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You Are What You Listen To: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself

You Are What You Listen To: 11 Podcasts To Inspire Yourself

The key advantage that audio brings us is convenience. We can listen while we’re commuting, exercising, or working, and the growth of podcasts are just starting.

As the popular saying goes, “You are who you surround yourself with.”

The same applies to what you read, what you watch, and in this case: what you listen to.

I’m an avid listener of podcasts, and I’ll get my hands on any show that will give me an edge in life.

To make your life simpler, here are 11 podcasts to inspire yourself.

1. Lewis Howes

Show: The School of Greatness
One-word description: Inspirational

Lewis Howes has been exploding in the podcasting scene over the past year and is consistently ranked as one of the top podcasts on the Health category of iTunes.

Notable guests on The School of Greatness includes Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and more, where they share how their journey started from the beginning to greatness.

With Lewis’ School of Greatness Book coming out in a few months, he has been putting out episodes 3 times a week, which includes guest interviews and solo rounds. My personal favorite is his 5-minute Fridays.

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    2. Tim Ferriss

    Show: The Tim Ferriss Show
    One-word description: Analytical

    After hitting the NYTimes list with all 3 of his books, Tim Ferriss has been “experimenting” with his podcast show, which was awarded “Best of iTunes” in 2014.

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    The theme of The Tim Ferriss Show is “de-constructing excellence,” and with Tim’s vast network, he brings on the top performers in different industries to ask them questions like “what is your daily habit” and “who’s the first person you think of when you hear the word ‘success’?”

    With Tim’s quirky personality, you’ll also get to enjoy some random questions like “who’s the first person you think of when you hear ‘punchable’?”

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      3. James Altucher

      Show: The James Altucher Show
      One-word description: Transparent

      When most people think of James Altucher, they think honest, transparent, and vulnerable.

      James is not afraid to reveal it all, and help his listeners and readers learn from his mistakes, successes, and lessons.
      The great thing about James as a host is his curiosity.

      He’s willing to go above and beyond to ask his guests questions that the audience is already thinking in their heads.

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        4. Gary Vaynerchuk

        Show: The #AskGaryVee Show
        One-word description: Spontaneous

        Gary Vaynerchuk made it to the scene in the “Vlogging” world through his first show, Wine Library TV.

        Although The #AskGaryVee Show is intended to be “Video first,” he’s always keeping podcast listeners in mind by explaining the visuals of what’s happening on his show – and an added dose of spontaneity.

        Known as a social media guru, each episode is based around his fans asking him 3-5 questions on average on social media, where Gary gives his honest answer in return.

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        If you want your questions answered and a chance to be on the show:
        Tweet @garyvee with your question and #askgaryvee in the tweet.

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          5.Gretchen Rubin

          Show: Happier with Gretchen Rubin
          One-word description: Happy

          Gretchen is a well-known NYTimes Best Selling author, mostly known for her book, Happiness Project.

          She’s now extending this brand and fanbase into audio with her new show, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, that she hosts with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

          The podcast is already getting millions of downloads within only a few months of launching.

          If you’re looking to increase your happiness in life, Happier with Gretchen Rubin is worth checking out.

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            6. Jack & Suzy Welch

            Show: WelchCast
            One-word description: Sharp

            Jack and Suzy Welch may be defined as one of the most “Powerful Couples” of this decade.

            While Suzy is a former editor-in-chief at Harvard Business Review and a NYTimes Best Selling Author, Jack is recognized as one of the greatest CEO’s of all time from his success at General Electric.

            If you want to get career advice and tips from some of the most successful people of our time, tune into the WelchCast.

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              7. Tai Lopez

              Show: Tai Lopez Show

              One-word description: Insightful

              Tai is famous for reading “a book a day” and provides insightful summaries from the best books he reads.

              What’s great about Tai’s reviews is not the simple summaries of his books, but his own personal anecdotes and lessons in life that he shares alongside the book reviews.

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                8. Chalene Johnson

                Show: The Chalene Show
                One-word description: Energetic

                As a fitness trainer, social media expert, life coach, author, and speaker, there seems that there’s very few things that Chalene can’t do.

                What stands Chalene out from others is her level of energy that she brings to each episode, in addition to the insights and advice she provides on social media and business growth.

                If you want to get pumped and become a better business owner along the way, check out The Chalene Show.

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                  9. Brian Rose

                  Show: London Real
                  One-word description: Deep

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                  Have you ever met someone that can sit down with you in one moment, and a few hours fly by without you even noticing?

                  The host of London Real, Brian Rose, teaches us how to be a great listener, while bringing on amazing guests to share their journey from successful entrepreneurs, creatives, authors, and more.

                  Notable guests include: Robert Greene, Aubrey De Grey, and Guy Kawasaki.

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                    10. Kevin Rose

                    Show: The Foundation
                    One-word description: Savvy

                    The Foundation is a classic for any tech entrepreneurs wanting to learn from the best. Host of the show, Kevin Rose, is the founder of Digg and currently acts as a Partner of Google Ventures.

                    What’s amazing about The Foundation is the quality of production and the guests that Kevin brings on, such as Elon Musk.

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                      11. Jordan Harbinger

                      Show: Art of Charm
                      One-word description:
                      Idiosyncratic

                      The title of this show describes it all. Jordan Harbinger brings his charm with every episode, and teaches his listeners on how to become extraordinary men, along with his guests.

                      Receiving over a million downloads per month, The Art of Charm is the go-to place for any men looking to become more successful in their personal and professional lives.

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                        Last Updated on September 20, 2018

                        8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                        8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

                        You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

                        Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

                        When you train your brain, you will:

                        • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
                        • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
                        • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

                        So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

                        1. Work your memory

                        Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

                        When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

                        If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

                        The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

                        Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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                        Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

                        What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

                        For example, say you just met someone new:

                        “Hi, my name is George”

                        Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

                        Got it? Good.

                        2. Do something different repeatedly

                        By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

                        Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

                        It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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                        And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

                        But how does this apply to your life right now?

                        Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

                        Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

                        Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

                        So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

                        You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

                        That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

                        3. Learn something new

                        It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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                        For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

                        Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

                        You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

                        4. Follow a brain training program

                        The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

                        5. Work your body

                        You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

                        Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

                        Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

                        Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

                        6. Spend time with your loved ones

                        If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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                        If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

                        I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

                        7. Avoid crossword puzzles

                        Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

                        Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

                        Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

                        8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

                        Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

                        When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

                        So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

                        The bottom line

                        Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

                        Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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