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THE FUTURE OF YOUTUBE & WHY YOU NEED TO TAKE 5 MINUTES FOR YOURSELF #STARTCREATINGPODCAST EP014

Sometimes I find myself just sat in silence enjoying the calm. I don’t mean meditate, I just mean that 5 minutes of calm before the storm has to start again. Have you ever just sat there for 5 minutes and enjoyed the silence – no tv, no podcast, no audiobook, no toddlers, no partners, nothing to do for just 5 minutes of brain relaxing space with the madness of every day life. I am a firm believer that from time to time you need to just STOP and enjoy the bubble of nothing.

Also in this weeks podcast I share my thoughts and feelings on where YouTube have been for the last 1-2 years and where I predict it will go in the coming weeks, months and years in the future.

Our lives are non-stop. Whether that’s when we’re working or even when we’re travelling. Combine that with the time spent on the internet or social media, and we barely have enough time to take a few minutes to relax and breathe. Living life at 100 miles per hour can not only be exhausting; it can be damaging to our health. Life is happening right now, as we speak. Have you taken the time to stop and appreciate just being alive and living in the moment today?

Here are five reasons why you should take a few minutes today to slow down and enjoy life.

1. Say Goodbye to Stress

Relaxing and slowing down will help decrease your heightened stress levels. Trying to cram everything on our impossible to-do lists in one measly day adds to our stress levels significantly. With stress comes higher blood pressure, higher heart rates, exhaustion and a whole slew of other physical and mental ailments. Make time for you! Taking the time to eat slower, move slower or sit still, if only for a few minutes, can give your mind and body a much-needed rest.

2. Say Hello to Enjoyment

Are you rushing through the day but aren’t feeling happy? When you live in and are aware of the present moment, you feel happier and connected. Slowing down can improve your focus whether it be the task at hand or just appreciating and enjoying life. When you slow down, your relationships become better as well as your general outlook on life. All in all, settling for a few minutes will improve your overall happiness.

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3. Say Goodbye to Close-mindedness

Creating time for things you enjoy such as travel, can open your mind and let you explore the world. So don’t forget why you got your working holiday visa, always make time to visit the country you’re in, don’t let it all be about work. Never allowing time to slow down stifles your cognitive abilities. This world was made to be explored, and with that, you can see and learn amazing things. This too, creates a feeling of wonder and happiness as you appreciate other cultures, new sights and sounds, and new faces. Try a massage or something new to eat. Take the time to relax and discover the world around you.

4. Say Hello to Creativity

Rushing around all day or all week weakens your creativity. By the end of the day, you are too tired to do anything but lay there in a vegetative state. Do you like to read, write, blog, draw or anything else? These are hobbies that you enjoy doing, which you won’t have time for. Take a few minutes to do what you love to do. This not only creates feelings of enjoyment but it lowers your heart rate, washes away anxiety, and lets you be happy in the moment.

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5. Say Goodbye to Poor Quality

Taking a moment to slow your pace increases the quality of anything you are doing. Working faster does not necessarily mean better. Slowing down allows your focus to centre which improves the quality of your work, of your enjoyment, and in your relationships. Allow yourself some time to accomplish what you need to instead of racing through life. You will see better quality which increases self-happiness.

We do have things to get done, places to go and people to see, but slowing down for a bit improves the quality of life. Traveling, doing something you enjoy, appreciating the great outdoors and more boosts your happiness and gets rid of the constant nag of stress and rushing through life. Not only will taking it easy for five minutes improve your mood, but it will also improve your health. Your mind and body need a break too from running at breakneck speed.

Take a break, and enjoy the moment, you deserve it.

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TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE – #STARTCREATINGPODCAST 008

The older I get the more I realise how much of a rush I was in my 20’s. You have more time at hand than you think. When I was so eager to “seek the great perhaps” that I packed up my life on a whim and moved 300ish miles to live in Huddersfield. Although this is now something that I dearly love, it was something that 26 year old me didnt think through properly. In my mid 20’s I had just started my first business and I thought I was going to be a wild success. I hadn’t factored in the hard work and grind needed to sustain a business let alone grow one.

