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6 Free Mind-Blowing Self-Development Podcasts

Updated on December 9, 2019
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Bogdan is a football, fitness and nutrition enthusiast in love with the process of becoming the strongest version of himself.


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What is a podcast?

A podcast is a type of digital media, usually in audio form but also found in video form, and it's one of the best modern ways of gaining knowledge about any topic and area of life, from people that are more experienced, more successful or have gone through the same exact experiences like yours or even worse.

You can enjoy it at any time of the day and wherever you are with just a device connected to the internet, making the podcast such an accessible, comfortable, fun and practical form of self-development.

There are several ways you can listen to a podcast:

  • On the podcast owner's website
  • Apple podcast
  • Spotify
  • Android- Google Podcast and Stitcher

Self-Development Podcasts

The topic of self-development gathers billions of searches every month, mostly because of its powerful capacity to improve people's lives and help them reach every goal they set out for themselves.

There is a BIG flaw in the area of self-development though...

A lot of people search for it because it looks like a quick way to get rich or become successful overnight. They don't want to hear about the real truth, which includes hard work, perseverance, failure, hardships, sacrifice, lost friends and even family conflicts.

But in this article, I'm going to present to you the people that are after the TRUTH. People that overcame quite a few rough and painful experiences in their lives, and now they are on a mission to bring out to the world all the lessons they've learned about success and what it takes to become successful.

Without further ado, let's see 6 of the most truthful and raw self-development podcasts that will make a prominent change in your life.

Jocko Podcast

" If I'm going to get you to do stuff, I need to lead you. I can't just order you to do it."-Jocko Willink

Jocko Willink's podcast is, in my opinion, the rawest of them all. His style of speaking and way of explaining things embodies perfectly the raw, heartbreaking and unfiltered encounters he experienced during his life.

Jocko is a decorated Navy Seal, serving for 20 years before retiring and co-founding Echelon Front with his buddy Leif Babin. During his career, he was awarded with the Silver Star and the Bronze Star.

Willink is also the author of the book Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win, which is all about leadership and how can you become the ultimate leader.

Jocko Willink and Echo Charles
Jocko Willink and Echo Charles | Source

Now, I'm sure you know what depth of life understanding can you expect from a commander of the SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi.

During his podcasts, he either interviews different people with stories and experiences worthy of sharing, or he is attacking a multitude of topics with his buddy Echo Charles, like leadership, discipline, hardship, and freedom, usually by answering and giving advice to their audience on every situation encountered in life.

His style of speaking makes you feel like he's always got your back but at the same time, he makes you realize that taking full responsibility for your life is the only way to success.

Finally, you can understand Jocko's dutiful and unique drive through the following words:

“But my glory, it doesn’t happen in front of a crowd. It doesn’t happen in a stadium or on a stage. There are no medals handed out. It happens in the darkness of the early morning. In solitude. Where I try. And I try. And I try again. With everything I have, to be the best that I can possibly be.”

A true LEADER and nothing else!

Secrets to Success

Secrets to Success crew (CJ Quinn, Eric Thomas, Karl Phillips)
Secrets to Success crew (CJ Quinn, Eric Thomas, Karl Phillips) | Source

The podcast is hosted by CJ Quinn, Karl Phillips and the man considered by many the best motivational speaker in the world.

Yes, I'm talking about the one and only Eric Thomas, also known as ET the Hip-Hop Preacher.

Matching perfectly with ET's first two viral videos that he shared in 2008, gathering over 3 million views together, the Secrets to Success podcast is the epitome of learning from experience.

Those three driven people share all kinds of life experiences and then take the lesson out for their audience making it much easier to understand what it takes to become successful, what hardships you may encounter along the way and how to get past them.

Eric Thomas is known for his extremely passionate style of living and speaking, expressing every drop of happiness, sadness, determination, frustration and all of his hard times in a way that awakens every feeling in your body and stimulates your desire to work harder than everybody.

I mean, what can you expect from the proud author of the following quote:

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you‘ll be successful.”

The podcast is filled with the most valuable stories and lessons captured along the way by ET, CJ and Karl, but shared in a manner that gives you the opportunity to associate them with your own experiences or help you foresee the tough times ahead and how can you prepare and manage them.

Joe Rogan Experience

The most-watched podcast presented in this article and probably the one with the best quantity-quality ratio of them all, Joe Rogan's podcast is an absolute treasure of practical knowledge and entertainment at the same time.

With over 1000 podcasts, hundreds of guests (maybe thousands) from all walks of life, countless inspiring stories shared, covering a myriad of topics making it the heaven of information and opportunity to improve your life quality big time, if you have the willingness and discipline to take action.

Elon Musk, Ben Shapiro, Kevin Hart or Bernie Sanders are just few of the people that stepped up to the mic in Rogan's studio to share their most valuable knowledge learned over the years.

What's extremely impressive about Joe's podcasts is the length that covers at least one and a half hours every time, with a lot of them going past two hours easily.

That's a ridiculous amount of knowledge and information shared! You can absolutely write at least one book for every podcast he's managed.

"I love a success story, but even more than a success story; I like a dude who f***s his life up and gets his life together again story."

— Joe Rogan

The School of Greatness


Hosted by Lewis Howes, a NYT bestselling author, lifestyle entrepreneur, former pro athlete and world record holder in football, the School of Greatness podcast is the place where people like Kobe Bryant, Mike Tyson, Terry Crews, Whitney Cummings, Sophia Bush or Marianne Williamson shared few of their most amazing and deep life experiences.

What I noticed about Lewis are his well-thought questions that make his guests search deep into their hearts, speak with true authenticity and even drop a few tears, like it happened with the author of Cry Like a Man: Fighting for Freedom from Emotional Incarceration, Jason Wilson.

What also stands out, is his energy and enthusiasm that really shows how much he is willing to understand and engage in the conversation so that the people on the other side of the desk feel like they speak to a close friend or family member, allowing them to speak freely and without barriers.

Impact Theory

Tom Bilyeu
Tom Bilyeu | Source

Hosted by Tom Bilyeu, the co-founder of Quest Nutrition, the second-fastest-growing private company in North America on the Inc 5000 for 2014, Impact Theory is a true entertaining and educational show, especially when you see the unique setting and environment people like Rob Dyrdek, Tony Hawk or Tai Lopez reveal their most valuable and powerful life-changing advice.

While Tom is the man behind this idea, he has a pretty big team backing such a tremendous project, starting with his supportive wife and another 14 passionate people, determined to achieve their number one goal, which is community building.

How will they do that?

" creating world-class free content that will help people become the best version of themselves and make clear what our ideology is."

On Purpose

Jay Shetty
Jay Shetty | Source

A former monk, Jay Shetty is now an award-winning host, storyteller, and viral content creator that inspires millions of people with his wisdom and creativity.

After living the life of a monk for 3 years, starting from the age of 18, including activities like meditating 4 to 8 hours every day, cold showers or building sustainable villages and food programs that distributed over 1 million meals per day, Jay moved on from the monk life and started sharing his wisdom with the world.

While being a social media coach for executives online branding and digital strategy, Jay's videos were spotted by Ariana Huffington and he got invited to be the Host of HuffPost Lifestyle in New York.

He then started his own viral agency and now is one of the most viewed people on the internet and an internationally known social media influencer teaching people the true values of life and how to be a valuable and impactful human being in this world.

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