7 Inspiring Interviews To Listen To On Your Thanksgiving Vacation

Posted on Nov 21, 2012 - 7:23 PM PST

Tomorrow, Olivia and I are going to drive a few hours to spend Thanksgiving with her father. When someone in the office asked me how I felt about being trapped in the car for so long, I realized I was actually excited about it. We love listening to podcasts together (and when Olivia falls asleep, I like listening to them on my own).

I thought you might feel that way too and that maybe you could use something to load on your phone or MP3 player for your long trip.

The Rosalind Resnick Interview

This is the interview that made me want to interview founders for the rest of my life. I realized after I recorded this that even if I was a crappy interviewer (and I might have been back then), if I interview the right founders, they’d give you some ideas that you never heard before and inspire the hell out of you.

The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business – with Charles Duhigg

Charles showed me how to run so consistently that doing a marathon was no big deal. That’s how I did 2 official marathons and more self-guided marathons than I could count this year. It’s all about setting a habit. Listen to this interview and you’ll see how to do it.

The Man Who Was Lost In the Jungle – with Yossi Ghinsberg

If you’re squeamish, don’t listen to this one. Yossi is pretty open about the gruesome parts of being stuck in the jungle, and that openness is why I’m recommending his interview. If you listen to it, pay attention to two things: 1) the mentality that got him into that jungle and 2) the “woman” who got him out. Those dual forces seem to get us in and out of trouble a lot.

How The Owner Of “Fail Blog” And “I Can Has Cheezburger” Keeps Racking Up Wins – With Ben Huh

I want you to hear this because Ben was a failure. Then he wasn’t. I often define my life by my most recent success or failure. Do you do that too? Ben’s interview reminds me to stop doing it. It might do the same for you.

How TWiT Is Bootstrapping A “CNN For Geeks” – With Leo Laporte

This interview is a counter-argument to anyone who disagrees with the old saying, “do what you love and the money will follow.” When I first got into podcasting, I downloaded Leo’s stuff and wondered why he kept publishing those MP3s when there was no revenue in it. Years later, he found some revenue and has been bootstrapping TWiT into a podcasting powerhouse.

You Can Make Everything You Want Come True – With Maria Sipka

The audience picked that headline, and you’ll know why when you hear it. Have you ever met someone who’s living their ideal life and wondered, how did they do it? This will help you understand how. (Oh, and check out how Olivia makes an appearance in the ads. Back then, being on camera by myself scared the bejeezus out of me, so I needed her help.)

The JibJab Story. Maybe The Most Inspiring Mixergy Interview Ever! – With Gregg Spiridellis

Check out that headline. I guess I was really excited by the interview after I recorded it. Well, I’m a little embarrassed by my excitement, but I stand by the strength of this interview. I’m still not a strong enough writer to communicate to you just how special this interview is, without sounding hyperbolic, so I’ll just say this: If you trust my judgement, listen to this story.

  • http://twitter.com/shayanbehzadi shayan behzadi

    Thanks Andrew and Happy Thanksgiving!

  • http://www.OnlyInItaly.com/ Only In Italy

    Thanks Andrew! Happy Thanksgiving! Cheers from Italy!

  • Kevin Cuccaro

    Just was trying to find a good interview before the hectic day begins–thanks Andrew!

    As an aside, not sure if you ever thought of categorizing/organizing your interviews?

    Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Shadi Mokhtar

    Happy Thanksgiving Andrew! and thanks from Egypt!

  • http://lovoto.nl/ Wijnand Loven

    Thank you – this is great way to start the weekend! Cheers from The Netherlands!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Vitiell0 Daniel Vitiello

    Thanks for putting this list together! I always listen to podcasts or an audio book while driving long distances and they make the trip so much better! I have come up with some of my best ideas while driving after listening to some inspiring stuff like this.

    Happy Thanksgiving Andrew!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508713432 Gregory Ranger

    Thank you!

  • Michael

    These 7 interviews I will be listening to while I dose off to sleep. Maybe osmosis will kick in.

  • Martin S.

    *cough* tagging/rating system *cough*

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    Thanks. It was great to be disconnected.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    I’ll invade your dreams!

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    You’re welcome.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    I love doing that too.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    Thanks! Cool that you’re listening from there. I love your country.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    Thanks! I hope you’re doing well, Shadi.

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    It really was. I had a good time being disconnected.

    And since I’m living in a new city, I spent some time planning my run into work. That helped me do my first run-commute this morning. It didn’t go as well as the run-commutes I did in DC, but I think it’ll get easier.

  • http://twitter.com/shayanbehzadi shayan behzadi

    That’s great Andrew. I am sure it does.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Reppinda603 Melvin Emilio Cedeño

    The Power Of Habit Was Really Insightful! I’ve listened to it about 3 times and I’m still getting nuggets out of it. =)

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    Thanks. I’m especially proud of that one.

  • http://nprasanna.com/ Prasanna N

    Thanks Andrew for this collection of Gem. Please don’t archive it. I’m sharing it with as many people as possible these interviews. Everyone should absolutely hear these interviews!

  • http://mixergy.com Andrew Warner

    Sorry, it’s back in premium. I hope your friends got this while it was live.

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