Podcast Builder Club
Podcast Builder Club

Episode 39 · 8 months ago

Happy Little Accidents

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

It’s Mindset Monday! As human beings, we instinctively want to avoid failure. But that can be extremely limiting. Failure is what helps us learn and grow while enabling us to move on to our next great endeavor. So I’ve been exploring a mindset shift inspired by Bob Ross! What if we transform our mindset around failure to view mistakes as happy little accidents instead?

In this episode, Travis talks about:

  • How Pod Decks was a happy accident - the decks were initially a free gift that came with a course. The course didn’t do well, but people were really interested in the decks!
  • Examples of great inventions that were discovered through happy little accidents.
  • Why you need to try to follow through with curiosity - when you discover something interesting, can you take it a step further?
  • Why you need to keep trying to innovate, even when what you have now works - like how The Beatles innovated their music over time.
  • Why the more you fail, the more you learn! Failure is what keeps us on track and growing.

Memorable Quotes

“When you see something interesting, do you investigate? Do you give yourself a chance to try something out?”

Links to Resources

If you want to watch some calming happy accidents: Bob Ross’s Youtube Channel

Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/poddecks to join the Podcast Builder Club.

Download to Pod Decks Mobile App for Apple or Android for time-saving ideas.

If you enjoyed this episode, please make my day by leaving me a review!
 

Pay podcasters its mindset Monday andtoday we're talking about happy little accidents. That's right! I want you tochannel your inner Bob Ross. I've been watching a ton of bobross paintingvideos lately because they're calming- and I just love this dude style. He isso big pimpin and he's all about. We don't make mistakes. We have happylittle accident, so I thought ID created an episode all about fourspecific happy accidents. Thay there turned into great ideas or hugebusinesses before we get started just wanted to read one of the latestreviews on podcast therapy. This podcast is amazing. I can't stoptelling other people about it. Travis over delivers ind his content fromstrategy, maintaining consistency. This podcast gives you everything you needto be a successful content. Creator that comes from Helen Garci is seven.Thank you so much Helen. I really appreciate the kind word so if thispodcast is a value to and your feeling generous go ahead and write a review, Iread every single one of them and it...

...just makes my day so happy little accidents, Bob Ross ispainting a beautiful landscape with mountains and trees, and I've heard himsay this many many times. You don't make mistakes, you just have happylittle accidents and I just love this guy's style, his vibe and, of course,his hairstyle. But I think that there's a lot of examples.I could provide to you of happy little accidents and what this really playsinto from a mindset standpoint is, I think, as podcasters as contentcreators as human beings. We want to avoid failure. We want to avoid lookingsilly. We want to avoid feeling dumb. We want to avoid. You know, impostorsyndrome, all these things, and that could be very limiting that can limityou to not take chances that coul limit you in...

...what you'll try and I think aspodcasters and the show is for podcasters and content craters. Wetypically follow the leader we're going to see what somebody else is doingsuccessfully and we steel like an artist which is good we're getting ourinfluences but oftentimes that boxes us into this little template that we neverreally get out of because we're afraid to experiment or test and a lot ofpodcaster say you know. I really want to do this one thing, but I'm afraid todo it and they're really just afraid to try it. So what I want to tell youtoday is for specific examples of how happy accidents turn into really bigbusinesses or really great ideas, and I want you to really start to look aroundfor the opportunities in your accidents instead of looking at them as failures.So the first one I'm just going to go through very quickly but pod deck. Mybusiness unique interview, questions for podcasters was a complete happyaccident. I had been editing podcast...

...for a decade, couldn't work witheverybody. I was getting too many clients and I couldn't sell any moretime. So I said I'm going to make a course, and that way I can stillcontinue to help people. You Guys Know Me, I'm all about helping podcastersgrow, so I created a course. I spent six weeks developing the course filmingediting setting it all up. It was a lot of work and as part of buying thispremium course, I thought I'm going to send people a gift. I had thesequestions on my phone that I called friends questions and I would just usethem in different situations, dinner parties when it was an awkwardengagement. I use them at work. I use them everywhere and I said I'm going totake these questions that I have I'm and to turn them into these decks ofcards, and I'm just going to send them to the people who buy this course, sothey can expedite their training as an interviewer. We don't all come out ofthe box, just ready to interview people. It takes a little bit of you know,learning curve which is totally cool. So I made that- and I published thecourse and I sold maybe two...

...and crickets, and then I started topromote that you're going to get this gift that I thought was just a littlebonus and it turns out that it wasn't alittle bonus. It was something that people were interested in and I startedreceiving tons of emails. What are the cards? What are those cards you have?Where can I get those carts? No, I could have shrunk into my shelland said man. No one wants to buy my course. I'm a failure rolled it up, putit away and kept doing what I was doing, but I looked at it is. This is anopportunity. This is something people want. This is the market is giving meresearch and telling me hey. I want this, and so I just decided to startsmall tested out- and here I am today with a huge community of podcasters.I've met, so many cool people. I Bet some of you are listening right now, mynew friends, you know my new community through what I call a happy accident.Now number two is a product you've, probably used or seen or maybe arewearing right now, which is velcro now,...

