The first time my team suggested a podcast in 2019 I laughed. Followed by “That’s a hard no.” I had no intention of reconsidering the idea or much less changing my mind. I also had no clue what 2020 had in store for the world. Cue a change of perspective.
For any of my enneagram lovers, I am a certified type two wing one. This means I am described as a “helper” with a shade of resolve, which is amplified by the wing one motivation of correctness. Yep, that is definitely me.
I only commit to something that I can do consistently perfect. However, if you are reading this, my guess is that you are an entrepreneur like myself… and you know perfect is a nearly impossible standard.
2020 has challenged many of us to reflect on our belief system and take messy action.
If I am being honest, the doubts that ran through my head when my team suggested I start a podcast told me “There is already so much out there, your voice isn’t needed amongst the noise.”
But when I challenged that limiting belief, I realized that I was doing this for myself and the single entrepreneur, COVID-19 bride, friend, or dog mom that might see themselves in me.
So instead I asked myself what I want…
- I want to connect with my community.
- I want to make searching for the answers just a little bit easier for the next person who is seeking for alignment with their purpose.
- I want to lift the veil that Instagram can put on the challenges of entrepreneurship.
- I want to share what I have learned while starting and scaling my businesses.
With that, I resolved to take messy action. Imagine my team’s surprise when I told them I purchased a podcasting mic during quarantine.
To say this year has been unexpected is an understatement. But I am choosing to act as though 2020 didn’t happen to us, but for us. A year of silver linings and beautiful lessons.
Here are the 5 life-lessons I learned from launching The Legally Aligned Podcast:
- Done is better than perfect.
- You can start a passion project without any expectations of success in the traditional sense of the word.
- Your energy and desire for genuine connection is palpable.
- You don’t need wait for someone to give you a platform, you should create your own.
- There is peace in knowing it will get better with time.
- It’s hard to listen to your voice (even the one in your head), but you will adjust to it.
Without a doubt, this passion project has taken countless hours to create, but it was worth every messy minute.