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10,000 YouTubers Tell Us Their Most Common 11  Biggest Regrets

As a YouTuber, there are a lot of things to think about, but one question that comes up a lot is “What’s your biggest regret?” So I decided to ask some of my fellow YouTubers what their biggest regret is. I was surprised at how their answers differed. Here are the results.

1. Not Starting Sooner

This was by far the most common regret among YouTubers.

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2. Taking a Break

If you feel like taking a break, remember this:

There’s a good chance you’ll regret it.

Stay consistent!

3. Being Scared to Pivot

You’re not married to your current content.

If your audience isn’t loving your videos, or you’re not loving making them, make a change.

4. Getting Discouraged Early

YouTube is a marathon, not a sprint.

Become obsessed with making better videos every time, not getting views immediately.

The views will come as you get better.

5. Not Outsourcing Early Enough

It’s hard to outsource when you’re used to doing everything.

But by outsourcing, you can free up your time and/or hire people better than you at a certain skill.

Most people don’t do this journey alone.

6. Not Having a Plan

You don’t want to spend all your time planning and no time taking action.

But it will help if you at least have a little bit of a plan to start.

7. Trying to be Someone Else

Be yourself and have fun.

Your audience will fall in love with you, and they can smell it if you’re not genuine.

8. Not Focusing on One Topic

Your YouTube channel should serve one audience.

If you do that, it’ll be easier for you to make great content for your audience, and easier for YouTube to find your audience.

9. Not Going Harder

The potential for success on YouTube is unbelievable.

If you have momentum, keep going hard while you can.

10. Getting Distracted

There will be distractions.

New content styles, new monetization opportunities, new platforms.

Choose your new opportunities wisely, but spend most of your time doing what works.

11. Not Believing It Will Work

There are 1000s of people crushing it on YouTube.

Get 1% better with each video and it can work for you, too.


Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been on YouTube for years, this is an important question to ask yourself. Everyone has regrets, and it’s important to learn from them and not repeat them.

It’s a lesson that applies not just to creating YouTube content, but to life in general! Thanks for reading – I hope to hear from you in the comments and if you are interested in learning leadership skills I have drafted 11 Leadership lessons learned in decade of experience.

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