Listening to the same podcast feeds to glean new information is like squeezing the same grapefruits over and over again. Unless they’re usually high quality, well-researched shows, once you’ve heard a half-dozen episodes of a podcast, you’ve heard most of what their hosts have to say. After that, they’re just re-voicing their opinions, offering variations on well-worn themes.1 You’ll continue to get a drip here and a drop there, but what’s the point?
Stop listening to the same people say the same things, and renew your mind with fresh books.2
- Podcasts are the Hipsterville version of radio talk shows. They’re more sophisticated but they contain the same inescapable problem of repeating themselves over and over and over and… ↩︎
- The best place to do that is Audible. Contrary to misconception, Audible can be a pay-per-month service, but it isn’t a typical one like Zwift or Netflix in which you’re exchanging dollars for zero value during a month that you don’t use the service. Rather, if you don’t use Audible for a given month, your credits that you’ve accrued will rollover to the next month. Moreover, you’re not renting audiobooks from Audible; you’re buying them. You keep them for life; you have perpetual access to them. In short, the value that you get for $14.99 per month is equivalent to adding new books to your bookshelf on a monthly basis, except you’re adding them in an accessible form that guarantees you’ll actually get good out of them. That’s more than I can say for the scores of books, for which I paid good money, that are sitting on my shelves in various stages of neglect. ↩︎