Hello! In this episode, I interview a friend of mine, Dan Fields, from the Save it for the Show podcast. I thought this would be an interesting episode because it’s essentially just me talking to a friend of mine about life on the internet, creating, modern mental health, families, working from home, and all sorts of other topics. I hope you enjoy!
Save it for the Show podcast
Dan started his podcast, Save it for the Show, as a relatable guy who was searching for his “thing”. Where many might have got into a sports league or decided to learn guitar or something, Dan decided to start a podcast which interviewed guests and shared fun stories and anecdotes about life. After eight years of recording, in which the show gradually evolved with Dan’s Brother-in-law joining, he’s decided to move forward in search of a new muse!
Meeting new people
Dan and I are a great example of how the internet brings people together. We met via reddit when he invited me on his show after coming across my book. Ever since then we’ve always been friends and involved in the same podcast circles. But we met online. So here we discussed how today we all have those online friends where we meet on social networks and become increasingly involved in each other’s lives and how we’re a positive example of that! Making friends in “real life” can be difficult and the line between ‘internet’ friend and ‘real’ friend is very thin. The gap is definitely closing. So it’s important to be putting your authentic self into the content you create.
Making decisions when working online
Moving on we talk about what it’s like working on a project with no planned end and walking away from something that you love because you’ve done enough. The ‘Save it for the Show’ podcast evolved over the eight years it aired and with this form of work its fairly easy to see what works and what’s a “flop” online. But deciding on what metric to judge your “success” by can be difficult – popularity vs impact vs personal fulfillment – so we take a look at this in more depth.
You get to know yourself better
Linked to how Dan’s podcast brought personal satisfaction, we discuss how podcasting helped Dan with his public speaking and reduced his panic attacks. How the process of creating content can be like an exposure exercise and helps you to get to know yourself better and be more comfortable.
Relationships, family life and working from home
It can be difficult working from home, recording podcasts and such – Dan and I chat about navigating working from home with a family and what challenges this brings. We talk about the importance of boundaries and communication in marriage and how sometimes arguments are an important path to resolution. Arguments and conversations are not just a one-time thing – you can come back to them and continue communicating positively. Also, kids and mental health – how speaking about mental health with your kids and labeling emotions is important. Plus parenting and bringing up grounded kids.
Mental health in older generations and therapy
It is becoming more acceptable to talk about mental health and therapy in younger generations. But there is a definite generation difference where there is still a huge stigma around mental health in older generations. We discuss this along with the importance of not giving up on medication and/or therapy when it isn’t working first time around – keep searching until you find the right fit for you.
Finally we take a positive look at new projects and why you should just build and create something, regardless of whether it’s going to be a giant hit.
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