Whenever I’m feeling stuck or uninspired or I’m bogged down with imposter syndrome, I put in some earbuds and scroll through my podcast feed to find an interesting recording to lift me out of my gloom. Podcasts are a great tool to learn from the experts, find inspiration, or simply listen to a good story. Sometimes it can be hard to know which podcasts to choose from, though - there are thousands of them out there - so put together this list of my favorite entrepreneurial podcasts that I rotate through regularly. I’d love to hear from you in the comments about which podcasts speak to you!
Jenna Kutcher’s Goal Digger Podcast
I seriously love this podcast and it’s my go-to whenever I’m feeling alone in my pursuit of a freelance writing career. While Jenna Kutcher doesn’t have a background in writing, she does have a background in photography (kinda similar, right?) and a history of PR/marketing. I also love her bubbly voice and her “you are exactly where you need to be right now” attitude.
Favorite episode: Starting a movement and fostering community, Natalie Franke
Magic Lessons by Elizabeth Gilbert
This podcast isn’t recording anymore, but there are some gold nuggets in the archives. It’s hosted by the author Elizabeth Gilbert (who, if you don’t know, wrote the two amazing bestsellers Big Magic and Eat, Pray, Love). Throughout the series, Elizabeth Gilbert chats with creative women who are struggling with some aspect of their creativity whether it be not having the confidence to put their work out into the world or being so uninspired with their day job that they can’t bring themselves to do what they actually love to do at night or on weekends. In addition to giving advice and homework to these women, she also interviews industry experts like Ann Lemott to get their take on each situation. Magic Lessons is a well-done podcast that dishes out some great inspiration and advice!
Favorite episode: The thing that you are seeking is also seeking you
The Tim Ferris Show
Tim Ferris is a household name in the entrepreneurial world. He’s written a handful of bestselling books including The 4-Hour Workweek and Tools of Titans, both of which give advice on how to escape the 9-5, increase your wealth, and virtually not be tied down to a place job. His podcasts are long-form style (2+ hours each) and he interviews a wide variety of experts and people who, in our eyes, have ‘made it’. Even if I don’t relate to all of his guests, I can usually find one or two nuggets of inspiration in each episode. It’s my go-to podcast for long car rides.
Favorite episode: Michael Pollan - exploring the new science of psychedelics
Food Blogger Pro with Bjork Ostrom
Ok, so I’m not a food blogger, but I LOVE this podcast. I found it via Pinch of Yum, a great food blog run by the host’s wife where I glean recipes off of from time to time. But instead of talking about food specifically, Bjork talks about the business of food blogging like how to optimize SEO or how to monetize your blog, which can be translated to any business. He has a gift for interviewing and for podcasting and I have learned a ton from these recordings. Go check it out!
Favorite episode: Present over Perfect with Shauna Niequist
How I Built This with Guy Raz
I feel like everybody listens to this podcast, but it’s worth mentioning because it's that good. Host Guy Raz sits down with big name entrepreneurs to discuss how they got from simply entertaining a good idea to growing that idea into a multi-billion dollar businesses. What I’ve learned most from these episodes is that there are always going to be obstacles in the way and that the difference between the ones that succeed and the ones that don’t is that the former never give up.
Favorite episode: Clif Bar, Gary Erickson