Hello! Welcome to the Synthesizer Skool. The goal of this skool is to help Educational Content Creators and Consultants reach Financial Freedom by mastering the META for the Great Online Game - Synthesizing. Start by checking out these links - Classroom - Roadmap - Mission - Resources - Impact, Income, Fun - University - Work with Andrew To kick things off, please comment below introducing yourself. Let us know: 1. Your name 2. What project you're currently focused on See you in the comments!
A few months ago something clicked in my head, and I understood the severity of the 'disjointed knowledge problem'. I recall painful years of grind and struggle, trying to avoid the shitty life I was on the trajectory towards. Yet no matter how hard I tried, I made no progress. It felt like something was stopping me. I now see that the thing stopping me wasn't external. It was internal. I didn't have the knowledge needed to understand which causes would lead to the effect I so desired. That caused me to waste a lot of time making no progress. And I can see clear pivot points in my life after consuming certain pieces of content. There's an obvious before/after, once someone had imparted their knowledge onto me. So why is there not a better, more efficient way to provide life-changing knowledge to the right people at the right time!? The internet has provided us the technology needed for this to happen. If someone knows the solution to a problem that I have, and the internet has provided the tech needed for that solution to be shared, WHY do I not know about it? Why are there billions of people suffering from problems that have simple solutions? I tried playing my part to solve this by creating my own YouTube channel. If it took me 10 months to learn a lesson, and I could share that with people in 10 minutes, what more value can I bring to this earth? But I soon realised that I was not enough. I don't know everything. In fact, I possess an infinitesimally small amount of the world's knowledge. That's why I created Synthesizer Skool. And I'm incredibly excited to announce we've just hit 1,000 members. Together, we have an absurd amount of power. And if we leverage that power in the right directions, I really believe we can make some magic. This might sound too hypey, but The Synthesizer Revolution is here! EDIT: We've now hit 2,000 members! Read my post about it here: https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/impact-income-fun
Here's what the journey ahead looks like: Step 1: Make your first piece of content Step 2: Get in the habit of creating Step 3: Make your first dollar Step 4: Get 10,000 followers Step 5: Make $10,000/month Step 6: Financial freedom A note about habits: Reaching all six steps is possible, but it's a long road ahead. If you're only creating content for views, followers, or money, then you probably won't make it. In the beginning, you won't get those things. So you'll quit. The solution is to fall in love with creating. To create out of intrinsic motivation. Because you enjoy it. And just the process of creating helps you. A note about money: Money is important. But I don't think it's our end goal here. Content is growing exponentially. Our attention is limited. The role of the synthesizer becomes more important every single day. Our end goal is to commit to solving the 'disjointed knowledge problem' full-time. Now that's a meaningful goal. A note about $10,000/month: It is possible to earn much more than this through synthesizing, but this is roughly the point where your happiness stops increasing as you earn more. A note about Financial Freedom: The goal isn't to sit on a beach and drink cocktails. The goal is to use this freedom to make art. To create something beautiful for the other people on earth. At this point significant impact can be made. A note about "Celebrations": This community has exceeded my expectations in terms of energy and aliveness. I didn't quite realise how strongly being synthesizers would resonate with you guys. Thank you, sincerely, for your response. I've added a "celebrations" post category. I think this will add to the energy of the group. Whenever you hit part of the roadmap, make a post! We will keep track of how many people are at each level. Also feel free to post other celebrations not on the roadmap. Final notes: This roadmap is definitely not final. If you see any problems with it, comment below. If you can think of anything you think should be added, comment below.
@Alan Delmontr Other than finding problems it's always a good idea to keep knowledge distribution in mind. I think digital products & memberships/ subscriptions (along with ckient work, although I don't know if that applies to you) is the best way to gain income. Congrats & happy creating!
