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Veteran Turned Creator: NotYourAverageJoe Helps People Turn Passion Into Purpose



Joe is a 23-year-old Marine Corps veteran turned filmmaker/ photographer. Although you may not have heard about him yet, he has been creating for a little over five years and has been creating full time for three years (since July 2018, when he finished his time in the United States Marine Corps). Now he dedicates his time to helping businesses & entrepreneurs attract and build long-lasting relationships with clients as well as assisting creators to turn passion into purpose. Here are some tips if you are a creator or just things to keep in mind as an entrepreneur.

How to get ahead as a creator with entrepreneurship

As a creator, entrepreneurship becomes a vital part of separating yourself as a personal figure rather than being “just another guy behind the camera.” As a freelance creator, what your worth is equivalent to what your schedule looks like. Meaning, you only make money if you work… and that amount depends on how much you work. Same with “practical jobs” mechanic, electrician, plumber, etc… you get the point. As you begin to undertake the entrepreneurial aspect of things, you start learning how to make passive income. Affiliate links, online courses, free training, presets, merch, etc. As you begin to figure out how to make money passively, you’ll find the time to do what you love and to help people doing it. From YouTube to podcasts or even traveling. (since these don’t make you very much money, if any, in the beginning) having that passive income stream(s) helps you balance your schedule and start working on your brand… thus helping you put a brick in the wall that is your legacy every day. 

Remember, People pay a premium for you, not just the service you provide

One thing to keep in mind as a creator is that people pay for you just as much as they pay for the service that you provide. There are numerous creators out there and plenty of people willing to do what you do… possibly even cheaper than you do it. What people pay for is peace of mind. The same reason people buy Nike or Apple. They know what to expect, and they’re willing to pay for it. When someone pays you to create their content and ask for help showcasing it to their audience (present and future), they are doing so because of the quality of what you provide, the reputation you have built, and for the headaches that you help them avoid. In a world where time is money, you outsource where and when it makes sense. So the question you must ask yourself is “How can I make this client money AND make their life easier?”

There’s ALWAYS something to be learned from someone else.

Regardless of your skillset, experience, or what you do… you can AND should always be learning from the people around you. Good or bad. Some people will teach you how NOT to be a leader, communicate, set goals, or live your life. While others will show you how you SHOULD communicate, treat other people, manage your time effectively, or even how to step and stay out of your comfort zone. Being able to see these lessons and distinguish between assets and avoidances is a very powerful skillset to have in today’s world and a skill set that alone will help distinguish you from your competitors. 

The journey of a 1,000 miles starts with a single step

As overwhelming as being a creator and/or an entrepreneur might seem, we all start somewhere. Our journeys are all different. We are all running different races. Most importantly, you are exactly where you are supposed to be with the knowledge you’re supposed to have. Don’t spend too much time in the future or the past or you’ll never reach your full potential, and you’ll be left with something missing. Just remember: you learn from the past, live in the present, and prepare for the future. The only way to build that fulfillment and purpose is by doing what you can with what you have now while the clock is ticking. You only have so much time and with each day that you delay doing what you know is the right thing to do, that turns into a day you have to wait to reach that end goal of success in your craft and more importantly that’s a day longer that someone who needs your help has to wait to get it. The best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The second-best time is now.

“Nothing truly great ever started with let’s set some attainable goals”-NYAJ

NotYourAverageJoe is relatively new as far as entrepreneurs go. He officially launched his business as a sole proprietor June 2020, taking full advantage of COVID-19 and doing what he can with what he has. Trading freelance work for a company of his own. On top of that, he creates content on YouTube and has a podcast on anchor featuring fellow creators. He is also currently building an online course geared towards helping other creators make a fulltime living off of their passion.


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/notyouraveragegijoe/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/NotYourAverageJoeNYAJ

Podcast: https://anchor.fm/notyouraveragejoe


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