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Why Make Videos

Melvyn Tan
Melvyn Tan
1 min read

Something interesting happened when I created those 184 videos on LinkedIn.

Before that, let me share why I created those videos.

The reasons

There were two reasons that drove me to make those videos.

One: validation.

The average view of those videos was upwards of 3,000 views. It fed my ego and also gave me the validation I was looking for.

Two: cognition.

The habit of making videos almost every day, forced me to to have a heightened level of awareness. This was crucial because I found that I was getting better at communicating my ideas and thoughts.

But after making those 184 videos, I experienced burnout.

I hated watching myself. I hated listening to myself. I could not bring myself to make another video.

I tried numerous times to restart. Only to stall after one or two videos.

I told myself, that’s it.

I’m done here.

Reason for restart

Recently, I decided to revisit the idea of making videos.

While the reasons of validation and cognition were nice, I needed a deeper and more meaningful reason for wanting to restart the habit of making videos consistently.

I finally realize the true reason why I want to make videos.

For the first time in my life, I was making a difference to the lives of people. People who I would not have met if not for LinkedIn.

Now with more people and countries in some form of lock down, it is imperative that we continue to encourage each other. To support one another. And more importantly, to help each other grow.

Why you should start

As a video evangelist, my rallying call is to encourage you to make a video every day.

Let’s not be bothered about the gear.

Let’s not be bothered about how these videos is going to help you or your business.

Let’s not be bothered about how others will judge you.

But only concern yourself with these.

By the time COVID-19 is over, your videos will reveal to you:

  • One skill you’ve picked up that will help you progress towards your goal
  • One constructive habit you’ve inculcated to make you a better person
  • One thing you’ve discovered about yourself

Go on and do this.

You can thank me later.

Melvyn Tan

Despite living the good life at midlife, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. My aim here is to reinvent midlife, learn new skills, and understand how the world works post-COVID.