That's what I felt like doing a year ago, last March. I started my channel January 3, 2021 (STEP 1) and posted several videos. I was excited and put a ton of effort into it. But then I hit the "Dip". People weren't watching and I got out of bed with a "vulnerability hangover" every day. As my feet hit the ground next to my bed I thought, "I will just stop and delete it all of it. Who do I think I am?" 🤢 Then in April, a video that I had previously posted, somehow latched into ranking in search and started to pick up steady views. I'd like to say that I was strong enough to keep going by myself, but this little push was desperately needed. Mother Algorithm threw me a bone. She's not all bad. 🦴 After that, I took months to put out a few different videos, but not because I was procrastinating anymore, but because I was learning what I needed to learn to put out videos that more matched the vision I had for them. I still wasn't completely happy, but I was getting better on all fronts of the Youtube creation cycle. By September I was cranking out fresh videos consistently along with breaking up older longer videos and releasing them as more digestible clips. (STEP 2) A few of these then even got picked up by Browse and Search as well. Plus, I felt like my content was getting better. My first video was no cuts with a title card and a sprinkle of music. Now my edit timelines look like a murder scene. 🔪 I even started to make money on Anchor by releasing my videos as podcast episodes (STEP 3). By the end of December and into January I had spikes on multiple videos. But then it fell back down. Was I a failure?! No, the numbers just fell back to about November's average, but I had already adapted. The reality is that I had a spike, and I'm still picking up subs. But it won't be exponential every day. And part of me wants to blame the recommendation system, but I know it's actually on me. I need to make a better product, especially in the thumbnail and title department! Quantity plus quality WILL get seen. I've already seen it happen. Just do it again. And again. And better. And then again.
#How to grow on YouTube So after finishing this course I decided to take a whole new approach thanks to Andrew's/Mr. Beasts advice. Here's what I tried different compared to my other videos: - Cut out ANY dead time/points of low interest in my video - Started with idea that I think alot of viewers would be interested in - Made the video much shorter than my usual vids - Tried to focus on making a title and thumbnail that would get high CTR - No intro/outro just cut straight to the point - Added "questions" into my video that the viewer would want answered - Used actual question marks to help insinuate it. - Delivered on what the title and thumbnail said - Overall just tried to have full audience retention the whole video RESULTS - The video has only been up a few days but it got almost double the CTR of my normal videos! - It was a shorter video BUT it managed to get a much higher average viewer duration than normal. (Usually 10-20%. This one was 50%+) - And the most important: I learned alot! Focusing on CTR and AVD completely changed how I structured my videos. Learning to focus on THE IDEA more than anything else is so crucial. Thanks Andrew!
I just became a "video creator" i guess. i've made 2 videos and honestly, I feel like I'm learning a lot about myself in this process. I don't know tho. Am I really a "creator"? Maybe the algorithm is the creator, and I'm the pawn. I don't know. Here is a video by struthless that talks about the flywheel problem for creators https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ieq6V3o4rqM&list=LL&index=2
I've got covid so had to shoot all my b-roll in my bedroom haha - decided to make a video about sacred hours (a topic @Andrew Kirby featured in the Classroom I believe) because it's a really powerful concept/tool in my view. As always would love your thoughts, the good and especially the bad! https://youtu.be/ggkUG4Q-0fQ
So I made a new video about the tactics, I plan to use to grow my channel, I hope you will find it useful for your channel, Also, feedback is appreciated, I used a new editing style, with animations, and a progress bar. (and yes, this video was recorded before I got the I should look at the camera advice) I used MrBeast because people will recognize him (content hacking) https://youtu.be/BXJS5d_yhrc as you noticed, the 4th one is missing, what would you put there?
Lots of us YouTubers also are keen writers, so I thought I'd share this 1 minute blog post by Scott Adams called The Day You Became a Better Writer. It is incredibly straightforward but it is a great example of the Pareto Principle, if you do the things this blog talks about, you'll get 80% of the results for 20% of the effort. https://dilbertblog.typepad.com/the_dilbert_blog/2007/06/the_day_you_bec.html Another good blog to check out is this one about "delayed gratification" by James Clear. Being consistent on YouTube often relies on the vision of future success, and delaying our gratification, so its useful to know how it works! https://jamesclear.com/delayed-gratification
As @Andrew Kirby recently tweeted, it used to be the 5 people closest to you that influence you most, now it is the 5 people you follow online that influence you the most. This is your information diet. I've used this idea over the past few years to find people who inspire me to do the things that I want to do like write online, create YouTube videos and make money on the internet. In this video I talk about the most influential 5 for me, which is Mike Boyd, Ali Abdaal, Brene Brown, Gary Vaynerchuk and Naval Ravikant.
