Are you seeking motivation either with finances or work? Are you looking for some kind of spiritual boost or self-improvement? Or perhaps an inspirational story of athletic pursuit or personal development? Finding time to open (and finish) a book, or spending large sums of money on weekend seminars are just not feasible for so many of us which is why we find ourselves turning to podcasts for a daily dose of inspiration, hope and motivation.
Motivational podcasts provide you with 24/7 access to some of today’s top thinkers, thought leaders and speakers. Become inspired by simply downloading a podcast, tap play and learn new personal development strategies, find encouragement to step outside of your comfort zone, or be uplifted from intimate, true stories of overcoming challenges and redemption.
Here are some podcasts about motivation we like to tune in to. Check out The Dave Ramsey Show to hear callers share their inspirational stories of financial planning and becoming debt free. Back From Broken by Colorado’s Public Radio, is a new podcast series about what it takes to recover from the biggest challenge of your life (Suggested episode - Back From Broken - Anders Osborn). Regardless if you have faced the challenges of addiction or not, the stories are immensely inspirational. The Without Fail podcast is focused on people’s stories of success and failure and each episode will leave you feeling as though anything is possible and keep you motivated (Suggested episode - How a Stay at Home Mom Started an Empire).
We created a list of the best motivational and inspirational podcasts of 2020 where you can sample the best episodes from below. Even if the overarching theme of the podcast may not seem to resonate at first, we encourage you to try all of these. Regardless of the ‘topic’ (ie finance, spirituality, athletics, business etc.) motivational human themes of empathy, passion, perseverance, evolution and improvement do not discriminate and we think you'll be greatly surprised and inspired by what you find.
Back from Broken
Back From Broken is an interview series about what it takes to recover from the biggest challenge of your life -- and what others can learn from your adversity. Colorado Public Radio’s Vic Vela, an award-winning journalist who’s also a recovering drug addict, hosts the podcast. Vic talks with guests about challenges like substance abuse, mental illness, gambling addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder. Each story describes the highest highs, the darkest moments and what it takes to make a comeback. It’s a raw, empathetic show that’s ultimately about hope -- and how recovery is possible.
Clean Sport Collective
The Clean Sport Collective is a community of powerful voices comprised of athletes, brands, events, clubs, fans and the public to support the pursuit of clean sport and athletics through the absence of performance enhancing drugs. With this podcast, we will celebrate clean athletes, educate you on issues in the world of clean sport, and bring hope that we can all believe in the power of fair play across all sports.
THE ED MYLETT SHOW
Looking for a show that features guests across the board? Try out the Ed Mylett Show. Ed Mylett’s connections and charming personality mean that he can feature proven performers in the following niches: science, politics, sports, entertainment. This engaging one-on-one format style offers inspiration, entertainment, practical steps, and more.
Good Life Project
The host, Jonathan Fields, is passionate about people. Therefore, in this podcast, he is untiring in his effort to ensure a great and happy life for his listeners. The Good Life Project offers life hacks on self-discovery and how to live an engaging life. With doses of inspirational and intimate conversations, Jonathan Fields manages to steer his listeners in the right direction.
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Happier with Gretchen Rubin is a podcast with the sole goal of helping people become happier. Co-hosts, Gretchen Rubin, and Elizabeth Craft are a wonderful pair to listen to. Together, they provide practical advice on happiness and the habits that encourage it. Sometimes, they have personal and intimate conversations to help listeners understand better. The duo possesses a unique blend of wittiness and thought-provoking wisdom. It’s a truly engaging listen!
How I Built This with Guy Raz
Another podcast produced by NPR, How I Built This with Guy Raz (hosted by, you guessed it, Guy Raz) covers topics like business, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Each episode dives into the story behind a specific entrepreneur and the movement they started, including the people behind well-known companies like Instagram, Airbnb, Lyft, Chipotle, and Ben & Jerry’s. It’s super insightful and revealing, with plenty of gems to offer about how people succeed. It’s a great choice for anybody who’s interested in starting a business, or just learning about the ones they know and love.
