Self-improvement is an essential skill for any entrepreneur. How can anyone hope to get to where they want to be if they can’t take the simplest steps to better themselves?
But what if you’re constantly busy at work and home, with little time to attend inspiring seminars or read self-improvement books? The answer is simple: podcasts. They allow you to listen and learn on the move: during a workout, or on the way to work. But with thousands of podcasts to choose from, finding a starting place may be difficult.
Here’s a list of podcasts worth looking into.
Out of all the podcasts we looked into, Tim Ferriss’s stood out as the most popular. Bestselling author and “world’s best human guinea pig,” Ferriss is best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, now translated into over 40 languages. On his podcast, Ferriss invites and interviews someone from a niche background or industry, then uncovers the secrets to their success. In the past, he’s covered investment, technology, eastern philosophy, meditation, and much more. Ferriss’s disarming personality and genuine curiosity makes this podcast an entertaining listen.
Best episode: “Lessons Learned Traveling The World”
Learn to develop everyday skills that can help you stay healthy, creative, and productive. The Accidental Creative Podcast is hosted by Todd Henry, author of Die Empty, Louder Than Words, and of course, The Accidental Creative. Each episode is less than half an hour, which is perfect for squeezing in a little wisdom in between a lunch break. Whether you’re a creative or a business professional, there’s something for everyone in this podcast.
Best episode: “Exactly What To Say” (with Phil M. Jones)
If you want something specifically focused on improving work habits, you’d be hard-pressed to find something better than Back to Work. This award-winning weekly podcast from Merlin Mann and Dan Benjamin break down the most common topics in the workplace, from productivity to communication. Listening to Merlin and Dan is like listening to two friends talk casually, which makes for some great background listening.
Best episode: “Alexa, Light It Up!”
Mike Vardy has made quite the name for himself. Not only has his company, Productivityist, been mentioned by Lifehacker and Fast Company, but the podcast of the same name has quickly become a productivity podcast favorite. Vardy’s goal is to help listeners “define your day, funnel your focus, and make every moment matter” through actionable tips and useful tools. Not bad for a half hour weekly podcast.
Best episode: “Morning Routines with Benjamin Spall”
A collaboration between Myke Hurley (host of Relay.fm) and CGP Grey (YouTuber, host of Hello Internet), Cortex explores the work processes and productivity hacks of two self-employed content creators. Listening to these two hosts talk about their work can be one of the most inspiring moments of your week, no different to learning from a mentor.
Best episode: “Cortex 1: I Don’t Really Like Work”
Host Erik Fisher hit a home run in choosing a title for his podcast. Not only does each episode teach you how to get more done, but it also explores the main purpose of productivity- living a meaningful life between personal and work life. The podcast features interviews with real entrepreneurs and thought leaders, extracting the most important lessons of time-management, motivation, and organization. After a couple of episodes, you’ll be using some of his tactics right away.
7. Masters of Scale
An original podcast by Reid Hoffman (founder of LinkedIn), Masters of Scale explores how companies seemingly grow from nothing into major, worldwide phenomenons. Hoffman starts each episode with a theory about scaling businesses and then tests the idea by interviewing the leading figures and influencers today.
8. Business Wars
Ever wondered about the biggest battles in the business industry? Whether its Netflix v. HBO or Pizza Hut vs. Dominos, Business Wars covers the shocking dark side of the biggest corporate rivalries in history. You’ll learn about how some brands come to be cultural landmarks, how others get forgotten by history and the countless Machiavellan plays made by leaders and entrepreneurs.
Best episode: Amazon vs Walmart – The Big Bang Theory of E-Commerce
9. How I Built This with Guy Raz
Journalist and NPR host Guy Raz has developed a reputation as one of the most popular podcasters ever, and with his podcast, How I Built This, it’s not hard to see why. Learn about the stories about early beginnings and touch decisions made by the world’s most famous companies, including Lyft, Bumble, Khan Academy, Airbnb, and many more.
Best episode: Wikipedia: Jimmy Wales
10. The Mind Your Business Podcast
Entrepreneurs understand the secret to success lies with one’s mindset. James Wedmore, an online entrepreneur, hosts a podcast specifically designed around the entrepreneur’s mindset, and how it can have a greater impact than any strategy. Each episode is only 20-45 minutes long, but you’ll walk away with lessons that stay with you long after they’re done.
Best episode: The Way To Grow Is To ____
The Journey of Productivity
One of the best ways to improve yourself is to learn from the experts- the individuals who faced the same struggles and setbacks and converted their failure into wisdom. Listening to actionable advice helps us avoid the same pitfalls.
These are just a few suggestions out of dozens other productivity podcasts. There’s simply far too many out there to put into a single list. The same is true for blogs. Here are 7 great blogs to get started.
But it’s not enough to listen to podcasts, you have to apply the lessons each day: like managing your time, getting an early start, or finding a place to focus and work. Healthy habits are formed with time and discipline.
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