Some years ago, I started listening to podcasts. This – in and of itself – is not news. I’m sure everyone is at the edge of their seats as they read this. Stay with me!
So I started with podcasts and then introduced my brother to them. We both have the sort of jobs where occasionally, depending on how crazy things are at work, we can listen to podcasts. We get to slide into the comforts of our virtual friends and listen in on an obscure conversation, or something unknown, something new or news worthy. We've got friends we take on walks with our dog.
- This American Life
- Sword and Scale
- Jay and Miles explain The X-Men
- The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe
- You Must Remember This
- Oh No with Ross and Carrie.
Peter has other favorites that I haven’t had a chance to listen to but he can't recommend them enough: Two Dope Queens, Throwing Shade. I have some of my staples (The Geek's Guide to the Universe, The Writers Panel). Those who have had an opportunity to develop a “relationship” with a certain podcasts can speak to the impact they have on your day to day. You develop this weird and knowing relationships with singular voices. You drink your coffee with them. You wait diligently for the next episode, counting down the days of the week. These podcasters – these phantom voices – break up the delirium of office hours. Sometimes they break up the delirium of co-workers, drowning out some of the things we aren’t so eager to get into because despite all our best intentions, we sure can bore the hell out of each other (I know I can!).
So let's give credit where credit is due…
Peter and I sometimes fight over who coined a certain in-house meme or who was the first to discover a food, a new television show, make an observation, roll out a theory or make a prediction. There is nothing to be gained from winning these stupid arguments. I think we just want credit for stuff that made its way into our regular rotation (like Selma’s Halloween costume that made it’s way into her “regular rotation...”) We try to be fair. I try to be fair. So I will give credit to Peter. He was the one to discover the podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job. I don’t know how he came across it but it’s been such a welcome addition to our “regular rotation.” We couldn’t recommend it more to anyone who has been looking to follow a passion and try to a make a go of maybe, someday, possibly one day quitting their day job. It’s been great at getting us motivated. Cathy Heller is an AMAZING host and a true inspiration in every sense of the word. She works. She works and works. Her success is built on hard work and that’s what I love about the podcast. It isn’t about being lucky. It isn’t about those “special ones” or those with money or time or blessings from above. We can all go about creating great things but only if we work at it. Every day. Work smart. Work hard. Reverse Engineer. More work. Polite Persistence. Go to sleep. Wake up. Work. Go to your regular job and work the 9-5 job (work hard there too!)…then come home and do more work.
Don’t Keep Your Day Job recently ran a raffle for a chance to win some time with Cathy Heller. And guess what? Peter won! He and a few lucky other guests were able to sit in on a conference call with Cathy. We came out of the meeting with a variety of tips and fine points but one thing struck us acutely as we were listening: we are already doing much of what is required of us. We are already on point. The to-do list gets longer every day but it doesn’t take away from all that we have been able to achieve. Validation feels good. We aren’t lost in a pool of helplessness. We are closer to the middle than the beginning (and million light years from the end but that's not the point). This past Saturday we visited a comic book store in Vancouver we think might be a good place to approach about stocking some of our pop culture prints. The website is done. The online Cimpoe shop is up and running. New illustrations are going up weekly. We have to conquer more of the social media side of things but we don't doubt that we will get there soon. We left the conference call with Cathy with the sense that we are exactly where we need to be. If this were some sort of quarterly business meeting, this is the part where the CEO would be giving his thumps up! The review board is happy. Imaginary bonuses all around! One day, actual bonuses.
Further Listening: ...all podcasts mentioned on this post! They may not be of interest to everyone but there is at least one thing for someone. Start with Don't Keep Your Day Job and This American Life and then work your way through the list. I wouldn't recommend starting with the the first episode of any podcast (it's a bumpy road to success though there are exceptions.) Get to know some of our "friends". In some ways, you'll get to know us better :)