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The Mental Healthy Way To Podcasting Opportunities
Episode 1229th July 2021 • Podcast Pontifications • Evo Terra
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Busy podcasters know that there's always more that can be done.

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Fans of busy podcasters know that too, often trying to be helpful

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by highlighting new opportunities.

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Which, while nice, can lead to burnout.

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Hello, and welcome to another Podcast Pontifications with me, Evo Terra.

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Astute listeners will notice that the sound of today's and yesterday's

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episode is, well, different.

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And that's because I'm in San Diego!

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Woohoo!

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Mere steps away from the beach.

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And it's awesome.

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I did this to escape the heat.

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Obviously, I live in Phoenix full-time, as you know, and it's really hot there.

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But also to recharge.

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Yeah, I've got to recharge and I get a recharge when I sit out and look at the

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ocean that is behind me every single day.

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Now, recharging is important to me and also a compromise I made

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with myself a few years back, and it's really paying off, I think.

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And that's because I'm no longer trying to do everything or be everywhere, even

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though a lot of people really want me to - no, let's use the word expect me to.

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You know, I hear people quite often say, "I don't know how you do it, Evo.

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I don't know how you do the thing that you do.

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I don't know how you publish a daily podcast that takes up four

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hours of your time every day."

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Which is a true statement.

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Also, "You're doing that, you're publishing it the same day that you

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are recording it and producing it?

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That's also dumb.

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That's - how do you do that?

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And then also maintain and run a podcast consultancy, which does lots of things

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for clients all around the world?"

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And that's true.

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I do all of those things.

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Weirdly enough, those same people have no trouble offering up a list of other

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things that they think I should be doing.

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And, for some, expect me to be doing.

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Now, luckily for me, and I'm kind of laughing this off is that I'm

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the kind of person who, I really like it when people approach me with

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new ideas and new opportunities.

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And that's because I'm really good at saying no and passing up on

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opportunities that either aren't a good fit or would stretch me to

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thin, which is more often the case.

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That may describe you, but it might not.

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For a lot of time, I had a tough time saying no to opportunities.

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And you may be in a similar situation, especially if you're relatively

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new to the podcasting world and you're, quite smartly, trying to

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increase your luck surface area.

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Something I talk about from time to time, which is good.

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That's smart of you to do that because for you being everywhere, and trying

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to connect with everyone, if you can, is a great way to network and

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accelerate your growth as a podcaster.

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And that's true.

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Yes.

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Maybe you're seeing some modest success with your podcasting efforts

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and you're thinking of investing more time and more energy so you

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can reap more of those rewards.

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Once again, good for you.

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Another smart play.

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Or it could be that opportunity just drops in your lap sometimes.

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That's how the universe works on occasion.

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Then maybe there's a potential pot of gold or whatever it is that

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motivates you right over there.

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All you have to do to get it is just do more, which again, if you

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can and want to do that, great.

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Smart play.

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But there's a chance, a good chance, that something I said in that last

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little rant there might've triggered some feelings of anxiety, stress,

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insecurity, or just full-on, "Oh shit, how am I going to get all of this done?"

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Now, look, feeling some of those things is helpful, right?

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There is a kernel of truth in the "No pain, no gain" comment.

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But let me impart another nugget, another wisdom pearl, if you will.

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Opportunity will knock again.

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It will.

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I mean, sometimes it's the exact same opportunity presenting itself again.

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Perhaps you'll be in a better place emotionally and mentally

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to accommodate it then.

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Other times, it's a totally different opportunity.

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One that you could not have fit in to your already busier schedule if you had

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rushed to shove in that first opportunity.

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How could you fit that in and this new thing as well?

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Occasionally, you realize that passing up on an opportunity is in itself as much of

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an opportunity for you to refocus on your own mental health, which will keep you

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in the podcasting game that much longer.

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I'm living proof of this.

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The ability to say, "No thanks," or, "No, not right now" is a big

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part of why I've been in this game for - gosh, nearly two decades now.

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Insane.

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And I hope to stay in it for the next two with that kind of attitude.

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Your mental health is just that your health.

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So focus on it.

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And just like that, we've gone through another month of Podcast

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Pontifications Season Four.

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Thank you for being with me.

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If you found value in any of the thoughts and ideas I presented to you thus far,

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well, please return some of that value by going to BuyMeACoffee.com/evoterra.

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Next week, at least as of this recording, is Podcast Movement, and no,

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I will not be joining you in person.

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See everything I've just talked about in this episode.

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But I will, however, see some of you from my living room where I'll

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be watching the event virtually.

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I blocked off the days from my calendar, and I'm looking forward to

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attending lots of different sessions.

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So with that, I shall be back on Monday with yet another Podcast Pontifications.

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Cheers!

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Podcast Pontifications is written and narrated by Evo Terra.

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He's on a mission to make podcasting better.

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Links to everything mentioned in today's episode are in the notes

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A written-to-be-read article based on today's episode is available at

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podcastpontifications.com where you'll also find a video version and a corrected

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transcript, both created by Allie Press.

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Podcast Pontifications is a production of Simpler Media.