I’m finally free to create content again!

April 19, 2024

Hey there! Guess what? I was strolling this morning with a buddy of mine, just chatting about life and stuff. And, you know what? It hit me – I’ve changed the way I do things, especially after reading this cool book Show Your Work by Austin Kleon. You should totally check it out!

So, my friend was curious about what I’ve been up to. I told him I’m all about sharing my journey now. It’s so different from my old self. Let me tell you, I used to be all about teaching and creating content that aimed to transform someone’s life. It was all about solving problems.

But here’s the thing:

  • I felt trapped, like I was constantly trying to meet expectations.
  • I was linking my self-worth to the value I provided through my content.
  • I always wanted to prove how cool I was by helping others.

Creating content back then was like saying, Hey, look at me! I’m valuable because I can teach you stuff! But let’s be real, it kind of felt like I was seeking approval.

There’s no shame in that game, though. Helping people and solving their problems? That’s awesome! But for me, things have taken a new turn. Now, I’m not focused on that kind of transformation.

If a transformation happens, cool. If not, that’s cool too. It’s no longer about proving my worth. It’s just about sharing my world with you.

Yep, you heard it right. I’m human, just like you. We all like a little pat on the back, don’t we? But I don’t feel that urge to show off anymore. That’s a big relief!

Could I still whip up content that teaches you something? Totally. But it’s not my main goal now. If my sharing helps you someway, that’s a bonus!

Here’s the kicker:

  • My self-worth isn’t tied to my content anymore.
  • I’m doing this for the joy of sharing, not for validation.
  • I’m curious to see where this journey takes us!

It’s like, take it or leave it, you know? If my stuff resonates with you, awesome! If not, no sweat, because you’re here for the real me, not just for what I can teach you.

So, what about you? Are you all about teaching and transforming lives? Or maybe you’re also finding joy in just sharing your story? Do you link your value to your content? There’s no right or wrong answer here.

I’m just stoked to be creating content again, without the pressure.

Gideon Shalwick


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