Late Nights with Trav and Los

I'm not good enough - Listener Question #2

Episode Summary

Los answers our second listener question: How do we get past the point of doubt. How do we get past the thought that the content we created isn’t even worth publishing? How do we get past the feeling of not being good enough?

Episode Notes

Ep. 67

Song - [https://soundcloud.com/steezmonks/louis-armstrong-aint-got-that-swing-steezmonks-remix-3]

Intro

Welcome to another episode of Late Nights with Trav and Los, I am hosting tonight and to my left is the ever wonderful, ever bearded, bestie co-host, Traaaaaav.

It feels good to host again. I wanted to talk about last weeks episode for a few minutes before we get going with the podcast.

I found it incredibly insightful. That being good, isn’t enough if you want to make a name for yourself. That really resonated with me. I also, loved that it was an answer to a listener question.

So for today’s episode, we will be answering another listener question. This one is interesting because it’s about publishing.

You ready? Ok, here it is:

Play listener question

OK, so Anton posed two questions here. The first question asks this:

As publishers, how do we get to the point where we feel that the content we create is ready to be published?

The second question asks:

How do we get past the point of doubt. How do we get past the thought that the content we created isn’t even worth publishing?

Before we take a stab at answering these questions, I want to give a call out to some early podcast episodes we published around publishing:

  1. The first one was called why you should be a publisher episode 18 and was framed around the benefits of publishing.
  2. The second was was called Share To Win! episode 30 and was framed around the idea that by publishing, you create more opportunities to get discovered

If you notice, both of these talk about the benefits of publishing.

So, back to Anton’s first question: How do we get to the point where we feel that the content we create is ready to be published? In other words, when do we think we are “good enough”?

I want to read you 2 quotes:

  1. The first one is this “If you make things and share them, your heart will at some point be broken. If you never share, it will harden. Your choice.” — Todd Henry
  2. and the second one is this “You have to be brave, before you can be good.” — a supporting character to a comic book Travis read back in May of 2015.

Both of these quotes where from a podcast episode called, A case for bravery this was episode 19. The point I am trying to make here is that what we share at times will be good enough and other times it won’t. The main take-away from this is to be Brave. You have to get comfortable failing, and failing in public.

The second thing I’d like to mention is something Sean McCabe said in one of his podcasts. The question posed to him was this, why should I even talk about something that has been taught, created, shared hundreds of times already. His answer, was simple. Your unique point of view has not been shared yet. I find solace in that advice, that what I have to say, even if I believe I am duplicating someone else’s work, will still be beneficial to some people. My uniqueness, my take on a problem, my life experiences and how I choose to deliver a message will have a lasting impact on people. That’s how I know that whatever I create is good enough, because it is unique to me.

The second question asked by Anton was this:

How do we get past the point of doubt. How do we get past the thought that the content we created isn’t even worth publishing?

I think our answer to the first question can be summed up to answer this one too:

  1. Be brave to overcome doubt and know
  2. that what you have created is worth publishing because you have unique experiences and your content will resonate with a completely different set of people and have a lasting impact on their lives.