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5 Inspirational podcasts to supercharge your life

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Listening to inspirational podcasts is life-changing. If you have not Podcasts are easy to listen to wherever you are but fully loaded with practical tips and strategies on a wide range of topics that help you transform your life.2 women wearing headphones

All you need are a cell phone and headphones like these so you can listen anywhere.

So, if you have a personal development plan, one of the best things you can do is to add a few podcasts to it.

While you can listen to podcasts for fun if you want to harness podcasts to improve your life you have to be intentional about your choice of podcasts.

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 This post includes the top 5 podcasts I am hooked on to change my life.

This article is about how to expand your mind and improve your life simply by listening to inspiring podcasts.

How to listen to podcasts

There are many ways to listen to podcasts but below is the no-fuss way to tune in to your favourite podcasts for free:

  • On the podcast website
  • The Apple podcasts app if you have an iPhone or IPad
  • The Google Podcasts app if you have an Android phone

If you’re not tech-savvy, this article gives you the tech info you need to get started.

woman with headphones on listening to an inspiring podcastWhy you should listen to podcasts

Podcasts are a worthy time investment because they are:

  • free so they do not strain your budget
  • a great way to keep informed on current events
  • easily accessible anywhere via your cell phone
  • entertaining often featuring interesting guests
  • educational with expert interviews on topical issues

Many podcasters are also successful writers. Here are a few books to add to your self-improvement plan. When used with the podcasts, you’re on the road to success.

Here’s the must-read list of books that make perfect companions to the inspiring podcasts.

These books are all absolutely free when you sign up for an Audible Gift Membership.


Learn more about Audible here.


5 Inspiring podcasts you must listen to

Here is a list of life-changing podcasts with powerful takeaways to inspire and motivate you to take action to become the best version of yourself.

1. Self-improvement Daily


Hosted by TedX Speaker Brian Ford, this podcast strives to help people realize their potential by means of a 90-second self-improvement tip every single day.

Structure and format

This 2-minute podcast is a winning way to take baby steps ‘ to improve your life one tip at a time’ as the tagline of the show suggests.

Topics range from the simple like read 2 pages every day before bed to in-depth ones like the benefits of taking cold showers to how to develop a positive mindset.

Why you should listen to Self Improvement Daily

Each self-improvement tip is elevated by the simple fact that Brian has tried and tested many of them himself. They are also backed up with reports on the best research or interviews with relevant experts.

This together with Brian’s sincere tone makes Self Improvement Daily a no-brainer if you want to start your journey to change your life.

Read the impact of these self-improvement tips on Brian’s life here.

My favourite episodes:

Processing Emotions where Brain gives an empathetic plan on how to deal with negative emotions that threaten to overwhelm us.

Every accomplishment begins with the decision to try in which Brain analyses a quote and inspires you to take the first step to realize your goals and to follow up with the steps to make them a reality.

Definitely a podcast worth including in your morning ritual.

2. Side Hustle School

Hosted by Chris Guillebeau, acclaimed writer, blogger and keen traveller, the goal with this podcast is to inspire you to start your own side hustle.

Structure and format

The show is on daily and is only 10 minutes long but it is the entrepreneurial equivalent of a wellness shot.

Each episode showcases a successful side hustle. Chris traces the start of the hustle, the problems experienced and also shares the income generated by it. Then he hones in on the skills that made the hustle a success.

Why you should listen to Side Hustle School

Chris empowers you with stories of side hustlers, gives you the info and the skills to get you started with your own side hustle.

You feel inspired and motivated to start your own side hustle with the info you glean just by listening to the show.

My favourite episode


This side hustler used her love of Pinterest to start a side income. She started pinning photos for brands and quickly built her side hustle income to $40000.

So, why not boost your income by starting a side hustle?


This podcast is hosted by writer and digital marketer Gregg Clunis, who says he is obsessed with helping people become better versions of themselves.

Gregg’s aim with this podcast is to offer a plan of action to
help you conquer the fear and overwhelm that traps you into a life of merely going through the motions.

Structure and format

The show is on 2 to 3 times a week and ranges from 10 to 40 minutes.

In each show, Gregg focuses on one topic. He explores the topic fully and then suggests a strategy to deal with it. He tackles a range of topics from stress to productivity to negativity and often interviews experts.

Why you should listen to Tiny Leaps Big Changes

Gregg Clunis enlightens you with research-based strategies to tackle the stumbling blocks that prevent us from living the life we want.

His calming voice and choice of empowering topics make you feel that nothing is impossible if you’re willing to work at it.

My favourite episode

How to Build Mental Strength, a powerhouse of an episode where Gregg cites 3 simple tips you can use to build mental strength.

Why not add this podcast to your personal development toolkit?

4. TED Talks Daily podcast

Hosted worldwide by visionaries and thought leaders, this is the podcast to challenge your mind and keep you informed about global issues.

Structure and format

The podcast is on every day and ranges from 10 to 40 minutes. They are an audio broadcast of talks given at TED and TEDx conferences around the world. You are likely to be educated about a range of topics from vaping to school shootings to xenophobia.

Why you should listen to TED Talks Daily

They are educational. Its success lies in its simple format – presentation of a problem, statistics and research to support and enlighten followed by practical solutions. The effect on the audience is one of empowerment.

My favourite episode

A bold plan to empower 1.6 million out-of-school girls in India | Safeena Husain, about a plan to get more girls into schools in India.

5. School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

The School of Greatness podcast is hosted by Lewis Howes, New York Times bestselling author, world record holder. His aim with the show is to find out what makes people great.

Structure and format

Lewis interviews some of the world’s most successful people in his hour-long show to pick their brains about the reason for their greatness. The takeaway for you are the tools to dissect your own life and take the steps to carve the life you really want to live.

Why you should listen to School of Greatness

This is a must – listen to podcast. Lewis is an engaging host who entertains and educates at the same time. He makes you want to achieve greatness in your own life.

My favourite episode

What It Takes to be a Champion in which Lewis he shares snippets of interviews with the most celebrated female athletes to show we can train ourselves to have the mindset of a champion.

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Start today to listen to inspiring podcasts. It’s a sure-fire way to live the life you’ve always wanted.

Let’s recap:

  • Set your personal development goal
  • Select the self-improvement podcast to help you with this goal
  • Decide on your choice of app to listen to your podcast
  • Schedule a time to listen to your podcast

Do you have any self-improvement podcasts that you have used successfully? Share them in the comments below.

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I have to be honest I have never listened to a podcast, but I think I might after reading your post.

Madi Rowan

Love these recommendations! I swing back & forth from listening to podcasts, to just listening to Spotify while driving. I always love a good podcast though – especially one that makes me laugh!

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Amy L Coats

I listen to podcasts all of the time! I haven’t heard of some of these – and definitely will check them out. Thank you for putting this list together. 🙂

Chelsea Messina

I’ve never listened to podcasts. E-Books is about as far as I’ve gone haha. I hear a lot of bloggers recommend them, so maybe its time I checked some out 🙂

Fiorella Madsen

I am just beginning to listen to podcasts so this post comes in a perfect time to choose those with inspirational stories. Thanks!


Thank you for the recs! My favorite inspiring podcast is Oprah’s super soul sunday- you should check it out 🙂



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