Episode 52: One year of podcasting and a 5-year retrospective

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This episode marks one year since I started Entrepreneurs in Motion! Today I’m sharing three things that are on my mind regarding this podcast. I also look back at the past 5 years of my main business, sharing some excerpts from my journals and e-mails so you canΒ see how my work and my mindset have evolved.

Highlights:

  • Why I’m still producing this podcast, even though it’s not easy (3:34)
  • The mental battles that happen even after you start making money (7:30)
  • What I really wish I’d done in year 2 (10:49)
  • Three big breakthroughs by the end of year 3 (12:42)
  • The tension between working and living – and how it eventually resolved (15:15)
  • Why I’m not quite sure how to grow my business further (18:23)

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  • Tyler Philbrook

    Thanks so much for this podcast keep up the good work. I just left my 9 to 5 almost a month ago and I’m going through the an emotional roller coaster that I can’t really explain. It’s exciting, and terrifying… Your podcast is one of the things helping me to keep going so keep up the good work.

    • CONGRATS on pulling the trigger and leaving your day job! It’s a big step for sure. So glad my podcast is encouraging you on the journey.

  • Shayna, Congrats on the 1 year anniversary of the podcast! That takes lots of discipline and courage to get out a podcast every week for 52 weeks. And thanks for sharing intimate details of your mindset in relationship to your biz. Also, I just wanted to say that podcast 11 about your launch strategy was super valuable so if anyone reading this hasn’t listened, take a listen — it might make you sell more of your product πŸ˜‰ Keep up the great work Shayna!

  • Stephen Leung

    Hey Shanya thanks for 1 year of this podcast πŸ™‚ I think I started back in ep1 when I discovered you through pat flynn.

    Anyways, I just really resonated with your year-1 self so much! I’m almost at the end of year 1, with a 10k+ email list, 20k+ FB fans, and a 5-figure launch behind me.

    But similar to your year-1 self, my current-self is:
    – feeling ‘why isn’t it going faster’… working half-days on weekends, feeling slightly bad about not working the other half-days
    – comparing myself to others who are ahead and thinking why aren’t I there yet (even though they started few years ahead of me)
    – thinking the first launch might just be a fluke, and what if it doesn’t sustain.
    – being really impatient about reaching 6-figures sustainably

    Funny thing is I also know that my year-5 self would probably tell my now-self to take it easy, it’s really not a big deal in grand scheme of things LOL

    haha anyways, when I take it not-easy, I’ll try to remember this episode and try to take it easier (even though I know I can only try!! πŸ˜€ )

    • You’re welcome! Thanks for sticking with me for a year πŸ™‚

      I totally understand the feeling of “what if my successful launch was just a fluke?” – the great thing is that the more successful launches you do, this feeling becomes weaker and weaker – you become much more confident in your own business and ability to sell.

      With that said, even after hitting consistent success, you still sometimes have a failed launch (I just had one myself that did less than half what I was expecting). But once you have a baseline of confidence, then you can see the failures as the flukes – and learn from them and try to do better. They don’t rock you as much.

      • Stephen Leung

        haha sounds good, thanks Shayna!

        I do feel a great deal more confident now than I was half year ago … and I’m diving in webinars this month, which hopefully can be a really strong and scalable sales channel for me (FB ads with remarketing lists of my content consumers to promote webinar).

        Goal is to get few LIVE webinars running next month, and automated webinars a couple months later. Hopefully will get a good baseline consistent sales coming in, and can feel even more confident then! πŸ™‚

  • RockYourRetirement

    Once again, I listen when you release your episodes but I don’t get a chance to respond (because I’m driving or whatever). I’m proud to be one of the “100”. I’m glad that you realize that your listeners are out there, even if we don’t respond.

    Honestly, I don’t remember where I found you (although I do listen to Pat Flynn just like Stephen Leung does so maybe that was it?) but I think that your show is one of the best ones out there.

    Shayna, you always give me advice that I can use, and I love your simple no nonsense teaching style.

    Thank you for taking the time to produce these podcasts, even though right now you aren’t selling us anything. As a fellow podcaster, I know how much time and effort these take time to produce.

    • Thanks so much! It’s funny, “simple no-nonsense teaching style” is exactly how my English students describe my lessons, too. Guess that’s my preferred communication style – maybe it comes from the fact that I used to be a scientist πŸ™‚

      • RockYourRetirement

        Love it!