Turn Your Commute into a Learning Session With These 7 Podcasts
During daily car rides to B+C HQ, plane trips for work and play, and long runs outside, I enjoy spending time learning new things as often as possible. When that doesn’t involve reading a book or scanning my Twitter feed for the latest news, I’m usually tuned into my favorite podcasts.
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You can tell a lot about someone from their choice of podcasts, and my lineup is pretty esoteric, if I do say so myself. Here’s the 411 on what I’m usually tuned into:
1. The Bobby Bones Show: This one is *technically* a nationally syndicated weekday country radio morning show based out of Nashville, TN, but it has been a staple for me going on 12 years, ever since I lived in Austin. Even if you don’t like country music, trust me when I say to give it a try — it’s 98 percent entertainment and comedy and 2 percent country. I try to tune into this one every day — or at least as often as I can — and it never disappoints. It’s #1 on my list for a reason!
2. The Tim Ferriss Show: This podcast, hosted by the author, entrepreneur and angel investor Tim Ferriss, focuses on everything from business to body hacking to life hacking. On each episode, Tim brings on a guest and they deconstruct areas of their field to pull out tactics that are useful and routines that make them successful. Whether they’re sharing their favorite books, must-do exercises or time-management hacks, I leave every episode with at least one tidbit I try to implement into my own day-to-day life.
3. #GIRLBOSS Radio: Hosted by my good girlfriend, Re:Make 2016 speaker and the #GIRLBOSS herself, Sophia Amoruso’s series brings insights into other #GIRLBOSSES that have made a name for themselves creatively, culturally and/or entrepreneurially. Through interviews on this show I’ve picked up a ton of professional advice and tips. Oh, and I may or may not be making a guest appearance in the coming months — stay tuned!
4. StartUp: Similar in structure to the hit podcast Serial, this series goes through what it’s really like to get a business off the ground — the good and the bad. And it’s pretty accurate too. (Maybe that’s why I’m so interested in this one… ;) While prior seasons of this podcast have followed one company’s journey over a string of episodes, the latest edition tells multiple stories of various companies throughout, so you can see how a variety of entrepreneurs are handling (or not handling) their trials and tribulations.
5. Monocle’s The Entrepreneurs: If you’re looking to get the inside scoop on some of the most inspiring people, companies and global business ideas, this is the weekly podcast for you. Tune in for fresh ideas, developing tech, ways to revitalize a brand and so much more. As a bonus, there are usually people with British accents doing the interviews. Gotta love a good Brit ;)
6. TED Radio Hour: For those of you that can’t get enough TED Talks, you need to subscribe to this podcast STAT. This series takes a look at various research studies and opinions — like where happiness comes from — and brings the ideas to life through lively talks. You can’t walk away without learning at least one interesting new thing.
7. The RobCast: Hosted by bestselling author and notable pastor, Rob Bell, the RobCast offers both self-motivational sermons as well as inspirational interviews with people from all walks of life. One of my favorite episodes of this series is his interview with Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic author (and one of my creative inspirations) Elizabeth Gilbert. The words she uses to describe the way people view creativity are literally some of the same sentences I’ve been speaking for years. I got goosebumps listening to it and know you will too.
Do you listen to any of these podcasts? What others do you deem as a must-listen? Share your thoughts with me on Twitter, @brit! And make sure to head to my Pinterest page for more motivation and inspiration.
Hi, I'm Brit, the founder and CEO of Brit + Co. I'm a young mom of two, tech nerd and design-inclined lady who has a zillion hobbies and curious about... just about everything! My mission from the beginning has been to unlock women's creativity and courage to try new things so that they can find the path to their true passions.