I don’t divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures…I divide the world into the learners and the non-learners.” – Benjamin Barber

Most successful entrepreneurs seem to share a curiosity about the world and an interest in finding out as much information as possible. While books and blog posts are helpful, there’s a ton of value to be found in listening to podcasts.

Why Podcasts?

They’re effectively internet talk radio shows that are highly targeted to specific niches. They’re easily downloadable to your phone/laptop/tablet and provide an excellent source of entertainment, mindset development, and strategies that you can apply to your business.

I’ve only been listening to podcasts for a few years, but I’m able to fill some of my “downtime” in the car, at the gym, etc with awesome information. When you’re struggling with procrastination, knocking out a podcast episode can often help you focus and bring yourself back to grinding through the work you need to complete. It can also help with that spark needed for some of your more creative work.

I wanted to share with you five of the podcasts I listen to regularly that can help you develop the right mindset, focus on proven strategies, turbo-charge your motivation, and more!

#1 Mixergy – Andrew Warner

Mixergy Podcast

Details: Mixergy is a high-impact, cut-to-the-chase interview show where Andrew sits down with successful entrepreneurs to help and teach ambitious upstarts. He’s had high profile guests on his show like Seth Godin, Paul Graham, Matt Mullenweg, and more.

Why You Should Listen: Andrew’s the master at getting right to the heart of the issue and telling a great story. He doesn’t shy away from tough questions for his guests and there’s something new to learn and implement in just about every episode. The show is extremely well produced and he takes his mission of providing helpful information to other entrepreneurs very seriously.

Favorite Episodes:

Maids In Black – Interesting interview where a guy copied an idea from others to bring a traditionally offline business model online.

Pat From SmartPassiveIncome – Hard-hitting and fascinating interview with a very successful online blogger and affiliate marketer.

Max Simon – What right does a failed entrepreneur have teaching others? This interview featured a bunch of tough questions the show is known for!

#2 Lifestyle Business Podcast – Dan Andrews and Ian Schoen

 

Lifestyle Business Podcast

Details: Dan and Ian have built an honest-to-goodness eCommerce business while traveling the globe. They freely share business ideas, entrepreneurial hacks, and give a glimpse into a lifestyle business that strives to be and do more.

Why You Should Listen: The hosts have charisma and clearly recognizable business chops. They share the nuts-and-bolts of building a bootstrapped business that doesn’t require Angels, VC funding, or $1M+ in the bank. Real-world strategies, tactics, and business philosophy for adventurous entrepreneurs.

Favorite Episodes:

Rip, Pivot, And Jam…how to start a business – Hosts cover their best method for breaking into a new industry. Updated episode here

Business Partnerships Are Like Marriages – The upsides and downsides of being in a business partnership (My business partner and I are on this episode as well!)

7 Habits Of Highly Effective Lifestyle Business Owners – What habits are important? Which can you emulate?

#3 Foolish Adventure Podcast – Tim Conley

Foolish Adventure Podcast

Details: Tim’s show provides a laser-like focus on helping new entrepreneurs find more Time, Income, and Mobility. Show episodes cover just about everything having to do with online business and Tim’s breadth of knowledge in the industry is a welcome break from the fake-it-till-you-make-it crowd.

Why You Should Listen: Tim hones in on the “business” approach to marketing rather than focusing on scammy, get-rich-quick schemes. He discusses real life experiences and strategies he’s applied to make offline businesses successful online.

Favorite Episodes:

Transition To New Industry Without Risking Everything – Balancing family and business concerns.

Building Your Content Marketing Playbook – Getting your marketing right before your business gets rolling.

Turning Your Business Into An Asset – An interview with James Schramko on building a systems-based business.

#4 Web Domination Podcast – Dan Norris

Web Domination Podcast

Details: Dan runs a no-fluff podcast that cuts through the noise to deliver highly-impactful insights and strategies related to content marketing. His focus on business metrics help track exactly where your best efforts are applied and he gives transparent and detailed information on his own journey through his episodes and the blog.

Why You Should Listen: I don’t use this word lightly, but Dan is an expert at content marketing. His in-depth and well-polished blog posts at Inform.ly always get a ton of traction and he’s a go-to for his peers and industry insiders. He shares all of his secrets, tactics, and strategies in his no-fluff episodes.

Favorite Episodes:

Strategic Content Marketing – Dan sits down with Joe Pulizzi of the Content Marketing Institute to discuss creating compelling content

Bloggers Vs. Content Marketers – Interview with Tim Conley and a great episode on why so many bloggers fail to make money

Making Your Content Actionable – How to get your readers/listeners/viewers to DO something

#5 Entrepreneur On Fire – John Lee Dumas

Entrepreneur on fire podcast

Details: A relative newcomer to the space having only launched in September, 2012, John bring a high-energy show every single day of the week! He’s interviewed high-profile guests such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Barbara Corcoran, Tim Ferriss, and more. He asks the same questions of every guest and many of the answers are insightful.

Why You Should Listen: John’s a great example of someone dedicating themselves to the craft and absolutely crushing it just a few months later. He brings a curiosity and interest to all of the interviews that’s infectious and I really enjoy the energy he brings to the show.

Favorite Episodes:

Rand Fishkin from SEOMoz – Whitehat SEO with the best in the biz.

Drawbacks Of Trading Time For Dollars – The benefits of building a business.

Neil Patel from KISSmetrics – Solving the problems of others and giving them what they want.

Honorable Mentions:

There’s only so much time in the day, but here are a few of the other podcasts I have queued up in my (Android) Doggcatcher podcast player:

Internet Business Mastery – “Old School” internet business podcast with Jeremy and Jason.

Bright Ideas Podcast – Trent Dyrsmid with bright ideas for SMB’s and marketing agencies.

MultiMedia Marketing Show – Jake Hower showing you how to crush it with multimedia online.

Build My Online Store – Have or want an eCommerce business? Terry Lin’s your host – great stuff here.

The Awesome Podcast – Newcomer Tim Paige brings a ton of energy and enthusiasm – an up-and-coming show thatís definitely worth a listen!

Now…over to you! What shows do you have queued up in iTunes that you love? Did I miss any of your favorite shows or episodes? Let us know in the comments below – We’d love to check them out!

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