I’ve been meaning to do this for a while, and reading Julian’s post on the same topic motivated me to finish.
I plan to keep this up-to-date as my preferences change.
Please let me know what I should be watching/listening to/reading that isn’t here in the comments!
How I Consume Content
In general, I try to be as deliberate as possible in consuming content.
Here are some general principles:
- I try to avoid the news as much as possible: I don’t read news websites, I try to resist political Twitter, etc. There is very little information here that changes my life on a daily basis, or needs to be acted upon.
- I try to avoid starting new TV series. They are extremely time-consuming, and past experience has shown they can distract me for days at a time. When I feel like watching something, I’ll try to make it a single movie/documentary/etc.
- I try to avoid consuming for the sake of consuming. If I don’t feel like doing work, and want to watch something instead, I’ll try and watch sports, or a good movie, from my list of movies I want to watch (not a Netflix movie I know nothing about).
- Twitter and Instagram are definitely where I spend the most social media time. Instagram can be distracting, but also good for learning and inspiration, particularly if you’re into photography.
- Twitter can be a fantastic look into what many brilliant people are thinking, particularly in tech.
- Email newsletters are also a great way to stay up-to-date and have other people filter content for you, helping improve indiscriminate consumption.
- I try to read books by topic, and also like reading all of an author’s works together. You can learn more about how I read here.
- I wish I listened to more podcasts - I think they’re fantastic. The reality is, I just don’t currently find the time. I don’t usually commute, and can’t listen while I’m working.
What I Watch, Listen To, and Read
TV Shows (current):
- Billions - Fantastic acting and look into the world of finance in New York.
- Silicon Valley - Can verify it is scarily accurate.
- The Grand Tour - If you like cars, this is a very entertaining hour.
- Last Week Tonight - My only conscious dose of news, though the main segments are less trendy.
TV Shows (past):
- Peaky Blinders - Love the setting and acting.
- Californication - A classic about California life and challenging family dynamics.
- Dexter - Fantastic acting, interesting premise.
- True Detective - Great acting, great pacing and plot building.
- The Office - A classic.
- Archer - Some of the best dialogue out there.
- Sherlock - Great stories, equally good acting.
- House of Lies - Underrated, but extremely entertaining (and likely closer to reality than most would admit).
- The Tim Ferriss Show - I just don’t find time to listen to more podcasts. This is very entertaining and a good range of topics & guests.
- The Departed - One of my favorite endings, full of great acting, and set in Boston.
- Seven - My favorite of the psychological thriller genre.
- Casino Royale - One of the biggest changes to the Bond francise in years, a dark, gritty look at how the Bond character was formed.
- Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - I generally love Guy Ritchie films, and the London underground setting.
- Snatch - Another Guy Ritchie classic.
- Seven Pounds - Will Smith struggling with life’s biggest questions.
- Shooter - Best sniper movie of the modern era; fan of the book too.
- Miami Vice - Got terrible reviews, but I love the Miami/oceanfront setting.
- Interstellar - Mind-blowing every time, particularly if you’re familiar with the physics portrayed in the movie.
- Fight Club - Another great movie in the psychological thriller area.
- 300 - Always inspiring.
- Like Crazy - One of the best romantic films I’ve ever seen. Won’t necessarily make you feel good, but much more realistic.
- Adventureland - My favorite feel-good summer flick.
- Nat Eliason - Consistently interesting content. SEO specialist, among other things.
- Julian Shapiro - Long guides are outstanding. Blog is very good too.
- Tim Ferriss - The person I follow most consistently across platforms.
- Ryan Holiday - Stoicism forms basis for a lot of his writing; also does marketing.
- Fred Wilson - VC offering regular, interesting content.
- Alex Iskold - My managing director at Techstars NYC, writes very clear content for startups.
- Wait but Why - Long-form blog posts about big questions and topics. Really like a series of shorter books.
- Farnam Street - A website dedicated to improving thinking. Great content on books, learning, and more. Based in Ottawa too!
- Paul Graham - Founder of YC offering lots of interesting positions, often related to tech.
- Naval Ravikant - Perhaps the best at offering Twitter-size wisdom.
- Nat Eliason - See above.
