I am what some would call an extreme content consumer. All day, every day, I am either reading or listening to something that I’m interested in. Most of my information consists of entrepreneurship related media, but I also try to get my fill of history and global news.
I believe that anyone that continues to learn new things on a daily basis will continue to grow and become a better person to reach their goals.
It doesn’t matter if you want to start a billion dollar company or be a good mom, there are resources out there that you can consume to continue working towards your goal. The podcasts mentioned below are the ones I personally listen to on a semi-regular basis. Some serve as a source of inspiration while others are solely for entertainment.
John Lee Dumas is a workhorse and puts out a podcast every single day of the week. It is an interview based show where John interviews entrepreneurs and strategists from around the world. The thing I really like about the show is that the guests differ vastly between industries, regions, and strategies. It serves as both a source of inspiration and a learning tool so business owners don’t repeat the mistakes of others before them.
When I was in college I read the Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss and became obsessed with the idea of lifestyle entrepreneurship. The Tropical MBA Podcast is geared towards lifestyle entrepreneurs and the hosts talk about trends they see in lifestyle entrepreneurship and have recently been more forthcoming about the businesses they are running. I like it because it shows that people really can live the dream and be on a version of a permanent vacation.
Hardcore history is a great podcast because it delves into the untold stories in history that most people don’t know about. Each show is about 3 hours long and some of the sections of history Dan explains take multiple shows. He has a vast knowledge of different periods in history and there should be at least one episode that would be of interest to anyone. It isn’t necessarily directly business oriented, but I believe that a sound base knowledge of history is key for anyone from all walks of life.
I am a big fan of a lot of content that Vice Media puts out. They tend to cover offbeat stories that no one else really knows about and even goes into dangerous situations to get the real story. The Vice Podcast is basically interviews with interesting people from all walks of life. There are a few business guys on there for those interested in that, but there are also more entertainment types like Johnny Knoxville from Jackass.
Economist (Link to iTunes)
The Economist has a few different podcast selections for listeners and I listen to almost all of them. I think that The Economist is one of the best publications out there and their podcast delivers the same high quality information and discussion that happens within the magazine.
The Money Pillow Podcast is a relatively new podcast that also focuses on lifestyle entrepreneurship. Each interview is split into two and every person interviewed has a business that doesn’t require a huge time commitment and “makes money while they sleep”, hence the title.
The Harvard Business Review (HBR) is a well-respected review journal which brings to light some of the successes and challenges of past business ventures. The HBR ideacast deals with this same theme of business, but instead of dealing with past ventures they focus on new trends and businesses that are crushing it. It’s good for anyone who likes a business discussion that has an element of academia to it.