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The Creator Of ‘Dilbert’ Will Teach You A Lot — Here’s What He Taught Me.



Growing up, my dad bought me many books each month as a treat. One of those was a small book of office cartoons called ‘Dilbert.’

I don’t have the book any longer, but it stuck in my head. It’s simplicity and beautiful design was a work of art.

Years later, through listening to a podcast, I got to know who the author was — a man named Scott Adams. He’s no ordinary guy and his recipe for success and for life have some really valuable insights. He doesn’t pretend to know it all, but he thrives on planting new ideas in peoples heads and questioning everything we’ve ever believed.

I truly believe the lessons Scott teaches will help you in a major way.

To save you a lot of time, here are the 23 most important lessons that Scott Adams can teach you:

1. Chase systems, not goals

Systems attract luck in your life. This is Scott Adams main point in all his books, speeches and podcast interviews.

The difference between a goal and a system is very similar. The main thing to understand that’s different is that goal-focused people are obsessed with the outcome, whereas people that are obsessed with systems are focused on applying their system despite the result — applying the system is the reward, not the result.

Luck doesn’t happen by magic. It’s the system that makes you lucky. The system doesn’t guarantee you luck, but it puts you in closer proximity to it.

You could say that systems are another word for habitsContinuously practicing your habits produces the right results, not aiming for results. Eat right don’t aim to lose weight. Invest your savings each month don’t be obsessed with being rich. Don’t aim to be a millionaire in business just focus on being a good entrepreneur.

If you learn nothing else from Scott Adams, then remember this piece of advice.

2. Combine multiple skills to get something world class.

Scott Adams was an average writer, an okay cartoonist, a typical office worker and he was average at being funny. He combined those skills to become a world-famous cartoonist.

Any of those skills on their own were not enough. By combining these skills, he found his own lane.

Combine mediocre skills to become world class.

3. Affirmations are not stupid

First, it was Jim Carey that preached the power of affirmations in the 90’s when he became a successful actor and bragged that it was affirmations and visualization of his success that got him there.

Around the same time, Scott Adams was promoting affirmations also and how they helped him become a famous cartoonist.

Affirmations do the following:

  • Help you focus.
  • Boost your optimism and energy.
  • Validate your talent that your subconscious mind already knew you had.

Affirmations are another system that Scott uses to remind himself what he’s trying to achieve, and then he imagines the outcome and what it feels like.Since reading Scott’s books, I’ve created my own affirmation. I have pinned it to the top of my email inbox, so I never forget it.

My affirmation goes like this:

I, Tim Denning, will become a famous writer that the world remembers long after I’m gone.

Affirmations, Scott says, are about improving your focus and not summoning magic. Your brain can be easily distracted.

Your subconscious mind has the ability to see opportunities long before your conscious mind has, and affirmations are how you kickstart that process and enable this powerful tool

Create your own affirmation so you too can focus on doing one thing and living your lifelong dream. They really do work.

4. Every human is a mess on the inside.

We all have the same struggles.
We’re all going to die one day.

If you could only hear other people’s thoughts for a day you’d realize that we’re all crazy”

The understanding that being human is difficult and we’re all a mess is how you stop thinking you’re special and start taking chances.

We all have it tough and so if certain individuals can rise above the odds and achieve the impossible, then so can you. Our potential is the same.

We just have to override that noisy mind of ours and get it to perform in a way that is advantageous to our goals. That’s where the subtle art of mastery lies.

5. Beyond wealth is only one thing.

This is an idea you’ll hear many times over. If you look at any successful person, you’ll see that once they create enough money to have their own needs met, without any prompts, their focus turns outward.

Beyond lots of wealth is only two things:

  • Improving the world in some way
  • Helping others

I too have found this to be the case. Once I’d achieved what others perceived to be success, I instantly became obsessed with helping others do the same through blogging. Our human brains are wired this way.

Scott goes a step further and says that you need to focus on your own selfish objectives first before you can create the resources to serve unselfish objectives like helping others.

My personal belief is that you don’t need to wait until you create abundance to start serving others. As Tony Robbins says “If you won’t give a dime out of a dollar, then you’re not going to give a million out of ten million dollars.”

Either way, there is a point where you need to be selfish with your life goals so that you can create the time and space to do that thing you love. Just don’t forget to help other people.

