Over the last few months, I’ve become quite obsessed with listening to podcasts. Initially, I was listening to quite a large number of them, but this soon narrowed down to a select few.
Quality over quantity as they say.
I’ve decided to share with you the podcasts that I go to when I’m in the mood for listening to something other than music. I mentioned in my post – making household chores bearable – how listening to podcasts whilst doing the chores can be hugely beneficial. Not only are you learning something new and exciting, but you’re getting the chores out of the way at the same time too.
There’s just something about a podcast that differs from music – I feel much more productive when podcast listening over general music listening. It’s almost as if it taps into another part of my brain which just makes me want to do things that need to be done!
With that out of the way, here are my 3 most favoured podcasts and the reasons why. I encourage you to check them out, have a listen and see what you think.
As well as being one of my favourite podcasts, The Art of Manliness also happens to be one of my favourite sites. The site is focussed on uncovering the lost art of being a man – something that I feel is severely lacking in the world today.
For people like me who grew up with an absent father, and I’m not talking about absent in terms of physically not being there, but more in terms of the mental/emotional ways, I find The Art of Manliness to be essential reading. I’ve taken away countless pieces of advice that have helped to improve my life in all sorts of areas.
My health has benefitted, certain relationships have improved, the way I look at money has changed and I’ve learned a load of useful manly skills along the way.
I didn’t start listening to the podcast until quite late on, but once I did, I was instantly hooked. There are plenty of interesting guests offering all sorts of ideas and wisdom. These guests usually come on in order to promote a book or product, but it never feels like a forced selling conversation. That’s all credit to Brett McKay, founder of the site and podcast. Brett does an exemplary job in guiding the conversations and summarising the key points from each episode.
If you’re a man looking to soak up as much useful information as possible then I highly recommend checking out The Art of Manliness – both the podcast and the website.
For now, I will leave you with my personal favourite episodes from the show. Give them a listen and see what you think:
The Power Of Habit With Charles Duhigg
Why Action Is The Answer
The Kaizen Method — Get 1% Better Each Day
Not Caring What Other People Think Is A Superpower
Where to start with The Tim Ferriss Show…
I’ll start by giving you some stats. It’s the first business/interview podcast to pass 100,000,000 downloads. Yes, 100 MILLION! It’s also been chosen as the “Best of” Apple Podcasts for three years running. Not only that, but it’s been ranked as #1 out of 300,000+ podcasts on many different occasions.
Based on those stats alone, you already know it HAS to be good, and believe me, it is!
Tim Ferriss is an absolute freak of a man – but in the best way possible. He is proclaimed as the human guinea pig, and for good reason. Just google some of his achievements and experiments and you will see exactly what I mean.
As well as being a best-selling author, he is also a serious investor, entrepreneur, and notorious self-experimenter. In my opinion, he’s best well known for his podcast.
On his podcast, he deconstructs world-class performers from all different areas of life (business, film, art, music, television etc) in order to figure out their secrets to success. It’s all shared with us, the listeners, so that we can (hopefully) apply it to our lives and benefit too.
Some of his past guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Terry Crews, Tony Robbins, Seth Godin and Rick Rubin. And believe me, that’s only a very select few!
Here are my personal favourites which I highly recommend you check out.
Joe Rogan has to be one of the most curious people on the planet. This is a massive advantage when it comes to his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, because his curiosity enables him to get some of the best long-form conversations I have ever heard out of his guests.
You might know Joe Rogan for his stand up comedy shows, or perhaps his background in fighting with the likes of UFC commentary or Mixed Martial Arts bouts. Personally, I wasn’t really aware of him until I started listening to his podcasts – something which I’m extremely glad I found.
Not only are his guests both interesting and entertaining, but so is Joe himself. I think that really helps with a lot of the conversations because his guests seem to be as equally invested in him as he is with them. This makes for a lot of very wide-ranging topics on all sorts of different things. These conversations never feel boring or stale, and Joe’s not afraid to speak his mind and let his guests know what he truly thinks.
As it stands today, there’s been 1,163 episodes recorded. I honestly don’t know how Joe manages to record so many shows with such a wide variety of guests. Considering this immense number, it’s hard to choose my personal favourites. I’ve not seen anywhere near all the episodes, but since discovering the show I have been making my way through them whenever I have some free time.
If I had to choose my favourites based on what I’ve seen so far, they would be as follows.
Jordan Peterson 1
Jordan Peterson 2
What do you think of my choices? Do you listen to any, possibly all, of the above? Let me know what your preferred podcasts are and why.
I’m always open to suggestions, so if you know of any you think might be beneficial then please do share them. I will definitely check them out and let you know my thoughts.