Our Favorite Podcasts For Motivation and Inspiration
I don’t know about you, but I’m a SERIOUS podcast junkie. As someone who drives 30 minutes to her studio, 30 minutes to SOURCED., takes many road trips throughout the year AND spends hours on end stretching canvas, the hosts of my favorite shows are basically my friends.
But beyond just passing time, I’ve learned A TON since I started absorbing podcasts. In fact, many of the strategies I use in my business have come straight from episodes of my favorite shows. Not to mention, often an inspiring episode is just what I need to pull me out the the “I’ll-never-make-a-sale-again” blues.
If you’re in a biz rut yourself, or just need some fire under your booty this week, here are our favorite podcasts for getting MOTIVATED here at SOURCED.
A favorite among many in the office, this show gives you a behind the scenes look at just how some of the world’s best-known companies got started from the ground up.
This is another great one if you love inspiring stories and will definitely leave you fired up. A lifestyle entrepreneur himself, Lewis interviews guests with a wide variety of specialities-- everything from relationships to business and self-help to fitness.
Put on by the Harvard Business Review, this one is quite educational. Highly recommended for learning about niche topics and finding answers to your specific questions about running a successful business.
Get your feet wet with - #676 “The Right Way to Get your First 1,000 Customers” with Thales Teixeira, associate professor at Harvard Business School, believes many startups fail precisely because they try to emulate successful disruptive businesses. He says by focusing too early on technology and scale, entrepreneurs lose out on the learning that comes from serving initial customers with an imperfect product. He shares how Airbnb, Uber, Etsy, and Netflix approached their first 1,000 customers very differently, helping to explain why they have millions of customers today.
Hosted by brain and memory trainer Jim Kwik, this podcast will teach you all about how to turn your noggin into a super machine. If habits, biohacking, health, and productivity are your thing, you’ll dig this one.
Each episode is short and sweet (we’re talking 8-15 mins) and leave you with something to consider and put into action in your own life. Our picks: #130: “A Fail-Safe Tip to Creating a Habit with Ryan Levesque” and #124: “How to Fight Mental Fatigue with Dr. Oz”
A personal favorite contributed by yours truly, this show is both hilarious and super informative. If you’re a creative of any kind, you’ll dig Andy’s tips for getting your work out there, branding, keeping your work fresh, identifying your gifts and tons more.
Start with episode 170 "4 Creative Career Lessons that Changed My Life" and work your way through the 5-part Creative Career Path series that goes until #176. You'll gain a WHOLE new approach to piecing together your creative career. Saying this series changed my life is NOT an understatement.
Listen in to this one to hear real entrepreneurs pitch to real investors for real money. A bit like an intensified Shark Tank, following the processes presented in this show is a great way to learn about the whole pitching game. Bonus listening points if you’re into tech!
Jenna offers actionable advice and valuable tips in diverse topics. From inspirational stories, to business hacks and social media strategy, this show will def leave you with a fresh buzz to make improvements in your biz.
Another personal favorite of mine, I turn to Amy with ALL my online biz qualms. While she covers a wide variety of topics in online business, I love her content around building your email listening, running ads and up-leveling your social media. If you’re a coach or teach online courses, you’ll *extra* benefit from these episodes.
I love her step by step process on building a promotional calendar in episode 183 and her pillars of content creation in #196. I also recommend listening to her interview with Tyler J. McCall (# 219) all about Instagram stories and building your email list.
Hosted by Amanda Boleyn, this is another great show for covering all aspects of running a business. Amanda brings more of a life coach approach to her topics and will leave you super pumped to level-up.
So there you have it. Chip away one episode at a time and you’re guaranteed to leave your daily commute or gym sesh bursting with new ideas.
Now throw on a show, grab a latte and get moving!
Written by Devon Walz. In addition to being a content creator for Sourced, Devon is mixed media fine artist and art educator. When she isn’t dreaming up new topics for the Sourced blog or chatting away with her co-workers, you can probably find her covered in paint and jamming out in her Santa Ana art studio. Find her on Instagram @devonwalzart and online at www.devonwalz.com.