I was listening to the Intentionally Wandering Podcast by Jeff Sandquist last week and it really struck a chord with me. The topic he was discussing was “How About Finding Your Tribe.”
I am a frequent listener of the podcast and I have found that I almost exclusively listen to it when running in the morning as a way of reflecting. This episode specifically got me reflecting not only after listening to it but now as I am writing it a week later. I am guessing it was just the right timing as we and probably the message I needed to hear as we just had some good friends stay with us for an extended weekend. Then we went to Iowa for a short trip to visit family we don’t see enough which then led into a very after a hectic week at work. Finally, probably the icing on the cake was that I realized it was the first week of August and some of my summer goals of connecting with friends and spending more time with family down in Iowa had not turned out as I had planned.
“Ultimately [finding your tribe] comes down to reaching out to people. … It comes down to putting yourself out there to find the people that you resonate with.” – Jeff Sandquist
The podcast, during that morning run, really made me reflect/challenge why my existing connections are still very important and reminded me that I still need to do a better job of staying connected to them. Also, it hit me that even though my life/work tends to get away from me, I still need to continue to create/cultivate new(er) connections with people that I resonate with.
This idea of “Finding your Tribe” fits nicely in a year of changes as I continue to reflect on how I want my life to look in the next year/decades to come. Even, more importantly, it is an underlying theme that guides who, what, and where I want to spend my free time.
There is a lot of other good resources that Jeff points you to with links on his page so I would suggest you go listen to the podcast and check out the other links and information he has. While you are at it, consider supporting this local (to me) Minnesota Podcaster by checking out his Pateron page.
Now in the second week of March (playing catch up), I thought I would give a quick list of some Podcasts (and favorite episodes) that have been keeping me company while running in the evenings. My favorite part about all of them are that you can subscribe to them in iTunes, which makes it super easy to pull the next one up when you are heading out on a run or long car trip.
This Week in Startups by Jason Calacanis (@jason) – The show is done twice per week where the host Jason has various entrepreneurs on talking about their companies, what they do, and how it could change the world. Also, every couple of weeks there is a news roundtable where he has two guests on that talk about some of the big tech topics out there. In January, one of my favorite shows to listen to was E614 where Jason was talking to the CEO Emily Kirsch who Co-Founded PowerHouse. The conversation was very interesting as it touched on what some new companies are doing along the lines of Solar and how Solar is becoming cheaper and some of the major roadblocks they run into is Policy.
The Tim Ferris Show by Tim Ferriss (@tferriss) – This is a great podcast and Tim has some really great guests like Edward Norton, Chris Sacca, Shaun White, Naval Ravikant, and Seth Godin. Note all of those were just in the Month of January and February. Each of those people was probably my favorite episodes of the last two months and I won’t dive into it too much as I wrote a little bit about Naval Ravikant’s interview in a prior post.
Intentionally Wandering by Jeff Sandquist (@jeff_wandering) – This one was created by a local Minnesota guy named Jeff Sandquist. I really like how the podcasts are normally only 20-30 min which is perfect to listen to the whole thing in one sitting (or run as I prefer). The other neat thing about this podcast is that it revolves around this same theme of Intentionally Wandering and, in my opinion, sharpening your own focus on how you view your world and the world around you. He brings in some very interesting guests as who also do a great job of making you think and sharing their experiences. In fact, I really like how he ends the episodes with guests the same way by asking them the same question that I always try to answer myself after each one.
“What is your why? Why do you do what you do?”
I should probably start writing my own answer down to see how much it changes over time. Another nice thing, since I am normally out running when listening to podcasts, is how Jeff puts show notes on the websites about the episodes with links to find the other materials (books/articles) that were mentioned in the show. One of my favorite recent episodes is a solo episode he did titled “3 Lessons Learned from Being Curious” and there was a quote in there that really stuck out to me as I can see myself in this quote sometimes.
“We are all born curious, but not all of us remain curious. Curiosity, while it does come naturally to all of us, it can easily be suppressed, lost and destroyed, depending on our environment, our upbringing, our experiences, and even our thoughts and our reactions and emotions towards this idea of curiosity.” – Jeff Sandquist
So what are you waiting for go check out some of these podcasts today! Also, do you have any that you listen to frequently? Let me know in the comments.