One of the perks of my job is that I have the chance to encourage and help people. A lot of people who find out that I am a creative director want to know how to get such a cool job.
Over the years I have come to realize that people are not asking how to become a creative director. People are really asking how to get a job doing something they love.
One of the biggest hurdles to doing what you love is discovering what you love. The problem is all have very limited imaginations.
I read a book on goal setting and they said that once you become intentional about goal setting you will find that your 5 year goal is probably a more realistic 1 year goal, and your 25 year goals are probably not big enough to be even 5 year goals.
We just don’t have the capacity to believe in ourselves like God does or sometimes even as much as our friends believe in us.
A major component of personal growth is inputing new knowledge and experiences into our life.
There is a famous quote: The difference between the you of today and the you of tomorrow is the people you meet and the media you consume.
Sitting on your duff won’t make you a better person. You have to do something that will input new knowledge and experiences into your soul.
Commonly we all input television into our bodies. That is usually a very shallow kind of experience. Television is not real and even the people are not real. Television gives us false expectations about people and life. Yeah, I am a fan of a few shows, but in most television everyone is beautiful and no one ever has to work. In television you get to sit around, drink, talk with friends, and your infant children never cry or need taken care of.
So what can you do to replace television? Reading is something worth considering.
In the past you were stuck with reading books. Thick books written by scholars. It could be hard to even find a book that interested you.
Reading isn’t what you grew up with in the 80′s and 90′s. In fact reading has drastically changed in just the last 5 years.
Reading used to be a commitment. It could take days or weeks to get through a book you may not even appreciate or agree with. Today reading a few paragraphs could just be what you needed to completely change your entire way of thinking.
Instead of choosing between heavy thought provoking books or the fluffy and shallow works of ad filled magazines, a new medium of blogging has started becoming established over the last 10 years.
What blogging did was fill the gap between books and magazines. It allows you access to the brightest people of any given field or subject. Todays bloggers generate more life changing content in a year then many authors of past were able to generate in a a lifetime.
The downside is that blogging and the internet has become overwhelming. The internet is so large you don’t know where to start, or even how to start.
At some point I started wondering how certain people on the internet had so much information. Did companies call up bloggers to let them know what was happening? Did bloggers spend all day dancing from site to site to gather their information and links?
At some point I discovered RSS feeds. RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication. It is a way to automate the capture of information from a website.
A normal way to read a website is to type in the url – the www address – and wait for the page to load. that can take 15seconds to a minute depending on your typing and internet speed. If you visit 10 sites you could be waiting for up to 10 minutes just for the pages to load into your computer because of all the ads.
Enter your RSS reader.
An RSS reader gathers the content for you. It categorizes the data and makes the data easy to read and use. I can read upwards of 500 articles in about 30 minutes. I read about RVing, self-improvement, writing, computer tricks and tips, finances, and creativity.
Everyday the articles come to me and I read the headlines. I read the most relevant articles with purpose. I store the best articles for later reference.
Everyday I am encouraged and learn new things. I reach out and contact writers and creators to ask questions and engage in new discussions.
I am shaped by new media and new people.
Less then 15% of internet users use RSS. So few people use the feeds that Google shutdown its RSS reader.
It’s the creators of what is on the internet that use RSS feeds. Almost all sites allow the use of RSS readers. They have a secret way to get the content. A way to bypass the ads, bypass the load times, a way to have instant access. A way to have all the information for free without the noise of normal internet travel.
This is post is going to be part 1. Part 2 will be a video tutorial on how to use Feedly.com. Part 3 will be a list of sources you should consider using.
My suggestion? Don’t wait. Go to Feedly.com and sign up. Add in a few websites you like to read. It really is not hard to do. You will not break anything if you can’t figure it out!
Start your journey to a better you today. Getting encouragement from outside sources is a great way to start learning more about your dreams and how to make them happen.