This has been in the market for so long! A lot of people have been saying it but I never really got it. There was this one Youtube Self Help Video(what? Are you serious?) Yeah yeah. Anyway, in the video this guy educates about the 7 Biggest Lessons he learned from reading 138 Books. I think that's the title as well.
One of the lessons was - Be a Producer and Not a Consumer.
This hit me recently working on my own Video Game - Clash of Gods. I had this experience back working on PonjiRo - Another Video Game made for Android but I never took it seriously. Now that I am working on Clash of Gods, I have to handle so much as compared to working as a Freelancer. I am doing Illustrations, Concept Art, Doing Game Design Documents, learning how to edit videos, How to make Game Trailers, PR, Promotion, Reading Business Related books, how to persuade people, how to properly convey your message. So much for what? Just one tiny little game that I want to get released in a month.
Most of the people(including me) are raging consumers - I want to see TV! Oh I want to use that Social Application now! Oh! Let's listen to music. Let's get Doritos. Let's buy some Alcohol and the list is never ending. What do you learn?
Now let's imagine this for a minute - You have to make One Episode of a... let's say your very own Youtube series. That sounds fun, doesn't it? Let's start with very basics here - You come up with a story(you are thinking!) and you write. To actually write something worthwhile you need to have good command over language. We can skip this though. You have written something and it's time to bring in some actors. You write script for them and then comes directing, followed by publishing, marketing it properly. You learn a lot. Of course you can just hire people but that also requires having good Social skills and persuading people to believe that it's actually the best and it has some lucrative end product. It's not as easy as you think(I thought).
All in all, it's better to become a producer once in a while. It's a great learning experience whereas in comparison consumerism is passive approach.
But again, all of it is just my opinion on it and I am too lazy to pull up links of proof.