I texted my husband as Kevin Smith began his keynote session on the main stage at Podcast Movement. This was his immediate reply: Let me guess he’s wearing a backwards baseball hat, probably Chicago Blackhawks hockey jersey.
And I laughed.
Smith is the brains behind the popular podcast SModcast, and if you know anything at all about the movie Clerks he wrote and directed back in 1994, he is more than a little rough around the edges in terms of both vocabulary and content. However, as he shared his story of how his podcast was started and how it has grown over the years I found quite a few nuggets of inspiration (that didn’t require too much censoring for this site).
First, Smith reminds the audience that, “We are in the content generation business.” Even though he was speaking to an audience full of podcasters, this applies to speakers, writers, comedians, entrepreneurs and more. Whether we are looking for a new joke, a story to tell, and illustration to prove a point, or something relevant to share with our audience, inspiration is all around us. It is our job to see what is happening, put our unique spin on it, and create something new four our audience.
Then, he encourages us to take risks…to know that not everything we try will work out perfectly the first time…and to be okay with that. “There are only two paths – to Destruction or to Creation. Destruction is crowded but Creation takes a risk.” Don’t dwell on the negative – enough people are already doing that. Take a chance and create something new. And when things don’t work out the first time, get an inspiring cat poster like this one I made from Smith’s next quote, “Failure is just success training.”
Just keep going.