Podcasters: study what the successful shows are doing

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Copycats, thieves, and podcasters

Here it is, part six of my six-part series for creating a better podcast to compete with the really popular shows.

Tip number six: study the great podcasts.

This one is pretty simple and obvious. But, how many of us take the time and effort to really study what the successful podcasters are doing?

Don’t just listen – take notes. Try and analyze how these shows are written, structured, and edited. Think about how you can use these same techniques in your show.

I realize many of the popular podcasts utilize a production team, but that doesn’t mean you can’t figure out ways to bring the same production values to your show.

I mentioned this earlier, but one way to improve your show is to change your show frequency. Once you aren’t shackled to the tyranny of a weekly show, you’ll have time to make each episode better.

You can study shows that are ranked at the top of the iTunes chart to get started. And, don’t forget to study shows you like to listen to.

I started doing this a couple of weeks ago. I’ve only gotten through about eight shows, but I’ve already learned a lot. Not only that, I’ve come up with a lot of great ideas I can incorporate into my new show.

And, I can’t recommend the following advice enough:

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” – somebody famous probably

This brings us to the end of this six-part series.

If you have a podcast or plan to launch one, here’s a simple plan for success:

  1. Figure out who you want to serve
  2. Figure out how you’ll serve them with your show
  3. Make an amazing show

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Kristy Arnett and WTF Am I Doing With My Life

Kristy Arnett

Kristy Arnett: professional poker player and risk/relationship coach

So, I met a professional poker player at Podcast Movement.

Who could possibly be more mindful than a professional poker player?

Kristy Arnett has spent the last decade as a reporter in the poker industry (yes, it’s an industry) and as a professional player.

Sounds really exciting, doesn’t it? How would you like to live in Las Vegas and fly all over the world playing in poker tournaments and being on television?

The reality for Kristy is quite a bit different.

On her blog and podcast, she speaks openly about her struggles with anxiety and the toll it has taken on her relationships and her marriage.

On her podcast, WTF Am I Doing With My Life, Kristy mixes interviews with personal growth experts and some pretty raw and unfiltered stories. Her goal is to inspire people to take risks and improve their relationships.

I really like her show. I think Kristy has a winning personality that just leaps out of my headphones. The podcast is well-produced – it’s obviously not just thrown together.

Looking for a risk and relationship expert? Maybe you didn’t think you were looking for one.

In either event, do yourself a favor and check out the WTF Am I Doing With My Life podcast at KristyArnett.com.

P.S. I’m not kidding about being mindful. When you talk to Kristy, she is totally in the moment and focused on what you’re saying. It’s a pretty cool thing to watch.

And yes, she meditates, too!

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Wellthy Boss Podcast – for entrepreneurs

Wellthy Boss

Why you should be a healthy entrepreneur

One of the amazing people I met at Podcast Movement this year is Mariah Secrest-Comer.

Mariah hosts a podcast called Wellthy Boss – you can find out more at wellthyboss.com.

The podcast and website (and Facebook group) are all about self-care and wellness for entrepreneurs.

So, why should you take care of yourself as an entrepreneur?

Mariah points out that better health leads to improved productivity, focus, and decision-making skills; higher earnings, improved leadership measures; and better sex.

She talks about the research behind self-care practices –  like exercise, nutrition, sleep, and meditation – and their corresponding productivity impact on your work.

I’ve included a video in the show notes where Mariah talks about her morning routine. You should check it out. Lots of good stuff in this video, such as:

  • Why you should get up early
  • Making time to savor coffee
  • Practicing mindfulness
  • Excercise
  • Intermittent fasting

If you’ve discovered that meditation and mindfulness help you be more productive, Mariah’s podcast is definitely for you – The Wellthy Boss Podcast.

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The mindfulness epidemic is out of control!

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Mindfulness must be stopped, they say…

No matter how good or positive a message is, there’s always someone who just sees the dark clouds.

Mindfulness is popular and catching on with a lot of people. It’s getting a lot of press.

I’ve been practicing it for several months and it’s done wonders for me. I’m much more productive and I’m enjoying simple life experiences more.

I’m sad to report I’m seeing bad press about the practice. Some writers feel it is being sold as a magic elixir that will solve all your problems overnight. Others feel is it somehow harmful or bad for you.

