Dan Waldschmidt

by Dan Waldschmidt

December 18, 2017


It’s no secret that time is limited.

You want to read, but you’re on the road too much. You want to call your mentor and talk it up, but you have too many conference calls and are lucky to fit in a decent lunch–let alone find some quality time with a relationship of value. 

Sacrifices have to be made to get where you want to be. It’s hard work. Completely worth it, but still hard.

Some days it’s hard to do anything besides work. 

But what if you could work while you get inspired? That’s one of the beauties of podcasts.

They are convenient, short (if you listen to the right ones), and chock full of encouragement. They teach. Train. Inspire and support.

I put together a list of the favorite podcasts from the entire EDGY Empire team to help you up your game. Maybe you’ll find your new favorite below:

1. Awesome Etiquette [link]

This podcast is exactly what it sounds like – lessons in awesome etiquette. As we’ve moved out of the roaring 1920’s and closer to the 2020’s, the Post family has held tight to their beliefs about personal conduct and etiquette.

And they get together regularly to school the rest of us on how to be better people. They do it in a fun, conversational tone that makes you want to try a little harder to put your best foot forward.

2. Radiolab [link]

Radiolab is a completely immersive experience. It’s a podcast where you can learn cool things about science, philosophy, and life in general. There’s an entertaining banter between hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich as they retell stories–sound effects included– to get to the bottom of things.

Since each podcast is around 60 minutes, it’s perfect for a one-hour commute–so you might as well use that time to learn something new. This is a great podcast to introduce to your science and history loving teen to as well. 

3. How I Built This [link]

I spoke about a rainy day file the other day on my podcast (episode 73) that encouraged you to find inspiration. How I Built This is that kind of rainy day podcast.

Get inspired by the stories of other founders, innovators, and business people (just like you) who’ve made their dreams come true…and then some.

4. TED Radio Hour [link]

Also hosted by Guy Raz (the host of How I Built This), TED Radio Hour compiles the ever-popular TED talks into a power hour of information that will blow (or expand) your mind.

From how the brain works to how art can influence your life, Guy covers just about every topic imaginable.

5. Pop Culture Happy Hour [link]

Another NPR podcast, Pop Culture Happy Hour keeps you up to date on the latest books, music, comics, television and movies. Lots of movies.

Featured in a roundtable format with writers Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glenn Weldon, and whatever guests happen to pop in for the day, you can stay on top of pop culture with this twice-weekly show without actually letting pop culture consume you. 

6. NPR Politics [link]

Suffice it to say, we’re big fans of NPR here at the EDGY Empire. They really do have a little bit of everything, including politics (obviously).

Stay on top of the political world without getting stressed out or arguing with anyone with 30-45 minutes of what you need to know about what’s happening in our country.

Each episode features a listener-submitted opening, so if yours gets featured (and you mention The EDGY Empire), let us know ?.

7. What It Takes [link]

What It Takes is a podcast put together by Academy of Achievement where they interview people who are at the top of their game in their field.

People in music, literature, business, television, social reform, and the military. In less than an hour, you will hear the life stories of people you know (and maybe love) and get a takeaway that you can apply in your own life.

8. ESPN’s 30 For 30 [link]

If you like sports and you like sports stars, 30 for 30 is the podcast for you. Football, baseball, basketball, hockey, golf, and even UFC stories are retold each week.

They take current audio and original audio (when they have it) and weave together beautiful (true) tales about life in sports.

9. Terrible, Thanks For Asking [link]

Terrible, Thanks for Asking is a great podcast on how to handle pain because sometimes when you answer, “I’m fine”, you know you are lying through your teeth.

Hosted by Nora McInerny, who lost her own husband to cancer and the author of It’s Ok to Laugh (Crying is Cool too), the show looks at difficult situations and how to deal with them from a new (and sometimes comical) perspective.

10. Mortified: [link]

In thirty minutes or less, hear others tell their embarrassing stories on stage in front of strangers.

The mortified podcast is a good (no, great) way to remind yourself you’re not alone and things could be worse….way, way, way, way worse.

11. The EDGY Conversations podcast [link]

I may be biased, but this is my personal favorite. Every day, in less than 20 minutes, I like to tell stories that will hopefully inspire and push you to be just a little bit better today than you were yesterday. And I know you were pretty awesome yesterday.

And once a week, I step back to let a true story, richly sound designed, step into the spotlight and encourage you.

The EDGY podcast is radical help for people who want it in easy to digest doses, so subscribe below.

What are you listening to right now that is going to help you elevate your game?

Do you need something fresh and powerful to help you drive the results that you want?

Although a good podcast won’t replace a hug from your kid, the thrill of a signed contract, or a coffee date with your best friend, when you need a pick-me-up or some encouragement on the fly, podcasts are here to save you (in an hour or less). 

Listen in. Tell me which ones become your favorites.

About the author

Dan Waldschmidt

Dan Waldschmidt doesn’t just talk about leveling up. He’s obsessed with it. He's set records as an ultra-runner and been the personal strategist for the leading business leaders of our time. He wrote a book, called EDGY Conversations that accidentally became a worldwide bestseller and continues to share his insights from the stage as a keynote speaker and on the blogs and podcasts you will find here. Most days, you'll find Dan heads-down, working on breakthrough strategies for his clients at EDGY Inc, a highly-focused, invite-only, business strategy execution company based out of Silicon Valley.