How I Built This – Podcast

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Last fall I noticed a trend in how my mornings in the car went. I would turn on the radio and switch between my stations to find music instead of a commercial or talking. Once I found music, it would only be a few minutes before there would be talking or a commercial again and I started the whole process over. Every morning, I got to work without enjoying what I had listened to.

I have an average commute, about 20 minutes door to door each way.

20 minutes x 10 =200 minutes or 3.33 hours of wasted time weekly.

I decided to optimize this time by using it to listen to podcasts. There are several advantages for me:

  • I learn something with every podcast
  • I can pick the exact topic
  • No commercials (the skip 15 sec forward button)
  • I can leverage a huge amount of time weekly to hone in on a certain event, or idea

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

A microphone in a recordind studio

How I Built This (HIBT)

There are several podcasts that I would like to (and eventually will) profile on Biblical Masculinity, but I have found HIBT to be the perfect blend of:

  • Distilled Information
  • NO BS (a lot of podcasts have a ton of ads or useless banter)
  • Great length (~30 mins)

HIBT is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. It is backed by Guy Raz (one of the biggest names in podcasts) and NPR so they have access to some big names.

The usual format of a 30-minute episode with an entrepreneur follows this format:

  1. Introduction
  2. Childhood and before business venture
  3. Starting the company (inspiration, problem solved etc..)
  4. Getting it off the ground
  5. When they had “made it”
  6. What is the current situation (still managing or sold)

Some of the HUGE (donald trump voice) names and companies that have been profiles are:

  • Richard Branson (Virgin Group)
  • Patagonia
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Lyft
  • Kate Spade
  • Mark Cuban
  • Sam Adams

Whether you are a business owner, have the entrepreneur bug or just like a good story, this podcast is top notch. The questions asked are pinpointed and intellectual. And every episode I learn an idea that I chew on for the next few days.

Guy Raz

Guy Raz is the host of HIBT and a big name from the world of National Public Radio (NPR). In addition to HIBT, he hosts the TED Radio hour which has had great success.

Guy Raz. Journalist, podcast host
Source: Washington Post

Some quick facts

  • Undergrad from Brandeis University and Masters from Cambridge (UK)
  • Reported for NPR in London, Jerusalem, Iraq, Afghanistan, Macedonia and dozens of other locations.
  • Previously hosted All Things Considered
  • Served as a Professor at Princeton, Georgetown and George Washington Universities


I believe that consistent learning is a prerequisite to leadership and masculinity. This podcast has served me well and I believe it you will digg it too!

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