A growth mindset is one of the qualities that separates successful people from others. When you believe you are always learning and growing, you are free to take action, make mistakes, and evolve. Successful people are constantly learning.
A big part of the growth mindset is learning -- and podcasts have made learning more convenient than ever. The hardest part is actually finding the best podcasts in which to invest your time and attention.
Here's a list of the podcasts I find most valuable as a leader, entrepreneur, and human being. Notice that not all of these podcasts relate to business and startups. Several are about mindfulness, personal growth, and spirituality. Together, this holistic list will help you expand as a professional and as a person.
Host Andrew Warner has made Mixergy a podcast for any entrepreneur's "must listen to" list. His interview style demands the best from his guests, and listeners benefit from his storytelling, candid advice, and real talk about the entrepreneurial journey. Expect exciting episodes with dynamic interviews and lots of high-value content on starting or growing different types of businesses.
2. The EVRYMAN Podcast
Evryman is an organization leading the healthy masculinity movement by helping men learn how to feel and listen to their emotions, connect to themselves, and live an authentic and deeply fulfilled life. This paradigm-changing podcast supports that mission. Episodes include candid discussions around what it means to be a man in today's world, how healthy masculinity is changing men's lives (and the lives around them), and how every man can show up in a way that positively serves themselves, other men, women, and society.
3. Hustle Sold Separately
This podcast offers valuable advice from successful entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders. But hosts Matt Gottesman and Case Kenny go deeper than that, diving into how mindfulness, self-growth, and authenticity will amplify your ability to create the life, businesses, and success you want. This is the podcast for entrepreneurs, creators, and leaders searching for something more than the pursuit of profits and metrics -- although that's covered as well.
4. SVK Crypto Podcast (15 Minutes of Crypto Fame)
This podcast is a must for anyone who wants the best and most important updates in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industries -- in less than 15 minutes. Host Charles Storry, of U.K.-based hedge fund SVK Crypto, drops all the information you need to know, including news, education, price alerts, and industry insights.
5. How I Built This With Guy Raz
This podcast provides an honest and exciting look at the stories and founders behind some of the biggest startup successes in history. I appreciate the candid storytelling and the real-life insight and experience shared in every episode. Powerful episodes include incredible founding stories from Jennifer Hyman (Rent the Runway), Sara Blakely (Spanx), Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia), and Howard Schultz (Starbucks).
6. On Being With Krista Tippett
This Peabody Award-winning podcast delivers conversations that focus on the big questions in life. Each week, host Krista Tippett interviews significant leaders from all areas of life, including business, the arts, and politics. Conversations cover spirituality, science, social healing, mindfulness, and much more.
7. Bad Crypto Podcast
Tune into this consistently informative and insightful podcast that dives deep into everything cryptocurrency and blockchain related. You'll hear the latest news and interviews with top leaders in the space, and get updates on the latest projects that should be on your radar.
8. Happier Podcast
Want to be happier? Best-selling author Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft co-host a podcast featuring habits and advice that help you experience more happiness in your life. What more could you ask for?
9. DNX Digital Nomad Podcast With Silvia Christmann
The DNX podcast is a great listen for anyone seeking to build or sustain success and fulfillment in a nontraditional lifestyle. Host Silvia Christmann interviews entrepreneurs, artists, influencers, and other leaders about the topics you don't always hear in mainstream media. Tune in if you want to learn how to live a fulfilled life and be inspired by movements, passion, and purpose.
10. Oprah SuperSoul Conversations
Many of Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations have had a significant impact on my growth as a human being. I wish more people would tune in and benefit from her sage advice on how to awaken to the truth of who you really are and why you are here. Any one of these episodes could change your life.
11. Growth Everywhere
Growth and revenue are the lifeblood of any business, and Growth Everywhere will empower you with the information and tools to build your business and create revenue. Host Eric Siu is a top global digital marketer, and his interviews provide actionable information across marketing, sales, productivity, and more.
12. The Full Ratchet
I appreciate people who demystify complex ideas and democratize access to information so everyone can benefit. Host Nick Moran does this to perfection with one of the most complex and shrouded areas of entrepreneurship: funding. You should not approach an investor or VC without a deep dive into The Full Ratchet.
13. Tim Ferriss Show
Entrepreneur, investor, and everything-hacker Tim Ferriss continues to dominate the charts with his podcast. Tim's curiosity leads to interviews that are exciting, intelligent, informative, and honest. His guests cover a wide range of captivating topics and provide actionable content for listeners.
This is the podcast I play when I'm tired of working but I still want to consume something interesting. This podcast is brilliant and covers a wide variety of topics around economics and socioeconomics. It will teach you about things you never knew you were curious about.
15. Engineering People
This podcast is perfect for engineers and developers, or entrepreneurs and leaders looking to learn more about cultivating talent, building engineering teams, and maximizing the success of engineering and development organizations.
The great thing about podcasts is you can take them anywhere. I listen to mine when I'm traveling, driving and even while I'm exercising. Many of these are not long, so you can complete an episode in less time than it takes to board an airplane. There is no excuse not to benefit from the knowledge and perspective that is available at your fingertips.