This week on The Plunge Podcast, the first interview episode! I’m excited to bring long-time friend Scott Stewart on the show to discuss a wide range of topics. From finding a job after school, to social media, writing and broadcasting, luck in your career, and more. Scott has a fascinating story. He started writing for a Liverpool FC fan-site at age 16, and has turned that first experience into the beginnings of a career.
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Show Notes and Quotes
- Finding a gig post-grad
- Turning an internship into a job
- Social Media Strategy
- Developing a personality in Social media
- Never see it as a place to post bland information
- You have to find a way to make your content engaging, why does it matter to your audience
- Scott’s Liverpool Twitter account vs. personal account
- Scott’s job search
- “I knew I was never going to make millions, but thats always been a compromise for me because I also knew what I was going to do would matter to me”
- Twitter trolling
- “Twitter is ruthless”
- “Now I know the most important thing to do is admit when you are wrong”
- “Trolls are trolls, they will always exist, you can embrace them or ignore them”
- His writing career
- Started writing for a fan-site “Empire of the Kop” at 16 years old
- Learning to accept criticism and brush things off
- Came to him with his first samples – he hadn’t even written for fun before!
- How did he choose writing
- “Ignorant confidence”
- “It makes a big difference when you realize what you had starting out as a passion is developing into something you can do long-term”
- You really do see the progress you made, especially over a long period of time.
- Fake it till you make it is very real
- 5 years – Time between first piece for Empire of the Kop and first paid piece
- Couple pieces a month in that time, various lengths
- Creating a cycle of weaknesses to strengths
- Make old weaknesses strengths, so old strengths become new weaknesses, and then repeat the cycle again
- Thoughts on the college experience
- Writing tips
- Write and read as much as possible
- 90% of the books Scott reads are not sports related
- Investment he’s put in – that whole 10,000 hour rule definitely seems accurate.
- It’s not hard to see through you if you aren’t doing something for the right reasons. Always pour yourself 100% into what you do.
- Your life and career is a tree
- “Start at the root, find your branch”
- Embrace the weird
- Be comfortable with who you are
- You’ll be bland if you don’t
- Maintain your persona and create storylines
- The role of luck in a career
- “Sometimes luck happens, sometimes hard work happens”
- Direct correlation between how hard you work and how lucky you are
- The importance of preparation can never be understated
- 20 hours of preparation for a single game broadcast
- The small details matter
- “Try and not place so much on the tangibles… learn to love yourself and love what you do.”
Where you can find Scott
Check out the previous Plunge Podcast episode: Practicing Gratitude and Gaining Perspective
Thanks for listening!