I’m Sean Witzke, and I’m a music producer, videographer, photography, and all around media enthusiast. 90 days ago I cancelled my Netflix subscription, and set out on a journey to upgrade my personal skill set, become self employed, and in the end foster a lifestyle of learning and creativity versus consumption and laziness. In turn, I exchanged my Netflix subscription for a Lynda.com subscription; a website which develops university level online tutorial videos (photography, videography, music production, photoshop, autocad etc.). This website gave me the platform to help achieve my goals, and in the end, I achieved them.
What started off as a personal experiment, trying to teach myself how to program, turned into a full on lifestyle change through pursuing business opportunities, learning new skills, and overall being more prone to take risks and adventure out into the world. I can say that I’ve accomplished more than I ever have within 90 days. I went on multiple road trips across the coast of Oregon, and British Columbia; both endowed with amazing scenery and photographic inspiration… upgraded my video production arsenal far beyond what I thought I would personally own at this point in my life… founded my own video production company which currently specializes in wedding videography, Small City Film… and built a hefty portfolio in both videography and photography.
A Change In Direction
I look back now, and it’s interesting to see where this journey has led me. My original intent was to learn different programming languages, and see where that would take me in the world of technology, but after multiple nights on Lynda.com, I began watching tutorials on video production; more then I planned. I started growing more in my confidence as a videographer, throwing myself into new opportunities, and taking on projects I thought were once out of my reach. Overtime, I started filming more and more, and eventually landed multiple wedding video gigs over the summer. My goal at becoming self employed grew far closer then it ever did with programming, and so the switch was made.
Don’t Step Backwards
One of the questions I’ve been asked consistently over the past 90 days has been “will you get your Netflix account back after the 90 days” and I’ve finally concluded to a resounding “No”. Cancelling my subscription, freeing up my time, and in turn, using that time to stretch myself in new ways is something I don’t want to give up. After seeing what it’s done in my life, I’d rather continue down this road and see where it leads me. Will I keep my Lynda.com subscription? Yes. Most likely. The website has been a great resource for kickstarting my willingness to learn, and again, why would I want to give that up? Does it cost a little more then a Netflix subscription? Yes. But does it compare to the $1,000+ film gigs I’m shooting now? No. It was probably the best investment I could have made.
I’m thankful for all of you who have been reading my blog and sending me emails to talk a bit about your own journey. It’s truly a humbling experience to hear from people I’ve never met, and have them tell me this blog has been an inspiration to accomplish their own goals. Thank you so much.
Thank you Lynda.com for actually sharing this blog on your website. What started off as just a personal blog suddenly became so much more, and I’d like to thank you and your hard working staff for encouraging me along this journey… and making some rock solid tutorials.
There’s something about seeing a challenge to its end, whether you fail or succeed; it builds character, discipline, and perseverance… three things which every person needs more of. The journey isn’t over though. I plan to make this blog a priority while moving forward, writing about new opportunities, struggles, or thoughts that I happen to come across. I hope reading this blog has been just as exciting as it has been writing it.
The 90 day challenge has been completed.