You Never Know Who Is Watching You

By Cheval John

When someone starts on a journey towards success for the better, they see what their final destination is suppose to look like.

They might see other people’s success and think “why I am not achieving the same success as them?”

In a lot of ways, many sports teams or universities are caught up in the comparison game.

For example, Texas A&M recently completed their renovation of Kyle Field that increased their capacity to 102,000 fans.

That upgrade made them the largest stadium in the state of Texas.

And if that is not enough, Aggie students, professors, alumni and supporters can boast about their stadium as being the largest in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the fourth largest stadium in the United States and the 6th largest stadium in the world.

That will probably motivate their in-state rivals, the University of Texas, to spend a whole lot of money to try and upgrade their stadium to regain the status as having the largest stadium in the Lone Star State.

The reason why I brought up this example is that many of us who are entrepreneurs or even podcasters will compare ourselves to others who seemingly are more successful.

If we see a podcast have more downloads than ours, then we start to question ourselves of whether we are putting out valuable content for our listeners.

When we fall for the comparison trap, we sabotage ourselves from seeing the small wins that we achieve everyday for the better.

Just because you don’t see the same metrics of success in your valuable work does not mean that you are not successful.

Plus, it might not be your time to be in the limelight as yet.

Jeff Brown, who host the Read to Lead Podcast, gave an excellent presentation at Podcast Movement on ““How to Prepare, Polish and Execute Great Interviews Every Time.”

Unbeknowest to him, Dixie Gillaspie, who is an author, speaker and a coach, was sitting in on his presentation.

A few weeks later, he was featured in Ms. Gillaspie’s article, “The First Step to Starting Anything Is Getting Over Your Perfectionism” on

Even though Mr. Brown has been successful with his podcast and business, his career is going to another level because he was diligent in his preparation in making sure that his presentation at Podcast Movement delivered value to the attendees which led to him being featured in Entrepreneur.

I can say that I know first-hand on how important it is to always deliver valuable content even though I don’t see the results as others for the better

As many of you might know, I have been hosting an online radio show/podcast called “What’s The Word?” on BlogTalkRadio for over 2 years.

Recently, I started using Blab to record my podcast and later upload it to my BlogTalkRadio to air every Monday nights.

Sometimes I would get a little discourage because I did not see the high number of views on the live recordings on Blab like others.

At the same time, I know that people who are there are impacted for the better because: “They Needed To Hear What That Particular Guest Had To Say At That Specific Moment.”

And because of the due diligence of putting out a quality show on Blab, I was pleasantly surprised to see that I was featured on Ebony Magazine’s article called “Look Who Blabbing“by Lynne D. Johnson.

Being featured on a major media outlet like Ebony was validation that I am bringing value to people with my live podcast recordings on Blab.

In conclusion, if one person is listening or watching your valuable content, then you are already successful because that one person can open up the doors to you connecting to a wider audience for the better.

Have you ever fell for the comparison trap? You can leave your comments below.

About Cheval John

Cheval John is the Founder and CEO of Vallano Media, LLC, a marketing agency which helps small to mid-sized businesses use social media correctly to build a loyal following and in the process become more profitable. Cheval is also the host of "What's The Word?" a podcast about finding out what inspires people to choose their respective careers and how social media impacted their lives and business. He is the author of two books including the Amazon Best-Seller, "8 Lessons Every Podcaster Needs To Learn." He has spoken at Social Media Week Lima in Ohio and at Social Media Day Houston 2017 about topics around live streaming and podcasting. Cheval has been featured in media outlets like Ebony Magazine and was named a Houston Top 25 Social Media Power Influencer in 2016 and 2017.

We Welcome Your Comments