Whether you’ve got a long commute to work or you’re looking for some audible motivation to get you through the workweek, we’ve got 9 podcasts you should tune into.
Productivity hacks? Yep, there’s a podcast for that. Considering a side hustle? Listen to this gem before you launch. Just want to know how to climb the corporate ladder? We’ve got you covered.
Here are a few podcasts that are worth a listen (and a subscribe!):
Career Tools is a weekly podcast focused on specific actions you can take to grow and enhance your career, whether you are a manager or not. Whether you are a jobseeker looking to break into the business or a senior employee jump-starting a stalled career, Career Tools’ over 300 episodes should become your weekly to-do.
Instead of hating your nine-to-five, fall in love with what you do. Happen to Your Career podcast promotes the idea that you can find a profession that you’re passionate about. “You can make a difference in your family, your community, and your world,” says creator Scott Anthony Barlow. “You can have a job or own a business where you can’t wait to get to work in the morning and you absolutely love every minute you’re there. You can find work that matches your signature strengths (the unique strengths and abilities only you have) with a need in the world!”
Millennials and entrepreneurs this one is for you. Self-made beauty maven Myleik Teele is the founder of hair care subscription company curlBOX and on this podcast she speaks directly to fellow businesswomen. After one listen, you’ll find Myelik will fast become your go-to mobile mentor. “Growing up, I had no blueprint for success,” she admits. “There was no one who looked like me to show me the ropes, so I vowed that if I ever became successful, I would help others. MyTaughtYou.com is an inspiring space for young, multicultural women. Some women have no idea how to navigate office politics. You will learn that here. Some women haven’t mastered their style. You will learn that here. Some women don’t have a mentor to encourage them to follow their dreams. You will get that here.”
Author and motivational speaker Dan Miller shares tools and resources you need to make this year your best. Over 130,000 people read his weekly newsletter and many millions listen to his weekly podcast which features his candor and honesty about topics like growing your soul, appreciating others, unearthing your passion, and how to search for a job without becoming bitter. Put this one on your must-listen list. Trust us, it’ll change your entire life.
The bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek comes to headphones near you with his brand of MacGyverism offering tools, tactics, and tricks to navigate your life and your career. Learn to balance productivity and relaxation, live dangerously, experiment in your personal life, transform your nighttime routine, master the art of learning faster, and so much more. This podcast will leave you with your mouth open every episode thanks to the impressive guests and out-of-the-box ideas.
Be more effective, be more efficient, be better than ever. This is the promise behind Productivityist. If you’ve struggled with procrastination and busy work, listening to this weekly podcast will arm you with the tools to take action on the important stuff, and let the crap in life fall by the wayside. Get quality in your worklife and at home, plus find more time in your life to enjoy the things you love.
Let’s be honest: For many of the jobs that cool people have, we wonder, “How the heck did you get into that?” Grant Baldwin answers that precise question by interviewing intriguing people from around the globe. “Whether you’re looking for your first career, ready to make a career shift, interested in starting a business, becoming an entrepreneur or just need an inspirational and motivational kick in the pants, you’ll find it here,” says Baldwin. “Each episode will bring you the stories and journeys of people just like you who wanted something more out of their life and career and did the work to make that happen.”
These days it seems like everyone is starting a side hustle. Whether your friends are driving for Uber or selling crafts on Etsy or even teaching classes at night, there’s a huge trend in America of the second income. Gretchen Rubin understands and is here to guide anyone who works a regular job and wants to start an income-earning project on the side. As the author of The Happiness Project, Rubin is not trying to run you into the ground trying to make more money. It’s simply about individuals learning how others have started side hustles, what challenges they faced, and how the side gig panned out. The show is written and hosted by Chris Guillebeau, the New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup, The Happiness of Pursuit, and other books.
A best-of-podcasts lists wouldn’t be complete without at least one NPR show. How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built. Be prepared to be amazed as each episode is a narrative journey. NPR’s Guy Raz says that the program will show listeners, “The journey from that day when [entrepreneurs] were pounding the pavement by themselves, to when they were at the New York Stock Exchange, ringing the opening bell.”