All skills should start small

Whether you are working on a habit, goal, or developing a skill, you should always start small. It is hard to really get in shape by going to the gym 5x a week, especially if you have never gone before. Learning to develop small changes in your life that can snowball into the life-changing effects you want is a valuable skill to have.

For the past couple of years I've wanted to start a YouTube channel. Okay, let's be honest, circa 2015, a month or so after Casey Neistat started is daily vlogs, I was hooked. I enjoyed his storytelling and the way he presented information via video. I have no intention of being a daily vlogger, but I do want to be able to tell a story visually like Casey does, just with my own spin.

So for 5 years, in the back of my mind I have always thought about starting to regularly uploading content to YouTube. The issue I ran into was that I didn't know what kind of content to upload. I don't take vacations regularly, so travel vlogs were out. Most of my days are mirror images of each other, so daily vlogs were out. While I have a CS background and love tech, I don't really want to do a programming channel or review tech all the time. So I never started.

But at the end of 2020 I started thinking about it some more. The truth is that I suck when it comes to all the core skills related to being on YouTube:

  • I don't know how to put together a story
  • I am really bad at speaking to a camera
  • My composition skills need a lot of work
  • I have very basic editing skills
  • I don't know how to color grade
  • I know next to nothing about audio

But these are all skills that I am interested improving. So I came to the realization that since my first 50+ videos are going to suck anyways, it doesn't matter what the content is. I don't need to have a theme for my channel right now. I might as well get started. As long as I learn to improve a little in each video, then I will be better off than if I didn't start at all. Hopefully during that time, I can figure out what I do like to talk about and can define my channel.

Right now this is all about me developing skills. I am not trying to take it anywhere. If you want to follow along with each of my first 50 videos and the lessons I am learning, you can check out the project here. I hope to complete this project in 2021.

I would recommend figuring out what skill, habit, or goal you wish you will have developed in a few years and then define a small task you can do to get one step closer. If you want to hear more about this concept check out my first video here.

Ryan Mathews

Ryan Mathews

San Francisco, CA