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. Here are some links you might find interesting: - Classroom - Roadmap - Mission - Resources - Impact, Income, Fun - University I also hope that the community will be more valuable than the classroom. To kick things off, please create a post to introducing yourself. Let us know: 1. The type of content you love the most 2. The problem you're currently working on Then feel free to ask questions, add value, ask for help, or share any cool content you've recently found. Enjoy.
#Take notes / Learnings: when writing notes, you should set up a system that these notes add up to something (compound, like interest). Most people write unrelated notes quickly, and they end up with a pile of unrelated notes. These notes help to process your thoughts, but they do not compound. Compounding is key, and for this you need a system (like Evergreen notes - see the Andy Matuschak's links).
#A reading list of reading lists / Steve Jobs reading list https://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/12-books-steve-jobs-wanted-you-to-read.html Elon Musk reading list https://sppl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/1122069627/1173031577
#15 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die This book by Robert Greene provides an understanding of human nature by distilling philosophy, history, and psychology into a comprehensive framework that can be used to understand the deepest parts of your own psyche and that of others. I can not express how powerful this book is. Just for some context though, I read this book 6 months ago and have not stopped using it since, and am still finding endless applications for the wisdom it shares.
#1.2. How To Create Your First Piece Of Content After seeing @Liam Kircher take action after I challenged him to create content, I've decided to challenge every single person in this community who hasn't created their first piece of content yet. Make your way to the "How To Create Your First Piece Of Content" lesson in the classroom. You have until Sunday at 11:59 pm. Comment on this post for your public declaration. We have lots of people in the community that have been creating content for years now, and if that's you then congrats. You can sit this one out.
@Nav Warrior Thank you Nav for introducing me to the concept of a "talent stack". My gold nugget takeaways: 2 or+ complementing talents where the sum is greater than the parts (eg. creator of Dilbert: great writer, business experience, decent artist). This is truly a groundbreaking concept - in that you do not need to be the best in one single skill!
If you are reading this you are probably really smart, hardworking and ambitious. But for some reason, you are not satisfied with your results in your life. That is perfectly if you can always become more successful in life There are a lot of smart and hardworking people that are constantly arguing that you need to diversify your portfolio to have "balanced life and income" - I think that is true to some extent. But... 99 % of Fortune 500 CEO have only one company - and there is Elon Musk (but if you are reading this, you are probably not Elon Musk ) It is hard to start a company, and it is even harder to make it into something worth telling working so hard, but it is worth it. What is the solution to that dilemma? I think you need to focus on ONE thing and become successful at first, and after you achieve what you want to achieve you can start including things back into your life. By ONE thing I mean: 1 offer 1 Funnel 1 clients persona 1 acquisition method 1 sales script As little employees as possible Why ?? Isn't is better if I serve more clients, I will make more money right ??? Wrong. Most of the results in life and in business come from compound impact and simplicity. I recently have been talking with a friend of mine who has a 40k per month fitness business and is looking to scale it to 80k in the next 12 months. And he told me that he wants to start another carpet cleaning business, yes he was 100% serious LOL. I just asked his a few questions to get him to focus: - Do you think that if you have focused all your attention on that fitness business, you can grow it to 80k? - What is the most important / valuable problem that you have solved in your life? - What is the biggest difficulty that you are facing right now in your business that is preventing your growth ?[li]All of these ideas, businesses can work in, which one you have unfair advantage?[li]To which idea, you can commit to give your all and commit into being the best in the world for at least 5-8 years?
➡️ I start projects, fly high, but then crash them... because I feel like I don't deserve success. I want to change that. 🛫 Ironically, I self-sabotaged throughout editing this and embarrassingly took a month to finish. But I didn't crash. This time I chipped away (even with 5 minute work sessions) until it was done. And landed the plane safely. 🛬 How do you eat a whole whale? One bite at a time... 🐳 That's enough metaphors. You're not alone in struggling sometimes with creating stuff. Just get the whale on the plane and eat. Wait...what? Keep going, friends. 🙃 https://youtu.be/Vz-rEpOmsqI
@Corey Bennett Boardman Hi Corey! Wow, this video is really epic! I liked that you represented the 4 beliefs by icons, that both increased my curiosity as well as helped retention. *4 'imaginary' downsides of being too succesfull & self-sabotage (do not want to spoil them :), for the others - check them out for yourself). Note to self - need to check out the book "The Big Leap". A subtle point - I really like your sound mix / sound volume (spoken vs. music) - it's a subtle point but one I can appreciate (having mixed some myself)! Also, loved the Jung quote.
