These podcasts cover a range of topics from motivation, happiness productivity and inspiration

By Nicole Ganglani | Lead photo by Alekzan Powell/Unsplash

The beautiful thing about sharing stories is that it has the power to inspire people—which  is one of the reasons why podcasts have become a popular source of entertainment today. Aside from books, movies and speeches, listening to podcasts motivates you to achieve your goals and dreams—and the best part is that it’s just a few taps away on your phone. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are 10 podcasts we recommend you listen to right now: 


The Tim Ferriss Show

Dubbed as the “Oprah of audio,” the Tim Ferriss Show is the first business podcast to hit a record-breaking 300 million downloads around the world. What makes this motivational podcast unique is that Ferriss invites famous personalities including the likes of  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Foxx, LeBron James and Maria Sharapova to share their training routines and secrets to success. 

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts


Life is A Marathon

“In order to love who and what you are, you cannot hate the experiences that shaped you,” says podcast host and motivational speaker Bruce Van Horn. Horn encourages listeners to live life with a positive mindset and drills the importance of constantly aiming for personal development and boosting your self-esteem. There are also a couple of episodes on how to destroy negative thoughts and turn them into motivation instead. 

Available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts


The Goal Digger

Pioneered by host Jenna Kutcher, The Goal Digger is a live-workshop business podcast about tricks and tips to stay motivated, productive and how to become a “self-made” millionaire. It’s catered to women of any profession but it appeals to almost anyone. Give this podcast a try if you’re uncertain about your current job or if you have questions about chasing your passions. 

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Stitcher


TED Radio Hour

TED Radio Hour is one of the many podcasts of Ted Talks. This one specifically aims to explore topics ranging from leadership to self-awareness and gives fresh perspectives, ideas and solutions on how to face the “real world.”

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Stitcher


Inspire Nation

The goal of Inspire Nation podcast is to “help you shine bright” by releasing inspirational episodes about every aspect of life. Hosted by Michael Sandler, the podcast also features authors, spiritual leaders and experts who talk about their life-changing experiences and how these can help daily self-improvement.

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Stitcher


The Brendon Show

Hosted by world-leading personal development coach Brendon Burchard, this podcast discusses issues around self-doubt and how to find motivation in the little things and people around you. The main goal of Burchard’s podcast is to get his listeners to take action and find their path in life. 

Available on Spotify, Apple podcast and Stitcher


Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Featuring American author and speaker Gretchen Rubin who dives deep into how to live a happier life. “Happier” has been running for five years now as Rubin and her sister Elizabeth talk about simple habits and practical ways to make your daily life enjoyable no matter what you’re going through. One relatable episode you can stream right now is their one of their latest ones titled “Coping during COVID-10: How to stay calmer and happier in difficult times.”

Available on Spotify, Apple Podcast and Stitcher


The One You Feed

In this podcast, co-host Eric Zimmer and Chris Forbes talk about the importance of “taking conscious, constant and creative effort to make a life worth living.” They share their experiences and interview a variety of people from different aspects of life who tackle mental health, anxiety and depression, habits and behavioral change, self-awareness and motivation. 

Available on Spotify, Apple podcast and Stitcher


The Punnies by Kobe Bryant

One of the many legacies basketball superstar and Oscar winner Kobe Bryant left behind is his love for storytelling. In August 2018, Bryant created a podcast featuring original songs and fictional stories focused on inspiring people to be the best version of themselves as well as important lessons about failure. Through the Good Ol’ Gang characters, we see how the lessons we learn in sports translate to real life and how to approach anything in life with imagination.

Available on Spotify, Apple podcast and Stitcher

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