It’s no coincidence that the world’s most successful men happen to be the most educated. I’m not necessarily suggesting that they know the most about everything but they certainly have learned a set of unique skills in a particular trade or craft that has allowed them to create a profitable and fulfilling life.
I believe the concept of continual education is so crucial to your success as a man that I have dedicated 1 of our 8 key skills sets to the idea of a lifetime of learning.
The information and education necessary to succeed was once reserved for only the wealthiest of men. Times have changed.
Reach into your pocket and pull out your phone. That little device is a window to more information that men even 100 years ago could not learn in their entire time on this planet. And, all you have to do is click a couple of buttons.
It’s no longer a matter of IF the education is available. It’s a matter of WILL you tap into it and HOW will you do it.
Sure, you could drive down to your local library and pick up a book, sit in the classroom of your college for hours on end, or attempt to acquire a personal mentor. While those sources of education have merit, many of us find it difficult to balance the hats we currently wear (fathers, husbands, business owners, charitable causes, coaches, spiritual leaders, etc).
Adding just one more hat (student) to the list seems like a daunting and overwhelming task.
Enter the world of Podcasting.
For those of us who have already tapped into this incredible tool of insight, information, and education, we already know the value it brings.
For those of you who have not, you’ll soon see the power available at your fingertips. Think commercial free, on-demand radio on any topic you choose, from business and health to movie recaps and underwater basket-weaving, and just about any topic in between.
As beautiful as that may sound, if you’re a newbie to the podcasting world, you may not have even heard of a podcast until now and you may not know where to start.
Here are 3 simple steps to unlocking unlimited sources of information–all in the palm of your hand:
Step 1: Download a Platform (skip this step if you already have iTunes or Stitcher Radio)
In order to access the wealth of information available through the power of podcasting, you’ll have to download a platform to listen in. Apple and Android have made this extremely convenient through applications (apps) you can download to your mobile or desktop device.
If you use an Apple device, the podcasting app comes pre-installed. You’ll find it by clicking on the icon that looks like the one below on your iPhone or iPad.
If you have an Android device and would like to listen to your podcasts on your or phone, you’ll need to download Stitcher Radio which you can by clicking on the image below:
Macs and PCs
In order to listen to podcasts on your computer, you’ll need to download iTunes to your computer (pre-installed on Macs). You can do that by clicking on the icon below:
Step 2: Search for Content
Both iTunes and Stitcher Radio are considered search engines. In fact, iTunes is one of the largest search engines in the world.
Again, you will have unlimited information in the palm of your hand. The challenge you may run into is where to start. You literally have thousands of podcast to choose from. And, with that many choices, it’s easy to get into “paralysis by analysis,” get frustrated, and give up.
It’s a lot like having access to 1000 TV stations. You really end up only using a handful of them.
So, which podcasts do you tune into? That’s up to you. But, below, you’ll find some of the best podcasts in the world for men’s interests including finance, fitness and nutrition, self-development, leadership, educational, and entertainment.
You don’t have to download them all. Pick and choose what appeals to you but this will get you started on your podcasting journey.
Men’s Interest Podcasts
Okay, so maybe I’m a bit biased to include my own podcast on this list. But, if I didn’t think my podcast, Order of Man, was among the best sources of information for men, would I really be doing it?
My goal is to help motivated and ambitious men become better in every area of their lives. We have weekly conversations with the best men the world has to offer covering 8 Key Skill Sets Every Man Must Master: Fitness, Intellect, Leadership, Manly Know-How, Relationships, Self-Mastery, Style, and Wealth.
Need I say more?
In his new podcast, Jocko Willink and Echo Charles team up to share their insights on discipline, leadership, business, relationships and more.
Combined with his military experience, including Commander of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser in Ramadi (same region I served in 2005-2006) and his passion for helping men eliminate excuses and step up as leaders, this podcast is sure to fire you up and help you take ownership of your life.
It’s jam-packed with insightful commentary on past and current global conflicts, manly virtues, and book reviews. Subscribe to it now and read his New York Times Best-Selling Book, Extreme Ownership.
If you aren’t familiar with The Art of Manliness podcast and you’re a man, I only have one question for you. Where have you been?
The Art of Manliness podcast features discussions on topics and issues important to men.