@Siebren de Vos Hi Siebren, I really like your video! You show a higher level of confidence, compared with your first videos. Progress is visible! Cultural differences in happiness - interesting point. Western cultures - high excitement, Eastern cultures - serenity. Labeling/reframing emotions is a big thing - making the rules for happiness for yourself. One question - what source do you use to get your B-roll footage?
To all the self improvement philosophers out there ;) I've been thinking about this for a few months: What's more important, a clear view of reality or your own wellbeing? Example: My friend used an NLP technique to get over his girlfriend who cheated on him. He Imagined her cheating, but added clowns music and gave her a clown nose. So this changes the emotion he had connected to the image. I think we should do everything as much as reasonable and there is no definite answer to whether this is good or bad. If you have a headache and you can handle it, you don't take an aspirin. But if you have heavy migraine and it has a significant impact om your wellbeing, you take medication. Sometimes it's okay to filter out parts of reality. I think there is just this belief that the truth and reality are the ultimate thing to strive for, but sometimes we just have to trick ourselves to make life a bit easier (blue pill) Now my next thought is, until what point is it reasonable to trick yourself into disillusion in order to reach success? So now it's not about tricking yourself to go from miserable to normal, but to go from normal to highly successful. Or maybe there is no ultimate reality or truth and it's totally up to me how I paint the picture of my life. So it all depend on how willing I am to change myself and my paradigm.
Intriguing idea, reminds me of: Ever since Homo sapiens has walked the earth, natural selection has favored perception that hides the truth and guides us toward useful action, shaping our senses to keep us alive and reproducing. Donald D. Hoffman The Case Against Reality: Why Evolution Hid the Truth from Our Eyes
Hello again! I'm Miling. I am scared of the idea of working for a job or career that has very less significance in the lives of daily going people. After living through a period of self-learning and reflection I was motivated to make YouTube videos, but I've realized that I'm more comfortable in writing out my thoughts and ideas; therefore I've now decided to start and write blogs. Thank you Andrew for this platform and your support. I also thank all the members of the community for their active participations that is truly inspiring us all. Let's do this!
#Synthesizing Intro Hi, I'm Heather from Bristol, UK. A self-development junkie, also a night owl. I love content that gives tips and practical advice on how to live your best life. 'Your best life' can vary from person to person but to me it means a life of freedom, truth, purpose, and happiness. The problem I'm currently working on is trying to live a more balanced life where I can growth and thrive soulfully i.e. anti-hustle culture.
#Synthesizing Intro I'm a high performance coach, (about to be) digital nomad and want to get into content creation. I love anything high performance, self-help, personal growth related and I'm working on helping entrepreneurs reach their highest levels of performance. See y'all in the group!
#Set sacred hours Are you a wolf, lion, bear, or dolphin? A while ago I started looking into chronotypes, as a night owl, I wanted to understand how I could use that characteristic to my advantage in a world which seems to be set up for the 'morning lark'. (At the time I was working in an 9-5 office job.) The Power of When by Michael Breus gives each of the four chronotypes (wolf, lion, bear, and dolphin) an hour-by-hour plan which will (based on his research) help you get the most out of your day. Another book on the topic is When by Daniel H Pink who argues there are three main chronotypes (lark, owl, and third birds) and again gives you an ideal daily schedule for each type.
Jordan Peterson and Robert Greene had quite an interesting discussion. 🤯 Must-see for JP and RG fans! Highlight for me was when JP tried to analize RG's point of view (radical realism) from a Jungian framework (shadow work, what is repressed will come out in the shadow).
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.
@Corey Bennett Boardman Hi Corey, thank you for sharing! Indeed the title was 'attention-grabbing' but the article was great. You had me worried for a second :D. Very interesting metrics you shared, shows us the way ahead...
