Does the world really need another podcast?
Probably not. But does it need this podcast? Definitely!
Why? Because nobody is talking about failure!
Actually, they’re all talking about it, but they call it success. There are millions of books and events that insist they can all teach you how to succeed. But what are they really saying? They’re saying that up until now, you’ve failed, and you should be ashamed of yourself.
Given how few real successes there are in life vs. how many times we fail, I think the numbers should be reversed. Success doesn’t seem like it happens for everyone. Failure is universal.
So why dedicate a podcast to failure? Because it’s fascinating!
Failure is where art comes from. Failure is where comedy comes from. Hell, failure is where most people come from! I would be willing to be that most of the people born into this world come from their parents’ failure not to get pregnant. So we need to change our relationship with failure because like it or not, failure is guaranteed and failure’s the path to success.
But does it need to be a podcast? Yes, yes it does.
Podcasts are quite possibly the most important form of entertainment and transfer of information we have right now. They address topics of all kinds, ranging from the most profound to the most mundane. Ours endeavors to explore both extremes and everything in between.
I rediscovered podcasts a couple of years ago when I first realized I could listen to This American Life on my schedule, instead oversleeping on a Sunday only to find out the episode I’d been waiting all week to hear had already aired and was gone. That quickly led to Serial, which as we all know, was really the thing that changed podcasting from being an underground cult pastime into one of the most exciting media of our age.
But it wasn’t until someone suggested I listen to WTF with Marc Maron, that I even considered hosting a podcast of my own. Marc makes it seem easy and accessible. The fact that I feel no hesitation calling him by his first name in spite of never having met the man, speaks to the level of intimacy and familiarity he breathes into each episode. When I “discovered” Marc (500 episodes in) I felt like I’d discovered something magical. I spent the next year trying to figure out how to make some of that magic of my own.
Learning To Fail is the result.
When I created this podcast, I knew I wanted to accomplish two things: I wanted to appeal to as many listeners as possible, and I wanted to be able to talk to as many different kinds of people as possible. I also knew that I wanted these conversations to be meaningful, to be unique and to contain stories and information that couldn’t be found elsewhere. The only real way to accomplish this is to talk to people about themselves. To find out what makes them tick and to learn from their experiences.
I love recording these conversations and I hope you love them, too. I can’t remember the last time I had this much fun talking to people. Some of them are old friends, some are new acquaintances, All of them are interesting.
We’ll keep talking so you can keep listening!