I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
– Vincent van Gogh
There are two kinds of mindsets – One that’s growth focused and the other, that tends to be fixed or static. The former has an “I can’t do it, yet” attitude, the kind that breeds winners.
Similarly, there are two kinds of people – those who listen to podcasts and those who haven’t, yet!
If you have ears close to the ground, you will actually hear the buzz of podcasts, a cultural phenomenon steadily gaining mainstream traction. And if your have a success outlook, you should definitely embrace the wealth of knowledge out there, free!
Audio Podcasts are in essence, a hands free, eyes free medium that can be squeezed in skillfully, to better utilize those everyday necessary wasted hours – driving to work or a transit commute, doing the dishes, scrubbing the counter-tops, or while waiting in lines to pick up kids.
As an entrepreneur, a mother, and an active member of my community, I value the time I can steal from everyday moments to further my personal growth.
When you discover the benefits of a podcast, great things happen. The unproductive, but unavoidable repetitive drudgery is now instead, a time to look forward to.
Podcasts help you grow in multiple ways. At its best, a good podcast makes you a better listener. At worst, you might just have to stop whatever you are doing to make notes on all the creative ideas they inspire.
They are like that smart friend who gives you relevant and actionable advice exactly when you need it. There are hundreds of podcasts in every imaginable category and even more listicles on them.
This is my second article on Podcasts. I not only love listening to them, I also actively recommend and share the notable ones with family and friends.
Given the huge number of choices, I voraciously research the podcasts I choose to listen to. That’s why my personal satisfaction rate with them is close to 100% .
The truth is – the best Podcasts are the ones that resonate with you.
For curating this list, I thought about the women I know or work with. Each is a woman with myriad experiences, thoughts and brimming with wisdom in her particular arena. She’s ambitious, yet full of doubts, manages it all, yet struggles with the overwhelm. But who always welcomes actionable advice and inspiration to grow her business, further her career, her personal self and have some fun in the process.
Listen to these 11 Podcasts with the power to lift your mindset!
For overall personal and professional growth, it’s great to have all your ducks in a row. To inspire you in whatever direction your mindset and outlook needs a lift, here are 11 great podcasts intended to make a positive impact.
On Productivity – Podcasts for the results lover
Being busy and having a lot on our minds is the general state of being now. If you want to get out of that mindset, then take a page (or note) from Laura McClellan’s podcast. She offers advice, tips and encouragement to approaching the many demands on our time and energy. For working women overwhelmed by their roles as wives, mothers, workers, caretakers, citizens etc, conquering digital, physical and mental clutter and imbibing productive attitudes, beliefs, habits and skills can be a game changer.
As a woman often working from home, organization is often a challenge that hampers my productivity. In the episode Mindset Matters: productive Skills, a simple premise resonated with me- treat organization as a skill and you can acquire it.
For a twist, listen to 10 things productive women won’t do, a healthy reminder that we are at our best when we care for ourselves first.
With bite sized actionable tips and real -life guests sharing their secrets to productivity, you learn how to be more efficient and develop healthy rituals and habits. This is a great podcast to help you accomplish more and get things done. If you are inclined to a productivity mindset, you will definitely gain much more than you expect.
I loved productivity tips that are weird but work. From creating a productivity circuit (don’t sit in one place), to a case for making clothing decisions the night before and a cure for binge watching Netflix, this seemed tailor-made for me.
On Wellness – uplifting Podcasts
With quick, short, guided meditations for confidence, anxiety , relaxation etc, Chel Hamilton’s calm spirit, her soft voice and her love for the craft are enough to send comforting shivers through your body and put you at ease. Long enough for effectiveness, yet short enough to be easily squeezed into your day, use these podcasts as an invitation into a peaceful moment in your busy life.
When I catch myself over analyzing decisions and require a dose of peace, clarity and centeredness, I often practice Two choices Clarity. At the very least, it opens my mind to new possibilities.
A lot more of us need to develop a wellness mindset. A great way to start your day, listen to this podcast on your morning commute and use their on-point tips to enhance your wellness, nutrition, fitness or exercise mindset. Learn how to sleep better, eat healthier and be more conscious about your choices.
Jason Wachob in the episode MindBodyGreen encourages you to make frequent deposits in your own “Wellth” account and operate from a place of gratitude. Do you know the best exercise for you? It’s simply the one you actually do. I was also pleasantly happy to realise I occasionally do meditation in motion. Can you guess what (exercise) that is?
More inspirational podcasts for you
Creative thinking and the ability to embrace risks are very important in your professional journey too.
On Entrepreneurship – business building podcasts
For an entrepreneur, mindset is everything. Being in business is not a short term strategy. Inspiring, confident and animated, Abagail and Emylee provide easy to implement business guidance and strategies in a fun, down to earth way. From overcoming crisis and pivoting to taking the work out of networking, their podcast offers something for anyone on an entrepreneurial journey.
