Motivation isn’t something that just comes to you. It’s a learned habit and it can be hard to come by at times. Maintaining motivation can also be a challenge for anything in life, whether you want to nail your next work challenge, boost your confidence in your business, or thrive in your everyday life. So what do you do if you’re lacking in motivation and could benefit from a boost that’s easy to come by? Motivational podcasts. While it may sound incredibly silly to some, inspirational podcasts are an easy and free way to help us in many facets of our lives. They can remind us that we’re all human. For sure, doubts, issues and crises will inevitably come, but we have the power to turn them into opportunities. And sometimes, we only need this perspective, along with some practical tips, to make us feel better and want to move forward. Does this sound like something you’d be interested in checking out? If so, that’s perfect as we’ve ear-picked some of the best motivational podcasts just for you: 01. The GaryVee Audio Experience Gary Vaynerchuk (a.k.a. Gary Vee) has a voice that everyone needs to hear at least once - beyond the fact that he’s intimidatingly successful. It’s a both a podcast to gather valuable marketing tips for your business and find more empowerment in your daily life. The reason begins with Gary Vee’s story. Born in Belaruse, he moved with his family to the U.S. when he was just three years old. His parents ran a discount liquor store, which he took over when he graduated college. From there, he completely rebranded the store to focus on wine, and turned a $3 million per year business into a $60 million per year one. This was just the beginning of his route to success. Today, Gary Vee is primarily known for VaynerMedia, a social media agency. As such, you can imagine that his social channels are filled to the brim with fresh content that he produces every day. For the audiophiles out there, The GaryVee Audio Experience podcast releases episodes almost on a daily basis. The tone is very “go get ‘em,” which is helpful when you need a kick in the behind. His entrepreneurial spirit can help relight smoldering embers into a blazing fire again. In a nutshell: GaryVee’s high energy and matter-of-factness may sometimes be hard to handle, but only because you need to hear it. We liked these episodes and we’re sure you will too: Your Ego Is Limiting Your UpsideHappiness and Fulfillment Over Cars and HousesTips for Anyone Struggling With Self Doubt 02. Tony Robbins Podcast Tony Robbins needs absolutely no introduction. If he does, then you’ve been living under a rock. His very own website details his experience as, “an entrepreneur, #1 NY Times bestselling author, philanthropist, and the nation’s #1 life and business strategist.” While that’s all very impressive, it’s almost too modest. Tony Robbins is a legend. His name has been synonymous with the term “motivational speaker” for decades, and motivates listeners without full-on preaching to them. The podcast tackles subjects like finance, success, happiness, as well as many others - all while providing a perspective that you can only get from the man himself. It allows you to get the wealth of knowledge found within his books in a more relaxed format that’s easily digestible. After all, he’s a motivational speaker, not writer, so it seems only natural to get him in his element of speech. In a nutshell: Robbins’ natural talent for speaking makes it easy for you to understand the methods he teaches. You’re on your own when it comes to applying them. We liked these episodes, we’re sure you will too: Are You a Wantrapreneur?Self-Made SuccessRecover Your True Self 03. The Art of Charm
A.J. Harbinger and Johnny Dzubak, the founders of this podcast, have over 11 years of coaching experience from their ‘elite emotional intelligence’ boot camps designed for advanced social skills training. The busy duo somehow finds time during their days to also record episodes for their podcast, which boasts a catalog of over 700 episodes.
The Art of Charm podcast hosts a variety of topics, from relationships, to happiness and how to boost performance in your everyday life in a multitude of situations. They also offer a nice selection of in-depth and inspiring interviews. The podcast serves as a mini bootcamp of its own, helping you boost your confidence skills when approaching challenges in life ranging from your personal relationships to career. It’s nice to see this is a team that’s interested in paying it forward, by empowering others after truly learning how to empower themselves.
In a nutshell: This is a podcast that helps improve your social skills, with a dedicated ‘toolbox’ of episodes to help you do just this.
