The Top 10 Self-development Podcasts to Listen to in 2020

If you’re looking to uplevel yourself and your life then what you consume each day can have a huge impact and I’m not just talking about food! What we feed our minds can either help us, hurt us, or keep us the same.

Be picky with the content you consume!

Just think about it….how do you feel if you eat a whole bag of candy for breakfast? Jittery, still hungry, lethargic? It’s the same thing when you’re just feeding your brain the Lucky Charms equivalent of tv shows. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for a good binge, but, just like with delicious Stan’s gluten-free doughnuts, everything in moderation!

Making sure you challenge your brain with content that stimulates it is amazingly helpful for your personal development. You can’t grow muscles without putting them under some stress! This can be in the form of shows that make you think like Brene Brown’s Call to Courage on Netflix or Just Mercy. It can be with educational books like Carol Dweck’s Mindset or White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. My new favorite way to learn and grow is through podcasts!

After my journey of reading 100+ books last year, I wanted to be able to learn from more people without feeling like I had to read an entire self-development book. 90% of the time I feel like self-development podcasts are better because you get the info you need without all the fluff. Self-development podcasts are also a great way to dip your toes into a new topic and see if you find what the speaker has to say interesting AND if you jive with their style.

And they allow you to multi-task. You can listen to podcasts while you’re commuting, doing chores, running errands, or going for a quick walk with the pupper.

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I’m usually a proponent that multi-tasking is more hurtful than helpful, but listening to a podcast while doing something physical is one of the few times I will say I’m okay with it.

Check out a few of these to feel more informed, educated, and, hopefully, happier!

Best places to listen to these self-development podcasts?

  • Online. A lot of podcasts have their eppies on their website for you to stream.
  • Stitcher. This is the app I use and I love it! It lets you mark your fave episodes to go back to whenever you want and their recommendations based on what you’ve liked already are spot on.
  • Itunes
  • Spotify
  • Google Play Music
  • Overcast
  • Castbox 
  • Luminary

This girl prefers an app specifically for podcasts vs something like Spotify, but the best tool is the one you use! I just like being able to organize my favorites and get alerts when new episodes come out. I use Stitcher because it’s free and allows me to organize at a basic level.

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The Top 10 Self-development Podcasts to Listen to in 2020.

Style Your Mind with Cara Alwill Leyba

Cara is a master life coach and author. She believes that women can lead luxurious AND fulfilling lives by being authentic, celebrating the small things, and supporting other women!

Her podcast topics range from wellness to mindset to entrepreneurial and you’ll find yourself energized and with a little more clarity after each listen.

She’s also my personal mentor! After listening to her podcast and doing the Style Your Mind workbook I wanted more. So I joined Style Your Mind Academy. Getting regular feedback from someone you respect and surrounding yourself with a tribe that supports your growth can easily 10x your self-development journey. I can’t recommend it enough!

Embrace the glam and edginess that is Cara here! She’s on top of my list for favorite self-development podcasts.

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The Tim Ferriss Show

Okay, so even I’ll say that Tim Ferris is intense…and I can be a pretty intense person when it comes to productivity…I am a Project Manager!

I loved his book 4-hour Workweek, but I find that when I listen to his podcast or read his posts my not so best self who thinks she needs to do all the things and do them perfectly tends to come out.

Tim likes to make his time as efficient and useful as possible and sometimes your girl just needs some downtime to mold her body to the couch. Once I decided just to take the streamlining ideas that would help and leave the rest I became a huge fan of the podcast. I definitely take notes on what I’m reading like he does here and it’s been so helpful!

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The dude is basically just whip-smart and operates at a whole other level. He’s my productivity and life hacking guru! Just a heads up that his podcasts are definitely a top commitment because some of them are looooong, but so worth it and insightful!

He’s also been extremely open with his own battles with mental illness. ::APPLAUSE:: We need more of this!

As someone who has dealt with depression and anxiety my entire life, it’s so amazing to see people in the public eye open up about their own struggles. It’s happening more and more often and I couldn’t be happier.

Topics you’ll see range from psychedelics to trusting your intuition to fear-setting. If you’re the type of person who wants very tangible exercises to uplevel their self-development and a touch of philosophy then this is the podcast for you!

See what all the hype is about.

