Yesterday my YouTube Channel, CTSCAPER, passed 5,000,000 views and 10,000 subscribers. It’s taken four years to get here.
When I filmed my first video on May 10th, 2011 I had no idea where I’d end up.
I remember the nervous energy I felt in front of the camera. It’s the same energy most people experience when public speaking. I did my best and tried not to over critique.
Five million YouTube views is the first goal I’ve reached since the birth of my son Matthew nine years ago. I had no idea the changes being a parent would bring.
It reminds me of other goals I’ve attained.
I’m a quiet person. I take pride in doing things well. I avoid crowds of people and get a thrill out of quiet conversations in small groups.
Yes, I’m an introvert.
To earn my college degree and pursue my dream career I lived away from home for two years. Most teenagers are anxious to move away and enjoy the college experience. I wasn’t. I did what I had to do to earn my degree.
After working at a nursery the year after college I was ready to start my business. Working for “The Man” wasn’t for me. I don’t like rushing through jobs. After much soul-searching I started my business.
I’ve learned all kinds of things running a business. Bookkeeping, taxes, managing staff, purchasing equipment, equipment maintenance, sales, etc. I’ve worked many late nights and read many incredibly boring books about taxes and bookkeeping to reach my goal.
I never thought I’d own a house growing up. I didn’t understand how to save enough money to buy one. When I got married, another thing I never thought I’d do, we found my wife’s, and my, dream house.
It’s a beautiful old home with plenty of gardens. If my neighbors are out we chat. I’ve got a big woodpile and I split wood anytime I want.
Why am I telling you, and reminding myself, of the goals I’ve achieved?
We must remember what we’re capable of.
If I took the easy way out I wouldn’t have earned a college degree. I wouldn’t have started my business. I wouldn’t live in this beautiful home with my wife and children.
This week I created SawsandSplitters.com for chainsaw and log splitter fans to enjoy and share knowledge.
Let the journey begin.