5 Podcasts That Have Helped Me Excel in 2017

Ah, podcasts. If you were anything like me a year ago, I knew nothing about this mystical beauty. Let me break it down for the people that don’t know. It’s basically an audio file that contains an interview, a show or just about anything some schmuck is willing to talk about. Sometimes you’ll find that they are 20 minutes, and other times you’ll find they’re 3 hours! Wow, that’s a long time you might ask. Well, here’s the thing. If you find the right podcasts, you’ll spend those hours you spent binge watching The Walking Dead and actually engage in something meaningful. So here’s the list of my favourite podcasts and why you should tune into them this year.

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

If you know me personally, you’ve probably received some sort of rant about something I’ve heard on the Tim Ferriss Show. Fuck, this guy opened the doors to some great minds I wouldn’t have normally accessed. Tim interviews some amazing people in his podcasts, such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Matt Mullenweg and many more legends. What sets his interviews apart is that he deconstructs their lives down to the basics, so you can take away lessons and apply them to your own life. Every one of his shows offers something amazing, so start from the beginning and listen to them all. I did, and it has changed my life.

2. The Joe Rogan Experience

The reason why I love The Joe Rogan Experience is that it’s so random, yet so entertaining. There’s no theme to his shows other than having a chat about random shit. The variable is the people who go on it and trust me when I say there is a lot of variety.One minute you’ll be listening to Brian Cox breaking down the latest scientific breakthrough, the next you’ll be listening to Whitney Cummings talking about the latest trends in porn. You can always rely on Joe to put a smile on your face, and at the same time gain some knowledge.

Here are some podcasts you should start out with if it’s your first Joe Rogan Experience:

  • #919 Niel deGrasse Tyson
  • #320 Tim Ferriss
  • #923 Whitney Cummings
  • #830 Neal Brennan

Now there are over 925 of these works of art, and they are normally around 3 hours so you’ll never run out. If that’s not a reason to start listening now, I don’t know what is.

3. Successful Dropout

With it being easier than ever before to start a business, people are opting out of the normal university route and pursuing their dreams. This podcast is for those outliers, young innovators and those who dare to think big and act on their dreams.

Exploring different entrepreneurs stories, with the theme of those that dropped out. Understanding what they have done to better their success and how you can also apply these choices to yourself and your ideas. There are some really interesting people that appear on this podcast and I’m only just getting started listening to them.

Here are a few to start with if you’re not sure where to begin:

  • Number 36 – Brainwashing yourself to success/controlling your subconscious fears with best-selling author and dropout Jake Ducey.
  • Number 31 – From college dropout to real estate entrepreneur with Ross Alex.

4. The Infinite Monkey Cage

Do you love science but sometimes find it hard to understand the latest trends? Science can seem daunting from the outside, with all the fancy maths equations and long theorem titles. All hail The Infinite Monkey Cage described as a witty and irreverent look at the world according to science. With the infamous Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince, you’re in for a treat.

Give your brain a kick and get stuck into these little podcasts of joy, with topics ranging from the apocalypse to artificial intelligence. Here are my favourite top 3, which are a great place to start.

  1. Maths of Love and Sex
  2. Deception
  3. What is the Point of Plants?

5. The StartUp Podcast

Are you interested in starting up a business, or are you in the process of doing so right now? I’ve found this podcast extremely useful whilst developing my business model. It’s a show that really dives deep into what it’s actually like to run a startup. They go over interesting topics which you might have previously disregarded or not even considered.

The Podcast is in its fourth season now, so there is an abundance of information waiting for you to listen. Feeling overwhelmed by all the choice? Here are my top 5 shows that I found useful.

  • How Not to Pitch a Billionaire
  • How Listeners Become Owners
  • Grow Big Or Go Home
  • Fake It Til You Make It
  • How To name Your Company

Closing Thoughts

So as you can see there is so much information out there waiting to be soaked up by your brain. These are only my favourite top 5 podcasts, there are literally thousands of podcasts coming out daily. I’d recommend you pick one and start there.

I’d love to hear your suggestions on podcasts you enjoy, and why you enjoy them below, so leave a comment and start a discussion! Also, if you enjoyed this post, please pop your name and email in the subscribe box, which can be found to the right of the page by clicking the subscribe button. You’ll be among the first to receive new content and exclusive updates.



I'm Will, a coffee geek, pilot and founder of Bunaberry. On this blog, I'll be sharing my journey as I embark on starting my own coffee company. Enjoy!

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