If you’re the type to only sluggishly adopt New Year’s resolutions, have I got a resolution for you! Start listening to a career or business podcast on a regular basis. In this way, you can lazily rev up your career during your morning commute.
1. For the Love of Money: This one is a total no-brainer. Chris Harder, the host of the podcast has one underlying question upon which his entire program is based: “Do you want to be successful?” I’m guessing your answer is yes. The aptly named Harder then offers the usual tips from successful business people but also dips into deeper insights and stories behind the big names.
2. Dear HBR: Did you ever wish that you could get answers to your toughest career issues directly from experts at the Harvard Business Review? Well, you can, sort of. Dear HBR: co-hosts Alison Beard and Dan McGinn are veteran Harvard Business Review editors who explore solutions to your workplace dilemmas. They tap into insights from guests and academic research and help you figure out how to navigate your way through tough career situations. Also, worth noting, Beard and McGinn have such soothing voices that you’ll immediately relax about your work issues.
3. The School of Greatness: The business world is riddled with sports metaphors, but here’s a business podcast by a former pro athlete. Lewis Holmes interviews everyone from world-class athletes to the world’s top thought leaders and disseminates their advice and life lessons into regularly updated inspirational podcasts.
4. Women at Work: If you face gender discrimination at work or haven’t quite found a mentor to help guide you through workplace gender issues, this one’s for you. It’s another one by HBR editors but this time around they’re all women – Amy Bernstein, Amy Gallo, and Nicole Torres. They interview experts on gender but also tell their own stories in a way that makes you realize that while the struggle is real, there’s almost always a way to resolve even the most awkward and uncomfortable gender-based work issues.
5. The James Altucher Show: Former hedge fund manager and bestselling author Altucher has had a lot of high and extremely low points in his career. In his podcast, he doesn’t add any extra fluff but tends to be blunt about topics that matter and interviews big names in the business including Mark Cuban, Seth Godin, and Peter Thiel.
6. The Watercooler: If you find inspiration in unexpected places, you might fight even more inspiration in a podcast that takes you behind the scenes of The Adam Carolla Show. While hosts vary depending on their schedule, they discuss a variety of topics including the latest in food, tech, and movies, but also a lot about how they create the show together and why it works and what they do when it sometimes doesn’t.
7. Skimm’d from The Couch: The founders of theSkimm get a lot of ribbing for their less than serious take on the world, but they’ve managed to create a powerhouse brand they started from a couch. Now theSkimm’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg go back to the couch and interview female leaders to talk about everything from career wins to atrocious career advice.
8. The Twenty Minute VC: If you’ve ever started your own company, you’ll have noticed that before shelling out any investment money venture capitalists always take a deep look at the company founders and C team. Host Harry Stebbings leads listeners down the rabbit hole of VCs and startup funding, which also offers anyone on a traditional career path insight into the people that are considered worth investing in and the qualities of future leaders.
9. How I Built This: Along those lines, NPR’s Guy Raz takes listeners behind the scenes at some of the best-known companies in the world. The reason this is interesting to the rest of us is we learn about the people needed to run a successful business. It’s a great way to understand not only the skills needed for success but the personality traits as well.
10. Planet Money: Wish you knew more about the economy but are too embarrassed to ask your smart friends to explain it? Unworry. This NPR podcast tells you what’s going on in the economy and makes it entertaining to boot.