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04. The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus make a podcast that so many people need to hear. The Minimalists is all about how to live a meaningful life with less. In a world of excess, this podcast is like a breath of fresh air. Some of the episodes on this list are highly motivational and inspirational. They also aim to make the listener want ‘more,’ which is quite clever. The Minimalists strive towards allowing one to be happy with what they have and leave out the extra stuff. Just like everything surrounding this podcast, from the website’s design to the topics chosen, episodes are simple and straightforward. Each takes a subject to pose and answer the big questions about it. For example, on an episode titled ‘Nostalgia,’ they ask, ‘Is there a healthy form of nostalgia, or is it inherently useless to hold onto the past?’ The insight these two bring to the table is unique and something more people need to hear. Luckily, they’re habitually on the top charts of Apple Podcasts.
In a nutshell: It’s good. Listen.
We liked these episodes, we’re sure you will too: HealthHappinessBreathe
05. The School of Greatness
The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes is insanely popular for many reasons. Not only is it a high-quality podcast with inspirational subject matters, but it’s also very real. At times, unapologetically so, Lewis Howes is open about his life’s hardships and how he moved past them - which is a boost of motivation in its own right. By doing so, he offers up a way of seeing things that many people can appreciate.
The School of Greatness is a very palatable podcast which covers topics on relationships, business, health, inspiration, and more. Lewis Howes seemingly has an uplifting answer for anything, so this should definitely be on anyone’s list if they’re searching for a mental ‘pick me up.’ Plus, if you’re not looking to invest in one of the longer interview episodes, you’ll enjoy the much shorter, ‘5 Min Friday’ episodes, which can pack a surprising punch despite their short lengths.
In a nutshell: The path to greatness apparently leads to The School of Greatness.
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06. The Good Life Project
The Good Life Project stands in a league of its own. While it maintains the ‘motivational podcast’ moniker, there’s something to the stories you’re told that can speak a world of volumes. Hosted by Jonathan Fields, the podcast is a series of interviews by those who have risen above it all, and have come to share their stories with listeners. The captivating insights provided are ones that you’ll hold with you, as if you’ve been waiting to hear them for a very long time.
Defining the subject matter on The Good Life Project sounds easy enough, but it’s something that needs to be listened to in order to be understood. Simply saying that it’s an inspirational podcast that shares stories of incredibly brave people just doesn’t do it justice. The podcast’s own page describes itself as follows: “Every week, we share inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and purpose-drenched life.”
The podcast is just a fraction of the Good Life Project, too. The website also offers a quiz to discover your unique 'Sparktype' so that you can find your true calling.
In a nutshell: It’s highly inspirational! You’ll want to go out and conquer the world after listening to an episode, or possibly drift off into a deep sleep from the host’s calm voice.
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07. Hidden Brain
This fantastic podcast is part of NPR (National Public Radio), an enlightening space for those who love to learn. Hidden Brain specifically helps people understand the depth of mind-boggling thought cases through real life stories and scientific facts. They do so in a way (in their words, not ours) that “reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behavior, and the biases that shape our choices.” While the format may seem simple, it’s anything but that. It’s full of inspiring, intriguing, and important stories about life, love, science, and the world.
Hidden Brain has won several awards, from a Webby to The Kavli Science Journalism Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. It’s also consistently on the top charts of the Science and Medicine section of Apple Podcasts.
In a nutshell: Interesting podcast with a ‘big picture’ vibe, which shouldn’t be surprising, given its name.
A few episode titles:Me, Myself, and IKEA: What Our Love for Swedish Furniture Says About NarcissismThis Is Your Brain on Ads: How Mass Marketing Affects Our MindsWhen Everything Clicks: The Power of Judgment-Free Learning
08. The Tim Ferriss Show
Tim Ferris is responsible for the insanely successful book, 4-Hour Workweek. His impressive unique take is expanded in his other published titles, but is also found in his podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. Back in 2016, The Observer called Ferris ‘The Oprah of Radio’ - some intimidatingly big shoes to fill.
While one could say that the podcast is firmly in the ‘business’ category, it’s very often inspiring to get Ferriss’ point of view, no matter what your background or intent is. It’s fascinating to hear how he deconstructs everyday things and turns them into tools that the listener can use to improve their lives and themselves. His guest list is also very impressive, with the docket including people like Neil Gaiman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, LeBron James, Ray Dalio, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Edward Norton, Tony Robbins, and several more.
