good things take time

Today, I spent about 4 to 5 hours editing this photo.

club photo

It is not perfect but I’d say that it isย not bad either ๐Ÿ™‚

This “exercise” served as a gentle reminder to me that to produce quality work, I need to put in the time. Some things can be done in an hour or two, but some require much more time – days, months, and even years.

I just re-read Elon Musk’s biography and was reminded of how it took Elon Musk and his team 6ย years to put a rocket into Earth orbit.

Good things take time.

Ironically, not a lot of time was taken to write this post. I wouldย not consider this to be a good piece but that is not the point. The point was simply for me to write ๐Ÿ™‚

  • With all the edges it’s easy to imagine why this took relatively long. I think I would have given up working on those shoes. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve come to a very similar conclusion as you in the last few months:

    “It’s okay that good things take time.”

    Here’s the story:

    When I started my YouTube channels, my original strategy was to post tons of videos in order to target all kinds of long tail keywords. In order to be able to create a high amount of videos, I wasn’t able to spend much time on each of them. I had to make compromises on the video quality.

    It did work to a certain extent. I was able to get a few hundred to thousand of views, which wasn’t bad at all for a channel that was just starting out.

    Having said that, what worked way better was when I started creating fewer videos that were higher in quality. It didn’t take long and I was ranking well for popular keywords – simply because the video quality created a better audience rentention and engagement (likes, shares, comments etc.), which are important ranking factors for YouTube.

    Those high quality videos have taken me between 20 and 40 hours to create – but the results have been worth every minute of it. In fact, my traffic increased by x7 in the upcoming months.

    But the traffic increase is not the only notable result. Allowing myself to take longer has led to an improvement in my video skills as well. Instead of publishing a video as soon as it’s watchable, I’ve started exploring new editing techniques, for example.
    This won’t only improve the quality of videos but it will also help me to be a more efficient creator in the future. ๐Ÿ™‚

    In the end, I like looking back at what I’ve created and see that I’ve done a good job. This might actually be the most satisfying aspect of creating quality work to me. Because that’s a success in itself.

    You know what, this comment DID take a long time to write and I’m totally okay with it. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey Anna!

      Thank you so much for writing such a long comment and so sorry for taking so long to reply you!

      I’m incredibly inspired by your story, especially how your dedication not only boosted traffic to your YouTube channel but also improved your video skills! ? I’m so happy for you! Congrats! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for the inspiration, Anna!

      P.s. the shoes area isn’t perfectly edited if you zoom in closer ? Shhh!

      • Hey Alfred, don’t worry about it. Glad you took the time to read and respond! ๐Ÿ™‚

        You know what’s funny: The shoes just prove that, although, good things take time, perfectionism is unnecessary. ๐Ÿ™‚

        So you really conveyed two wisdoms in one blog posts.

        • Haha! That was unintentional but it’s so cool you thought about that! ๐Ÿ™‚