The whole idea of doing something is always wet blanketed by logistics. The brilliant fireworks of an idea never discusses prep, setup and refinement. I always love running something through my mind. I go here with the thoughts, I go there with the thoughts. It is just a big fat thought party for me. It has taken me years to not be lost in fantasy about what I’m going to be doing, and instead focus on what it will take to be successful, which means a lot of pre prep and thus the wet blanket.
So there is that saying that simple (even dumb) people do better with running a business than smart folk. There is so much to unpack there. When you’re not desperate to survive, whether running from lions, or having to absolutely come back with food that you caught, it is easy to forget the rules of success, even if your job is detail management. And so we find ourselves haphazardly trying to record a podcast.
I love the sound of my voice. It isn’t that I think i can do better than others. I just think i have something to say. We glossed over the details of production and as we got closer to a start date, we started to scramble. Jumping to action doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful, it just means your trying harder. Things are always harder than you think and your high level assessment is always couched in an arrogance which completely disregards the smallest details. And It is always the smallest details which derails your project. This is how you can find yourself realizing you don’t even have everything you need and realizing your first podcast attempt will just be a tangle of wires and “what the fudge are we doing” It is a comedy of errors, for two people who used to alway carry the kitchen sink with them.
The whole situation is very humbling...
- Make an equipment list
- Bring backups when possible
- be supportive to your partner doing the setup. It is easy to rockstar it out with your opinion of how things should be.
- Be willing to always lower expectations, what can you accomplish, how do you get that incremental progress in.
- Whatever setup you can document you should document
-I used to be such an asshole. I don’t know why i had to get old to smooth out, it sure seems like there should have been some other way to grow to be a better person, that didn’t just come with age.
-On days you’re trying to figure out production stuff you will lose your desire to want to talk.
We pulled success from the jaws of the Failure beast. I’ll try to work on that sentence more... 15 minutes before our designated time to stop, we finally got one of the external mikes to work with the onboard mike. After thinking we might actually record zero audio, we were at least able to record a test track. Not bad.