8 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To This Week

Apple iOS Podcast
Apple iOS Podcast

One of my favorite functions of my iPhone is the ability to listen to podcasts. Podcasts have come a long way--no longer is it just a couple of guys in a basement talking about Star Trek (not that there's anything wrong with that) but now there are podcasts that can help you grow your business, create better habits, and help you get into the minds of some of the world's best thinkers. These podcasts have truly helped me do life better. More often than not I glean GREAT content from each and every listen.

So the next time you're at the gym and you're looking to work out your body and your mind, listen to one of these. You won't regret it.

8 Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

The Tim Ferriss Show. You may know Tim from his book The 4-Hour Workweek. I read it last December. His book was transformative for my life. 2014 has looked wildly different because I've implemented many of Tim's strategies. His podcast is like spending an evening with him and one of his brilliant friends. He ceaselessly brings in the most interesting people ala: Maria Popova (Brain Pickings), Tony Robbins, and Ed Catmull.

TED Radio Hour Podcast. I love TED Talks because they are so information rich and concise. These radio hour podcasts splice together several talks around one theme. They are so thought-provoking and enriching. I particularly love the one on creativity, the one on originality and the one on millennials. Download one!

The Owner's Mind with Chris Brogan. Chris is huge on relationships. He has built an empire by showing his clients and audience that first and foremost he cares about them. Chris is also my go-to business mind when I'm looking for content on fitness. There's a huge correlation between discipline in fitness and discipline in work. Brogan has cracked it.

Fresh Air PodcastThis one is cheating a little bit because it is the podcast version of Terry Gross' radio show. It is well worth the listen because how often are you near a radio when a good show is on? Terry has interviewed the most fascinating people and she always asks the BEST questions. If you haven't listened, you're missing out.

EntreLeadership Podcast. This is a podcast specifically geared toward entrepreneurs and leaders. They've interviewed some really inspiring leaders (ie Seth Godin and Mark Cuban) and have introduced me to new concepts like keystone habits. You can fastforward through the first 10 minutes or so to get to the good stuff.

This is Your Life with Michael HyattThis podcast is frequently updated and a reliable source for any of us who are constantly trying to be better and do better. Michael's productivity hacks and approach to blogging have both really shaped my work. His multi-faceted work astounds me. I would love to be like him when I grow up. :-)

Daniel H. Pink Office HoursDan Pink is one of my favorite non-fiction writers who is incredible at distilling why we do what we do. His book A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future had a huge influence on me and how I approach the world. In fact it even inspired my tagline: "Your story is begging to be told." In his podcast (which I'm afraid, does not get published nearly often enough) Daniel picks the brains of writers and genius types like Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point), and Gretchen Rubin (The Happiness Project) Bonus: Daniel is brilliant but doesn't take himself too seriously.

HBR IdeaCast. Of all the podcasts on this list, HBR--brought to you by the Harvard Business Review, is maybe the one that takes the most concentration. The HBR podcast is ahead of the curve. They're not talking about today's trends; they're talking about tomorrow's.

Are you a podcast fan? Do you have any podcast suggestions? I'd love to hear em!

The #1 Reason I Feel Ok Even Though I Don’t Live in a Major City

Me in Washington Square Park this Weekend. Taken by Juan-Carlos Lagares.
Me in Washington Square Park this Weekend. Taken by Juan-Carlos Lagares.

I’m from Nashville. A medium-sized city that as of late has become a “cool” place to live.

After college I spent time living back there as well as in Orlando and New York when I wasn’t living in quaint Virginia towns working in the theatre.

While people think it’s cool that I’m from Music City, nothing sounds sexier to the indiscriminate American than when you say you live in New York City.

Maybe it’s that so many people skulk through Times Square each year and can’t imagine that people actually live on that island. Maybe it’s because of the Stock Market or Broadway or Gossip Girl.

Any of those ways, since my last two years living in beautiful Central Virginia (far, far from the pace of the Big Apple) I’ve felt pangs of feeling less important, less “in the thick of it,” less, well, exciting, without a Manhattan zip code.

But as I was in New York this weekend I was reminded of the #1 reason that I have made peace with my (most likely temporary) residence outside of the Big Apple.

Social Media.

What I crave about living in a major city is the ability to rub elbows with influential people. I want to be challenged by people who hustle, have big dreams, and make a large and lasting impact on the world. There’s something about the pace of that place. People who mean business about their business move there.

Yes, there are pros and cons to living anywhere. If I was living on the Upper West Side I wouldn’t be writing to you today from my 200 square foot sunroom/office with windows on three walls (it’s a peaceful place).

But today is different than yesteryear. With the advent of online communities like Google+, Twitter and even sites like LevoLeague, I can connect with braniac freelance writers who do what I do but have more experience in the trenches. And spoiler: they live all over--not just in New York.

If I were in an isolated, internet-free world, I may be pretty sad about not living in a major city. But that is not the world in which I live. I am among a generation that has obscene amounts of information at our fingertips. I can read the daily musings of people like Chris Brogan, Michael Hyatt, and Jenny Blake and also enjoy the low cost of living and fresh air. It’s good to be alive. Right now. Right here.

What say you? Do you live in a small city? Longing for a major city? Which pace do you prefer? What are the drawbacks?