462 – The Decision To Start My Own Business

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I've often told the story of just how much my wife, Stephanie, supported my decision to leave my career in insurance to pursue an career related to podcasting and technology. I've mentioned on several occasions, how she was the one who finally convinced me to make that decision.

What if I told you that you could actually listen to an audio recording of the conversation that Stephanie and I had immediately after making the decision that I would go in the very next day and tell my dad that I was leaving the family business, to start my own internet based business?

The fact is that you can hear the audio recording of that conversation, from September 26th 2007, in this week's episode of The Cliff Ravenscraft Show.

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Yes, People Will Probably Criticize You!

Earlier today, I had one of my Podcasting A to Z students tell me that she now has cold feet about publishing her first podcast episode.

She's spent the past two weeks tweaking her equipment setup and figuring out the audio editing process. She's produced a sample audio file that I gave a “PERFECT” rating. (And most of you know just how much of an audio snob I am.)

During the first week, I asked her why she wanted to launch her podcast. She wrote… “My life’s mission, and the purpose of my podcast, is to share my experience, strength, and hope around recovery from compulsive spending, to help others who feel powerless over the obsession to buy, shop, and spend…

However, today, while other students are submitting their first episodes to iTunes, she wrote to me saying… “So I'm having an identity crisis, Cliff….. I'm not sure I should be doing this particular podcast now. I know you cannot make the decision, but I'd like your feedback about my concerns.

She went on to write about about how a few of her friends in recovery have cautioned her about some of the things that she was considering with her platform.

She then wrote… “I'm worried that people will get upset with me for sharing my experience, strength, and hope this way.

And she told me that she had an idea for a different podcast that she might pursue instead.

This interaction inspired today's vlog post!

BTW. After giving this student my feedback, she wrote back with the following….

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Cliff, I cannot thank you enough for this amazing motivational response. I will be using it in the podcast, if you don't mind. Your transformation is astounding. I read the FB post and comments, and was so struck by this exchange you had with someone:

THEY SAID: I know you won't call out the hater who mocked you, but I hope he sees this and the profound support you so deservedly have received. Well done! Keep up the good work!

And YOU SAID: Yeah, funny thing is that guy made it into the most recent Keynote that I did. I used it as an example of how you can't allow others, who don't understand your vision, keep you from moving toward your goal as a result of their negative feedback.

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Wow.

Moving forward. Thanks to you.

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