Experience fast, tailored learning to help you on the job and in life. Having now listened to hundreds of podcasts, these are the best podcasts for top performance, new tech, and business trends.

Listening Tips

I download a few at a time to my iPhone so I can listen whether or not I’m connected to the internet. Oh! And I’m a fan of Jaybird headphones – they sit comfortably around my neck when I’m not using them so I wear all the time. This means I can quickly plug them in when I’m on the move and grab a few minutes or more of learning wherever I am (driving, doing washing, on the tram, walking,…). They’ve increased my learning and listening to many more hours a week.

Best Podcasts for Top Performance

1. Anatomy of Next

One of the things I love about online content at the moment is greater access to the ‘good news stories’.

The Anatomy of Next is a treat. It showcases current, upcoming and longer-term technology and the effects on humanity through storyline and interviews with world experts in genetics, tech, and beyond. What’s rad about it is that it’s dispelling many of the destruction future storylines often in Hollywood blockbuster movies (think: Terminator).

It’s helpful in seeing the future brightly.

2. Kevin Kelly

IDEO Futures and Kevin Kelly creatively explore the future (Soundcloud and iTunes Episode 37). Fascinating.

3. James Altucher Interviews

wonderful conversation between James and Gary Vaynerchuk on the realities of working hard and becoming an entrepreneur, hustling and gaining freedom in life.

Adam Grant and James will help your creativity and original thinking.

4. Tim Ferriss Interviews

Tim Ferriss podcasts are interviews with people who are operating at best-in-the-world level. Learn from the best! Enjoy their wise and calm perspectives.

Tim Ferriss is the author of the ‘Four Hour’ books that are really useful for developing your mindset to identify greater productivity, performance and to be globally-aware.

Access podcasts through searching for Tim Ferriss in the Podcasts app on your smartphone or head here.

These are my favourite interviews with top performers across various professions in suggested listening order:

Bryan Johnson
Naval Ravikant
Kevin Kelly (#164) – AI, Virtual Reality and The Inevitable
Joshua Waitzkin (all episodes)
Tara Brach
Caroline Paul
Maria Popova (especially useful if you do Social Media production)
Charles Poliquin
Derek Sivers
Wim Hof
Chris Sacca
Ryan Holiday
James Altucher
Ramit Sethi
Pavel Tsatsouline
Peter Diamandis
Noah Kagan
Seth Godin
Phil Libin
Joshua Skenes
Tony Robbins
Walter O’Brien
BJ Miller
Marc Andreessen (#163)

If you’re interested in productivity and gaining increased focus, Tim Ferriss also provides insight beyond his book (which is a great introduction) through these podcasts where he shares his personal experiments and what has worked:

Episode 13: “Productivity” Tricks for the Neurotic, Manic-Depressive, and Crazy (Like Me)
Magic of Mindfulness: Complain Less, Appreciate More, and Live a Better Life
Episode 6: 6 Formulas for More Output and Less Overwhelm
Episode 9:The 9 Habits to Stop Now – the Not-To-Do List
Episode 17: The Power of Negative Visualization
Lazy: A Manifesto
How to Earn Your Freedom
How to Practice Poverty and Reduce Fear
How to 10X Your Results, One Tiny Tweak at a Time
How to Avoid the Busy Trap (And Other Misuses of Your Time)

5. Arianna Huffington

Get up to speed on why 8 hour sleep a day helps productivity.

6. Voices of VR

“VR” stands for Virtual Reality = Next big thing. Get on it: the Voices of VR podcast 🙂

Favourite Audiobooks

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success by Cal Newport. Develop this marketable skill, it’ll be worth it. Exceptional book with practical tips that repeatedly (and usefully) popped into my head weeks after reading. Unique.

Kevin Kelly’s “The Inevitable” – within 6 hours of listening you’ll be up to date with the 12 tech forces that are shaping our future. I found listening to this at 1.25 speed worked well and the 6 hours took me about 3 week in amongst listening to other media.

The Industries of the Future by Alec Ross. Fascinating.

The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer. Entertaining, wise and insightful.

Ryan Holiday’s “Ego is the Enemy” is exactly what you’d hope for.

Love yourself like your life depends on it by Kamal Ravikant (Kamal’s brother Naval mentioned above) is soothing (well done Kamal!) and basic and strengthening. Kamal and Naval are successful entrepreneurs and Silicon Valley’s investors.

Grit by Angela Duckworth hones in on attributes and activities that can build perseverance.

The Dip by Seth Godin is a sweet ditty teaching you to get good at saying no to anything that won’t help you be the best in the world at what you do.

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Check in here regularly as I update this list.

Happy learning and doing!

~ Sam

Last update – March, 2017. Original post – May, 2016.

Others I enjoyed in 2016:

I. The Future of the Internet

This Freakonomics podcast investigates “Is the Internet Being Ruined”.  Interesting analysis of the big players such as Facebook and aspects of privacy, as well as potential solutions. Well worth a listen.

II. No Such Thing as a Fish

“The QI researchers (known as ‘elves’) host a weekly podcast to half a million subscribers, where they discuss the most interesting facts they’ve unearthed that week.”

Fascinating, witty and good fun. Really diverse topics, you’re sure to learn something new. This episode (iTunes Ep 127 here) covers objects left on the moon, the earthquake-proof bed, men-only flights and comic sans font.

III. Elizabeth Gilbert Interviews

Feeling a creative block? Check in to the great insights in Episode 207 of Elizabeth Gilbert’s Magic Lessons.

IV. Stacking the Bricks

Amy Hoy and Alex Hillman help creatives, consultants, small business owners, entrepreneurs and freelancers grow their online presence, business and set up their online marketing systems to attract relevant leads.

Check out their wonderful Year of Hustle roadmap then enjoy their podcasts.

My favourite Stacking the Bricks podcasts are:

1 – How Pat Maddox went from 0 subscribers to over $3k MRR in 10 days

EP12 – “I’m shipping ebombs, now what?” – From Pain to Product with Nick Piegari

EP13 – Justin Weiss’s shift from side projects to successful product launches

EP18 – Our Profitable Mess (and how we’re cleaning it up)

EP19 – A Swift Kick in the Ass (The Game of Business)

EP20 – A Swift Kick in the Ass (Accountability)

EP 22 – How to make an offer they can’t refuse (Outreach Masterclass with Kai Davis)

V. Double your Freelancing

For freelancers wanting to increase the number of clients and gain from experts who’ve done so, Brennan Dunn‘s Double your Freelancing podcast may be for you!

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