I recently really into podcasts.
I remember I was looking into an interesting person I admire. I saw he links to Derek Sivers. Who is this person? Who is this person that the person I admire admires him!?
Then I look into Derek Sivers, wow, his style of writing is so simple. He has so many interesting stories: How I became Ryuichi Sakamoto’s guitarist, The most successful email he ever wrote, he read and writes so many books. He gave his company away to charity. He made a $3.3M mistake!
I want to know more about Derek Sivers. I read his blog posts, watched his TED talks and the keynote he gave during RailsConf, but I still do not feel what the real Derek Sivers is like.
I want to know the authentic version of him, same as I always want to eat authentic food. Then I found he is being interviewed on a podcast. The raw Derek Sivers talking for 2 hours. OMG. I found a place 2-hour away to take a long walk, listened to the whole thing. It was a great experience, then I got really into podcasts.
It’s a great way to know how great people think. They make mistakes during the podcast, it’s authentic, life should be authentic. It’s awesome to know what problems even world-class great people are suffering, how they mitigate these problems. What habits do they have in common, what kind of books they read, and so on.
It’s also perfect to listen to podcasts while doing something you do not need mental focus. For example, I listen to podcast during:
- Commute (Although I do not have much)
- Washing dishes & Folding clothes (I hate it, but now great people talk to me while doing it, it’s manageable now)
- Flights (Imagine you can have any greatest person on earth sitting next to you and talk to you all the time)
Find some to listen
These podcasts interview really interesting people:
Interviews world-class performers.
Similar style of Tim Ferriss.
How Economist views the world.
Interview people with different roles at different companies.
Another good thing about podcast is that if you want to know about a book, a better in depth TLDR. Search the author on podcast, she probably summarized about her book already!
You can search the people being interviewed you found interesting, on these podcast apps, or Google it, to discover even more interesting people and podcasts.
If you‘re looking for hosting your podcast, try Transistor.
I am mainly using these 2 apps:
Built by developer with high ethics.
It has smart speed (skip silences) + voice boost (neutralize volume).
Nice UI, sleep timer, and Erik Berlin is awesome.
When it comes to offline support, Spotify still works the best for me. Now with YouTube Premium. I also use it without watching the video.
Some of my favorite episodes
Derek Sivers Podcasts
Try any podcast whose guest is Naval Ravikant:
- Naval Ravikant: The Angel Philosopher on Investing, Making Decisions, Happiness and the Meaning of Life
- Naval Ravikant: #97 The Evolutionary Angel, Naval Ravikant
How I Built This interviewed Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.
CEO of Stripe. Patrick Collison interviews Tyler Cowen
He woke up in early morning every single day. Tweet a picture of his arm that if you ever want some motivations to archieve anything, try any of his episode.
NO MERCY MONDAY. pic.twitter.com/tjRMz72a9n— Jocko Willink (@jockowillink) December 16, 2019
He is very early in the Podcast business. I don’t know much about him, but I constantly find people I’m interested on his podcast, like this one with John Carmack:
Some of these podcasts contain ideas I never heard before and eye-opening for me. It took me few retries to understand some of the things they were saying, it’s fun.
Ever since then I enjoy long walk with podcast. Enjoy and join me to the secret backdoor access of master minds