What if you could stop time?

A couple of weeks ago, you may have filled out a survey here. Thank you if you did! We’ve been going over those answers with a fine-toothed comb ever since.

One of the most unanimous responses had to do with time..or rather, lack of it. And as I was struggling with how to help with that, I suddenly remembered something that happened to me a long time ago.

If you’ve struggled with “Not enough time” or not enough of, well, anything, try this question. It can make all the difference.


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In the meantime, let’s talk about your answer to the question from the end of the video…or better yet, what’s your version of the question?

    30 replies to "The Question That Stops Time in its Tracks"

    • Suffolk Graphic Designer

      My first step would be to focus on using videos in all my online venues – website, Facebook, Google+ etc. Hopefully this would develop my expertise in using video and tracking how people view it, versus text and link based content.

      Thanks for another fantastic video, Steve. I just love the feel and spirit of the videos.

      • Steven Washer

        Your idea is sound because not only does it allow you to repurpose content very easily, Google likes to see the same video in several places.

    • Dr. Tom Taylor

      Being comfortable in my own skin in front of the camera is what I’m working toward; delivering without performing; frankly, just being real. You do that in every video I’ve seen since I started working with you, Steven. I marvel at it, admire it, and covet it. I pray to achieve it … soon, please!

      • Steven Washer

        Focusing on one thing with laser-precision is a great idea, but focusing with passion, as you write about here, is one of the secret ingredients in your recipe for success!

        By the way, Master of Video Presence is now open. I’m just sayin’ 🙂

    • Eran

      Hi Steve,

      WOW! That was very powerful!

      It hit a nerve in me – almost brought forth a tear or 3…

      Talk about putting passion, personality and authentic feeling into a video. Dr Tom got it right!

      You tha man! 🙂

      Thank you.


      PS: Perhaps the fact that I always wanted to be a pilot but didn’t get there might have something to do with it… 😉

      PPS: I just got finished recording a 1hr camtasia screencast video. Does that count? 😉

    • Paul Park

      Thank you for your inspiring, caring, and truthful rendering.
      I have a book coming out soon titled ‘the secret of living like God.’
      Someday, I may get help from you with video stuff, and you from me with how to live like God.
      Thank you again for your moving video.
      I love it and God bless you, I would say.

      • Steven Washer

        Thank you, Paul! And do let us know when your book comes out. 🙂

    • Steven Washer

      Thanks, Eran!

      RE: becoming a pilot…it’s never too late. 🙂

      And sure, making any kind of a video counts. So, if making a screencast video is your first step, then what’s your next step?

    • Tom Buford

      Hey Steve,

      Thanks for the great content you always deliver! Love to hear that you are a pilot. I got certified as a skydiver in ’99, but I was PETRIFIED of those small planes I had to jump from…lol.

      My “to-do” is to start getting videos done without trying to make them perfect. I keep trying to tweak with lighting, sound, etc and need to say “enough is enough” and get my message on video!


      • Steven Washer

        Exactly. They will get better over time, but not if you don’t send them out at some point. Get to where you’d give yourself a “C” and make the jump! 🙂

        • Tom Buford

          HAHA…love it! Thanks for the tips.

    • Rudolf

      Love your video and the story – But you messed up your layers during editing.
      Yep, that stuff even happens to a seasoned pro.
      Towards the end of the video, when you raise your right arm it vanishes behind the picture-in-picture video… 😉

      • Steven Washer

        I did that just for you, Rudolf. I just wanted to keep at least one error in there for my sharp-eyed viewers 🙂

        Actually, I did notice it, but didn’t feel like re-editing and re-uploading and changing all the links, etc., etc., etc. At some point you just say “it’s good enough” and move on.

        The bigger question is, if I had re-edited that part, would it have made the video even 5% better?

        • Rudolf

          You are absolutely right, Steven. Don’t sweat the small stuff!
          The story sells and yours is great.
          There are two addictions I am suffering from: Shiny object syndrome and perfectionism…
          I found my peace with the first one but better keep working on the second one…LOL

    • Greg YourTravelBuddy Snead

      My first step(s) would be to set up my home office video set. Get my lighting & sound and background done. Then get all these ideas out my Head and on to film… Errr “Chip”!
      Peace and Blessings to you all!

    • Steven Washer

      Hey Greg, that’s ambitious! 3 major steps. I agree with all 3, but I wonder about the order.

      Which do you think is best; to determine a set first, or develop ideas/scripts that tell you what you need FOR a set? 🙂

    • Sheryl Kurland


      You are soooooooooooo inspirational to me. I started my YouTube channel (YouTube.RelationshipInsider), and I hear your voice in my head and apply your words of advice on every shoot….yeah, I’m gonna make mistakes, learn and keep moving forward.


    • Sheryl Kurland

      fixing a mistake here (don’t mean to reply to myself!) …It’s http://YouTube.com/RelationshipInsider

      • Steven Washer

        Not a problem. You can camp out on our lawn anytime, Sheryl.
        Just leave me a poem every once in awhile! 🙂

    • Howard

      Small world…I too soloed in the mid 80s in NC in a C-152.

    • Dave

      Great story, Steve! I drive by a regional airport every morning on my way to work; I’ve never asked myself “what if I could fly?” I took your survey last week and noticed the question about a course using an iphone 5; then I bought one when I upgraded my mobile phone plan. Now, I’m interested in learning how to use it for videos. I even found a website today (lifeisaprayer.com) where the writer reviewed different external microphones to use with an iphone. How cool is that?

    • Michelle Nightengale

      Love this video! Your warmth and personality really come through. 🙂

      Wish I had sound quality like that! 🙁 But I DID purchase the mic adapter you recommended for my iPhone and it already shipped yesterday! I also downloaded the FiLMPRO app you recommended. If I can figure out how to use it, I might be able to do another video for you by Tuesday. 🙂


      • Steven Washer

        Woo-hoo! That’s what it’s all about, Michelle. I can’t wait to see your next video…

    • Scotty

      Start today to not quit! And learn something new everyday!

      • Steven Washer

        Oo, nice one, Scotty. Learning something new everyday? One of the secrets of life!

    • Michelle Twohig

      Your videos always make me smile, just like I would if you were sitting across the table from me saying all that stuff. Loved the poverty line…still plan to post another try at the video for my artofequus site!

      Thanks for the reminder and smiles.

      • Steve

        Thanks, Michelle. More chuckles on the way…and the same from you I hope!

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      Your modeling is empowering. Just goes to prove that after 20 years presenting, there is always more to learn and grow. I am growing so much through producing and marketing this series.

      Thanks so much!

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