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050: Pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums
The Notes on Doing Podcast

050: Pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums

Welcome to Notes on Doing. Conversations with people who love what they do. I’m Jenna Matecki.


Exactly a year ago on October 10th there were only three episodes in this podcast. At the time I tried to juggle publishing two episodes a week (and that didn’t last long).

There’s been so many interviews since then. Now, this is Episode 50.

The biggest question that I get asked with Notes on Doing is always “How do you find these people?” And I think that’s an interesting one.  

I find people who love what they do are everywhere, and since the series started more and more people have been introduced to me under the lens of Notes on Doing. And I’m lucky to live in this gorgeous mecca of opportunity and creativity that is New York City, and to be privileged in that I can devote time to this series – so it’s continued.

But the thing is, and this is key, is that I know someone’s perfect to be interviewed when they are hesitant to do it.

We live in a time where everyone’s self promoting, competing, and trying to be the best. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. But because of that it strikes me more when people would rather just continue doing their thing instead of talking about it and asking for attention.

There was this sailing race that happened back in 1968. A group all competed to be the first man to circumnavigate the world single handedly. The person who won, Sir Robin Knox Johnston said:

“It was all a bit of a dream. You look at all these people, and say ‘I’ve done this.’ This thing that people said you couldn’t do. I’ve done this now. I don’t have to yell, scream and shout about it, it’s inside.”

And, among the many insights that I’ve uncovered from this series, this is the one that I want to convey for Episode 050.

When you truly love what you’re doing, and don’t feel like you have to compare yourself to anyone else – it doesn’t matter if you’re silent. You have all the recognition you need, because the best kind of recognition comes from yourself.

So, that’s Episode 050. A celebration of that internal thing. In Notes on Doing it’s sometimes revealed not in what the interviewees say, but in their pauses, tea breaks, funny laughs, and awkward ums. It’s revealed in their hesitation to be interviewed in the first place.

Because the people interviewed are good at being themselves. And they already have the recognition they need because of that. And that’s why they’re featured on Notes on Doing.

I’ll leave it at that, and I’d love to plug that a group of us are throwing a party in New York City this Thursday (that’s October 13th) at this great bar/restaurant called Freehold, starting at 7:00pm. I’d love to see you there.

In the meantime, always do. And what I mean by that, is always do you.

Notes on Doing is a series of conversations with people who love what they do. notesondoing.com

048: Tim Einenkel, Radio, Podcasting, & The Library w/ Tim Einenkel
Tim Einenkel at NOD HQ, September 2016

048: Tim Einenkel, Radio, Podcasting, & The Library w/ Tim Einenkel

“I still can’t believe it’s me, doing it.”

Welcome to Notes on Doing, conversations with people who love what they do.

I’m Jenna Matecki.

Our next episode goes to Tim Einenkel. Tim has worked as a host, producer and engineer on the best shows in broadcast radio and podcasts for over a decade. Most notably, Tim’s the host of The Library w/ Tim Einenkel, where he conducts in-depth interviews with hip-hop artists, scholars, authors, and entertainers.

Listen to what Tim had to say about mixtape presents from his Grandma, what Chuck D told him to do, and the things that are worth not being shy about.

Also, psssst. Mark your calendars. The next Notes on Doing meetup will be Thursday, October 13th, at 7pm in Brooklyn, New York at FREEHOLD. Come hang out with the people featured in NOD, other fans of the show, and yours truly. I couldn’t be more excited to see you all.

All right, plug over, here’s Tim Einenkel –

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Thanks for listening to Notes on Doing episode 048 with Tim Einenkel.

Check out Tim’s show – The Library with Tim Einenkel, on iTunes and at rapstation.com, and follow Tim on Twitter at @LibrarywithTim.

And, as always, subscribe to Notes on Doing! Episodes release weekly, every Monday, on iTunes. Follow the show on Instagram @notesondoing, and join our Facebook group.

Until next week! In the meantime, always do.