6 Inspiring Podcasts for Personal Development | In Search of Sheila

6 Inspiring Podcasts for Personal Development

February 26, 2017

Podcasts are growing in popularity and are a great (and free!) learning tool. There's just something really inspiring about the power of listening to someone talk vs. reading information on your own. Today I'm sharing six inspiring podcasts for personal development that will leave you feeling super motivated to tackle your goals.

1. Happier With Gretchen Rubin

Author Gretchen Rubin and her sister, Elizabeth Clark, discuss how to create healthy habits that stick. They have the perfect dynamic and use their own experiences to share actionable tips and advice to create a little happiness in your life.

Listen to: The One Minute Rule is a habit trick that means anything you can do in less than a minute, do it right then and there. I recommend trying it if you always avoid things you don't want to do, which many of us struggle with.

She also has two minute episodes that reflect on a quote or story that always sends a great message. The episode My Inconvenience May Be Someone's Miracle really struck a chord with me.

2. Optimal Living Daily

Technically an audio blog, Justin Malik reads different blog posts (with permission) and episodes are always short and sweet (under 10 minutes). It's actually a really refreshing alternative to listen to blog posts, rather than reading them.

Listen to: 3 Things I’ve Been Doing to Increase My Productivity (That You Haven’t Heard Before) by Kalen Bruce of Money Mini Blog

Also: Justin's brother, Dr. Neal Malik runs Optimal Health Daily where he discusses health, nutrition, diet, and fitness, in under 10 minutes as well. Check out The Five Foods You Should Never Eat (you might be surprised at what they are!)

I first mentioned this podcast in my 10 Ways to Live a Happier Life post and it's quickly become one of my go-to podcasts for healthy habit tips. I really like how Jeff outlines his tips into easy steps, making it much easier to internalize and put to action.

Listen to: 10 Steps to Ultimate Productivity with Michael Sliwinski

Chalene is really into lists (plus for me) and is motivating in the sense that she stresses the fact that we need to stop thinking about the changes we want to make, and start working towards them now.

Listen to: How to Get Your Motivation Back

5. #GirlBoss Radio

Sophia Amoruso shares weekly interviews with amazing women who share how they got to where they are now. She always opens the interview by asking what their first job was which really makes their stories relatable and super inspiring!

6. Your Motivational High 5

Host Phil Larson shares short 5-minute episodes with the intention of motivating you live a more empowering life.

Listen to: Episode 16: On Self-Examination

And those are 6 of my favorite inspiring podcasts. What are yours? I'd love to check them out!


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  1. Woah!! Your doing good! :) I still need to sit down and fix new goals & make plans to reach them!

    Thanks for the podcasts suggestions x

  2. I'm gonna check out Optimal Living Daily! Thanks for the suggestion!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away

  3. Ooooh I need to give these a listen! Thanks!



  4. I used to listen to a lot of podcasts, but haven't in awhile. Thanks for sharing these. I should start again!

    Enclothed Cognition

  5. Awesome work :) Have a good day :)


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