In addition to the traditional podcast guests, Brett McKay features many best-selling authors on the topics of manly skills, military history, and practical wisdom.
You can also check out my interview with Brett McKay on “Perfecting the Art of Manliness.”
If you’re not listening to Keep Hammering, and following Cameron Hanes, you should be. This guy is the ultimate pillar of dedication and discipline.
He’s got some great podcasts including several interviews with Joe Rogan (who I highlight later in this article).
And, if that’s not enough for you to tune in check out his show description: “I am a bowhunting athlete, training intensively each and every day to become the Ultimate Predator.” – Cameron Hanes
It’s no surprise that the world’s most successful men happen to be the most knowledgeable.
Enter Knowledge for Men where the world’s most successful leaders share their incredible stories and life lessons to help you get the life you want in the areas of health, wealth, relationships and personal growth.
You’ll walk away with a ton of actionable tips and insights designed to propel you forward and help you become the man you want to become.
Ted Ryce with Legendary Life is a Personal Trainer, Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker and Wellness Coach and he’s worked with celebrities like Richard Branson and Robert Downey Jr.
So, when a man like this–someone with real experience–decides to host a podcast, you listen.
Topics covered in the Legendary Life Podcast include strength training, nutrition, hormones, public speaking, confidence, networking, dating and relationships, sex and more.
Founded by the extremely successful serial entrepreneur, Mike Dillard, Self Made Man is a show designed for men who want to achieve greatness, leave their mark on the world, and create a legacy of honor, integrity, and achievement in every aspect of their lives.
The Self Made Man Podcast is just getting started but they have managed to bring on an incredible lineup of guests who can help you build a life of excellence in business, relationships, health, finance, and legacy.
Team Never Quit is hosted by two Navy SEALs, Marcus Luttrell David Rutherford, who’ve known each other for years and shares their amazing life experiences in a humorous, heartfelt and entertaining way. These two Frogmen have been motivating millions of people around the world with their unique styles of motivational speaking, writing and coaching.
Marcus and David are committed to their mission of helping people face their greatest challenges in order to learn the Never Quit mindset.
Let’s face it, being a dad is tough work. I have three children of my own (and one on the way) and I have yet to master the art of fatherhood.
Larry Hagner, founder of the Good Dad Project, and Shawn Stevenson break down common challenges of fatherhood and make them easy to understand and overcome. Tackling the world of fatherhood can be a daunting task when we try to do it alone.
The mission of The Good Dad Project is to help you become the best, strongest, and happiest version of yourself so that you can help guide your kids to the best version of themselves.
How has masculinity changed over the years? It’s hard to define but we all know it has.
The New Man strives to take you beyond the Macho Jerk and the New Age Wimp so often portrayed in the media.
Tripp Lanier covers the topics guys are hungry to explore but typically only discuss after a few beers. Each podcast consists of real world, practical advice so guys can rise above mediocrity and live a life of purpose and meaning.
Topics include relationships, sex, dating, career, money, power, overcoming fear, fitness, inner game, lifestyle design, and spirituality.
Stephen Mansfield’s podcast will get you thinking.
He covers a broad array of current events from the date-rape culture we’re currently facing to commentary on the political climate we find ourselves in.
Stephen Mansfield is a New York Times bestselling author of many books including The Faith of George W. Bush, The Search for God and Guinness, Lincoln’s Battle With God, Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men (a must-read for every man), and The Miracle of the Kurds.
Retired Navy SEAL Commander, Mark Divine. What more do I need to say?
Mark Divine, the founder of SEALfit and host of The Unbeatable Mind Podcast takes you along his 5 mountain training path of developing your mental, physical, emotional, intuitive, and Kokoro (Heart) self.
I’ve enjoyed listening to Mark’s real-life practical advice so much that I ask him to be a guest on our show which you can find here.
He shared the power of silence, meditation, and the mind.
Wealth Building Podcasts
The thing I like most about Good Financial Cents is that Jeff Rose is a Certified Financial Planner with over 10 years of real world financial planning experience. He is also a best-selling author and Iraqi Combat Veteran.
He has successfully launched several money movements including The Money Uprising Movement and The Roth IRA Movement.
Each week Jeff strives to give people the tools and resources they need to achieve financial freedom in their lives.