- Shane Parrish/Farnam Street - See above.
- Emily Best - Founder of Seed&Spark, passionate advocate for diversity/inclusion in tech, and a personal inspiration and friend (we met at Techstars Boston).
- Hunter Walk - Frank investor.
- Austen Allred - Founder of Lambda School, college alternative that is rapidly growing.
- Elon Musk - Founder of Tesla, SpaceX, Boring Company, etc.
- Julian Shapiro - See above.
- Riva-Melissa Tez - AI specialist & investor.
- David Heinemeier Hansson - Founder of Basecamp offering some contrarian work views.
- Mason Hartman - Web/graphic designer offering thoughts on tech.
- Julia Galef - Writer/speaker focused on rational thinking.
- Alex Strohl - Unbelievable landscape photographer.
- Jason Charles Hill - Wide range of landscapes.
- Olivier Martel Savoie - iPhone-only with one of the best eyes out there.
- Emilie Lula - Travel/landscape/lifestyle with beautiful warm tones.
- Aaron Brimhall - Distinct style.
- Chris Burkard - Fantastic landscape photographer.
- Sam Horine - Urban/landscape travel photographer.
- Jack Morris - Mix of lifestyle/urban/travel content.
- Adam Galla - One of my go-to style accounts.
- Kyle Kotajarvi - Stunning landscapes.
- Ted Gushue - Cars and lifestyle.
- Rodrigo Trevino - Landscape photographer.
- Garrett King - Very distinctive style with motorsports/landscape preference.
- Riley Harper - Stuntman’s account reminds us of how to live properly.
- Ivy Miller - Model who reminds us not to take life too seriously.
- Johannes Huebl - Second of my go-to style accounts. Husband of Olivia Palermo (for the ladies).
- Jeremy Jauncey - Travel/fitness/style content.
- Renee Hahnel - Landscape photographer with warm tones.
- Alexandra Taylor - Big range of landscapes.
- Ahmet Erdem - Based in Turkey, beautiful mix of landscape and urban.
- Tobias Hagg - Some of the best aerial photos around.
- Tyler White - Dark tone landscapes.
- Cath Simard - Outstanding landscape (specifically mountains) photographer.
- Max Rive - Surreal landscapes.
- Benjamin Everett - Some of the calmest, most clean landscapes I’ve ever seen.
- Jordan Hammond - Excellent variation in photos with bright colors.
- Callum Snape - Vancouver-based photographer with vibrant landscapes.
- Ben Blenner - Photographer and filmmaker with a wide range of work.
- Frans Lanting - National Geographic wildlife photographer.
- Paul Nicklen - Another National Geographic wildlife photographer.
- The Hustle - Daily digest of what’s happening in tech and business.
- Mister Spoils - Daily email of IG accounts to follow, a product, a song, and a story.
- Farnam Street - Weekly email of new content on Farnam Street blog.
- Nat Eliason - Weekly digest of what’s interesting/new content.
- Seth Godin - Daily blog post on marketing/life/business.
- Benedict Evans - Weekly digest of what’s happening in tech.
- Robert Greene - Long, life-lesson books interspersed with examples from history.
- Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Contrarian views on a wide variety of things, including predictions, forecasting, and more.
- Cal Newport - Productivity and work guru.
- James Clear - Expert in habits.
- Tim Ferriss - Wide-ranging productivity and learning expert.
- Dan Pink - Research-based books on a wide range of useful topics.
- Deep Work - Cal Newport
- Atomic Habits - James Clear
- 4-Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss
- 4-Hour Body - Tim Ferriss
- Mastery - Robert Greene
- Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- The Checklist Manifesto - Atul Gawande
- Poor Charlie’s Almanack - Charlie Munger
- Others: Scar Tissue, Open, Skin in the Game, 48 Laws of Power, Principles, Fluent Forever, To Sell is Human
- The Athletic - If you’re into sports, this is the best content I’ve found.
- The Economist - I no longer subscribe as part of my effort to cut out news, but if you have to read news, this is fantastic analysis, with a more Euro-centric feel (UK specifically).
What else should I be watching/listening to/reading that I’m not?
Let me know in the comments.