We all know the struggle of a failed search for new music. And the journey of finding a new Netflix series can sure get old fast. The age of podcasts is upon us, up-and-coming digital audio files that you can listen to straight from your iPhone. On a plane or walking to class, podcasts are the perfect way to make time fly and gain some insight or have a laugh while you’re at it.
The podcast app is the purple app that came with your phone that you might have overlooked or stored away in a folder. You can listen to any of them through the app, and to download or subscribe to a show, you can go through iTunes. Podcasts have been on the rise for about three to four years, but only in about the last year have podcasts become a household name. One of VALLEY’s favorites is The Tim Ferriss Show, and we think it deservers some recognition.
Tim Ferriss, bestselling author and self-experimenter, has been described by Newsweek as “the world’s best human guinea pig” and by others as the “Oprah of audio”. On iTunes’ description of the app, it says, “In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.”
Ferriss says on his website, “This includes favorite books, morning routines, exercise habits, time-management tricks, and much more.”
Also on his website, his podcast is described as “generally the #1 business podcast on all of iTunes, and it’s been ranked #1 out of 300,000+ podcasts on many occasions.”
“It’s about positive tactics you can use, not ‘gotchas’ or other B.S.. The Internet has enough of that, and I wanted to do something to reverse the trend.”
This podcast will “make you remember the world can be a good place”. Ferriss’ interviews are described as open, raw and friendly, and “past guests include Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, Edward Norton, Maria Popova, Vince Vaughn, Rick Rubin”, among many others.
Ferriss has a gift of asking the most appropriate questions at the best times in order to conduct incredibly entertaining and informative podcasts. So often do people practice being interviewed, yet so few engage in the art of asking questions–perhaps the most effective method of learning.
All of the podcasts offer wisdom and shed light into areas you might not have even known existed. Ferriss speaks articulately and carefully, making sure the questions are clear and come to a conclusion that is greatly satisfying. He digs deep into his interviewees and works information out of them like a pro, asking them questions that help them get out the words that perhaps they were hoping they could find.
Ferriss conveniently keeps track of each anecdote that might be helpful to the audience and posts them on his website as “show notes.” That way if you are listening while driving, or miss the spelling of something, you don’t have to worry.
VALLEY has great admiration of Ferriss as he works to teach and help his audience grow. We promise if you listen to just one episode you’ll be hooked, as everyone is guaranteed interest in one of the vast variety of episodes. With over 200 million downloads, VALLEY suggests that you start by listening to episode 94 with Tara Brach or episode 178 with Tony Robbins. Enjoy!