This show is honest, uncensored and is not your father’s boring finance show.
Each week, Listen Money Matters brings much needed ACTIONABLE advice to a generation that hates being lectured about personal finance from the out-of-touch one percent.
Andrew and Thomas are relatable, funny, and brash. Their down-to-earth discussions about money are entertaining whether you’re a financial whiz or just starting out.
Joshua Sheats reveals all of his best ideas for personal financial planning, saving money, and achieving financial independence.
In Radical Personal Finance you’ll discover how you can lower your tax bill, cut your expenses without sacrificing your lifestyle, and significantly increase your time and freedom to live the life you love through a greater knowledge and understanding of all aspects of personal finance and money management.
From the basic, foundational ideas and knowledge to the advanced and highly technical, you will learn how to win with money.
Stacking Benjamins shares a quirky mix of “A-List” guests including David Bach, Jean Chatzky, Sharon Lechter and Ric Edelman.
You’ll find insights and round-table discussions on current financial trends, statistics and techniques you’ve not yet discovered.
And, the hosts of Stacking Benjamins, Joe & OG, are joined weekly by award-winning top financial writers and bloggers.
The Well Kept Wallet Podcast with Deacon Hayes is all about getting you from where you are to where you want to be when it comes to your career, money and lifestyle.
In this podcast, Deacon will interview people from all different types of careers who love what they do for a living. The goal is to help you in your search to find a job that you love.
You’ll learn tips on how to achieve your goals in life when it comes to your career, money and lifestyle.
Fitness & Nutrition Podcasts
Barbell Shrugged, the #1 rated fitness and nutrition podcast, provides training programs for athletes and education for strength and conditioning coaches.
You’ll find a new episode every Wednesday packed with actionable fitness and nutrition takeaways.
You’ll also have the opportunity to join the Barbell Shrugged crew in conversations about fitness, training, and frequent interviews w/ CrossFit Games athletes!
Free exercise, nutrition, weight loss, triathlon and wellness advice is what you’ll find on Ben Greenfield Fitness.
Tune in to the latest health, fitness and multi-sport research, non run-of-the-mill interviews with exercise and medicine professionals, and new cutting-edge content from the top personal trainer and wellness coach in the nation.
This podcast includes fitness, nutrition, health, diet, wellness, workout, exercise, triathlon, Ironman, swimming, cycling, running, weight lifting, bodybuilding, Crossfit, Paleo, vegan, vegetarian, muscle gain and fat loss advice from America’s top personal trainer.
Abel James with Fat-Burning Man answers your fitness and nutrition questions and interviews leaders in alternative health, Paleo, and natural wellness.
You’ll learn the most successful secrets about losing fat, building muscle, and upgrading your health.
Fat Burning man is the winner of 4 awards podcast awards and is ranked #1 in Health in 8+ countries.
The goal of the Rich Roll Podcast is to unlock your best self!
Rich Roll, ultra-athlete and author of two #1 bestsellers delves deep into all things wellness with some of the brightest and most forward thinking, paradigm busting minds in health, fitness, nutrition, creativity, entrepreneurship & spirituality.
Topics include general health, food policy & politics, fitness, environmentalism and sustainable lifestyle practices, meditation, yoga, mindfulness, and spirituality.
Rich’s goal is simple: to educate, inspire and empower YOU to discover, unlock & unleash your best, most authentic self.
Joe Desena, founder & CEO of Spartan Race and NY Times best-selling author, travels the globe seeking and answers from experts like Sir Richard Branson, Steve Pressfield, Tim Ferris and many more on the Spartan Up Podcast.
Joe’s interviews with authors, academics, athletes, adventurers, CEOs and thought leaders will shift your thinking, make you laugh and and give you the tools you need to succeed.
He’s on a mission to find the secrets to success in all aspects of life.
The Model Health Show is a fun, entertaining, and enlightening look at health and fitness.
World-renown author and nutritionist Shawn Stevenson breaks down complex health issues and makes them easy to understand and overcome.
Whether it’s weight loss, chronic fatigue, heart disease, diet, exercise, sex, hormones, sleep problems, or countless other health topics, the insights you get here will help you transform your health and live your best life ever.
Whether it’s a Speech, job interview, or deal-closing pitch, do you know the best way to handle yourself in the spotlight?
