Have you ever stumbled upon a YouTube sensation whose journey inspires and motivates you? Meet Ali Abdaal, a renowned content creator whose success story has captured the attention of millions worldwide.

Recently, he shared his remarkable journey on Twitter, igniting a spark of ambition in the hearts of aspiring individuals, including my son.

Ali's story is not just about achieving success; it's about the relentless pursuit of passion, determination, and hard work. His journey resonates deeply with young people who dream big and aspire to make a difference in the world.

By sharing Ali's story with a young person you know, you're offering them a glimpse into the possibilities that await when ambition meets dedication.

Join me in sharing Ali Abdaal's success story and inspiring the next generation of ambitious youth to reach for the stars.

Here’s the story

In the past 8 years, almost every good thing in my life has stemmed from a single decision I made in 2016 - starting a personal website.

Growing up, I was pretty obsessed with trying to make money on the internet. I was always looking for new products to develop, and new ways to make some cash after school and on weekends.

One of my first entrepreneurial ventures was designing websites for my friends or local businesses. I taught myself to code and started charging $10-15 here and there for web development services.

I really enjoyed coding, and the creative thinking that went into sketching out the webpages. But secretly, I knew I wanted to create an online presence for myself - not for other people.

And in fact, my biggest dream was actually to start my own YouTube channel. But I could never bring myself to take the leap. I thought I didn’t have the right gear. I worried that I wouldn’t be sharing anything useful. I was terrified of what people would think of me.

This held me back for nearly seven years. Until I read a book that changed how I thought about creativity, and in doing so, changed my life. It’s called Show Your Work, by writer and illustrator Austin Kleon (@austinkleon).

Austin’s book introduced me to a radical new approach to creativity: Instead of thinking that we can only learn from the masters, or that only experts should show how they create things, Austin argues that we should all share our work online.

Whether you’re a woodworker, ballet dancer, amateur cook, or knitting novice, sharing your journey online can be genuinely helpful to others who are a step or two behind you on their own journeys. (Some) people want to hear about your sanding technique, or your first attempt to knit a scarf.

But, even though I knew I wanted to start sharing my work, I still wasn’t quite ready to jump straight into YouTube yet. So I started smaller, by creating my own personal website where I could write blog posts, share my thoughts, and get used to showing my work.

It wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. No one laughed at me. Frankly, no one really cared. But, it eventually gave me the confidence to actually start my YouTube channel.

Without showing my work on my website, I’m not sure I ever would’ve started my YouTube channel, or grown it to 5M subscribers, or built a business around it, or been able to quit my job as a doctor. All the incredible things that have happened in my life in the last 8 years, I can trace back to that single decision to start that website (thanks @austinkleon).

This is why I’m a big advocate for everyone having their own mini personal website, their own slice of the internet, to share their work and their thoughts. You never know where it might take you.

Here is Ali Abdaal's channel

Source: Twitter.

May 3, 2024
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