6. You’ll be appreciated for being in a good mood.

When you work on your own selfish goals, you feel good.

Every Saturday I write lots of articles and don’t hang out with my friends. At night time, my friends and I, normally meet up after my big writing day and I feel awesome — that’s because I did the thing that makes me happy.

The result is that I rock up to dinner with my friends in a good mood. They appreciate this. There have been Saturdays where I’ve hardly got to write and on those evenings I roll up pissed off, and uninspired.

Scott reflects on this concept in his book “How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big.” He finds the same thing I do which is that your personal energy is affected by your selfish goals.

It’s better to be in a good mood than to avoid your selfish goals and be perpetually pissed off

7. Simple communication is the most effective.

If there’s a choice of using simple words or complex words, choose simple.
If the email could be 100 words or 1000 words, choose 100.
If your speech could have 6 call to actions or one, choose one.

One day I received an email from a long time reader of my blogs. English was their second language. They emailed to say that the number one reason they loved my writing was that it was easy to understand for people who were not born speaking English.

That’s when it hit me how important it is to communicate in a simple way. It’s simple communication that has allowed me to reach so many people around the world through my blogging.

If you have a choice, say less.
If you have a choice, choose simple words.

Simple communication is easy to follow. It’s how you can influence almost anyone to take action, and learn from your life experience and personal stories.

8. Don’t multi-task on days where you have important tasks.

Have a singular focus on a day when you have a job interview.
If tonight you’re giving a speech to a thousand people, don’t batch one hundred, small, insignificant tasks right before it.

People get pissed off with me all the time because if I have a big event happening on a particular day, I ignore everything.

My phone is on aeroplane mode, I don’t answer emails, I arrive at meetings early, I leave work early and I eat the healthiest possible food I can.

That’s how you get a clear head and prepare for important tasks that can change your life.

9. Motivation to tidy up.

If you want to be motivated to clean up, then invite people over regularly. This will force you to clean up mess.

Untidiness makes you look at the mess and want to clean it up. This distraction stops you from focusing on the task that you want to complete — for me, that’s writing a blog post.

Scott says that we should notice how we feel before and after cleaning up.

He believes that the majority of us will feel good after tidying up and have that we’ll have more energy. That energy can then be channeled towards important tasks and the people you care about.

10. Avoid downer content.

Sad movies, scary books, the news, shows that feature people who do nothing but complain — avoid them all as much as possible.

Good moods come from not letting outside influences mess up your attitude”

That’s why I’m often talking about uplifting movies, podcasts that aim to inspire, and books that show you how to achieve the seemingly impossible.

It’s a small hack but it works.

11. The LEADERSHIP STATUS changes us for the better — take the risk.

I learned this recently when I took a leadership position looking after a big team that was well and truly beyond my current skill set.

I grew into the challenge quickly by acting confident and leaning into my new job title.

Taking an opportunity that’s a risk is a great way to unlock talent that you haven’t previously exercised before.

Scott often tells a story in his books about how one of his coworkers transforms from an unimpressive personality to confidence and power within two months of being promoted for a job he didn’t deserve.

He says:

“We fake it until it becomes real.”

This is useful advice and it’s why you should take a risk with your career even if you are inexperienced, under-qualified or lack key skills. If it can work for me, it can work for you.

12. There’s magic in what you did before 10 years of age.

This very thought knocked me flat on my face. I’d never thought much in recent years about what I did before the age of ten.

When I did think about it recently, I remembered that I used to write a lot, tell stories and imagine really big, crazy dreams.

Fast-forward to right now and that’s exactly what I’m doing without realizing it was what I did when I was ten. Until Scott Adams shared this thought with me through his books, I’d never made the correlation for myself. Holy crap!!!

What did you do before the age of ten?

13. You need at least one person excited at the start.

Even if you have no followers yet, how the first stranger reacts to your work is a good indicator of whether you’ll go on to be successful in a particular field.

The first person that ever commented on my blog posts outside of my family and friends was a gentleman named Torio. He was in love with my blog posts and wrote to me every week telling me to keep going. He was the first to believe in my blogging ability.

It’s not how they feel either that matters; it’s the action they take. Do they share your work, send you an email, leave a comment or buy your product?

Focus on the early actions strangers take after seeing your work not on what your family and friends say. Actions speak the loudest.

