#030 Lessons Learned: On Podcasting & Philosophy

Philosophy isn’t a test of what we know. Philosophy challenges what we think we know.
— Monica McCarthy

In this series finale of The Happier Hour: Season 1, creator and host Monica McCarthy shares some of the lessons she’s learned so far about podcasting and about philosophy. If you’ve ever thought about creating a show, or wondered how philosophy can help in today’s world, you’ll want to listen to this episode. #thehappierhour


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Part 1: Lessons Learned About Podcasting

  1. Host the kind of show you would want to listen to.

  2. Don’t let perfect be the enemy of good enough.

  3. Don’t stress too much about downloads and lists.

  4. Batching is better.

  5. Have great guests.

  6. Everything takes more and less than you think.

  7. Always Google pronouns.

  8. Hosting live events is a TON of work, but meeting listeners in person is the best!

  9. Have a great editor if you need one! (Ask me about mine via the contact page.)

  10. Pick a topic you are realllllly interested in.

Part 2: Lessons Learned About Philosophy

  1. The Universal is in the particular, and the particular is in the Universal.

  2. Many philosophers didn’t live the lives we think of when we picture philosophers today

  3. Nothing exists in a vacuum.

  4. Everyone borrows, cheats or steals.

  5. Brilliant people get stuff wrong. All the time.

  6. Philosophy is a rebellious act.

  7. We should be very wary of absolutes.

  8. Social media and the internet are new territory for philosophy and affect every aspect of our lives.

  9. Boundaries aren’t always bad.

  10. Know thyself.

What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned this year?