6 Things the CX Pod Has Taught Us about Avoiding Burnout and Rejecting Hustle Culture – Smart Passive Income

For years, terms like “self-care” and “work-life” balance often felt like lip service.

But as this pandemic rolls into its third year, it’s brought heightened scrutiny on the culture of work, especially in the US.

We’re undergoing a collective reevaluation of whether our labor is allowing us to take care of ourselves and each other.

In this post, we’ll revisit six lessons from three episodes of our newest podcast, The Community Experience, that explore how to avoid burnout and reject hustle culture in the midst of the huge structural shift toward remote working. 

These conversations have given us a taste of how the world of work is hopefully evolving toward one that’s kinder and more attuned to our needs and desires. 

Here are those three episodes:

All of the principles we’ll explore in this post are guiding the way we work as a team here at SPI—and what we’re

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3 Podcasting Mistakes You Need to Avoid – Smart Passive Income

So you want to start a podcast? There’s so much potential in podcasting—and a few ways to get majorly tripped up. Today, I want to talk about how to navigate three of the biggest podcasting mistakes or traps that might get in the way of your podcasting success.

Podcasting Mistake #1: Trying to Be Perfect

Let’s be honest. The first episodes of your brand-new podcast are probably going to be… not so great. But you can’t get to the good stuff until you get through the muck.

As you learned last Friday on SPI 546, Pat’s first episode of the SPI Podcast was a disaster.

The published version of the episode was his third take. He recorded the first one speaking off the cuff. He didn’t like that, so he tried scripting the whole thing. That didn’t work either. He finally got something passable on the third try. (But what’s

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The Only Two Programs You Need to Attract and Retain Community Members – Smart Passive Income

With people constantly coming up with new ideas and requests for community programs, it’s easy for a community leader to fall into the trap of getting spread too thin. 

Before you know it, you’ve got a huge slate of different programs, and you wonder how you’re going to keep up with producing—and promoting—them all!

It comes back to a simple reality that we must contend with when building community:

The community will always take whatever you give it, and it will always want more. 

The inevitable result is exactly what we see—burnout, disengagement, resentment, and ultimately a need for a reboot. 

Good news! You’re reading this, and this is your key to avoiding this whole thing—or digging yourself out of it if you’re in it already:

Focus on just two programs. 

This works especially if you’re just getting started, but can work just as well if you have an established

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What Is a Podcast? How Podcasts Work and How to Get Started – Smart Passive Income

New to the world of podcasting? You might be wondering, what exactly is a podcast? And how do they work? In this article I’ll cover what a podcast is, what they’re used for, and how to get started with your own podcast.

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What Is a Podcast and How Do They Work?

A podcast is a digital audio “show” or program that you can download or stream from the internet on your smartphone, computer, or tablet and listen when it’s convenient for you.

Podcasts are an extremely popular form of media that’s growing quickly. The first podcasts were produced by individuals, but now they’re also made by companies, news outlets, and other organizations. Podcasting has become big business, with companies like Apple, Spotify, iHeartMedia, SiriusXM heavily invested in podcasting.

For the listener, podcasts are a versatile medium! The audio-only format of podcasts makes them easy to consume in

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The Keys to Podcasting Success in 2022 – Smart Passive Income

In this post, I’ll share some of the key trends in podcasting right now, and highlight some ideas for growing your podcast in 2022 and beyond. And join us live on YouTube tomorrow, Tuesday January 11 for OPEN Podcast #1, to learn the strategies for creating powerful podcast content!

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Podcasting Industry Growth Means Opportunity

According to data from Buzzsprout, the podcast industry has grown significantly—from roughly 60,000 shows in 2014 to more than two million today.

But this massive growth doesn’t mean prospective podcasters have missed the boat. Far from it. The podcast industry is still growing.

Plus, a lot of the people who started podcasts in early COVID have dropped off. That means a lot of listeners are out there right now, looking for their next show.

Which means an opportunity for you,

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