Summary: Podcasts may seem like just another form of entertainment but any professional can find value in the growing media format.
As you meet people and get to know them better you will start to realize that most people have one of two mindsets: the fixed mindset or the growth mindset. People with the fixed mindset tend to believe that their qualities, such as their talents and knowledge, simply cannot be changed. What they know and what they can do are two areas they believe will not develop any further.
The growth mindset is a much more progressive and optimistic approach. People who have this mindset believe that their talents and knowledge can continuously develop. The learning process is a never-ending one and you can grow in several different ways. Podcasts are becoming more and more popular, and for good reason. Podcasts can be very entertaining but any professional in any industry can find them to be incredibly helpful.
If you want to learn more about a particular subject, there is a good chance there is a podcast out there for you. Someone interested in design, for example, could learn more about some of the theories and techniques that experts in the field follow. You can learn a lot about a topic in a book but podcasts allow you to dive into the minds of some of the most seasoned individuals in the industry.
Keeping up with current events can help stay you up-to-date with what is going on in the world around you. Someone interested in technology understands that new developments come at a nearly constant rate. What was capable in the realm of cellphone technology a few years ago, for example, is drastically different from what manufacturers are capable of achieving today. Podcasts are a casual and practical way to learn about some of the most interesting and relevant stories.
Finding some downtime in your schedule to read can be quite a challenge. Between commuting, working, exercising, taking care of errands, and doing chores around the house, you might have very little free time during the work week. Podcasts are convenient because you can listen to them nearly wherever. Reading requires your undivided attention, whereas you can listen to a podcast while you are driving or walking around your house. Even if you only have a few minutes here and there to listen, all of these minutes will add up to a lot of knowledge gained at the end of the day. This way of learning is very flexible and can easily fit in your schedule.