#Modern writing is assembled / I read a great article on ‘medium’ about how my favorite author, Robert Greene, writes his books. He does very extensive research (consuming), using an index cards system to organize this thoughts (while he consumes the text), then he proceeds to organizing his index cards (curating). The writing (creation) comes at the end, as a logical conclusion to this. A great article on this by his mentee Ryan Holiday (now a successful writer as well): https://forge.medium.com/the-incredible-creative-power-of-the-index-card-b799250033c9
#Synthesizing Intro I love content that is useful and/or analytical. My path of least resistance, unfortunately, have steered me too heavily towards digestible content, and that bothers me because I'd like to be the one creating my own interpretations. I've put below some of the videos and channels I love. I'm currently trying to figure out the optimal way of handling multiple tasks, how that relates to stress in the brain. Richard Haier's Efficiency Hypothesis, that measures of brain efficiency explain intelligence, is also on my radar, and my intuition tells me this might tie up with a lot of other things in the future. Honestly, this is me procrastinating on learning to program. P.S.: fun fact, my profile picture is a painting of Emilio Villari, an itaian physicist, that I got as the highest confidence lookalike in this Google Arts & Culture's selfie feature. I hate having an old picture of me, an I hate updating it xD
#Have an Audience of One I made this video yesterday and wasn't sure about its value, but then one of my friends messaged me and said that it was the perfect video for them at that time. They were thinking about lots of big decisions like quitting their job. It reminded me that if the video is valuable for one person, then its a valuable video, and lots of others will probably like it too. Also, @Ahmed Hallajian and I were discussing the thumbnail on this vid, would be really interested in anyone's opinions on the emojis/icons, are they tacky or engaging?
Hi Tintin, I loved your video and the tips were all practical and relevant to me. One thing that stood out for me personally is knowing when to quit. I err on the side of not quitting even when something isnt right, lost a lot of time that way. A second one is the compounding. I really appreciate the quality of the video and content. The thumbnail doesnt really work for me though, but I can't really advise what to change (I'm fresh in that area). Im sure we'll figure out the thumbnail thing in this group 😉
Hello, everyone. I'm Charly, thank you for accepting my invitation to the Synthesizer community. The reason I want to be part of the community is that I want to get out of just consuming content and start creating content. The problem is that I still don't why I haven't started yet. I guess I still trying to figure out how to create content and what content I want to create. I'm quite interested in health and fitness, sports, personal finance, crypto, personal development and there's more. I have a diverse range of interests and I think that is where the problem lies. Please let me know if you guys have any advice perhaps?
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.
There's a book called 'Decoding Greatness' by Ron Friedman. It breaks down the step of mastering a skill, despite one's talent or natural abilities or nurture effect. Mr.Beast seems to the real-life example of that idea! I'm not a YouTuber, even though it talks about 'video production', it applies to every other craft! https://twitter.com/TrungTPhan/status/1501797625959366657
Hi everybody! My name is Danny! My favorite type of content is the kind that does three things in that one piece of content. first it educates me, second it shows me that way to apply the information and third it inspires met to do it. My biggest problem right now is overcoming illness and just getting started. I believe I'm close to getting there though!😁
I initially wanted to make 1 video a week this year but i realized I made a HUGE mistake... - I was so time constrained that I wasn't able to truly iterate on the improvement in my videos. So, I took the past 3 months to spend on ONE video. - I did alot of things different and tried to implement the strategies of massive youtubers. - I would LOVE some more constructive feedback from y'all to help me make even more iterations.
@Kj Rainey Hi Kj, very impressive video, it's visible that you put in a lot of effort in the animations, b-rolls, etc... Also, you took a different (and interesting) approach, more focusing on the quality of the video (taking your time to make it), and this definitely shows! 😀
I just wrote my first Twitter thread... It's all about Cialdini and his principles of Influence. If anyone wants to have a look, you can find it here... https://twitter.com/IAM10Mindset/status/1498258204454801413
Hey everyone, I’m a biologist who also has a PhD in food studies. I’m also into fitness and healthy eating. Have been with my high school sweetheart for over 13 years and we just got married February 2nd. We have a successful and thriving real estate business that we started together in undergraduate. We have done well for ourselves, but now I’m at the point where I want to do more, help more people, and create more of an impact. I feel like what is needed now more than ever both for individuals and society is connecting and synthesizing philosophy, environmentalism, and human health and flourishing. I just made the recent decision to become a lifestyle coach to help others and I am already enjoying that a lot. I would like to make content alongside it to hopefully reach and help even more people live happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives. I’m excited to be in this group and see what everyone else is working on. I have a lot to learn as I have very little experience with social media, websites, editing, etc.