Aaron As A Guest On The 'Our Native Land' Podcast
What inspired me to start the Bigger Than Me Podcast?
Podcasts have exploded in popularity over the past decade, and it’s no surprise why. Podcasts provide an intimate platform for hosts and guests to engage in long-form conversations about topics that they are passionate about.
Recently, I interviewed Tchadas Leo, the host of the podcast ‘Our Native Land’. We discuss his background, passion for journalism and what he has learned through the course of interviewing over 100 different guests.
In turn, I was invited to be a guest on his show. His podcast features exciting interviews and intriguing discussions about Indigenous and First Nations cuisine, culture, heritage, and more. Tchadas has a great team around him, and they put together a tremendous podcast for listeners to enjoy!
In the episode, we talk about a variety of topics such as my interest to attain a law degree, why I decided against pursuing a career in law, my role as a Council member with my community Chawathil First Nation, and how I started the Bigger Than Me Podcast! Tchadas asks thoughtful questions about how all the different roles I have interconnect.
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Above all, the conversation Tdchadas and I had was largely centred around two things: why I decided against a career in law and how I started my podcast. “Why didn’t you follow the path to become a lawyer?” asked Tdchadas. I responded, “It wasn’t clear to me that pursuing a career in law would bring me joy. Instead, I went to law school to prove to myself that there was nothing I couldn't do.” During my first year, I quickly realized law school was not more challenging than achieving an undergraduate degree. If you pay no attention to what the majority says, you will notice just how capable you are.
Following this, Tdchadas asked, “Where did the inspiration come from to start a podcast?”. I smiled, remembering the exact moment the idea popped into my head - driving back from Vancouver after a long day of classes. I always wanted to be apart of something bigger than myself. In my heart, I knew I enjoyed engaging in deep and intellectual conversations with people. I decided it was time to devote myself to something bigger than me by interviewing people who resemble what it means to be apart of something bigger than themselves.
Fun fact, the name of my podcast was inspired by one of my favourite artists named Big Sean, who wrote a song called, “Bigger Than Me”. The song holds a special place in my heart because it is a song that encourages listeners to pursue their dreams, work hard, and strive to make a positive impact on the world.
Being a guest on the podcast ‘Our Native Land’ hosted by Tdchadas Leo was a unique and rewarding experience. It also allowed me to share my story with a different audience, share my journey and have a lot of fun in the process.
I’d like to thank Tchadas Leo and Aaron LeLiever for having me as a guest! I really appreciate the effort they put into their craft. Our episode is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and the Chek+ app.