Are you looking for motivation, a positive direction, or ready to embrace success? Then these inspirational podcasts are for you!
I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it.
– Vincent van Gogh
Podcasts are the leading cultural phenomenon steadily gaining mainstream traction. We are fortunate to live in times that offer us a wealth of choice and knowledge, straight from the experts, and that too for free! There are hundreds of podcasts in every imaginable category and even more listicles on them.
What are Podcasts and where can you find them?
Podcasts are in essence, like an on-demand radio show. They are audio episodes on a specific topic that you can listen to, on multiple devices – your phone, tablet, or computer. These audio programs are produced as a series, each with several episodes. There are several thousands of active podcasts today with millions of episodes, on a slew of topics. They vary in duration – from 5 to 50+ minutes, with an average length of 45 minutes. You can listen to them on streaming services like Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher, Spotify, and many more places. A lot of podcasters also host them on their own websites and social media pages.
Think of Podcasts as a hands-free, eyes-free audio medium that can educate, entertain, or energize you!
Why do so many women entrepreneurs love Podcasts?
A lot of podcasts cover topics important to entrepreneurs, especially women – e.g. business, marketing, growth, success, wellness, mindset, parenting, work-life balance. Plus, they are convenient – many find that they can squeeze in listening time, and better utilize everyday necessary wasted hours – driving to work or a transit commute, doing the dishes, cleaning & chores, or while waiting in lines to pick up kids.
When you discover the benefits of a podcast, great things happen.
Podcasts help you grow in multiple ways. A good podcast makes you a better listener and acts as a motivational force. At worst, you might just have to stop whatever you are doing to make notes on all the creative ideas they inspire. And you can easily find ones that resonate with your lifestyle and choices.
Listen to these 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. Find inspiration whenever your mindset and outlook need a lift. Here are 11 great podcasts in the following 6 categories that are sure to make a positive impact.
On Motivation- the driving force that inspires you to act
To propel ourselves towards success, we need to push forward each day despite our fears, challenges, and setbacks.
Thought leader and Motivational Speaker Rob Dial’s podcast motivates people to become self-aware and the best version of themselves. It is a game-changer for anyone desiring direction, and focus in life. Rob challenges his audience to live a life of love and purpose.
Reprogram yourself into the person that you have always truly wanted to be or change your reality by changing your thoughts. There are enough and more episodes to get you to do what needs to be done to meet your goals!
This podcast by best-selling author and workplace wellbeing teacher Michelle McQuaid offers evidence-based approaches. How can you bring out the best in yourself and others at work, with positive psychology. Improve your wellbeing, develop strengths, and make work meaningful.
In the episode with Sheila Heen, on the topic of receiving Feedback they explore how growth mindsets can help us lean into giving and receiving feedback better.
On Wellness – uplifting Podcasts
Adopting a self-care mindset helps you calm your anxiety, overcome negative thinking, increases your confidence, and ultimately your quality of life.
With quick, guided meditations for confidence, anxiety, relaxation, etc, Chel Hamilton’s calm spirit, her soft voice and her love for the craft is 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 this award-winning guided meditation podcast 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, use their on-point tips for a healthy attitude to wellness, nutrition, fitness, or exercise. 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 realize I occasionally do meditation in motion. Can you guess what (exercise) that is?
From simple tips to Manage Stress to fitness tips to Wake up your Workday, get the best ideas on career wellness.
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On Entrepreneurship – building a business mindset
An entrepreneurial approach helps us visualize problems as opportunities and challenge the unspoken assumptions we tend to make.
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 crises and pivoting to taking the work out of networking, the 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 are essential. Don’t ditch initiatives after a few days. It is also important 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 recount their failures and triumphs is awesome. It makes you believe that with grit and creativity, even 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-gritty 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?
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On Creativity – podcasts for innovating
Working on our creative mindset allows us to ask the right kinds of questions to draw our genius out, reclaim our creativity, and think freely, without constraints.
This podcast has an underlying belief. You’re chosen for a very particular thing and you need to lean into that so that you don’t miss your creative gift. Episode 274 talks of how finding and creating from your creative center is about tuning into the pulse of your path.
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 mindset and generate better ideas.
Also Read: 5 Success Mantras from a Creative Career
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. Connect with those 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 because of what they do. We all need peers who get our work, family members who cheer for us, and customers who rally for us.
Looking to find your own tribe of doers, supporters, collaborators, and peer mentors?
In the episode on Invisible Solutions with Stephen Shapiro they discuss how in order to innovate and find solutions, we must train our minds to see the problem differently.
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On Productivity – Podcasts for the results lover
Cultivating a productive mindset helps you make the best of your time, energy, and efforts. It leads you to be focused on your goals and take organized steps towards achieving them.
Being busy and having a lot on our minds is the general state of being now. If you want a productive mindset instead, 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 with meaningful productivity. 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 organizing like 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.
Find bite-sized actionable tips and real-life guests sharing their secrets to productivity in this one. 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 Money – podcasts for a smart fiscal mindset
Before you skip this part, please know that you don’t need to be an ace in financial literacy. Understanding these short, useful, easy-to-digest bites on the world of money is doable. For women and especially entrepreneurs, making money and managing it strategically is one of the foundations of success. Why not add something new to your skillset. 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 without being 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 math and a method to pre-planning for expenses that you know will eventually come your way. So it’s a good idea to step into the future with foresight under your belt.
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Connect with like minded entrepreneurs!
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.
These Podcasts have the power to lift your mindset. They also offer you advice, answers, affirmations each day.
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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.