I recently wrote a pretty detailed blog post about the 10 ways I invest in myself, and I listed podcasts right at the very top. So I thought why not do a whole damn blog post about them?!
I’ve been obsessed with podcasts since 2013 and it was actually listening to podcasts that inspired me to start this blog.
Podcasts let us sit in on conversations we would otherwise never have the chance to be a part of – conversations between some of the world’s most inspiring and successful people about how they got to where they are today. We also get to be coached by some of the world’s best life and success coaches and learn exactly how we can work through our shit and train our minds to do exactly what we want them to do.
Plus it’s all completely free!
If you’re ambitious and have big dreams for yourself, I’m telling you – you need to make time for podcasts. They’re an amazing way to invest in yourself and make the most of your twenties.
Where to start
I know that giving you a list of 10 podcasts (and 30 podcast episodes) is a little overwhelming – that’s 15 hours of audio at the very least.
So I’ve made you a cheatsheet that will:
- help you figure out which podcast app to use (for both iPhone and android users); and
- tell you the 5 best podcast episodes from this blog post
I know posts like this can be daunting and sometimes we don’t take action because of that, so your cheatsheet will give you 5 podcast episodes to listen to this week (so you can start investing in yourself straight away).
It’s best to download your cheatsheet now so you can keep an eye out for those episodes as you make your way through this post!
1. Millennial Podcast with Megan Tan
Millennial is a podcast about what people never teach you – how to maneuver your twenties. And with that tagline, I was sold.
This serialised podcast documents the post-graduation life of Megan Tan, an extremely relatable millennial who’s just trying to figure it all out like the rest of us.
When I listen to this podcast I feel like I’m watching a TV show because the production of this podcast easily gets an A+.
But it’s better than a TV show. Way better.
Better because I can tell Megan doesn’t have any kind of agenda. If you listen to Millennial you’ll know exactly what I mean – this girl isn’t scared to share her struggles. Ok, she is scared but she does it anyway. And I think that’s why it’s so amazing.
And I can’t believe I only discovered this podcast a few weeks ago – I feel like I’ve loved it forever.
As I said, it’s a serialised podcast so it’s best to start at the beginning. So here’s episode 1:
2. Ctrl Alt Delete Podcast with Emma Gannon
Ctrl Alt Delete might be relatively new on the podcast scene but that doesn’t mean it’s not completely amazing.
In a very short space of time, I’ve fallen completely in love with Emma’s ability to (a) nurture extremely interesting conversations with her interviewees (b) get so many intriguing guests right off the bat and (c) sound like someone I just want to have a hot cup of earl grey with. And all at the same time!
I also love Emma’s decision to keep her interviews focused on the intellectual pursuits of her interviewees. There’s just something so magical about listening to two talented women talk about things that are actually important (rather than what they look like).
This is a podcast for curious, ambitious, creative and intellectual millennials and I can’t recommend it enough.
Here are 3 episodes that I loved (though to be honest I’ve loved them all):
3. Your Kick-Ass Life Podcast with Andrea Owen
This is a podcast I completely love.
Andrea Owen is a life coach who helps type-A perfectionists sort their shit out, quiet their negative self-talk and conquer their self-doubt. And that pretty much sums up everything I need help with.
Not sure if you’re a perfectionist? If this sounds familiar than yeah, you’re a perfectionist: ‘striving for flawlessness and setting excessively high performance standards, accompanied by overly critical self-evaluation and concerns regarding others’ valuations‘.
And if that’s you then you need this podcast in your life.
Andrew also specialises in the work of Brené Brown if that means anything to you (if you haven’t watched Brené’s TED Talk on vulnerability please stop what reading this right now and go watch it, I beg you).
Here are the 3 episodes I’ve listened to the most (and they were actually released one after the other – amazing!):
- Episode 58: Expectation Hangover with Christine Hassler
- Episode 59: What Perfectionism and a Shit Sandwich Have In Common
- Episode 60: Why We Self-Sabotage and How To Stop
4. Myleik Teele’s Podcast with Myleik Teele
I discovered Myleik’s podcast through an interview she did on The Lively Show and I’m so glad I did!
