If you were expecting five fantastic personal development podcasts well, you’ve just hit the jackpot because I’ve updated this post to include not five but 12 podcasts for your listening pleasure.
So you’re diving into the world of personal development! Or maybe you’re already a self-help junkie. Here’s a list of fantastic personal development podcasts for you to sink your teeth into. FYI: These podcasts are in no particular order. I think they’re all amazing. Just have a look and see what catches your eye.
Personal development is about discovering ways to grow and improve your life from people before you. Having a growth mindset and learning from others is a way more effective method to better your life than doing it all yourself and struggling through. There’s never any shame in asking for help or wanting to learn from others!
I hope you find these podcasts highly useful in your own journey. If you have favorites I’ve missed please share in the comments below. I know this community and myself are constantly looking for new happiness quest resources!
Why Listen to Podcasts?
I started listening to podcasts a little over a year ago when my audiobook addiction was getting a little too expensive. I quickly fell in love.
I remember listening to audiobooks via a tape recorder in the car on road trips with my parents when I was a kid Bill Bryson and Bad Jelly the Witch first come to mind. I loved them then but the art of listening to stories lost me somewhere in my teens.
I love podcasts because I am a fairly slow reader. I can download them and listen to them on the plane when I am too tired to read. I often listen to them when I am struggling to sleep.
For anyone who is not familiar with podcast listening here’s why you should start:
- They’re FREE!!!
- There is something for everyone from fiction to fact
- They are short (usually 20-70 minutes)
- You can listen to them on basically any device these days
- You can download them for when you are offline
What apps can you listen to podcasts on?
There is a wide range of podcast apps to choose from. Today you can listen to a wide range of podcasts on major platforms like Spotify, Apple, Audible, and Google. Or there is a wide range of specialist podcast apps such as Podcast Player, Pocketcasts, Podcast Addict, and Radio Public, just to name a few. I personally use Castbox. I find it easy to use, and I like that it specializes in podcasts.
I have a list of podcasts I love to listen to for all sorts of moods. Here is my top list of fantastic personal development podcasts for when I am in need of some motivation and positive mindset vibes.
Now, 5 Fantastic Personal Development & Growth Podcasts
Melyssa Griffin was inspired to start this podcast after she felt unfulfilled even though she had a successful million dollar business.
Melyssa interviews fascinating entrepreneurs across a wide range of industries.
You definitely don’t have to be an entrepreneur to enjoy this podcast. Melyssa’s guests have something for everyone to take away.
Melyssa and her guests are people you want to listen to. Highly successful and happy. Like Melyssa, many have built their own businesses to 6 or 7-figures, then realizing they weren’t fulfilled in life, branched out into more self-help avenues. This podcast is focused on developing the right mindset to make your dreams come true.
Dave Asprey Bulletproof Radio is the number 1 biohacking podcast.
What is biohacking?
Put simply biohacking are actions you can take to ‘hack’ into your biology to improve how you feel, your energy levels, your performance, and generally improve your health. It is science-based, but, some ‘biohacks’ are at the cutting edge of science and still being tested.
There are lot’s of things you can do to reap the benefits of biohacking and become Your Best Self including:
- Change your diet
- Remove sugar and carbohydrates from your diet
- Eat more healthy fats
- Change when your eating
- Start fasting
- Keeping Active
- Gratitude Journaling
- Sleep more
- Being creative
The list goes on. You can learn all about biohacking on Bulletproof Radio. Guests offer advice ranging from simple things you can start doing at home to the more extreme biohacks.
If you’re after a full-length book I highly recommend Dave’s books:
- Head Strong: The Bulletproof Plan to Activate Untapped Brain Energy to Work Smarter and Think Faster-in Just Two Weeks
- The Bulletproof Diet: Lose Up to a Pound a Day, Reclaim Energy and Focus, Upgrade Your Life
- Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever
- Game Changers: What Leaders, Innovators, and Mavericks Do to Win at Life
In need of some truth and female empowerment?
Allie and Carly are your women. They focus on:
- Female empowerment
- How we live our truth
- How we dare to change when we need to
Last time I checked, this podcast isn’t running anymore, but the existing episodes are still around and well worth a listen. Allie and Carly are down-to-earth, relatable women, full of knowledge and passion for helping other women feel empowered in their personal development journeys.
