What I found at the end of the rabbit hole.

What I found at the end of the rabbit hole.

So I've been recording a video every day for a week now, and I love it! It gives me a chance to figure out what I like and what I don't, what is finished and what is incomplete, and finally, what should be scripted and what doesn't need to be.

I love a learning experience as much as anyone!

Today's video is going up on the blog because I wanted you to know what I'm doing and give you a bunch of rebel resources in case you've been uninspired these days.

I forgot my dream, a vlog and a chance to reconnect.

I forgot my dream, a vlog and a chance to reconnect.

It's funny...

I finally decided to vlog and the first thing I did was to brainstorm ideas I could talk about. That is, topics I could do and things I could help people with, and basically, an entire "vlogging strategy." But when my first official vlog took me an entire day to edit and ended up being too quiet to hear anything (wrong mic), I realized something pretty big.

I was tired of producing content.

I was tired of doing things as I should do them.

I was tired of strategy and doing things in a "smart" way.

There are a LOT of courses out there, but not many are for rebels.

There are a LOT of courses out there, but not many are for rebels.

You know how there was a time you bought all the online courses?

Or maybe you still do, you poor thing...

Some you take, and they sort of help, while others you forget and put away.

And while most are really helpful, I don't question that, I wonder how many consider the fact that you're a unique human being. Most of them provide some sort of blueprint that helped someone make 6-figures, and you try the same tactics, but guess what! 

They don't feel good. Or they don't work the same. Whyyyyy?

Why creative rebels need to stick together.

Why creative rebels need to stick together.

Apart from the obvious 'birds of a feather' thing...

You know how you grew up with people calling you "weird" and making faces behind your back? How you were always the odd (wo)man out? How trying to fit in somehow made things worse and when you finally did, you still felt out of place?

Congratulations, you're a rebel.

And I get your frustration, I really do. I lived that life, so I get how hard it is to be different. Except you're not different, you are unique - and by the way everyone is - and the difference you perceive is in the way you think, compared to other people.

What is a creative rebel?

What is a creative rebel?

I get this question a lot. 

The other thing I get a lot is people saying they're NOT rebels.

Thing is, when I look at the people who say they're not rebels, they're the biggest rebels out there, and they're just insecure because "rebel" sounds like some sort of activist or revolutionary who changes the world and breaks rules on a daily basis.

Nope. A creative rebel is nothing like that.

Forget the numbers and focus on the work.

Forget the numbers and focus on the work.

Yesterday was a peculiar day.

First I got a clear rebel call to action on twitter from Jason Zook.

He said,

Ask yourself this question: "Is anyone ACTUALLY using the social share buttons on my website?" If the answer is no, remove the damn thing! Mediocre content doesn't get shared just because you slapped social sharing icons on your site. Great content gets shared no matter what.

Which made total sense and had me reexamine why I was using Sumo.

Get ready to be aligned.

Get ready to be aligned.

You know how I keep saying how much I hate webinars?

I don't think my aversion to webinars comes from the format or even because they usually contain slides. Mostly, I dislike what they represent - shameless promotion. Obviously, we all need to promote ourselves, but do we need to do it in this way? I mean, giving people some kind of info-dump followed by advertising doesn't sound so good to me.

I'd much rather provide an actual experience, but maybe that's just me.

Thing is, when you dump information on people, it's not a guarantee they'll apply it afterwards. How many times have you seen a webinar and just gone onto the next one? This is the problem with the Internet right now - too. much. consumption. too. little. action. People keep talking about their great plans, but when you check up on them months later, they're still in the inception stage, planning great things soon, but not yet.

Sorry, but planning doesn't count, the actual execution does...

You say you're different? Prove it.

You say you're different? Prove it.

There's a big difference between talking and walking the talk.

In the first instance you can say anything you want. Make yourself look good and professional. Even pronounce to the world that you're "different."

What you can't do, however, is fake walking your talk. It's just not possible.

If you're saying you're different, next we want to see from you HOW you are different (and if we can't find proof you're different, we'll know you're just talking). Is your brand original, does your copy scream you, or is your business model all wacky?

Something you do - or all that you do - needs to be different if you say you are.

Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Does everything feel like a chore? Let's make your business fun again.

Instead of throwing the usual daily tantrum:

Waaaa, I don't wanna do this today! and Work is boring, when do I play?

Now I find myself feeling more excited than frustrated:

Wheeeeeee, I can't wait to start tomorrow, and enthusiasm-related insomnia.

Don't get me wrong, work is still work, but I feel like I stumbled upon something that really helped me design a life that is more fun than it is work. It's a simple exercise, which you can try for yourself after watching the short video below. 

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained.

How 2016 eliminated my shoulds, so only musts remained.

Being a creative, you probably know about Elle Luna's book.

Briefly, it's about coming up to a crossroads in your life where you have to choose between Should and Must, meaning the way you should live your life and the way you are called to live your life. And if you're a rebel, must will always prevail.

My 2016 was all about eliminating Should and free up space for Must.

After reading some fellow creative business owner's end of year reports, I know I wasn't alone. Just when you think you're alone in something, others speak up, and then your heart fills with joy because there are people out there who understand you.

Now back to my year...