While I love reading, my second favorite way to take information in is through listening.
This comes in the form of podcasts.
Like books, you can find a podcast on just about any topic you want.
Some of us are very familiar with the word “Podcast”, but to others it is an untapped world of knowledge, waiting for you to dive in.
Podcasts are essentially the modern form of radio shows. Generally, podcasts will feature a host or multiple hosts having a conversation with different guests with experience in a particular industry or topic.
Listening to a great podcast takes you out of your current location and puts you into the conversation at hand. Because of this, you quickly feel like you actually know the people on the other side of the microphone.
Reading a book requires you to take in information through your eyes and formulate the thoughts in your mind. Since podcasts only require listening, they seep straight into your mind with no extra effort. This makes podcasts valuable because you can listen to them almost anywhere. I listen in the car, at slow times at work, in my room, and even sometimes while working out.
Many shows have “show notes” which are a list of topics covered and the time they were discussed so you can see what will be covered and skip ahead to those parts.
Just click a button and download an episode to your phone before leaving the house and you will no longer have your parents complaining about your data usage! Woohoo!
My Top Picks
Here are my favorite podcasts (in no specific order) with the category they fall in and what I like about them.
GaryVee Audio Experience
Category: entrepreneurship, marketing
Gary Vaynerchuk is the owner of a large digital marketing company with offices in several countries. His podcasts features topics from entrepreneurship, marketing, personal branding, motivation and soooo much more. Many of his episodes feature his keynote speeches at large companies about the current state of marketing.
This show gives you some practical tips on getting started and creating your own hustle. I’ve personally followed much of Gary’s advice and have seen some amazing results!
Category: leadership, discipline, self-improvement
Jocko Willink is a retired Navy Seal and full time badass. If you follow him on instagram you’ll see pictures of his watch at 4:30 a.m. every single morning. His show covers topics of discipline, leadership, jiu jitsu, and war.
While the shows where he covers war books can be very dark at times, they cover some extremely important topics that need to be talked about.
There are also some lighter episodes and plenty of Q&A towards the back end of most episodes, my favorite parts. Once you understand Jocko’s sense of humor, he will have you cracking up throughout his lighter episodes.
Listening to Jocko makes you want to become a badass, period.
Tim Ferriss Show
Category: business, fitness, self improvement
Tim Ferriss is the author of the 4 Hour Work Week and the man who is responsible for my addiction to self improvement. His podcast is a mixed bag of fitness, mindset, entrepreneurial advice, and others.
Tim brings on world class performers in all walks of life to break down how they go about life differently than others. From chess prodigies to billionaires, there is something for everyone.
This podcast started a movement and has inspired hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people to think differently about the world.
Check out his early episodes and find something that interests you, you won’t be disappointed.
How I Built This
Category: business, entrepreneurship
Produced by NPR, this is an amazing podcast for aspiring business people or entrepreneurs.
Each episode brings us through the story of an extremely successful business and how they got there.
Some notable names who have been on this show are Airbnb, Spanx, Sam Adams, Patagonia, Lyft, Richard Branson and many others. Listen to any of these and you’ll surely be inspired.
The Smart Passive Income Podcast
Pat Flynn talks all about blogging, creating an email list, testing ideas, and the entrepreneurial journey.
Pat is super transparent and really great at making his audience feel comfortable even in topics that may be a little intimidating.
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
Category: business, self improvement
Lewis Howes was on his path to playing pro football when an injury lead him to stay on his sister’s couch for a year with no money. He found his place in the online world and soon was hosting large events for business minded people to meet.
In his podcast, Lewis interviews a bunch of big names about their stories and what their philosophies on life are.
This podcast is great because it covers far more than just business. If you are looking for health, wealth or relationships, it’s all there.
Category: science, astrology
Neil Degrasse Tyson going ham on the universe, astrology, and much more.
If you wanna feel smart… or maybe really dumb, throw an episode on and do your brain stretches cause Neill will expand your mind!
The Amazing Seller
Scott talks all about selling on Amazon. Start with the first couple episodes to learn the basics then start exploring from there. Scott’s energy is contagious and will make you want to go find a product to sell immediately.
Scott also has a free 10 day course to teach you the basics of selling on Amazon that I recommend for anyone interested.
Joe Rogan Experience
Category: mma, philosophy, politics
Joe Rogan is a UFC commentator and comedian with one of the largest podcasts around. With almost 1000 episodes, he has certainly paid his dues.
Joe interviews people from all over the spectrum and the topics tend to range from MMA to philosophy, politics, conspiracy theories and the universe.
The conversations are less structured and more free flowing, which I do enjoy.
This is a great podcast to hear about different views of the world and get some different perspectives on life.
However, I must give a little warning: Joe has different views on religion and sexuality than I do so I would advise you to tread lightly in some episodes. When the conversation turns to religion, I continue to listen, not because I agree with what he says, but because I want to hear the arguments he puts up and see where I think he is missing the picture. When the conversation takes a turn toward degrading women, I tend to just skip ahead.
My advice is to tread lightly and be wise about which ones you listen to. Listen to Joe’s comments, but make your own decisions about what you believe about the world.
Monday Morning Podcast with Bill Burr
If you are looking for some mindless laughter then you found the place.
Bill Burr is the only person who can talk to himself for an hour and a half and make everyone listening crack up.
Bill mostly rambles about whatever feels relevant from sports to fatherhood to drunken stories….and I love it.
This is also one of the only podcasts that I WANT to listen to the advertisements.
Bill does the ads himself and will literally make fun of the show’s sponsors if they write him a lame sounding ad, hysterical.
Those are my top picks for listening. Now it is your turn.
Turn off the radio every now and then and throw one of these on, you won’t regret it.
Feel free to let me know which you like and why!