#15 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die Essentialism is a powerful book for people feeling overwhelmed. It makes the importance of clear intention and focus glaringly clear. I'd like to share with you the blog post I wrote about it: https://cswidmaier.substack.com/p/99-percent-of-what-you-do-is-worthless?utm_source=url
The value of this video for the Synthesiser Skool community is to show that it's good to be vulnerable and vulnerability can help make your content more relatable. I'm experimenting with this one to see if people engage more, despite the fact that it is completely unedited. Sometimes it might not lead to virality, but it will help lead to a more engaged audience and returning viewers, which I think is really important to maintain a stable view count.
Watching this was really nice -- thank you for the reminder! After hearing all those examples I feel like vulnerability is really part of almost everything worth doing/ necessary. Even though that's hard to accept sometimes :) ("Two and a half fingers", I laughed out loud at this one!)
For months I didn't want to start a newsletter because it is only for audience maintenance, not for audience growth. Then I realised that the size of your audience is the number of people you can contact at any time. And a newsletter is the only place that can guarantee the number of people you can contact at any time increases. No other social media platform can do that. I want my audience to grow over time, so I'm starting a newsletter. It's called Sunday Synthesis. You can sign up here. Every week me and my team consume 500 pieces of content, then email you the best (and least well known) 5. Here's where you come in. The 5 pieces of content will be curated from the "Content Recommendations" category here on Synthesizer Skool. Every piece of content will be credited to the person that found that piece of content. Meaning that if you post valuable content on Skool, and it makes the top 5 of the week, then on the newsletter I will link to your social platforms so that you can grow your audience. Here is an example of the first newsletter. Congrats @Shivam Jha for making the first newsletter. I have included a link to your YouTube channel. I should note that this newsletter is in beta stages, so things may change in the future. If you can think of any way to improve the newsletter, please let me know.
But then people need to take initiative and spent time sith you on a call... I don't see that happening often unless you offer value in return. I think keeping a closer circle of supporters on a membership basis or something makes more sense (although it is probably harder to build)
Athlean-X grew a large audience by 'putting the science back in strength'. I think there's a huge opportunity to 'put the science back in self-help', or really any field. If anyone enjoys understanding the science on certain topics, there's big opportunity to create science-backed YouTube videos about that topic.
Yes, I'm alive, moving on: The script, the visuals and overall the vibe of this video is literally amazing. To broaden my skillset and have more than just short animations on my channel, I'd love to start filming myself as well. And to keep things as straight forward as possible, the video I just found will be the style guide. (Straightforward because I've noticed my 4 step process is: 1. Notice I'm overcomplicating things 2. Making a commitment to stop overcomplicating things 3. Overcomplicating things anyways 4. Repeat) I need to study now, but I'll write a list of things this video does right (according to me), later
I've watched over 100 hours of Jordan Peterson on YouTube. He's always fascinated me. He's also helped me. Anyway, I've been meaning to do the Self authoring program by Jordan Peterson for 2 years now. I finally did one part of the 4-step program. The Present Authoring - Faults exercise. Man was it long and arduous. But so absolutely worth it. In the spirit of learning in public, I've shared a screenshot of all my faults that I consolidated. And also the ones that I think are high priority. I'll be working on them. The program's already helped me to structure my thoughts and consolidate what I'd do differently. It took me a total of 5 hours of focused work. Cumulative 7 hours.
Oh I've never heard of this program, but I just had a great time looking into it, so thanks for that... This really reminds me of the book "Redirect: The Surprising New Science of Psychological Change" by Timothy Wilson about what he calls the story-editing approach. This seems to have a similar core! I feel like I've been babying myself (XD) without much of a plan, so I might give this a try as well!