No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis
Have a dream but don't know where to begin? Looking for wisdom from women who've already "been there?" Whether you're looking for answers or you just want to hear a good story, you're in the right place. Hosted by ABC News Emmy Award-winning journalist and Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, "No Limits" is where the most-impressive women in the world go to let their guards down and share honest stories about what it really takes to build an empire. Each week Rebecca speaks to bold and influential women about their paths to success, their choices and tradeoffs along the way, and their pitfalls and lessons learned. The conversations focus on practical advice and never-before-shared wisdom from across industries. Plus Rebecca always asks her signature question "What's the worst advice you've ever received?" New episodes every Tuesday.
Oprah's Super Soul
Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with Oprah's Super Soul. Hear Oprah’s personal selection of her interviews with thought-leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries, as well as health and wellness experts. All designed to light you up, guide you through life’s big questions and help bring you one step closer to your best self.
Join our host, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our podcast, Second Life.
THE BRENDON SHOW
Go behind the scenes with Brendon, the world's leading high performance coach and one of the Top 100 Most Followed Public Figures in the world, as he speaks to 20,000 people in arenas, coaches celebrities, helps his students, and reaches millions of people every week with his message for how we can all live, love and matter. Every week, Brendon shares what he's struggling with, working on and marching towards - and how we can all live an extraordinary life. This is an intimate and inspiring look into the life and strategies of one of the most watched, followed and quoted personal development trainers in history. Get two episodes per week when you subscribe: one is a tactical training on how to improve one area of your life, and the other is Brendon's recap of his week's adventures, service and lessons learned. Visit Brendon.com to learn about Brendon.
The Ramsey Show
Take control of your life and money once and for all. The Ramsey Show offers up straight talk from Dave Ramsey and his team of co-hosts. Millions listen in as callers from all walks of life learn how to get out of debt and start building for the future. Check out one of Apple’s most popular podcasts! For more information, visit www.ramseysolutions.com
The GaryVee Audio Experience
After producing more than 300 episodes, The GaryVee Audio Experience has matured into one of the most popular entrepreneurship podcasts online. Hosted by business guru Gary Vaynerchuk, the podcast showcases Gary's expertise as CEO, public speaker, vlogger and yes, a podcast host who features special guests along with the world-famous #AskGaryVee episodes. Gary's insights and marketing tips are an experience to behold.
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos
Who would think that an elemental emotion like happiness has a scientific undertone? Yale University Professor, Dr. Laurie Santos has devoted years of study to discover the science of happiness, and he happily shares her discoveries with the world. There can be more control over our emotions, and science proves it. Check out this podcast show to see how!
The Tim Ferriss Show
For managers and leaders that go with the ratings, the Tim Ferriss Show has them. It’s a podcast that’s continuously in the top 5 on every list. Here’s why. The Tim Ferriss show involves the deconstruction of the techniques used by the best performers to attain success. From their morning routines to exercise habits, books, and time-management tips, this show has it all. Famous guests that have graced the show include LeBron James, Jamie Foxx, Jon Favreau, and more.
The Tony Robbins Podcast
Does a goal seem too unattainable? Join Tony Robbins as he discusses proven strategies to accomplish goals. With a focus on business, the Tony Robbins podcast offers excellent content that can help entrepreneurs scale faster. In the same vein, communication and relationship techniques are discussed to help foster team growth and togetherness. This podcast is a gateway to enjoying an extraordinary quality of life.
Unlocking Us with Brené Brown
I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to.
Wisdom From The Top with Guy Raz
From the creator of How I Built This, host Guy Raz invites you to listen in as he talks to leadership experts and the visionary leaders of some of the world's biggest brands. Along the way, you'll hear accounts of crisis, failure, turnaround, and triumph, as the leaders reveal their secrets on their way to the top. These are stories that didn't make it into their company bios, and valuable lessons for anyone trying to make it in business.
Alex Blumberg, the founder of Gimlet Media, hosts the Without Fail podcast and has a knack for delivering evocative, powerful interviews. Not only does Alex chat with successful online business founders, but he also brings in athletes, artists, or anyone with an inspiring story to tell. The diverse range of topics that Alex covers is impressive indeed.
The Minimalists Podcast
Emmy-nominated Netflix stars and New York Times–bestselling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known collectively as The Minimalists, help millions of people live meaningful lives with less. Cohost: T.K. Coleman.