The Tim Ferriss Podcast is one that has been a favorite of mine from the inception of podcasts. Popular interviews include Tony Robbins, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jocko Willink, Charles Poliquin, Seth Godin, Noah Kagan, Pavel Tsatsouline, Amanda Palmer and one of my personal favorites – Jamie Foxx.
Tim takes the ‘long form’ approach to his podcast episodes, leading to a deep connection with the guests on his show. Consumers of podcasts may prefer the short 30-minute episodes that popularize many popular shows, but Tim Ferriss’ success with this show, as evident in both number of downloads and iTunes rating, is attributed to his ability to demonstrate and encourage vulnerability. This openness leads to some of the most honest and transparent interviews I’ve ever heard, with people whose lives can be difficult to clearly peer into. Tim breaks the barrier and shows the human behind the machine of highly productive individuals. Habits, strategies, routines and faults, all on the table for us to draw wisdom from.
Being a Tony Robbins “fan” to begin with, I’ve been incredibly excited to discover this podcast that includes excerpts from many of Tony’s live seminars. These seminars span several days, providing participants an opportunity to be immersed in teaching that would otherwise result in nothing but inspiration. Instead, Robbins ability to see through the veil of someone’s apparent issues, to the heart of the matter in a moment, is remarkable. Everyone Tony speaks with encouraged to look deeper at themselves. When is the last time you looked deeper at the thoughts and behaviors you have forming in you at this time in your life? Change the thought, change the behavior, change the habit, change your life. Along with the Tony Robbins seminars, we also have interviews with people Tony admires, giving us a personal look at his 1-on-1 conversations with other influencers. This guy has a big heart for people and a say-it-like-it-is attitude that is to be admired and studied.
Entrepreneur on Fire is hosted by John Lee Dumas who served as an Armor Platoon Leader in the U.S. Army on a 13-month tour of duty in Iraq. He then tried; law school for a semester, a corporate finance job, joining a tech start-up, and a career in real estate before launching into his own venture of starting EOFire in September of 2012. He’s gone on to have one of the most-funded Kickstarter campaigns with “The Freedom Journal” (2016) and host well-known guests on EOFire that include: Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and Brian Tracey. What makes EOFire such a great podcast is that the content is updated daily, allowing a 24-hour stream of information that is consistent with the value it offers listeners of any profession. While I listen to podcasts every day, I do try to vary it up and sometimes the steady stream of daily podcasts from 1 channel can be overwhelming. Regardless, this is a must listen and I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to John Lee Dumas bring a new level of energy to your day with EOFire.
From the first time I picked up David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, I was instantly an admirer of the brilliant simplicity with which New York Times Columnist Malcolm Gladwell made, challenged and curated points around seemingly traditional stories. I went on to devour anything written by Malcolm, beginning with some classics: What the Dog Saw, The Tipping Point, Blink and Outliers (listed below in the amazon link for you to check out some of Malcolm’s amazing work). Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I heard Malcolm (while being interviewed by Tim Ferriss) share that he was starting a podcast. Que intro to Revisionist History Podcast where Malcolm presents the same perplexing subjects with a fresh, almost breezy, clarity
The truth of the gospel being shared without fluff or western philosophy on the self. After reading “Drawing Near” by John Bevere, as well as “Driven By Eternity”, never have I been so inspired to pursue God. John’s revelation of the Father’s heart for us, as well as the stark reality of living a life contrary to God’s word, should challenge all of us to look deeper, ask hard questions and open the Bible for ourselves. This life is temporary and fading quickly. Are you absolutely clear about your faithfulness, and if not, what are you going to do to have clarity? Open God’s word, pray for clarity and be encouraged. Give this podcast a listen or pick up one of John’s books today to learn more about what John has to share.
Dale Patridge’s podcast Startup Camp is a favorite. Dale’s insight into leadership at work, home and church are insightful and incredibly fun to listen to. It’s clear while listening to the show that Dale not only loves his work but loves people at the very core of his identity. His love for inspiring others will not only leave you well educated, but it will challenge you to desire a similar impact in your relationship to those around you. Dale interviews friends and other influential individuals while also sharing his thoughts on episodes that grab questions from his followers. I’d encourage you to take a listen… but be forewarned, you might get hooked.
The place I call home. Lakemount is my church and has been a place where I have been inspired to seek God and His ability to bring healing, restoration, and comfort to the helpless. Pastor Matt Tapley brings truth to a community of believers, living in a society torn by confusion, violence, and frustration. In today’s culture, it’s easy to lose your way in the onslaught of media trying to steal your attention. Focus on Christ, and belief with joy is what is most encouraged. There isn’t another podcast I’d recommend more than this one.
A weekly source of inspiration, joy, and anticipation. Bethel Church in Redding California has been a large source of awakening for many in the church through both; the preaching of Bill and Eric Johnson, Kris Vallotton and guest speakers, as well as it’s worship music ministry stemming from the church, Bethel Music.
Francis Chan uses the Read Scripture Podcast as nothing other than a tool for the person looking to engage in conversation regarding their personal time spent reading scripture. He encourages listeners to not lean on the insight being shared in the podcast, but rather to pick up the Bible and “read it for yourself”. Francis continues to echo his desire that you, yourself, would have a relationship with God and His Word. A personal relationship that is not shaped by the borage of opinions on truth, but by time spent studying and asking the Holy Spirit for understanding and wisdom. I would highly encourage you to listen to this podcast, then take Francis Chan’s advice and pick up the Bible for yourself to see what’s really written inside.
The always insightful and transparent Rob Bell has this podcast that includes both interviews and personal study from Rob that is a nice escape from other high-production shows where sneezing on air would be prohibited for example. Rob’s ability to humorously address popular social issues while remaining a thought-leader is nothing shy of brilliant. His voice in and of itself is enough of a reason to want to listen to the RobCast. There’s a soothing comfort that comes from listening to Rob and while a large number of his beliefs have been criticized, since writing “Love Wins”, I would advocate you listen to his heart toward people first and foremost, crafting your own perspective instead of absorbing the opinions of others.
A podcast I’ve recently begun listening to that is a brilliant mix in both business and ministry. The majority of my notes from the first episodes I listened to had to do with business strategy more than anything else. I believe if you have faith in God, you’re in ministry. It doesn’t matter if you’re cleaning toilets or a CEO, that’s the ministry God has called you to and it’s best you begin training yourself to think as such. This podcast with Carey Nieuwhof does a great job introducing you to practical ways to be a better leader in life and at work.
I started listening to this after hearing Tim Ferriss’ podcast and enjoy Kevin’s thoughts on business and life. It’s one I would certainly recommend.
Other Podcasts I Enjoy
- This Week in Startups
- Extreme Productivity with Kevin Kruse
- Order of Man: Finance | Fitness | Leadership
- 500 Startups Podcast