As I was researching him a bit to prepare for the interview, I learned he had written 1.5 MILLION words in 2013. And when I reviewed his profile of books on Amazon, I jealously saw that the list extended to four+ pages.
Wow. Impressive. Man, I wish my portfolio ran that deep.
But then, several days later, I realized I had an amazing portfolio of my own. I wonder if some budding podcaster out there is impressed with my catalog:
I’ve just recently crossed the 100th episode threshold of the Intrepid Radio Show.
Manufacturing Revival Radio, one of my industry-focused business podcasts, has 120 episodes as of this writing.
Businessinthe.AM, my sales, marketing, and leadership podcast, already has 49 episodes, and it was just launched in May of 2013.
Plus several hundred episodes from various other podcasts, not to mention the 1,000+ we’ve broadcast from trade show floors across America over the years.
Once I realized that my audio portfolio ran that deep, I suddenly looked at Johnny B. Truant’s catalog in a different way. I still greatly respect his ability to write 1.5 million words in one calendar year, no doubt.
But now I see him as a peer. As a fellow artist and creative…I just practice with a different medium.
I cannot stress the power of this new mindset, and what it is doing for my attitude, confidence, and approach to market.
So important that I write this short essay to force you to recognize your own portfolio:
Are you a salesman? Good, look back and realize all the important deals you’ve closed.
Are you a blogger? Great, how many posts have you published? [I just looked, and this here post will be my 711th]
Are you a runner? Impressive, how many half-marathons, marathons, or 5Ks have you completed?
Are you a reader? Smart, how many books have you completed? [For me, my count is 122 for the last three years]
Are you a photographer? Cool, how many photographs have you taken?
See? When you think on it, you have your own portfolio of achievement, accomplishment, and maybe even art.
I stress again, this is important for your mindset, a sense of massive accomplishment.
You’ve achieved more than you realize over the years, and you should celebrate that. Your “portfolio” may appear different than what we are used to recognizing: the number of paintings, the number of albums, or the number of published books…
…but it is still YOUR own body of work.
And one additional point: If your current “portfolio” is small, no worries! All portfolios, from mine to Stephen King’s, were built one at a time.
Get to work.
[By the way, you can check out Johnny B. Truant's book below:]
Pic from Realm and Sands.