Introducing “Morning Musings”

Update! I've had a couple of people email to ask if I plan to host these videos here on the blog. The short answer is “no”. The long answer is “maybe eventually”. But I realized that I could make it easy on folks by embedding the Morning Musings playlist at the top of this article. So, here it is. In theory, this should get updated whenever I post a new video. This is an embedded playlist, and the most recent video should appear at the top. (In theory.)

For years now, I've wanted to start a Get Rich Slowly channel on YouTube.

Well, I guess that's only partially correct. I have a GRS channel on YouTube; it's just not very active. So, I guess what I mean to say is that I want to have an active GRS channel on YouTube.

There are lots of barriers, though, all of which are purely mental. I worry about how I look. I worry about how I sound. I worry about production quality. I worry about the amount of time this will all take. Basically, I'm paralyzed by the need to be perfect.

Last Tuesday, though, on my weekly call with Jonathan from Choose FI, he issued a challenge. “Every morning after you exercise,” he said, “I want you to record a two- or three-minute video. Post it right away.”

“But I'll be all sweaty,” I said.

“Exactly,” he said. “That's perfect. The point is to record these videos and put them out there despite the imperfections. In fact, you're deliberately making them im perfect.”

“Okay,” I said. I was skeptical.

“Just do it, dude,” Jonathan said. “Call them Bicycle Thoughts or something like that. Finish your ride and then do a brain dump of whatever it is you're thinking about. If you're thinking about money, talk about money. If you're thinking about exercise, talk about exercise. But I want you to record these videos and publish every morning.”

Well, I followed his advice.

It's been very difficult — I cannot squash the urge to make things perfect! — but for the past week I've diligently been recording a short video every morning and posting it to YouTube. Here's a look at the first seven of these Morning Musings.

I'll admit: As tough as it's been for me to produce these, I'm glad I'm doing it. It feels good to fight against my innate perfectionism, to embrace “good enough”. And this project is a great low-pressure way to learn video production and editing.

After a week of this, I know that I can record a video in less than ten minutes. (In theory, it can be done in three minutes provided I don't need re-takes.) And I know that I can have the video edited and published in about fifteen minutes more…as long as I don't tinker with anything. (When I start getting fancy with “Hamilton” clips and/or lots of in-video notes, then editing can take some time. Video #004 took about two hours to edit because I had to learn all sorts of new stuff.)

These videos aren't meant to replace this blog, by the way. I'm a writer. I write for my readers. But I'd be foolish to ignore the fact that there are a lot of people out there right now who prefer to get their info by video. So, I'm exploring YouTube to see if it's a good fit.

Want to help? Let me know if there are any bite-sized topics you'd like me to cover! I'm happy to chat about personal finance, fitness, or just about anything else.

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Patrick
Patrick
1 month ago

Congrats on the Timbers victory last night.

Treo
Treo
1 month ago

Loved the notebook / tasklist callout. I do the same think for work items, although I usually have longer-term lists, along with a more ad-hoc task sheet… There is something uniquely satisfying about writing down things and moving them over from week to week, etc.
I could use digital solutions, but they wouldn’t give me the same level of satisfaction and frankly, noticeability.

Allison
Allison
1 month ago

Very cool! I just popped over to YouTube to subscribe and watch them. I did chuckle when you said in the 3rd video that you are a reformed maximizer, after you had said in the first video that you spent 18 months researching a new car :). I enjoy the short format and the video quality is good!

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shawnee
shawnee
1 month ago

Can you discuss if you’re still under NDA from the first sale? How much it was sold for?

JoDi
JoDi
1 month ago

These are great! I really enjoyed the range of topics you covered in these videos. Action creating motivation is something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately.

Anne
Anne
1 month ago

I’m not sure if this would be in your wheelhouse, but perhaps you could research/write an article for AFTER you have reached FI and have money put away and all income is safe and even charitable giving has been taken care of.
We’re well into retirement years and are at a bit of a loss.

A
A
1 month ago

Consider that the fact you look like you—a very real person—works in your favor. A longtime favorite channel of mine is RedLetterMedia, and it’s the creation of a group of friends who are all solidly middle-aged, balding, with weight fluctuations, etc. Their “No f*cks to give” humor and life-long friendship is what drives the channel, which is how most of them earn their living. I appreciate that they’re themselves (given editing and cameras, of course) and likewise appreciate the same of you and this site. I’ll take honesty over airbrushed any day!

DJ
DJ
1 month ago

JD – I love the morning musings! Congratulations on the fitness regiment. You inspire so many. Thank you!!!

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