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Happen to Your Career with Scott Anthony Barlow

Scott has a truly unique process on how to not only help you figure out a career you love and how to actually get the job. He believes everyone has a Signature Strength. A strength that is one-of-a-kind and that you may not even realize you have because you do it so effortlessly! My Signature Strength is helping break things down for people in a way they can understand. I LOVE helping others reach that a-ha moment when suddenly everything clicks together.

Topics range from finding meaning to when to quit your job to how to transfer skills to a completely different career! Check it out here!

Bonus: Scott has a mini-podcast course What Fits You? where he takes you through the same process he uses when he’s doing 1-on-1 career coaching. By going through the exercises he recommends I was able to take a huge leap in figuring out the direction I wanted my career to go and what I needed out of a job to feel happy and fulfilled.

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Earn Your Happy with Lori Harder

Earn Your Happy is one of my favorite self-development podcasts!

Lori Harder’s commitment to empower women and help you learn how to build your own tribe is truly inspirational. She knows exactly how it feels when you want to improve your mindset and health while your current circle of friends would rather drink and party.

A supportive tribe of family and friends can make your self-development journey smoother and happier!

Lori has been through some shit and I find her backstory inspirational AF because she didn’t let her circumstances stop her from reaching for her dreams!

She interviews a lot of truly interesting people that I wouldn’t have been introduced to otherwise and, while I don’t always agree with the guests or subscribe to their beliefs, it’s enlightening to hear other’s viewpoints.

Earn Your Happy is like chatting with your bestie. It’s centering, casual, and filled with laughs!

Join the tribe!

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The Happiness Lab with Dr. Laurie Santos

If you’ve spent any time here on BuddhaBelly you know I’m all about that research-based psychology life. I don’t like wasting my time (or dollars) on adding things to my routine that doesn’t work.

When I ran across Laurie’s podcast I knew I had to give it a try because I generally believe happiness is a fleeting feeling and unobtainable for a long duration. I would much prefer to shoot for contentedness, but that’s a topic for a whole otha’ post.

The Happiness Lab won’t give you the key to unlock happiness within but it will help you challenge your own thoughts about what happiness looks like in your own life and little ways to let more happiness in.

My biggest takeaway is that just like success, your definition of happiness will not be the same as anyone else’s. In fact,  a great deal of unhappiness comes from trying to obtain happiness based on someone else’s definition.

Find your own definition of happiness!

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Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

I mean, this goes without saying, but Oprah is like a national treasure. The lady is a gem.

Oprah wants you to “awaken, discover, and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around you with SuperSoul” and she delivers!

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While this podcast is not specifically self-development themed expanding your mind on the reg will always help you on your self-development journey. You’ll find yourself ruminating for days over something a guest brought up and what lessons you can take from what they shared.

Her guests are extremely varied from Bradley Cooper to Alicia Keys to Stephen Colbert. I’m always kept on my toes when it comes to who she’s going to bring on next.

Get your Oprah on! You know you want to.

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The Lavendaire Lifestyle with Aileen Xu

I first came across Aileen on her YouTube channel which I highly recommend! She has a voice made for a guided meditation video and her vibes seem genuinely authentic.

Thankfully, her good feel vlogging vibes transfer easily to her podcast. Her podcast is interview-based and I’ve adored 90% of the guests she’s brought on. Topics you’ll hear range from mental health to finding the meaning of life to more woo-woo topics like manifestation.

Listening to Aileen has helped me grow stronger in my own philosophy of life, challenged my mindset, and encouraged me to go deeper into my own meditation practice.

Plus, we’re besties. She just doesn’t know it yet!

Get a lil’ Lavendaire in your life!

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Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen’s humorous anecdotes bring me back to her podcast time and time again. Everyone else must agree because she has a MASSIVE following. This surprised me because everything she puts out is so darn down to earth. Her idea that making little changes that add up to more happiness feels easily manageable even on the most overwhelming of days.

I read her book The Happiness Project a couple of years ago and loved it. She has a way of

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Raising the Bar with Alli and Michael

There’s something about hearing other people’s trials and triumphs that just inspires me. A lot of times we just see the end product of who we want to be like and we miss all the missteps and mistakes they made along the way. That leads to boatloads of self-doubt and a straight route to hot mess city!

This show is centered towards entrepreneurs, but I think seeing how people struggled and overcame is motivational for everybody.

If you’re an entrepreneur or love seeing people overcome adversity come raise the bar!

