Podcast listenership has grown rapidly over the past few years, and if you’re not taking advantage of it, you’re missing out.
They’re a great way to expand your knowledge on pretty much anything within business, your relationships, or creating the lifestyle you want.
Switch off your music player and learn something while you’re at the gym, biking around town or just hanging out, instead. It can be hard to know where to start if you’re new to the game, which is why we put together this awesome list podcasts every entrepreneur needs to listen to.
Here are my picks for the 7 Best Podcasts for Entrepreneurs in 2016.
Lewis Howes is a CreativeLive instructor and pro football player turned life style entrepreneur who, after being injured on the field and sleeping on his sister’s couch, built a multi-million dollar online empire with no previous business experience.
The school of Greatness Podcast focuses on building relationships, living with intention, and how to become your most effective self, all in the name of building a successful business and living your ideal life.
The podcast sparkles with ambition and heart. It’ll leave you feeling inspired and eager to hustle. Be sure to check out his first book, The School of Greatness.
2. Tropical MBA
Dan and Ian are some of the best in the biz, and have been crafting their location independence since 2007. Since then, they’ve been raking in millions and inspiring thousands.
While they cover hustle, it’s not all about making money; it’s about following your passion and creating a lifestyle that you love. The core focus of Tropical MBA is how to achieve location independence and what to do once you get there, and they do it by showcasing great entrepreneurial business, lifestyle design, and self-improvement strategies.
They cover things like what to do if you’re drowning in student debt, how to make your first $1000 online, and working remotely in Asia.
Tim Ferriss is the author of the New York Times #1 Best Selling book, The Four Hour Work Week, the bible for location independent entrepreneurs and the Tim Ferriss Show is now the #1 business podcast on iTunes. Tim also teaches The Four Hour Life, here on CreativeLive.
He was a national Chinese kickboxing champion, is fluent in five languages, researches political asylum, was the first American in history to hold a Guinness World Record in tango and generally has pretty interesting things to say on business and everything else.
He interviews world-class extremists amongst different areas like investing, sports, business and art and is always touching on fascinating, obscure subjects like overcoming addiction with the use of hallucinogenics and how one man climbed past the “death zone” of Mount Everest wearing only shorts.
Entrepreneur on Fire is hosted and founded by John Lee Dumas, an entrepreneur who found a hole in the business podcast market and filled it. It’s one of the few and certainly one of the best podcasts that offer daily content. Check out his class here on Podcasting 101, and get John’s personal step-by-step plan to launching a successful podcast.
Every day EoF puts out a new interview with a successful entrepreneur that catalogs their journey by touching on three subjects, their biggest failure and lessons learned, their AH-HA moment and how they turned that moment into success and the Lightning Round, where Dumas asks six rapid fire questions to extract little nuggets of wisdom.
Between his great energy, diverse roster of guests and a new episode every day, Entrepreneur on Fire delivers.
The Smart Passive Income Podcast is hosted by Pat Flynn, one of the most successful entrepreneurs who makes money online.
After getting laid off, Flynn had to figure out how to make money. Using his background in architecture, he created a blog on WordPress to help architecture students study for the LEED exams that gained thousands of followers.
From there, his success exploded. Flynn is now an expert on affiliate marketing, digital products, effective SEO, content marketing and all things business related to blogging.
He shares that expertise on the Smart Passive Income Podcast with topics like using psychological strategies to get email clicks, how to write copy that converts, how to back link effectively and tips on investing.
Alex Blumberg is another CreativeLive instructor and best known for his work with This American Life and Planet Money. Here, he’ll teach you how to power your podcast with storytelling.
StartUp Podcast is what happened when he branched off to do his own thing, sharing insight into what it really takes to launch a start up business, from the most epic fails, trials and tribulations to heartwarming successes.
The podcast is peppered with lessons on how to dream big, pitch investors, balance your work life and fundraising and does it by following one start up throughout each season. StartUp Podcast has the story and charm (“every startup is a shit show”) of This American Life but is niched down to educate start up founders and entrepreneurs in real life situations.
Focused on how to make a living as a creative, Profit. Power. Pursuit. gets artists like James Victore and Lisa Congdon, photographers like Sue Bryce and Julia Kelleher, entrepreneurs like Laura Roeder and Srini Rao and business experts like Michael Port and Nir Eyal to share their secrets through interviews.
The podcast explores what it means to build a business and life on your creative drive, uncovering both the strategic and tactical components of how creative people make money, take control of their businesses and pursue what’s most important to them so you can too.
There’s a reason why podcasts have absolutely taken off in recent years, it’s because they’re awesome. They’re a great way to get first hand insight from the people you choose to listen to. They’re personal and usually pretty laid back, which gives the hosts the freedom to be themselves, which is harder to get in a scripted TV show or book.
It’s easy to just plug in your favorite playlist during your free time, but with a little time and effort (actually, we’ve done the hard part for you here) you could be putting that free time to good use and actually learning something instead.
What are your favorite podcasts? Let me know in the comments!
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