Listen to This: 5 of My Favorite Podcasts
I love learning. Alot. But I rarely have time to read all the books, magazines, and articles that I would like to read in order to feed my hunger for learning. Having wrapped up my academic endeavors (for right now at least), I tried finding ways to continue to be a student in the midst of the craziness that we call life.
And so, out of this desire to learn, one of the main habits that I have added into my daily life over the last year or so has been podcasts. I used to listen to music ALL OF THE TIME: when I was getting ready in the morning, my drive to and from work, doing chores at home, while I worked out, and while I rested.
And, rather simply, I made the decision to give podcasts a try by listening to them while I got ready for work everyday. And I fell in love with them so much that I rarely listen to music (though I still love my music!) and, instead, listen to podcasts whenever I can.
Here is a brief list of 5 of my favorite podcasts right now with some recommendations on episodes to listen to if you've never checked out the podcast before:
- Stuff You Should Know: Josh and Chuck cover a variety of topics in this witty podcast. Each episode they take one topic or issue and break it down as objectively and in-depth as possible. They've been a great (and often hilarious) resource for me. I'd suggest checking out their podcast on Dark Money (one of their less objective episodes) or The Star Wars Holiday Special of 1978. (Avg. episode length: 20-60 minutes)
- Dan Carlin's Hardcore History: Dan's approach to history is exactly that - hardcore. With episodes ranging from 1 to 4 hours (I'd recommend not downloading them onto your phone if you want to keep any apps on it), Dan dives deep into some of the most important people, places, and events in human history. This series is not for everyone; besides being lengthy, he often quotes very brutal accounts of stories that help bring the story to life. Try out the first episode in his 6-part series Blueprint For Armageddon which covers World War One (and give Dan a little bit of time to get rolling at the start of each episode). If you're a history nerd, this podcast is a must-listen. (Avg. episode length: 1-3 hours)
- Tim Keller Sermons Podcast by Gospel in Life: Tim Keller is one of my favorite preachers to listen to. He is a gifted communicator who does a great job of breaking down the Bible (stories, people, and context) into very understandable and applicable truths. While these are older sermons, I've found their truths to still be very applicable in my own life. One of the most challenging episodes is Episode 46, which you may have to scroll down a little to find. (Avg. episode length: 30-40 minutes)
- Smart Passive Income: Run by Pat Flynn, this podcast (and blog/website) is focused on helping you discover and implement ways to make additional income in your life in a variety of ways. Pat covers websites, side hustles, books/ebooks, and a plethora of other topics related to passive income. The most recent episode I've listened to is about increasing your traffic on your website by deleting (yes, deleting) content. Listen to Episode 200 here. (Avg. episode length: 30-40 minutes)
- The School of Greatness: A former professional athlete, Lewis Howes is now full time in the "lifestyle entrepreneur" business. In his podcasts, he interviews some of the most successful businessmen and women about their fields of expertise and how they've reached the success that they have. While a bit longer in length, Lewis does a great job of filling each episode with some top-notch quality content. Check out this episode on marketing and media with Gary Vaynerchuk here. (Avg. episode length: 1 hour)
These are a few of the podcasts that I am consistently listening to right now - I hope you find one that you enjoy as well!
Comment below with other podcasts that you are in love with!