The funny thing is about being an entrepreneur is that you never get the luxury of being done actively learning... And that's ok!
At first glance, this picture is pretty straightforward. You, as a human on the internet being exposed to advertisements, are pretty used to pictures looking nice. But what about them makes them different from the low-quality picture of someone's midnight meal on Instagram they posted without editing? You know, that one that actually managed to make you UN-hungry??
Lighting, posture, location, time of day, all of these things played into the general success of our mini-shoot. Things you don't usually think about!
My point here is that we had to learn what things make pictures look good to make this one turn out! And after learning some basic editing skills, we were able to turn this backyard picture into our next major ad.
Especially as entrepreneurs, we wear a lot of hats. We've talked about this a lot, the future of a band depends much more on all the extra needs than just the ability to make cool sounds.
Jack needs to spend time learning about how to mix our sounds and create the best product we can, Riley spends time learning to be a better speaker and negotiator, Light is busy learning how to make professional merch, and here I am learning how to better our online presence through content creation and better interaction with our friends!
These are all careers in their own right, and in no way do we claim to be the best at what any of us are doing. What we DO say however, is that we are NOT DONE LEARNING! There is always some way we can be better.
I think that a lot of eyebrows get raised at us when we mention that we are college dropouts... and reasonably so! Some people take this to mean that we feel above the idea of learning. The reality for us was/is that we feel like the means by which we learn needs to be different than for some other people.
The fact of that matter is, there are many different ways to learn. For myself specifically, I found myself in the group of people that learned really well for tests, and I was ultimately unable to retain what I was being taught in schools. School, in many ways, was "too easy" for me, and so I constantly felt bored and unchallenged. And then in college this developed into some pretty major anxiety and depression, as I wasn't pursuing the things I wanted to learn, I was being forced into things.
Where I found I DO excel is when I have a genuine curiosity or need, and I research and learn on the internet. YouTube has been my friend in this way for many years. I'm pretty visual, so being able to learn at home in a video format was unconsciously really crucial for me. I was able to quickly compare methods and ideas to those of many others, and very effectively learn about what I wanted to know. I felt in control of my pace and felt like the content I was watching was more genuine and less affected by the public school system's... filter.
For some others, reading is really beneficial. A good friend of ours has an Audible account, so that they can "read" while they are doing other things, which is an amazing way to do things when you have a lot to do! Of course, true multi-tasking is technically impossible, but it has been proven that your subconscious kicks way more ass than we usually give it credit.
Being exposed to many different ideas, in any form, is inherently going to be beneficial. And whether this happens in a school setting or in a library or online, really isn't the point.
What matters is that you do not let yourself settle with the knowledge you have. Don't get me wrong, it is awesome to acknowledge the things that you know. Be confident in your opinions and ideas and you will get far! But it is easier to be confident when you have a wider base of information to compare your ideas to. So don't let yourself stagnate in your quest for ideas!
I've recently gotten an account on Skillshare, and what I've seen so far is amazing. To me, it seems like the ideal learning platform. You take classes taught by real people that are not filtered by their occupation, but who are sharing for the sake of sharing and teaching other people. I am very much looking forward to further developing my skills as an artist, and as an online influencer!
(If you think this sounds interesting, you can click this link to get 2 free months of these classes. I am NOT being sponsored to say this, I just think the platform is really cool. There's no obligation and you can stop at any time! Worth checking out, right?)
Anyway, at the end of the day, I just really hope that you never feel like you don't want to learn more. If you like something, it's so rewarding to get more perspective on it! You'll be a better business person, and it'll be easier to do well in a traditional employee environment. For us it's essential to the success of our business, but it doesn't have to be that imperative for you to get better at what you like. Be the best version of you that you can be! We believe in you, and are constantly inspired by all of you. ❤
Without you, we wouldn't have much! We appreciate you all more than you know. From all of us in Fat Stallion-