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As we all know, the way content is being created and shared has completely changed over the last few years, and this change has had a huge impact on the world of business and entrepreneurship. Podcasting is one of these new mediums that entrepreneurs are using to market their authentic self and establish credibility in the business world. It allows you to spread your message, your passions, your identity, and your opinions in unique ways with your targeted niche audience.

Because podcasting is becoming so mainstream, there has never been a better time to get started, and I truly believe that every college student should launch their own podcast. My best friend from college and I started a podcast called Real Talk University: Exploring Success Stories Outside of the Classroom a few months into our first semester at college after we both came to a similar realization about the students around us: A majority of them were unaware of opportunities outside of the classroom to create wealth through financial education and monetizing their true passions. We envisioned a podcast where we would interview entrepreneurs who have successfully pursued their passion by taking a path outside of the classroom. The goal of our podcast was to inspire our listeners to find and pursue their passions.

Going into this, we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. But after two short months, we have been able to put out one episode per week while also having the opportunity to interview huge names in the business world that I myself have personally studied and learned from for years prior. For example, I would have never had the opportunity to write for Thrive Global if it wasn’t for my podcast. Arianna Huffington suggested that we share the inspiration and idea we had behind the project. I never would have thought I’d have the chance to not only interview Arianna but to also write for her!

Again, going into this, we had absolutely no idea what we were doing. We did not know how to get our voices out of the recording software and on to apps like Apple Podcasts. We simply recorded our first episode and figured it out on the fly. It was the farthest thing from a perfect debut. But I think in today’s age, the most important quality and trait of an entrepreneur is to take action. With all the resources to self-educate yourself, it is not hard to learn the basics of putting out a podcast. You can learn as you go, and I assure you that if you put some time and effort into it, it can make a huge positive impact on your life and your career.

Our first few episodes were shaky at best. But we kept grinding, knowing that we had a strong purpose and that many students could benefit from our content if we could get it to where it needed to be. Very soon after, our podcast went viral. We landed on the Apple Podcast charts overnight. We were blown away. We picked up a huge influx of new users and followers on social media and we instantly had more inspiration and stronger motives to continue down this path.

At the time I am writing this article, we have put out 15 episodes of our podcast, which have been listened to thousands of times. We have interviews lined up with big name after big name, all while being paid from things like ads and merchandise! So, why should you start your own podcast? By starting your own podcast, you are creating the opportunity for yourself to be extremely credible and relevant in whatever area of work or passion you are into. Podcasting also gives you a platform to share your voice and your message. So, what is your excuse? I know for sure that everyone in college can do what Christian and I are doing. All it takes is passion and commitment. And of course, taking massive action.

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Check out our podcast by visiting our website here. You can also check us out on social media here. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions in regards to getting started on your own podcast. We have obviously learned a lot through this process and would love the opportunity to be of service to others who want to accomplish similar things.

Thank you for reading and God bless!

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  • Andre Haykal Jr

    CEO @ KnowledgeX

    I am a lifelong student and follower of Jesus Christ. I believe that when you push yourself to seek discomfort, you will experience the best that God's life has to offer. I am currently in my senior year of college, pursuing a degree in Business Administration & Marketing from Binghamton University’s School of Management. I am also the Co-Founder of KnowledgeX (www.KnowledgeX.us). KnowledgeX is a consulting agency based out of Binghamton, New York that is known for The Client Attraction Machine™, an 8-week online group coaching program that helps B2B service providers generate a steady flow of calls booked with pre-qualified high ticket buyers on autopilot without spending a penny on ads. ————————————————————— What Do I Do? Outside of being both a full-time college student and a full-time CEO, I co-host a top 100 business podcast called Real Talk University and I am also the author of an Amazon bestselling book, What They Won’t Teach You. ————————————————————— What is KnowledgeX? As business professionals, we understand that our revenue is a direct proportion of how many prospects we are making an offer to. That's why we’ve created The Client Attraction Machine™ to help solve your lead generation problems for good with this 8-week interactive online program. Here's how we help: 1. Fill your calendar with 50+ sales calls every month 2. Attract high ticket buyers that are pre-qualified 3. Do all this on autopilot with $0 in ad spend Enroll in The Client Attraction Machine™ 8-week program today, and you'll never have to worry about where your next client is coming from AGAIN. To sign-up for The Client Attraction Machine™ 8-week program, message me directly or email me at [email protected] ————————————————————— If you've made it this far, THANK YOU! Follow me on here and reach out anytime, I’d love to connect. Email: [email protected] Website: https://www.knowledgex.us/ My Book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1077974930/ Instagram & Twitter: @andrehaykaljr