When I first starting writing this post. I started with the title “Just Write Something :)”. I’ve since went back and updated the title to reflect the actual content of the post. I hope this post leads you to not only find great content, but also to create great content.
I spend too much time as a content consumer and not enough as a content creator. The world is full of great information, but sometimes it is the curated content that should be the focus of your time. How do you filter out the content that is not important?
How to Find the Best Content
They say that sometimes you have to give up good things to get great things. That is truly good advice. Time is by far your more precious resource and will often show you where you passion truly lies. What is of interest to you? What things keep you coming back? What is important in your life? What is important for your career? Where are you going?
Inspiration can be around every corner and I’ll be the first to admit that I love to consume information. Organize, share, dig deeper (rinse and repeat for the next thing). Input is actually my top Clifton Strengths Finder 2.0 theme, so it is no surprise that I love to “crave to know more and collect and archive all kinds of information”.
So, given who I am I’ve had to learn to think carefully before digging deep. Breadth first searches are wise. It also helps that I have travelled down many paths in the past and can often quickly understand basic ideas by skimming for the key points.
The next thing to think about is who are the experts on this topic? Do I know someone in this field who I can reach out to? Perhaps someone I have helped in the past? (It’s always smart to find ways to help others, just because and not expecting anything in return). Reaching out to someone close by in person that can point you in the right direction may be just the inspiration and time-saving trick you need. Maybe they can summarize the topic and you don’t need to dig now. Maybe what you thought you needed to know was not what you need now. Perhaps you can get the gist of it without digging now.
Lastly, be sure to understand your motivation for consuming the information. This one can be tricky to maintain. It can be easy going into your quest to know what you want, but you can easily (look a squirrel) get off track and get off on rabbit trails that lead to interesting, but (currently) irrelevant information. Stay the course the best you can and accomplish your goal.
Don’t just consume great content. Create your own. Be the change that you want to see in the world. Be awesome!