As a busy entrepreneur, your time is limited and valuable, so you need to be selective in how you spend it. However, success doesn't come from ignorance--you need to make time to learn new things and level up your game. Books take a lot of time, and you can't multitask while reading. Videos are quick and easy, but also require a lot of focus to consume effectively. Enter podcasts.
There are few better ways to consume rich information from experts of all sorts while on the go or otherwise engaged than by listening to podcasts, and they have become my go-to medium for absorbing new and fascinating information. But with thousands of options, how do you know which podcasts are worth your time? Here are 10 of the best entrepreneurial podcasts out there:
1. The Tim Ferriss Show--Celebrities? Billionaires? World-renowned authors and influencers? Tim has had them all on the show, and he does an excellent job of interviewing them to distill their experiences, mental frameworks, and life hacks into practical, easy-to-digest chunks. Of all the podcasts on this list, this is the one I never fail to listen to.
2. Smart Passive Income--Pat Flynn is a brilliant interviewer and all-around nice guy, and the Smart Passive Income podcast is one of my favorites. He is incredibly transparent with his business experiences and the results (he even shares a monthly income statement on his blog!).
3. The A16Z Podcast--Brought to you by the crew at Andreessen Horowitz, this podcast dives into every facet of entrepreneurship and technology imaginable. A16Z pulls together brilliant minds from many disciplines to help you quickly and deeply understand the various subjects they explore.
4. Entrepreneur on Fire--John Lee Dumas is probably the most prolific podcaster out there, with almost 1,200 episodes under his belt. He focuses on practical tips and processes for improving every facet of your life and business, and this podcast is definitely worth a listen.
5. This Is Your Life--Michael Hyatt is a best-selling author, speaker, and mentor who focuses his podcast on the topic of leadership. He dives into many other areas, but leadership is the core theme (and a skill every well-rounded business person needs to have).
6. Mixergy--Andrew Warner has interviewed an insane number of entrepreneurs, and you can find all that awesomeness in the Mixergy podcast. There's a ton of material here, so you'll probably need to pick and choose the ones you feel are most relevant to you.
7. Foundation--This podcast by Kevin Rose sadly hasn't been updated in almost a year, but it contains excellent interviews with so many high-profile entrepreneurs (Jack Dorsey, Elon Musk, Chris Sacca, and dozens more) that it's worth going back through even if you're familiar with it, and if it's new to you, you're in for a treat.
8. The #AskGaryVee Show--Gary Vaynerchuk is, simply put, a force of nature. His podcast explores many aspects of business and investing in his trademark rapid-fire, no-nonsense approach.
9. The James Altucher Show--James Altucher is a best-selling author, and is probably best known for his Altucher Confidential blog. For his podcast, he interviews a wide variety of influential guests in charming, down-to-earth discussions about making your business, and your life in general, better. If you are struggling mentally or emotionally with business or life, this is the podcast for you.
10. The Random Show--This collaboration between Tim Ferriss and Kevin Rose, while not entrepreneurial in the strictest sense of the word, still deserves a plug. Aside from being hilarious, it gives you a very personal look inside the minds and lives of two highly successful entrepreneurs, and is chock-full of life tips and interesting tidbits.
If you're looking to stoke your entrepreneurial fire while filling your mind with useful information, these 10 podcasts are the cream of the crop.
Pro tip: The human brain can effectively process the spoken word at very high rates of speech, so if you want to listen to podcasts while being even more efficient, you can use an app like Overcast (no affiliation) to speed things up and cut out useless sound gaps. I've tried a few options, and this is the only podcast player I use now because of how cleanly it speeds up speech.