Just do it! I was only able to attend for the last ten minutes today but in that time alone I heard some really interesting things. I hesitated before because I was a little anxious about enabling the camera and/or unmuting myself, but that's normal I guess. At least the first time I decided to stay a bit in the background, that could be an option for people to get comfortable (especially if you're younger). Next time I'll join the conversation for real and I hope that anybody who has been thinking of joining is there next time! Thanks again for doing this, fellow synthesizers :D
(also: I refuse to have a consistent voice on here. You're just going to have to deal with whatever writing style I'm with at the moment until I slowly find my own... Someday maybe) What am I doing? Good question. No idea. Or rather: I have no time to think about what I'm doing because I'm constantly putting out fires in my life. Not nice. Although to be honest, not too bad either. The alternative is worse. Because the alternative is spending time I could be making stuff on 𝙥𝞘𝙖𝙣𝙣𝙞𝙣𝙜 to make stuff instead. Not nice either. So here is my newest semie-impulsive plan to get it together: Just make stuff. Every day. I̶f̶ ̶p̶o̶s̶s̶i̶b̶l̶e̶.̶ Inspired by this video by a funky dude who makes really great stuff on TikTok and apparently on YouTube as well. Maybe I should start today. (Maybe you should too)
After an amazing call with the @Benedek Santa @Allan R. @Mike Aheirwe @Corey Bennett Boardman @Shivam Jha @Sathya S @Daniel Reynolds @Connor Widmaier @Addison Everett we have decided that keep these calls at least of the next 5 weeks of the challenge. The goal for the next week: get 20 people on the call Next week's speakers are: @Connor Widmaier he will talk about copywriting and the principles of persuasive writing https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OgiJ-GmLL36D8DrINyMbH_-ZpGMhz-eRpeX2YK7Cvnk/edit# @Mike Aheirwe will talk about the editing and how to edit to keep the attention of the viewer structure of the call: 1. introduction of the members 10:00-10:15 2. Presentations + Questions 10:15-10:40 ( 10 min presentation + 5 min questions to the speaker) 3. Q and A 10:40-10:50 4. Choosing next week's speakers + new ideas 10:50-11:00 Basics of the call: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1usz4Jbq4W8m-G9Y6g-IBnTerEybhgBhikFtIh4ymwk8/edit?usp=sharing the call is about 1h but if you want to jump in for some part you are free to do that recording of this week's call: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RIU7YZvR7mPxvs-MhZObo5fvYqFTz2Ga/view?usp=sharing , the introduction is a little cut-out, and something happened with @Benedek Santa voice, but besides that everything is recorded the call is at 10 AM CEST
Gm Synthesizers, thanks for your help! If you're curious, here is the tweet. Also, here is the ultimate growth strategy: https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/how-to-make-successful-people-engage-with-you-grow-your-network
We, me and someone I had a long conversation with recently, both have the qualities necessary for success: Discipline, motivation, intelligence... We're both a similar age with similar goals. But he seemed to live up to his full potential while I felt like every day was a new headache. 𝗪𝗵𝘆? 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝘄𝗼 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗜 𝗱𝗶𝗱𝗻'𝘁: 𝗥𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆. Let's look into both. The first thing is simpler. He has a realistic routine he follows week in and week out. I sort of wing it every time. So I'm also starting to follow a sustainable routine that will hopefully enable me to reach my creative dreams without neglecting family or education. 𝗡𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝗺𝘂𝗰𝗵 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗴𝗲𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲, 𝗶𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼 𝗽𝗼𝗶𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁, 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗳𝗲𝗲𝗹 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝘄𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗱. 𝗢𝗿 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀 𝗜 𝗱𝗼. While I had goals and a vague idea of how to get there, he had a humble conviction that made me a little jealous. While I struggled to answer the same question (Money? Legacy? Love...?), he could easily name his life's purpose. And so on. The reason for my persistent doubt, constant fear and challenging emotions was simple: I lacked clarity. Of course, something that came so naturally to him couldn't be copied by me in the same way. 𝗜𝗻𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗜 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗮 𝘀𝗼𝗹𝘂𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗶𝘁𝘆. I took a few days to think, really think. 𝙄 𝙨𝙩𝙧𝙪𝙣𝙜 𝙩𝙤𝙜𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙨 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙚 𝙖𝙨 𝙄 𝙘𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢 𝙖 𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙛𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚. Is it flawed? Heck yes! Did I have to solve lots of imaginary problems to convince myself? Absolutely! Can I summarize my future in one sentence? No, but I can describe it in lots of sentences. Which is better than before, when I had no sentences at all. 𝗦𝗼 𝗜 𝘄𝗿𝗼𝘁𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝘁𝘆 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗱𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗿𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗳𝘂𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘃𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻. 𝗜𝘁'𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗴𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 𝗺𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗳𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝗹𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗶𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗳𝗹𝗲𝘅𝗶𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗰𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗲. And that's it, that's my handbook. 𝗛𝗮𝗻𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗼 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗱, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱 𝗿𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗹 𝗜 𝗵𝗶𝘁 𝗮 𝘄𝗮𝗹𝗹.
