the best podcast

My current favorite podcast.

I have a new favorite podcast, and so should you.

The podcast is hosted by Alex Blumberg, who is a seasoned producer and radio host who worked for National Public Radio. He produced one of the most decorated radio programs, This American Life, and cofounded one of my favorite business-economics podcast, Planet Money.

Blumberg’s new podcast is simply and aptly named StartUp. The show follows him as he navigates his way through entrepreneurship and starting a for-profit podcasting company.

Blumberg, with This American Life and Planet Money under his belt, knows how to tell a good story. Now that he tells his own story, he has access to the kind of juicy details he would’ve killed for when he worked for NPR.

Here’s how he put it:

After years of reporting on other people’s businesses, I decided to start my own. This show follows what happens next – my difficult journey from man to businessman. It’s a classic start-up story, but one that’s recorded in real time. I’ve documented disastrous pitches to investors, difficult conversations with my wife, and tense negotiations with my co-founder. The result is an honest, transparent account of something that happens all the time, but that we can rarely listen in on: starting a business.

Throughout the show, Blumberg is honest, transparent, and courageous. He shares his most intimate moments of doubt and jubilee. He dresses nothing up. He just shares his story as it is.

The podcast comes out once every two weeks. I would highly recommend you subscribe on iTunes or subscribe with a podcasting app of your choosing through http://feeds.hearstartup.com/hearstartup.

You can listen to the first episode below.

Sound business advice, for free.

It’s astounding how much free, valuable information is out there for the taking.

With Wikipedia, YouTube, and Google, you can learn pretty much anything you can think of. I listen to podcasts, read marketing blogs, and watch YouTube videos on a daily basis to study business.

One guy who I currently have a business man-crush on is Gary Vaynerchuk.

This guy is something else. He has a powerful blend of talent, wisdom, authenticity and ego.

I read his book Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook* earlier this year, and it was great. The book is a “how-to” guide for businesses trying to get social. Vaynerchuk showcases many examples of how businesses use social media, analyzing what works and what doesn’t. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook is a smart, quick read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Vaynerchuk is a genius when it comes to identifying current marketing trends and being ahead of the curve. He navigates through his social channels masterfully, and there is a lot for me to learn.

He started a Youtube video series named #AskGaryVee two months ago. The show runs on a simple concept: people ask Vaynerchuk a question, and he answers them. Most of the questions are business-related, and his answers are always insightful. He clearly knows how to work the limelight, and shines bright through the lens.

There are 33 episodes at the time of writing, and I’ve seen every one. He answers about five questions per episode, and I enjoy his animated, unfiltered, honest advice.

Here’s the newest episode of the #AskGaryVee show (may be some explicit language):

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You can also subscribe to his iTunes podcast through this link.

He’s got some sound business advice, and his #AskGaryVee show is absolutely free!

Check it out.

*Full Disclosure: If you buy anything from Amazon through the Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook link above, I’ll get a little commission from Amazon, at absolutely no extra cost to you. I want to be open and authentic here. I won’t try to be sneaky to make a couple extra bucks.

You can’t lose 100% of the games you don’t play.

I’m sure you’ve seen this quote before:

You don’t make 100% of the shots you don’t take.

This quote exemplifies those who love to win. You love to win, so you play the game. You take the shots. You’ll miss some and you make some, but you keep playing because you love the feeling of making the shot.

You can’t lose 100% of the games you don’t play.

I made this quote up. Don’t quote me on it, because it’s a lame, loser-y quote. This quote epitomizes someone who hates to lose. No one can win everything. If you hate to lose, the safest thing is to not play. You can’t lose if you don’t play.

I tend to lean towards hating to lose more than loving to win. Neither are necessarily bad, but in entrepreneurial settings, hating to lose more than loving to win is calamitous. Last year, I spent 9 months on a project, never to launch, mostly because of my fear of losing. I am glad to have learned my lesson and move on.

I need to shift my mindset from “hate to lose” to “love to win.” I can’t be afraid of the failures. I need to embrace them and learn as much as I go. Time to take more shots.