On My iPod: The Best Personal Development Podcasts

June 17, 2013

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.

Here are some of the best podcasts personal development I’ve found:

This is Your Life Podcast


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 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


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






Good Life Project Podcast


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


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





Living For Monday Podcast


 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.


If you have any podcasts that you love, share them in the comment section below!

12 comments so far.

12 responses to “On My iPod: The Best Personal Development Podcasts”

  1. Great list! I’m going to download a few later on today and listen to them in the evening to wind down.

  2. I just listened to the Eventual Millionaire podcast last night on the back of your recommendation, just finished it now and it really has boosted my drive to be succesful. Thanks for that.

  3. This is a great post! I’ve been looking for some motivational podcasts to listen to during my longs runs and these sound like they’ll really hit the spot! Thanks for the recommendations 😀

  4. allureandbeauty says:

    Great post…motivational talk is so central to my life right now. I definitely have some specific goals that I am trying to reach and I am in constant need of positive reinforcement.

  5. Thanks for posting this. I listened to Michael Hyatt and he was very good at telling story to make a point. A great example of good podcasting. Suggestion: Get a Google+ button. I shared your site and this post there. You are missing a great SEO opportunity by not having it.

  6. Jes says:

    I’ve just recently started listening to personal development podcasts, as a way to increase my toolkit to help out clients in my new life design business, and while searching for more to add I found your list! I’m excited to give these a listen!

    I’m personally loving The 5AM Miracle, Trish Blackwell’s Confidence Podcast, and The Kickass Life. And just for kicks and great laughs and because I think he’s really funny, you might want to check out Pete Holmes’ podcast You Made It Weird.

    Glad I stumbled across your blog! Have a fantastic day!

    Big love,

  7. Great podcast. Will definitely come back for more!

  8. ooo a little self promoting here…. i think this podcast is worth a listen.

  9. whoops sorry this is a workable link not an xml feed link.. duh said it was a good podcast not that i was a savy tech dude lol…


  10. Susan says:

    I was about to give up on podcasts because every one I download has too much mindless chatter about their personal life and they are always selling something

  11. Maria says:


    This email is a long time coming but I finally found your blog again. I came across your podcast list in November last year (2015) and I want to thank you so much for it as it introduced me to Lewis Howes. I’ve been listening to him since then and his podcast has had such an incredibly positive impact on my life.

    Awesome list and I can’t wait to tune into more great & inspiring podcasts.


  12. Titus Hauer says:

    Wow! Epic post! Great job and I love all the different perspectives and ideas provided. Thanks for pulling all this together. Keep up the awesome work 🙂


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