Ten Inspirational Podcasts
Of all of America's contributions to world culture, the Self Help industry is perhaps the most controversial. With its roots in nineteenth and early twentieth century movements like New Thought, Self Help manuals often focus on quasi-religious themes such as positive thinking, the law of attraction, and creative visualisation, with the aim of increasing people's self confidence and improving their material well-being.
Despite the unusual and sometimes controversial theories associated with it, American Self Help culture is far from a peripheral, niche interest: it is now very much part of the mainstream on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the most famous products of Self Help culture have become household names, such as Dale Carnegie's 1936 best seller How to Win Friends and Influence People, the 2006 film The Secret, and Alcoholics Anonymous' Twelve Step Programme for addiction recovery.
In recent times, the Self Help industry has boomed thanks to its effective use of a new and dynamic medium - the Podcast.
Join us now as we look now at ten podcasts of the Self Help genre which have been making waves of late.
1) The Michelle Obama Podcast
The first series of Michelle Obama's podcast explored the relationships that shape people. She spoke to friends, former colleagues, and even her silver-tongued former President husband. Taking to Instagram, Michelle wrote: "I hope that our conversations—whether about being married, being a parent, being a citizen, or just being—inspired you to reach out to the people in your life and share how you feel". The first season of the Michelle Obama Podcast is now available on all podcast platforms.
2) DNA of a MakerLilliana Vazquez speaks to successful women who have had a major impact on the world. In her interviews, Lilliana seeks to find out what they credit with their success. Examples of the show's guests include Kimberlé Crenshaw, a race and racism scholar and the co-founder of the #SayHerName campaign.
If you're looking for something to put some real spring in your step, you might want to listen to this podcast. The host is Gretchen Rubin, the New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Project. Offering advice on good habits for a happier life, this podcast is well worth a listen.
4) How I Built This
Host Guy Raz looks into some very impressive companies around the world, as well as the entrepreneurs who built them. If you need a boost of career motivation, this might just be the podcast for you.
Try this if you need a helping hand getting through a rough patch. Join Host and Marathoner Emily Abbate for a walk through personal growth achievement and life hurdle tackling.
6) The One You Feed
If you need some extra life wisdom, try this interesting and informative podcast. Covering topics like mental health, emotions at work, getting tasks completed, and living with chronic pain, this podcast offers wisdom on handling common life problems, making them seem that bit more manageable.
7) The Tim Ferriss Show
If you're looking for life hacks try this. Host Tim Ferriss is a Silicon Valley legend and the author of five New York Times bestsellers, including The 4-Hour Workweek. In this podcast Tim Ferriss analyses world-class performers from many different fields in order to bring you numerous tools you can utilise in your own life.
8) Move Your DNA
This is a great podcast on fitness. Get your body moving with host Katy Bowman, a respected biochemist and author. Katy not only advocates exercise, but explains how physical movement can improve your life in numerous ways. If you're looking for inspiration to get fit, this podcast should do the trick.
9) Permission to Speak
This is a great podcast for people who want to improve their Public speaking skills. If you freeze and panic when you're put on the spot and have to give a presentation in front of an audience, host and public speaking coach Samara Bay may be able to help. In this podcast, she interviews both speaking experts and those who excel at using their voice, to help you be the speaker you want to be.
10) The Tony Robbins Podcast
Whether or not you believe this guy really jumps into a vat of cold water every day is immaterial, it is an undeniable fact that Tony Robbins has a rhetorical power to radically affect people's lives. His advice on everything from relationships to business is like an injection of adrenaline, and might just provide the kick start you need!
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