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:

Find some to listen

These podcasts interview really interesting people:

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:

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

Of course.

Naval Ravikant

Try any podcast whose guest is Naval Ravikant:

Yvon Chouinard

How I Built This interviewed Yvon Chouinard, the founder of Patagonia.

Patrick Collison

CEO of Stripe. Patrick Collison interviews Tyler Cowen

Jocko Willink

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.

Joe Rogan

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 🔑