Looking for some extra motivation? Or maybe you just want to learn about a new business or skill? Podcasts allow the listener a front row seat with some of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs, where they share their valuable insights, successes, failures, and personal journeys with you, the audience. I know what you’re thinking, podcasts? Aren’t those the radio shows that first came out on iPod’s? Yes and no.
Podcasts have evolved into a mainstream media form since the original launch of the iPod in 2001, with the amount of Americans that have listened to a podcast in a month doubling from 9% in 2008 to 17% in 2015. Also, 33% of Americans, ages 12+, have reported listening to a podcast in the last year. The audience of eager and ready listeners keeps growing, and entrepreneurs have taken notice.
Podcasts are a great way to connect with and grow your audience. The 15 minutes-1 hour are set up to be a personal conversation with the podcaster, the audience, and the guest on the show (if there is one). The audience has the opportunity to get an inside view on the entrepreneur’s life and to gain some valuable knowledge from their content, and the best part…it’s all FREE for the listener!
Over the last couple of years, I have followed quite a few podcasters as I have made my journey from Corporate America to location independent entrepreneur and I would like to share those who have made the greatest impact on my journey.
*If you don’t have an Apple device, you can still listen to the podcasts by downloading the free Stitcher Radio App on Google Play.*
1.) Entrepreneur on Fire – John Lee Dumas
John Lee Dumas is the OG of Entrepreneur Podcasters. He releases an inspiring interview with an entrepreneur 7 days a week. With 3+ years of consistent material, John has now amassed 1,264 interviews as of today. What I like about EOfire is the consistent release of podcasts on a daily basis and a set interview script, you know what you are going to get and when you are going to get it. The first question John asks is about the guest’s biggest failure and how they learned from it. He then gets into their Ah-Ha moment when the lightbulb went off in their head from their great entrepreneurial endeavor. He then finishes the interview with the Lightning Round, a series of rapid fire questions with plenty of value bombs. If you’re serious about entrepreneurship, subscribe to John’s daily podcast.
2.) The #AskGaryVee Show – Gary Vaynerchuk
One of the largest and loudest names in the social media space, Gary Vay-ner-chuk has been hustling and grinding since he was a kid. When he was a young adult, we took his dad’s liquor business from $3M to $60M in just 5 years, and has since successfully scaled a digital media agency to $100M+ in revenue. Although an acquired taste in personality, Gary Vee is consistently right about the next big social media plays, and he loves to tell you he was right. He believes in building businesses through long-term strategies and has aspirations of one day being the owner of the New York Jets, which I have no doubt will become a reality with how hard this guy works, as seen from his Snapchat (which he believes is HUGE opportunity right now). The podcasts are released every couple of days on iTunes and are also available in video format on his YouTube channel. He has also released numerous best-selling books such as “Crush It,” “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook,” “The Thank You Economy,” and his newest release is based on his popular show “Ask Gary Vee.”
3.) The Tim Ferriss Show – Tim Ferriss
Tim may not have been the first one to hack location independent lifestyle businesses, but he sure as hell put it on the map with his #1 Bestseller “The Four Hour Work Week.” Released in 2009, Tim preached how to join the new rich by leaving your 9-5 day job, living anywhere in the world, and running your own online based business. From there, Tim launched into internet stardom and has had the opportunity to invest in startups like: Uber, Twitter, Facebook, Evernote, Shopify, Alibaba, and more. Now, with three #1 New York Times best-sellers under his belt, and more than 2M+ monthly readers on his blog, Tim has decided to compliment his content by releasing a regular podcast. Because of his notoriety as an entrepreneur, Tim is able to bring on superstar guests like Daymond John (Shark Tank), Chris Sacca (All-star Venture Capitalist), Edward Norton (Actor), Jamie Foxx (Actor/Singer), Rick Rubin (Record Producer), Andrew Zimmern (TV Personality/Chef), and many more. The podcasts are always interesting and educational, no matter who the guest is, or if it is just Tim talking by himself. Definitely worth subscribing to.
4.) The Smart Passive Income Podcast – Pat Flynn
What started out as a blogging hobby, Pat Flynn quickly took his website SmartPassiveIncome.com to one of the leading authority websites on creating passive income through internet based businesses. On his podcast, Pat and guests, run through different tips, tricks, and strategies to take your business idea from a mere thought to fruition. With more than 200 episodes, and guests like Michael Hyatt (Author & Leadership Speaker), Ramit Sethi (Personal Finance Entrepreneur), and Chalene Johnson (Physcial Fitness Authority), Pat has established himself as the guru of passive income, allowing him to support his family and live a life of freedom on the six figure salary he has generated by implementing his preachings. After establishing his brand, Pat recently released a book titles “Will It Fly?,” where he helps guide his readers through the difficult task of taking a business from an idea to an actually reality by running it through a variety of tests that will save them both time and money in the long run.
