As we go further into 2017, we need to look back and reflect on the year that has passed. What did we do, how did we feel, WHO DID WE LISTEN TO?
Motivational speak Jim Rohn (and more recently Tim Ferriss) is famous for saying you are the sum-average of the people you spend the most time with. But what about the people you listen to? Who do you read, who's podcast do you subscribe to, which YouTube channel do you watch?
With so much out there, you have to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff. That's where I come in. I am a prodigeous reader, listener and YouTube engulfer so without further ado, here are 5 people I listened to in 2017 that I think you should listen to in 2018!
In no specific order...
Who: Aubrey Marcus is the founder and CEO of Onnit, a lifestyle brand based on a holistic health philosophy he calls "total human optimization".
Why: Aubrey is truly at the forefront of a new way of thinking. Be it health, relationships, business, or spirituality, Aubrey sees the world through a different lens than most of us. His outlook is truly refreshing and some of his theories, albeit controversial, may be the most common sense ways to go about life.
How: Listen to Aubrey's podcast, The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, on iTunes or wherever else you listen to your podcasts, and find Aubrey's readings on his website, www.aubreymarcus.com, or on other platforms such as Medium.
Who: Joe Rogan is a comedian, UFC color commentator, and former actor who is actually also business partners with the above mentioned Aubrey Marcus. Joe has been a staple of the UFC since nearing its introduction and is also a very reknowned comedian, but his bigesst impact comes from his podcast which brings in billions (yes, you read that correctly) of downloads every year.
Why: Joe's podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, is an amazing source of knowledge wrapped in a lighthearted, long form conversation. Joe's guests range from dieticans, musicians and sports stars to controversial figures such as Graham Hancock, Randall Carlson and Alex Jones. Very much like Aubrey who I mentioned earlier, a lot of these figures can open your mind to new thoughts, just be careful with listening to anything that comes from Alex Jones.
How: The Joe Rogan Experience is on all good podcast platforms, or check out Joe's stuff on YouTube at his channel, Powerful JRE.
Who: Mark Bell is a powerlifter, gym owner, inventor and entreprenuer living in Sacremento, USA. Mark first came to the attention of the public when he was featured in the documentary Bigger, Stronger, Faster produced by his brother Chris.
Why: Mark, although acting like a big child on his podcast for the most part if one of the most positive people you will find on the internet today. His outlook on life, training, business and family is amazing and should be adapted by people far and wide.
How: Listen to Mark Bell's Powercast if you are into podcasts, SuperTraining TV if you are up for YouTube, but I get the most out of just following Mark's thoughts on Instagram at @marksmellybell.
Who: Lewis Howes is an American author, entrepreneur, and former professional Arena League football player. He hosts The School of Greatness, a YouTube show/podcast that inspires people worldwide to be the best version of themselves.
Why: Lewis himself is a very motivating figure who is able to draw on his experineces to help people be better, but Lewis' show also takes time to address the wins, losses, theories and thoughts of leaders of many different fields.
How: Listen to The School Of Greatness podcast, watch The School Of Greatness on Lewis' YouTube channel, or grab his latest book, The Mask Of Masculinity.
Who: Sam Harris is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. His books include The End of Faith, Letter to a Christian Nation, The Moral Landscape, Free Will, Lying, Waking Up, and Islam and the Future of Tolerance. Sam received a degree in philosophy from Stanford University and a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA.
Why: Sam's writings and podcasts cover a wide range of topics—neuroscience, moral philosophy, religion, meditation practice, human violence, rationality and more. He is my favourite intellectual to listen to at the moment and although I find his thoughts on Islam hard to digest from time to time, he is a fascinating mind in most of what he does.
How: Listen to The Waking Up podcast on all good platforms, pick up one of his books online or at your local bookstore.
Thanks guys. Have a good 2018!