Newsletter – Hard Work

Hard work

We all feel like work is hard – podcasting certainly is if you are doing it right. I think that is normal and probably the way it should be. But sometimes we make it more difficult for ourselves.

Any progress is good but working on the ‘right thing’ will make the most difference. So, for you, for your progress, what would be a quick win? and what about a slow win?

  • Quick win – something that will make a difference straight away and can be achieved by just doing it. Like me, you may be saving a few of these for no particular reason – and certainly not a good one. Just do it.
  • Slow win – invest time and effort that has a payback later. A slow win could be learning a new skill, or getting even better at an old one. Free and not-expensive courses abound – plus some more serious investments if that is what you need. You could also reaad a book.
  • Practice makes perfect but be on your guard against getting good at doing the wrong thing. Keep asking, “what would make this better?”
  • Identify your time and energy sinks and avoid them.

Work hard! (smart is implied)

Have you seen?

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Such a great resource and worth checking out the next time you need an image.

They have just notified their annual awards for best photographs of 2020 – also definitely worth a look for inspiration and admiration.

Have you heard?

Podcast Pontifications, a podcast by Evo Terra, is an excellent source of provoking thought – you might not always agree with him, but he does make you think. Currently, he is on his regular December break, but he leaves guest hosts to keep the chair warm and the lights on. Try this episode by Kevin Patton, who explores how to listen to other people’s work and learn something, not just criticise. Temper Your Harsh Critic By Looking For A Podcast’s Best Trick [S3E55C] (8m 55s)

Have you read?

  • Community Building in a digital world is the focus of, and their book Get Together: How to Build a Community With Your People. It is on my Christmas reading list. How well are you building with your community rather than for ?
  • An older blog post from Seth Godin that speaks to today – Three simple and difficult steps

If you can invest in these three assets, what happens to your leverage? Your value? Your choices?

And finally

  • what is on your ‘must read’ list?
  • be kind to yourself and those around you as you work hard.

Stay safe and keep connected. Your friend, Steve

Go make a podcast!