14. Talent and risk are interlinked.

Most talents require trying lots of things. The motivation to try lots of things requires an element of risk.

With trying comes failing and you won’t fail lots of times unless you’re prepared to take risks — they’re interlinked.

Go through the list of people that have achieved success and inspire you. I’m willing to bet they all took risks in the early days.

Taking risks is uncomfortable but so is never discovering your own talents and maximizing your potential. The choice is yours.

15. Praise people when you see them fail.

“Adults are starved for a kind word” — Scott Adams”

One of the moments that transformed Scott’s life was when he saw a speaking instructor praise a woman who volunteered to speak in front of the group and failed after a few words.

The instructor said she was brave instead of criticizing her. He switched the focus from her poor speaking performance to her bravery. The next week the same woman spoke again and got a little better. The pattern continued.

Praise people for what they do right and you’ll see them improve in a big way.Praising is an important trait in leadership.

16. People do not make decisions based on reason.

How we feel affects our decision-making ability far more than reason.

Make people feel something and they’re much more likely to listen to you or be influenced by you.

17. Experts are right 98% of the time on easy stuff and only 50% on the complicated or new stuff.

Knowing which situations an expert is likely to be wrong, is helpful.

It helps you to question opinions and seek out more than one answer. Experts are great at answering simple problems, but as soon as the problem becomes complex, the chance an expert will be able to provide the correct answer is limited severely.

Scott backs up this idea with his experience in losing his voice and needing throat surgery. His health issue was complex and so the average expert could only provide simple solutions that he’d already tried and had no success with.

His voice eventually made a near full recovery because he kept looking for answers instead of settling on one expert’s opinion.

Experts can be overrated. Don’t stop looking for the answer to complex problems.

18. The formula for happiness (according to Scott).

  • Have control of your schedule
  • Progress produces the chemicals in your body that make you happy
  • Exercise, eat right and nap
  • Your happiness depends on being good to others

Happiness is one way I’ve found momentum in my own life. Using the above four strategies I’ve been able to extract the necessary energy from life to do that which I was not qualified for, was scared out of my mind to commit to, and didn’t yet have the skills needed.

Happiness is closer to today’s version of yourself than you think

19. Failure to imagine makes you pessimistic.

“Artificial Intelligence will take our jobs”

“The internet has commoditized our work”

“Politics is screwed”

These are all the thoughts of a pessimist. Focusing on these ideas whether they may be true or not will block every bit of imagination you have.

You need your imagination to be creative and to create the parts of your life that don’t yet exist.

20. Ask yourself ‘What did I eat?’ if you’re in a bad mood.

Health Expert Tyler Tolman says that people that are always in a bad mood just need to take a dump because they’re constipated.

Scott says something similar about what we eat. Eating junk food sucks away our energy which translates to us being in a crappy mood.

“You can literally eat and poo your way to being more optimistic”

21. Simplification will stop you putting things off.

Complication forces you to borrow time, resources and willpower from something else you care about” — Scott Adams

As soon as a task feels like work, you’re then reliant on your willpower which you have very limited amounts of. This will force you to miss deadlines, screw up your goals and get pissed off for no reason.

Simplification is about making things easier so you can take tasks from the scheduling column and move them to the habit column. Habits don’t work until they’re simple enough. Simple allows you to enable auto-pilot mode.

22. Hiring managers will be biased towards healthy candidates.

This one sucks, but it’s true based on my experience.
Healthy people are more fun to be around and are perceived to be more optimistic because of their energy levels.

23. Optimists see opportunities that pessimists miss.

Living in fear and seeing the problem with everything that comes your way makes you pessimistic.

Pessimism is a filter that allows you to see the problem but blocks you from simultaneously seeing the solution. A lot of the opportunities I’ve discovered in my life, through the lens of the internet, look like a waste of time.

Taking blogging as an example: The internet says that making money from blogging is nearly impossible. There’s too many websites, reduced spending on website banners, more difficulty with affiliate links and hundreds of hours required to get your content noticed on social media.

If I were to be guided by pessimism, then I’d quit blogging right now.

I choose to stick my middle finger up at the odds and focus on doing something I love, and being optimistic about what I can achieve. That’s the thinking that led me to today.

If nothing else, this post is an expression of my optimism that anyone can achieve extraordinary results and be happy. The solutions are easier than you think, thanks partly, to the wisdom of Scott Adams.

