Create vs Consume
How to get rid of insecurities and establish a legacy
There is a point in our lives in which we all feel more encouraged, weak, disheartened or tired. And you know that is often the point where you feel like you just want to ignore your phone, your laptop, the tv, anything that holds you in front of something to watch and passively take into your system.
It’s completely normal, you know that you can learn a lot through media, maybe you get inspired or you just want to keep up to date what’s going on in your community, or in the industry you´re interested in. But then, what happens is that inspiration very quickly can turn into discouragement, into feeling inferior, feeling that the people you are supposed to learn from would crash you quickly in their competition. We know that, and still, it´s hard for us to understand how we can deal with the pressure.
That is the moment when we often see ourselves consuming more than we create.
It’s interesting to understand this concept but first, let’s talk about
What we mean by consuming and creating.
– CONSUMING: this could be looking at other peoples media, photography, videos, listening to podcasts or audio media, checking out other peoples projects or website etc.
–CREATING: doing it yourself. For example photography, videography, writing (!), doing a podcast, or simply cooking, baking, going out in nature, drawing, sketching, making plans, decorating, making clothes, re-organizing your apartment, learning a new skill etc.
What you can put into the category of “creating” has almost no limits, and that’s the most beautiful thing about all of this. It has no limits! You have no limits!
That brings us to what you can do against feeling weak, tired, discouraged etc when you see other people things and you consume a lot more than you create.
Shut things off and do! Find the balance in imbalance, create more than you consume.
What is most important about this is creating for yourself. Yes, that sounds so self-care-ish but it really is the most important.
Listen up fam:
- don´t do for the sake of being better than others,
- don´t do it for the praise or followers,
- don’t do it for the feedback or recognition,
- do it because you love doing it,
- do it because you feel closer to your true self when you do it,
- do it because it makes you happy.
+ Tip: do it first thing in the morning. Create before you consume.
Creation acts as a psychological reward.
Create before you consume. Creation acts as a psychological reward.
When you have a moment of success before you start consuming other peoples successes, you feel less intimidated and self-conscious and you can consume with a strong confident mind, less likely to be demotivated.
Motivation early in the morning will give you energy for the rest of your day and enable you to create better results in anything you do.
Plus, you can even apply things you will consume later to what you have just created, which gives you real inspiration to become better.
ANOTHER MAJOR POINT:
Consumption means not only mere consumption, make sure you redefine what you consume!
We all know, there are things (especially in media) that is beneficial and some things which are .. mhh how to say this diplomatically…unnecessary.
But how can we classify these things with the least emotion possible?
Well, we can easily say one thing:
We can listen to a lecture on productivity before checking out 10 YouTubers who talk about the same hacks and apps for 2 hours in different words and different animations, or we can check out books on fashion psychology before checking out 30 Instagram pages of bloggers and get lost in the hate comments.
There are literally beneficial things we can consume if we think with the mind of: What would we have done without social media?
Yeah, you either would have gone to the spaces which provide people of knowledge in your field or simply grab a book from the library.
And NO I am not suggesting to go to the library but take one advice and rather go to the book sources (maybe audiobooks on youtube or kindle, audible or any other book platform online) to engage with knowledge.
Always aim for the traditional or conservative sources too, they might have very different tools to do what you do, but you can learn so much from their philosophy.
You can understand their mindset and the way they predicted changes that are just happening, that understand mindsets of markets and that understand values.
Because that is the thing that media nowadays is lacking the most: VALUES!
Get the old sources and apply it to your current situation, you will learn from the really worth they left behind as their legacy.
Old sources are the key! Will always say one thing: we can remind ourselves of the hadith which tells us what we will leave behind when we leave this earthly being.
وعن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: “إذا مات الأنسان انقطع عمله إلا من ثلاث: صدقة جارية، أو علم ينتفع به، أو ولد صالح يدعو له” ((رواه مسلم)).
Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:
The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “When a man dies, his deeds come to an end, except for three: A continuous charity, knowledge by which people derive benefit, pious son who prays for him.” [Muslim].
English Book reference: Book 7, Hadith 949
If you can create knowledge that will benefit the people you leave behind, that is amazing.
But even if now, you are simply able to consume the knowledge that people left behind, that is a start. Create for yourself, because it benefits your self-worth, your love for the game. GO out and attain knowledge, consume the best in your industry. Not just currently but THE BEST EVER.
And then, aim to
Before you leave…
And now, I would love to hear from you:
1. What should you consume as a knowledge that would inspire more than discourage you?
2. What could you create more that will make you feel more accomplished and push you to achieve legacy?
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