Making Stuff and Being Myself

Do you remember when you were a kid and someone asked you;

“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

Do you remember what your answer was?

I do. For the longest time, I wanted to be a famous filmmaker (big shocker, I know). As I grew older (and realized life really isn’t that simple), I altered course and it eventually led me to marketing, product management and, of course, entrepreneurship.

Even still, it hasn’t left me with any clear direction or path.

And you know what? I’m okay with that.

Over the past little while, I have been struggling to define myself, my role and my future. What am I going to do? How am I going to do it? And most importantly, who the fuck am I?

I don’t want to be melodramatic but I’ve been thinking about it a lot. And I think I’ve finally settled on an answer:

I want to be me.

Why? Because I’m interested in a lot of shit and I want to do it all.

And more than anything, I want to be true to myself and the people around me.

I want to create stuff and help other people create stuff.

It’s that simple. I don’t really care how I do it. I just want to do it. However that ends up changing, I want to create cool things and show other people how to do the same.

There’s absolutely nothing stopping me from doing — well, anything I want.

Here’s my basic framework for making stuff;

Plan → Build → Launch → Repeat.

Everything starts with a plan. Before you can create something, you need to know what you are doing and why you are doing it.

Then you need to actually build whatever it is that you want to create.

Once it’s built, it’s time to share it with the world.

Then you need to do it all over again!

Nothing is more satisfying than coming up with an idea and seeing it through to the end. That’s why I love hearing people talk about their personal projects or their business ideas.

Everything great in this world started out as an idea.

Humans were born to create — so that’s what we should do. And that’s what I want to help other people to do.

So here’s my call-to-action: MAKE STUFF

Get out there; start that blog, record those videos, build that app, start that business.

You’re probably just as sick as I am of not making stuff. It’s all well and good to come up with an idea — but seriously, ideas are a dime a dozen.

Nobody gives a fuck about your idea, they care about what you make.

So go make stuff.

That’s all folks.