I remembered when I first got out of college. I spent half my time building my video production agency and the other half doing content marketing for Fuzed. Once I got the hang of managing the podcast, Jake, my boss, gave me the project of creating feature release landing pages with an accompanying explainer video for each new integration that came out. (Fuzed makes integrations similar to how Zapier works)
At the time, it was such a struggle to write the copy for the video, then write the copy for the landing page, then go into Wordpress and put it together. It took me days to get one done, and was painfully frustrating. This frustration lead me to think I would be much better off putting my time building my agency, why am I working for Jake? My agency work is creative and fun and these copywriting tasks are a pain. Of course, this attitude lead to a lack of initiative on my end, leaving Jake with disappointment.
When we parted ways, my initial thought was Yes now I have the free time to work on what I want to work on. But It’s been a year since that time and I regret dropping the ball and allowing Jake to be disappointed in me. It's not that I feel regret because of a loss of opportunity to work at Fuzed, but because I went from being an A player to being a C player once I was assigned set of projects that I wasn’t excited about.
If I think about completing the same project now, I could knock out a feature release landing page + video in a few hours. It seems so easy now.
Since the projects I’ve worked on at Fuzed, I’ve completed a lot of random freelance projects and many of them had really frustrating tasks. Tasks that weren’t fun challenging, but boring challenging. Many of them I felt underpaid and undervalued. But I acknowledge that this will continue to happen in life. You’ll always run into hard tasks that feel uninspiring. Grind through them. Tasks that seem mountainous now will feel really easy a few months later.
Yes, I can still see the the other side of this argument: It would be good for you to craft your life and career in a way that's free from tasks that suck energy from you, and fill it with tasks that give you energy and that you’re eager to do, but that’s something to strategize and tweak as you choose paths to take in the future. If there’s a current deadline and a project that needs completion, grind through it first. It’s not worth it to disappoint people, and definitely not worth it to see yourself as incompetent.
Nowadays, Podcasting is all the rage. So to be helpful, Jake Hower of Fuzed created an in-depth 5 part video series that goes into everything you need to know to get your podcasting set up.
Video 1: Jake outlines an introduction to Podcasting and what it's all about
Video 2: Jake tells us why we should podcast, why its growing, and what results you can get out of it.
I received a thought-provoking email from a reader about the nature of the internet. Here's the key quote that I think many people with empathize with:
I feel like a big luddite for saying this, but I hate the internet for what it brings out in me.
... I am trying to deal with what can only be described as an addiction.
Addiction to high-stimulation-distraction is quite common for intelligent people in the modern era. Surfing the internet, video games, things like that. There's sort of a natural selection websites go through, where the more addicting sites win out and spread and take marketshare and mindshare away from less addicting sites. Paul Graham wrote about this in, "The Acceleration of Addictiveness."
Three key thoughts for you, and then I'll share some of my experience with it -