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. Search the author on podcast, she probably summarized about her book already! A much better in depth TLDR version from the author!

You can search the people you want to know on these podcast apps, or Google it, to discover even more interesting people and podcasts.

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I am mainly using these 3 apps:

Some of my favorite episodes or podcasts

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 🔑