This will be a very special episode as we have crossed multiple milestones. This is episode 300, over a period of 6 years and over half a million downloads. This is quite an accomplishment as the audience for this podcast is those of you who are 55 years of age or older which is one of the smallest demographics that listen to podcasts. I want to give you a little history to the podcast and then play you 4 segments from episodes from the first 3 years of the podcast that I thought were particularly impactful.
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I published episode #1 of this podcast in late October of 2016. I started the podcast to help launch the 2nd edition of Repurpose Your Career – A Practical Guide to the 2nd Half of Life.
The book published in April of 2017, and I originally planned to continue the podcast maybe for another year.
The show’s download numbers slowly grew. In April of 2018, the podcast was mentioned in AARP magazine as one of 3 podcasts for AARP magazine readers. Downloads the next month went from about 2000 downloads in April to over 10,000 in May.
My wife and I then spent the summer of 2018 in Ajijic Mexico. We closed up our condo in Austin, Texas and had our neighbors collect our mail each week and put it in our condo.
We returned to Austin in October and when I investigated the box of mail, I saw 5 or 6 packages that contained books. I was having major publishers send me books unsolicited. They wanted me to either review the books or have their authors on the podcast.
My response was what?!….
Since that time, I am solicited just about every day by authors or their publicists to be on this podcast.
I discovered that this podcast was the greatest networking tool I have ever had.
I have met and built relationships with so many interesting people. To put it bluntly, it has enriched my life and I have continued the podcast for that reason. My business, Career Pivot, which includes this podcast; no longer must be profitable. Over the last few years, the business and this podcast have done a little better than break even.
I really enjoy the creating this podcast. I started in 2018 blogging and creating some podcast episodes about our journey in becoming expats in Mexico. I largely did this to help me process what I was experiencing. Little did I know that these blog posts and podcast episodes would become quite popular. I have increased the frequency of the episodes based on feedback from listeners.