Mindfulness is really nothing more than being in the moment so you can truly experience the moment to its fullest.

Many of us have become more and more distracted in our lives.  This prevents many of us from engaging in our relationships. Some of us try to get more done by multitasking, only to find we aren’t getting anything done.

How it helps me

Mindfulness made a huge difference in my life as soon as I started practicing it. This show is a good example.

My schedule is hectic. I don’t have much free time, but by being mindful I’m able to produce a daily podcast in addition to everything else.

Mindfulness didn’t fix all my life’s problems. I don’t see anyone suggesting this. But that doesn’t stop some writers from declaring it’s the new snake oil.

If you’re considering mindful practices, keep an open mind and try it.

Maybe the keeping an open mind part is challenging for some people – especially skeptics.

In any event, it is currently legal in all 50 states and in most countries. You’ve got nothing to lose except distractions and lots of wasted opportunities.

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How to be more creative with a simple weekly ritual

Peaches can make you more creative

Being mindful while running errands

We’re all looking for that elusive, secret formula for being more creative.

If you’re more creative, maybe you can write that best-selling novel or develop that killer business idea.

Here’s my secret formula:

  1. Get up at a reasonable hour on Saturday morning
  2. Mindfully run your errands (i.e. don’t multitask. Focus on doing the errands)
  3. Discover a new place (or two) while you’re running your errands
  4. Don’t try to force creativity or ideas – just be receptive if and when they come

This ritual works wonders for me.

The Saturday morning ritual

I got up at 8:00 – 6:30 or 7:00 would have been better.

My first stop was a local diner for breakfast. There were lots of people to observe. Please note: Don’t be that creepy guy staring at the customers.

I ran out of podcasts on my podcast player, so I searched through the Apple Podcasts list of popular shows and downloaded a couple of shows I’ve never listened to.

The first show was political; I didn’t finish it.

Next up was Very Bad Wizards where the hosts discussed the David Lynch film Mulholland Drive.

Now THAT’S more like it.

Later, while driving through town, which is Roanoke, TX, I came across the Roanoke Farmers Market. Rather than just drive by, I decided to park the car and check it out.

That’s how the whole mindfulness “being in the moment” thing works. You have to experience stuff.

Tomatoes at the Roanoke Farmers Market

It’s a tiny farmers market as farmers markets go. But it was a lot of fun to check out the goods and talk to the vendors.

Honey for sale at the Roanoke, TX Farmers Market

Next, I walked across the street to the Brew Junkie Coffee House. I’ve always wanted to try French press coffee. I asked the barista for a recommendation and he did not disappoint. The coffee was outstanding.

From there, I went to Collected: Keller, a comic book store not too far away. You never know what you’ll discover in a comic book store. I ended up getting a free Sheena, Queen of the Jungle comic. They were free because one of their customers paid for all the issues so they could give them away.

My last stop was an office supply store. I need business cards to take with me to Podcast Movement next week. Things got a little bumpy there, but I’ll be able to pick up the cards tomorrow.

So, I completed my errands and tried a few new things – the farmers market, the French press coffee, and the Very Bad Wizards podcast.

And, I was mindful while running these errands.

But, the whole point of this exercise was to see if it would help me develop some good, creative ideas.

Well, did it work?

In a word: yup.

I had lots of great ideas. As a matter of fact, I had to make the stop for business cards because I came up with an idea I’m pretty excited about.

You’ll hear more about that later.

Okay, now you’ve heard about my creative ritual. Maybe it isn’t free, but it’s sure effective. Why not give it a try?

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Dilbert totally gets mindfulness

Dilbert Mindfulness

From the mouths of sanitation engineers…

You never know when you’ll run across a great illustration of a mindfulness practice.

Recently, my Dilbert desk calendar served up a winning quote:

“Good and bad days are only in your mind. The environment is largely the same as the day before.” – Mister Garbage Man

Yes, you have more control over your “good” and “bad” days than you thought.

It’s kind of obvious – it’s not the day that’s good or bad. It’s how you decide to interpret it.

Most of your days are largely the same. Of course, there are exceptions, but they’re surprisingly rare.

Only YOU get to decide the answer to “How was your day?”.

