229. Is YouTube for You? His Passion Says, "Just DO It!"
At 18 or 19, while working a fairly menial job, Dusty Porter started making and posting YouTube videos, and more or less forgetting about them. Then one day he heard from YouTube, asking if he would like to be a YouTube partner. He had no idea what that meant, so he starting doing some research. Maybe there was something in it…
Dusty Porter is a content creator at heart. From voice acting to creating screencast videos or content for his 100,000-subscriber YouTube channel, his passion is helping people make their online video entrepreneurial dreams come true. Recently he created a podcast, YouTube Creators Hub, featuring video creators telling how they’re growing their YouTube channels.
How Did You Start Using Your Talents?
“When I was a teenager in high school, l loved technology and I wanted to become a teacher.” Instead of a formal classroom setting, Dusty’s path took him straight to the Internet, first to learn online skills and then teach them to a worldwide audience. “You have to keep in mind that YouTube was just beginning to take off when I uploaded my first videos,” he explains. “We’ve barely scratched the surface of building more and more thriving online communities.”
The Most Impactful Turning Point?
At his first job at the YMCA, Dusty was doing the work he was given, day after day, gradually advancing. “I began to realize that I wanted something more for my life, something that could impact people outside of my little town or my state. I wanted to be able to make a difference, and educate people, whether that be technology or online video, or whatever else I might find.”
The Most Powerful Lessons Learned?
“The first principle I believe in, that’s really helping me currently, is that you need to set some goals. If you have your goals laid out, they will motivate you to get that content out and released. The second thing is, you’ve just got to DO it. Until you’re putting something out there, you cannot improve upon it. There are so many people who are talking and not doing. I think once you actually start throwing stuff against the wall, you’re gonna realize that you DO have the talent, that you CAN do it.”
Steps to Success from Dusty Porter
1. Set tangible goals and work to achieve them.
2. Have the courage to “put yourself out there” and get over the fear of rejection or ridicule.
3. Look for ways to help other people learn, grow and do what they love.
4. Find ways to create supportive communities and serve them.
On His Bookshelf
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich, by Timothy Ferriss
Podcasts and audio by Gary Vaynerchuk, Pat Flynn, Jon Lee Dumas
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