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The Robin Sharma Mastery Sessions

Robin has quite a few well-known books out there, but my first introduction to him was through his podcast. I’m tellin’ ya, podcasts are one of the best ways you can find new fave authors! He puts a unique spin on his podcast by turning some of the episodes into a masterclass of sorts where he does a case study on the top 5% performers in the world and the habits and practices they perform regularly that got them there.

In other episodes, he will give you his tips and tricks to increase your productivity, develop more focus, and practice efficiency. I find myself evaluating my life and where I could make more tweaks to become more efficient.

Check him out here.

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I hope this list of The Top 10 Self-Development Podcasts to Listen to in 2020 was helpful and you found some new ones to tune into. Did I miss one of your fave self-development podcasts? Let me know below so I can give it a listen! As you can tell self-development podcasts are my jam.

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  1. Jess wrote:

    This is such a great list! Thanks for compiling it – marking down a few that I haven’t listened to yet!

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Thanks, Jess! Let me know what you think and if you have any recs!

      Posted 6.10.20 Reply
  2. Cynthia wrote:

    Awesome list! Going to check these out!

    Posted 6.10.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Thanks, Cynthia!

      Posted 6.10.20 Reply
      • I love me some good podcast. Loving this list. I’m sure going to explore some of these titles thank you so much.

        Posted 6.12.20 Reply
        • awaitressnomore wrote:

          You’re welcome!

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  3. I have really been enjoying podcasts as of late. I love that I can turn them on while I’m working on something that doesn’t take all my focus so that I can learn while doing a task that would otherwise leave me feeling bored. I also enjoy listening to them while walking the dogs lol

    I haven’t tried Stitcher yet, just Spotify, but I might have to check that out! I love all the organizational elements you described and the recommendations sound like the perfect way to find more content that you enjoy !

    Posted 6.11.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Hi Britt!

      Yes! It makes doing the dishes and clothing way more entertaining.

      Plus, I find the most wonderful, offbeat podcasts about topics I wouldn’t have looked twice at and I end up loving them. I’m definitely upping my game for trivia contests!

      Posted 6.11.20 Reply
  4. Katie wrote:

    Thank you so much for putting together this list! I am always looking for new podcasts to listen to and I loved these recommendations.

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      I’m glad you enjoyed, Katie!

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  5. Sara wrote:

    This is an awesome post I am such a podcast nerd now so thanks I’ll have to listen!

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Yeah, I can’t believe it took me so long to jump on the bandwagon!

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  6. Erika wrote:

    I had the prevlidge to listen to the tim ferris show once and dont regret it. Awesome list and thanks for sharing.

    Posted 6.12.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      I’m so glad you liked it, Erika!

      Posted 6.12.20 Reply
  7. annamischio wrote:

    This is a great list! Thank you for sharing! Can’t wait to listen to these

    Posted 6.13.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Thanks, Anna! I hope you enjoy!

      Posted 6.13.20 Reply
  8. Thanks for the suggestions!! I’ve gotten really into listening to Podcasts while working from home and am always looking for new ones!!

    Posted 6.15.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      I wish I could listen to podcasts while working! I get distracted so easily. I’m all about getting my steps in with an empowering podcast though!

      Let me know if you have any recs!

      Posted 6.16.20 Reply
      • Not sure if you’ve heard her, but Rachel Hollis has one called “Rise” that I enjoy!!

        Posted 6.16.20 Reply
        • awaitressnomore wrote:

          Hi Amber,

          I listened to her book on tape, but I haven’t gotten a chance to listen to her podcast. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks so much for the rec!

          Posted 6.17.20 Reply
  9. Sam wrote:

    I love listening to podcasts while getting ready in the morning!

    Posted 6.15.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      Yes! I go through phases where I either listen to podcasts or music. Sometimes I just need to do some dance moves to wake up in the morning!

      Posted 6.16.20 Reply
  10. Kristine Nicole Alessandra wrote:

    I think it is about time that I started listening to podcasts. I have always wanted to, but somehow, something always comes up that zaps away my “me time.” I am bookmarking this post for later. These podcasts all sound like it is going to help me boost my confidence big time.

    Posted 6.15.20 Reply
    • awaitressnomore wrote:

      I hope they help ya! I only got into them a year ago, but I’m a fan for life now.

      I’ve learned I need to pencil in my “me time” when my schedule is busy or it just doesn’t happen. Whenever that time is threatened I remind myself I can’t fill up anyone else’s buckets if mine is empty!

      Posted 6.16.20 Reply