I just got my first contract “office job” a couple years ago. With the new job, came the new dreaded commute. Every day I got into a line with millions of other people to listen to whatever trash/ad compilation was on the radio that morning. Sure, the radio sucks, but what choice do we have? Podcasts.
After just a couple weeks, I really started getting tired of the radio. I was determined to find something more worthwhile to invest my precious time in. I had heard of podcasts, but really didn’t understand the massive offering of programming that was available for consumption. In the words of the great Zig Ziglar, make this time in the car your “automobile university”. You can invest this time in learning and growing everyday.
One of the best things about podcasts is the niche factor. You can find curated content on just about any topic out there. For me, it was entrepreneurship. I started searching through the top podcasts that covered entrepreneurs, business, startups, etc. This is where I discovered my first gem. Finding this podcast was really the turning point for committing to a whole new mindset for my daily commutes. The first podcast, Smart Passive Income by Pat Flynn.
Smart Passive Income
Let’s start with Pat. Pat Flynn is one of the most genuine people I’ve come across online. This is an amazing example of what building a Personal Brand looks like. He is completely transparent about all aspects of his business – including his famous monthly income reports.
Pat does an excellent job of mixing up the format of the show, so you always seem to be getting something fresh. There’s a good combination of interviews, storytelling, as well as actionable instruction. This podcast covers everything from how to start a business or blog to how to build and monetize your email list. One thing that stood out for me was that Pat is not “classically trained” with a typical business background. His background, like myself, is in Architecture. At the end of the day, Architecture is really about understanding people and being able to put things together – which is exactly what he does today. This unique experience creates a fresh vantage point when it comes to business and entrepreneurship.Your earnings are a byproduct of how well you can serve your audience. Click To Tweet
— Pat Flynn
Best at: Building a genuine personal brand with countless raving fans. No one likes Pat, everyone loves him.
Rated in iTunes: 5 Stars, with over 1,800 reviews.
Freedom Fast Lane
The Freedom Fast Lane is hosted by Ryan Moran. Ryan is a young and driven entrepreneur. He also covers a variety of topics that include investing strategies as well as starting and scaling sizable businesses. One of the first things that turned me on to Ryan was the wealth of information he offered on starting an Amazon business. This is one of the things he’s best known for. He walks through every detail about choosing a niche and product, getting it manufactured, and finally launching it on Amazon. I followed his advice and had my own product up within a few months. Selling private label products on Amazon was a real eye opener for me.
Ryan has a wonderfully witty and sarcastic attitude. He breaks down complicated business concepts into relevant and actionable items. Like Pat, he’s not going to loose you in all the terminology. He’s already very successful on many fronts but maintains his human side. In addition to the podcast, Ryan has a private forum (The Tribe) and has had several successful events (Freedom Fast Lane Live) where he had speakers like Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Grant Cardone.
In addition to the extensive business experience, Ryan goes one step further to provide investment strategies (Wealth Triad). Ryan shows you exactly how to invest your income, to build the long-term sustainable wealth we all desire. His plans for business typically include building something that you can walk away from and still have it working for you. In other words, working on your business rather than in your business.Create value that is not connected to your time. Click To Tweet
— Ryan Daniel Moran
Best at: Covering unique investment strategies, starting and scaling businesses (especially Private Label Amazon businesses)
Rated in iTunes: 5 Stars, with over 350 reviews.
eCommereceFuel is hosted by Andrew Youderian. If you’re looking to start or grow an eCommerce business, look no further. This is the most comprehensive eCommerce podcast out there. Andrew also mixes his format between interviews and (somewhat planned) open conversations with other successful people in the business. Andrew covers topics like, conversion rate, hosting, niches, outsourcing, eCommerce platforms, marketing, social media, wholesaling, upselling and just about anything else that comes with the eCommerce space. One of the best things about this podcast is the frequently mentioned forum.
The forum is paid, but well worth the investment. The number of people that are running 6, 7 and even 8-figure businesses in the forum is staggering. When you’re able to surround yourself with that level of thinking, the possibilities are endless. After listening to Ryan Moran’s advice, I started an Amazon business. Shortly after, I signed up for the eCommerceFule forum and have not looked back. The forum is incredibly active and is highly recommended to anyone looking to take their business to the next level. They also facilitate the process of joining a mastermind group. The mastermind I joined has been instrumental in streamlining my own eCommerce endeavours.
Best at: All encompassing eCommerce information coupled with a strong private forum, filled with smart and ambitious people.
Rated in iTunes: 5 Stars, with over 150 reviews.
All of these podcasts are great examples of relavent content with solid delivery. I’ve listened to just about all of the episodes these thoughtful creators have put together. One of the main common threads among the bunch is simply taking action. It’s been amazing to see what these 3 people have been able to achieve over the years…and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Do you have a business or entrepreneurship podcast that inspires you? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking for fresh material.