Someone asked me the other day what my favorite resource for information is, I thought for a moment, and then quickly was convicted in my answer, podcasts. The world of podcasting has traveled an extraordinary distance since its conception in the late 1990s/early 2000s. As Ray Kurzweil said,
“Today, the computer in your cell phone is a million times smaller, a million times less expensive, and a thousand times more powerful [than in 1965].”
It was less than 20 years ago when television, radio, and newspapers dominated the delivery of (mostly) real time information. With the advent of the smartphone, paired with developments in streaming, podcasts have become an essential resource for thought leaders across the globe. For me, podcasts found a permanent place in my daily routine once I could plug my phone into my car’s audio system. That was a game changer as I was suddenly sharpening my skills everywhere I went, and the results I was able to produce in my life can be attributed to some of those podcasts. However, as the ease of use to consume podcasts has grown exponentially, so has the ability to produce them.
Today, there are over 250,000 unique podcasts in over 100 languages. Unfortunately, not every channel is going to convince you to subscribe to their content as oversaturation breeds low quality. Cruising through the channels can easily become a waste of time (and dangerous if you’re driving). That is why I felt compelled to share my current favorite five podcasts. If you have never opened the built-in podcast app on your phone, now is the time to explore. I mean, Apple won’t let you delete the app either way, so what do you have to lose?
Masters in Business with Barry Ritholtz (iTunes, Soundcloud)
I briefly mentioned the Masters in Business podcast when I highlighted Josh Brown, CEO of Ritholtz Wealth Management, as a top figure of finance twitter. This week it’s time to give Barry his own shout out. As a contributor to almost all forms of finance media, whether audio, video, or text, Barry is also an equities analyst and Chief Investment Officer at Ritholtz Wealth Management. His experience and ability to communicate high-level information and simplify it for the masses shine through on his podcast. Guest interviews are accompanied by the top names in finance, and Barry knows instinctively which questions to ask each guest. He is everyone’s favorite rich uncle and if you are looking for detailed information on precisely how the gears turn in business, look no further.
To contrast the detailed nature of Masters in Business, Farnoosh takes a more personal approach, and by personal, I mean personal finance. So Money speaks from a boots-on-the-ground perspective. With guests such as Tony Robbins, Robert Kiyosaki, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss, Tim Gunn, and on and on, Farnoosh connects the listener by extracting stories of “financial perspectives, failures, and habits” from her guests. In my opinion, the best part of the show is when she answer’s questions submitted by the listener as it highlights the everyday decisions we all need to make and may not be completely convicted about. Her personality is dynamic, charismatic, and worth your time. We do not have enough women working in finance, and it is awesome to witness Farnoosh’s well-deserved success.
I must say, everything in the name of this podcast that is after the colon mark sounds unrightfully boring compared to the show. Almost every episode is hosted by Joe and OG, “live from Joe’s mom’s basement!” and is presented in fun, light-hearted, conversational ways. Like religion and politics, money is a topic not allowed at the dinner table, and Stacking Benjamins does a great job of breaking down those social constructs. I genuinely have fun when I listen to the show as there is plenty of improvised banter and funny stories with solid financial knowledge sprinkled on top. To elude the preachiness associated with finances, they do a great job using their background in entertainment to carry the show. It’s just inevitable that their inner CFP seeps through the cracks of the everyday setting.
Before I get into any introductions, I have to say that Tom is the GOAT of introductions. Don’t take what I write as doing so for his show, but rather as a quick description. If it were an introduction, I would be competing with the man himself and that is a losing battle my friends!
What distinguishes Tom from this list, in particular, is he not a financial guru. Tom’s thing is that he wants to teach and learn how to be a Jedi and master our minds. He is the co-founder of Quest Nutrition of the Quest Bar fame, which was ranked as the #2 fastest growing company by Inc Magazine in 2014. As of 2016 Quest Nutrition employs 1,300 full-time employees. Tom gave up millions from his successful career in the tech sector as a CMO of Awareness Technologies to start Quest Nutrition, and his reasons for doing so are the impetus of his show. I won’t spoil the story, but Tom has cracked the Matrix and wants to deliver us content that will help you do the same. Similar to Barry Ritholtz, Tom knows precisely what questions to ask his guests; the difference is that these are not financial experts. They are experts on entrepreneurialism, self-development, art, entertainment, etc. A must listen/subscribe!
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes (iTunes, Soundcloud)
Lewis Howes is a lifestyle entrepreneur and an all-around good guy. Ambitious, passionate, curious, and humble, Lewis has all the right attributes to host a podcast that is mostly one-on-one interviews. He floats around the community of other high-profile podcast personalities such as Tim Ferriss, Jon Lee Dumas, and Tom Bilyeu, yet can deliver unique content on his channel. There is a great skill in the ability to ask the right questions at the right time. Delivering the audience thought-provoking, high-level content, is what Lewis accomplishes effortlessly. As a former pro football player who experienced a career ending injury, Lewis quickly fell victim to his circumstances which ultimately led to the occupancy of his sister’s couch. Without any unique skills to create a career, Lewis used his ingenuity and hustle to create a million-dollar business. Sounds like the American dream to you? Well, he outlines the story in his New York Times bestselling book of the same name and continues to grow and expand his outreach every day. I have probably bought and read 8-10 books simply because of the interviews heard on this show. The one with Tom Bilyeu, in particular, is great.
*BONUS* The Financial Time Traveler’s Podcast (iTunes, Soundcloud)
Shameless plug time! If you are on this website, reading an article about podcasts, and aren’t already subscribed to our podcast, WHAT ARE YOU DOING WITH YOUR LIFE?!? Kidding, I totally understand as we just launched last week and you may have been too busy or something. Whatever, totally cool, it’s no big deal, oh wait YES IT IS! As you can see by this article, we are very aware that there already are a slew of great podcasts available. So why would we throw our hat into the fire? We are not here to compete with anyone in terms of being better (kinda), we are here to be DIFFERENT. How, you ask? Well for one, I co-host with my father, who has over 30 years experience in the finance industry as well as the real estate industry. He is a straight shooter who has shifted our family’s trajectory entirely. Then there is me, the serial entrepreneur who reluctantly found my way into the finance world and observes the industry from a much different viewpoint than my peers. See, the average age of a financial advisor is 55. Only 10% of advisors are under 30. With the millennium generation surpassing the baby boomers in population, what better way to connect the two than a Father-Son combo. It is entirely unique, and one-of-a-kind show that you most definitely don’t want to miss… Ok, I am done humble bragging for the day!
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