Steal the Show offers a fast track to the skill-set that will enable you to engage your listeners, manage your nerves, and give your message maximum impact in every situation, every time.
Michael Port, a New York Times bestselling author of 6 books, a top-rated corporate speaker, and former professional actor shares insights and strategies that will help you succeed in any presentation.
Leaders are learners.
The best leaders never stop working to make themselves better. That’s why the Learning Leader Show exists, to get together and understand the journeys of successful leaders, so that we can better understand our own.
This show is full of personal stories of successes, failures, and lessons learned along the way. Guests include best-selling authors, entrepreneurs, athletes, and entertainers.
You can hear my conversation with Ryan Hawk, host of The Learning Leader Show here.
This is not your traditional educational podcast. The MFCEO Project is for anyone who is sick of the status quo of pursuing goals and profiting in business.
In this podcast, Andy Frisella and his guests share insights on success and failure, in straight up fashion.
Andy is motivated by a desire to help people to succeed in business and life, “to get them moving in the right direction to achieve their business and personal goals, whatever they may be.”
Listen to The MFCEO Project here!
This Is Your Life with New York Times best-selling author, Michael Hyatt, is a weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership.
The goal is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.
Each week Michael discusses how you can be a better leader in your community, in your home, and in your life.
Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig.
One of the most download and fastest growing podcast in existence, Serial unfolds one true story over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won’t know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her.
Each week she’ll bring you the latest chapter, so it’s important to listen in, starting with Episode 1.
The Cracked Podcast is a hilarious extension of the editorial team’s discussions that shape the brilliant articles and sketches on Cracked.
Cohosts Jack O’Brien and Michael Swaim, along with an impressive roster of guests, use the platform to identify and dissect pop culture tropes and debunk commonly held myths.
You’ll enjoy the mix of humor, satire, and wit as the Cracked podcast team share insights into some of the oddest inventions, political climates, and cultural events.
The Joe Rogan Experience is a long form conversation hosted by comedian, UFC color commentator, and actor Joe Rogan.
Joe Rogan’s friends and guests have included comedians, actors, musicians, MMA instructors and commentators, authors, artists, and porn stars. With the broad diversity of guests, you’re bound to learn something new.
An extremely successful podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience was voted the Best Comedy Podcast of 2012 on iTunes.
The Nerdist Podcast is basically Chris Hardwick talking about stuff and things with his two nerdy friends Jonah Ray and Matt Mira.
They cover a broad array of topics including books, comedy, comics, films, food, and games.
If you’re interested in learning about nothing and everything all in the same episode, then this is the podcast for you!
Comedian Marc Maron is tackling the most complex philosophical question of our day- WTF? He’ll get to the bottom of it with help from comedian friends, celebrity guests and the voices in his own head.
Among the most popular podcast today, Marc Maron has interviewed many notable guests, most recently President Barack Obama. Regardless of what you think of Obama’s politics, landing the leader of the free world as a guest on your show speaks volumes about the credibility of this show.
The American Military History Podcast is dedicated to telling the story of American history through the eyes of it’s military men and women.
Starting with the Revolutionary War they’ll cover military engagements through present day, as well as taking a few stops along the way to learn about the history of each of the branches of the American Military (Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force.
An added bonus: Any donations made to this podcast will be shared with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Listen to Freakonomics Radio and have fun discovering the hidden side of everything with host Stephen J. Dubner, co-author of the best-selling “Freakonomics” books.
Each week, hear surprising conversations that explore the riddles of everyday life and the weird wrinkles of human nature, from cheating and crime to parenting and sports.
Dubner talks with Nobel laureates and provocateurs, social scientists and entrepreneurs.
After just a few episodes, this podcast will have you too thinking like a Freak.
Impress your friends with your knowledge of the manliest of skills and information to the most completely useless facts known to man.
In every episode of Stuff You Should Know you’ll learn something new such as “How do landfills work” and “How do mosquitos work.”
Join Josh and Chuck as they explore the Stuff You Should Know about everything from genes to the Galapagos in this podcast.
James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor, board member, and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!” He has started and sold several companies for eight figure exits. He’s on the board of a billion revenue company, has written for The Financial Times, The New York Observer, and over a dozen popular websites for the past 15 years. He’s run several hedge funds, venture capital funds, and is a successful angel investor in technology, energy, and biotech.