That’s what the creator of Dilbert can teach us all.


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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website

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3 Reasons Why Getting Clear Is Important for Your Business



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Everyone goes through times in their lives where blue skies and sunshine are a rarity. Too many clouds and storms, whether they involve business or personal issues, become the everyday occurrence and keep people from achieving whatever they want to do.

There have been many times on this business journey of my own where fogginess and haze have sent me to the mat. Trying to kick out at a 2-count when being pinned with all of this stuff seems unbearable.

In taking a holistic view (meaning looking at the entire picture) of where I am, what has changed? Clarity. Getting very clear on what I want to do and where I want to focus my creative direction. Yes, I’m a writer, content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter and creative. That’s one element of my own life. Another one involves being a voice for the voiceless in the craniofacial community around the world.

But this is not to simply focus on what I am doing now. This is about clarity, about getting laser-focused on what you want to do. If you have a coach or mentor in your life, then I’ll bet you have heard them say on one or multiple occasions that you have to “get clear” on what you want to offer.

Here are three core reasons clarity is an important factor for your business:

1. You Stand Out From The Crowd

You cannot go anywhere on social media and not see people putting out content. Some may be good; others are meh. It does not matter, though, if it is good or not. What matters is about conversion. Does the content turn into sales? Does it attract and speak to people’s problems?

Not everyone can be a jack-of-all-trades. You become a master-of-none pretty quick. Theories abound about niching down and finding that sweet spot where you can deliver your mastery to those in need. Think of the millions of niches out there: cannabis, fitness, spirituality, relationships, finances, food, and on it goes.

Every one of these niches need people who can come in and put clarity around their products and services. If these businesses are not clear on what they do and solve to those seeking solutions, then they are not going to have clients and eventually will have to shut the doors.

Learning to stand out from the crowd is going to make you a powerful voice in whatever niche or field you are looking to dominate in all the time.

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli

2. You Attract A Lot of Clients

If you wanted to apply one of those ancient universal laws to your business – for instance, like the very popular Law of Attraction – then you would understand what attracts people to you. Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest inventors, once said that if people understood energy and vibration alone and how that works then they’d understand a lot of how things actually work in the world.

Clarity brings out a new energy from your words and actions. You come from a place of total and unbelievable awareness where you look around one day and go, “Dang, look at all of the people who want my services.”

Trust me. This is one of those lessons that I have to come back to over and over again. People might know who I am and what I do from this or that space. Yet is it really crystal clear enough to a targeted section of people? Um, it’s still a work in progress.

In order, though, to actually move forward in business and have the level of success that I desire, then clarity must come into play. Clarity attracts clients. They solidly know what you do and what you offer. There’s no wishy-washy stuff taking place. Understand this core reason to achieve clarity and watch what happens to your very own business and brand.

3. You Begin To Believe In Yourself

There’s this ongoing idea around “imposter syndrome” that folks on the interweb love to discuss. Showing up online like you are a real go-getter and hotshot, but offline that’s not the same person…that’s a problem.

“Imposter syndrome,” to me, starts happening when a person stretches out of his or her comfort zone and it feels miserable. Instead of getting up at 11 a.m. after working a night shift job, you get up at 8 a.m. to get a head-start on tasks and obligations around what you do. Thoughts like “this will never work out” or “I’m never going to succeed and get out of debt” start swirling around your mind like a bunch of chattering monkeys.

Clarity, though, allows you the benefit of starting to truly believe in yourself. In his famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale writes in the first chapter’s first line “Believe in yourself.” That’s it. Then the book goes on to describe different ways of building up your positive mindset through prayer, faith, action, and other real-life examples. Peale’s work may not appeal to you directly, but the mere thought of believing in yourself and your dreams is appealing.

“Clarity comes from action not thought.” – Marie Forleo

Find yourself getting clear on what you want and where you want to go and begin to truly believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of people who definitely need your services and work around the world. There might even be people right in your own town who do, too.

When tackling the issue of clarity for your business, take these three factors into account. Think about them seriously. Take stock around where this can be an effective place for you to succeed every single day.

Look for the sunshine and blue skies in your business. They are there. All you have to do is some sightseeing and all of it will pop out very clearly.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

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Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:


His event:

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch:

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently



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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You



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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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