Once you’ve seen something it can’t be unseen. Once you’ve heard something it can’t be unheard. As I write this I’m inadvertently thinking of that song from the 90’s, Tubthumping (I Get Knocked Down) by the group Chumbawamba. It’s one of those songs that I heard in middle school and no matter how hard I try I cannot forget the lyrics and melody. Every so often that song will get in my head and I cringe. It’s a terrible song, but I heard it once and now it’s in my skull… apparently for life.
Up until fairly recently I was a big time radio listener. I would typically listen to over an hour of radio a day, going to and from work and on the weekends when doing yard work. I would listen to talk radio 75% of the time and music 25%. I thought that I was engaging in self-development by staying on top of the local and national news. I was well versed on all of the political talking points on basically every issue going on in the media. During commercial breaks I would switch over to a few different music stations and try and see what was new in the world of music.
To be honest the news made me cynical and the music made me dumb. Neither of these activities were causing me to become more productive, more caring, more influential, or more knowledgeable. Basically they were stealing an hour or more each day of my time and giving me nothing in return.
Then I got turned on to podcasts.
I subscribed to few podcasts that I heard about from friends or authors whose books I have read in the past. What a difference!
I’ve made a list of some reasons that I would encourage you to include listening to podcasts in your daily routine. At the end of this post I’ll share some of my favorites. Here are my top four reasons:
- Podcasts put you in control of your influences– Like it or not you are influenced greatly by what you hear. Choose to be influenced by people who are already at the level of success you want to be at. Success is contagious.
- Podcasts are free and convenient – I’ve never paid a dime for any of the podcasts I listen to and they are available to me whenever and wherever I want to hear them.
- Podcasts can be educational – In college I took several classes that only met an hour or two a week. In those classes I learned a lot of great things in a relatively small amount of time. An hour or two a week over the course of a semester can add up. You see where I’m going with this don’t you. An hour or two driving each day to and from work or school can really add up. Fill that time with educational activities that you are passionate about or interested in. Learn a little Spanish, learn about personal finance, or learn about formal dining etiquette. Learn about whatever you like but use that time to learn.
- Podcasts can promote self-development – Similar to reason number 1, a lot of my self-development activities originated with ideas learned through the podcasts I listen to. I love listening to successful people share their tips on how they became successful and how they are continuing in their success.
That’s it. There are many other great reasons to include podcasts in your daily routine but those are my top four reasons. I enjoy music a lot and often have Spotify or Pandora up when I’m writing or working on projects that require my full attention. But when doing monotonous or mind numbing activities I usually have a podcast going.
Like I said earlier, here are some of the podcasts I am currently listening to and would recommend:
- This is your Life with Michael Hyatt
- The EntreLeadership Podcast
- Motley Fool Money
- The Dave Ramsey Show
- 48Days Podcast
- TEDTalks (Audio)
If you do listen to podcasts share some of your favorites and why you listen to them. If you don’t listen to podcasts let me know why not. I would love to hear from you.