Myleik’s a super inspiring entrepreneur who uses her podcast to share her wisdom about all things life and business. And it’s just her and a microphone which I love SO much (there’s no interviewees).
Her podcast is super casual (you never know when her next ep will be), it’s raw (she hardly does any editing) and she really tells it like it is. Myleik’s also extremely open about her own experiences and struggles and just sounds like a strong, fierce woman and I love that energy.
Here are 3 episodes I LOVED and Myleik’s interview on The Lively Show podcast:
- Maintaining Momentum
- How to Go to the Next Level
- Why Discipline > Motivation!
- Myleik’s Interview with Jess Lively: Radical Authenticity (& Whether That Means We May Still Feel Scared At The Same Time)
5. Space to Face Podcast with Asia Croson and Paige Poppe
Space to Face is a podcast by two super talented millennials – Paige Poppe and Asia Croson – who talk about what it’s really like to be a professional creative person.
Paige is an artist and Asia is a professional photographer but don’t be put off just because you’re not doing either of those things! Almost everything Paige and Asia talk about can be applied to any creative pursuit (including blogging, which is why I love it).
Here are 3 of my favourite episodes so far:
- Episode 005: The Anti-Sweatpant Episode, Dressing to Impress Yourself & Putting Your Best Foot Forward
- Episode 007: The Power of a Year
- Episode 012: Being Authentic AF with Amy Young
- Asia and Paige’s interview on Jen Carrington’s podcast: Creative Friendships & Marketing Yourself as a Visual Creative with Asia Croson and Paige Poppe of Space to Face
6. The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast with Tim Ferriss
Tim Ferriss is the author of the The Four Hour Work Week (and a few other best sellers too) and is one of the main people I look to when it comes to productivity, personal development and business.
I listen to a lot of podcasts but the Tim Ferriss Show has always remained right near the top of my list because Tim’s interviews are always super in-depth and just flow like a normal conversation.
Tim also does a few episodes without guests where he just shares advice from his own experience. It’s actually these episodes I love the most, but sadly he doesn’t do them too often.
His podcast isn’t for everyone as his interviews are focused heavily on start-ups, investing, online business and productivity. It’s definitely worth listening to at least a few episodes though, even if you’re not particularly interested in these topics. As long as you’re interested in being successful I’ve found there are SO many things you can learn from this podcast.
As I’ve said before and I’ll say again – I think it’s so important to make the effort to surround yourself with people that are inspiring and motivated and love working hard. And listening to podcasts like The Tim Ferris Show is an amazing way to do it (especially if you don’t have access to those kinds of people in your everyday life).
And just an FYI if you do listen to it – the first 5 minutes of his podcast are almost always just about the different sponsors, I just skip over it!
Here are 3 episodes I loved:
- Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance and Mastering Money
- 25 Great Things I Learned From Podcast Guests in 2015
- 5 Morning Routines That Help Me Win the Day
7. Make It Happen Podcast For Bloggers and Creatives with Jen Carrington
I’ve been listening to Jen Carrington’s podcast since the very first episode and I find the advice she has for creatives so helpful and so honest.
And she clearly knows a thing or two about it all – her one-on-one coaching is booked out for months in advance!
Jen does two different types of episodes – interviews with guests (all of whom are pursuing creativity professionally, each in their own different ways) and mini solo episodes to share her own wisdom and experience with how to make things happen in life and business.
Here are my top picks, but I’d recommend any of her episodes:
- Evolving With Your Personal Brand and Work vs Rest with Esteé Lalonde
- Instagram, Putting Yourself Out There & Balancing Motherhood with Sara Tasker of Me & Orla
- Mindful Budgeting & Choosing Your Own Financial Adventure with Cait Flanders of Blonde on a Budget
8. The Lively Show with Jess Lively
You’ve probably heard about The Lively Show before (everyone’s talking about it, and so they should be) but I had to include it in this list because I’ve loved this podcast for a long, long time.
This podcast is made for ambitious, creative and entrepreneurial millennials like you. It’s inspiring and relatable. It’s motivational and actionable. It’s real and it’s honest.
I’ve always admired the way Jess encourages her podcast guests to share their struggles (both in business and in life) and the fact she shares her own struggles too. Plus Jess I responsible for introducing me to a lot of other amazing podcasters like Myleik Teele!
