10 AEC podcasts that will grow your business
Can strangers grow your business? Sure. They can change your life. If you are open minded and are willing to learn.
“You don’t have to think of everything, you know. It was Isaac Newton who said I’ve seen a little more of the world than others because I stand on the shoulders of giants. There’s nothing wrong with standing on other people’s shoulders. “
– Warren Buffet
You can either figure out all about “doing business” the hard way, OR you can try to learn as much as possible by learning from other people. Obviously, I’m not talking about your uncle’s “good advice” on your company logo. I’m talking about fundamental, core aspects on doing business. Finding the right clients. Becoming more productive. Focussing on passive and recurring revenue. Making sure you set your hourly rate high enough to attract serious customers. Build up a solid, automated and scalable business. That kind of stuff.
Did you know that time is your must valuable asset? No one in this world has more than 24h a day. The way HOW you use your 24h makes a big difference. (I’ll devote a whole blogpost on this topic, since this is SUPER important – anyway, back to podcasts). While stuck in traffic jam, you can either get nervous, or learn tons of new insights during time that is otherwise totally wasted. Podcasts are perfect for people who are a lot on the road. Just like people in the AEC business, perhaps? Podcasts can turn “wasted time” like commuting to work or cleaning the house into great opportunities for business growth.
Don’t expect silver bullets though. “Listen to this podcast and you’ll know thé little secret on how to win big deals“, aham, right. (Hint: there are no silver bullets in this world.) But by being open minded and by willing to learn, by absorbing knowledge and constantly re-evaluating your business with a critical mindset against what is being told on podcasts, you absolutely can pivot your business by trial and error in the right direction. Resulting in a better, more scalable and automated business.
This constant re-evaluation and never ending finetuning of your business is critical to grow, succeed, become more profitable, get the kind of projects you truly enjoy, find the right work life balance and in general, enjoy life :-)
It’s not the amount of freely available information on the internet that defines your success (if it was, everyone would be a millionaire). It’s what you DO with this information. Absorb it, learn, reflect on it, and then APPLY it. Try it out. Learn. Play.
Here are some podcasts especially for the AEC industry and some more general ones. Make it a habit to learn from them while you are stuck in traffic or while your next plane has some delay.
Psst… if you are driving, pay attention to the road :-)
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AEC-Business.com is a blog for business owners, R&D managers, and business developers in the construction industry. My goal is to share ideas, success stories, and tools and techniques that you can use to increase your company’s success through strategies, innovation, and development.
When in architecture school, we each had a professor who told us that architecture should be practiced for the art and the art alone. “If you want to make money”, he said, “quit now, take a walk across campus and enroll at the business school.” Some took the advice, left the profession and today are earning a nice comfortable salary. Others heeded the warning, believed it and carried on the long standing tradition of starving artist. This podcast believes there is another way.
Each episode, Evan Troxel, Neal Pann, and Cormac Phalen have a casual conversation about all things architecture, and they invite you to listen in as they talk about everything in the profession, both the good and the bad.
Providing the tools and resources to grow your leadership skills, grow your business and grow your income.
(Small) Business Podcasts
Sam Altman and the folks from Y Combinator offer up an amazing course in “How To Start A Startup” at Stanford. Course includes lectures from: Sam Altman, Dustin Moskovitz, Paul Graham, Adora Cheung, Peter Thiel, Alex Schultz, Kevin Hale, Marc Andreessen, Ron Conway, Ben Silbermann, Alfred Lin, Patrick and John Collison, Aaron Levie, Reid Hoffman, Keith Rabois, Ben Horowitz, Marissa Mayer, Hosian Rahman, Kirsty Nathoo, Carolynn Levy, and more
Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him “the world’s best human guinea pig,” and The New York Times calls him “a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk.” In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.
I used to have a 9 to 5 job, which I really did enjoy. I was working as a Job Captain in an architecture firm and loving the line of work I was in. I had no plans to leave, but unfortunately there are some things you cannot control (like the economy) and so, in 2008 I was laid off. Now, Pat Flynn is making over 100K a month in automated recurring revenue via affiliate marketing.
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