On a recent episode of Should I Start A Podcast, Ronsley got chatting with our guest host Madison Manathunga of The Freedom Choice podcast. While Ronsley spoke about his own personal journey towards becoming a podcasting extraordinaire, the conversation often kept reverting to the idea of freedom, and the holy grail-like essence it seems to cast on business owners.
Define Your Version of Freedom
It seems that the idea of personal freedom is a leading factor in drawing people towards a life of entrepreneurism.
Most entrepreneurs don’t realise that this spectrum of what everyone considers freedom to be, outside entrepreneurism, is rather varied- having the right to speak or act independently for example. You can ask anyone what freedom means to them, and there is going a stark contrast in answers.
The reality is, freedom mustn’t be dictated by another person’s life, and it is very much a personal endeavour. You need to discover and understand the meaning of your own personal freedom and what you want that to mean as an entrepreneur, but as Ronsley wisely says, “As long as you are happy, I think that’s the most important thing.”
Your Conversations Have Value
Time is a precious thing, and we like to manage it the best we can. This might be a reason why podcasts have exploded in popularity within less than a decade, “People are consuming audio because they can consume it while they’re doing other things.”
So, in delivering your podcast you may feel that a perspective that you are trying to convey will fall on deaf ears, or that your subject matter is not a motivator to hit play. Yes, there is a wealth of information out there, and the market may appear to be oversaturated, but let me assure you, it isn’t.
Having such concerns is valid, but you should also realise that your content has value. “The power of these conversations is so massive that someone is always going to get something out of a deep conversation.”
Madison understands the importance of a great, thought provoking conversation. Having the ability to have these conversations so openly is a freedom within itself. As she notes, “I’m sure there’s parts of the world where this kind of free speech is not acceptable.”
Freeing Yourself From The Internal Chatter
Generally, entrepreneurs crave success. Hard work, perseverance, blood sweat and tears are all part of the journey. However, when we reach that pinnacle of success, many of us don’t consider how our brains will handle it. Here, the talkative part of your brain may take over, implanting the seed of self-doubt and aiding the shrub of imposter syndrome to take root.
“I have no right to run a marketing agency,” says Ronsley. “It’s always up for debate as to whether you really belong in a space or not.” It’s a common trait, and even the most successful entrepreneurs can get into that mental space. Combatting the self-doubt demons revolves around mastering your own mind.
There’s a choice set before you, either be content with looking for the negatives or see that the journey you have been on encourages your self-development, and is part of your well-deserved success and freedom.
Author: Ronsley Vaz
Ronsley is the founder & chief day dreamer at AMPLIFY. He is an author, speaker & serial entrepreneur.
He has a Masters’ degree in Software Engineering and an MBA in Psychology and Leadership. He is known as the creator of We Are Podcast – the first Podcasting Conference in the Southern Hemisphere, and the host of The Bond Appetit Podcast and Should I Start a Podcast. He has an audience of over 3 million in 133 countries.