From Traffic to Magic: Making Peace with LA's Dreadful Commutes

Remember "rush hours" in LA? Good times. We all knew exactly what we were getting ourselves into when entering the 405 at 8 AM in the morning or 5 PM at night. Everything in between was pretty chill.

Oh, how things are different now. Rush hour is pretty much non-existent. It's 24/7 mayhem on our freeways. It's unbeatable...trust me, I've attempted every play in the book. Waze, "secret" shortcuts, using streets instead (which are pretty much the same, if not worse considering stoplights), trying to game the system by leaving 30 minutes earlier or later. Nope.

Death, taxes, and traffic. It was inevitable, and there was nothing I can do to stop it.

Well, sort of. I couldn't stop it, per se, but I could use it to my advantage somehow. ๐Ÿค”

I tried the whole audiobook thing - too boring. I love books, but I'm an old-fashioned dude when it comes to reading. It's just not the same when you don't visually see the words popping out of the page at you.

My commute was 4 hours, round-trip. 4 hours of my day sitting in a car! I had to figure something out. That's when I came across a solid alternative. PODCASTS! I've always had a deep dislike for radio, but podcasts. Podcasts I could get into.

I searched and found tons of shows about science, business, technology, sports, everything I was interested in. I could literally expand my knowledge on matters unknown to me while driving to work every day. And hold up, they were all free to stream?! There's no way.

Podcasts honestly changed my life.

Suddenly, I was more awake, more productive, and more excited than ever to get the day going.

Since that time, Iโ€™ve listened to hundreds of podcasts and have learned more relevant and applicable lessons than I did in all my years of schooling. There were no distractions. My favorites were always the ones showcasing the stories of entrepreneurs and founders of well-known companies - what better way to get fired up in the mornings?!

I was on a roll. But, I soon realized there was something missing.

As awesome as these stories were, many of them just werenโ€™t relatable. Simply just too cookie-cutter. After-the-fact recollections of entrepreneurial journeys, that while interesting, didn't resonate too well with up-and-comers from a practical standpoint.

I was craving the REAL stories, the all-around raw ones you just never hear about unless you're part of the conversation. The ones that make you go "wow, this person has truly accomplished so much, but they're also human and not much different than me."

So I saw this as an opportunity to start my own show with my friend and co-host, Posh, who shared these same frustrations. The Founder Hour is born.

We're on a mission, right here in LA, to sit down with the humans behind the city's booming startups, businesses, and movements and feature their inspiring stories for the world to hear.

Whether you're like us and stuck in traffic every day, at home making dinner, at work, or riding your bike, we hope that when you throw on The Founder Hour, we can help make your days a little bit brighter.

Stream TFH on Apple Podcasts, SoundCloud, Google Play, Stitcher and more - and don't forget to rate and leave a review which helps us out more than you know! We'd also love to hear your feedback on making the show as enjoyable and valuable as possible for our listeners!

Much love. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

-Pat