posted on: September 28, 2018
author: Brian Lomax
One of the more interesting innovations of the modern age relative to information and entertainment is podcasts. Formerly known as “audioblogging”, the podcast format started to become more popular in the early 2000’s, and now in 2018 they are ubiquitous. Everyone seems to have one; I even did a single episode (and would like to do more).
Podcasts are a great format for going deeper on a topic than one could in a typical television or radio broadcast. In general, TV and radio barely skim the surface of the topics they discuss. The primary motivation for them seems to be to make great TV or radio for ratings purposes, not to inform the audience. That’s why I’ve started to listen to more podcasts. I always want to know more.
One of the daunting obstacles with podcasts is the sheer number of them. It can be overwhelming when you first start to search for something that interests you. And you probably haven’t even heard of the majority of people producing these podcasts and therefore you don’t know if they are any good. With that in mind, let me recommend a couple that are focused on excellence and achievement.
Tim Ferriss is the author of The 4 Hour Workweek, and more recently, Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors. In his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show, he interviews high performers in a variety of industries with the purpose of deconstructing the habits and routines they have used to become successful. His guest list is impressive, and includes people such as Tony Robbins, Richard Branson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ed Norton, and Daniel Pink. Episodes generally run from 90 minutes to 2+ hours.
To be honest, I don’t listen to every episode. I select episodes based on who the guest is and what the topic of conversation will be. One of the aspects of his show that I enjoy is that Ferriss has a unique ability to ask great questions that lead to enlightening conversations. I have implemented several tips and invested in various products based on his interviews. For that reason, I highly recommend this podcast for the truly actionable advice it contains.
Dr. Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist who works with elite performers in a variety of contexts, including sports. As the name of his podcast suggests, he too is trying to discover the intangibles that lead to high performance and achievement. Mastery is something we should all be striving for in our chosen endeavors, and the conversations on this podcast may inspire you to push harder toward doing that. Again, I don’t listen to each episode, but one of my favorites was with Bob Bowman, the swim coach for 28-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. This is a great episode for parents who have a serious athlete(s) in their house.
Whether you decide to explore episodes of the two podcasts that I recommended above, or find some on your own, try to pick one podcast episode a week to listen to so you can go deeper on a topic that interests you. You’ll learn more about one of your interests and perhaps you’ll be inspired to take action in some way. Taking action on good information will help you to finish off 2018 in style.
Brian Lomax founded PerformanceXtra™ in 2009 with a mission of helping athletes achieve their goals and their top performances more consistently through a progression of mental skills that enables them to focus on what is truly important.
Learn more about the author: https://performancextra.com/brian-lomax/