A few months ago, I ran across an ad for a free rental property accounting web application on Facebook. I didn’t think much of it and continued on about my merry way. Then I started hearing ads for the same company on the Bigger Pockets Podcast. So, I decided to check out Stessa for myself.
I like it! Stessa is simple to use and allows you to output
your financial data to hand over to your CPA at tax time. As a perk, the team
at Stessa put together a free Rental Property Tax Guide. I liked it so much
that I have partnered with Stessa to share that Tax Guide with my readers.
I recently connected with someone on LinkedIn who is a Life
Coach for High-Performing Remote Workers. As part of his getting to know me
messages, he asked if I listened to any good podcasts lately. That got me
thinking about the regular influence on my thinking of the podcasts I listen
to. The more I thought about it, the better the idea to turn it into an article
listing what I am listening to and why.
A little background on my interest in podcasts:
I have listened to podcasts for almost 12 years. Up until
the start of this year, I always had a long commute. Whether a 200+ mile daily
round trip to Lafayette, Louisiana or a 1,000+ mile round trip driving to
Houston, Tx every other week, I had a lot of highway time on my hands. Podcasts
allowed me to be entertained and informed, in addition to allowing me to
utilize “dead” time for learning.
The Bigger Pockets Podcast helped me to learn a great deal
about real estate investing. I have the Bigger Pockets website listed as a
resource on this site, but the podcast is an additional tool to learn about
REI. Each week, the podcast interviews guests, most real estate investors,
sometimes famous authors who provide useful tips for investing, business, and
personal improvement, and every once in a while, they will do an occasional
webinar-type podcast to educate listeners on a particular topic.
I especially like the investor interviews to get tips, tricks,
and strategies that may help me in our REI business.
Tim Ferriss, author of numerous books on increasing
performance (4-hour Workweek, Tools of Titans, Tribe of Mentors, etc.),
conducts long-form interviews with high-performers across various domains. Even
when interviewing guests who have been on EVERY medium you can think of, you
always learn things no one else has ever asked. Tim listens to guests’ answers
and responds to the answers with deeper questions. He also does extensive
research on guests and does not rely on canned press release questions.
I generally like to listen to his interviews because the
people he does interview are “Doing It”. They don’t have a theory, they are not
selling snake oil, they have done/do whatever they are recommending to increase
DH Unplugged is an unscripted conversation about markets
between investment advisor Andrew Horowitz and pundit John C. Dvorak.
I like DH Unplugged because they discuss what is going on in
the markets and aren’t trying to sell you anything. In fact, they frequently
point out how most “Money” shows on cable news channels are always “BUY, BUY,
BUY” no matter what is going on.
Rich Dad Radio is an interview podcast featuring Robert
Kyosaki, author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad, and his wife, Kim Kiyosaki, author of
Rich Woman. The interviews are mainly related to money and economics, (in a
broad way), and generally promote Rich Dad, Poor Dad Principles.
In addition to interesting information from guests, it’s fun
to listen to Robert interpret the guests’ statements into Rich Dad principles.
The James Altucher Show is another long-form interview
podcast, similar to the Tim Ferriss Show, that delves into what makes high
performers “tick”. Where Ferriss delves into tools, self-talk, and motivation,
Altucher focuses a little more on the path to peak performance, teasing out the
development of “micro-skills”. Altucher’s overarching thesis on micro-skills is
that high performers build up a toolbox of them that help them to succeed. Like
Ferriss, Altucher goes far deeper in his interviews than you normally see in
Because of the depth of detail and wide range of topics covered
in each interview, I really enjoy Altucher’s show.
Akimbo is a podcast put out by author and marketing guru
Seth Godin. This podcast is a combination of self help and career advice for
entrepreneurs. You don’t have to be an entrepreneur to benefit from the topics
& advice given, either.
I enjoy the perspectives, suggestions, and tips provided by
Godin in this show. I don’t necessarily subscribe to all of his philosophies,
but that is OK. It is good to hear different perspectives from your own to
allow a balanced understanding of the world.
As the name indicates, BPMS is another podcast from the
group at Bigger Pockets, focusing on F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence, Retire
Early). The podcast is in an interview format, covering guests’ stories, tips,
and tricks for becoming financially independent.
I like listening to the BPMS to better plan my own “retirement”.
It has also led me to resources that allowed me to recognize that I could
retire right now and be comfortable from a financial perspective.
I hope this provides you with some insight into resources to
use for personal and financial improvement in your life!
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