Matt Miller: What would you learn if you took notes on the best podcasts? – Crazy Wisdom

Key Takeaways

  • “Pretty much everything I do now, I think I’ve learned from the world of podcasting”
    • For Matt, this includes: Frequently using the sauna, getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly, eating lots of vegetables, and wearing blue light blocking glasses before bed
  • There are so many interesting people to learn from and because of the internet it’s easier than ever before to connect with them
  • Ask yourself: “If nothing else mattered but how I were spending my time, how would I occupy it?
    • Whatever your answer is…. do more of it! Who knows where it will lead you down the line?
    • The world needs more people doing what they truly love – everyone is better off because of it
  • The podcast space is still at its infancy and has a lot of room to grow

Intro

Matt’s Recent Backpacking Trip

  • Matt recently returned from a long backpacking trip where he spent time in Thailand and Vietnam
    • The trip served as a trial run for running Podcast Notes full-time
      • It’s always a challenge to balance work while traveling and still manage to make time to check out the sites and sample the local cuisine
      • Eventually, Matt fell into a routine which allowed him the best of both worlds:
        • Mornings – working on Podcast Notes from a select rotation of coffee shops
        • Afternoons – workout out, exploring, eating
        • Early evenings – back to Podcast Notes
        • Late evening – dinner and more exploring
    • Matt is planning to travel again in the fall in order to continue the digital nomad life

About Podcast Notes

  • Matt has been working on Podcast Notes since the summer of 2017
    • Podcast Notes was originally started by Yoni Falkson in 2015
  • There is no specific formula as to what podcasts are covered – Matt mainly takes notes on self-improvement podcasts that interest him
    • (Fortunately, many other people in the Podcast Notes community have those same interests!)
  • Podcast Notes is still growing and it’s unclear where the future will take the site
    • One thing’s for sure – the podcast space is still at its infancy and has a lot of room to grow

Lessons Learned from the Podcast World

  • “Pretty much everything I do now, I think I’ve learned from the world of podcasting”
  • Here are a few lessons Matt picked up from listening to podcasts, mixed in with his daily routine:
    • He doesn’t use an alarm to wake up and usually sleeps for 8+ hours
    • He tracks his sleep with an Oura Ring
      • Purchase a ring of your own using this link for a $40 discount
    • Matt practices intermittent fasting
      • Breakfast = lots of black coffee
    • Every now and then he practices meditation (but as many would agree, it’s hard to stick to)
    • After taking these Podcast Notes, Matt stopped drinking tap water and switched solely to spring water
    • Matt uses a VARIDESK standing desk
    • After working the whole morning, Matt often hits the sauna for a midday break
    • Matt usually breaks his fast with a late lunch around 3-4 PM
    • Matt typically hits the gym 3-4x a week focusing mainly on the compound lifts (squats, deadlifts, and bench press)
    • When it comes to diet, the best advice people need to hear: eat more vegetables
    • At night, Matt tries to minimize the amount of blue light he is exposed to by wearing these blue light blocking glasses
    • To wind down before bed, Matt will often read a bit of fiction
  • The main lesson learned from Kapil Gupta: Look for the truth in all of life’s situations

Matt’s Favorite Podcasts

Why take notes?

  • Podcasts very often tend to be 2-3 hours in length, making it hard to finish in one sitting
    • Because of this, it’s difficult to really grasp and remember the episode’s key concepts – that’s where Podcast Notes comes in!
  • The act of writing things down (or typing) really helps solidify the information in your brain

Parting Advice From Matt

  • Combine the following advice:
    • “When you create one opportunity for yourself, often times that opportunity will create more opportunities – so get off your ass and go do something.” Ramit Sethi
    • Ask yourself: “If nothing mattered but how I was spending my time, what would I be doing? What would be most nourishing for me in any given moment?”Brandon Stanton
  • So – if nothing else mattered but how you were spending your time, how would you occupy it?
    • Whatever your answer is…. do more of it! Who knows where it will lead you down the line?
      • The world needs more people doing what they truly love – everyone is better off because of it

Additional Notes

  • Advice for podcasters – experiment and have fun with it! There are no rules.
    • Stewart is considering recording a podcast while giving his guest a massage
    • Someone should take up recording podcasts in a sauna (the intense heat is thought to have a truth serum like effect)
  • Podcast Notes offers health, diet, and fitness consultations
  • There’s a trend in the podcast industry towards shorter podcasts (like what Naval Ravikant and Kapil Gupta are doing)
  • There are so many interesting people to learn from and because of the internet, it’s easier than ever before to connect with them
  • Today people say “Let’s get coffee” when they want to connect with someone new or hang with an old friend
    • 5 years from now, it’s very likely that will change to “Let’s record a podcast”
  • Podcasting is like a networking party for introverts
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