Episode 3: Be a Doer
For my 3rd podcast, I’ve stepped my game up! Allow me introduce myself: my name is Jeanita Morris and I am a professional living in the Washington, DC area with over 17 years of experience in a variety of different verticals, but mostly in sales. I am an avid reader and freelance writer. Last year for my 38th birthday (1/12/16), I challenged myself to read 112 books before my 39th birthday (1/12/17). I completed that challenge in just over 11 months. I created the 112books.com blog to document my journey and do book reviews. This year, I evolved 112books.com to view112.com because I wanted to write about more than just books. Now we have the View112 Podcast!
I consumed a lot of information reading 112 Books. I have friend that talks about creating vs consumption. Last year was the year of consumption and excess for me. I want to begin sharing what I’ve learned and creating content. Here are a few ways I’ve started to do this:
- I wrote a blog post titled “I Do What I Want”. One key thing I write about is the difference between aspiring and being is actually doing. The example I use is how I wanted to become a writer. You don’t become a writer when you get published. I learned the moment I begin putting pin to paper or start clicking away on my keyboard, I am no longer an spiring writer. I am a writer. I don’t need aspirations if I just start doing what I want to do.
- Start with what you have. God gives us all we need to get started. I have the ideas, the education, the ability. I just need to put them to use. I mentioned that I’ve stepped up my podcasting game. My first 2 podcasts I recorded with not much thought. I just recorded them using Quick Time player because it was the first thing I thought to use on my Mac. I didn’t think I would punish the podcast. I was just recoding it to me. Once I shared the podcast with people, I was reminded of GarageBand. I tried to use it but was not familiar to I took a workshop at the Apple Store. Now I have music and everything! This is my first podcast using GarageBand. I will have to play around with it. I am figuring it out as I go along. If you wait for things to be perfect (environment, conditions, skills set) before you get started, you will never get anything done. Start with what you have. I love the trial by error approach. I recall the first 2 blogs I ever started, the quality has vastly improved from one project to the next. From He Said She Said Football, Mr and Mrs Football, 112 Books, and now View 112 and each time is better than before. I can read about GarageBand forever, but I won’t learn until I actually start using it.
Stay on this journey with me as I figure things out. As for you, be a Doer. What is holding you back from starting something?