[Creators Spotlight]: I feel like I'm making an impact whenever someone finds my content useful or insightful - Alex Howlett
In this series “Creators Spotlight”, we are asking our creators about their journey. Watch out for them sharing their journey and getting candid with us. Today we have with us, Alex Howlett. Alex, Founder at Project Greshm, talks about the most challenging part of being a content creator.
Creators are the heart and soul of Tealfeed. As they continuously work towards feeding us more information every day, it's only fitting to bring out their journey for the world to know.
In this series “Creators Spotlight”, we are asking our creators about their journey. Watch out for them sharing their journey and getting candid with us.
Today we have with us, Alex Howlett. Alex, Founder at Project Greshm, talks about the most challenging part of being a content creator.
Continue reading to find out more!
Who has been the biggest influence in your life? What lessons did that person or those people teach you?
My father inspired me to follow my curiosity and ponder deep questions.
Tell us about your childhood, what was the best part? Is there any specific incident that has largely influenced the kind of person you are today?
I grew up with a twin brother. No specific incident largely influenced the person I am today. Who I am is always changing and growing.
Where is your hometown, and what was it like when you were young?
Since the age of five, we lived in Acton, Massachusetts, USA, which is a suburb of Boston. The town is fairly spread out. We took the bus to school. Our parents would drive us to most other places. It was inconvenient to walk.
How important a role does content play in your life? Are you a full-time content creator? Why did you start creating content?
Ideas become important to write down when I find myself explaining the same things over and over again.
What’s that one aspect of being a content creator no one talks about?
Good content serves a greater purpose. I don't think of myself primarily as a content creator. The content is a side effect of my thinking and growth.
What’s the most satisfying part of being a content creator?
I feel like I'm making an impact whenever someone finds my content useful or insightful.
What are you up to currently and what are your long-term career goals?
I study monetary theory to understand how basic income impacts the international monetary system. I have no career, per se. My long-term goals are to deepen my knowledge of how to world works and how to improve the human condition.
What drives you to create content regularly?
I take notes every day as I develop my understanding and ideas. I only post something publicly when I believe that sharing my thoughts will benefit others.
What’s the most challenging part of being a content creator?
For over three years, I hosted a weekly discussion group that live-streamed on YouTube. It was challenging to prepare and manage regular discussions during times when I felt like I'd already discussed everything I needed to discuss.
How do you make sure that you aren’t affected by nasty comments and negative things said about you?
If people are saying *anything* about you, then that means you're having an impact. It's worse to be ignored.
Anything else you would like our audience to know about you!
I've been studying basic income for over ten years. You can follow me on Twitter at @AlexHowlettUBI.
How would you want people to remember you?
I would want people to remember me as an expert on the economics of basic income.
What's success for you and when you would consider yourself to be successful?
Once policymakers start thinking of basic income as the *default* way that people get their money, I will feel that I have succeeded.
Who’s your favourite creator? Why?
Hard to pick a favourite creator, but Perry Mehrling's online "Economics of Money and Banking" course is a masterpiece. Beyond that, my favourite content generally comes in the form of well-written books.
To every individual who’s planning to start as a content creator, what would you like to advise them?
Less content is often better. French mathematician Blaise Pascal famously wrote: "If I had more time, I would have written a shorter letter"
Few maintain consistency, few remain unique, and fewer are the ones who do both of these right, and earn a spot in Tealfeed Spotlight.