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11 Inspirational Podcasts To Lift You Up

11 Inspirational Podcasts To Lift You Up
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The key advantage that audio brings us is convenience. We can listen while we’re commuting, exercising, or working, and the growth of podcasts are just starting.

As the popular saying goes, “You are who you surround yourself with.”

The same applies to what you read, what you watch, and in this case: what you listen to.

I’m an avid listener of podcasts, and I’ll get my hands on any show that will give me an edge in life.

To make your life simpler, here are 11 inspirational podcasts to lift you up:

1. Lewis Howes

Show: The School of Greatness
One-word description: Inspirational

Lewis Howes has been exploding in the podcasting scene over the past year and is consistently ranked as one of the top podcasts on the Health category of iTunes.

Notable guests on The School of Greatness includes Arianna Huffington, Tony Robbins, Tim Ferriss, and more, where they share how their journey started from the beginning to greatness.

With Lewis’ School of Greatness Book coming out in a few months, he has been putting out episodes 3 times a week, which includes guest interviews and solo rounds. My personal favorite is his 5-minute Fridays.

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    2. Tim Ferriss

    Show: The Tim Ferriss Show
    One-word description: Analytical

    After hitting the NYTimes list with all 3 of his books, Tim Ferriss has been “experimenting” with his podcast show, which was awarded “Best of iTunes” in 2014.

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    The theme of The Tim Ferriss Show is “de-constructing excellence,” and with Tim’s vast network, he brings on the top performers in different industries to ask them questions like “what is your daily habit” and “who’s the first person you think of when you hear the word ‘success’?”

    With Tim’s quirky personality, you’ll also get to enjoy some random questions like “who’s the first person you think of when you hear ‘punchable’?”

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      3. James Altucher

      Show: The James Altucher Show
      One-word description: Transparent

      When most people think of James Altucher, they think honest, transparent, and vulnerable.

      James is not afraid to reveal it all, and help his listeners and readers learn from his mistakes, successes, and lessons.
      The great thing about James as a host is his curiosity.

      He’s willing to go above and beyond to ask his guests questions that the audience is already thinking in their heads.

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        4. Gary Vaynerchuk

        Show: The #AskGaryVee Show
        One-word description: Spontaneous

        Gary Vaynerchuk made it to the scene in the “Vlogging” world through his first show, Wine Library TV.

        Although The #AskGaryVee Show is intended to be “Video first,” he’s always keeping podcast listeners in mind by explaining the visuals of what’s happening on his show – and an added dose of spontaneity.

        Known as a social media guru, each episode is based around his fans asking him 3-5 questions on average on social media, where Gary gives his honest answer in return.

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        If you want your questions answered and a chance to be on the show, tweet @garyvee with your question and #askgaryvee in the tweet.

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          5.Gretchen Rubin

          Show: Happier with Gretchen Rubin
          One-word description: Happy

          Gretchen is a well-known NYTimes Best Selling author, mostly known for her book, Happiness Project.

          She’s now extending this brand and fanbase into audio with her new show, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, that she hosts with her sister Elizabeth Craft.

          The podcast is already getting millions of downloads within only a few months of launching.

          If you’re looking to increase your happiness in life, Happier with Gretchen Rubin is worth checking out.

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            6. Jack & Suzy Welch

            Show: WelchCast
            One-word description: Sharp

            Jack and Suzy Welch may be defined as one of the most “Powerful Couples” of this decade.

            While Suzy is a former editor-in-chief at Harvard Business Review and a NYTimes Best Selling Author, Jack is recognized as one of the greatest CEO’s of all time from his success at General Electric.

            If you want to get career advice and tips from some of the most successful people of our time, tune into the WelchCast.

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              7. Tai Lopez

              Show: Tai Lopez Show

              One-word description: Insightful

              Tai is famous for reading “a book a day” and provides insightful summaries from the best books he reads.

              What’s great about Tai’s reviews is not the simple summaries of his books, but his own personal anecdotes and lessons in life that he shares alongside the book reviews.

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                8. Chalene Johnson

                Show: The Chalene Show
                One-word description: Energetic

                As a fitness trainer, social media expert, life coach, author, and speaker, there seems that there’s very few things that Chalene can’t do.

                What stands Chalene out from others is her level of energy that she brings to each episode, in addition to the insights and advice she provides on social media and business growth.

                If you want to get pumped and become a better business owner along the way, check out The Chalene Show.

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                  9. Brian Rose

                  Show: London Real
                  One-word description: Deep

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                  Have you ever met someone that can sit down with you in one moment, and a few hours fly by without you even noticing?

                  The host of London Real, Brian Rose, teaches us how to be a great listener, while bringing on amazing guests to share their journey from successful entrepreneurs, creatives, authors, and more.

                  Notable guests include: Robert Greene, Aubrey De Grey, and Guy Kawasaki.

                    10. Kevin Rose

                    Show: The Foundation
                    One-word description: Savvy

                    The Foundation is a classic for any tech entrepreneurs wanting to learn from the best. Host of the show, Kevin Rose, is the founder of Digg and currently acts as a Partner of Google Ventures.

                    What’s amazing about The Foundation is the quality of production and the guests that Kevin brings on, such as Elon Musk.

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                      11. Jordan Harbinger

                      Show: Art of Charm
                      One-word description:
                      Idiosyncratic

                      The title of this show describes it all. Jordan Harbinger brings his charm with every episode, and teaches his listeners on how to become extraordinary men, along with his guests.

                      Receiving over a million downloads per month, The Art of Charm is the go-to place for any men looking to become more successful in their personal and professional lives.

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                        There you go, 11 best motivational podcasts to inspire your life. Do give yourself an extra advantage in life by listening to these meaningful podcasts. You are what you listen to!

