Last updated: March 2018
They say voice is the new video and if I was to observe my own habits, I'd have to agree.
I consume far more podcasts these days than YouTube videos - and what's more, my objectives have changed. I listen primarily when I want to learn something and I watch primarily when I just want to be entertained (or learn something visual such as creating double exposure effects in Photoshop).
But I'm very aware that it's still a minority who listen to podcasts. So many of my friends are surprised I listen to podcasts when in-transit or when doing household chores...and the first question they ask?
"But what do you listen to?"
Unless I am outside, travelling or with loved ones, I'm often doing something that's helping me be a better photographer, a better business person, a better human being (or just bingeing on the odd Netflix series). This still applies to my podcast playlist! So there is a lot of adventure/conservation/humanitarian/business-themes in my all-time favourites.
To be reminded to not buy what I don't need
To be be inspired about responsible business
Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard on How I Built This with Guy Raz
Wonderful insights into Patagonia. Chouinard recognises he is still a part of the consumer world...but he aims to use his powerful company to 'challenge the culture of consumption that is at the heart of the global ecological crisis' (from his book, 'Let My People Go Surfing').
For example, Patagonia gives lifetime guarantee of their products as in they will repair, they will help you find another owner for gear you don't need, they will take back worn out gear and repurpose.
BTW, big-time entrepreneurs on this podcast like founds of Instagram, Airbnb, Burton Snowboards, Ben & Jerry's and Chipotle - subscribe immediately
For no reason other than I love Jimmy Chin (but seriously, he is all-time)
Jimmy Chin on The Tim Ferriss Show
A badass professional athlete, photographer and filmmaker.
He has climbed/skiied Everest, been caught in an avalanche, takes INSANE photographs WHILST doing 'risky' things (I use inverted commas because risk is relative) and won the Sundance Audience Award in 2015 for 'Meru' (which you simply must watch now).
Lots in this about his training and how to get started with climbing.
And a glimpse into his approach on risk which is probably what hooked me in years ago - he says this in a The North Face video, "the two great risks are risking too much and risking too little".
Could go on forever.
To be entertained by a true artist - an Academy Award-winning actor, a Grammy Award-winning musician, a famous standup and improv comedian
Jamie Foxx on The Tim Ferriss Show
So, so good that I've listened to it twice (it's over 2 hours long so this is no joke).
So much talent and a HILARIOUS listen - lots of great Hollywood stories and fantastic impressions.
To remember that I get only ONE life
To push external expectations aside
Alex Honnold on Finding Mastery: Conversations with Michael Gervais
Michael Gervais is a high performance psychologist and he interviews those at the top of their game.
Alex Honnold is a rock climber best known for big wall free solo ascents - i.e. climbing without a rope.
What I love about this episode is Alex's self-awareness...you really are unshakeable + unstoppable if you are self-aware.
What may not be apparent in this episode is the work he does to preserve our environment - which is amazing.
To remember that at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is...would they miss you if you were gone?
Seth Godin on Chase Jarvis LIVE
The only thing that matters is...would they miss you if you were gone? This is similar to Gary Vee who says he always thinks of his funeral to dictate how he behaves...he wants to live in a way that means that everyone he has crossed paths with will be there. Love this.
But back on track - what I like about Seth Godin is his emphasis on picking yourself, making great art that MATTERS and building connection.
There are no barriers these days; you don't need external approval by gatekeepers to start so pick yourself and DO IT. Work is what you do to make a living. Art is what you do to evoke change in people, in the world.
Extras: 'The Icarus Deception' IS EXCELLENT. The lesson of the myth is to not fly too high - don't disobey, don't be too ambitious. But there's another part of the story and it's to not fly too low because the water would have ruined the lift in Icarus' wings. Society focusses on the 'too high' part. It's like Tall Poppy Syndrome in Australia. Whilst it might feel safer to fly low, it's dangerous - 'we settle for low expectations and small dreams and guarantee ourselves less than we are capable of'.
This is one I wish everyone would listen to.
'A Rant To Get Your Monday Morning Fired Up', The Gary Vee Audio Experience
'I just don't get the head-down, sad mentality on Monday morning'
'If you're still looking at Monday morning as a chore, and dreading it on Sunday night, your shit is BROKEN.
Start getting fired up for Monday, and to stop living for Friday.'
You have one life and it's YOUR life so if you find yourself complaining about the same thing, over and over again...go make a change. It took me almost a year to get out of finance but throughout that entire year, I was learning about other fields I might be interested in, meeting new people, going to new classes and workshops...actually putting in the work to evoke change.
By just whinging and wishing...what do you think is actually going to happen?
BTW, all Gary Vee podcasts will hammer in the fact that you just need to WORK. Sometimes, when I'm in a bit of a rut or just not as productive as I'd like to be, I listen to a bit of Gary Vee to reignite that fire - works every time.
These aren't podcasts - they're TED talks...but they are my favourite:
To inspire you to be a better human
To make you realise how lucky you are
The family I lost in North Korea. And the family I gained - Joseph Kim
I bawled watching this, and I mean, hyperventilating-crying.
This will put 'problems' into perspective. It will emphasise compassion, family, love and the importance of helping one another, especially in these times when people are so scared to let down boundaries.
"Have hope for yourself, but also help each other. Life can be hard for everyone, wherever you live."
After I watched this all those years ago, I searched for updates. Here's an article 2 years later.
To see someone truly fulfilled and in love with their work (not to mention he is one of my favourite photographers)
The joy of surfing in ice-cold water - Chris Burkard
This was my first exposure to Chris who has become one of my favourite photographers. His passion radiates through his work, always. Plus, his team and he have the best times ever full of laughs and silly shenanigans haha.
About ending poverty
Doesn't everyone deserve a chance at a good life? -Jim Yong Kim
President of the World Bank Group - such a great speaker and a great man. I remember the day he was appointed. His message in this TED talk is that people want OPPORTUNITY. The World Bank is wanting to back investment proposals that build infrastructure in poorer companies & thereby create jobs. They are investing $25bn per year in these projects.
"The future "you" -- and especially for your children -- the future you will depend on how much care and compassion we bring to ensuring that the future "us" provides equality of opportunity for every child in the world."
About hate + compassion
My descent into America's neo-Nazi movement - and how I got out
This moved me in so many ways. I have always believed that the more varied experiences you have in life, including the more different people you meet, the better of a person you become. Less hateful, more compassionate. The number of people I have met who hate Muslims or refugees don't know - and I mean have had a proper conversation with - a single Muslim or refugee. We hate what we don't know, what we don't understand, what we are scared of, what we are uncomfortable with. I hope this TED talk causes people to rethink their hatred and move towards compassion and understanding. You don't have to like something or someone, but you should respect it.