Knowledge Consumption: What is it, and how can learning about it help you expand your own knowledge? 

For the longest, looking up a podcast topic was one of those things that you know you’d take time working out just to find the exact episode you’re looking for. In some cases it was even nearly impossible, especially if the podcast you’re searching for wasn’t necessarily the most popular one in the community. You had to scrounge around the internet, hop on YouTube, iTunes, and most often Google to find that one website your favorite podcast host usually uploads their episodes on. Though it was admittedly nothing so challenging or difficult that it would take you hours to accomplish, there’s definitely nothing wrong with opting for a faster alternative.

Every time we learn something new, the process of taking in that new information and familiarizing ourselves with it is called “Knowledge Consumption.” Knowledge Consumption can be divided into two types: Passive Consumption, and Proactive Consumption.

Passive Consumption is achieved when you stumble upon a piece of knowledge that you weren’t necessarily looking for, but ultimately decided that “Hey, this is pretty useful knowledge. I’m going to remember this.” A great example is scrolling through your social media platforms, or even YouTube’s recommended videos. We come across inspirational videos and even quick tutorial videos every day, and that can be considered as Passive Consumption.

Proactive Consumption is the more- as the name mentions- “active” method of knowledge consumption. To be more specific, this is the category that “On-Demand Knowledge Consumption” falls under. This is the process of intentionally seeking out information that we want to digest, pieces of knowledge that we want to learn. Whether it’s for an important article that we need to write on our website or a leaky faucet we don’t know how to fix, both cases incite the need to proactively learn something new.

Going back, we mentioned that a specific podcast episode or topic wasn’t exactly the easiest thing to satiate our desire for proactive knowledge consumption. Not until recently, that is.

Spotify has made its way to the top as a big name in the online music streaming scene, with millions over listeners around the world subscribed to its premium services. For the longest, it was solely used to listen to songs uploaded by various artists. However, it recently released a new feature allowing users to find podcast episodes using a search string.

How To Use It

If you haven’t already downloaded Spotify, you can easily find it on your phone’s app store. Once you have Spotify account registered and ready to go, you can follow these easy steps and tips to get to the exact podcast topic you’re looking for:


  • First, open up your Spotify app. Once you open the application, you’ll be taken immediately into the home page.


  • At the top of your screen, you’ll find an empty text box with the words “Artists, Songs, or Podcasts” grayed out inside.


  • That’s the search bar, and through that bar you can type in the name and episode of the podcast you’re looking for.


  • Once you hit the enter key, you’ll find a short list of episodes with the keywords you wrote down just underneath the search bar. More likely than not, the episode you’re looking for should be somewhere up top.


  • But if it isn’t, worry not, because scrolling all the way down, you’ll find a “See All Episodes” button to expand the search results. Once you press this button, you might even find yourself another interesting episode that could teach you something new about what you’re already trying to learn.

A Few Helpful Tips


  • Diving deeper into your favorite podcasts, you’ll be able to keep in touch
    with up-to-date episodes, and potentially opening new doors to further help you
    with your proactive consumption, such as books, YouTube videos, and other
    additional content.


  • You can also maximize the search feature by typing the broad subject of what you
    are looking for. This way, you’ll be able to discover new podcast shows that
    could be just as enjoyable as the one you’re already following.


  • Be intentional! Seek out new knowledge with all the intention to really delve
    deeper into it. With the willingness to learn something new, you’ll get yourself
    to where you want to be mentally even faster than you would haphazardly.

    Remember, it isn’t passive consumption after all. It’s proactive.


With all that said, I hope this article equipped you with something new to further help you expound on your knowledge. If you did enjoy, don’t forget to stay tuned on my YouTube channel.

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