Tune in: The best podcasts for bettering yourself

Whether you’re seeking total transformation or just a few minor tweaks, these motivational podcasts will do the trick

If you’re the type that’s always looking to better yourself but also constantly lamenting a desperate lack of time to do so, you’ve come to the right place. The humble podcast, preferred medium of hyper-busy multi-taskers, might just be your answer. Working out, commuting to work or running errands? Why not absorb some wisdom and learn a life-hack or two while you’re at it?

Whether you want to completely shake up your lifestyle or simply looking for some advice to help you inch closer towards reaching your goals, these are the best self-improvement podcasts to tune into now.

The Rich Roll Podcast

Millions of personal growth junkies the world over regularly tune in to listen to best-selling author, ultra-endurance athlete and wellness pioneer Rich Roll delve deep into thought-provoking discussions with the world’s brightest minds. With the goal of inspiring and empowering listeners to unleash their best, most authentic selves, the podcast covers everything from the benefits of embracing an alcohol-free lifestyle to honouring your creative calling. A recent highlight was Rich’s conversation with ‘Mother of Mindfulness’ Dr. Ellen Langer, who spoke about the power that comes from choosing to regret nothing and believing that each decision you make is right.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

As its irreverent name suggests, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck takes a no-holds-barred approach to self improvement, offering “life advice that doesn't suck”. Hosted by author Mark Manson (who wrote the bestselling book of the same name), it features a combination of guest appearances — including therapists, doctors and happiness researchers — as well as listener Q&As and solo shows with just the ever-charismatic Mark and his microphone. ㅤ

Modern Wisdom

While Chris Williamson first found fame on series one of Love Island, it’s safe to say his career has taken a rather different turn from the typical influencer route many islanders choose to follow. His hugely successful podcast Modern Wisdom offers “life lessons from the greatest thinkers on the planet,” from ultra-marathon runner David Goggins to aforementioned author and podcaster Mark Manson. Typically running for two or even three hours, Modern Wisdom’s episodes are indeed hefty, but you’re guaranteed to come away with essential nuggets of wisdom each time.

The Daily Stoic

With easy-to-digest episodes that hover around the 15-minute mark, The Daily Stoic is made to slot seamlessly into your everyday routine. Author and speaker Ryan Holiday draws on the ancient teachings of Stoicism and the writings of great Stoic thinkers like Marcus Aurelius and Seneca the Younger to bring listeners a valuable life lesson every day. He also weaves in listener Q&As as well as insightful interviews with notable figures from sports, academia and politics.

The Tim Ferriss Show

Aspiring entrepreneurs, this one's for you. If you feel like your ideas just aren’t going anywhere, tune into The Tim Ferriss Show. Bestselling author of The 4-Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss interviews successful people from just about every avenue — be it investing, acting, pro-sports and even chess — to reveal what makes them tick. The result is an extensive library of interviews (with everyone from the CEO of SoulCycle to Arnold Schwartzenneger) that are guaranteed to make you look at things in an alternative way.

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