Are you an entrepreneur or thinking of starting your own business? There are extensive amounts of knowledge and insights at your disposal to give you the best chance to succeed. Whether you're trying to start a local business, run a side hustle from your home, or operate an online store, it may be hard to find time to access this knowledge in our busy world. Podcasts are a great way to access this knowledge hands-free, whether you're driving to work, hiking, or at the gym, you can learn new skills to improve the chances your business will succeed.
Research conducted by Sage Publications concluded that "comparable comprehension and retention of text occur regardless of the modality of presentation." This means that you are retaining the information at a similar rate as if you are reading a book! Use this to your advantage and check out our top 5 podcasts for entrepreneurs below.
1. The Tim Ferriss Show
At number one is the Tim Ferriss show. The Tim Ferriss Show is widely seen as the #1 business podcast, has over 600 episodes, and has a 4.6-star rating with over 14,000 reviews on Apple Podcasts. Tim Ferriss dissects the routines and tools of successful people from various industries. His guests include globally recognized names such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lebron James, Susan Cain, Ramit Smith, and more. His interviews are very thought-out, and insightful, and provide tips and tricks that successful entrepreneurs have used and tell you how you can apply them in your daily life. What I think sets his podcast apart from the rest is his willingness to be vulnerable and the pure joy he has for sharing his knowledge and the knowledge of others to help individuals just starting out.
2. Entrepreneurs on Fire
Hosted by John Lee Dumas, Entrepreneurs on Fire is an award-winning podcast with over 3,000 episodes and over 100 million listeners. If you're looking for a podcast to help you stay motivated and inspired, this is the podcast for you! In his podcast, Dumas "delivers the inspiration and strategies you need to FIRE UP your entrepreneurial journey". John Lee Dumas combines his unique military experience with his years of business experience and utilizes it to speak on what he feels is the driving force behind successful companies. He also covers topics that address challenges that appear when trying to start a new business, such as simplifying payrolls for small businesses and how to successfully scale and develop a product.
3. Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman
Co-founder and former executive chairman of LinkedIn, Reid Hoffman, provides business advice for individuals looking to start a business. Hoffman interviews notable CEOs from industry giants such as Netflix and Starbucks. This podcast provides an inside look into the mindsets that allowed companies to become successful, as well as strategies that helped them scale, survive and thrive in very competitive environments. My main takeaway from his podcasts is the rollercoaster ride that comes with being a successful entrepreneur. Hoffman's guests often discuss the failures, setbacks, and what they taught them. The "Masters of Scale" with Reid Hoffman is a very entertaining and well-informed podcast that will provide you with a lot of insights that you can apply to your journey.
4. The Smart Passive Income Podcast
"The Smart Passive Income Podcast" by Pat Flynn is a great way to learn strategies for blogging as well as marketing tips for online businesses. Pat Flynn hosts fitness icons, business leaders, best-selling authors, and starting investors as well as solo shows, and surprise guests. During his interviews you can learn about search engine optimization, outsourcing and building a team, content marketing, how to get traffic, productivity tips, and much more. His podcast is very encouraging and might just be the motivation and tips you need to get your start-up off the ground!
5. The Failory Podcast
One of the best ways to avoid mistakes is to learn from those who have already made them. That is the concept behind the Failory Podcast, they talk about failed startups and interview entrepreneurs who failed at first and the mistakes they made as well as empowering success stories. The reason I enjoy this podcast so much is it pushes a "learn from your mistakes" mindset and encourages failure. Unfortunately, they stopped making episodes after one season. However, there are still 15 episodes full of knowledge and inspiration at your disposal.
Whether you find a podcast you like through my list or find one on your own, I encourage you to take advantage of these stories and insights from those who have been there before and learn the tools necessary to become successful!