Almost forgot about this quick interview I did with Tim Ferriss back in April after doing some Hugging People in San Fran. He’s definitely one of my most influential teachers. I’ve read 4-hour Work Week about 6 times now, skimming through it every few months letting it rub off on me as much as possible. Jonathan had the connection and e-mailed him asking if he wanted to film something and surprisingly he wrote back and agreed to meet up for a few hours. I was thrilled.
After the interview we waited for a few minutes for his ride to come pick him up to go to a meeting. I asked him one more question out of the blue right before he took off:
“so, how do you stay motivated?”
It took him about 3 seconds to respond,
“I surround myself with motivated people. I’m a strong believer that you’re the average of the 5 people you hang out with the most.”
Then I asked something like,
“What about my childhood friends or family that aren’t into Youtube, should I just hang out with them less?”
and I don’t remember exactly what he said but it was something like,
“You’ll always be held back by people that aren’t like-minded and trying to do the same things as you. I’m not trying to be a douche it’s just the truth. Obviously you shouldn’t stop being friends but definitely hang out less if you want to move forward.”
That’s a big reason I’ve decided to move out to L.A. this fall. Going to VidCon this year was eye-opening, meeting all the different Youtubers, visiting with fans. It was a completely different attitude towards Youtube. Everyone was so excited and all for it. It’s definitely still a sub-culture. After meeting everyone(including Jenna Marbles who was actually a fan of my videos and took a picture with me, posting it on her instagram which was shocking) I felt it was finally time to take the leap and join the community. I’ll probably be all settled out there by mid-October as I still need to finish up some random things here in Utah first.
Thanks For Reading,
Salt Lake City, UT