Preparing for Take-Off: It’s the Globejotting Podcast!

By Dave Fox

I haven’t added much new content this week to because I’ve been hard at work on a quasi-secret other project. If the technology gods cooperate, the very first episode of the new Globejotting Podcast should be online and available for downloading within a week or so!

I’ve wanted to launch a podcast for several years. I’ve made all sorts of excuses to put it off: I didn’t have the right equipment, it would take too long to learn the technology, my time was better spent elsewhere, it would sound amateurish, blah, blah, blah….

But the idea kept popping into my head. I really wanted to do this.

We can make all the excuses in the world to put off doing what we dream of doing. Perfectionism is a particularly imperfect reason. We can tell ourselves we’re not good enough – which is probably true. Often, the only way to get good enough is to start out badly. But if a project nags at us over and over – if there’s something we really want to accomplish, and we keep finding reasons not to just begin, that’s a sign we really need to make time and go for it. Dive in. Don’t worry about the end result. Just take the first few steps and figure out the rest along the way.

That’s a sentiment echoed by my guests on the upcoming first episode. Betsy and Warren Talbot of sold virtually everything they had so they could set out on an indefinite journey around the world. Many people told them they were crazy. But now that they’ve explored five continents in 27 months, written three books along the way, and skinny-dipped in Antarctica (okay, so they are a little crazy, but the good kind of crazy), now people are impressed.

“People only look at the end result,” Betsy said in our podcast interview. “They don’t necessarily glom on during the process because they aren’t sure how it’s going to turn out, and people only want to back a winner.”

So if there’s a project you want to get started on, she added, and people are skeptical of whether it’s a good idea, sometimes you just need to get started anyway — especially if the biggest skeptic of all is yourself.

How much planning did Betsy and Warren’s adventure involve? It took them a couple of years to liquidate their possessions and save some cash – but it all began with a spontaneous decision one night over a few margaritas. A ridiculous, drunken idea? Maybe, but unlike most of us, who tend to file our wild and bold fantasies in the back of our head for years as things we “would like to do someday,” Betsy and Warren got started the very next morning to make their radical lifestyle change happen. And they’ve never been more thrilled.

Find out how they’ve pulled it all off, where they’ve been, and how they managed to stow away for five weeks and travel thousands of miles on their own private cruise ship!

I’m busy lining up guests for future podcasts too. Most episodes will be travel-related, and will feature guests who are doing cool and inspiring things somewhere on the planet. We’ll also venture from time to time into the world of writing and storytelling. If you’ve got suggestions for guests or topics you’d like to hear featured, I’d love it if you’d drop me an e-mail.

I finally realized I needed to just start tinkering with technology, record a first episode, and see how it sounded. And I’m going to stick my neck out and say it’s sounding pretty good for a first endeavor. As I get the hang of things, the production is happening faster and getting better.  I’m excited to be launching this new project… and I’m realizing I could have done this a long time ago.

So stay tuned to this website. As soon as episode one is available. I’ll let you know!

(Thanks to Matt Preston of and for his forthcoming assistance in squishing the audio onto iTunes for free downloading!)

What project have you been putting off that you would like to do “someday?” What are your excuses for procrastinating? What is one small first step you can take right now to get it started? Sometimes, making an announcement about something you want to work on provides the impetus to follow through. So make your first step here! Share your wild and bold ideas in the comments section below, along with one other small thing you can do this week to get started. Then check back and update us as you progress!

Published on Friday, December 7, 2012

2 Responses to “Preparing for Take-Off: It’s the Globejotting Podcast!”

  1. December 9, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Well, Dave, I’m with you on this one. Like a priest told me one time- “the perfect is the enemy of the good.” As an engineer by trade, I resemble that remark.

    And, hey, some of the best decisions of my life were made after a few margaritas!

    • December 13, 2012 at 8:56 AM

      Heh… Mike, once when I was going through a period of perfectionism-induced stagnation, a travel writer friend of mine recited basically the same quote: “Don’t let perfection be the enemy of the good.” I thought she came up with it herself. Turns out (according to Wikipedia) it is widely attributed to Voltaire, the French philosopher. In any case, I liked it so much, I wrote it down and taped it to my monitor.

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