In this podcast, you’ll learn how he did it and gain new insights into his mind and some of the most pressing cultural events we are dealing with today.
Entrepreneur On Fire is a podcast created for Serial Entrepreneurs, Side-Preneurs, or Small Business Owners.
If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or “me” time, John Lee Dumas delivers 7-days a week. Each episode brings you a successful Entrepreneur who shares their journey, their failures, AH-HA moments, successes, and much more.
Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where John extracts priceless resources and action steps for you.
Are you an Outlier?
Join Ever Gonzalez 5 days a week as he interviews founders, disruptors and mavens who are breaking the status quo and changing the world!
Listen in as these entreprenerial leaders share a behind-the-scenes view of their personal journey to success and insights into what has worked and what hasn’t.
Be part of a one-on-one mentoring session where we discuss specific business strategies.
The ProBlogger Podcast is designed to help you build a better blog.
With a mix of teaching, case studies and actionable challenges, Darren Rowse will teach you to create compelling content, find readers for your blog, deepen the engagement you have with those readers and to make money through a variety of income streams so that you can sustain your blogging.
Darren has been been blogging since 2002 and making a full time living from his blogs for over a decade. If you’re looking to take your blogs to the next level and make money online, this is the podcast for you.
The goal of the School of Greatness Podcast is designed to share inspiring stories from the most brilliant business minds, world class athletes and influential celebrities on the planet
Each week Lewis Howes, author, athlete, and keynote speaker, has conversations with successful men and women all over the world to help you find out what makes great people great.
Lewis is a great interviewer and is able to get more actionable information from his guests than the best interviewers around.
Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog.
Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love, whether it’s traveling the world, or just living comfortably at home.
You’ll learn about automation, outsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, social media, podcasting, everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business.
Named one of the “Top 10 Podcasts for Entrepreneurs to Learn Personal Finance From” by Inc. Magazine and “Top 100 Small Business Podcasts 2014” by Small Biz Trends, The Smart Business Revolution Podcast is a must-listen.
Former Clinton White House Writer John Corcoran shows you how to build relationships intelligently to get more clients, grow your income and advance your career.
You’ll discover how you can use win-win networking and intentional relationship-building with Influencers and VIPs, even if you “hate networking” or feel like you have “nothing to offer” people who are successful.
Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek.
Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.”
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.
Step 3: The Follow-Through
Needless to say that is a pretty in-depth list of the podcasts I would recommend you listen to. If that doesn’t get you started, I don’t know what will.
At this point, you may be asking yourself, “where do I go from here?” I’m glad you asked.
You’ll now want to begin customizing your “playlist” of podcasts to listen to. Here are 3 additional steps you’ll want to implement in order to make this a successful experience of learning.
- Search for new content: New podcast are being released each and every day and some experienced podcasts are being sent to the graveyard. Both iTunes and Stitcher make it easy to find new content. You’ll want to continue to explore and customize your learning experience. Remember iTunes and Stitcher Radio are search engines so use keywords in the search feature you’re interested in.
- Subscribe to great shows and ditch the rest: You’ll have the option to subscribe to the shows you really enjoy in both apps. If you stumble across a show you really like, subscribing will ensure you never miss an episode. The subscription option allows a new show to be automatically downloaded to your “feed.”
- Rate and Review the shows you love: A lot of you will have a desire to help the hosts of your favorite shows and what better way than to leave your rating and review. I can tell you, as a podcast host myself, that a honest and sincere rating and review goes a long way in reminding me why I started the podcast in the first place. Not only will you feel great about leaving your thanks but your ratings and reviews help that particular show gain more visibility for others to find. (I’d be honored if you’d leave a rating and review for our show, Order of Man, which you can do here.
There you have it guys! Three easy steps for listening to podcasts. The best way to learn is to get in there, dig around, and explore. Once you do, you’ll soon see how easy it is to tap into the power of the world’s most successful, entertaining, and gifted people on the planet.
We’ve all heard there is power in a mentor. I believe that is true and have several personal mentors in my life. However, it would literally costs you thousands if not hundreds-of-thousands of dollars to access the minds of those who host and are interviewed through this incredible medium of learning.