The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 21 · 2 years ago

What I Learned About Myself This Year - EP #21

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

While we break for the holidays, I'm giving you guys a chance to get to know me a little better with some smaller episodes.


This week, on the last show of 2019, I look back at the previous year and reveal some things I've learned about myself.


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...one of our filler episodes of the Basement Lounge. I apologize if I sound like Shit right now. I am getting over being pretty sick here Christmas holidays, but I'm not going to let that detract us from having a good time and just enjoying the time of year. Yeah, we are in a little bit of an offseason because it is the holidays and I'm taking the rest of two thousand and nineteen and all of January two thousand and twenty off to spend time with family and just kind of get ready for the year that will be. And but I still wanted to have stuff going out for you guys to listen to. I didn't want to go without any episodes the next six weeks, so I thought this would be fun chance to let you guys kind of get to know me a little bit more. Maybe those of you who are new to the show, who weren't with me for back when I did Mike...

...talks funny, who maybe don't know me personally, who aren't following me my comedy career. Whatever the reason might be, you're listening to this show you want to get to know me a little bit more. So over the next few weeks I'm going to be doing special episodes just about me, letting you guys get to know me, get to know more about the show and how things work behind the scenes, just things like that. And what I want to talk about today, specifically, because this is actually the last show of two thousand and nineteen, is things that I learned about myself this year. We always talk about you know up New Year and knew me going to try to work on myself, and yet that Da, DA, Dada. But it's rare that we ever actually take a look back at the year that was and see what we might have learned about ourselves from the previous year. And I did learn a couple of things about myself this year, some of them good, some of them not so good, and I think that's an important thing to acknowledge. It's important to acknowledge that we can't always be the good...

...guy, and that's what the first thing is that I learned about myself, which is that I can't always be the hero of my own story. Sometimes I'm going to be the villain. There I do not believe in a black and white right and wrong, good versus evil. I'm a big believer in the idea that there's a little bit of dark and light inside of all of us. We've all got bad habits and bad ideas and bad instincts from time to time, and every once in a while we make some bad decisions. Sometimes they're those bad decisions can be worse than others, but the important thing is to be able to acknowledge when those bad decisions have been made and when we've done something dumb, and I've done some dumb shit in my life and this year was no different. I have done some incredibly stupid things this year, things that I can't take back, things that affected other people, things...

...that can't be undone. The damage has been dealt and there's not really any any light at the tunnel at this point or hope for redemption for those mistakes that I made, and I acknowledge that I made those mistakes. I don't I don't do that for anyone but myself. I am not looking to curry favor with anybody in the off chance that might be listening, which I hope they're not, because I'd like to think that, you know, we've all just kind of moved on with ourselves, with our lives. But I'm acknowledging this for myself because it's never good for someone to in my opinion, it's it's not good for someone to think that they're always in the right. I think it's healthy for us as human beings to be able to acknowledge we've done something wrong, when we've made a mistake, and it's important to not try...

...to make excuses for those mistakes and I try very hard to not make excuses for the thing as I do. I do try to come up with reasonings for why I did what I did, but never to excuse the behavior, and I think sometimes I can get a little muddied. Admittedly, I'm better on the page than I am in person. I do a lot better when I'm writing out my thoughts that I do when I'm speaking off the cuff like I am now. But again, I wasn't always the hero of my story this year. There was a couple times I was definitely the villain and that's something I have to live with. But I acknowledge that what I did was wrong or misguided or in poor judgment, and now I just take the steps to move on and move forward and, going into the new year, to take it as a lesson of what not to do in the future. Some...

...things about myself. I learned that we're good, though were that well, I really learned to trust in my own leadership skills. They this year I was fortunate enough to receive a promotion at my job about halfway through the year. That's six months ago, give or take. We'll maybe not even that long ago, maybe more like four months ago. I'm confuse on the date, but anyway, I received the promotion at my job. I'm now the shift supervisor, shift leader, whatever you want to call it, for my position, and it was a big risk for my boss to take on me because he was he was our new supervisor. He hadn't been our supervisor long, but he saw something in me that he liked. He saw something that made him think it was worth putting the hands of a very important shift at our job in my hands, because my shift is where a lot of the...

