As a mother, it can often feel frustrating to have my time divided by tasks that will realistically never all get done in a single day. Even though I know raising children and kissing boo boos and wiping bottoms is a feat in and of itself, I like to have something tangible I can point to at the end of the day and say, “Look! I am working towards my future!”
Podcasts are one of the ways I strategically optimize my time so that at the end of the day I’m not wondering, “What did I actually accomplish today?” I can point to an episode I listened to, or remember an idea that sparked from something I heard in one of the interviews, and it motivates me.
When do you have time for podcasts? is a question I’m often asked.
While everyone is different (and I fully believe in maximizing your own personal work style) I tend to listen to podcasts while I’m doing mindless activities, like folding laundry, driving to Target, doing the dishes, or jogging. In my opinion, podcasts typically require less cognitive commitment than audio books and I find it’s easier to turn them off or on for short activities that may require breaks.
I listen to a variety of podcasts, but my favorites are related to entrepreneurship or finances. My criteria for a 5-star rating? Hosts that bring in guests and are good at steering the conversation (don’t parrot back what the interviewee just said) and podcasts that provide actual value-driven content.
In other words, please don’t waste my time.
Below, you’ll find my top five favorite podcasts for entrepreneurs. Chime in below in the comments if you have others to add to this list.
A podcast that brings you marketing advice in 10 minutes or less. If you are looking for bite-sized, actionable, applicable information on how to grow your business, this is my favorite. On the techy side, you may find there’s a bit of a learning curve, but stick with it and you’ll learn fast. Start HERE with 7 Key Strategies You Can Learn from Apple’s Marketing.
This is a show built around the stories of innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, interviewed by the gifted Guy Raz. If you learn best through stories, this is the show for you. Guests include founders of large companies such as Whole Foods, Zappos, and Spanx. Start HERE with Sara Blakely.
There’s something for everyone with this lively podcast on money secrets and expert financial habits. If you hate boring numbers but want to implement a healthy money mindset in your own family, or, you’re ready to learn the basics of investing, this is the show for you. (My one bone to pick is that the show is heavily geared towards stock investments and you will not find much information in the form of investing by way of additional revenue streams.) Start with THIS interview of David Bach, the author of Automatic Millionaire.
A New York Times Best-Selling Publicist, Brand Manager, Marketing Strategist, and Influencer, Julie Solomon is a newer podcast with just 16 episodes at the time of this writing. What I appreciate about Julie is that she loves Jesus and loves female entrepreneurs. This comes through with her soft-spoken and feminine voice and if you’re a new business owner you’ll find she’s very easy to listen to. Start with THIS interview with survivor and brand developer Lauren Scruggs Kennedy.
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