Listening to the latest Drake album on the way to the office….
or learning something that could change your life?
Maybe a mix of both would be great.
And if we listen to a podcast at 1.5x speed rather than normal – we might be able to squeeze in a track or two.
I’ve talked many times about how I’m always trying to optimize my time. Whether it’s paying to get my laundry done or creating a thing called “Wired-In Wednesdays” where I don’t take meetings; optimizing certain moments for learning and productivity can be very rewarding.
One of the most idle times of our day is when we’re commuting our bodies from one place to another. If you’re someone who can read while you are in a moving vehicle without getting car sick, you’re privileged. For me, that’s an impossible task and is a one way street to hanging out of the window sharing my breakfast with the pigeons.
So what do I do instead?
I listen to podcasts. I make sure that each and every week my phone has a handful of podcasts downloaded so I can listen to them during my commute. Whether it’s in the back of a cab or while I’m driving myself – podcasts are a great way to take in new information and gain insight.
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some of the best podcasts on the air. Over the last few months there has been a SURGE in quality podcasts (thanks Serial) and here are some that I think ever professional and entrepreneur should be listening to on the regular:
YC Stanford Class as an Audio Podcast Available on iTunes
This started at a YCombinator class at Stanford University that turned into one of the most referenced classes in the tech space. The talent that was brought in to give lectures ranged from the likes of Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn to Ben Horowitz of Andreessen Horowitz. To suggest that there’s an all-start lineup of brilliance in this podcast would be an understatement. I strongly recommend that every entrepreneur (especially those in tech) check out this podcast and listen to every single lecture.
There are nuggets of insight to be gained along the entire way.
Our Favourite Episode: Lecture 8: Doing Things That Don’t Scale (W.Williams, J.Kan, S.Tang)
Podcast show that interviews influential innovators
We have a lot of podcasts here that are popular and a couple that are up and coming. The Dorm Room Tycoon sits in the middle as it’s definitely one of the best available but it’s still under the radar. Every interview is filled with insightful questions that deliver valuable and hard hitting answers. To be honest, I don’t know what’s more impressive – The DRT website or the actual interviews.
Either way, it’s a must subscribe – Check it out!
Our Favourite Episode: Creating a Lasting Company – Tristan Walker
Tim interviews the most interesting people he can find from tech, health, finance, life hacking, and beyond
Tim Ferriss is one of the most influential bloggers in the world. Tim has made an impact on thousands of people from around the world through his New York Times Best Sellers and tactical blog. If you’re not familiar with Tim, he’s the guy who created the concept of “The Four Hour Work Week.”
His podcast is filled with amazing interviews that cover some of the top experts in tech, health finance and life hacking. After listening to 2 or 3 of Tim’s shows, I can guarantee that you’ll learn something new. It might be about your health, it might be about drugs, it might be a hack for being productive – Check it out!
Our Favourite Episode: Chris Sacca on Being Different and Making Billions
Hack To Start
A podcast focused on interesting people and the innovative ways they achieve success.
Hack to Start is a podcast that brings some of the most interesting people from around the world to their show to help listeners understand the innovative & unique ways that they’ve achieved success. The co-hosts Franco Varriano and Tyler Copeland do a great job diving into insights with guests about how they created, hacked, and hustled their way to the top.
Our Favourite Episode: Ross Simmonds on Hustling & Hacks That Drive Success
The Foundr Podcast
Stand on the shoulders of giants and learn from the greatest minds in business today with killer interviews by Nathan Chan
Nathan Chan is the founder of Foundr Magazine one of the best online magazines available. We connected with Nathan over Instagram (definitely check out his account) and stumbled upon his podcast as a result. We were more than impressed, we were met with some of the most interesting innovators from the around the world on his lineup. If you’re looking to learn from some of the brightest in the business – this is a podcast worth a listen.
Our Favourite Episode: Marie Forleo Reveals How to Build an 8 Figure Business with Heart
The Breaking Ground Podcast
Breaking Ground is all about getting started.
The Breaking Ground podcast focuses on the one thing that too many wantrepreneurs struggle with: Getting Started. In this podcast, the hosts chat with entrepreneurs and discuss the process they took to get their businesses off the ground. The stories and interviews give an inside look at both the struggle and opportunities that exist when starting a new company. It’s a must listen and a podcast that every wantrepreneur should be subscribed to.
Our Favourite Episode: Hustle & Grind with Findlay Hilchie on How To Launch
So there you have it, seven awesome podcasts that you can listen to during your commute that will help you level up in business and life.
Do you have a favourite podcast that we may have missed? Or do you have one of your own? We’d love to hear it in the comments and feel free to leave a link for us to follow.
I’m always looking for new podcasts to listen to so if you have any that you think are worth a listen, drop a line in the comments below. Looking forward to tuning in!