ANYTHING WORTH DOING WELL, IS WORTH DOING POORLY, AT FIRST!
January 22, 2013
It’s been a really long time since I’ve been here blogging. I’ve been running around, attending conferences, signing new clients and working hard on my new TV show, Focus Forward. Actually the show is my catalyst for writing this tonight.
As I was putting my wardrobe changes back in the closet tonight something dawned on me that I just had to share with you. “Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly at first.” I initially heard this quoted by Brian Tracy, I believe. It’s brilliant but many of us don’t subscribe to this philosophy. Honestly, I wasn’t sure about it, but I am certain of it’s validity now, and here’s why…
About six months ago I decided to produce and host my own TV show. While I have many, many years working behind the scenes at CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg, LP, my own show was definitely going to be a long, long stretch. But stretch I did.
Having never produced another thing other than pilots of show ideas, I jumped right in producing like I’d been doing it for years. I even amazed myself at the speed and accuracy in which I took to producing the show. Especially amazing considering, It was concept to first show in six days. WOW. No one would believe that.
Hosting the show, was a completely different story. I didn’t even know where to look during the interview. In fact, I had Dean Hyers co-host the show and I hardly said a word for the first three shows. Hardly talk show host material!
I was terrible at it but I continued. I changed studios, Dean really didn’t have the time to host with me, My crew dwindled but still I continued. After all, I told myself, no one is really watching anyway. And I said to myself… “Anything worth doing well, is worth doing poorly, at first.”
About three months into the show, it happened… I received an email from Europe. The subject line mentioned my show. Well this was curious and I opened it rather hesitantly. Imagine my surprise when I realized this international business consultant saw my show and was telling me how good he thought it was. I had to check a few times to see if this was real…
Of course, we Skyped and he appeared on my show. Then recommended friends who just happened to be other international business trainers.
Since he was in Europe and I in MN, he appeared on the show via satellite. So, I learned how to interview guests remotely. This new skill opened up a whole new world for me. Now, I interview guests from all over the world.
Today, I taped three shows and a video pitch to go to the Rachael Ray show. All the shows featured remote guests. One of the guests is a radio show host who wants me on her show. The other guest has done 103 radio shows and is going to send me a list of the best hosts and their contact info.
Tonight it dawned on me, I’ve come a really long way. I’ve gotten pretty good at hosting, interviewing and working the cameras.
I’m proud of myself for not quitting. I persevered even though it was hard to watch me on the show. I gave myself permission to figure it out and allowed myself to be bad at something long enough to improve.
My advice to you is to do the very same thing. You’ll be shocked at how good you’ll get as long as you give yourself the time you need to get there. Go ahead, give it a try!
Now as I look at the show, I say, “Anything worth doing well, is worth doing poorly, at first.” I realize that I’ve made amazing progress. Am I great? Hell NO! I’m still working on the, “doing it well part.” The shocking thing is that guests tell me, “It was so much fun to be on your show, you are a great interviewer.” I believe them because they are actually having fun and laughing when they are saving it, they ask to come back on and they keep in touch with me personally. WOW, what an honor…
I invite you to see some of my shows on Focus Forward. You’ll see just how much progress I’ve made and learn some pretty cool stuff along the way.
Thank you for reading…
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