Best Motivational & Inspirational Podcasts (2020)

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.

Brock Huard's Above & Beyond: The Intersection of Faith and Sports

by KIRO Seattle

46m

average length

38

episodes

Too often an athlete’s faith is limited to a soundbite. On Above & Beyond, former Seattle Seahawks quarterback and 710 ESPN Seattle host Brock Huard talks one-on-one about trials and triumphs, struggles and perseverance. Listen to intimate stories about how champions dealt with their greatest professional adversities. It’s stories of faith beyond just a sound bite. Every two weeks.

Back from Broken

by Colorado Public Radio

32m

average length

8

episodes

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

by hello@cleansport.org

55m

average length

53

episodes

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

by info@edmylett.com

47m

average length

138

episodes

The Ed Mylett Show showcases the greatest peak-performers across all industries in one place, sharing their journey, knowledge and thought leadership. With Ed Mylett and featured guests in almost every industry including business, health, collegiate and professional sports, politics, entrepreneurship, science, and entertainment, you'll find motivation, inspiration and practical steps to help you become the best version of you!

Good Life Project

by Jonathan Fields / Wondery

74m

average length

544

episodes

Inspirational, intimate and disarmingly-unfiltered conversations about living a fully-engaged, fiercely-connected and meaning-drenched life. From iconic world-shakers like Elizabeth Gilbert, Brene Brown, Sir Ken Robinson, Seth Godin and Gretchen Rubin to everyday guests, every story matters.

Happier with Gretchen Rubin

by Gretchen Rubin / The Onward Project

22m

average length

537

episodes

Gretchen Rubin is HAPPIER, and she wants you to be happier too. The #1 bestselling author of The Happiness Project and Better Than Before gets more personal than ever as she brings her practical, manageable advice about happiness and good habits to this lively, thought-provoking podcast. Gretchen’s cohost and guinea pig is her younger sister, Elizabeth Craft, a TV writer and producer living in Los Angeles, who (lovingly) refers to Gretchen as her happiness bully. Part of the Cadence13 Network.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

by NPR

49m

average length

190

episodes

Guy Raz dives into the stories behind some of the world's best known companies. How I Built This weaves a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs and idealists—and the movements they built.

No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis

by ABC News

36m

average length

228

episodes

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 SuperSoul Conversations

by Oprah

36m

average length

281

episodes

Awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul. 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.

Second Life

by Who What Wear

49m

average length

127

episodes

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

by support@Brendon.com

22m

average length

484

episodes

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 Dave Ramsey Show

by info.ramseymedia@daveramsey.com

40m

average length

1431

episodes

Take control of your money once and for all. The Dave Ramsey Show offers up straight talk on life and money. 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 Apple's fourth most popular podcast! For more information, visit www.daveramsey.com.

The GaryVee Audio Experience

by Gary Vaynerchuk

32m

average length

1568

episodes

Welcome to The Garyvee Audio Experience, hosted by entrepreneur, CEO, investor, vlogger, and public speaker Gary Vaynerchuk. On this podcast you'll find a mix of my #AskGaryVee show episodes, keynote speeches on marketing and business, segments from my WEEKLYVEE video series, interviews and fireside chats I've given, as well as new and current thoughts I record originally for this audio experience!

The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

by Pushkin Industries

31m

average length

47

episodes

You might think you know what it takes to lead a happier life… more money, a better job, or Instagram-worthy vacations. You’re dead wrong. Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better. Based on the psychology course she teaches at Yale--the most popular class in the university’s 300-year history--Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness. For an even deeper dive into the research we talk about in the show and to sign up to our newsletter visit: happinesslab.fm

The Tim Ferriss Show

by tim@fourhourbody.com

89m

average length

461

episodes

Tim Ferriss is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for The 4-Hour Workweek, which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." In this show, he deconstructs world-class performers from eclectic areas (investing, chess, pro sports, etc.), digging deep to find the tools, tactics, and tricks that listeners can use.

The Tony Robbins Podcast

by teamtonyrobbins@tonyrobbins.com

36m

average length

132

episodes

“Why live an ordinary life, when you can live an extraordinary one?” Tony Robbins, the #1 Life and Business Strategist, has helped over 50 million people from 100 countries create real and lasting change in their lives. In this podcast, he shares proven strategies and tactics so you, too, can achieve massive results in your business, relationships, health and finances. In addition to excerpts from his signature events and other exclusive, never-before-released audio content, Tony and his team also conduct deeply insightful interviews with the most prominent masterminds and experts on the global stage.

Unlocking Us with Brené Brown

by Brené Brown and Cadence13

61m

average length

17

episodes

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

by Built-It Productions

39m

average length

4

episodes

From Guy Raz comes a chance to slide your chair into boardrooms, C-suites, and the quarters of top brass. Wisdom From the Top brings listeners into conversations with the leaders helming today’s most powerful corporations and organizations, offering direct access to the secrets, mistakes, regrets, and wins that define modern leadership. For more, go to LuminaryPodcasts.com.

Without Fail

by Gimlet

43m

average length

54

episodes

Candid conversations with entrepreneurs, artists, athletes, visionaries of all kinds—about their successes, and their failures, and what they learned from both. Hosted by Alex Blumberg, from Gimlet Media.

The Minimalists Podcast

by The Minimalists

56m

average length

305

episodes

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.