The simple yet essential advice offered in What comes first- My Website, My Product, My email list is that businesses evolve, change and grow. Let your gut help you decide what to take up and what to say no to. It’s a good reminder for me to check my work periodically on what aspect actually needs my energy. Consistency and long term persistence is essential. Don’t ditch initiatives after a few days. It is also imperative to revisit old efforts and constantly update them.
To hear stories from today’s greatest innovators and visionaries, on their creative thinking and perseverance is an unparalleled experience. To build movements from nothing requires a never say never mindset and each episode of this amazing podcast exemplifies that. Listening to the biggest names in business today, recount their failures and triumphs makes you believe that with grit and creativity, anyone can make their own luck and impossible dreams can become a reality.
With amazing stories from founders of Chipotle, Starbucks, Teach for America, Rent the Runway, Spanx and more, I shared the mind blowing Airbnb: Joe Gebbia episode with my family over dinner. As an entrepreneur, you have to shift your mindset from the daily nitty gritties and move it into your customer’s living room- literally!
Also find out – was it chance, smarts or cereal that got Airbnb to where it is today?
On Creativity – podcasts for innovating
A podcast that talks of fear, of overcoming them and creating more joyfully. Elizabeth Gilbert in her perfect soothing voice, challenges you to make time for things that inspire and excite you. She also weighs in and actually provides advice to her podcast guests. From topics like knowing the taste of failure, to leaping into the fire, it is empowering to hear the stories of creatives and how they overcome their fears, insecurity and creative blocks.
The episode Dancing From the Heart has 60 year old Penelope, a dance teacher from New Jersey saying, “I’m not too old to dance.” To feel that you can never really fulfill everybody’s expectations and realize your own creative potential is a real feeling that we all deal with at some point of time. But to liberate yourself from that constraining mindset is exhilarating. Practice creating that space for that creativity to come.
Fascinating conversations, tips and interviews with top thinkers, leaders, and artists on how to creatively thrive in life and work, stay inspired, flourish and raise your inner game. Packed with great thoughtful advice, use this podcast to develop your creative thought and generate better ideas.
The people who surround you largely determine the direction of your life. In Finding your creative community Todd Henry discusses the need for developing our community – the people who see who we are and speak the truth to us. The ones who help you stay inspired, engaged, and focused, and who celebrate your successes with you and help you get through your setbacks. It’s true, creatives can be isolated with their work. We all need peers who get our work, family members who cheer for us and customers who rally for us. That is precisely our endeavor with Maroon Oak, our free networking and collaborating platform.
Also Read: 5 Success Mantras from a Creative Career
Alongwith interviews of members of the creative community, Grace Bonney takes her love of art and her design blogging experience to cover topics ranging from branding yourself to finding your voice and the role of the internet in democratizing design.
On How to create content for the new online world, she reaffirms the fact that great content does not equal more work. In an always changing digital world, the goal is to create types of content that comes naturally to you and then get more from it with smaller amounts of effort. Work smarter, not harder. On Maroon Oak, we regularly reuse & repurpose our content in different ways across social platforms.
Also Read: 5 Point Cheat Sheet for non-Designers
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On Money – fiscally smart podcasts
Before you skip this part, please know that you do not need to be an ace in financial literacy to understand these short, useful, easy to digest bites on the world of money around you. For women and especially entrepreneurs, making money and managing it strategically is one of the foundations of success. Why not add to your skill set and surprise your family with some money tips of your own on credit, debt, real estate, investment or taxes?
In 5 Steps to Grow Rich Without a Budget, Laura Adams asks you to turn budgeting on its head withoutbeing preoccupied with every penny, especially when you have an erratic income. Budgets are often compared to diets. She recommends viewing it as a lifestyle change. Very smart analogy and one that hit home for me.
Linda P Jones premise is simple – to be a real millionaire, you need to start with a wealthy mindset, not frugality. Watch out though, you might just get a degree in finance listening to her wisdom, confidence and high quality advice on investing and finance. Consider her your money mentor and take the leap.
The episode 9 Things You should be Saving for but probably Aren’t will either make you feel great because you’re already following it to a tee or will serve as a good reminder to start right away. There is a math and method to pre-planning for expenses which you know will eventually come your way and it’s a good idea to step into the future with foresight under your belt.
Listening to podcasts is like having a one way conversation with an amazing mentor.
Podcasts equip you with new tools, plant seeds for new ideas and help you grow – a learner’s mindset is all you need. The world of Podcasts offers you advice, answers, affirmations each day. Are you listening?
Tell us – what are your favorite podcasts?
You can’t use up creativity. The more you create, the more you have.
A Designer, Entrepreneur & US Patent Holder, Aditi graduated from a top design school and subsequently started her own design and merchandising business. Co-founder at Maroon Oak, she has over 17 years of business experience with Two Dotts, her design consulting company and an Etsy store which serves as an outlet for her gifts and patented product designs.
A mother to a teen and a tween, she enjoys running, dancing and raising her newest baby, a Bichon named Miltie.
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