The great thing about learning is that it is not confined to certain times or locations. Learning can happen anytime, anywhere.
I like to highlight this fact by, once a month, looking at things we encounter on a daily basis and seeing what important lesson we can from them.
In today’s installment of “Five Things We Can Learn From Everyday Objects” we are going to talk about something we listen to, but can’t talk back to…
5 Things We Can Learn From Podcasts
1. You Can Pick Anything You Like
Do you like sports? How about politics? How about books or booze or board games? No matter what you like, there’s likely a podcast for that. Nothing is off limits. Anything you can think of has the potential to be a successful podcast.
2. If It Doesn’t Exist, Create It
If you read that last paragraph and thought, “you are so wrong Adam. I am Exit sign enthusiast. There are no podcasts dedicated exclusively to Exit signs.” Then start one. Chances are you aren’t the only Exit sign fan. Maybe there are others out there who would listen to your show. Or maybe not. You’ll know until you try?
3. Anyone Can Do It, But You Have To Stick With It
You do not need the backing of a radio station to start a podcast. You just need a microphone, something to talk about and lots of patience. Anyone can do it, but that also means that anyone can do it. There’s a lot of competition. If you are not willing to stick with it, you might want to think twice.
4. You Don’t Have To Do At Their Speed
I listen to nearly all of my podcasts at 1.5x speed. It allows me to listen to more podcasts more frequently. I can finish a 30 minute podcast in like 20somthing minutes (this isn’t a math blog). I can also listen to podcasts at 0.5x the speed (although I would never do that) Just because someone created a 30 minute podcast, doesn’t mean that is what I have to spend on it. Just because others are doing something at one pace, doesn’t mean you have to follow that speed.
5. Sizes May Vary
Some podcasts are long. Some are short. Some promote products. Some are just a labor of love. Some make money. Some don’t. There are many reasons to do something. Why are you doing what you do?