I interviewed my good friend and the host of Trailblazers.FM, Stephen Hart, and in this episode he shared with us his why’s. Why he started his podcast, why he’s doing this, and why it’s important to create good quality podcast episodes.
He asked the most interesting question, “are you brave enough to be bad at something new?” This made me think about the realities of life where most people will feel scared when they are about to embark on a journey they are not familiar with. Some may even give up and will never leave their comfort zones.
If you are thinking of starting your own podcast, please know that it will never be an easy stage. However, Stephen and I will tell you that the most important thing is for you to take that first step and begin your journey.
Stephen started his podcast show when he realized that there is a void for showcasing black content. We all know people in the black community who are musicians and celebrities, but we seldom see people telling success stories of black professionals, leaders and entrepreneurs. He recognized that this lack of representation will greatly affect the future generations. They will not see the possibilities of having a successful black person in various niches and industries.
Stephen started interviewing inspiring black professionals, so they can share their strategies, tactics and innovative tools they used to get to where they are now. He started a revolution that succeeding generations will benefit from.
However, for Stephen, coming up with the podcast was only the beginning. He acknowledges the value of having discipline to consistently create great content. It was not enough for him to create podcast episodes per week, the crucial thing is having quality content that impacts other people.
You have to think of podcasting as showcasing yourself as a media brand. When you are branding yourself, you’re not just sharing rubbish content to go viral. You aim to build authority, credibility and network. With this, you can reach people in all parts of the globe and create impact on their lives.
The saying “you will never know unless you try” has been so accurate to describe what Stephen and I experienced when we started podcasting. Not only did we meet amazing people on this journey, but we feel immense gratitude when people tell us that they appreciate the kind of work we do.
If you want to create a difference and help other people out, you might just need to start podcasting. The only question now is, “are you brave enough to be bad at something new?”