A few weeks ago, I put a question out to the Twitterverse- what are the best personal development podcasts? I recently started commuting every day and being stuck in traffic was wearing me down- not only was I sick of hearing the same Fun and Rhianna songs being on near constant loop on the radio, but I felt like I was burning up key hours of possibile productivity and just feeling drained after an evening spent in gridlock. I spent some times combing through a bunch on iTunes to find the best personal development podcasts, but these are by far my favorites.
Podcasts are great for anyone who needs mental stimulation when out on a run, stuck in traffic or to switch things up and get inspired during downtime between tasks. Podcasts are free, easy to find on nearly any topic from fitness to knitting- plus, the variety of quality podcasts out there is sure to suit any taste. I listen to my podcasts on 2x speed so I can get through one or two during my commute and it keeps my brain fresh during the workweek.
This Is Your Life Podcast: Michael Hyatt puts together a great podcast that always stays on topic, keeps you engaged and cuts the fluff and chatter of other podcasts that used to frustrate me. His content is superb and he even tackles listener questions at the end of each session. He covers everything from effective leadership, productivity, creating healthy marriages and developing a life plan.
Check out MichealHyatt.com for a great site and podcast.
Eventual Millionaire: If you ever wanted to hear stories of rags to riches that will inspire you with insight packed with humility matched with usefulness- take a listen to the Eventual Millionaire podcast with Jaime Tardy. Honestly, there isn’t enough straight talk out there about what it takes to make your first million- that is, unless someone’s selling a memoir or their latest product. This podcast is free and packed with value by sharing case studies and interviews of real millionaires, brilliant stuff!
Get more info at EventualMillionaire.com
Pocket Changed Podcast: I love that this topic interviews some awesome people- bloggers, entrepreneurs, freelancers and movers and shakers from a wide variety of backgrounds. Caleb brings in people to interview that should be on your radar- movers and shakers who have awesome stories to tell and lives that inspire.
Get more info at PocketChanged.com
The Good Life Project Podcast: One of my favorite authors, Jonathan Fields who published Uncertainty, a book that changed my life, now hosts The Good Life Project where he interviews some amazing big names about their stories, businesses and of course, how they have crafted their own unique version of “the good life.”
Big names include Seth Godin, Leo Babuata and Marie Forleo (also people you should be following!).
Check out his site at GoodLifeProject.com (video also available!)
The School of Greatness Podcast: This is a personal development podcast with a twist of fitness since Lewis is a former pro athlete and brings that background into his interviews for the shows. He’s interviewed some people with amazing stories who also happen to have athletic backgrounds or a powerful fitness journey.
If you’re looking for the best of personal development and fitness in your podcast, this is it! Check him out at LewisHowes.com
The Living For Monday Show: Living For Monday is a great blog for any young gun that wants to get ahead in their career or hopes there’s more to life than the cubicle they’re in.
This podcast covers everything from finding your passion, building a career that matters, navigating career changes and brilliant ideas from people who have lived it.
Get more info at the Living For Monday blog.
Seriously- listening to podcasts has been hugely helpful to not only my career change two years ago (you know, when I was a broke grad student who decided not to pursue a career in academia and instead decided to start my own social media business & blog.) but it’s been key in my development in all areas of my life.
Podcasts are free and are a smart way to make sure you have your finger on the pulse in your industry and to ensure that you mind is fresh and your personal well of inspiration is always full- I can’t recommend using this resource of information enough! Next week I’ll be featuring the best running podcasts on my iPod right now.