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                        Last Updated on July 21, 2021

                        How to Stop Information Overload and Get More Done

                        How to Stop Information Overload and Get More Done
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                        Information overload is a creature that has been growing on the Internet’s back since its beginnings. The bigger the Internet gets, the more information there is. The more quality information we see, the more we want to consume it. The more we want to consume it, the more overloaded we feel.

                        This has to stop somewhere. And it can.

                        As the year comes to a close, there’s no time like the present to make the overloading stop.

                        But before I explain exactly what I mean, let’s discuss information overload in general.

                        How Serious Is Information Overload?

                        The sole fact that there’s more and more information published online every single day is not the actual problem. Only the quality information becomes the problem.

                        This sounds kind of strange…but bear with me.

                        When we see some half-baked blog posts we don’t even consider reading, we just skip to the next thing. But when we see something truly interesting — maybe even epic — we want to consume it.

                        We even feel like we have to consume it. And that’s the real problem.

                        No matter what topic we’re interested in, there are always hundreds of quality blogs publishing entries every single day (or every other day). Not to mention all the forums, message boards, social news sites, and so on.

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                        The amount of epic content on the Internet these days is so big that it’s virtually impossible for us to digest it all. But we try anyway.

                        That’s when we feel overloaded. If you’re not careful, one day you’ll find yourself reading the 15th blog post in a row on some nice WordPress tweaking techniques because you feel that for some reason, “you need to know this.”

                        Information overload is a plague. There’s no vaccine, there’s no cure. The only thing you have is self-control.

                        Luckily, you’re not on your own. There are some tips you can follow to protect yourself from information overload and, ultimately, fight it.

                        But first, admit that information overload is really bad for you.

                        Why Information Overload Is Bad for You

                        Information overload stops you from taking action. That’s the biggest problem here.

                        When you try to consume more and more information every day, you start to notice that even though you’ve been reading tons of articles, watching tons of videos and listening to tons of podcasts, the stream of incoming information seems to be infinite.

                        Therefore, you convince yourself that you need to be on a constant lookout for new information if you want to be able to accomplish anything in your life, work and/or passion. The final result is that you are consuming way too much information, and taking way too little action because you don’t have enough time for it.

                        The belief that you need to be on this constant lookout for information is just not true.

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                        You don’t need every piece of advice possible to live your life, do your work or enjoy your passion.

                        How to Stop Information Overload (And Start to Achieve More)

                        So how to recognize the portion of information that you really need? Start with setting goals.

                        1. Set Your Goals

                        If you don’t have your goals put in place, you’ll be just running around grabbing every possible advice and thinking that it’s “just what you’ve been looking for.”

                        Setting goals is a much more profound task than just a way to get rid of information overload. Now by “goals” I don’t mean things like “get rich, have kids, and live a good life”. I mean something much more within your immediate grasp. Something that can be achieved in the near future — like within a month (or a year) at most.

                        Basically, something that you want to attract to your life, and you already have some plan on how you’re going to make it happen. So no hopes and dreams, just actionable, precise goals.

                        Then once you have your goals, they become a set of strategies and tactics you need to act upon.

                        2. Know What to Skip When Facing New Information

                        Once you have your goals, plans, strategies and tasks, you can use them to decide what information is really crucial.

                        First of all, if the information you’re about to read has nothing to do with your current goals and plans, then skip it. You don’t need it.

                        If it does, then ask yourself these questions:

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                        • Will you be able to put this information into action immediately?
                        • Does it have the potential to maybe alter your nearest actions/tasks?
                        • Is it so incredible that you absolutely need to take action on it right away?

                        If the information is not actionable in a day or two, then skip it.

                        (You’ll forget about it anyway.) And that’s basically it.

                        Digest only what can be used immediately. If you have a task that you need to do, consume only the information necessary for getting this one task done, nothing more.

                        You need to be focused in order to have clear judgment, and be able to decide whether some piece of information is mandatory or redundant.

                        Self-control comes handy too. It’s quite easy to convince yourself that you really need something just because of poor self-control. Try to fight this temptation, and be as ruthless about it as possible – if the information is not matching your goals and plans, and you can’t take action on it in the near future, then SKIP IT.

                        3. Be Aware of the Minimal Effective Dose

                        There’s a thing called the MED – Minimal Effective Dose. I was first introduced to this idea by Tim Ferriss. In his book The 4-Hour BodyTim illustrates the minimal effective dose by talking about medical drugs.

                        Everybody knows that every pill has a MED, and after that specific dose, no other positive effects occur, only some negative side effects if you overdose big.

                        Consuming information is somewhat similar. You need just a precise amount of it to help you to achieve your goals and put your plans into life.

                        Everything more than that amount won’t improve your results any further. And if you try to consume too much of it, it will eventually stop you from taking any action altogether.

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                        4. Don’t Procrastinate by Consuming More Information

                        Probably one of the most common causes of consuming ridiculous amounts of information is the need to procrastinate. By reading yet another article, we often feel that we are indeed working, and that we’re doing something good – we’re learning, which in result will make us a more complete and educated person.

                        This is just self-deception. The truth is we’re simply procrastinating. We don’t feel like doing what really needs to be done – the important stuff – so instead we find something else, and convince ourselves that “that thing” is equally important. Which is just not true.

                        Don’t consume information just for the sake of it. It gets you nowhere.

                        The focus of this article is not on how to stop procrastinating, but if you’re having such issue, I recommend you read this: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                        Summing It Up

                        As you can see, information overload can be a real problem and it can have a sever impact on your productivity and overall performance.

                        I know I have had my share of problems with it (and probably still have from time to time). But creating this simple set of rules helps me to fight it, and to keep my lizard brain from taking over.

                        I hope it helps you too, especially as we head into a new year with a new chance at setting ourselves up for success.

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