I always thought podcasts sounded so boring. I would think, Why would I watch a video with no visuals, just audio? It really made no sense to me. I think I started one because I found one about business (big surprise) that featured founders and their stories. How I Built This with Guy Raz. I heard great things from some social media influencers and decided to start it while on a bus ride. I’ll get car sick if I watch videos in a vehicle so figured it was worth a try.
Not sure how long it took me to realize that podcasts are just radio shows on demand, but I did figure it out. So it’s actually weirdly nostalgic to listen to podcasts on the bus. It feels like I’m listening to the radio. I also love that I can listen to podcasts while I’m doing other things, such as washing dishes, cooking, and walking. They also use way less data than videos if you’re on a budget. I find them usually more academic or educational for me than YouTube because I gravitate towards podcasts focused on business or personal development.
Anyways, I wanted to share some of my favorite podcasts.
The Tim Ferriss Show: Tim is maybe one of the best interviewers I’ve ever encountered. He is also quite interesting himself (there’s an episode in which Cal Fussman interviews him). Anyways, he focuses on world-class performers in all arenas and tries to dissect how and why they have prospered. The episodes are usually pretty long, but I often listen to them in various sessions.
#343 with Seth Godin: How to Say “No,” Market like a Professional, and Win at Life
#357 with Susan Cain: How to Overcome Fear and Embrace Creativity
#331 with Ann Miura Ko: The Path from Shyness to World-Class Debater and Investor
#324 with Cal Fussman: Cal Fussman Corners Tim Ferris
#320 with Liz Lambert: The Art of Hospitality
How I Built This with Guy Raz: As I briefly mentioned earlier, Guy, also a talented interviewer, delves into the stories behind some of the most successful start-ups in the world and the people who started them.
Second Life: Co-founder of Who What Wear Hillary Kerr interviews women mid-career to tell their stories of transition and growth in their professional lives.
Wharton Business Radio Highlights: This is literally a radio show on Sirius XM that is transferred into podcast format. It of course focuses on business knowledge and features countless prominent business people. I haven’t been listening to it for long but like that it has short episodes and is very focused on the study of business.
Purpose Built: Mission-Oriented Entrepreneurs Making an Impact with Allbirds Co-Founders and CEOs Joey Zwillinger and Tim Brown, a sustainable clothing company (there’s also a second episode of this series that I haven’t listened to yet)
Work/Life Balance with Bob Glazer, the CEO of Acceleration Partners, a company with extensive recognition for their fulfilling yet effective company culture
Scaling Leadership with Bob Anderson, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Development Officer of The Leadership Circle
The Wisdom Theory: Renee Amberg talks about spirituality and self-development in her new podcast. There are only two episodes but I love it so far! Also enjoy that these aren’t super dense or long, and she provides great examples and quotes.
4 Scientifically Proven Ways To Activate Happiness explains “happy chemicals” and strategies to increase them.
Life Isn't As Serious As The Mind Makes It Out To Be provides interesting and logical reasons to stop taking life so seriously.
Let me know if you listen to any of these! Also, I am looking forward to listening to a short-form podcast by Tim Ferriss focusing on his newest book, Tribe of Mentors. It features short life advice- tools, tactics, and habits- of top performers in various industries.