Your Big Why and Defining Your Freedom — Episode 1 — Man Vs. Debt Podcast

Note: This is a post from Adam Baker, founder of Man Vs. Debt.

I’m really excited to launch the first episode of the brand new Man Vs. Debt podcast! ๐Ÿ™‚

Our team has been working hard on exploring the ins and outs of the podcasting world – and to be honest – I’m really, really enjoying it so far.

Listen to Episode 1 here!

You can also download the .mp3 file here; simply right-click or option-click and choose “Save link as.”


Notes on Episode #1:

  • We start with a section that will be named “What we can learn from the news!” in future episodes. News is typically boring, negative, annoying… or all of the above. We try to spin that around and actually learn something from it!
  • Next, we talk about finding your “Big Why.” That’s the deepย reason that you desire a change in your life.
  • Then we visit the audio from my recent TEDx Talk which explores the question, “What does FREEDOM mean to you?” Even if you’ve already seen the video, you may be able to pick up something new while playing the audio in the background. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Before we wrap up, I share a quick interview I recorded with Hannah Loaring. Hannah is a MvD community member who recently paid off $26,000 in just 9 months and completely changed her internal confidence and key relationships. She sheds a lot of insight into her recent success!

As always, I really appreciate your insight, comments, and suggestions.

We have nearly a page of improvements, features, and fun things we’d like to add in the next couple of episodes – and I know you guys will help us add plenty of fantastic ideas to it! ๐Ÿ™‚

A special thanks goes out to Cliff Ravenscraft for working with me on getting set-up and optimized and Pat Flynn for inspiring me to “be everywhere” with the message.

How you can help the podcast jump out the gates!

The best possible way to help is to listen to the first 2-3 episodes as we put them out – and let us know what you think!

Click here to view and/or subscribe via iTunes!

(It may take an hour or so for the podcast to show in iTunes, but if you subscribe it WILL download even if it’s not showing yet.) ๐Ÿ™‚

If you really enjoyed the episode, please leave a quick review (this is done by clicking “view in iTunes”). Great reviews is how iTunes knows which podcasts to share andย recommend with others!

So as you are SAFELY driving to your friends and family this Christmas and New Years (or you are hitting the gym for that new workout), pop in the podcast and give it a listen. Exciting times! ๐Ÿ™‚


Have and amazing holiday season!



34 thoughts on “Your Big Why and Defining Your Freedom — Episode 1 — Man Vs. Debt Podcast”

  1. Great podcast, I am glad I listened to it because I missed the Tedx video. The talk in particular is really inspiring, I hope me and my fiance do the same in a year ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Good job! I love having more financial podcasts to play in my car. I need to clean up my Itunes podcast list though. I have more podcasts downloading than I can listen to in my weekly commute to work.

  3. Great first episode! I like the observations and stories which I think people can really relate to. Question(s) though: I’m looking to start a blog myself and was interested in hearing why you chose to start a podcast. Do you like speaking more than writing? Or is there some things you feel are better delivered through audio than through text? What made you come to the conclusion that a podcast would enhance your reader’s/listener’s experience?

    Congratulations once again. Awesome job, and I look forward to Episode #2 ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. Baker, you’re a natural! Just listened to the first podcast and thought it was great. Love the different segments and the “example” section with the English woman who learned from Man vs. Debt. And your TedX talk was spot on! Much success in this new venture!

  6. I am pleased to see so many who are enjoying your new form of connecting with people. I’m a person who enjoys and learns easier through reading so I usually will not watch a video to the end. Each of us have a preferred way of learning. I can read in 10 minutes what a video can show me in an hour. I do wish you the best with this format.

  7. Since I wrote video in my comment. I should also say that a podcast is even harder for my to learn anything from. I’m sure that there are others like me who can not understand the spoken concepts as well as written ones. Or am I all alone in the world of words?

  8. I was listening to your podcast and started thinking about the results of that poll – the “How much money would you need to earn to feel rich?” question. I was having a really hard time coming up with a number, and I couldn’t figure out why, until I thought about it more.

    For me rich is a lifestyle, not a number. It’s not how much I make – it’s how much I make while doing something I either do or do not like, and whether or not I have to worry about making that much next year. So for instance, a million a year for one year would make me feel very rich, and I’d only have to do it that one year to be set for life. On the other hand, I’d also feel rich on $24,000 a year if I was guaranteed that amount (esp. adjusted for inflation) for the rest of my life, even if I stopped working. For me, “rich” is not just right now – it’s tomorrow, too. And making a huge amount of money while I’m working full time doesn’t appeal to me nearly as much as making just enough money to live on while *not* having to work.

  9. I loved this podcast! The variety of content kept it very engaging. I found Hannah’s story really inspiring, and your interview questions were spot on. I look forward to the next one!

  10. Motivating stuff, really enjoyed the Hannah story. Leanne: agree with you about the earning. For me if I had $24k/year guaranteed passive income I’d have zero interest in pursuing money any further, and would feel as rich as I would ever need to be.

  11. Justin, I think that Baker used to call in to a podcast frequently that was hosted by Jim Wang and J.D. Roth, so I guess Baker had some experience/familiarity with podcasting.

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  14. Baker,
    Great job. I love the medium of the podcast. I can take it anywhere and listen in between projects – out on my morning run/walk, while washing dishes, on the drive. So I love it. I am planning on getting The Everyday Language Learner Podcast up and running this year too. I too was inspired by Pat and am excited to get a podcast up and running. Yours is great and I’ll subscribe!

  15. Good stuff Baker. I just subscribed and can’t wait to listen to your 1st episode.

    Getting your message out “everywhere” is important. The more I got rid of last year, the better I feel. 2012 is going to be a good year. And imagine the stories you will have next year about the number of people who took your YvD and became debt free!

  16. Thank you for your podcast. I heard about you today when I saw a tweet about you via Cliff Ravenscraft and subscribed and downloaded your podcast (via Pocket Casts app on my phone).
    I am a follower of Dave Ramsey and finally going to make this my year the year I get my debt snowball really rolling and working on a career goal and such. I look forward to following you also.

    K, bye

  17. I just listened to your podcast and I really love it, both in terms of production (even a podcast with great content can get totally ruind by poor sound quelity and the like) and content. It is pretty dense in information (love that!) and fast-moving but not too fast. Looking forward to listening to more as I plough through 55000 euro of college debt!

  18. Thank you for creating the podcast. I am in the field all day and i love to listen to podcast while i am driving. The speech about the junk is so true. I have removed all the junk from my home and now am going through the garage.

    I have one suggestion for you. All the shows should be less than thirty minutes long. That is the average drive time to work. that will give all your driving listeners a chance to hear the whole show in on shot. just a thought. Keep up the good work.


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  20. Monstruous!

    Great job, Adam! It’s the very best podcast I’ve ever heard (and the very best TEDex presentation too).

    I’m with the paper and the pencil right now.

    This is really inspiring, thank you!

    (Thanks Pat for linking this extremely powerful podcast!)

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