21: Nick van der Vegt: Why Patience Is So Important

Nick van der Vegt is a video creator with a passion for editing, motorcycles and personal branding.  Nick is a YouTuber who has grown a personal brand around his passion for film and photography.  He began posting all his content under his own personal brand while in university.  He packed his schedule to 12 hour days so he could pursue his passion simultaneously.  He is extremely humble, but make no mistake, Nick’s work is exploding, garnering millions of views, which reflects his commitment to excellence.  He specializes in filming and photographing cars and motorcycles.

Favorite Success Quote

“Whenever you want to give up, remember why you started.”

Key Points

1. Start Simple

Start with what you have.  Nick started video editing on the free software iMovie on his MacBook.  Have a constant drive to improve your craft and maximize the capacity of your tools at any given time.

2. Be Patient

Learn and master your craft to a level that allows you to be a teacher of the art.

3. Replicate and Practice

Work on projects simply to work on them.  Practice your craft.  Even if you never release certain edits or projects, the practice you put into mastering your craft is meaningful.

4. Take Risks But Be 100% Aware of Your Surroundings

This is a comfort challenge and it goes specifically for videographers, journalists, and photographers.

5. Be Willing To Take The Hits

Some people will not like your work.  Be ready to dissect negative feedback as logical or emotions based.

6. Distribution Vs. Creation

Ninety percent of your effort should be focused on the distribution of your brand, and 10% should be focused on creating content.

Heart Healthy Hustle Round

Heart: What is your favorite activity for activity for caring for and for strengthening your internal character?

Giving Back.  Nick was in a position where he needed help starting out in the world of video production.

Health: How do you maintain your physical health?

Working out six days per week for 1-2 hours per workout.  Low sugar intake.  Eating healthy is a key for remaining highly productive.

Hustle: What is your main motivation for hustling to the max of your potential?

He wants to be his best and live up to his full potential.  He simply enjoys working hard at his craft, and challenge himself.  You put in a lot of time to get results.  Be patient and realize slow progress is still progress.  As long as you love it, stay consistent.  If you really want it, you’ll go after it.

If you had 60 seconds with your younger self, what would you tell him to do and what would you tell him not to do?

Continue pushing forward, it gets better. Without those struggles he wouldn’t be where he is.  Don’t be so hard on yourself all the time.

Influential Books

The Outsiders  by S.E. Hinton

Practical Intuition  by Laura Day

Nick’s Links

YouTube: Nick Van Der Vegt

Grab a one of a kind motorcycle poster displaying Nick’s world class photography: https://www.nickvandervegt.com/posters/

Nick’s Most Popular Videos: Insane Supermoto Canyon Run, Twist of the Throttle

IG: @nickvandervegt

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