Why do you want to be a podcaster?
Why did I become A PODCASTER?
Simon Sinek says to know your why.
BTW this works for any given pursuit, we will focus on podcasting.

Podcaster was not my first idea..
I wanted to participate in a mastermind group..
Looking for like-minded people.
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Ideas grow and gain momentum when shared with others.
Looking for mentors.
Podcaster was the closest thing I found. Since I was a listener.
I chose podcasting: learning and sharing.

Many people procrastinate getting started. It’s like dipping your toe in the pool.
Analysis paralysis.
Living vicariously through others.
You have to just jump in and do it.
Sure you want to research first.
Give yourself a deadline.

Once you get started, don’t let perfection stifle you.
Minimum viable product.
Nobody ever produces a perfect first draft.
Your product will evolve over time, into the final draft – and continue to evolve after that.

Seth Godin and The Dip.

Five Reasons You Might Fail to Become the Best in the World
You run out of time (and quit)
You run out of money (and quit)
You get scared (and quit)
You’re not serious about it (and quit)
You lose interest (and quit)
Imagine the path to success as a staircase. But the steps are not perfectly square. Each step is curved.

George Leonard talks about plateaus in his book Mastery.

Freakonomics guys Stephen J. Dubner and Steven D. Levitt
They have a topic about knowing when to quit. This is in sync with Seth Godin.
The trick is to know when to quit and when to keep trying.
An analogy can be made to stock market picks, when to hold and when to sell.
Nobody has the clairvoyant power of future sight.
You have to try things and see how they work.

The devil is in the details.
The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step. And is composed of a million steps.
There is not one big breakthrough, it is really the sum of a million small decisions.
Bad news there is no shortcuts. Good news is one mistake won’t sink the boat.
Personal development is awesome, but all that information is ignorant of your specifics.

Tip: prototype your podcast. Get a cheap mic and record on your PC a sample epispde. Forget intro, music, SFX.
Record on your phone with a voice recorder app.
If you like the process, go ahead with the podcast. You don’t need expensive gear.

Content is king. Give your listeners value, be it entertainment or educational.

Once you get started-

Aisha Tyler says:
If you are not making money,
and you don’t have a large following,
and you don’t like what you are doing,

Topics to pivot and change the situation.
Fit in grow and keep your listener base – if time permits.

The most important thing is to like what you are doing.
Your passion will fuel your progress.