I’ve had a few sleepless nights before recording podcasts. The worst ones are when I’m a bit rusty and I find the guest to be intimidatingly impressive.

For one such episode, all was well until 27 minutes in.

I asked a question I instantly knew I shouldn’t have. It was cheap, leading, and provocative. They were understandably irked. I crumped, feeling like a total fool.

The rest of the episode came easy enough, though; I knew I could edit out the error.

Except I couldn’t. I spent 3 hours trying to remove the dressing down without losing the flow of the conversation. It was impossible.

With time up, I could either butcher the whole edit to save myself, or just publish.

Now, you may be thinking the moral of this riff is to ask authentic questions; to put your ego to one side; or to let others shine.

But I think it’s something else. Even though it still feels embarrassing, I can’t imagine that episode without the cringe moment.

The ugly stuff is part of the package. And even if it doesn’t always feel like it, it’s proof of our work.

The ugly stuff is part of the package

Why the edit can't - and shouldn't - save you.

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