Don't Live In A Big City

Why you don't need to live in a big city to do big things with your life

September 24, 2018

When I was growing up, I had this idea in my head that in order for me to do big things with my life, I had to live in a big city. Like I would fantasize about having an office in New York City. But it wasn't until I lived in New York City and had an office that I realized, this wasn't what I dreamed. 

You see I was craving what Hollywood glamorized as a career goal. But in reality it was just things. I hated going to that office everyday. I hated paying crazy amounts of money to keep those doors open. And on-top of it, it did absolutely nothing for my career. The only benefit was the reality check I received when I was there. It completely changed my perspective and my mindset. We live in a new era.

You don't have to live in a big city to do big things anymore. I'm currently writing this newsletter at home, in my pajamas. This is my dream. I love what I do. I love working from the comfort of my own home. I don't need an office to impress anyone. I don't need to play the part of what society portrays as a successful entrepreneur. I can't even spell entrepreneur without a spell check.

This week, I made a video about exactly that for my YouTube channel. Honestly, I think it's the best work I've ever done. Again, I had reshoot it about 7 different times, but each time I did, it got better and better. It also got easier and easier. 

About 9 months ago, at the start of this year, I didn't even own video editing software or a camera. I had zero experience making films. In fact, my first video was just me talking into my iPhone for 16 minutes. Fast forward a couple of months, and I made my first tutorial video which now has over 16,000 views.

I made that video just for fun too. I searched hours on google on how to do a certain thing in Unity and I was shocked how little information there was on this topic. So when I finally discovered how to do it, I made a video explaining my process.

Now 16,000 views isn't a lot compared to what most of YouTube receives for barely anything, but 16,000 views is a monster of a milestone for me. And that small achievement and flow of positive feedback I receive in the comments almost daily now is what sparked my interest in making more videos.

I started this blog, newsletter and YouTube channel to create an audience. When I would launch my new games on the App Store, I realized that I don't have any platforms to really share it. I have about 300 friends and family on Facebook that usually get excited about these new games, but it's capped at that. My game, regardless of how good it is, barely tops 1,000 downloads. So I needed a way to share these things in my life, with like-minded people who would jump at the opportunity. 

So I guess you can say this whole venture was just a big marketing idea. But, what it has transformed into, for me, is quite amazing. This newsletter is my base. It keeps me grounded and having that routine of writing it gives me an opportunity to look back and reflect on my goals for the year. It keeps me focused. And now this YouTube channel has gone from an experiment, to something I think I want to do full-time. 

I love story-telling. I love giving back and teaching. And I love creating. As long as I am doing that, I will be happy.

But my big takeaway from this week, is that nothing should stop you from doing. I learned how to make a great film in less nine months. Even as soon as last week I didn't think it was possible. When I started my journey at the beginning of the year, I didn't have a plan. I just wanted to do something that made me happy. Where I am at today, is not where I was heading in the beginning. But that's the beauty of working towards something. You need to just get up and do, and let the path present itself. My only guide is making sure I love what I am doing. If the answer is ever no, then I pivot in a new direction. I'm not guided by money, or attention or even feedback I receive from my fans.

It's as simple as asking myself, do you enjoy this? And if the answer is yes, I know I'm on the right path. 

(wal•do) — Person
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