There are a zillion free podcasts out there to listen to, which is amazing, and also potentially overwhelming.
I’m just now dipping my toes (ears?) into this pool of information and entertainment.
It seems like every day I’m shouting to friends about some amazing new episode I’ve stumbled across. The podcast recommendations just keep rolling in.
Besides the wild diversity available in podcast-land, one of my favorite things about this medium is that podcasts can be downloaded while my device is connected to a wifi network and then listened to while I’m on long walks, car rides, or flying in airplanes without using data or needing an internet connection.
Like most things in life, I either love a particular podcast passionately or I’m totally over it from the get go. When I find a new podcast I like, I click “subscribe” so that new episodes automatically download when available.
Following are my three favorite podcast recommendations right now.
Tim’s description of the podcast: Each episode, I deconstruct world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, sports, business, art, etc.) to extract the tactics, tools, and routines you can use. This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.
Here are some of my favorite episodes from The Tim Ferriss Show:
The Man Who Studied 1,000 Deaths to Learn How to Live — LOVE this episode, which is an interview with BJ Miller who runs the Zen Hospice Project in San Fransisco. Death and dying is one of my favorite topics and this conversation shines so much light on how we can impact how we live and how we die.
Josh Waitzkin, The Prodigy Returns — Josh is the real life human who the kid in the movie Searching For Bobby Fischer was based on. One of my favorite parts of this episode is hearing about how Josh is consciously raising his son.
Meet “Scorpion,” The Real-Life Santa Claus — Jeez, this episode totally reeled me in. Walter O-Brian has the fourth highest IQ ever recorded (197) and works with people and businesses all over the world to solve problems no-one else can. Walter is the inspiration behind the hit TV show Scorpion (which I’d never heard of before listening to this podcast because I don’t watch TV but now I can’t stop watching back episodes of the show, so beware). Super interesting and entertaining interview.
Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories — Jamie is an amazing story-teller and this interview goes through tales of his childhood and rise to fame. The interview takes place in Jamie’s home studio so riffs on the piano, breaking out into song, and a number of spot on impressions pepper this mega entertaining episode of the podcast.
How to Be Tim Ferriss – Featuring Freakonomics – This episode was produced by Freakonmics, another great podcast to check out. It’s an interview with Tim Ferriss and gives some great context for who Tim is if you aren’t already familiar with his books or other work.
The Importance of Being Dirty: Lessons from Mike Rowe — Totally engaging conversation with Mike, whose voice you’ll recognize from TV shows like Dirty Jobs and How The Universe Works. Mike’s story covers time singing opera in Baltimore, doing the late-night show in the early days at QVC, and practical initiatives to close the unemployment gab in the United States. Listening to this interview led me to discover the next item on my list of podcast recommendations.
Mikes description of the podcast: All good stories have a twist, and all great storytellers are just a little twisted. Join Mike Rowe for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history… The Way I Heard It with Mike Rowe is a series of short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attention span.
All of the episodes are excellent and 5 – 8 minutes long. Easy.
Listen to them all! You’ll love this podcast.
From the creators of the podcast: All entrepreneurs want to know the secret to success. James Wedmore, a seven-figure online entrepreneur, believes success is created by mindset over strategy, magic over metrics, and attitude over action. In this podcast, James and co-host Phoebe Mroczek untangle the common misconception that hustle and hard work are all it takes to be successful.
Some of my favorite episodes from The Mind Your Business Podcast:
The Margin For Magic With Kate Northrup — I’d heard of The Mind Your Business Podcast for a bunch of weeks as I’m on James’ mailing list but I didn’t check it out until I saw Kate Northrup post that she was a guest on the show. After listening to this delightful interview, I binge-listened to the previous 16 episodes and promptly subscribed to the podcast to get automatic downloads on all future episodes.
7 Tips For Failing Miserably At Outsourcing — So many relevant suggestions for anyone who is delegating in their business. I need to do a re-listen to this one.
Know Your Numbers (An Intro To Numerology) with Kari Samuels — I was so fired up about what I learned in this episode about using astrology as a supportive tool in business (which isn’t even the main topic of the interview) that I wrote this brief post on how to work with Mercury Retrograde, a planetary situation that occurs 3 – 4 times a year and seriously impacts our little human being selves. Great insights and practical suggestions in this episode of the podcast.