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Finding my mojo on the road

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Road trip RX

I just got back from my road trip to Nocona, Texas. And, as I predicted, it was exactly what I needed.

I visited the Horton Classic Car Museum, had a great time and took a lot of pictures.

Horton Classic Car Museum
Horton Classic Car Museum

I was hoping to come up with some breakthrough ideas for my new business on this trip.

Here’s how it works for me.

As I’m driving, I try to keep my head clear by focusing on the driving and the view. On this trip, I avoided the interstate and took the back roads to Nocona.

Back roads can take you through interesting small towns and who knows what else. In my case, the back roads took me past a lot of cemeteries.

Inside the Horton Classic Car Museum
Inside the Horton Classic Car Museum

I never seem to get any good ideas driving TO my destination. Instead, the ideas come on the return trip home.

On the way back from Nocona, I came across a really cool small town having some kind of festival. Everyone in town seemed to be there having a great time. It looked like a scene from a movie.

And, after that, the floodgates opened on the ideas machine.

I’ve got a lot of great ideas for some new products and an exciting concept for a new podcast.

Once again, my road trip technique worked like a charm.

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Improving creativity by using mindfulness

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A mindfulness hack for better creativity

Creativity is key if you want to be a successful entrepreneur.

You need to be creative if you want to develop better product ideas and create better marketing messages for example.

As entrepreneurs, we’re looking for ways to stand out from the competition. So, if you’re creative and add a unique spin to an existing product, you’ve invented something new. And when you invent something new, you can stand apart from the competition.

Do you ever find yourself staring at your computer screen, desperately trying to come up with better product or marketing ideas? I have a simple creativity hack for you.

  1. Step away from the computer
  2. Grab a pen and paper
  3. Find a comfortable spot
  4. Start jotting down ideas

Writing with pen and paper is a more deliberate, tactile, and mindful experience. Many people, including me, find new ideas flow more easily this way.

Sometimes, doodling helps free up your mind so you can develop better ideas.

If you want to take writing with pen and paper to the next level, consider using a nicer pen and paper. You might even want to consider using a fountain pen to make the writing process more deliberate and mindful.

It’s a simple way to be more mindful, creative, and – hopefully – successful.

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Is there such a thing as “free” time?

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Let’s call it “available” time

I’ve been thinking and talking a lot about time lately.

Time really comes into focus when you’re busy and you just don’t feel you have enough of it.

I put in an 11-hour work day today. But, if I’m being honest, that still leaves me a lot of time to work on my side hustle.

Coincidently, I stumbled across a question on Quora about time – specifically, how do successful people spend their free time?

Good question. It gets to the heart of why certain people are successful.

It makes me ask a slightly different question: is there really such a thing as free time?

Our time is finite. You can’t buy more, no matter how rich you are. You’re given, on average, about 700,000 hours.

And, for the most part, you get to decide how to spend them.

We use the word “spend” when we’re talking about time. That implies time has value, like money.

Let’s go back to the question about how successful people spend their free time.

The big difference between successful and unsuccessful people is simply this: successful people value their time and make the most of it. Unsuccessful people don’t.

I think it’s as simple as that. Did you miss it?

Successful people value their time and make the most of it. Unsuccessful people don’t.

So, my question to you is “what is your time worth?”.

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The distracted lifestyle is catching on

distracted - kids playing computer game

Distracted living for better denial

Are you distracted?

Yesterday, I talked about your most precious resource: your time.

You’ve been given a certain amount of time on this planet. How are you spending that time?

If you’re constantly distracted – jumping around from one thing to the next – stop!

Ask yourself if you’re going anywhere. Are you getting any closer to realizing your dream?

Do you even remember your dream?

Maybe you’re distracting yourself so much so you can avoid thinking about it. Because it hurts to realize you aren’t going to achieve your dream.

How is distracting yourself by wasting time on social media or playing video games any different than drinking or taking drugs?

Successful people, people who go after and achieve their goals and dreams, don’t do this.

Instead, they reflect.

You should ask yourself: what am I doing today that’s going to get me where I want to go?

And you should ask yourself this question every single day for the rest of your life.

It’s a simple question and I’ll bet you already know the answer.

So, what are you going to do today?

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