I’ve been driving to Stellenbosch quite a bit for work. I love the drive and will usually listen to music or have a catch up call with my mom on the way. Recently, though, I’ve added podcasts to my trip repertoire. I’ll listen to one or two on the way and they leave me feeling super motivated. I also feeling like I’m learning a huge amount.

My favourite podcast series is How I Built This by NPR, a show about entrepreneurs and the companies they built. I’ve listened to interviews with the founders of Instagram, Teach for America, Warby Parket, Chuck E Cheese, Atari, Five Guys, Compaq and many more.

Todays podcast was an interview with Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Computers. I got about half way through the interview and was absolutely fascinated by the story. And, weirdly, when I got home I saw a retweet on my timeline from Michael Dell. He shared a picture of his first ever financial statements. He used it to convince his parents to let him drop out of university.

Getting used to it

One of the things I love most about these stories is how normal the people seem. When I’m listening to them it feels like they could be my peers. That I’m not too far away from them.

And that’s part of why I listen. Yes, the stories are entertaining. And yes, I learn a lot. But mostly, it puts me in the frame of mind that these incredible achievements are attainable. And I know I’ll join these people one day, however that might happen 🙂

Image is of my room in first year (2011), with my trusty Dell laptop on my desk. I won it in a science competition in 2008. Sadly it got stolen two years ago.

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