Podcasts are a great resource for entrepreneurs, providing sources of inspiration, wisdom, and new ideas. Often, they involve discussions of contemporary issues or interviews with successful entrepreneurs. In contrast to books, seminars, or webinars, podcasts can be consumed while you work out, commute, or do household chores. This makes them a great tool for education and inspiration for busy entrepreneurs.
The Tim Ferriss Show
The Tim Ferris Show is an interview show, where he talks to successful people in various fields and looks to identify and deconstruct their path in life. Some of his notable guests have included Mark Ecko of Ecko Fashion, Matt Mullenweg of WordPress, and Drew Houston of Dropbox. He typically has his guests recount their journey from the beginning and then asks them pointed questions about key decisions they have made on the way. These stories are inspirational and full of actionable advice.
How I Built This
How I Built This is a podcast produced by National Public Radio and hosed by Guy Raz. In each episode, Raz interviews a successful founder of a major corporation. Past guests have included Richard Branson of Virgin, Tony Hsieh of Zappos, and Yvon Choinaurd of Patagonia. Episodes follow a similar narrative trajectory where the guest talks about how they got their idea and then the various triumphs, failures and lessons they learned on the way. The show is very inspirational; it lets you see the human side of these successful figures and the lessons they have learned in overcoming obstacles.
This is Your Life
This is Your Life is hosted by Michael Hyatt who is an author, consultant and business coach. Hyatt’s show is not an interview show; instead, he selects a certain topic and then gives tips, strategies, and examples from real-life case studies to help listeners improve in that area. Although Hyatt’s podcast is oriented towards entrepreneurs, the discussion matter often leads to breakthroughs and insights into other areas as well. In a sense, his shows are structured like classroom lectures, but with more jokes and practical information. Some of his most popular shows have centered around improving mental focus, marketing, creating urgency, and effective negotiating.
The School of Greatness
The School of Greatness is a podcast hosted by Lewis Howes, a former professional football player whose dreams were derailed by an injury. One of the themes in his podcast is his own journey to overcome this disappointment and how this struggle led to a new mission in life. Howes’ podcast is full of positive energy and consists of interviews with prominent figures or his own motivational talks. The podcast is very inspirational, with an emphasis on clarifying your vision and your values. He goes through various guided meditations and exercises to help you understand the reasons behind your vision and values. This will instill more energy and purpose into your business.