...we've all had the velcroach breeboxwith the three sweet velcro fasteners instead of laces at some point in timeand Vilcro is just a really great easy way to stick something on a wall or wrap up your cables. Things like that.So a Swiss engineer named George Demescrol was taking a walk with hisdog in the Swiss Alps and when he got home he noticed that his dogs fur wascovered in these like little prickly burgrs. So as an engineer, he was curious whatwas causing these birds to stick to the dog and he put one of them under amicroscope to see how the sticky trick was accomplished and it turns out.There was tiny little hooks on the surface of the birs that attached tothe fur of the dog's coat and since he was an engineer, he spent some timeresearching and developing one of the most popular clothing fasteners. Basedon this accidental discovery. Now he...

...named it velcro because it was acombination of velvet and crochet and in one housand nine hundred andfifty nine. It was completely adopted by fashion by all kinds of differentindustries, and it became a high tech fastener. That's now even used by NASAengineers, so he could have said. Oh that's interesting and looked into itand done nothing, but he spent eight years developing Velcro, which is oneof the most Handy Dandy, little things in the world. So when you see somethingthat is interesting, do you investigate? Do you give yourself a chance to trysomething out and create something new? That's not been done before think aboutthat next time. You see something interesting now number two is everybody's favoritebeverage beer. So this was actually an ancient discovery ten thousand yearsago, in Mesopotamia okay. So...

...basically bread was a big thing for cultures. Bread was a great easy way toeat and when they were making this bread they realize that withoutspecific elements it would get very flat and tough. But when the grain gotwet, it became food by creating yeasts in the air whichactually creates alcohol as a by product and at some point one of those bakersmust have noticed that and put it into his bread and that made bread better. But the happy accident here is that oneof those crazy people decided hey, I'm going to take a sip of this stinkyfoamy grainy water and see what happens and that's when beer was born and itbecame a very popular reason to become...

...social. Obviously, the sociallubrication- and you know it's a lowproof alcohol, so you could probablydrink a lot of it without having to go lay down, but it was really someone trying toinnovate, bread that accidentally discovered beer, which is one of thebiggest industries. It's part of weddings and funerals and parties- andyou know you might be drinking a beer right now. So have you ever decided to try somethingthat scared you right? It would be scary to drink some weird liquid, thatyou saw that smelled funny to see what it's all about experimenting is goingto open up doors for you, whether that's podcasting your life. Your yournext course experimenting is going to open doors. Again. Remember Iaccidentally started a business. The thing that I thought I was going todo was not even close to the thing. I ended up doing. Okay, so the third is going to be...

...music, so I'm a Beatles Fan. Peoplearly like Beatles or stones right beetles are stones, but the Beatles would go into a studio andmake these incredible studio albums and they would spend years making thesealbums and as they got older, they got weirder and Weirder, they started doingmore drugs and they started to continually innovate their sound. Sothis is a good example of the Beatle started off as a little pop band group,and then they started doing more avant guard different styles incorporatingthings and that's what makes the Beatles so interesting is that theycontinually innovated so make sure you're always trying to innovate yournext project, but at one point and music, was recorded at that time on bigreels of tape. Right we don't have that anymore, because everybody has arecording station on their computers. You don't need a big real of tape, butthis is big magnetic tape. If you're old enough, you had a cassette playerand what happens is. Is You put this...

...reel onto a playback machine, a gianttape recorder essentially, and you would record the audio well at somepoint. One of the engineers in the studio put the tape on backwards. Theyaccidentally just seated it on the machine in the opposite direction andwhen they press playback everything played back backwards, and so thatengineer, freaked out said I'm so sorry I'll fix this right away and JohnLennon said wait a minute. Let me hear that keep playing it and it became something that was veryprominent in a lot of the beatle songs, which was this backward guitar sound,backward vocal, which really took their music to the next level orsome oftheir songs to another world, and so after that John Lennon demandedthat everything that he recorded he wanted to hear it backwards as well asforward so one guy accidentally putting...

...a tape on the wrong way, invented partof the new sound of the Beatles by John Lennon, demanding to hear everythingbackward. So how can you listen to things differently? How could youpotentially do things differently? Could you onearth all your podcasting gear, yourstudio or your video camera and put it all back together and see what happens?Maybe there's something that could be creative, that you could add into yourshow. Maybe it's just creating little little transition sounds in betweenyour segments. Think about ways you can get outside of the box of just what weall think a podcast is so there you have it. Those are the four things thatI wanted to share with you today that revolve er on happy accidents failoften and fail fast. That is a really great quote, and what's behind that isthe more you fail, the more you learn and the faster you fail. You'll knowyou can either move onto the next project or optimize it. Okay, so justremember that failure is not a bad...

...thing. It is actually the thing thatkeeps us on track and lets us know what's going on in our world and provethat we are having happy accidents if you're feeling down, if you're feelingstressed out just go on to Netflix or Hulu and play a little Bob Ross,painting very relaxing, very enjoyable, and it's amazing how this man can takea little paint brush and make an entire scene that looks like picture out ofNational Geographic magazine. So that's your mindset, Monday again, I'm travisjoin my facebook group. It's he podcast builder club. We've got an amazingcommunity of hundreds of podcasters working together to lift the tide, torise, all ships, so to speak, and I'd love to connect with you. There and goeven further in the conversation.

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