In a nutshell: Come for the enthralling interviews, stay for Tim’s unique way of seeing things.
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09. Kwik Brain
Kwik Brain is a podcast all about learning things more efficiently. It was created and hosted by Jim Kwik, a speed-reading and memory expert. He discusses a variety of topics in a fun, fast-paced manner, as you’d expect. Also something that should come as no surprise: The podcast itself is quite quick, with most episodes lasting a mere 20 minutes. Sometimes, the episodes are even shorter and come in the form of bite-sized (~8 minute) ‘challenge’ sessions.
At the age of five, Kwik suffered a head injury that left him struggling in school. Eventually learning to read through his love of comic books, he later on sought to ‘fix’ his brain and discovered something even more spectacular. In the words of Kwik himself: “I discovered that, no matter the circumstances, we can rebuild our brains. And after working on myself, I realized my brain was not broken… It just needed a better owner’s manual. This shattered my own limiting beliefs – and over time, it became my passion to help others do the same.” Kwik could have retrained his brain and never look back, but he took it upon himself to pay it forward in ways that have genuinely helped people. That alone is a reason to give this a listen. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s incredibly stimulating content.
In a nutshell: A fascinating listen if you like to learn or have a short attention span.
We liked these episodes, we’re sure you will too: 7 Steps to Healthy Brain with Dr. Daniel Amen Part 1How to be Unforgettable with Jordan HarbingerHow To Keep Your Brain Ageless
10. Mental Illness Happy Hour
At some point in time, we all need a dose of perspective. It’s challenging enough to be stressed or depressed with work and life, and it’s such a personal situation, it can feel very isolating. In reality, this is never the case. The Mental Illness Happy Hour’s real goal is to remind people of just this. Hosted by comedian Paul Gilmartin, the podcast doesn’t take a dark tone, but rather a serious one by tackling very real issues people face every day. It’s a podcast that’s not afraid to speak up about what’s important - and also has fun while doing it.
It’s always interesting to see how a podcast describes itself. This one in particular says: “The Mental Illness Happy Hour is a weekly online podcast that interviews comedians, artists, friends, and the occasional doctor. Each episode explores mental illness, trauma, addiction and negative thinking.” The quote may not be flashy, but it does portray a podcast that’s both self-aware and transparent.
In a nutshell: This is a podcast that takes on a serious subject while remaining as humorous as possible.
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11. The Dave Ramsey Show
Financial troubles are anything but motivating, but Dave Ramsey is here to help. Author of seven best-selling books, this is a guy that knows his way around a dollar. He tells it like it is and is responsible for empowering people to get out of debt, take control of their money, and put it to good use.
This is a podcast that not only helps you define and build your goals financially, but also to stay motivated while you’re on the journey. The podcast covers several financial topics, such as debt, investing, retirement, insurance, and marriage. In a nutshell: Dave Ramsey knows how to manage his money and you will too if you listen up.
We liked these episodes, we’re sure you will too: Don’t Let Your Past Make Decisions for Your FutureExcellent in The Ordinary Will Make Your ProsperStop Being Complacent About Being Normal
12. The Zigler Show
Inspired by the late motivational speaker and salesman Zig Zigler, The Zigler Show is one you can’t miss. Host Kevin Miller conducts interviews with leading personal development experts, each detailing what has worked for them and how you can apply these tactics into your everyday life so you can live your best one. Listeners are also invited to ask questions that will be answered during the show.
From topics about becoming the best team player to curbing negative reactions, The Zigler Show has something for anyone who is looking to be inspired. This is a podcast to help kickstart the journey of discovering what’s best for you in your life and how to reach out and grab it while you can.
In a nutshell: This one is straightforward and to the point. It cuts the fat and focuses on what you want to hear most.
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13. How I Built This
If you’re looking to get inspiration from some big places, then How I Built This will be right up your alley. The NPR show tells the stories of some of the most popular companies around, reminding the listener that they were all simply ideas at one point. From the show notes, “How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.” So whether you’re an entrepreneur yourself or are just curious to see how some of the biggest names in the industry came to be, How I Built This is both motivational and completely fascinating.
In a nutshell: How I Built This is empowering to listen to, showing that anyone can create a very successful business empire with just an idea.
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