TED rocks. As the Harvard of the alternative online education movement, alongside fellow programs like the Khan Academy, the platform features thoughtful leaders as they present their career stories and innovative ideas.
However, for students hungry for such success stories packaged at times in a NSFW but safe-for-dorms wrapping, a dive into one of the sites below is a must.
“Uncensored, uncut, unconventional …” perfectly describes the show. Past shenanigans include ab reveals, impassioned cursing and pet cameos.
None of this takes away, but only adds to the amazing content and immediate, actionable advice each show delivers for its viewers. If you want to learn how to build your personal brand or conquer the Web, this is the show to watch.
David Siteman Garland, the show host, has the charisma of Larry King and the energy of an ESPN sports anchor. The uncut Skype interviews feature mostly Web entrepreneurs such as Jenny Blake, creator of Life After College.
Sound depressing? Don’t let the name fool you. The Great Discontent, created by husband and wife team Ryan and Tina Essmaker, inspires with its interviews of creative professionals tearing and piecing together the meaning, process and art of creativity.
In a recent interview, Cheryl Strayed, author of the New York Times bestseller Wild, shared her decades-long writing journey that led to her “overnight success.” She had this to say to young, aspiring writers:
“I believe writing is a calling. If you truly feel that calling in you, then listen to it and respect it, but don’t expect anything is going to be given to you — you have to earn it.”
The comedian-turned-podcast-celebrity Marc Maron interviews the best comedians ever. Maron records the podcasts in a garage behind his California home.
The show reflects the location — it’s informal. It rambles at times. As you listen to the podcast, it feels like you are part of an intimate conversation between friends. Because of this, expect refreshing, raw honesty from both guests and Maron.
Kevin Hart, the comedic genius behind the Laugh at my Pain tour, shared on WTF his struggle to craft a successful career in one of the hardest businesses there is — making people laugh.
Skipping college to pursue his passion for comedy, despite the angst of his college professor mom, eventually led Hart to comedic stardom.
Featuring the quirky, decadent and sometimes obscene style of trendsetters, Stylelikeu peeks not only into the closets but also the minds of some of the most talented people in the creative industry.
Beyond answering questions of style, subjects share their philosophies on life and career, beliefs often expressed in how they dress themselves each day. Chock full of anecdotes and incredible fashion, the interviews always leave you wanting more.
Past interviews have featured Tavi Gevinson, teen editor-in-chief of Rookie Mag, and twin sisters Coco and Breezy, New York-based fashion prodigies.
After ditching a philosophy doctorate program and walking out of a medical school interview, Chase Jarvis pursued his life-long love of visuals and built an enviable career as a globe-trotting, award winning photographer and director.
Chase Jarvis Live is an intimate sit down between Jarvis, cool individuals such as Guy Kawasaki and the Twitter universe. Attendees of the show have the opportunity to tweet questions and win unique prizes.
Ryan Holiday, a media hacker who has changed the publishing industry, explained on the last show why he dropped out of college to work for bestselling authors like the notorious Tucker Max, then later, lifestyle hacker Tim Ferriss.
Fasting isn’t just for the religious. Take a break from worshipping the Twitter-Facebook-Tumblr-Foursquare-Pinterest altar and spend one hour consuming interviews from one of these sites.
You may anger the social media gods, but your brain and post-college self will thank you.
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