Hey guys! Welcome back to Products Worth Talking About — the show about disruptive physical products and the people who built them.
Today, we’re breaking down some of our favorite educational and entertainment sources for entrepreneurs! A critical part of succeeding in business is finding a healthy balance of ingesting media sources. As an entrepreneur, you need to be informed on business trends and markets, but you also don’t want to oversaturate your exposure to the media because that can keep you from productivity. Additionally, you want to make sure that what you’re consuming will benefit your entrepreneurial journey.
In this episode, we’re going to give you some great recommendations on entertaining and informative podcasts, television shows, print publications, and Instagram accounts that will help you grow as an entrepreneur. We’re also going to share our favorite newsletter with you. Let’s dive in!
Donald Millers’ podcast is based on his iconic books Business Made Simple: 60 Days to Master Leadership, Sales, Marketing, Execution Management, Personal Productivity and More and Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. The podcast primarily focuses on giving you the simple steps to become a successful business person. There’s so much you can learn from Business Made Simple because Donald Miller brings on experts from a variety of different fields and interests like author and expert writing coach Allison Fallon and branding coach Vik Harrison. This podcast is an essential listen for all entrepreneurs wanting to learn more about their craft!
You’ve more than likely heard of this pick. It’s one of the most famous podcasts of all time, but we think it’s really earned its success. Joe Rogan’s interviews are engaging, informative, and incredibly entertaining.
If you’re not sure where to get started with the show’s massive catalog, we recommend watching the episode in which Joe Rogan interviews Elon Musk. The episode is phenomenal because Joe and Elon go down a bunch of different rabbit holes and discuss a wide range of interesting topics like flamethrowers, samurai swords, and the Flat Earth Movement. The episode is also worth a listen for its notoriety. Elon Musk smoked weed on the air and plummeted Tesla’s stock.
The Joe Rogan Experience’s episodes are often over two hours long, which sounds like a heavy commitment, but it’s also fun to have the podcast on in the background as you’re doing something else.
Ed Mylett is a master interviewer, and his show is a great way to start accessing your business mindset. The ongoing theme of the show is that Ed interviews people who are “maxing out” every area of their lives.
Ed has interviewed many iconic individuals on his show, like Gary Vaynerchuk, Fallon Taylor, and Beau Flynn. One episode that we especially enjoyed was with Brendon Burchard, which was all about increasing productivity and developing a role-model mindset, so you should check it out!
The Ed Mylett Show is especially informative for entrepreneurs because Ed focuses so heavily on how you can become the best version of yourself and develop a growth mindset, both of which are important for developing your professional and personal lives.
Billions is a gripping fiction show starring Paul Giamatti and Damian Lewis. It’s about an entrepreneur named Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (played by Damian Lewis) building a massive finance company worth billions of dollars in New York City. Paul Giamatti plays U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades, who aims to break up Bobby’s hedge fund empire.
The show is immensely entertaining and addictive, so this is our pick if you’re looking for some quality entertainment!
Shark Tank is always incredibly engaging and informative. If you’re unfamiliar with the show, it’s a reality show in which entrepreneurs and small business owners pitch ideas to celebrity investors for funding. Some of the guests we’ve had on our show have appeared on Shark Tank, like McSquares founder Anthony Franco and Doughbar founders Marquez and Ondrea Fernadez.
The show features various expert and iconic investors like Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, and Kevin O’Leary. If you want to learn about giving great pitches to investors and developing memorable products, you should definitely watch the show!
The Profit is a reality show following Marcus Lemonis as he saves failing businesses by offering his entrepreneurial expertise and funding. Marcus Lemonis is the CEO of Camping World and is worth over $500 million. If you want to learn about Marcus Lemonis, you can check out his website here.
The show teaches valuable insights into running a small business while also remaining entertaining. Marcus Lemonis has an engaging screen presence, and he’s also exceptionally knowledgeable on how to be a successful entrepreneur. His finance and business expertise are both incredibly enlightening.
American Greed is an expertly made documentary show narrated by Stacy Keach. It’s an engaging watch that’s all about people who have committed various financial crimes throughout history.
The show is especially intriguing because it documents cunning criminal entrepreneurs who used their financial expertise to scam and cheat. Although you shouldn’t learn how to follow in the exact footsteps of the show’s documented entrepreneurs, you’ll still learn a lot about business and laws governing finances.
The Wall Street Journal is a staple of finance and entrepreneurial news, and it’s no mystery why! The journal has offered readers invaluable insights into the economy since 1889, and they’ve won 37 Pulitzer Prizes!
Some of their most notable stories include “Energy Traders Cite Gains, But Some Math Is Missing,” which broke the story on the corruption at Enron back in 2000, and “Stock-Options Criminal Charge: Slush Fund and Fake Employees,” which contributed to their 2007 Pulitzer Prize win for Public Service.
The Financial Times is another critical publication for business and world news. The newspaper is based in London, England, and was established in 1888.
We really enjoy the publication for its news and information on the stock market. Financial Times authors do a great job of detailing how politics and world events impact the stock market, so if you’re interested in learning more about stock trends, you should start reading it!
Bob Menery is a self-described “R-rated sports commentator,” and he is also the voice of Buffalo Wild Wings advertisements. He is hilarious, and he has an incredibly original voice that makes you laugh when you hear it. His Instagram is mostly sport-related, but he incorporates a lot of humor into it.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is an American pop culture icon with his pro wrestling experience and many film roles, but did you know that he also has a very entertaining Instagram? His Instagram follows him around as he travels the world and works on his many different creative and professional projects. His Instagram is a lot of fun, and it’s also a daily dose of inspiration.
Gary Vaynerchuk is known for his entrepreneurial skills, inspirational speaking, and internet personality. His Instagram features real-world advice that people can use to improve themselves and their businesses. His Instagram also features content in which he’s interacting with aspiring entrepreneurs and giving actionable feedback that you can learn from.
Rachel and Dave Hollis are authors and coaches known for their internet presence. We really enjoy their Instagrams because they’re so transparent and genuine. They seem like all-around likable people, and their Instagrams also feature great inspirational advice.
We both absolutely love The Hustle, and it’s actually the inspiration for today’s episode. The Hustle is a daily newsletter about current events in business, and it features obscure business-related topics that will fascinate and entertain you.
We read The Hustle’s daily newsletter literally every day, and it gives us a lot of great material that we use on this show. Their newsletters include helpful trends and data points related to business and entrepreneurship that we will often research and expand on in Products Worth Talking About.
In addition to being informative, the newsletter is also engaging and includes interesting stories. We immensely enjoyed one newsletter recently about a video store called Captain Video in San Mateo, California. Despite competing with streaming and instant content, Captain Video remains open because of owner Ira Belfar’s hard work and hustle, and you can read all about his journey here.
The Hustle’s newsletter covers a wide range of entrepreneurial human interest stories like Captain Video. You should subscribe if you want to read inspirational stories and informative market trends.
One final recommendation that we want to leave is to keep up to date about your entrepreneurial field of interest. For example, RT subscribes to many watch-related magazines and newsletters since that’s his area of expertise. When developing your craft, it’s important that you know about your industry’s market trends and your competition, so we recommend that you begin researching specific publications that will benefit your brand of expertise.
Another takeaway we want to leave with you is to avoid overconsuming information and news sources. We’ve given you some great entertainment and educational material today, but it’s crucial that you primarily focus on taking action in your life rather than get bogged down by information overload.
If you need assistance in taking action in your business, we recommend checking out our Business Plan Course. Our course will teach you all about pitching to investors and starting your dream business.
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Thanks for reading! Until next time —
RT and Tyler