’t take action from the concepts they learn. People who properly read these books consume the content and then produce a life centered around what they learn.
For example, I read Deep Work by Cal Newport and thought the concepts were amazing. If you've noticed in the episodes of this podcast where we actually review books, what we try to do is implement the things into our lives that can actually help improve our mental and physical capabilities. Unlike a consumer of content, what Chantz and I do is repurpose the things we've learned into pieces of new content for others to consume.
We improve our mental state with the books we review, improve our productivity habits, and then can talk about how those have been affected in future pieces of content themselves. This is how you create rather than merely consume content. The difference between a content creator and a consumer is that the content producer sits down and does something about what they've consumed. They're inspired by the quotes, tips, and tricks they've consumed and follow it up by taking action.
They don't passively listen and feel that they've accomplished something by reading a book. But instead, they sit down and do the work to make the actions the author suggests in the book a reality.
The 4-Hour Workweek is a book we started the book review series and we both enjoyed it very much. The funny thing is Chantz and I were both influenced by the concept of reading fiction before bed and dreamlining. Those concepts have been so impactful that they are engrained in our daily vocabulary.
I think that indicates how we both try our best to consistently implement the different things we learn from the content we consume rather than just sitting on the information and doing nothing about it. We may not be perfect, but I'll give ourselves some credit here. We create the things we consume rather than just “eating” the content and... well you know what happens after you eat a lot of food.
We make a pretty picture with the things that we read and listen to rather than leaving a mess and letting the things that we consume sit in our brain, have no action, and then are lost in the ether.
Start creating stop consuming.
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