Listening to podcasts is one of my favorite things to do in my free time.
Having a podcast playing in the background while I drive, cook, play games, or even while showering has been a life-changing habit for me.
I’ve learned so much about the universe and life from listening to great podcasts from all kinds of amazing people from Ryan Holiday to Neil deGrasse Tyson and Lex Fridman.
Today, I wanted to make a quick list of some of my favorite podcasts that I believe are invaluable resources for freelancers.
While most of these podcasts aren’t directly related to freelancing, they will feed your brain with the knowledge and tools necessary to tackle problems in your day-to-day life as a freelancer.
Try listening to an episode or two and I can guarantee you will get hooked on these shows.
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you would know that Seth Godin is a person that I admire and revere as one of my biggest inspirations.
So when he launched a new podcast, I subscribed to it immediately. I’ve been listening to his podcast since day one. And it’s been delivering nothing but incredible knowledge.
Seth Godin is a legend in the freelancing industry. He’s been freelancing for decades and has immense knowledge of various topics. Akimbo is a show where he shares his knowledge in a very entertaining way while tackling trending topics.
2. The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show
Chase Jarvis is another entrepreneur that I’ve been following for many years. He’s a skilled freelance photographer who’s worked with many talented people and brands. He’s also the founder of the CreativeLive platform.
In Chase Jarvis show, he shares useful tips and tricks for surviving as a creator. And he also interviews other talented people in various industries.
It’s a show you must listen to for both entertainment and knowledge.
3. The Mindset Mentor
Whenever you’re in need of some motivation to keep going through the rough times. Or looking for helpful advice to advance your career in the right direction, try listening to one of the episodes from The Mindset Mentor.
It’s a show that covers topics related to entrepreneurship and they are especially applicable to freelancers as well.
The show’s host, Rob Dial is an expert in psychology and neurobiology. And he often shares tricks on how to persuade others as well as yourself to achieve your goals.
4. The School of Greatness
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes is a well-known show among many creative people.
Lewis does a great job of interviewing other more successful people. I love the way he listens to what others have to say and asks relative questions to get more details out of them.
Listen to this show if you enjoy hearing about the success stories of other entrepreneurs and freelancers.
5. Freelance to Founder
Freelance to Founder is a podcast show created by the popular freelancing blog, Millo.
Unlike most other shows that I’ve listed here, this show is directly related to freelancing. It covers all kinds of topics related to freelancing, from things related to clients to money, tips on pitching jobs, managing projects, and more.
6. The Daily Stoic
Ryan Holiday is one of my favorite authors that I truly admire. His books on stoicism completely changed the way I view the world, the way I live my life, and the way I work.
Stoicism is not a religion or some propaganda. It’s a way of living. It’s about finding ways to live through the pain, giving your best at everything you do, and treating others with respect.
Daily Stoic is a show that will teach you these things and more. Ryan occasionally brings in guests for interviews. Each episode is always packed with inspiration and wisdom.
7. The Happiness Lab
Everything we do in life, from working hard to make money to getting expensive things that we regret, we do for our own happiness. But have you stopped to think that you’ve done enough to be happy already? Can you try to be happy with what you have right now?
The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos is a brilliant podcast that explores this topic and shows you ways to find happiness in the little things in your day-to-day life.
Listen to a couple of these episodes and they will change your life as well as the way you treat your freelance career.
8. The Freelance Friday
This is a podcast from a well-experienced freelancer and entrepreneur named Latasha James. The podcast airs new episodes every Friday where Latasha covers useful tips and advice for fellow freelancers.
I could not create a list of podcasts without featuring my favorite podcast of all time.
StarTalk is a show that has nothing to do with freelancing but I enjoy listening to it more than anything else. This show is about exploring topics related to the universe and outer space as well as science and technology.
The way Neil deGrasse Tyson and his co-host Chuck Nice deliver this podcast makes each episode more fun than the next.
If you’re a curious person who loves to learn about the world and the universe around us, I highly recommend this podcast.
10. Huberman Lab
Dr. Andrew Huberman is a renowned neuroscientist and professor. This show is all about the science of our brain and body.
As a freelancer, I always look for ways to optimize my work-life balance and be more productive. This podcast has helped me in many ways to learn more about how our brain works and how to use it well.
In most of the episodes, Dr. Huberman often shares cool tips to trick your brain too.
11. Lex Fridman Podcast
Lex Fridman is an AI researcher and an overall very intelligent being. His podcasts are very long but also interesting to listen to. Almost all of his podcasts are interviewing other people, like Elon Musk and MrBeast.
These interviews are different from other interviews you normally see on YouTube. And they dive deep into unique topics related to how these people have found success.
Listening to the stories of these successful people can be a great way to learn from them.