040: Pursuing Your Passion Through Podcasting [Podcast]

We all have dreams. Those things that make us come alive. The things we wish we could do for a living and still afford to eat.

040: Pursuing Your Passion Through Podcasting [Podcast]

For me, it’s writing. For my friend Cliff Ravenscraft, it’s podcasting. For you, it may be something else.

On this week’s episode of The Portfolio Life, Cliff Ravenscraft shares how he made the leap from being a successful insurance agent to podcasting full-time.

For him — like for many others — it was not an easy transition. He, his wife, and their three children lived off of food stamps for a few months. They broke down in tears every month. Yet, still they claim the transition was worth it.

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These days having a blog is like being a needle in a haystack. But having a podcast is more like a needle in a mini wheat (as Cliff says).

Hearing him explain this at the Platform Conference is what convinced me to start a podcast myself. I’ve found it to be a great way to extend the reach of my message, and I’m sure you will too.

According to Cliff, setting up a podcast is easier than most people believe. If you’ve ever wanted to start a podcast, here’s how:

  1. Find a way to capture your voice. Even the Voice Memos free app on a iPhone provides decent audio quality
  2. Set up an RSS feed. This is a one-time step.
  3. Submit your podcast to podcast directories like iTunes and Stitcher.

That’s it! You’re ready to start broadcasting. If you dream of doing what you love and getting to call it your work, listen to Cliff’s thoughts on how to make that leap in our most recent episode.

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What is preventing you from living out your dream full-time? Share in the comments.

18 thoughts on “040: Pursuing Your Passion Through Podcasting [Podcast]

  1. I loved this interview! I’ve had a great idea for a podcast for about a year and rhis lit a fire under me. I listen to about ten podcasts that are weekly or bi-weekly, and I just love them.

  2. I’ve been thinking about podcasting ever since I did my first interview a couple of weeks ago. My interviewee and I exchanged questions and answers via email and the result was written as a blog post, but it was so much fun and I couldn’t help but think of how much more fun it would have been if we were voice-to-voice.
    I love the haystack versus mini-wheat comparison! It’s strangely motivating. 🙂 I just always thought the technology would be a barrier for me; I assumed a big cash outlay for professional-level sound equipment. Now I will revisit this.
    Thank you for providing the information and the inspiration!

  3. Wow, Cliff has quite the story Jeff! We need dive in to get going and goodness gracious, I can relate to Cliff in more than 1 way. He became a success by starting, by dreaming and by acting on his dreams, and now he inspires so many others to do the same.

    Jeff, thanks for sharing and keep on inspiring!


  4. This is by far my favorite episode on the podcast!
    It was incredibly encouraging to hear how Cliff was faithful to his calling and went full force with it. I’ve had people tell me that writing and speaking is my calling, but I didn’t know whether to trust them. But recently, I took the plunge and started my website, JesusHacks, and it couldn’t have been better. It was inspirational to hear Cliff did that as well.
    I’m hoping to start a podcast for the website soon, so this was really helpful. Thanks Jeff and Cliff!

  5. What’s holding me back? For me it is definitely the “tech” side of things. I will check out the suggestions in this post. Thanks for another great one!

  6. Great Interview! it reminds me of all i went through and learned in the fall of 2004 when i started podcasting. and then in 2005 when my show skyrocketed and the changes that brought about. The wild early days of Podcasting.
    I was in the middle of trying to hack into feedburner to get my old feeds back when i got this podcast….maybe it time to fire up the old mic again! It been about 7 years since i did a podcast for my old shows and i still have 2000 subscribers…crazy!

  7. First Portfolio Life I’ve listened to in ages gosh I missed this! Awesome interview Cliff has really inspired me to start my podcast again. I was on the fence though now I’m ready to start planning and have fun with it again! Thanks Guys!

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  9. Did I hear you say in an episode that you guys record The Portfolio Life in a studio? I want to have a co-host so I’m trying to navigate how you do that as a total newb when it comes to microphones. Also where do you guys get your intro and break music?

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