There are lots of inventions that completely changed my life.
One of them has been podcasts.
It seems something trivial, but it’s not.
A long time ago, I decided to stop listening to the news while my multiple commutes or any other “timeout”.
I was a radio fan, a media channel I adored. Since I woke up until the end of the day, I was listening to the radio. It was part of my life. I couldn’t live without it.
What happened then? 4 important issues:
- I fed up with ads.
- I fed up with just listening to tragedies and bad news.
- I fed up with just listening to exactly the same news, the same histories, the same issues.
- Podcasts were born.
As an avid learner, looking for the type of content I’m interested in is a must.
Podcasts allowed me to listen to EXACTLY the content I want, WHEN I want, and WHERE I want.
Later on, another silly event happened to me. I discover this small device.
20 bucks, and my life completely changed.
You usually don’t know when your life can change.
Sometimes you’re working hard onto something, and you don’t get any results. In other cases, you spend a lot of money on a training program, and you get nothing.
But there’s a day in your life in which you invest 20 bucks in a small device, and that changes your life. That’s how life goes…
This tiny little device makes possible a bluetooth connection within my phone. The device is connected to my car’s radio input. That allows me to listen to my podcasts easily inside my vehicle.
As you can see, a stupid explanation, but something that completely changed my life.
Being able to listen to my podcasts inside my car allowed me to improve my English, start to learn French, meet fascinating people, and learn a lot about the topics I’m interested in (productivity, self-improvement, entrepreneurship, finances…).
You cannot ask for more for just 20 bucks!
Podcasts made it possible to create time for you. A time you wasted not so many years ago.
We don’t appreciate things like that, but that’s the truth.
If you listen to podcasts daily, in my case 2 hours every day, you get more than 700 hours dedicated to content that’s really helpful for you.
That’s almost 90 days of dedicating 8 hours per day to learning.
1/4 of the year dedicated to training.
This is the real life-changing process.
Now, let’s go to the podcasts that I love the most because that’s why you’re reading this article…
The Superhuman Academy Podcast (Jonathan Levi)
Jonathan Levi is a guy obsessed with meta-learning, which is learning how to learn.
I took several of his courses, and I frequently listen to his podcast. He’s always interviewing amazing people.
Here you won’t only learn just by listening, but the point is to get in touch with all those interviewees, who are incredible people. You can get their websites, their books, their podcasts.
Jonathan stopped his podcast in the 300th, but you cannot imagine all the good stuff you can take out of them!
Mind & Machine (August Bradley)
August is a “productivity machine”. I really admire him.
He created a productivity methodology called PPV (Pillars, Pipelines & Vaults), which is impressive and is the one I’m using today to manage all my goals, projects, and tasks. I’d even go further: my whole life.
He also implemented this PPV methodology into Notion, a software I recommend to give it a look if you don’t know it.
In his podcast, August interviews fascinating people, focusing on transformational technologies. As he says, “exploring future-tech, futurist ideas and the sociological, moral, and philosophical impact of these exponential changes”.
Not Overthinking (Ali & Tiamur Abdaal)
Ali and Taimur Abdaal host this podcast “based on social interaction, lifestyle design, mental models…”.
Both of them are productivity geeks, and I recommend Ali’s YouTube channel, full of pragmatism and things that work if you want to improve your productivity and make your life easier.
Sometimes they also interview people that belong to this world: entrepreneurs, productivity nerds, and people you can always take some advice from.
Scale Up Your Business (Nick Bradley)
Nick is a coach helping people and companies “to accelerate to the next level”.
I love pragmatic people, and he’s one of them.
I’m always looking to not wasting my time, that’s why I consistently accurate what I listen to and what I dedicate my time to.
This podcast is worth it!
The Knowledge Project (Shane Parrish, Farnam Street)
Shane and Farnam focus their podcast on “mastering the best of what other people have already figured out”.
If you want to learn new things from great people, here you have it.
Here you can listen to CEOs, neuroscientists, athletes, musicians, poker stars…
Any kind of profiles to take out the most of them!
The Daily Stoic (Ryan Holiday)
I’m pretty sure you already know Ryan because he’s famous, got lots of best-sellers, and I’m not telling anything new, but I include him on the list, just in case, because it is a podcast I listen to a lot.
I love philosophy because it is the essence of human beings. There is when you can find out answers to life’s big questions.
Here you can understand the connection between ancient philosophers and our today’s lives. They’re not so different. I’d even say more: they’re exactly the same, but today we have a smartphone.
The Tim Ferriss Show (Tim Ferriss)
I have to include this one because I listen to Tim’s podcast, I’ve read his books, and I’m subscribed to his weekly newsletter.
Nothing new to say.
He’s a worldwide reference and, although I always say you have to try to look for different people because the world is full of unknown geniuses, listening to Tim and his guests from time to time are worth it.
Learning is one of the best actions one can take to have a meaningful life.
Learning will make you improve, evolve, be a better version of yourself, grow, feel proud of your life. Feeling you are not wasting your time on this planet.
For me, learning gives me all that.
Finding time I haven’t before the podcast era has been a great discovery for me.
I’d like to thank all those great geniuses who think about these inventions and take the time to make them a reality.
It’s the way simple guys like me can feel better every day.