How to make the transition from consumer to producer

In the world that we know, who do you think the wealthy are?

Are they consumers, or are they producers?

There are most definitely producers. That should be a big clue as to what we should be looking at doing.

“But I don’t want to be Jeff Bezos. Or Bill Gates. Or Warren Buffett. I don’t need billions of dollars.”

That’s fine. Not everybody needs to be a billionaire.

But wouldn’t it be nice to write your own paycheck?

Wouldn’t it be nice to get up in the morning and not trudge to an office owned by somebody else?

Perhaps you’d like to make enough that you can quit your “regular” job and do what you love. Whatever your passion is.

Bottom line, employees are consumers. Entrepreneurs are producers.

If you want to go down the path of being an entrepreneur (or sidepreneur) then you’ll need to become a producer.

But how? How does one make that transition?

The simple, and obvious answer, is to just do. Just start producing things.

That’s it. Just start.

Now let me let you in on a little secret here: You’re going to suck when you first start.

This article you’re reading right here? It sucks. No doubt about it.

But I’m producing. I wrote this article, and published it online for the entire world to see.

Not because it’s perfect (it’s not). Not because it’s amazing (far from it). Not because it’ll change the world (maybe it’ll help you change yours).

But because I’m making the move myself from consumer to producer.

And you’re able to witness it in live action. This article right here is giving you a glimpse of it.

Will you join me in making the transition? It’s easy. Take some time that you normally consume something (reading, watching TV, surfing the web, etc) and use a part of that time to produce something.

Go out and buy a domain and start a blog. Publish a blog post.

Or start publishing right here on Medium.

Whatever it is, the key is to just start doing it. That’s it. Just start.

And then use momentum to continue. Write a second post. And a third. And another.

Before you know it, you’ll be a writing machine. Producing tons of content.

Yes, it’ll suck.

But as you continue practicing the art of producing, you’ll get better.

Your writing will improve.

Your storytelling abilities will improve.

You’re not going to be an overnight success. It’s going to take you time to build it up. But as the ancient Chinese proverb goes:

The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Didn’t plant your tree 20 years ago? That’s ok, neither did I.

Might as well plant it now.

20 years from now, that proverb will be true for a different reason; because you’ll have planted your tree today, which is then 20 years in the past.

Just. Get. Started.

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