When Anjee and I first talked about doing a podcast, my initial interests were purely from a technology/new and cool "stuff" perspective. I love gadgets (except when they don't work as advertised, as my family can attest to), and the idea of researching and setting up recording equipment was a primary driver for me. A bit of a shallow reason, on some level.
But, when we really sat down and started talking about why we would even do this, an old (and reoccurring) topic came up between us.
We should really get more involved in helping the community.
It's something we have been saying to each other for years (quite literally), but we've never seemed to find much time to actually do. Historically, I have donated clothing and furniture and toys, around Christmas, and Anjee has similar experiences.
Then it became clear: If we did this with a commitment to continuously help other people, it would truly be worthy of our (already tightly scheduled) time.
As we started mapping out guests and putting a framework together for the show, we both started to feel it. This was going to be an important project. Not because of "cool new stuff", and not for anything like personal popularity. But, to actually help other people, at a time when it often seems more common for folks to try to "outshine" each other or to bring each other down (especially with social media).
With that, it seems to become more obvious every day. The show is about helping people. Whether it be:
- Connecting the right people to each other (or to Anjee and I)
- Helping a charity / business / individual to become more successful, by bringing awareness on the show.
- Our own, physical, hands-on involvement in charities
and events, during our evenings and weekends (after our day-jobs).
In any of these cases, we would be actually be helping people, and best of all, we would be doing this for the sole purpose of making other people's lives better. Not monetary gain (we're actually setting up a non-profit, more on that later). Not popularity (to be known as "the people that help people" is great, but we aren't looking for any level of personal notoriety).
Although we might mention our individual businesses from time-to-time (writing and health coaching), its purely conversational, and the podcast is certainly not meant to be a marketing tool. There are no hidden intentions here.
And that's what it all comes down to: Intention.
A person can say that they are doing something for selfless reasons, but if that's not REALLY the case, then their true intentions always have a way of directing things (for better or worse).
Anjee and I are doing this to help, and even in its infancy, we are already seeing the repercussions of that. We've got an impressive guest line up scheduled. We've already met some pretty amazing people and gotten involved in helping, in ways we've not done before. And this is just the beginning.
We hope you'll join us in our continued efforts to bring awareness to those in need, to get hands-on and volunteer/donate time and/or money, and to support businesses/individuals throughout our local communities and beyond.
Put simply: to help more people.