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Deep Dive #25 Cam Houser on the Power of Video for Our Personal and Professional Lives

Cam Houser is an award-winning facilitator of online workshops, entrepreneurship curriculum designer and educator who teaches video.

Ali Abdaal
Ali Abdaal

In our conversation we covered an array of topics including the power of video in our personal and professional lives, how we should think about the value of money and how to overcome issues of being judged on camera.

Here are some of the highlights from our discussion:

Mindset is a much bigger challenge than toolset. It’s the ability to put yourself out there – being able to put yourself out there and not feel embarrassed is a superpower. The thing about video is that we’re often scared that the whole world is going to see us and laugh at us. One way to overcome this is to start by making a video for one person – a friend for instance. If you just send a 10 second video to your friend it’s discrete and each time you do that you are building confidence and learning. The more you do this you'll improve.

Video is a powerful way to demonstrate and show interest and expertise in the area that you want to be doing rather than what you are currently doing. If you just start sharing videos on topics you're interested in, you can show your expertise and demonstrate your interests to people who otherwise may have been oblivious to these skills.

Creating a personal board of directors amongst your friends can reap a plethora of rewards. If you’re the CEO of a company, there’s always a group of people who will help you solve the companies problems. A similar model can be created amongst a group of friends – every few months you get together and each person reports on what they are dealing or struggling with. This framework makes it really easy to ask for help and hardwires your whole group towards helping one another.

When we’re procrastinating over starting a project, the simple solution is – you can talk about it or you can do it. Even doing things poorly will get you further faster.

Don’t trust your feelings on knowing who is ‘the one’. The human heart is not one dimensional and so we have to go figure out the thing that speaks to us specifically. We might share our preferences based on a movie or a book but we have to go find what works for us.

🔥🔥🔥 Some Key Quotes 🔥🔥🔥

"There are so many people on the internet who are so good at selling what they do but not actually doing it. If you can share things that help people further along on their journey, I think that's a good North Star".
"For me money is a proxy for freedom. Yes money is how business people keep score and if we didn't count money we'd be tracking something else. But the point is that I want to have money to have the freedom to be able to do what I want to do and by that standard I feel incredibly wealthy"
“We need to ask ourselves, whose bar are we trying to stick to? It's also worth keeping in mind, nobody remembers your failures”

Ali Abdaal

Junior doctor, YouTuber, web designer, aspiring musician. Trying out this blogging thing.