7 podcasts that will grow your idea

What do you value most as an entrepreneur? Many successful people put time at the top of their list. They want to squeeze the most they can out of the 24 hours they have.

If you’re anything like them, then you know that the right podcast gives you the chance to do just that.

Podcasts are quick to digest and cover a myriad of topics, and you can listen to them on your way to work, over lunch, in a waiting room or play them while going about your chores.

So if you’re looking for something that will help you grow your business, here are seven top-rated entrepreneurship-themed podcasts to get you started. 

1. The Tim Ferriss Show

Tim Ferriss is best known for his ground-breaking books, like Tools of Titans and The 4-Hour Work Week, which transformed the way many entrepreneurs and professionals manage their time and productivity.

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His podcast features a diverse set of guests – from Arnold Schwarzenegger to LeBron James to Silicon Valley journalist Kara Swisher – who examine the tactics and strategies that high-performing people employ to reach success.

Recommended episodes:

#334: Drew Houston – The billionaire founder of Dropbox

#347: Susan Cain – How to overcome fear and embrace creativity

2. How I Built This

This podcast features Guy Raz, who dives into the stories behind some of the world’s best-known companies.

In nearly every episode, Guy gets his guests to open up by tapping into something deep in each person he interviews, pulling out inspiring (and enlightening) founder stories.

Recommended episode:

We work – with Miguel McKelvey

3. Entrepreneurs on Fire

What’s not to like about EoFire? It has a wide range of incredible stories, and host John Lee Dumas releases a value-packed episode every day.

These episodes run all the way from inspiring and humorous, to heart-wrenching and awe-inspiring. Some episodes will have you wanting to take notes, while others will have you sitting back and relaxing as the conversation takes place.

Recommended episodes:

7 steps to designing the perfect funnel system for your business so you can capture leads, convert sales and create a community of raving fans for your business – with Bryan Dulaney

3 ways to avoid being an unhealthy entrepreneur – with Eric Martinez

4. The GaryVee Audio Experience

You can’t have an entrepreneurship top-of list without having Gary Vaynerchuk, better known as Gary Vee, on it.

His podcast includes a combination of #AskGaryVee episodes, segments of his DAILYVEE series and keynote speeches. It’s basically, a one-stop-shop for all things Gary.

Beyond that, he uploads thoughts to share with his audience. Gary is famed for his ability to forecast trends and emphasise action.

Recommended episodes:

How to get the job you want with no experience

Stop ‘faking it till you make it’

5. The School of Greatness

This podcast is hosted by Lewis Howes, a bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur and former pro athlete. He has different categories of episodes, covering inspiration, business, entrepreneurship, health and relationships.

Lewis is the author of The School of Greatness and The Mask of Masculinity, and offers concise five-minute episodes every Friday. Overall, he wants to promote healthy and successful lifestyles, regardless of career ambitions.

It’s a great podcast if you want to focus not just on being successful, but living a healthy and fulfilling life.

Recommended episodes:

What holds us back from having it all – with Danielle Laporte

The 10 success principles to a great, abundant life – with Jack Canfield

6. How to Start a Start-up

If you’re serious about launching a business, you could do much worse than learn how to from Stanford and Y Combinator, the seed accelerator that gave us Dropbox and Airbnb among other platforms.

This show includes loads of basics on how to take the very first steps for your start-up, from creating a team and building a product, to getting marketing right.

It’s the go-to option if you want to charge yourself with great ideas for a business and gain confidence to conceive your own venture.

Delivered as a crash course over 20 episodes, the podcast features lectures from notable investors and entrepreneurs.

Recommended episodes:

Start from the very beginning of the course for maximum impact, but Lecture 02 by Sam Altman on team and execution is quite good.

7. Mixergy

Are you an ambitious entrepreneur crafting your next start-up? There are few better ways to get a ‘street smarts’ education than through the Mixergy podcast.

The show offers a tonne of free courses for the newest of entrepreneurs, and puts a lot of focus on start-ups and the initial growth stage.

Across more than 1,000 interviews, Andrew Warner asks the uncomfortable questions to dig into the successes and failures of the most prosperous business founders and thought leaders of our time.

The podcast also provides transcripts for each episode in case you want to go back and research specific moments.

Recommended episodes:

#1453: The future of chat (and interacting with your customers)

#1703: How do you know if a side hustle is worth going all in?  

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