Podcasts I listen

Listen to challenging words. It will energize your day.

“Reading is more efficient when at rest. Audio is more efficient when in motion.” - naval

Podcasts I listen

I listen to podcasts when I drive. Inspiring and challenging words on the way to work energize me to face the day. When I return, I usually listen to music, but sometimes listen to a captivating long episode that I didn’t complete in the morning.

My interests vary, hence the list of podcasts I listen vary too. Here is my current list:

  • Akimbo by Seth Godin - Having read his books and blogs, I wondered if there would be anything different in his podcasts. I was wrong. He manages to challenge my thinking in every episode.

  • The Uncomfortable Truth by Alan Weiss - Nobody talks the truth. Everyone lays layers and layers of words to be politically correct. Not Alan. In 5 min episodes, Alan tels you the uncomfortable truth in almost all spheres of life.

  • Tim Ferris Podcast - Tim brings exciting personalities to his podcast and has an insightful conversation with them. Each episode is at least an hour-long, but worth every second. There are many favorites, but if I have to pick, I will choose the ones with Derek Sivers and Jim Collins.

  • The seen and the unseen by Amit Varma - Recently I got interested in public policy. Amit is the man to listen to when it comes to public policy, especially in India. Every public policy has two kinds of effects: intended and visible; and unintended and invisible. He examines these seen and unseen effects in this podcast.

  • Design Tomorrow by Christopher Butler - Chris doesn’t talk about what is trendy, but how we can and should create a better tomorrow via design, technology, and being human.

  • Born to Impact by Joel Marion- A life of purpose… A life where you’re making a difference in your family, in your relationships, in your career, and in the world around you. Listen to the first two episodes; and the Networking masterclass with Travis Chappell. All three are amazing episodes. If you don’t like those episodes, you won’t like the podcast.

  • Ray Edwards Show - Ray is a fantastic copywriter. In this podcast, he discusses the business of copywriting and copywriting for a business. Mind you; he mixes his faith in Christ into every episode. That might put off some.

  • Modern CTO by Joel Beasley - ModernCTO is the place where CTOs hang out. Joel brings CTOs of startups and established companies to discuss their learning methods, challenges they face, and the metrics they track.

  • North Start Podcast by David Perell. Like Tim Ferriss, David brings a variety of interesting personalities and have a long conversation with them.

  • Elevation with Steven Furtick. I have been reading the Bible for twenty years now. But Steven comes up with amazing practical insights even from the familiar Biblical passages. I listen to this podcast, whenever I’m feel discouraged.

  • The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish. Another podcast in the likes of Tim Ferriss and David Perell. Shane worked with Canadian spy agency before embarking on a journey of urging curious minds to “upgrade yourself.” He focuses on mental models that are useful for life and work.

  • a16z- A16Z is a private equity firm founded by the legendary entrepreneurs Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz. They invest in e-commerce, education, enterprise IT, and gaming ventures. In these episodes, A16Z team discusses trends in the areas they invest in.

  • Naval - Naval is an entrepreneur and a philosopher. He tweetstormed recently on “How to Get Rich (without getting lucky).” This podcast is an extension of the tweetstorm.

  • Predictable Revenue Podcast with Aaron Ross & Collin Stewart - As a chief technology officer of an IT services company, I get into sales calls often. Aaron and Collin talk about selling services and creating sales playbooks.

  • Anecdotally Speaking with Shawn Callahan. This podcast is an extension of the book he wrote - Putting stories to work. Shawn and his guests discuss nuances of stories at workplaces.

I use Pocket Casts app to listen to podcasts. If you are on iOS, Overcast is a fantastic choice. Both podcast clients allow importing podcast feed as an OPML file. Here is the OPML file of the podcasts I listen. Feel free to use it.

What are the interesting podcasts you listen? Tell me on twitter.

If you are looking for another fantastic list of business related podcasts, head over to 13 of The Best Business Podcasts You Should Listen To by Time Doctor.

I got the idea for this post because Laxman Karthik asked for favorite podcasts

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