#nosmallcreator A movement that has started a huge support network which provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to creators of all types. Something I owe much of my current motivation and inspiration to also. But does the name of the movement provide the emotional blanket that some new creators (me) need to move forward with their vision, a proverbial fist bump to those starting out or is the term 'no small creator' simply a paradox? In the context of Youtube creators, self made entrepreneurs and amateur film makers, I believe that there should be no spectrum of 'big or small', objectively we are no different to the most influential Youtubers on the platform.
Whether you're Casey Neistat, Cody Wanner or just beginning your Youtube journey, one of the largest obstacles faced as a creator isn't the sometimes seemingly unattainable goal of reaching those milestones in subscribers and watched hours, but the motivation to push forward and simply create. This is something that I've seen creators around me suffer from and I am no stranger to the feeling which is, in part, why I felt compelled to interrupt my regularly scheduled programming. I've been hunting the elusive creature we call motivation for some time and it's easy to find it slipping through your fingers just when you think you have a grasp.
If there's one thing that you take away from this short read it's this, procrastination can also be a good thing! This may sound like an obscure concept but bear with me here, the general consensus is that procrastination is a disposition of the unproductive. However, many of us actually do our more creative thinking during this period, when your brain slows down it ceases to filter your thoughts and this is when more imaginative ideas come to mind. The reason is because you're no longer distracted by filtered thoughts or attempting to process other (boring) information.
You'll also find that procrastination is a healthy way to avoid 'burning out', which can result in exhaustion, low mood and a further lack of productivity. As creators this is our Kryptonite! I've chosen to sit back and acknowledge the time spent procrastinating and to appreciate the benefits that can come from it. Now, I know that this may be a matter of opinion and definitely to be taken with a pinch of salt, but allowing your brain to generate ideas organically when you're struggling to motivate yourself may just be the gentle nudge you didn't know you needed.
With all of this being said, I would like to acknowledge everyone in the #nosmallcreator group for being a fountain of inspiration and support that all of us as creators would hope to never be without. As the saying goes; If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
You'll be able to find the Facebook group by clicking here and I highly recommend you join. If for nothing else, just to be around an amazing group of people. And for those of you that haven't subscribed to Cody Wanner (the very man that started this movement) on Youtube, do it now!
... And now back to our regularly scheduled programming.