Great interview on the discipline and strategies needed for creator success. There are many great lessons here.
With 1.3 million followers, Austin Belcak has one of the biggest audiences of all creators on LinkedIn.
After sending out hundreds of resumes and failing to get a job, Austin set out to discover what he was doing wrong.
The best advice he got was to ask people who succeeded before him. He discovered two key factors of those that received good job offers:
1. Getting a referral
2. Having a portfolio of projects that proved his talents.
After changing his approach he was able to get a dream job at Microsoft.
He later went on to build a thriving business teaching people how to get good jobs without applying online.
► Don’t take advice from the wrong people. Talk to people who already have what you want to get.
► You need to create a lot of content to maximize your chances of success on the platforms.
► Systematically track what is working and figure out why so you can replicate it.
Steven Pressfield is a bestselling author of The Legend of Bagger Vance, The War of Art and Turning Pro. In this interview, he talks to Chase Jarvis about his latest book Put Your Ass Where Your Heart Wants to Be.
Great insights here for all creators struggling to make a career with their passion.
“To follow your dreams you need to put your body where your soul really wants to be. In other words, if you dream of being a writer, you need to start writing. If your dream is to be a photographer, become a photographer’s assistant and learn from a mentor. For some, it can even mean physically moving your home to a place where you will be surrounded by the talent you aspire to develop.”
Nicolas Cole of Ship30for30 shares his framework for writing long-form content.
Simplifying your content to frameworks like this can greatly speed up the writing process. There is a lot to learn here.
► Try this Title Formula:
How to [OUTCOME] without [OBSTACTLE]
“How to become a digital writer without spending $120k on an English degree.”
► Outline first. Your job is not to sit down and write. Your job is to come up with the most valuable ideas for the reader.
► Validate the ideas on Twitter before creating the full content. Only invest in the good ideas.