...money is made. As you guys may or may not know, I work at a television station. I work as a master control operator, which means I'm in charge of making sure all are on air. Broadcasts, be they knit be be they network syndication, news, what have you, go go smoothly and the hours that I work are during primetime hours where there's a lot of high dollar advertise and taking place, and so to be put in the position where I'm in charge of a lot of that is speaks a lot to the trust that that my superiors had in me and for my shift who you know, they knew me from before I was the leader and for them to step up like I've needed them to and, you know, respect my new position, but also, you know, work with me as a team has...

...been great and I've been able to actually surprise myself and how well I've handled some situations over the last couple of months. I haven't always handled them very well. There's been a couple of times where maybe I've overstepped or understepped even but I have a really good team who's not also not afraid to speak up when they think that maybe there's another way we can handle something and I like to think I've done a good job of taking that at a consideration and in the event that I haven't, I apologize, guys. I'm crime trying, I really am. I haven't been in a leadership role in a number of years, so this is kind of kind of new for me and I'm kind of learning more about myself and how I lead and how I work in a leadership role. But I will still wouldn't be able to do as good a job as I'm doing without the great team that I have. And I have a great team of three other three other operators on my shift who do a great job of kind of keeping me in check and and stepping up what I need them to. Excuse me. I acced him still gettinging over being sick.

So if I sneeze or sound stuffy in the microphone, my bad. Something else I've learned about myself this year is how easily distracted I am. I tend to have a lot of ideas and a lot of things I want to do and a lot of things I want to try, and I've noticed that I can be very easily, that's the word I'm looking for, you, pulled aside and and distracted by something else. I can leave thinks the last minute a little bit as a result that I'm working on. That's that's been a problem of mine my entire life. You know, hindsight is two thousand and twenty, and now that I'm going into the year two thousand and twenty, I got a lot of hindsight. You know, I turned thirty one in just a few days, little over, little over a week, and I'm trying to get better about that and I do think I have gotten better, but it's still pretty obvious how easily distracted I am from the things I'm trying to do, and so trying to be more focused on what I...

...need to be doing and what my priorities need to be. Are something I need to work on for next year. Then next week I am going to get into what my top three goals are for two thousand and twenty. But today we're talking about what I learned from myself this year and I did and to kind of wrap it up, you know I'm not going to make these two long, but I will say that the last thing I learned about myself this year is that I is is just how good of a job I can do when I'm patient with myself. I think a lot of times, you know, especially being in a creative, creative work environment like I am, there's always that urge to get a project done and get it done in a hurry and and not take too long because we want the finish product. And this year I really gave myself time to prioritize a few things and and really see them through to the end to where they turned out the best product they...

...could be in the example I'll give was vanishing point, which was the film that I made the beginning of this year. I've been doing amateur filmmaking for a while but nothing on the level that I did this year with vanishing point. Like I still go back and watch that film and I'm usually not want to revisit anything that I make, like I don't listen to this podcast, I can't listen to this podcast, I can't listen to myself talk, I can't listen to my own things because all I do is nitpick. But I still go back and rewatch vanishing point because it's something that I just I can't believe I made that. And I think about the process I went through with that film, taking the casting seriously, setting up a rigid filming schedule, sacrificing my own personal time, picking out the very best cast and crew that I could for that film, taking the time to edit it and make sure it was exactly the way I wanted it to be, really making sure that I had the focus and the patients with it and being patient with myself and...

...not trying to get ahead of myself as far as getting things done. Making sure things were exactly how I wanted them to be, or as close as I could get, was really important and and that turned into a project that won myself an award. It won one of my actors an award it. I received praise and recognition that I had never seen and had never received before in my life, and I really impressed myself with the job I could do when I just took a minute to step back and really look at things objectively, as opposed to just trying to rush and get things done. So I've learned. I've learned quite a bit about myself this year, some things I was already kind of aware of but maybe not clear on, and other things that I really hadn't considered until it was too late, and I think it's good that, going into a new year, we not just that, we...

...that we look back at the things we learned about ourselves as we tried to shape our goals for the new year, because a lot of times those goals can be focused on on things that we did in the previous year, the maybe we're not as proud of, or maybe that we are proud of it want to expand upon, and that'll be the lead in for next week's episode where I'm going to be doing the my top three goals for two thousand and twenty, the top three things I want to focus on for next year, and that episode will drop again next Friday and thank you, guys, so much for tuning in for this little short minisode and we'll be back again with you guys next week for another one. Until then, thanks for listening and TAKE CARE.

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