Podcast Builder Club
Podcast Builder Club

Episode 39 · 10 months ago

Happy Little Accidents


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!

Hey podcasters, it's mindset Monday,and today 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 Bob Rosspainting videos lately because they're calming and I just love this dude style. Heis so big pimpin and he's all about we don't make mistakes, we havehappy little accident. So I thought I'd create an episode all about for specifichappy accidents, that they're turned into great ideas or huge businesses. And beforewe get started, just wanted to read one of the latest reviews on podcasttherapy. This podcast is amazing. I can't stop telling other people about it. Travis over delivers in his content. From strategy maintaining consistency, this podcastgives you everything you need to be a successful content creator. That comes fromHelen Garcia seven. Thank you so much, Helen. I really appreciate the kindword. So if this podcast is a value to you and your feelinggenerous, go ahead and write a review. I read every single one of themand it just makes my day.

So happy little accidents. Bob Rossis painting a beautiful landscape with mountains and trees, and I've heard him saythis many, many times, you don't make mistakes, you just have happylittle accidents and I just love this guy's style, his vibe and, ofcourse, his hair style. But I think that there's a lot of examplesI could provide to you of happy little accidents. And what this really playsinto from a mindset standpoint is, I think as podcasters, as content creators, as human beings, we want to avoid failure, we want to avoidlooking silly, we want to avoid feeling dumb, we want to avoid,you know, imposter syndrome, all these things, and that could be verylimiting. That can limit you to not take chances, that can limit youin what you'll try, and I think...

...is podcasters and the show is forpodcasters and content creators. We typically follow the leader. We're going to seewhat somebody else is doing successfully and we steal like an artist, which isgood. We're getting our influences, but oftentimes that boxes us into this littletemplate that we never really get out of because we're afraid to experiment or test, and a lot of podcasts or say, afraid to do it, and they'rereally just afraid to try it. So what I want to tell you todayis for specific examples of how happy accidents turn into really big businesses or reallygreat ideas, and I want you to really start to look around for theopportunities in your accidents instead of looking at them as failures. So the firstone I'm just going to go through very quickly, but hot decks, mybusiness, unique interview questions for Podcasters, was a complete happy accident. Ihad been editing podcasts for a decade.

Couldn't work with everybody. I wasgetting too many clients and I couldn't sell any more time. So I saidI'm going to make a course and that way I can still continue to helppeople. You guys know me. I'm all about helping podcasters grow. SoI created a course. It spent six weeks developing the course, filming,editing, setting it all up. It was a lot of work and aspart of buying this premium course, I thought I'm going to send people agift. I had these questions on my phone that I called friends questions andI would just use them in different situations, dinner parties, when it was anawkward engagement. I use them at work, I use them everywhere,and I said I'm going to take these questions that I have, I'm goingto turn them into these decks of cards and I'm just going to send themto the people who buy this course so they can expedite their training as aninterviewer. We don't all come out of the box just ready to interview people. It takes a little bit of, you know, learning curve, whichis totally cool. So I made that and I published the course and Isold maybe two and crickets, and then...

I started to promote that you're goingto get this gift that I thought was just a little bonus, and itturns out that it wasn't a little bonus. It was something that people are interestedin and I started receiving tons of emails. What are the cards?What are those cards you have? Where can I get those cards? NowI could have shrunk into my shell and said, man, no one wantsto buy my course, I'm a failure, rolled it up, put it awayand kept doing what I was doing. But I looked at it is thisis an opportunity, this is something people want, this is the marketis giving me research and telling me, Hey, I want this, andso I just decided to start small, tested out, and here I amtoday with a huge community of podcasters. I've met so many cool people.I Bet some of you are listening right now, my new friends, youknow, my new community through what I call a happy accident. Now,number two is a product you've probably used...

...or seen or maybe are wearing rightnow, which is velcrow. Now, we've all had the velcroach rebox withthe three sweet velcro fasteners instead of laces at some point in time, andvelcrow is just a really great, easy way to stick something on a wallor wrap up your cables, things like that. So a Swiss engineer namedGeorge de Mestrol was taking a walk with his dog in the Swiss Alps andwhen he got home he noticed that his dog's fur was covered in these likelittle prickly burrs. So, as an engineer, he was curious what wascausing these birds to stick to the dog and he put one of them undera microscope to see how the the sticky trick was accomplished. And it turnsout there was tiny little hooks on the surface of the birds that attached tothe fur of the dog's coat and since he was an engineer, he spentsome time researching and developing one of the most popular clothing fasteners based on thisaccidental discovery. Now, he named it...

