When Tim Ferriss Asked Me What Podcasts I Listen To

written by Tiana Kai
What Podcasts to listen to

First off, I can barely remember words making their way out of my mouth when I met Tim Ferriss. I vividly remember two things: I shook his hand for a loooong time, and he had a big, genuine smile. The rest is a blur, but here goes.

I attended the SXSW Conference in Austin last March 2017. I had no idea he would be attending, or let alone record a live podcast interview on stage! As much as I feel like I know Tim, I don’t know why I was shocked to see him there since he has such a history attending and launching his books at SXSW.

Fast forward to his live streaming podcast I attended. He interviewed author Cheryl Strayed. Great interview, as I like her too and loved her book turned movie Wild… I actually read it in Ashland, where she hiked through during her final stretch. After the podcast interview, which I left 5min early, I booked it to the mini bookstore set-up outside the conference room. Apparently, I was not the only one with the smart idea to get in line early as there were about 120 people ahead of me.

I ended up meeting a really cool super-fan—we got along splendidly. We shared books we’ve recently read, hobbies, what we love about Tim… I’m shocked we both didn’t get a tattoo of Tim’s face on our backs that night. I digress.

The time comes when I’m next in line. Oh boy, I’m shaking like a leaf in autumn. I approach Tim with an abnormally large grin, then thanked him for inspiring me to pick up journaling and craft a morning routine. He smiles. I then tell him how I had so many podcasts on my list, but eventually dwindled it down to a few, and he’s my top!

He then smiled and asked, “what are the other podcasts?” I FROZE. Someone might as well have chopped off my tongue and deleted my memory. I went blank. Duuuuh. I remembered absolutely nothing. So, that brings me to… my favorite podcasts!

My Ace List of Podcasts

  1. The Tim Ferriss Show
  2. 10% Happier with Dan Harris
  3. The Schools of Greatness
  4. Quote of the Day with Sean Croxton
  5. Social Media Examiner
  6. The Chase Jarvis Live Show

Podcasts I used to Listen to, maybe still catch 1-2 episodes a month, or podcasts I tried out for a hot second

  1. Finding Mastery
  2. ProBlogger
  3. Hidden Brain
  4. The Art of Paid Traffic
  5. Happier with Gretchen Rubin
  6. The Gary Vee Show
  7. The James Altucher Show
  8. The Rich Roll Show
  9. Note to Self
  10. The Art of Charm
  11. Savage Lovecast
  12. Jacko

What podcasts do you recommend?
P.S. I got my copy of The 4-Hour Workweek signed, in case you were wondering… Thanks Tim.

Tim Ferriss books

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Dirk Davidson January 30, 2018 at 3:45 pm

I LOVE Podcasts I’m averaging 1195 hours per year.
1.) NYT The Daily
2.) Ben Thompson’s Exponent
3.) Judge John Hodgman
4.) Make Me Smart (Marketplace)
5.) Malcolm Gladwell Revisionist History
6.) 99% Invisible
7.) Pop Culture Happy Hour

Tiana Kai February 4, 2018 at 5:29 pm

Wow, Dirk, that’s commitment! I was around that many hours for about a year then slowly backed down to an hour a day. I typically listen to them when getting ready in the, heading to work, and the rare times I cook at home. Podcasts have made me love road trips now too, it’s the perfect time to catch up! Thanks for these recommendations. I’ve listened to a few 99% episodes – I’ll check some of these out!


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