I have completed 150 podcast episodes over the last three years! It has been fun, and I have learned a ton from my guests on the show. This year, I have been dreading doing the podcast more and more. I’ve had a lot going on with the flips, the new office, my rentals, YouTube, and more. I find myself scrambling to find guests or come up with a topic to talk about right before I need to post a podcast. I feel like I am not putting out a great product right now, and I am writing fewer blog articles because of the time commitment from the podcast. I know I have many loyal listeners, but I am sorry to say I am suspending the podcast. I may or may not pick it back up again in the future.
Why has the podcast been tough for me recently?
It would seem like doing the podcast would be pretty simple: find a guest, record the show, publish the show. However, there is a lot of work that goes into it! I have to be careful which guests come on the show, as there are a lot of shady characters in this business. I had to delete one of my recent podcasts after discovering what the particular guest was involved in. I have to do quite a bit of research on my guests before I let them on the show. I also try to only add guests who will add value, not just try to sell a coaching product. We also have to find a time to record things; then I get the podcast edited, and I write the show notes myself. When I am dealing with so many other things in the business, the podcast has become that thing I have to do, not something I enjoy doing.
I am also in a business where things are always changing. With my schedule, I never know what I am going to do that day. If a flip comes on the market, I may have to see it immediately to have a shot at buying it. My closings get moved around; contractors have “emergencies;” and other stuff comes up. I really enjoy have a flexible schedule and being able to go wherever, whenever I need to. The podcast became an anchor when I had to record shows, do the notes, and schedule people at certain times.
The last few weeks, I stopped stressing about doing the podcast (you may have noticed I stopped publishing them), and it has been a breath of fresh air.
Why am I telling you all of this about the podcast?
It may seem weird that I am going into all this detail or that I am complaining. I wanted to give the reasoning behind my stopping the podcast because I think it can help others make good business decisions as well. I am a huge fan of being positive and that our attitude affects our success. The podcast was adding unneeded stress to my life. Yes, it helped me learn and network, but there are only so many things one person can do. I am also a huge fan of focus, and the podcast was something that was detracting from my focus. It felt really good to take this off my plate and will allow me to focus on the things that I really love doing like writing or the YouTube videos. I just created this one on a flip I did.
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I think it is really easy for entrepreneurs to take on too many things. I have done it in the past, and when I simplify things or delegate more, I tend to be happier and have more success. The podcast is not something I could delegate very easily. I have delegated other areas of the blog and my business, and for the most part do the things I really like doing like looking at houses.
I may start the podcast again in the future, but I cannot make any guarantees. I feel bad for my listeners who have come to expect the podcast. I am sorry. In the next week or two, I will put together a post of my favorite podcast episodes, so watch out for that. I will be posting more articles now that I am not doing the podcast and will still be very active on my Facebook page. I will not be disappearing—simply adjusting my focus.