Welcome to 2017! The beginning of a new year is always exciting because of the potential for great things. There is an opportunity to make a positive impact in your professional and personal life.
Yet, potential has a time limit. Eventually potential either manifests itself in results based on proper habits and actions, or it vanishes. There are few insults worse than “wasted potential.” The only way to guarantee it is not wasted is to put in the necessary work to reach your goals by using the correct tools.
As you are choosing your tools, you will want to find the best which match your goals. You could have the most advanced power drill, but that won’t matter if you want to paint a portrait. For that goal, you would need art supplies. Therefore, select wisely as you are gathering your tools.
Our goal is to provide you with a wide range of resources, and then for you to utilize the ones for your goals. Recently, we gave our book recommendations to hack 2017 and in this article, we will discuss our favorite podcasts to 10X your year.
Get ready for a tour of some audio gold.
Alejandro got me hooked on podcasts. Honestly, the first podcast I listened to was at the beginning of 2016. Now, I listen frequently and have learned incredible techniques for professional development, marketing, and sales. Many of the ideas I had during the past year came directly from a podcast.
If you are just getting started with podcasts, make sure to not use them as distractions, but actually get value from them*. My work is divided into two buckets, one is strategic (writing, coming up with marketing campaigns, project management, etc.) and the other is creative (designing marketing pieces, website development, etc.). While in strategic mode, I prefer silence, yet when I am doing creative work, I like stimulation. Here is where podcasts come in, when I am designing a brochure I will listen to a podcast and keep my journal handy. The audio seems to stimulate my creativity and actually helps with my work.
I write down an idea, book recommendation, software to try, or any other tips from the podcast I am listening to, and come back to it once I am done with the creative work. In this way, I am getting value without being distracted and can accomplish two things at once.
There are three main podcasts I listen to for the aforementioned value.
One: The Tim Ferriss Show, say what you will about Mr. Ferriss. You either love him or hate him. I am in the former camp as his podcasts have provided numerous book recommendations, resources, inspiration, and overall value to my life. I have always enjoyed learning about top-performers, I don’t care the profession, I just like to hear from the elite in any field. Those are exactly the people who are interviewed by Ferriss, the best individuals in their respective industries. If you want tools used by high-achievers, this is your podcast. I have a feeling Alejandro will have more to say.
Two: Amy Porterfield, this podcast is for digital marketers as Amy covers everything from basic to advanced online marketing techniques. Again, remember your needed tools. If you are in marketing, this is an ideal resource, but make sure it works for you. I enjoy her insights and she routinely brings in top-level marketers for tips and tools.
Three: The Advanced Selling Podcast is perfect to hone your skills at sales. My wife is in sales and tipped me off to this show. The hosts, Bryan Neale and Bill Caskey, have decades of experience closing large deals and teaching others. No matter your profession, you will need to sell something at some point, even if it is just negotiating a salary increase. These guys make sure you are ready for your next big sale with actionable advice.
The above are my top three recommendations. Remember, podcasts can be an incredible tool for you to reach your potential. Use them properly and you will be amazed at what you can build.
*Keep in mind we are discussing professional development, of course, there are podcasts for entertainment and distraction, but that is for another discussion.
Listening to podcasts can help you Learn How to Love Driving in Traffic.
It is also a great habit by itself and can lead to other good habits.
You can be efficient with your time, and start multiplying the hours of each day if you listen to podcasts while you drive, exercise, cook, or many other activities.
Today I want to be more tactical and specific about which podcasts and even which episodes to listen to in 2017.
The most important thing is that at some point you should be looking forward to doing the activity you do while listening to the podcast. It should be a moment you enjoy. That is how I transformed a negative, like driving in traffic, into a positive. And you can do it too!
I am biased to podcasts that give you tools and resources because learning and sharing knowledge are my passions. This is why my #1 recommendation is the Tim Ferriss Show podcast. This podcast is usually the top one under the “Business podcast” genre in iTunes and has been ranked #1 overall.
Each episode is like having a conversation with a world-class performer such as Tony Robbins, Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Malcolm Gladwell, and many others. And you have the luxury of having Tim Ferriss asking them great questions.
The questions you ask to yourself, and to others, will determine the quality of your life.
Getting better at asking questions is a skill that will prove to be valuable for everything you do in life. Another key skill that will also add value to every area of your life is the ability to tell good stories.
There are a couple of episodes of the Tim Ferriss Show that will allow you to learn how to ask better questions and how to tell better stories.
The episode's name is The Interview Master: Cal Fussman and the Power of Listening.
The name says everything. Cal is a writer for Esquire Magazine and is a New York Times bestselling author.
Cal has interviewed many top performers and icons such as Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Pelé, Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeff Bezos, and many others.
In this episode, you will learn about how his adventures while traveling the world for 10 straight years. And how he managed to get invited to stay at the houses of people he just met by asking great questions and being a great listener.
And of course, the other episode I would recommend to start with is Cal Fussman - The Master Storyteller Returns.
The way we live every day is actually the way we live our entire lives. And every day only has 24 hours, so we have to be careful about what we chose to do every day.
We want to help you make better decisions when picking tools and resources.
Reading books is something you should definitely do during 2017 to hack the year and make it an amazing one. But listening to podcasts may be even more important because it’s efficient. You can do it while you do other things such as driving, walking, cooking, etc.
If any of your goals for 2017 are related to being more healthy, wealthy, and wise, then without a doubt you should be listening to the Tim Ferriss Show podcast.
Challenge: Start with the goal of listening to at least one episode per week. I know it sounds small since you could listen to 1 or 2 per day sometimes. But start mall, the goal is to build the habit.
There are several other great podcasts, many of them would be recommended through the Tim Ferriss Show. Pick at least two or three that you like in case that you manage to listen to all the episodes.
I’ve found that Freakonomics and The Tony Robbins Podcast are great options for me. What about you?
Do you have any favorite Podcasts that you would like to share?