I do a lot of driving because it's the nature of my work and because let's face it---I live in Los Angeles and driving is just part of the deal here. My drives, long or short, have become even better because of two new additions to my life. The first reason is that in the last year I bought an electric-hybrid Ford C-Max. Here's why it's been amazing: 500 miles per tank of gas, front row parking when there is a charging station and carpool lane access even when I'm all by myself. The second reason is that I’ve gotten into the habit of listening to podcasts. It all started with the Serial podcast---I listened to all of them and when they were done started looking for more great content. Once I understood how the whole podcast downloading/subscribing process worked, I have been hooked. If you're yet to figure it out, here is a good online tutorial that will help you master the (simple) process of getting podcasts up and running on your phone.
I try to keep my list of podcasts minimal, like I do everything in my life. I’m not one for clutter or keeping anything nearby “just in case.” I have narrowed my list down to these five favorites. Check them out, subscribe, and I hope these add a lot of inspiration and positivity to your life.
Here's what's so cool about podcasts---you have the ability to create your own stream of self-selected media. Podcasts allow us to continue to learn and grow---and drive around and do errands. Just the the other day my husband and I had a long drive and listened to a few of these. As we drove and listened, I'd pause the podcast and we'd talk about an idea sparked by something we had just heard.
Check these out and if you have another that you think I should add to my list---leave it in the comments below. I'd love to hear from you.
1. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
Lewis interviews inspiring people and motivates his audience live a great life. I love listening to him interview so many culture shapers from unique perspectives. I still have so many episodes to listen to because there are over 300---I'm making my way through the archives and enjoying the new content as well. Lewis is an LA-based NYT Bestselling author who has had great success as an entrepreneur (read: I study everything he does) and is a former pro-athlete. Yes, I wish we could be friends in real life---of course I feel that way about all of these podcasters. His book is called The School of Greatness: A Real World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy
2. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferris is the author of the NYT Bestselling books: The Four Hour Workweek and The Four Hour Body. He's known for doing crazy experiencments on himself. He interviews an eclectic group of experts in a variety of fields and helps unpack the reasons behind their success. I love listening these long-form interviews that don't follow a set formula---always interesting. I listen to one of his podcasts throughout the week and enjoy his authentic, candid and cool style.
3. Online Marketing Made Easy with Amy Porterfield
Amy's my girl---err---I mean, my guru..something like that. I feel like I know Amy because she's such a great teacher and so accessible to her audience. I have purchased one of her online training products, "Courses that Convert," and continue to listen to every bit of wisdom she espouses on her podcast and through her webinars. If you're someone who is new to online marketing or old hat---she is a thought leader in this arena that you'll want to learn from.
4. This is Your Life with Michael Hyatt
Michael Hyatt was the former CEO of Thomas Nelson publishing who is an online mentor to so many, including me. I'm a member of his "Platform University" group which I happily pay for each month because it's really been helpful for my business. This podcast isn't all platform building---but more "life building." His co-host Michele Cushatt is one of my favorite people who has been my public speaking coach over the years. Michael has several books on the NYT Bestselling list that he's written---but here is his latest: Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want
5. Rhett Smith Podcast
Rhett Smith is really someone I do know in real life---and I totally respect they way he approaches just about every issue. I recommend his podcast to many people because if you're looking to live a great life and have healthy relationships---he teaches so many good tools and ideas here. Rhett is a Marriage & Family Therapist that I originally met when we both worked at Bel Air Presbyterian Church. I've listened to hours and hours of his content and it's all very good. Rhett's book, The Anxious Christian: How God Can Use Your Anxiety for Good, is well loved and a great resource.
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