Since lockdown I have been tuning into three or four podcasts a day, as an alternative to having the radio on in my office (my bedroom) at home.
A mixture of ear worms
I have chosen a number of different discussions and stories to listen to. From high flying entrepreneurs through to a bank robber recalling his tale, from motivational business advise to chatting about the nuances of driving a classic Porsche.
Why listen to podcasts?
I’ve never been compelled to learn a new language by listening to a cd, I guess what I want from a podcast is a story, with a couple of hidden tips in amongst the plot. And that is pretty much what a podcast is.
I don’t have to remember anything, if I don’t want to. But if it resonates, sure as hell it will sink in.
Back to the title…
One of my staple motivational melodies is “The diary of a CEO” with a chap called Steven Bartlett. He’s ten years my junior, came from nothing, and is now worth hundreds of millions. And, either through his subliminal conditioning, or the fact that I am thinking in a more entrepreneurial way, I have found myself finishing his sentences, and actually believing the words I am saying.
What does this mean?
Well, without blowing my own trumpet (I’ve not listened to the CD to learn that either) I reckon with the right decisions and opportunities followed I could find myself even more successful in a few years time.
I have a head full of ideas at the moment, but very little in the way of capital and a young family who deserve my attention – but I know success is knocking at my door, and ringing in my ears…
I believe in me!
I really do think belief in yourself is important. If there’s a hurdle to overcome, and I want to overcome it, I will do it…
If there’s an opportunity to bungee jump off a bridge on the other hand, I’m more than happy to believe I could do it, but leave it well alone; the want or the need is very much absent there!
Take the lessons you need to learn
You’re unlikely to listen to a podcast and think everything that is said will change your life. You must be on a similar wave length as your chosen host or guests to have found yourself tuning in. However, there will be a nugget of two in amongst the chitter chatter that could just change your way of thinking, or the direction of your life!
Go be kind!
I’ll wrap up with another podcast shout out to “The Art of Charm”. These discussions have really helped my mental state these past few months; but one in particular really changed my way of thinking. It was an episode with Leon Logothetis, and he had driven from Alaska to Argentina, and previously all around the world, relying just on the kindness of strangers.
They pay for his food, his lodgings and his fuel. It’s a great story, and it can be seen on his show ‘The Kindness Diaries’ on Amazon Prime or Netflix. Go tune in, and go be kind!
I’d love to hear what podcasts have kept you sane…Leave me a comment below.