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Podcast Notes Founder Adam Fox- Crazy Wisdom

Key Takeaways

  • A quote from Jerzey Gregoreck that has had a huge impact on Adam Fox- “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life”
    • It’s so easy to take the easy choices in life, but those easy choices aren’t usually the right choices
  • The best podcasters are super curious about their guests and ask genuine questions (as opposed to reading off a list of prepared questions)
  • When building a new business, look for positive signals/early wins along the way
    • Seek feedback and try to constantly improve
    • Remember – It’s almost always hardest at the beginning of your journey (getting from 0 to 1k followers is a LOT harder than getting from 1k to 10k)
  • “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want”

Intro

Books Mentioned

About Adam Fox

  • Although Adam Fox founded Podcast Notes, in 2019 most of the notes were taken by Matt Miller and other contributors – this allows Adam Foxto view the site from a user/customer perspective
    • Adam Fox did, however, take most of the notes when he first started the site in 2015 (flashback to the very first Podcast Notes ever posted!)
  • Reading the notes from a podcast definitely offers many benefits, but there’s a whole other level of understanding that comes when a person listens to and actually takes notes on a podcast themselves
    • “You can’t really get the same value from a great book if you just read the cliff notes”
    • Adam Fox uses Podcast Notes quite often but he’ll also make sure to listen the podcasts covered as well

Starting Podcast Notes

  • Adam Fox was spending a lot of time commuting on trains which he occupied by reading books and listening to podcasts – both of which inspired him to start Podcast Notes
    • After reading The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, Adam Fox was inspired to create an MVP (minimum viable product) – a simple WordPress site where he could share notes
      • Why Podcast Notes? – Adam Fox enjoyed listening to Tim Ferriss’ podcast because of his access to elite guests (Marc Andreessen, Naval, etc) and found podcasts more valuable than other forms of media (articles, etc)
  • While listening to a Dr. Rhonda Patrick appearance on Joe Rogan, Joe joked at the beginning of the episode that listeners should have a notebook ready to take down notes for all the information Rhonda would be sharing – Adam Fox did exactly that
    • Adam Fox posted the notes online and tweeted a link out to Joe Rogan
    • To his surprise Joe retweeted the notes and boom! – Podcast Notes was born.

The State of Podcast Notes

  • The core focus of Podcast Notes is writing quality notes on the best podcasts out there
  • Adam Fox is working on slowly scaling the company

Lessons Learned from the World of Podcasting

  • One quote that has had a huge impact on Adam Fox – “Easy choices, hard life. Hard choices, easy life” from Jerzy Gregoreck
    • It’s similar to Jocko’s “Discipline equals freedom”
    • It’s so easy to take the easy choices in life, but the fact of the matter is – those easy choices aren’t usually the right choices
    • Parenting: This is a broadly useful concept when making decisions and helps push Adam Fox to do the harder thing and avoid taking the easy/short term solution (e.g. give a kid an Ipad and junk food)
  • The best podcasters are super curious about their guests and ask genuine questions (as opposed to reading off a list of prepared questions)
  • Great podcasters are open-minded and are always looking to learn something new
  • New podcasters should pick a niche and develop their 1,000 true fans
    • Once they’ve hit a certain threshold of downloads/episode, then they can bounce around and explore different subjects like Tim Ferriss or Joe Rogan do
  • Adam Fox often practices intermittent fasting and skips breakfast
  • Adam Fox doesn’t meditate but on occasion he does practice the Wim Hof breathing method

Additional Notes

  • When building a new business, look for positive signals/early wins along the way
    • Don’t grind for the sake of grinding, that’s just torture
    • Seek feedback and try to constantly improve
    • It’s almost always hardest at the beginning of your journey – getting from 0 to 1k followers is a LOT harder than getting from 1k to 10k
  • The only social media site Podcast Notes uses is Twitter
    • Twitter can be a great source of valuable information and ideas as long as you don’t follow toxic people or issues
    • Twitter also allows Podcast Notes to connect and build relationships with high-profile podcasters/individuals
  • Adam Fox is looking into how he can translate Podcast Notes content into different languages to increase readership
  • “You can have anything you want, but you can’t have everything you want”
    • There’s a ton of opportunity out there in the world, but you only have so much time and energy and need to focus on your core principles
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