This Mark Cuban quote came to mind the instant I met the Royal Deca crew. I first met James Manning, the head geek and creative mastermind of Royal Deca, at a Jake's Hamburgers, right outside of Dallas, through our mutual friend, Anthony Hines. Before going skating that day, we discussed science and skateboarding and how they affected our goals and aspirations in life and in our careers. From that day on, I knew the Royal Deca crew had something special about them. This includes James, his brother Daniel Manning, and their close friend, Travis Littig.
One of there recent ventures has also yielded itself as one of their most successful. They began podcasting in September 2014 and have already had many major figures in the skateboarding world interviewed on the show including: Cody McEntire, Manny Santiago, Brandon Westgate, and plenty of other amazing guests. They also interview locals and people who turn their passions into careers. Each interview is meant to inspire and give each listener industry tips, tools, and tactics they can apply to their own projects and ambitions. The show is perfect for those that are looking to get started on a project of their own, do freelance work, is starting a business, works for a skate shop, or are simply looking for a little inspiration in their life.
According to the guys, the exact purpose of the skateboarding podcast is to “blend conversation and interviews with today’s most inspirational skateboarders, cinematographers, entrepreneurs, and freelancers.” Their podcast is aptly named, “Skate to Create” and has already been featured in the number one spot in two different iTunes categories: Sports/Recreation and Professional. How exactly did they get this far in such a short time though? According to the Royal Deca crew, it was focusing on “talking to people that have had skateboarding as an influence in their lives, and asking how they use that knowledge to achieve great things.”
I find that the best time to listen to a podcast is on my way to and from work, and any time I have a long way to travel. Keeping this in mind, I've listened to all of the Skate to Create episodes and I feel like I've gotten something to add to my marketing/life arsenal in each episode, and really, that's Royal Deca's goal in everything that they seem to do. Their goal always was, and still is, to help aspiring entrepreneurs achieve their goals, most of the time without receiving anything in return. The Skate to Create podcast is no different; humility is key. Every episode is tailored with questions to promote the guest's past and upcoming projects. It also encourages would-be self-starters to use their talent(s) to achieve the goals they strive for.
If you want to learn how I wrote my eBooks on Amazon, download my episode and other free downloads right now at www.royaldecadesign.com/podcast and then go out and start something!