Have you surrounded yourself with passionate creators like I have? I’m lucky that I have friends with the same passion for creating stuff like websites and applications. Even though I’m more of a designer/front-end developer and my friends Jerke and Roelof are more back-end developers we all share the passion for creating stuff online. Also, I’m happy that I’m working at Jobs & Media Group since there are working so many talented and passionate creators.
Everything starts with passion
Goals drive you to get things done! But passion helps you to wake up with a great feeling (almost) every single day. What would you like to do? Make money or solve problems? How are you going to do this? Can you put everything aside and totally go for it? If you have a passion for something, you probably can.
I’m working full-time as a designer/front-end developer – no I’m not a freelancer. But next to that I’m writing this blog – no writing is not my favorite thing. But what I do like is working together with other people, do personal branding and try new things. So yeah, that’s why I’m doing nrd.Talks and I’m looking forward to creating podcasts and vlogs.
But wait … when are you a creator?
In my opinion starting entrepreneurs are creators, people that want to solve problems for other and make life/the world a better place. I’m focused on the online scene, but that doesn’t mean when you design clothes you aren’t a creator. It’s just how you interpret it.
I create websites and design user interfaces (UX and UI). But I only feel like a creator when I’m in a project from the start and can help to make decisions. Other people might feel when they only do the design that’s enough because that’s what they love and I totally agree with that of course. Do you feel like a creator? If so, then you are a creator.
Why surround yourself with creators?
You can help each other and always have something to talk about! Together you come up with new ideas and probably help other or make some money out of it. Also, you keep each other motivated to develop yourself, but also to talk about the fun stuff you come across.
You can learn a lot from each other. We often like to go to the same meetups and work on side projects – read about how to create time for your side projects – like this blog together.
How do you meet new creators?
There are so many ways to meet new creators! (Like yourself?). First off let’s start with some options on the internet. You can use forums to interact with other people, but I don’t do this anymore since social media got so popular. Nowadays you can use Twitter, Facebook or Instagram to connect with people and have great chats about the same interests.
I did send some messages to random people on Instagram that I liked their work and some of them responded. Then you’ve got many Facebook groups as well. Is Facebook dead? No! Not at all, people just communicate less on their profiles. Groups are still pretty active!
Besides social media, you can also go to meetups in your area. Meetup.com is a great way to check if there’s something in your area. Isn’t there any meetup? Maybe you can organize one yourself! I only see opportunities here.
Next to meetups my study really helped me to meet a lot of people/creators. So go to school! Best time I ever had (so much time for my own projects and some gaming hehe).
Don’t be afraid to work together
Some people are afraid to work together. Most of the time this is because they feel they are doing much more than the other. That’s probably true! But it’s not something you should worry about. If you really think this way and you are annoyed, you should quit. But don’t do this too quickly, you might regret it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this, it takes some time to create them and I’m not really a writer like I mentioned before. I’m currently working hard on the new version of our blog so you can have a better experience. If you’ve got any comments, questions or you would like to contact me feel free to do so. Hit me up on my Twitter @SanderVolbeda or on Instagram @SanderVolbeda.
Catch you all next week!