Why do we go to college? Is college there to • teach you how to think? • farm minor league athletes? • promote scientific research? One of the (many) problems of American universities is that they try to do all these things and much more. (while sinking our youth into a lifetime of debt) I went to a classic American liberal arts college. The goal of a liberal arts education is to "build students into freethinkers, open communicators, knowledgeable citizens, and respectable individuals." - Lyon College If you went to college too, is this the outcome you got? From first-hand experience, most of my classmates were more interested in partying than becoming "knowledgeable citizens" or "respectable individuals." Actually, they used the word "degenerate" (the opposite of a respectable individual) as a term of endearment like bro or buddy. (I wrote a blog about this here) Listen, college was fun, and I'm thankful for the experience. And in many ways, it's better than sitting at home, especially for networking. But if the goal of college is to teach you to be a reasonable, knowledgeable thinker, there are better (and extremely cheaper options). One of those options is the Great Mental Model series from Farnam Street. Filling your brain with useful mental models across diverse disciplines is like loading your toolbox up with a range of tools. You can't be sure when you will need them, but it doesn't hurt to have them. “Developing the habit of mastering the multiple models which underlie reality is the best thing you can do.” — Charlie Munger Lastly, I am not totally against university. Like Sam Ovens has said, if you have no idea what you want to do it's probably better than sitting at home, and if I hadn't gone to college, I couldn't have gotten a Fulbright scholarship to live in Germany. But the main point is: University is not a magic pill; Stop waiting for someone or some institution to save you.
Interesting take. This makes me want to research the american school system. I've often heard people criticise/doubt college in the US, I don't think I've ever heard of that here in Germany (sure, no majority goes to university, but it isn't as criticised on that level). What's the difference? The problem? I'd like to hear your thoughts on this
Richard Wiseman is a professor of Psychology at University of Hertfordshire who studies and writes about the science of self-help. (He's also an amateur magician, which I very much enjoy.) He has a YouTube channel devoted to the subject ((220) In59seconds - YouTube), and one of his books is explicitly about this topic: https://www.amazon.com/59-Seconds-Think-little-change/dp/1447273370 I *highly* recommend him as one potential source of information to synthesize, if you want to bring science into self-help. 🙂 He has a number of other books on related topics, and he also maintains another YouTube channel that's more about fun facts about psychology in general ((220) Quirkology - YouTube). (This post is a cross-post from the comments thread in @Andrew Kirby's topic, "Putting the science back in self-help" found here: https://www.skool.com/synthesizers/putting-the-science-back-in-self-help.)
(I say as if everything I've made *isn't* weird) Here's basically some critisism from me to myself: - I somehow forgot I am a literal beginner in animation.... Mistakes where made: I need to continue trying stuff out and learning (with REALISTIC expectations, though, gosh darn it) - From now on: One minute animations every week on Saturday, maybe. At least for a while (because sustainability & consistency is the goal right now) - I can't continue using my laptop for animation (or this thing will die before I get to my fifth animation), sooo hardware update - Plus I need to find a routine. I think I'll start pre-producing scripts & voiceovers on vacations, so i only have to animate during school weeks... More on this in a post soon If you have anything to comment/add, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this... Anyway, see you tomorrow
Before I get to telling you about what I want to do differently to archive both consistency and sustainability, here are some good news: I got the scholarship for an elite boarding school here in Germany. ( @Andrew Kirby remember the silly introduction video I send you to get into this skool? It's the one I mention :D) I know we shouldn't go off topic, but this scholarship changes a lot about my content creation work as well. This means I now have a source of motivation (which is working for what the scholarship doesn't cover; paying for my education) and a clear idea of where I want to be in 3 years (which is taking clients in animation & digital/traditional art + publishing my comics/graphic novels and written work). I already reached step one, now it's time to reach step two and three: 1. Going at least partly regional! Making half my content in German: I have the unfair advantage of speaking German (better than speaking English, unfortunately) and living in the middle of Europe (surrounded by most German speaking countries). Having a majority of German clients both commission- and publishing-wise is an advantage because shipping costs are lower, we share the same language and the same currency. 2. Having a clear schedule! It's hard for me to stay productive inside the same system because the stuff that works keeps changing... Still, a proper schedule, where I start creating the next video days instead of weeks after the first one, makes sense for me. That's what I'll be focusing on. What will you do? (And do you have any additional consistency tips? I am *struggling*)