Over the past few years, I’ve become an avid, almost obsessive listener of podcasts for entrepreneurs. These podcasts have covered all things small business, leadership, marketing, sales, you name it.
Through those years, my conversations have gone from talking about what I saw on TV to what I heard on a podcast. Ask anyone that I’m close to and they’ll tell you that’s true. Something comes up in conversation and almost always I respond with, “Oh, I heard something about that on a podcast the other day…”
And while not everyone is an auditory learner, finding it easy to absorb what they’re listening to while doing other tasks like driving or doing the dishes, I certainly am. I get completely lost in “my” podcasts.
While some podcasts I’ve listened to have absolutely sucked (seriously, just terrible), and some I stuck with them for a few weeks or months and then discarded, still some I’ve listened to for years without missing a single episode.
As I look back through the podcasts I’ve listened to for extended periods of time (12 months or longer), I realize how attached I am to the hosts, how they each have very unique points of view, but also have a similarity among them that makes them great.
Each of these next six podcasts for entrepreneurs provides this one thing that stands out to me:
They genuinely care that you’re building a business that matters to the world and to you, the entrepreneur.
You won’t find sleazy sales tactics or even a hint of a get-rich-quick idea.
Nope. These are genuine podcasts with incredible hosts that have shaped my journey as an entrepreneur more than they’ll probably ever know.
And while, to me, that makes these podcasts and podcasters great, it has made ME great as well.
Jim Rohn said, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
While I think this concept is mostly true, in my case, I’d tweak that a bit.
I think I’ve become the sum of the six podcasters I’ve listened to the most! No joke.
Because entrepreneurship is lonely if you don’t have a business partner. Even with someone to bounce ideas off of or dish you woes to on a Friday night over wine… you’re still in this thing by yourself. You make it. Or you break it. No one else is truly, 100% there like you are.
So to be able to plug in your aux cord on your way to the gym in the morning or your headphones on your afternoon walk and hear from podcasters and other entrepreneurs literally giving you a free mentor session is nothing short of a huge blessing. It’s a song to sore ears… eh, you get it.
If you’re looking for that companionship, that pick-me-up, and that guidance from entrepreneurs, plug in, turn up the volume, and listen in to my top seven podcasts for entrepreneurs. Tips on how to listen can be found here. I’ve also provided links to these podcasters’ twitter accounts and latest books, if applicable. The links are NOT affiliate links.
“Hack The Entrepreneur is a show which reveals the fears, habits, and inner-battles behind big name entrepreneurs and those on the path to success.” Jonny has brilliantly interviewed over 200 entrepreneurs, asking them the big-picture questions and always getting different and surprising answers. While he keeps it big-picture, he still digs into the heart of the entrepreneur, asking about fears and failures, triumphs and mindset. You’ll hear from entrepreneurs from all walks of life, from every industry, while enjoying Jonny’s laid-back vibe. If you’re new to his podcast, I suggest starting here with his Top Ten Interviews of All Time.
Smart Passive Income is “the podcast where it’s all about working hard now so you can sit back and reap the benefits later.” If you’re in the entrepreneurial mindset at all, you’ve probably heard of Pat Flynn. And if you’ve heard of him, you’re probably a huge fan. Pat has been helping people create passive side and full-time income online since 2008 when he lost his job as an architect and had to figure this entrepreneur stuff out on his own. He brings an energy and drive to his work without being fake or salesy. The guy wants to provide you with everything you could possibly need to start making money online. My favorite episodes of Pat’s are the ones where he interviews real-life business owners that have used the SPI systems to build their own profitable online businesses and passive income streams.
The Fizzle Show with Chase Reeves, Corbett Barr, and Steph Crowder
“The Fizzle Show is a podcast for creative entrepreneurs and honest business builders who want to earn a living doing something they care about.” Chase, Corbett, and Steph are behind the entrepreneur membership site, Fizzle.co. There, they help small business owners and indie entrepreneurs build businesses daily within their membership forums and huge library of video training. On the podcast, the trio bring some of that biz-builder knowledge to you for free, along with a ridiculous amount of accents, PG to PG13 humor, and countless reasons to pee your pants laughing. It’s serious enough to get the job done, but man, is it hilarious too.
True story – I was once at the gym listening to The Fizzle Show, went to do a plyo box jump and completely tanked it because Chase made one of the funniest jokes I’ve ever heard and I couldn’t hold in my laughter. Embarrassing, but also great. (Thanks, Chase.)
— Brit Kolo (@britkolo) September 23, 2016
The She Did It Her Way Podcast is “a collective of interviews with top female entrepreneurs who did it their way.” Two times a week, Amanda serves up an interview with a female entrepreneur and digs into her business, how she got to where she is today, and what her next business targets are. Yes, this one’s for all the girls out there. Guys, I feel bad for you – I wouldn’t want to miss out on this one. My favorite feature to this podcast is that Amanda takes the female entrepreneur way back and asks about how she got started and what she did to start her business, leave her full-time job, and make her business actually work. That’s the nitty gritty stuff that many people don’t dig into. I love that Amanda does. This is also a great podcast to listen to with your kids around – all clean, inspirational, and empowering.
How I Built This with Guy Raz from NPR
“How I Built This is a podcast about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built.” This NPR podcast features interviews with top-tier (I mean the elite of the elite) entrepreneurs who have not only created brilliant businesses, but have created world-changing movements with their brands as well. Unique to any other interview podcast I’ve listened to, Guy focuses in on HOW these entrepreneurs built the thing they’ve built. More often than not, these entrepreneurs, while they’ve built huge businesses, came from humble beginnings, which never ceases to inspire me.
Creative Empire Podcast with Reina and Christina
“Each week, Reina Pomeroy, the life + biz success coach at Reina + Co, and Christina Scalera, the attorney for creatives, chat with industry influencers to help you understand and develop the business side of your creative hustle.” This podcast is a bit different from the others because it specializes in the creative business strategy. The two hosts, Reina and Christina, bring different, sometimes completely opposite, points of view to the table while interviewing other influencers in their creative business space. The topics float between nitty-gritty biz talk to lifestyle and how our businesses should serve others while allowing us to stay sane. I greatly appreciate the delicate spin these two podcasters bring to this listen each week.
Now that I’ve reviewed my top six podcasts for entrepreneurs, I feel like I’ve introduced you to my best friends and you’re kind of a part of the posse now. (Lucky you!)