In my opinion, one of the most under hyped things you can find on the web are podcasts. You can learn so much about yourself or a new subject so easily. Here are a few of the podcasts that have stood out in my mind and have changed my life:
Stever Robbins is hilarious and informative about how to keep organized and sane in this age of technology. The podcast episode "How to Stand Out" even helped to inspire me to make this blog. My favorite lines from this episode:
"People like personality! After years of hiding my personality and style, fearing it would be inappropriate in business, I let myself peek out of my shell and Wooph!""what sets you apart from everyone else is … you. People form bonds with you, not your skill set. Yet most of us wait for the weekend to be ourselves. We live based on what we think people expect. Of course, they’re doing the same thing, imagining that we expect them to fit a mold.If you want to stand out as exceptional, sure, develop your skills. Then enhance them by finding ways to add your personality into the mix."
I'm really interested in trying to become a great story teller, and the way Al Letson tells this story is perfect. I don't have a snippet of a part of his talk, or a quote of the best part of his story because 1. I can't find a transcript and 2. I feel that quoting a little of the episode wouldn't do Al Letson's story justice. I feel that those interested in hearing should just listen to the whole thing in its entirety.
Ted Talks, in general, is a great podcast to find inspiration along with a new perspective on life. Episodes are about 15 minutes long — which makes it great for listening to while you commute.
This podcast episode, "How to LIve Before You Die", totally helped to inspire me to change my career path (from being an accountant to a something in IT). Jobs reminds us to do what we love:
"Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don't lose faith. I'm convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You've got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
How to Live Before You Die
Some podcasts that have really helped to teach me new things are the Quick an Dirty Tips series. I've learned a lot about a variety of things because of these podcasts and I highly recommend you find one you like and start listening today.I really enjoy much of the quick and dirty tips podcasts because they have such a variety of things to listen to. You can listen to a podcast for dog tips, or a podcast dedicated to moms interested in getting tips about parenting, or even podcast about grammar. I could go on and on but I only have so much space and I don't want to bore you (that is, if I haven't already). Check out the Quick and Dirty Tips website for more information on all the different kinds of podcasts you can find!