...velcrow because it was a combination ofvelvet and crochet, and in one thousand nine hundred and fifty nine it wascompletely adopted by fashion, by all kinds of different industries and it became ahigh tech fastener that's now even used by NASA engineers. So he could havesaid Oh, that's interesting and looked into it and done nothing, but hespent eight years developing velcrow, which is one of the most Handy Dandy littlethings in the world. So when you see something that is interesting, doyou investigate? Do you give yourself a chance to try something out and createsomething new that's not been done before? Think about that next time you seesomething interesting. Now, number two is everybody's favorite beverage, beer. Sothis was actually an ancient discovery ten thousand...

...years ago in Mesopotamia. Okay,so basically bread was a big thing for cultures. Bread was a great easyway to eat and when they were making this bread they realize that without specificelements it would get very flat and tough, but when the grain got wet itbecame food by creating yeasts in the air, which actually creates alcohol asa byproduct, and at some point one of those bakers must have noticed thatand put it into his bread and that made bread better. But the happyaccident here is that one of those crazy people decided, hey, I'm goingto take a sip of this stinky, Foamy, grainy water and see whathappens, and that's when beer was born and it became a very popular reasonto become social. Obviously the social lubrication.

And you know, it's a lowproofalcohol, so you could probably drink a lot of it without having togo lay down. But it was really someone trying to innovate bread that accidentallydiscovered beer, which is one of the biggest industries. It's part of weddingsand funerals and parties, and you know, you might be drinking a beer rightnow. So have you ever decided to try something that scared you?Right, it would be scary to drink some weird liquid that you saw thatsmelled funny, to see what it's all about. Experimenting is going to openup doors for you, whether that's podcasting your life, your your next course. Experimenting is going to open doors again. Remember, I accidentally started a business. The thing that I thought I was going to do was not evenclose to the thing I ended up doing. Okay, so the third is goingto be music. So I'm a...

Beatles Fan. People are they likebeetles or stones? Right, beetles or stones. But the Beatles would gointo a studio and make these incredible studio albums and they would spend years makingthese albums and as they got older, they got weirder and weirder. Theystarted doing more drugs and they started to continually innovate their sound. So thisis a good example of the Beatles started off as a little pop band groupand then they started doing more avant garde, different styles, incorporating things, andthat's what makes the beetles so interesting is that they continually innovated. Somake sure you're always trying to innovate your next project. But at one point, and music is was recorded at that time on big reels of tape.Right, we don't have that anymore because everybody has a recording station on theircomputers. You don't need a big reel of tape, but this is bigmagnetic tape. If you're old enough, you had a cassette player and andwhat happens is is you put this real...

...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 and when they pressplayback, everything played back backwards. And so that engineer freaked out said,I'm so sorry, I'll fix this right away, and John Lennon said,wait a minute, let me hear that. Keep playing it, and it becamesomething that was very prominent in a lot of the Beatles songs, whichwas this backward guitar sound, of backward vocal which really took their music tothe next level or some of their songs to another world. And so afterthat John Lennon demanded that everything that he recorded he wanted to hear it backwardsas well as forwards. So one guy accidentally putting a tape on the wrongway invented part of the new sound of...

...the Beatles by John Lennon demanding tohear everything backwards. So how can you listen to things differently? How couldyou potentially do things differently? Could you unearth 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 your show. Maybe it's just creating little, little transition sounds in between your segments.Think about ways you can get outside of the box of just what we allthink a podcast is. So there you have it. Those are the fourthings that I wanted to share with you today that revolver on happy accidents,fail often and fail fast. That is a really great quote, and what'sbehind that is the more you fail, the more you learn and the fasteryou fail you'll know you can either move on to the next project or optimizeit. Okay, so just remember that failure is not a bad thing.It is actually the thing that keeps us...

...on track and lets us know what'sgoing on in our world and proves that we are having happy accidents. Ifyou're feeling down, if you're feeling stressed out, just go on to Netflixor Hulu and play a little Bob Ross painting. Very relaxing, very enjoyableand it's amazing how this man can take a little paintbrush and make an entirescene that looks like a picture out of a National Geographic magazine. So that'syour mindset. Monday again. I'm Travis. Joined my facebook group. It's thepodcast builder club. We've got an amazing community of hundreds of podcasters workingtogether to lift the tide, to rise all ships, so to speak,and I'd love to connect with you there and go even further in the conversation.

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