How my life has changed from a year of Podcast listening in 2017

2017 has been a special year for me. I never thought I could achieve so many things in so many perspectives of life. I attribute most of my achievements to a series of habits stacking through the year. And things I learnt from varies of Podcasts I listened to are the source of my inspirations. I can’t wait to share with y’all so your 2018 can off to a good start!

A list of my favorite Podcasts listened in 2017:

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

About the show:

Oh man where do I even begin with this! Tim Ferriss is described as a best-selling author, entrepreneur, investor, interviewer and self experimenter. But to me he is more like a mentor and teacher. Typically his show is a long interview with someone who is a world-class performer in his/her profession and discover their habits and routines so anyone can choose and apply in their lives. There are wide ranging topics about diet, training, mental health, productivity, investment, relationship and so on.

How it has changed my life:

The most dramatic impact on my life has been the implementation of Slow-carb Diet. I first learned the idea from the show and bought the Four Hour Body to develop a full dietary plan. My weight went down from 90kg in January to 81kg in September and to 84kg in December (because of the holiday indulgence). Body fat went from 21% to 17.5%.

Body transformation from January to May

Good diet will get you about 70% your goals. The rest of it needs your sweat. What I discovered and also recommend by Ryan Flaherty on the show is the NTC (Nike Training Club) app. The workouts are mostly body weight or light weight training mixed with HIIT. The app has a really slick design and easy to follow at home or gym. I normally do this first thing in the morning empty stomach to maximize the effect.

My 2017 NTC workout Summary

Besides the improvement of my physique, a routine of daily meditation has helped me substantially on my productivity and emotional stability. I was introduced to Headspace from the show and used their free Take-10 pack to build up the habit. (A good lesson learned about habit building is that if you repeat the action a minimum of 5 times in a row at the exact same time of the day, it is more likely that you build up the habit.)

My 2017 Headspace meditation summary

Another habit I have established as part of my daily routine is Morning Journaling. It was discussed by multiple guests on the show as part of their daily routines. I was skeptical in the beginning but as soon as I had a few days of work in then it became unstoppable. Most of my journal is about things to appreciate in life, reflections on myself and positive and motivational self talk. It gives me a unique perspective about the ups and downs in my life and how I can better relate to these emotions.

Much of my journal is just some scribble

Other good stuff learned from the show:

How to get better sleep

How to fight depression

How to say no


Cryptocurrency investment

And many many…

2. Master of Scales

About the show:

Reid Hoffman is someone who doesn’t need any introduction. His track record in the Vally speaks for itself. On this show Reid interviews the best entrepreneur in the Vally such as Mark Zuckerberg, Brian Chesky, Peter Thiel, Stewart Butterfield and many more about some critical lessons they learned to grow a good product to a good business.

How it has changed my life:

Stories and lessons on the show was such a great inspiration for me to pursue my own entrepreneurial adventure. Even though we have been planing for some time, I finally had the guts to launch our online green beauty business Organic Bee Beauty (IG: @organicbeebeauty) with my wife. Many lessons on early stage of these companies was very helpful for us to grow our customers and products.

3. The Pitch

About the show:

A great show from Gimlet media and it is very similar to the format of Shark Tank. It described as “A show where real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors — for real money. In each episode, we take you behind closed doors to the critical moment when aspiring entrepreneurs put it all on the line”.

How it has changed my life:

I enjoyed so much of the tension when money is on the line. I can’t help but imagine what would be like if I’m pitching to some big name investors. If I’m continuing my entrepreneurial pursue then it’s inevitable that I will be in the room one day. Now, it is more about watch and learn and build the mental toughness.

4. Revisionist History

About the show:

Malcolm Gladwell is one of my favorite authors. His book The Tipping Point and Outliers had profound impact in my early 20s. In this show, he talks about some anecdote in history that was overlooked or misunderstood. Every episode re-examines something from the past — an event, a person, an idea, even a song — and asks whether we got it right the first time. His innate curiosity from his journalist times makes this show fascinating to listen to.

How it has changed my life:

For someone who grew up in China, came to the states for graduate school in his 20s and worked in the tech industry ever since, often times I found myself not engaged in conversations outside of work. Part of it is from a gap on many of the historical and social issues that this country has. This show has been a fun way for me to have a crash course on history.

5. The Daily

About the show:

20 Minutes a day, 5 days a week, the news show from the NYT hosted by Michael Barbaro.

How it has changed my life:

As I’m getting more and more busy with my morning routines, I find myself just don’t have the time to read the news! This podcast from NYT has been great way for me to get informed about current events when I commute. 20 minutes of news a day is just about the right amount I need.

There you have it, my favorite Podcasts in 2017. Let me know what are your favorites! Wish y’all a healthy and productive 2018. Happy Listening!

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