I listen to a LOT of podcasts. I find them inspiring, educational, motivating, and I love that I can listen and learn while I go about my life. On any given day, I’ll typically consume between 1-3 episodes. I listen on my morning walk, while I do my hair and makeup, anytime I’m in the car, while I’m cooking dinner or tidying the house. It’s so easy to throw one on and listen. I gravitate to podcasts about motivation in two categories: business and lifestyle/wellness.
As a solo entrepreneur, I’ve found the business podcasts to be helpful for a few reasons. First, there is just so much wisdom and experience out there from others who have been running businesses longer than I have. And podcasts are FREE. So it’s literally this wealth of knowledge from those who have gone ahead of me sharing their tips and tricks, successes and failures and their stories and research.
I recently listened to a podcast episode from Liz Moody’s Healthier Together (listed below) where she was interviewing Victoria Song. They were talking about how the stories we consume from others will help shift what we believe we can achieve. And I felt like that so perfectly summed up why I find myself actively seeking out the stories of other successful women founders. When I hear stories of how they got to where they did, how they had no clue what they were doing yet figured it out, and how they overcame countless hurdles, I’m reminded that this can also be my experience. I find podcasts about motivation to be so inspiring.
And then the lifestyle and wellness podcasts are the other category I enjoy. I love hearing the leading experts in the wellness field summarize their research. It’s also always interesting to learn about the habits, rituals, and mindset shifts of others who are thriving in their lives. I come away from these types of podcasts with actionable steps to incorporate into my own life that help me feel my best and create a life, home and career that I love.
Podcasts about motivation: lifestyle, wellness and business
Lifestyle & Wellness Podcasts
The host of Healthier Together, Liz Moody, is a health and wellness journalist and cookbook author who does a great job of finding leading experts in all areas of health and well-being and interviewing them in a way that helps break down their expertise in an understandable way. She is such a great interviewer and asks the questions I find myself thinking as I listen along. Her content doesn’t just preach the popular “trends”; in fact, she often will challenge those trends and debunk them, which I always appreciate.
On Purpose with Jay Shetty
This podcast tackles a lot of mindset-focused topics and general well-being. Jay Shetty has had basically everyone and anyone on his podcast who is considered an “expert” in the fields of health and wellness. I enjoy both his solo episodes and the ones where he is interviewing guests.
Feel Better, Live More
Dr. Chatterjee, a general practitioner, hosts this podcast and it is currently the #1 health podcast in the UK and Europe. He has a number of “bite-sized” episodes with educational information and tips to feel our best and to live long and healthy lives.
This podcast is hosted by Fearne Cotton. She chats with her incredible guests about life, love, loss and everything in between as she explores what happiness means to them.
The Skinny Confidential
Of all the podcasts in the Health & Wellness section, The Skinny Confidential is the one I’ve listened to the most. The hosts are a married couple, Lauryn Evarts-Bosstick and Michael Bosstick, who are mega-successful business-owners in a number of arenas (author, blogger, influencer, media company, products… to name a few). This podcast covers anything and everything and could have been listed in either of these categories because there are some business-focused episodes. I enjoy everything they put out and generally enjoy listening to them explore interesting topics. They’re both really health-focused and are always asking questions of their guests in an effort to optimize their own lives. There’s a lot of banter in this podcast and at times, it gets a bit spicy.
We Can Do Hard Things
After reading Untamed, I became a life-long fan of Glennon Doyle. She hosts this podcast alongside her wife, Abby Wambach, and her sister, Amanda Doyle. Glennon created this podcast as a space to talk honestly about the hard parts of life. I’ve always appreciated the perspective that Glennon Doyle brings to life and find so much encouragement when listening to her share her thoughts on complex topics.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
Would a list of health & wellness podcasts be complete without mentioning the ever-brilliant Brené Brown? If you’ve consumed any of Brené Brown’s work, you’ll know that she is real and honest and able to speak in ways that challenge and educate. She is a professor, researcher and storyteller who shares on the topics of vulnerability, courage, and how to live a whole-hearted life.
Hillary Kerr interviews founders who have established businesses after an already-established career. I find the theme of this podcast especially inspiring as many of the guests had successful careers but decided to pursue their own business after the fact. Sometimes it can be easy to tell ourselves it’s better to stay “safe” and stick with what we know, rather than risk it all to try something new. I love hearing this come full-circle for the guests as they share about the journey, their process of deciding to go for it and how they feel on the other side. I’ve teared up more than once listening to this podcast because I find myself so moved by the stories of courage and following their passions.
The Dream Bigger Podcast
This is a recent discovery for me and I have been binging episodes non-stop on all my morning walks. The host of the podcast is Siff Haider, who is the founder of Arrae supplements (I just ordered “Bloat” to try). Siff has a great mix of interviews with founders and interviews with those in the wellness space and I absolutely love the guests she has on. I find these episodes inspiring in the best way and chalked full of great nuggets (particularly around business things).
This is another podcast that I’ve learned a lot from as a new business owner and as someone generally interested in learning about business. This one focuses on starting, running, funding, scaling and leading within your business and is a great resource for anyone wanting to step into that world or who is already a business owner or leader.
Waves Social Podcast
This podcast is hosted by Mitzi Payne and Mike Payne, a husband and wife duo based out of Calgary, Alberta. They are the owners of a successful digital marketing agency and I find them incredibly helpful when it comes to industry trends in the digital marketing space. Mike and Mitzi have a lot of great guests on the podcast and they are really good interviewers. They ask pointed questions, ask for a lot of examples and there’s just a lot of interesting dialogue. If you’re someone who is working to establish a digital presence for a business or if you’re a content creator, give this one a listen.
I’d say of all the podcasts on the list, this is probably the most concrete. It’s a mix of shorter (10-20 minutes) and longer (50-60) episodes and to be honest, I’ve only listened to the short ones thus far. But I’ve found them incredibly practical and come away with tangible practices or strategies for different things. Whether it’s developing a writing practice, networking or working through creative blocks, this one has lots of good advice and I’d definitely say it falls within the podcasts about motivation.
I hope you enjoyed this long list of podcasts about motivation in the lifestyle, wellness and business spaces!