5 Podcasts to Help You Live Better

Do you ever ride in the car by yourself?

If you’re like me, you do.

My commute between home and work is roughly twenty minutes, whereas my commute between home and school is anywhere from 30-minutes to one hour depending on the time of day. I estimate that I spend an average of six to seven hours in the car driving Monday through Friday. That’s a lot of time!

Why I Listen to Podcasts

I made the decision two years ago to use my time more wisely, particularly in terms of growing myself, so instead of listening to music in the car, I decided to start listening to podcasts.

There are podcasts geared toward everything out there: cars, finances, faith, business, history, science, and more. I’ve listened to hundreds of hours of podcasts, most of them having to do with faith, leadership, business, or marketing. Those are all niches that align with my interests.

My Five Favorite Podcasts

While I am subscribed to over 10 podcasts and have over 25 on my phone, the following are five that I listen to with the most regularity. They just happen to be the ones that I extract the most value from.

1. The Liturgists

The Liturgists is a podcast hosted by Michael Gungor and Mike McHargue (a.k.a. “Science Mike”). They discuss topics centered around science, art, and faith. Their conversations have a Christian bent, though they are (thankfully) not afraid to bring in other perspectives.

Episode 35 on “The Cosmic Christ with Richard Rohr” and Episode 37, “The Enneagram,” are two of my favorites.

Check out the Liturgists website or visit the Liturgist Podcast on iTunes.

2. The Tim Ferriss Show

Have you ever heard of the book The 4-Hour Workweek? Tim Ferriss is the guy behind it. He describes himself as a “human guinea pig,” essentially a self-experimenter. His show is multi-faceted but primarily crammed full of interviews with awesome influencers in society.

One of my favorite episodes is #138 with Seth Godin on how he manages his life. So good!

Check out the Four Hour Workweek or visit the Tim Ferriss Show Podcast in iTunes.

3. The Robcast

If you roll in Christian circles at all, then you’ve heard of Rob Bell. Even if you don’t roll in Christian circles, you’ve probably heard of Rob Bell (thanks to Oprah). He’s authored books such as Velvet Elvis, Love Wins, and most recently, How to Be Here (which I love).

This is by far one of my most favorite podcasts! There isn’t one I’ve listened to that I haven’t learned something from. Check them all out.

Visit Rob Bell’s website or check out the Robcast in iTunes.

4. Building a Story Brand with Donald Miller

Donald Miller is probably best known for his killer memoirs. But did you know that he’s also a kickass marketer? He runs his own company called Storybrand and this podcast is one of the most informative things ever.

I’ve gleaned so much insight from Donald Miller, his guests, his coworkers, and I am learning how to become a better communicator because of this podcast. The best part? It’s free.

One of my favorites is one called “How to Tell People What You Do in 3 Easy Steps.”

Check out the Storybrand website and the Storybrand podcast in iTunes.

5. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

I realize you might be thrown by the title of Lewis Howes’ podcast because it sounds Tony Robbins-esque, but trust me, it’s worth it. Lewis is a former pro athlete, a self-described “lifestyle entrepreneur,” and bestselling author.

Lewis Howes spends a lot of time interviewing influencers and leaders, but all with the intention of helping you gain clarity and insight into living life better and leading your business more effectively.

Visit the Lewis Howes website or check out the School of Greatness podcast in iTunes.

What are your favorite podcasts?

What podcasts do you listen to? Leave the name of one in the comments section and why you enjoy it. I’ll share them in tomorrow’s email update!

MS

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About Matthew Snyder

Matt is a thirty-something writer and young adult minister. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Merridith, and their dog, Finn.

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