Listen while you work.

Yes, it is June. Yes, we are still in the middle (soon to be end?) of a pandemic. No, it is not fine. But with a few extra hours now available after work with nowhere to go, I find myself organizing, re-organizing, and making lists of all the things I’m going to do when things fully re-open. Until then, I find myself catching up on podcasts while working and organizing. Similar to the book list that was published a few weeks ago, I wanted to share my must-listen podcasts.  

  1. Up & Vanished 

With only two seasons, I was devastated when I finished listening and have (not so patiently) been waiting for a new season. Hosted by Payne Lindsey, Up and Vanished focuses each season on a separate cold case, one set in a remote Colorado town, and one in a small Georgia community. Phenomenally done, well-edited, and includes real interviews. Wait for Melba in Season One. You’re welcome. 

2. Fall of Civilizations 

I could write a short novel about this podcast and its episodes, but I’ll spare you and hit highlights. Narrated by Paul M. M. Cooper (I don’t get the double middle initial, but he is British and sounds incredible), Fall of Civilizations covers the rise and fall of the major civilizations and dynasties around the world. The episodes are 2+ hours, so I love having them for for trips or long runs. It is one of the most interesting history podcasts I’ve listened to and have learned so much about why the world is the way it is because of this historical dynasties and their leaders. 

3. Trained by Nike 

Fitness is huge for me, I love all things Nike, so of course I’m listening to the podcast. Guests include athletics, trainers, coaches, medical/health professionals, and the like. It’s hosted by Ryan Flaherty, who has done is fair share of training and coaching. Shorter episodes at ~30 minutes, it’s an easy way to up on the latest fitness trends and best practices. 

4. MFCEO Project

If you have a problem with profanity, just skip on down to No. 5. If you can tolerate it though, Andy Frisella will kick your *** through your headphones. Longer format episodes typically include interviews with guests as equally impressive as Frisella. But he also has shorter format episodes (15-20 minutes) when he monologues about life. He gets really real about life, relationships, and business. He literally worked his way to the top by sleeping in the back of his first store and tells how life truly is as an entrepreneur, rather than the fake influencer version so often portrayed on Instagram. 

5. School of Greatness by Lewis Howes

I stumbled across this podcast about four years ago, stopped listening for a year, and recently picked it back up. Most episodes are interview format with one of the most diverse guest rosters. Entrepreneurs, athletes, doctors, gurus, and more. I actually found the MFCEO Project through School of Greatness, so it’s been worth listening. You lose several minutes to ads and sponsorships, so I usually fast forward through the first several minutes. Chances are you care for every single guest (I don’t), so just pull what you can from the episode and skip ahead to the next one. Two of my favorite episodes are with Kobe Bryant (obviously) and David Goggins, a former Navy Seal. Check it out. 

All these podcasts have been extremely informative and also entertaining. To have access (free) to the wealth of knowledge and experience in the palm of my hand is truly remarkable and something I am grateful for daily. It is because of this and my own experiences that led me to start this blog and podcast. While I don’t know if I’ll ever have the same impact as these shows and their hosts, it has challenged me in ways I didn’t know I needed. I hope you gain knowledge and insight for yourself and get closer to discovering your own purpose. And if you’re so inclined to help me on my journey, please leave a comment with your thoughts, or check out an episode of the podcast and let me know what you think. 

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