I have found podcasts to be one of the single best resources for acquiring knowledge, entertainment, and news in industries I care about. But Spencer, when do you find the time??? Quick life-hack moment – I listen to these during my morning commute and while I eat breakfast – but mostly in the car. I’ve been able to consume hundreds of hours of content INSTEAD of listening to Katy Perry and Imagine Dragons on repeat on the radio. Side note: I love Imagine Dragons stuff and I’ll admit I have a guilty pleasure for Katy Perry’s stuff. But let’s face it, free public radio is the ancient past – podcasting is the present and the foreseeable future – and listening to bands on repeat isn’t getting me ahead in this world.
Ok, I’m not writing to convince you that podcasts rock, you can decide that for yourself. I’m here to list out my favorite podcasts to date…
My Favorite Podcasts (in order):
- Entrepreneur on Fire by John Lee Dumas
This podcast is my personal favorite because it is a key part of My Morning Routine. Each day, nearly 900 episodes in a row, John Lee Dumas has put out quality, ~30min shows that focus on interviewing entrepreneurs – both big and small fish. The format of the podcast is consistently the same, which I’ve grown to really enjoy, because I can analyze a wide range of answers across hundreds of different entrepreneur experiences. He interviews real people and hones in on the journey of what it takes to grow your own business. It’s not all rainbows and unicorns though, each episode there is a focus on the greatest obstacle that entrepreneur had to overcome, and the answers are always inspiring and eye-opening. For someone like myself, who is aspiring to be in business for themselves, I’ve really grown to appreciate and value this content.
- The Tim Ferriss Show by Tim Ferriss
During my senior year of undergraduate study at Georgia Tech, I read Tim’s The 4 Hour Workweek and was inspired at the possibility of owning and automating my own business so I could live the best version of life I could imagine. Since then, Tim Ferriss has become a household name and published two other NY Times bestselling books. His podcast interviews some of the most successful savants across all industries and has very in-depth, personal interviews with them. The insights I’m gaining are tremendous and it’s incredibly interesting to learn about the lives of such high performers. The episodes vary between short and long, depending on whether he does a long-form interview or an “in-between-isode.”
- Barbell Shrugged by the guys at Faction Strength and Conditioning
I’ve actually had the pleasure of sitting in on the live recording of Episode 62 of their podcast – be warned – there was a good bit of drinking done because the filming was done at CrossFit Regionals 2013… That being said, these guys put out great content when it comes to lifting, endurance, mindset, and building strength. It definitely fuels my inner-athlete and it’s worth a watch if you are into fitness, body building, or competing in athletic events.
- Adventures in Angular by the guys at DevChat.tv
- The Clark Howard Podcast by Clark Howard
Clark Howard is a bit of a hometown hero in Atlanta. I grew up with my parents listening to him on AM750 WSB radio – in fact he might still be on their. Clark has crossed over and made his content available in a digital format and continues to provide a ton of financial guidance and advice to the public. As a young professional looking to get ahead, being careful with my money is always a consistent effort and I appreciate Clark’s conservative approaches to money management.
There you have it – my top 5 podcasts to date. I imagine this will be a growing and ever-evolving list and will make sure to continue updating it as I find more and more value out there. Additionally, I have this nagging gut feeling that I might be starting a podcast soon – I don’t know what topics it would cover – but the idea of creating and producing something is in my blood – I think I have what it takes, let me know if you agree and what you might want to hear!