5.) The School of Greatness – Lewis Howes
After a football injury derailed his dreams of becoming a professional athlete, Lewis Howes set out on a journey to find out the driving factor behind all successful people and what made them truly Great. On his show, he interviews the most brilliant minds in business, professional athletes, world famous celebrities, and social influencers, to find out what makes them different than the majority of the world’s population and what makes them so Great at what they do. The podcast is centered around self-help and improvement, which is great for those early morning commutes when you are just not feeling motivated about what the day has in store for you. After diving into Lewis’ library of interviews, I highly recommend snagging a copy of his new book that he poured his heart and soul into, named after his podcast, “The School of Greatness.” The book is a real world guide to living bigger, loving deeper, and leaving a legacy behind, a testament to his life’s work.
6.) The Side Hustle Show – Nick Loper
With the slogan, “Because your 9 to 5 may make you a living, but your 5-9 makes you alive,” Nick Loper is all about hustling during the hours you aren’t at your day job, so that you can eventually leave your day job and work for yourself full-time. He realizes the importance of a steady paycheck when building your own business and recommends building it on the side before making the plunge into full-time entrepreneur. The show covers a variety of topics, with most relating to online passive income, and guests from diverse areas of entrepreneurship. With more than 165+ episodes, you will find something that hits home for you and makes you want to take the necessary action to quit your day job and be your own boss.
7.) Mixergy Startup Stories – Andrew Warner
Known for asking tough questions and digging down deep to get the true answer from his guests, Andrew Warner has interviewed more than 1,000+ entrepreneurs by sharing their stories of success and failure with his large audience. After founding a successful startup in his early 20’s, Andrew set out to share the collective knowledge of the startup communities most talented and intelligent founders through his platform Mixergy. Out of all the podcasters out there, I would say Andrew has the best guest lineup, with features from Barbara Corcoran (Shark Tank), Andrew Mason (Groupon), Noah Kagan (AppSumo), Seth Godin (Best-selling Author), Drew Houston (Dropbox), Jimmy Wales (Wikipedia), and many more. At first, his personality is a little off-putting, but after a few episodes you will start to warm up to him, at least that’s how I was at first.
8.) The EntreLeadership Podcast – Ken Coleman (Ramsey Solutions)
Highlighting one of the most important areas of business and entrepreneurship, Ken Coleman and guests discuss the impact that we have as leaders in this world. They share stories and give advice on making yourself a better leader, and ultimately a greater entrepreneur. With backing by Dave Ramsey, a personal finance guru, author, and radio host, the EntreLeadership Podcast relays a clear vision of what is takes to successfully lead your business to greatness. The list of guest appearances is spectacular and includes leaders like Mark Cuban (Dallas Mavericks Owner & Serial Entrepreneur), Jim Collins (All-star Business Consultant, Author, & Speaker), Simon Sinek (Inspirational Author), Darren Hardy (Founder of Success Magazine), and many more.
9.) Starting From Nothing, The Foundation Podcast – Andy Drish
Everyone starts out at ground zero with an idea. The idea is irrelevant, it is the execution on that idea that actually matters and what will make or break an entrepreneur. There is a reason why there is a saying, “Ideas are a dime a dozen.” On the Starting From Nothing Podcast, sponsored by The Foundation, and hosted by Andy Drish, they talk with entrepreneurs who have been there and done that, starting both small and massive businesses from absolutely nothing. Regardless of experience, credibility, money, and time, this podcast gives you enough motivation and help to stop making excuses and start taking action on your idea today.
10.) MWF Motivation – Rob Dial
Knowing that we are all flawed human beings with constant need for personal and physical improvement, Rob Dial recently launched his motivation podcast on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, hence the name MWF Motivation. This podcast is less about entrepreneurship and more about creating the best version of yourself. It has skyrocketed up the new and noteworthy charts of iTunes and the nearly 100 episodes have been packed full of “the kick in the ass” that you need. I enjoy listening to Rob’s passion as he sounds like he truly cares about helping others and not just himself, like the majority of individuals in the world we live in. If you need an extra boost, I recommend subscribing to his show.