Answering the question: What do I have to offer?

Answering the question: What do I have to offer?

I want to share a story I have never put words to before.

It’s a story that answers the question of why I create content online and tells about the time I nearly stopped it entirely.

This happened a handful of years ago.

Seven, maybe?

I was a new hire at my job.

In the evenings, completely on our own, my wife and I started making YouTube videos about nothing in particular.

  • They were about travel (we’d been to our fair share of places around the world).
  • They were fun (we wore comfy clothes and chatted openly).

After a few had gone live, my boss asked to speak to me in his office.

After a little small talk, he broke it down fairly bluntly.

“So, the videos you are making.”

“Oh, yeah. It’s just something fun I’m doing with my wife.”

“And what is the point of them?”

“We’re just trying to be helpful and fun with people.”

“And what do you think you have to offer people? There are people here who have done 10x what you might ever do.”

Freeze frame.

This conversation plays in my head almost every day. It’s a nagging question, like raw skin under the thick fabric of a shirt collar.

What do I have to offer people?

This is a pain point in my life—a scab I keep picking at every time it callouses over. pick. pick. pick.

What do I have to offer people?

To this day, I have tried many projects that ended in failure. After each one, the haunting words resurface again.

What do I have to offer people?

Please, stop with the motivational idioms.

“Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” ― Confucius

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” ― Thomas Edison

“Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” ― Oprah Winfrey

What is easy to say from the top is difficult to believe from the bottom.

It has taken me seven(ish) years to realize that while his question might have been meant to discourage me, it could provide me with something else.

I haven’t figured out a good answer to what I have to offer people. I guess that is for ‘people’ to decide.

What I do have is the why behind my creation.

I recently had someone ask, "Are you trying to become a social media influencer or something?’

Nope.

Being an influencer doesn’t keep me motivated. Neither does being on camera, people knowing my name, or writing a best-selling book.

I thought I wanted those things once, but the more I create, the more those things fall by the wayside.

Photo by Mason Dahl on Unsplash

Here is why I will keep creating content:

Every single person has a purpose, but a growing number of people feel purposeless.

In June 2020, the CDC released data that suggests one in four adults ages 18 to 24 has considered suicide.

And according to the recently released Harvard Youth Poll of 2,513 Americans ages 18 to 29, 51% of young Americans said that at least several days in the previous two weeks they had felt down, depressed, or hopeless.

Based on these numbers, chances are you feel purposeless. Even if you end up being my only reader.

I create content to help you fully realize the life that God has designed for you and to live with a fulfilling purpose and calling.

We all face battles within our minds — the negative thoughts, self-doubt, and fear that can hold us back from realizing our true potential.

Those nagging questions won’t leave you alone.

But they hold too many of us down.

I know you have the potential to lead a life of significance—a life that not only positively impacts others but also brings glory to God.

Rise above the statistics.

Beat out the questions.

Silence the voices.

Embrace your purpose.

My why is to help show you how.