Roll forward 10 years and I this year I turn 35 years old. That first business failed and I had to go back to a “normal job” for 2-3 years, had to pay off a large amount of business debt from the first business and FINALLY learnt my lesson that there is no need to rush. I am 2 years into my YouTube Consulting business with a much more stable base, putting in MUCH more hard work to expand network reach and brand awareness. Now what made the difference here?

Time! At 25 you have much more time than you realise. You may want to grow a business and be a massive success in 2 years but you need to remember that life is a marathon and you should play that in your favour. If you dedicate 1-2 years to learning your craft, talking to people within your desired niche or industry, learn from their experience and you wont regret it. I started and failed a business, repaid the debt, started a second business and im still only 35! “Only 35” – I know that sounds old to you teenagers, i used to think the same, but in this modern day world we have 70+ years at least to live and 35 is barely half time. If i work full tilt for 5 years I will still only be 40, and 40 is not the end of life either.

Give yourself time, remove that pressure and build something with patience and hard work – rather than fear, speed and get rich quick schemes.

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HOW TO GET 6000 SUBSCRIBERS IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS – #STARTCREATINGPODCAST EP 003

HOW TO GET 6000 SUBSCRIBERS IN LESS THAN 2 YEARS // I uploaded my first YouTube Tutorial video to YouTube in July 2017. In less than 2 years I have been able to grow my channel in a brand new niche from 0 subscribers to over 6300, and today I share with you my thoughts on how. In this weeks podcast I share with you my tips on How To Get 6000 Subscribers on YouTube in Less Than 2 Years.

You can find the main #podcast page here – https://anchor.fm/startcreatingpodcast

But also available on….
Apple iTunes Podcasts – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/start-creating-podcast/id1464387178?uo=4
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Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/show/4p8OqNDnYh4KdXVlvErfYj
Breaker – https://www.breaker.audio/start-creating-podcast
PocketCasts – https://pca.st/3ccY
RadioRepublic – https://radiopublic.com/start-creating-podcast-WR91Xw
Stitcher – https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/anchor-podcasts/start-creating-podcast

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From Teenage Wrestling Fan to Full Time YouTube – Start Creating Podcast (ep 001)

Everyone has a creation story, every business starts from day one and today in Episode 1 of the start creating podcast I share with you how being a HUGE pro wrestling fan led me to being a Full Time YouTuber 12+ years later. This is the first of hopefully many many more Start Creating Podcast episodes to come.

TWEET ME YOUR QUESTIONS USING #STARTCREATINGPODCAST – GET YOUR QUESTION ANSWERED ON THE PODCAST!!

Looking to work with me? Sponsorship or Consulting – Alan@AlanSpicer.com

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YouTube Tips For Businesses in 2018

YouTube Tips for Businesses looking to deep dive into YouTube B2B. YouTube can be a very powerful social media tool in 2018 for businesses if they understand how to tap into a youtube niche. Your “boring business” can be a rich source of evergreen content and niche specific videos if you open your mind up to it.

In this video I was interviewed by Desiree Martinez of All-In-One Social Media – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYj8L2W-qihHY4jyYVcUtVQ – Desiree is a Social Media Tips genius. Balancing her home life as a Military Spouse and an entrepreneur with the goal of Getting You Noticed On A Cluttered News Feed!

► SUBSCRIBE FOR REGULAR YOUTUBE TIPS & TRICKS – https://goo.gl/oeZvZr

▶️ YouTube Tips 2018 Playlist – Kickstart your YouTube Channel in 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbBZyPIsG-k&list=PL09mwoOn57VRPECEJr_77vWzbTyzps58p

▶️ 10 MUST SEE Tutorials for New YouTubers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NETFLYKZ7Eg&list=PL09mwoOn57VRenAaRqFwtWZJKbEYNcVhZ

▶️ How To Get More Subscribers in 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XZn7BMXfN3Y&list=PL09mwoOn57VR68oJH8vVKK38t-ymTIVoc