It's been one year since I first launched my podcast #TheHeartPicker, a project very dear to me and one that I am committed to for the long hall with many ideas, hopes and dreams for it. I've had powerful conversations in it, talked to people who have inspired and taught me transformative life lessons, and it continues to be my excuse to act on my curiosities and meet people who have what I think are important stories to tell.
The one thing I've learned about creating a project is that falling in love with the process more than the end result is what will keep you going. If I obsessed over numbers I would have probably quit a long time ago. The thing is, I'm not doing this to be famous or successful. Yes, it would be the dream to see this podcast grow into something huge watched by thousands of people because the more people are helped and inspired by it, the closer I feel to be fulfilling my life mission. However, if I were to die tomorrow, the fact that I've done the work is enough for me whether it be huge or not.
It's like Emily Dickinson's poem, one I live by and remember on a daily basis:
"If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain."
Too many people work on projects with the main objective being: they want to be famous. So they'll seek out guests with a huge following quickly, find ways to interview well known influencers, and of course - their numbers grow. But it's far too often that I see content out there that is very well known but that has superficial content.
So here's my message to you, reading this, whether you've listened to my podcast or not. Whatever you do, do it with a genuine heart. With the right intention. Let your life purpose be one that serves the world instead of your ego. Or not. It's a free world.