Allie is also one of my favorite online Yoga teachers. You can check her out at The Journey Junkie. She has some fantastic paid courses and free videos on YouTube (FYI, this is not an affiliate link; I just love her work).
Jonathan talks to a wide range of guests about how to live a meaningful, engaged, and connected life.
You are bound to learn something new in every episode.
The title says it all. You will learn small science-based things you can do every day to get more out of your life.
Gregg describes himself as a human sponge who shares with you everything he learns about how to get the most out of your life.
Plus he has some pretty cool intro music.
Bonus Personal Development Podcasts List!
Since first creating this personal development podcasts list in 2018 I’ve expanded it as I’ve explored the podcast world more. Check out this bonus section for even more resources.
Oprah. Do I really need to say more? Of course, she is amazing and her guests are amazing. This podcast is for anyone looking to find a deeper connection and meaning in the world. Oprah and her guests dive deep into health, wellness, pain, resilience, awakenings, the meaning of life, how to live your best life and so much more.
More fantastic personal development products from Oprah:
- The Path Made Clear: Discovering Your Life’s Direction and Purpose
- The Wisdom of Sundays: Life-Changing Insights from Super Soul Conversations
- The Oprah Winfrey Show: 20th Anniversary Collection
No personal development podcast list is complete without Tony Robbins cropping up somewhere. I’m not sure how I missed the worlds #1 life and business strategist first time around but here it is.
Of coarse, Tony is a busy man so the podcast is hosted by his team members but it is based on his teachings so it is super valuable none-the-less. While many of the episodes are full length around 50 minutes long I like that there are quite a few shorter one’s around the 25-35 minute mark when you only have a short time for a personal development boost
Learn more with popular Tony Robbins books:
- Tony Robbins Collection 3 Books Set (Awaken The Giant Within, Unlimited Power, Money Master the Game)
- Unleash the Power Within: Personal Coaching to Transform Your Life!
- Notes from a Friend: A Quick and Simple Guide to Taking Charge of Your Life
Getting less serious here but this is one of my favorites so I needed to share it with you. Not quite a true personal development podcast like the others on this list, comedians Nikki Limo and Steve Green share valuable life advice so I’m chucking it in here.
As the title suggests, this podcast is about all the sh*t they don’t tell you in life. All those things you learn the hard way, but really wish someone had taken the time to tell you before you made that mistake. Topics cover everything from debt, to meditation and relationship advice. They also have episodes where listeners can write in and ask advice on anything they want.
Some podcasts are just on random topics like UFOs and Eminem but they’re always interesting and funny. I have been a bit focused on audiobooks lately rather than podcasts but I have listened to nearly every episode, and always start with this one when I want to listen to something fun.
This podcast is all about mindfulness, brain health, and life. Guests share their experiences and expertise on how meditation and mindfulness practices changed their lives.
If you’re curious about mindfulness (which you should be if you’re serious about personal development), then give this podcast a listen to learn more about the highly valuable practice of meditation and self-compassion practices.
Lewis Howes is one of these done it all kind of guy; athlete, entrepreneur, best-selling author, keynote speaker, AND podcaster. In this podcast, he interviews a wide range of successful people from all disciplines and corners of the globe. The goal of each episode is to help you learn from them to discover your own greatness and live your best life.
Pursue your personal development quest futher with Lewis Howes books:
- The School of Greatness
- The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives
Brittany Ryan, aka “the jet set blonde,” focuses on both travel and personal development. In her podcast, you will learn tactical tips on how to improve the quality of your everyday life. Brittany is bubbly and fun sharing relatable and inspiring personal stories.
If you’re after super quick motivational boosts then check out The Daily Boost by Scott Smith. Each of the 400+ episodes is around 10 minutes. So now you don’t have any excuses about being too busy for personal development!
The topics covered in this podcast are designed to help you find more focus, remove distractions from your life, stop procrastination, and reduce stress, so ultimately, you will become a happier person.
With personal development being such a hot topic these days I know I am missing a bunch of good ones here. These are just the personal development podcasts that I have listened to myself over the years.
What’s your favorite personal development podcast? Please leave a comment below.