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After 5 years and 233 episodes, I’ve recorded the ultimate episode of The RV Entrepreneur podcast.
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Just a little greater than seven years in the past my good friend Sean sat me down proper earlier than I married Alyssa and mentioned, “Heath, I really like you man. I simply need to see you end one thing you begin. You’re getting married now and have an even bigger accountability than simply your self.”
This was all with reference to our loopy concept to purchase an RV and take a yr to go to all fifty states. It was a painful, however sincere dialog and one which for the time being stung (as a result of it was true) however I used to be genuinely grateful he shared with me.
For a very long time, I struggled to see issues by.
I began a brand new enterprise, solely to let it flounder. I acquired actually excited a few enterprise concept solely to desert it by the weekend.
My predominant objective after we hit the highway was to change into an individual who sees issues by.
After I began the RV Entrepreneur podcast in 2016, my objective was to truly see it by and publish 25 or 50 episodes (tbh I’m unsure which quantity it was), however this week I launched episode quantity 233 — and it’s additionally my final.
Earlier than sharing the the reason why I needed to simply say thanks to anybody studying this.
Thanks to the 514 individuals who have left opinions on this present and for everybody who has listened, downloaded, or shared the RV Entrepreneur podcast over the previous 5 years.
Additionally, for all of the individuals who have taken outing of their day to be a visitor or despatched considerate emails and messages to us sharing what the present has meant to them. As a content material creator, I can’t even start to explain how a lot that meant to me. It was actually the gas that saved me going.
In eager about what I needed to share from a learnings perspective on the podcast, there are 1,000,000 issues.
However I didn’t need to try to rehash key classes from 200+ episodes of the podcast, so as a substitute I made a decision to go away you with the three most significant classes this podcast personally taught me.
My 3 Largest Takeaways from Internet hosting the RV Entrepreneur Podcast
#1 You don’t should be an professional to share useful recommendation and make an impression in individuals’s lives, however you do should be sincere.
One in every of my largest fears when beginning this podcast was the truth that on the time I used to be genuinely struggling to determine enterprise and the way it blended with this loopy life we’d chosen. I instructed Alyssa that I felt like an imposter beginning an entrepreneurship podcast after we have been barely getting by with our enterprise.
I feared that naming the podcast “RV Entrepreneur” would come off like I used to be making an attempt to be one thing I wasn’t or appearing like I used to be additional forward than I used to be. So as a substitute of making an attempt to behave, I simply shared the place we actually have been in enterprise.
I posted episodes the place Alyssa and I talked about what we have been going to call our weblog and the way a lot cash we have been making (or weren’t making) in varied endeavors.
In a number of methods, this method made every thing really feel lighter to me. I used to be by no means making an attempt to be an professional, I used to be simply making an attempt to be useful.
This course of made me notice that in case you’re much less involved with feeling or wanting essential and extra involved with being useful — you go additional. You don’t should be an professional, you simply should be sincere.
#2 An undiscovered area of interest feels too small to most individuals once you first inform them about it.
After I first began this podcast, it appeared like a reasonably small variety of individuals would ever care a few enterprise from their RV.
Individuals actually laughed after I instructed them concerning the present.
Nevertheless, I knew from beginning our Fb group that there have been at the very least a handful of people that would actually care concerning the content material (or at the very least I hoped so).
When you’re eager about creating or beginning one thing and you are feeling there’s a goal group of individuals on the market (even beautifully small), I’d encourage you to chase after it and see what occurs.
Don’t low cost your first-hand information simply because it appears unconventional or not confirmed but. Show it.
#3 A fan turns into a good friend and subscribers change into a neighborhood once you deliver individuals collectively.
Among the finest selections we ever made with reference to this podcast wasn’t truly concerning the podcast — it was concerning the choice to deliver collectively this neighborhood in individual at our RV Entrepreneur Summit in 2017.
This occasion modified the trajectory of our careers in no small method.
The individuals we met who had listened to this present turned a few of our greatest mates and even enterprise companions. The collective group turned a real neighborhood. Till that second it was only a podcast with subscribers on a dashboard. The gathering of like-minded individuals was the place the actual magic occurred.
And as I discussed in the beginning of this electronic mail, we’re placing on our fifth RVE Summit right here in Colorado this fall from September ninth by the twelfth.
We’d like to have you ever be a part of us.
We’re internet hosting boondockers at our soon-to-be an actual campground property and we’re going again to our OG 2017 RVE Summit dimension and solely releasing slightly greater than 100 tickets.
We have already got a number of superior audio system lined up like Much less Junk Extra Journey, RV Geeks, Joel Holland of Harvest Hosts, and RV Miles who can be sharing their tales this yr at RVE.
When you’re taken with attending this yr, you may seize a ticket and be taught extra right here.
Why I Determined to Give up Recording Episodes
In a Fb group I’m in, somebody requested me, “From a content material creator’s perspective, why are you ending the present?”
There are a number of causes for wrapping up the podcast.
Nevertheless, the first one is that what I’m most excited and keen about proper now isn’t studying how you can create a distant enterprise, it’s studying how you can create a hospitality expertise for our campground.
As an interviewer, what creates power in a dialog is real curiosity. When you’ve ever listened to a boring interview, it’s seemingly partially attributable to the truth that the interviewer isn’t truly within the individual they’re speaking to.
When somebody takes real curiosity in a dialog, they will make even mundane subjects fascinating.
This curiosity is what has fueled me over 5 years and 233 episodes. I’ve liked the conversations I’ve had with nomads from all walks of life and discovered one thing from each episode. And this curiosity and fervour is one thing I’m excited to hold over into what’s subsequent—our campground.
A parting thought on forsaking one thing that feels “profitable”
Despite the fact that I felt strongly it was time to wrap up the podcast, it was nonetheless actually arduous to let it go and took me a few months to totally decide to the choice.
The present nonetheless has tens of hundreds of listeners and I obtain common emails about how significant it’s been for nomads and entrepreneurs. Plus, as a part of our enterprise, it’s worthwhile yr over yr.
Letting it go and transferring from specializing in being an RV Entrepreneur to being an RV park proprietor is a big shift for Alyssa and me. We’re forsaking one thing we all know and love for one thing utterly unknown.
Alyssa is engaged on her second guide proper now and it shares the story of our first yr on the highway and the way we—not with out some pace bumps—truly completed our quest to go to all 50 states. We’ve been speaking so much about that first yr on the highway and the unparalleled pleasure and power we felt diving into RV life when it was a totally unknown journey. It was terrifying and thrilling unexpectedly.
That’s the identical pleasure I really feel after I unroll blueprints for our campground and brainstorm methods we will ship on a contemporary tenting expertise. There may be a lot ardour and enthusiasm in each dialog (which is a part of the explanation we couldn’t wait to host boondockers at an RVE Summit this yr!).
Life is brief and whereas it’s simpler to remain in our lanes, I don’t suppose it serves us to take action on the expense of progress and pleasure.
Once more, simply need to say thanks to so lots of you who’ve listened to RVE through the years or reached out with a sort observe about an episode. This has been an extremely significant chapter for each Alyssa and me and we’re excited to collect with this neighborhood once more (in individual!) this September.
Wishing you all of the success,