December 3rd, 2012
I’ve had the idea for HumbleNerd for a couple of months. I had the site ready to be published for more than a couple weeks. This is something that I’ve always wanted to do, something I’ve always hoped could lead to something bigger and better than what I’m doing now. I was procrastinating on actually launching the site. For what reason, I don’t quite know.
I’ve been a listener to Dan Benjamin’s podcasts on 5by5 for almost two years now. The shows cater to the nerds, people who follow Apple and technology in general. I’ve always admired his back story. He worked as a “corporate stooge” for years before he decided that that lifestyle was no longer for him. He started 5by5 because he always wanted to do talk radio. Even after being told by those in the industry not to pursue his dream, he did it anyway. Now he has a number of different shows on his podcast network. On my commutes to and from work, I’m more than likely listening to one of his shows.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, a new show debuted, one that he didn’t pre-announce. The show is called “Quit!”; a show about “helping people sort out their lives, reevaluate their options, kick their crummy jobs, and start something awesome”. It’s exactly the type of motivation I needed to push me over the top. I launched HumbleNerd on that Monday because I wanted to do something that I have the passion to do. I hope that this will be a recurring series where he shares his different experiences with his listeners so they might not make the same mistakes that he made. If you’ve always had the urge to do something different, something awesome, I recommend listening to this show. I also recommend listening to Back 2 Work with Merlin Mann, especially this episode where they discuss the quarter life crisis/Saturn’s return phenomenon. I know they can and will motivate you to do something awesome.