When I made my first few YouTube videos, I was very nervous and terrified. I stuttered heavily, and frequently froze up, forgetting what I wanted to say. My palms were sweaty and my voice was very shaky. The most ridiculous part of all is that most of the time, I shoot videos when no one else is present! It is usually just me and inanimate objects present: my video camera and tripod. So, there was no real rational reason to be nervous or fearful. The responses that I experienced were brought on by my own mind and internal self-talk.
I joined YouTube almost from the start of the website. For a very long time, I wanted to create a channel, record and upload my own videos. But, I remained a spectator, on the sidelines because of lack of self-confidence and unwarranted fears about how people would perceive me.
As time passed, I realized just how much I was missing out on the benefits of sharing my message with the rest of the members. So, I took a chance and decided that the risks were worth any potential reward. I was right, and regret that I didn’t start making videos sooner. People spend so much time focusing on the negatives of a situation, that they overlook all of the positives.
Here are some reasons that people (myself included) don’t want to make YouTube videos:
- “I am scared that people will criticize me”– There are always going to be people who disagree with your point of view. You can’t be all things to all people and you will never please everyone. Some people will offer constructive criticism, while others will criticize because that’s what they enjoy doing. You can’t allow that to stop you. Be true to your beliefs, stand firm, and agree to disagree.
- “People won’t like me or my personality.” You’re correct. There are people who will not like you. Who cares, really? Are they required to like you? Do you like every person that you see on YouTube videos? If you have haters, then it is usually a sign that you are making progress. There are always going to be haters. Don’t let the haters throw you off your A-game.
- “I might get some nasty remarks or racist comments.” If someone is leaving uncalled for comments, and not adding to the discussion, block them and delete their comments. Don’t even waste your time responding to such trash. People who have time to leave hateful and unjustified negative remarks on your videos aren’t happy. They might be using negative comments as bait. Some of them seek to entangle you in their misery. Hurt their hearts by ignoring them.
- “I don’t like the way I look or sound on camera.” It doesn’t pay to be overly self-conscious. You are comparing yourself to unrealistic ideals (examples: celebrities, models, and professional athletes). Thoughtful viewers are more concerned about the actual authenticity and content of your message, than they are about how you look or the sound of your voice. We are all imperfect human beings, so we should learn to make the best of our flaws.
- “No one is interested in what I have to say.” Not true! There are people that would love to hear what you have to say. Whereas I wouldn’t relate well to some people, I appeal more to others. You have a message, a story and something interesting or insightful to share with the world. People will naturally gravitate towards you when what you are saying is either entertaining or informative. The way that I look at it is that if people can get on YouTube and make 6 figures on nothing but BS and tomfoolery, then most people can succeed on YouTube by producing great content and really applying themselves.
- “But, I am too shy”. Join the club. I am an introvert, too. If you are anything like me, you will realize that you must come out of your shell one day. Don’t let this be an excuse not to experience a fuller life through more interactions with others. Besides, you’d be hard-pressed to make money by being “too shy”.
- Fear of public speaking– This is an irrational fear that is conjured up in your own brain. Most people watching my videos realize that I am not a professional speaker. A lot of my videos are spontaneous and contain minor errors. I am far from perfect, and I doubt that my audience expects perfection from me. Some of the best professional speakers and performers in the world still experience stage fright and nervousness prior to a public performance. And some of them make mistakes inspite of practice and preparation. Still, they press on to achieve their objectives.
If you examine these “reasons” on a deeper level, you can see that they are baseless and lame. Delete that fear out of your mind if you want to move up and achieve your goals. When you allow yourself to be held captive to your fears, you stymie your own personal growth.
People let their fears deprive them of their greatest accomplishments and experiences in life. It is unfortunate, since most fears (aside from the fear of imminent danger) are irrational. Fear stands for “False evidence appearing to be real”. It only exists in the mind of person whom is fearful.