If you’re not getting the time you’d like to for reading, I hear you. With the pressures to achieve at work at an all-time high, the constant demands of the executive team, daily ongoings of your family, significant other or friends, birthdays, Zoom calls, and not to mention your burning desire to be the best you can be, it can be hard to fit it all in.
This is in fact an understatement! In fact, it’s surprising to think that we have time to do anything else, and it can almost feel like we know what to do but can’t find the time to actually do it! I am going to share with you the top 10 self-help podcasts that can help you keep your personal development tank full while being on-the-go so you can win at life.
It’s common knowledge that reading books is a superb way to improve your mindset and surround yourself with an abundance of new perspectives. But managing our reading output can get waylaid given all of the above.
When we think about the 1440 minutes we each have in a day, how many of those do we actually spend deeply engrossed in the latest Adam Grant release? We can’t all be like Warren Buffett and spend 5 hours a day reading—or can we?
Podcasts have changed the game. They are a window in your pocket into the minds of the brightest people on the planet. When it’s minutes on the board that count, it’s time to seriously consider getting into podcasts. The world is only going one way and that is voice and audio.
Look at Clubhouse—the latest social network to come out of Silicon Valley, it has taken the world by storm and is quickly becoming the medium for self-help leaders and podcasters to debate via drop-in audio chat.
In comparison, self-help podcasts are how you get ahead in life and surround yourself with the highest quality content that aligns with your identity and the person you want to become. No longer are we bound by the physical—the introduction of audio means we can double down and do it all.
Podcasts are a fantastic way to integrate self-help whether you listen to it while at the gym, on your commute, walking the baby in the pram while trying to get her to sleep, during your lunch break, or even in the shower. It all makes a difference. This is where you can hammer in the minutes and move the dial in your direction so that you can succeed in life.
Now that you’re convinced podcasts are the future, I’m going to share with you the top 10 best self-help podcasts to get your fix and ensure you feel like you’re investing in yourself daily. But first, here‘s my top tip before we get started.
The way to maximize your growth output in this arena—much like brain coach Jim Kwiks’ speed reading—is to increase the audio speed to 1.5 times. I know that you’re probably wondering, “won’t that be too fast for me to make sense of it”—the answer is a resounding ‘no’.
After a few minutes, your brain will adjust to the speed and the tempo actually won’t feel that fast and you’ll have the added benefit of consuming 50% more content within the same timeframe. Trust me, this is how you accelerate, it’s a formula.
Listen to Podcasts Daily x1.5 Audio Speed = Maximised Self-Improvement
1. Bookthinkers: Life-Changing Books Podcast
This podcast, in its own words, helps you to discover “new books, new mentors and new resources,” and it does exactly what it says on the tin. These interviews with top self-help authors are dynamite for anyone looking to get a quick burst of inspiration mainlined into their psyche. Everyone from Patrick Bet-David, Jen Sincero, Hal Elrod, and Robin Sharma has been on the show and they offer key insights into how to live life better.
2. Muscle Intelligence Podcast
Being wealthy includes looking after your health. Why this podcast in particular makes the cut is because of the depth of the interviews. They go deep so that you actually understand the nuts and bolts of the science behind what the participants saying.
The weekly interviews with leading experts in a vast number of scientific fields focusing on health optimization (nutrition, sleep, hormones, mindfulness, and mindset), strength, (both physical and mental), and muscle hypertrophy all help you operate at optimal levels.
3. Young and Profiting Podcast
Created by Hala Taha, The Young and Profiting (YAP) podcast should be an inspiration to anyone wanting to start their own podcast. Hala works full time at Disney and hosts this show with self-help leaders like Dean Graziosi and David Allen, negotiation expert Chris Voss, and movie stars including Matthew McConaughey. It’s safe to say YAP is a go-to!
4. Impact Theory
Host Tom Bilyeu is a machine when it comes to the relentless pursuit of one’s passion and the understanding of putting it all on the line to make it happen—Tom is the man.
Impact Theory is his baby and has been developed to add huge value to the world by interviewing legendary guests from Bridgewater Hedge Fund owner Ray Dalio to Ex-Navy Seal David Goggins. If you haven’t caught up with Impact Theory, then you’re in for a treat!
5. Ekho Academy
The focus of Ekho Academy is coming from a mental health perspective and improving your career.
The podcast has brilliant interviews with CEOs, Athletes, Artists, and Experts who offer their perspectives on topics ranging from how to transition into an entirely new career to and how to master the art of small talk. Nicholas Patrick, the show’s host, is a fantastic leader who taps into the wisdom to help you build a more resilient you.
6. You Be Relentless
Let’s cut to the chase. The You Be Relentless podcast is for anyone looking to dominate in sales, self-improvement, and finance. Khoa Bui, the show’s host, gets right to the heart of each topic and ensures that listeners get maximum value by asking tough questions that you’ll want to know the answers to.
The great thing about this show is its relevance and application to real-world situations in work and business.
7. On Purpose by Jay Shetty
If you enjoyed Shetty’s book Think Like A Monk, then you’ll get a kick from his podcast that started before the book was written.
Jay’s down-to-earth nature and calming presence make for an enjoyable yet purpose-driven self-help podcast. Not only do you discover insights about each guest, but you also take an inward self-reflective look at yourself. It often leaves you more whole with increased self-confidence.
8. Creating Confidence With Heather Monahan
Are you looking to take your life to the next level? Then this self-help podcast for you!
Heather is a bestselling author, professional speaker, and entrepreneur. Each week of this podcast is a treasure trove of techniques and strategies to help build your confidence and pursue your dreams. This podcast is focused heavily on how to get ahead in your career and business so that you can shine brightly.
9. Rich Roll Podcast
The pursuit of your best self is this podcast’s mission. With a focus on health and well-being, Rich dives into topics on nutrition, mediation, entrepreneurship, spirituality, and more.
Using his knowledge from being an Ultra Athlete, the discussions are in-depth, real, and full of value. Often, the episodes are a little longer (up to 2 hours). This is where the audio speed comes in handy.
Saving one of the best self-help podcasts until last, Valuetainment is the ultimate resource for entrepreneurs and anyone looking to improve their output at work, in their career, and in their personal life.
Patrick Bet-David is a successful startup entrepreneur, CEO of PHP Agency, Inc., author, and creator of Valuetainment. Patrick is a content master, he breaks down all your need-to-know topics from overcoming fear to decision-making and developing a Millionaire mindset.
I fully recommend any of these podcasts to get started with. You just have to let your curiosity go wild and build the habit. Remember to tempo up your daily self-help podcast consumption, and you’ll be witnessing life-changing results in no time.
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