Where is Episode 62?
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Hey There, This is Jamie Newman and you are listening to the Your Best Manager podcast… well sorta. This is the podcast, but this isn’t really an episode.
So my apologies for that.
Honestly, I had hoped that this would never happen, but it did.
You know, there are a ton of things that go into producing a quality podcast. You’ve got to have the right equipment, you need to be able to edit the audio, you need to have the right hosting plan… oh, and you need to put together some great content right?
But one of the most important things a podcast needs aside from everything I mentioned and all the bells and whistles you can add on to it…
You need to have consistency.
That means that whether you produce a weekly show, a daily show, or maybe 3 times a week like I do, well, you need to release those episodes consistently.
And I’ve gone 61 episodes without missing a beat!
I actually have about 4 weeks of content recorded already and ready to go so that I don’t run into a situation where I have to miss an episode.
Ironically though, I missed episode 62.
While I had everything ready and really only needed a couple hours to get the thing uploaded and scheduled in for this morning’s release.
Well, let me go back to last Friday for a moment. Last Friday morning, my youngest son, Isaac, woke up with the stomach flu. I won’t go into details, but it was not a fun morning.
Of course, Sunday night came and who was next in our family? My 4-year-old, Jacob.
So I should have seen this coming, but I didn’t.
I felt fine on Monday and I even thought about getting ahead and pre-scheduling a show or two, but I thought to myself, “nah, I have all day tomorrow!”
Well, early Tuesday morning, at 4:30 AM, I was woken up by that same stomach virus, and not even an hour later, Christina, my wife was hit as well… hard.
Again, I’ll spare the details, but let’s just say I watched a lot of paw patrol and I didn’t get episode 62 completed. It was hard enough to walk across the living room to pick up some toys at the end of the day, let alone even think about hunkering down at my computer for an hour to focus on a finalizing a podcast episode.
I was a wreck and I needed rest and I chose to rest.
But why am I sharing this? I mean, it really has nothing to do with leadership, right?
Maybe it’s some sort of apology for not delivering an epic interview this morning, but I think it’s more for my conscience. I feel bad because I didn’t come through and I feel like I’ve committed the cardinal sin of podcasting.
But at the same time, as noble as it sounds to have Rocky-like work ethic, sometimes it’s not a good idea to stand back up when you’ve been knocked down. I think sometimes you need to lay down a moment and catch your breath first.
Whether that hit you took was because of stress or burn-out or even the flu, like me, I was reminded over the last 24 hours that health is, well, kinda more important than fulfilling my podcasting duty.
And I want you to know that I was knocked down, it hurt, and I laid there, rested, and then I stood back up, which is why I’m speaking into a microphone right now, ready for round 2.
So, I’m not sure what you are going through right now. Maybe you are sick, maybe you are tired, maybe you are stressed out and burned out. Well, if that’s you today, I hope that you can be encouraged by this. It’s okay to rest, it’s okay to take a moment.
And if you are feeling 100% great, good, I’d rather know that you are listening and feeling 100% healthy. But at the same time, you are going to get hit at some point. We are all human and there are going to be times when you are knocked down.
So I hope you can take this lesson and remember that when you are knocked down, yes, stand back up. But take a moment, take a deep breath, maybe rest for a moment before you stand back up.
As leaders, it’s especially important, because when you are responsible for leading your people to a better place and a brighter future, you need to be at your best… and if you’re not at your best, take a moment before you stand back up.
And I guess the other thing is, if you are not in a position where you can afford to take a rest, you need to do something about that while you have 100% energy.
That’s the other lesson that I’m learning.
Although I had interviews recorded, I did not have everything ready to go in advance and I need to start doing that more, so I’m going to get ahead, so I’m also learning through my challenge, but at the same time… whatever.
Have a great day,
Thanks for listening!