If you'd told me a year ago that I would soon be listening to podcasts for anything from one to four hours per day, I'd probably be insulted, because, you know, I'm so busy - where would I ever find the time?
But since reading Tim Ferriss' The Four Hour Work Week (blog about that coming shortly), my whole take on 'busy-ness' changed. I began waking up earlier, going to the gym, doing only the essential things on my to-do list, all before the average person had even set foot in their place of work - all this without even taking a peek at my emails. I began to only check my emails twice a day. These changes allowed me to add more research and reading time into my days, but also meant that I could listen to several podcasts. Now, not all podcasts are made equal; in some, the sound quality can doom your future listener-ship within minutes, while others can bore you to angry tears with incessant ads or hosts who talk over their guests. Thankfully, none of the above applies to Farnoosh Torabi's So Money podcasts.
In the past, me and money weren't always the best of friends - unless you count credit card debt as a sign of everlasting friendship - so it still surprises me that I listen to Farnoosh's podcasts so regularly, daily in fact. I can't quite remember how I found her, but from the beginning Farnoosh's no nonsense, informative style, as well as her wide-ranging array of guests - from Danielle LaPorte to Tony Robbins - has had an effect on how I run my finances, and subsequently, my life.
Within a couple of months of listening to Farnoosh, most notably her interview with Mr Money Mustache (look him up, he will change your life, if you're ready), and some early retirees, myself and my partner decided to remove all monthly direct debits/standing orders from our accounts - aside from our mobile phones. Sky Sports channel subscriptions, Vogue and Elle subs, even health insurance payments, were cancelled. We cut our gym bills in half by ditching our nice Virgin Active memberships in favour of a no-frills 24 hour gym, and cut down our date nights. The financial rewards began to show within weeks; suddenly, a six week trip to California was no longer a lofty dream, as our savings account grew and grew. In some ways, life also became simpler; not going out so much meant we had more time for the gym, which in turn helped us sleep, which in turn just made our days better.
When it comes to business, despite the fact that much of Farnoosh's advice is very United States-centric, you can also learn a lot. If you need to re-train, no doubt Farnoosh has spoken to someone who has reinvented themselves. Thinking about a start-up? Farnoosh will have the advice and experiences ready for you to delve into. Want to retire in your thirties? It's all there.
As well as all of the above, one thing podcasts are great for is that they make you feel less alone. If you're a solo business owner, it's easy to get bogged down in your own ish, your 'busy-ness'. If you work from home, it's easy to feel alone, unnecessary or worse still, a fake, and if you're just starting out, there are days when you can't help but ask yourself, 'why?'.
Add Farnoosh's podcasts to your iTunes subscriptions list and I guarantee you will only reap positive benefits.