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I’ve always been a podcast listener. I love the ease with which I can listen while I fold laundry, take a walk, or drive to town.

I’ve listened to a ton of different podcasts through the years, and I’ve finally decided that my favorites are episodes that somehow get me to think in a new way, or episodes where facts/research are combined with stories to create a super interesting narrative that makes me think differently about a topic.

Over the past few years, I’ve filled my queue with business or marketing “how-to” episodes, and while those can be helpful, I always finish feeling like I’ve got five things to add to my to-do list which doesn’t always feel great.

And, after listening, all the things that I’m “supposed” to do, might not be a good fit for my business, my personality, or me.

As I’ve grown as an entrepreneur, I’ve found that more than anything, what I do in my business MUST be a reflection of who I am and how I love to work.

I can start with the idea, but I’ve got to somehow make it work for me.

And, I’ve learned that as an idea person, I’d rather listen to podcasts that get me to think and come up with my own ideas or help me look at something in a new way.

Podcasts that seamlessly integrate stories with research also rank pretty high on my list of favorites – it’s learning and entertainment all wrapped into one happy little package for my brain.

I thought I’d share some of the podcasts that have pushed me to think more deeply about a topic, opened up a new perspective, AND have entertained me.

  • The Arthur Brooks Show – this show is a newer addition to my queue. I’ve really enjoyed the shows I’ve listened to. They’re a great mix of research, ideas, and snippets of interviews with experts, all tied together with thoughtful commentary.
  • Hello Monday with Jessi Hempel – I found this podcast on a recent flight I was on. Listening to a podcast was an entertainment option, and this was listed. I’ve only listened to a few episodes but have enjoyed them all. They’re a good mix of stories and research and the host has a great voice.
  • The Life Coach School with Brooke Castillo – I am not a life coach, but I have worked with life coaches and mindset coaches. Brooke is a deep thinker who shares her thoughts, reflections, and strategies that help me become more aware of my own thinking and patterns. I rarely miss an episode of this show.
  • The Hidden Brain – this is produced by NPR, and I love the mix of social science, research, and stories.
  • A Course in Miracles with Jennifer Hadley – this is a show I’ve listened to for years. I’ve completed the ACIM workbook and like many, continue to work on being aware of the thought patterns of fear/love. These are ALL solo shows, and Jennifer does a great job of breaking down some pretty deep topics and making them applicable to everyday life. She speaks super slowly, so I listen to it at a faster speed, but I always come away with a new thought.
  • And, of course, there’s my podcast, Dear Creativity…Let’s Play. Creating this has pushed me to think much more deeply about my message, how I think about creativity, and how I live as a creative myself. I hope the episodes push my listeners to think a bit more deeply about things.

If you’ve got any favorite podcast shows or episodes that help you think more deeply or differently about a topic, share in the comments. I’d love to give it a listen!

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