Recently on an recording of Fishing Without Baitpodcast (Episode 56, still upcoming as of this writing) we talked about how many people get in their head that they need to join a gym to improve themselves. They buy the shoes, and the outfit, maybe even some equipment or a yoga ball at home. But the neglect to put in the work and get started.
Sometimes when people start their Podcast, or video content, they go through all of the guides, watch the webinars, buy the equipment. But don’t put in the work and get started.
We’re all good at coming up with ideas. I’ve had a few. But if you don’t execute, it’s just a nice fleeting thought. Sometimes you get started, but let things get in the way. Maybe you do all the setup, and realize you really don’t like running on a treadmill, or trying to figure out a weight machine in public. Or talking to the “public” on a microphone.
You don’t learn if you don’t reach out. Projects have started as a thought and were done the wrong way until we cleaned things up. Clients have known they want some content, but not sure what to do with it until part way int the project. When we started Podcasting, there were no rules to a “good Podcast”. When we delved into 360 video, the rules are still being written and tested as it gains popularity.
But if you don’t get started, you don’t even have a chance to become the inevitable expert.
This week, I returned to a sort of old stomping ground when I assisted an old friend from Empire Extreme to interview Whitney Peyton when she was in town for a show.
See, “Dr. E” was someone who introduced me to a world where I could be on stage performing lyrics about insane concepts and was working on a magazine concept back then I had helped with. Whitney Peyton was one of the people I encountered when we shared a stage for an interestingly booked show in the middle of Ohio some 10 years ago.
The stage is something I miss constantly. That perception and rush of being up there is something that I’ve been able to supplement, though. I realized how much getting in front of a mic, an audience to speak, or even my short stint as an adjunct teacher gave me a that sort of reason and rush.
Those are the feelings one should follow when they’re finding their place and voice online. It doesn’t have to always be on a mic, or in front of people. Maybe it’s making baked goods and watching everyone digitally drool on them on Facebook. Find your stage and keep following it, no matter what form it takes.
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I came off of a very interesting week. The kind where I hit Sunday and was allowed to tell my body “no more” and just relax and do a little bit of house work at my leisure.
I had a lot of adventures for the week. And it felt good.
After all of these years, I’ve found myself not knowing what a day will shape up to be. I could be in an office working through some editing. Could be bouncing around town getting some quick interviews shot. Heading as far as Somerset to do some filming. Or just lounging in the Oxford Center Food Court where it seemed like the nexus of meetings just worked out over my Friday morning.
I listen some talk about how they maximize their time from day to day. It’s not about no days off; it’s about no minutes off, it seems. I find myself in the car a bit. Which seems a bit ironic since I recently shifted some of my work to avoid 2 hours of driving on one of my days. Now that driving is a mix of moving to East Liberty for a coffee, then Allentown for some time to sit down and work at my desk, then Mt Lebanon to connect with my wife after work, and anything in between.
Being “chained to a desk” doesn’t preclude you from day adventuring. You just need to explore the world around you. Maybe there is a coffee shop nearby. Or a McDonald’s, at least. Get out. See people for lunch. Not your keyboard. One thing I realize I don’t do anymore is work inside my mind like I did when I was on a bus to school or college (I commuted). Or maybe even enjoying a conversation at Tom’s Diner.
No matter where you find yourself in life, always find your adventure.