For most of my life, I've been a remarkable consumer. I've easily spent over ten thousand hours over the span of fifteen years watching movies, listening to music, playing video games, and reading articles. According to Malcolm Gladwell, I've achieved mastery in the skill of consumption. All of this consuming has given me a head full of information, but has produced little value for the world.
Without eventually taking action or creating value, consumption is essentially useless.
No matter how many hours you spend watching YouTube videos on guitar playing, the only way you'll tangibly improve is by physically picking up a guitar and practicing.
My goal for all of us is to start creating more, in any form. Use creation to free you.
- Instead of listening to live music, become the person who plays the music.
- Instead of reading books, become the person who authors the book.
- Instead of watching movies, become the actor, or director of the movie.
In my experience, creation is almost always more valuable than consuming. You learn more, experience more, and have a shot at making an impact on the people around you.
The next time you sit down at your computer to consume, ask yourself:
How can I use this time to create instead?