There are so many episodes I’ve found helpful for so many different reasons, but here are 3 of my faves:
- TLS #75: The Paradox of Money, Time & Freedom with Mimi Ikonn (Luxy Hair)
- TLS #103: Makeup Saves + Splurges, Plus an Inside Look at Full-Time Vlogging with Anna Gardner (Vivianna Does Makeup)
- TLS #139: Personal Struggles + Connecting To Your Intuition with Dana Shultz (Minimalist Baker)
9. School of Greatness with Lewis Howes
I’ve loved the School of Greatness podcast for a long time but it’s kind of hard to pinpoint exactly why I love it so much.
I’m not sure whether it’s the long-form interviews (god I love a long interview), the inspiring guests (who make themselves incredibly relatable by opening up about their struggles) or the fact that Lewis just knows how to ask the real questions and uncover the most interesting parts of their stories.
Either way, this podcast is definite must for ambitious millennials.
And there’s so much variety between guests that you’re guaranteed to be able to find something to tickle your fanyc!
Here are 3 episodes I absolutely loved though it was hard to narrow my selection down, the archives are HUGE!
- How To Turn Your Passion Into A Youtube Phenomenon with Cassey Ho (Blogilates)
- Lisa Nichols on the Key to Abundance and Success
- Chase Jarvis on the Creativity and Art of Entrepreneurship
10. The Life Coach School Podcast with Brooke Castillo
So you might have guessed that I’m just a little obsessed when it comes to figuring out how to train my brain to do what I want it to do. And Brooke’s podcast The Life Coach School does exactly that. So, of course, I love it.
It’s aimed at life coaches but you definitely don’t need to be one (or be interested in becoming one) to benefit from the wisdom Brooke shares on this podcast. And that’s because this podcast is about teaching you how to be your own coach in any situation.
Brooke also specialises as a weight loss coach and has some AMAZING things to say about losing weight (which I’ve found incredibly helpful even though I’m not overweight). It’s totally worth a listen just for that!
Brooke has over 100 podcast episodes and I’ve listened to all of them. At least twice.
I probably listen to 2-3 episodes a day, every day. I listen to it in the background while I’m on the train to work, doing things around the house, driving, pretty much anything (since I’ve listened to them all once before I don’t always give them my 100% attention, I just let the wisdom seep into my unconscious).
It’s definitely worth listening to every single episode (as I went through them the second time I realised I’d missed some amazing episodes because the title didn’t resonate with me – so listen to everything you can).
I could seriously rant about this podcast all day, but I’ve (somewhat) restrained myself.
Bonus: The Smart Twenties Podcast with Sam Brown
I now have my own podcast!
If you don’t already know who I am, my name is Sam Brown and The Smart Twenties Podcast is another way that I share personal development and lifestyle advice by women in their twenties! In the podcast I share life lessons and personal stories as well as practical and relatable advice to help you make the most of your twenties.
I’ll also be answering questions from readers (since I get so many of them!) and discussing topics like self-confidence, self-love, fear, self-doubt, career advice, entrepreneurship and everything else that comes with being a twenty something!
Here’s where you can listen to the first few episodes:
- Episode 1: My Story (So Far!)
- Episode 2: How To Make Friends In Your Twenties
- Episode 3: Blogging, Self-Doubt + How To Get Started
- Episode 4: How To Stop Overwhelm + Achieve Multiple Goals
Invest in yourself
As I mentioned at the top of this post, listening to podcasts is an amazing (and free) way to invest in yourself!
Making the most of your twenties is all about surrounding yourself with the right people – people that will motivate and inspire you, people that will encourage you and show you what’s possible. And regularly listening to podcasts is an incredible way to do that.
So to help you get started (because I know this post might have been a little overwhelming), I created a cheatsheet with the 5 podcast episodes you should listen to this week. I’ve picked the podcast episodes I personally found the most valuable but have made sure to give you a diverse selection so you can really get a feel for the different kinds of podcasts that are out there!
And it’s completely free to download your copy – just click the button below to start investing in yourself:
What’s your favourite podcast?
Please let me know in the comments below!
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