Alright, so I’m gonna be 100% transparent with you and say that this isn’t what I had planned to talk about, but I feel like it’s something that is important for me to share.
I launched a podcast back in April 2021, and it has steadily been growing. In terms of the number of people who are listening and who are also watching each of the episodes, for that I am so deeply grateful to each and every one of you.
As the podcast has been going along, my incredible content manager has been keeping track of how many downloads we’ve had and which platforms are doing well. After a couple of months or so, we were nearing 1000 downloads. I remember him saying, “Oh, wow, we’re almost at 1000.”
In my mind, I dismissed it. And here’s why.
I have been in mastermind groups. I’m friends with people who have hugely successful podcasts. I have one particular mentor who, for him, a bad episode is one that has a million downloads per episode. I have a very dear friend of mine who interviewed me on her podcast, who I think has probably close to 5 million downloads on her podcast.
And so when my content manager said to me, “We’re almost at 1000 unique downloads,” it just felt so small, so insignificant, and I found myself wanting to dismiss it.
It was actually somebody else on my team who said to me, who called me out on this and said, “Imagine, if you were to have those 1000 people who listened to our podcast in a room, that’s a lot of people. That’s a lot of people who’ve chosen to press play on your podcast, and listen to what you had to say.”
I really had to take a pause for a moment and realize that what I was doing was comparing myself — the very thing that I so often speak about on this platform is don’t compare yourself to others, don’t compare your success to other people’s success, because what I was negating was the fact that these people that I was comparing myself with who have hundreds of thousands of downloads per episode have been doing that for several years. They have been speaking and have all kinds of other things that they do to promote their podcasts.
And so as I was so beautifully reminded, each and every single person who listens to this matters. This platform and what I do is not about growing huge numbers, but ultimately, it’s about me speaking to you, me connecting with you, me sharing from my heart to yours. That’s what this is about.
When that happened, I had to completely flip my mindset. And so yes, I celebrated the fact that we’ve had more than 1000 downloads of this podcast (in fact as of this writing, we now have over 4,500 unique downloads from 59 countries!)
I am so grateful for each and every person who has listened. It was such a beautiful reminder to me that we sometimes rob ourselves of joy when we compare ourselves to other people, when we compare our success with somebody else’s success. What matters to me is the fact that despite all of the fear, despite all of the self doubt, I put this podcast out there. Despite all the challenges, we’ve put out a podcast episode every single week and I intend to do for the foreseeable future, and that you have embraced me, you have so generously and graciously embraced me and my voice and what I have to say.
I wanted to share this as a reminder to you today to stop comparing your success. Stop minimizing your victories. Your victory is no less of victory just because it is “small” in your mind. Every victory, every achievement deserves to be applauded.
Let us normalize celebrating ourselves and our achievements. Thank you for your continued support. And please, let’s continue to celebrate ourselves.
Sandra has a podcast episode on this topic in the WORTHY Podcast:
You can also watch it on YouTube: