I found that scrap of paper the other day that had a list of the pros and cons of starting a podcast. I was clearly trying to talk myself out of it out of doing it.
Reasons that I CAN’T start a podcast:
- I don’t have a good topic.
- I won’t be able to get people to come on as guests.
- Nobody will be interested.
- I don’t have the proper equipment.
Talk about some weak-ass reasoning. If I were to re-write that list today, it would read like this:
LEGITIMATE reasons that I can’t start a podcast:
Right. There are no legitimate reasons.
I was all aboard the excuse train in search of reasons to not do something. I’ve been on that train before. In fact, I have a frequent travelers card.
Sometimes there are legitimate reasons why we can’t do certain things, but we are mostly just make excuses. We make up reasons why we can’t, either because we are afraid, we are lazy, or both.
Let’s look at my reasons (excuses) for not starting a podcast.
I don’t have a good topic.
There are podcasts out there about everything. There’s a podcast with over 200 episodes about accounting best practices for God’s sake. Your idea is good enough to base a podcast on.
I won’t be able to get guests.
You don’t know until you start asking, and besides, a podcast doesn’t necessarily need guests. Talk about something you’re interested in all by yourself. You can talk for 5, 10, 15, 30 minutes about a subject that interests you right?
Nobody will be interested.
Somebody will be interested. Maybe not tens of thousands, but who knows! If 100 people listen per episode, that’s 100 people that give a shit about what you say.
I don’t have the right equipment.
All you need is a computer, a half-decent microphone, (under $50 can get you started) and an Internet connection.
I have seen the excuses made 1000 times. I am going to put off doing (X) until (Y and Z). Usually these excuses are just that. If you want to do something you’ll find a way.
If there is a workshop in a city an hour away on how to paint with watercolour and you really want to learn how to do that, don’t think about the fact that it’s an hour away. Think about how you are going to get your ass to that workshop.
Reasons (excuses) are usually based on our fear to step outside our comfort zone and try something new.
I want to write and record a song but I can’t sing or play an instrument. There are ways around that. There’s software that will be my band and I can autotune the hell out of my voice.
Releasing the song will be another matter because when people out there hear it they might think it is terrible. When the time comes, I will talk myself out of that excuse as well.
Think of something that you want to do right now and think about the reasons that you have used to convince yourself to put it off. I’m betting most of them are easily overcome, or are not obstacles at all.
We spend so much time convincing ourselves of reasons why we can’t do the things that we want to do that we often do nothing. I’m not only on that train, I’m the conductor.
I’m starting my podcast. I have guests lined up and appointments to do the interviews. I’m nervous about it but I am doing it.
I will record and release that song before the end of the year.
Think of the things that you have wanted to do and the weak reasons that you use to not do it.
Then kick those excuses to the curb and get started!