Podcasts have quickly become a popular resource for gaining perspective and new information on a variety of topics, from health and fitness to entrepreneurship. According to Edison Research, 42 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis, and these numbers are only continuing to rise. If you're looking for that final nudge to kick off your own business, or are simply stuck in a rut at work, the following three podcasts are meant for you. Take a seat, listen up, and learn a thing or two.
How I Built This
How I Built This is a podcast about innovative entrepreneurs and how they built successful businesses from scratch. The show is hosted by Guy Raz, and each episode features guests such as Sara Blakely, the creator of Spanx, and John Mackey, who built the empire known as Whole Foods Market. NPR describes each episode as "a narrative journey marked by triumphs, failures, serendipity, and insight — told by the founders of some of the world's best-known companies and brands." If you're seeking inspiration from some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, this is the podcast for you.
Start Up is exactly that; the story of a small business built from the ground up by Alex Blumberg, a 15-year veteran of This American Life and NPR’s Planet Money. His lack of experience in entrepreneurship and refreshingly honest account of the struggles he faced in finding success are the perfect push for someone hoping to start their own company. Eight episodes filled with many months of dedication, failure, perseverance, and (eventually) success are waiting for you! Check it out.
The School of Greatness
Written by Lewis Howes, best-selling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former professional athlete, and world record holder in football, The School of Greatness is a podcast that you will walk away from feeling more motivated than ever. Lewis invites a variety of guests, from world class athletes to influential people such as Larry King, Scooter Braun, and Julianne Hough. The goal of this podcast is to help you find out what makes great people great, so you can be great too. Either way, you're sure to walk away inspired, energized, and feeling like you can take on the world.
There are countless podcasts that will benefit you in your daily life, but these three are especially helpful when starting or running a successful company. Have a listen, take some notes, and smash your business goals.