I’ve been reading Simon Sinek’s Start With Why, and contemplating why I do what I do (or really how to put it into words). Do you have a why? Do you know who you serve and why you serve them? Is there something that calls you into action?
I do, in fact I have several reasons. Although I haven't boiled them down into one why I'll share them with you anyway.
1. Podcasting is incredible.
My first reason for what I do is this: I think podcasting is an amazing medium! I’m always blown away by people who get on the mic. Being willing to put yourself out there for all the world to hear is amazing to me.
I thrive on personal one on one interactions, I’m not much of showman (woman) or a naturally expressive person. I can interact well with others in groups, but I far prefer one on one communication. And when I'm out in large groups - even when I'm having fun - I’ll be longing to be at home on my couch with a good book or a rerun of Buffy the Vampire Slayer! 😉
So I admire anyone who expresses themselves in such a public way. That’s one of the reasons I do what I do.
2. Podcasting is where it's at.
Another reason is I believe in the power of podcasting. It’s a user-driven format and it’s groundbreaking. Now we can listen to whatever topic we want when we want! Not sure about your fantasy football line up? There’s a show for that. Want to know the best way to launch a physical product? There’s a podcast to help you! Need some relationship support? Plenty of episodes on that topic.
To toot my horn a bit I’ve been listening to podcasts way before they were cool - I’m talking circa 2007. And my first was Car Talk Radio from NPR but that’s another tangent for another day.
And I listened because I loved the medium. I’m not the most innovative person so I had no idea they would grow to what they have become today, and I think we are nowhere near the pinnacle of what it will become but again that’s another topic for another day.
3. All good, hard-working writers deserve a chance at making a healthy living.
My final reason for doing what I do is to help other writers. I employ other freelancers from time to time, and I love being able to pay them for their work.
For most of my working life I have struggled to make a good living, especially when self-employed or running my own company, so to be in a position to pay others is such a blessing and I’m grateful for it.
All of those are reasons to get out of bed and do this show notes thing!
Now I'd love to hear from you: why do you do what you do? Or why do you want to do the thing you're most passionate about? Drop a note here or email me!