Have you ever wondered how some bloggers and entrepreneurs can be so inspired, creative and motivated all the time? Successful entrepreneurs seem to have so much knowledge and come up with amazing content every day of the week. But how on earth do they manage to do that?
When I ran my previous blogs, I never felt like that. It was always a struggle to create plenty of new creative content and I certainly didn’t feel like I was very knowledgeable. After a few years of following other blogs and reading up on digital marketing, I became one. By accident. On my bike.
Here’s the story.
I started a new job where I was on my bike for two hours a day. First I listened to music, but that became pretty dull very soon. When I was looking for some audiobooks to listen to, I quickly discovered podcasts. This isn’t something we Belgians listen to a lot, so it was a bit of a discovery! An amazing discovery.
I found out that the answer to the question of how to become this type of blogger or entrepreneur is simply being resourceful & making sure to be inspired & influenced by the right people. And I don’t mean reading a book or two. I mean being influenced every single day.
When I started listening to blogger & entrepreneur podcasts, I got to know this whole new world of entrepreneurship where everyone had something amazing to share, and I become so freakin’ inspired.
The entrepreneur world
At first it felt like an entirely different world, but I was so intrigued by their lifestyle, their ideas and their purpose so I kept listening. And I tried out tons of different podcasts too. I slowly got used to hearing stories of entrepreneurs and how they became successful, that I actually started to believe it could happen to me too.
Listening to podcasts has been the one thing that changed my mindset from employee with a hobby blog as a creative outlet, to finding my purpose and being excited for life as an entrepreneur. I can’t stress enough how amazing and beneficial podcasts can be.
As I changed my hobby blog to a blog with a mission to go full-time, I kept listening to podcasts to fuel my mind. If you’re ever out of content ideas, podcasts are pure magic to get you inspired. Especially podcasts that interview lots of different successful entrepreneurs. It’s THE perfect way to get inspired, creative and never back down.
Pretty practical too!
You can listen to them while you’re driving, cooking, while you’re on your bike or walking… Thanks to podcasts (or audiobooks) you get to learn so much more than you would normally if you had to take the extra time to read a book.
Long story short: Here’s the list of podcasts that changed my life. I suggest you try one out and see what happens! 🙂 Oh and they’re all free, by the way.
Julie Solomon is a publicist & blogger who helps bloggers with all things PR. If you want to monetize your blog through working with brands, aka being paid to be an influencer, then Julie is THE person you want to get advice from. Her episodes are mostly interviews with influencers, but she also has solo episodes from time to time.
Here’s the official iTunes description.
The Influencer Podcast is an innovative podcast that explores the secrets behind the ever-changing trends of influencer marketing and the careers of today’s top social influencers. Hosted by marketing strategist, New York Times best-selling publicist and influencer Julie Solomon, Julie and guests join in conversation to share how they engage, persuade and grow their unique influence, and how their work impacts the influencer industry.
Julie brings you marketing and branding strategies with Amy Porterfield, Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential, Melyssa Griffin and more. Through each episode, learn how to strengthen, monetize and build your own industry-leading influence.
Jenna Kutcher used to have a corporate job but decided to become a photographer, even though she had a business background! I love how she took the leap and went after her dream. Now she’s a social media pro and she knows exactly what it takes to become a successful creative entrepreneur. In her episodes it’s mostly her talking but once in a while she also does interviews with other entrepreneurs. And she loves blogging too so there will be lots of blogging tips!
Here’s the iTunes description.
Jenna Kutcher hosts the live-workshop style business podcast for creative girl bosses, so you can train from the experts how to dig in, do the work, and tackle your biggest goals along the way.
Lauren Hooker is the creator of the Ellechats, which are weekly (non-salesy like she would say) webinars. The podcast is the audio version of the Ellechats. The episodes are all around an hour long, and she covers a lot of detailed strategies about a certain topic in every episode. She’s a branding expert & online course creator, and she is a huge advocate of blogging. That’s how she grew her insanely successful company.
This is what is included in the iTunes description.
In this weekly podcast, Lauren Hooker from Elle & Company transparently shares all of her online business and blogging strategies, branding and design tips, and marketing tactics to help creatives start and scale their business.
Whether you’ve just taken the leap into entrepreneurship or you’ve been in the game for years, Lauren’s easy to understand, step-by-step teaching will help you pursue your passion on your own terms.
This was the very first podcast I listened. Pat Flynn started off as a blogger and now earns an income through his own online products, affiliate marketing, being a speaker… A large portion of his revenue comes from affiliate marketing, that’s what he is most known for. You’ll get lots of tips on affiliate marketing, but also on any other aspect of digital entrepreneurship. Most of the episodes are interviews!
Here’s the official description.
Pat Flynn from The Smart Passive Income Blog reveals all of his online business and blogging strategies, income sources and killer marketing tips and tricks so you can be ahead of the curve with your online business or blog. Discover how you can create multiple passive income streams that work for you so that you can have the time and freedom to do what you love, whether it’s traveling the world, or just living comfortably at home.
Although Pat confesses he is not a millionaire, he’s been supporting his family 100% with passive income generated online, easily earning a six-figure salary while working only a few hours a week.
Automation, outsourcing, crowdsourcing, search engine optimization, building authority and trust, niche sites, social media, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Podcasting, eBooks, online courses, affiliate marketing, getting things done and everything that works (and doesn’t work) to help you better understand how to crush it with your online business.
This is a podcast that is purely focused on blogging. There aren’t many podcasts like this, so be sure to check this one out! Kim Anderson is a successful blog consultant, so she knows what she’s talking about. You will get advanced blogging tips, but she explains it in a way beginner bloggers will understand what she’s talking about. She does mostly solo episodes.
This is the iTunes description:
Kim Anderson (KimAndersonConsulting.com) created Just Keep Blogging as show to give bloggers a regular does of encouragement to keep growing, building, learning and creating goals for blogging. This show is not about the “how to” or new “money making ideas” . It’s about helping bloggers and online content creators keep going when they want to give up out of frustration, fatigue, overwhelm or even confusion.
I think almost every blogger knows Melyssa Griffin. She grew her blog and is now making multiple six figures every month from her online courses. She is a huge inspiration for most bloggers, that’s why it’s so awesome she created a podcast. It is a little different than her usual blog posts though, as is explained below!
Here’s the the iTunes description!
I know first hand that it’s way too easy to slip into the rat race of competition and comparison. In 2016, I hit my first million-dollar year in my business…yet, I was totally miserable. At the time, I was focused on numbers and status, rather than what would actually bring me real happiness and create an impact in the world. That all changed. This podcast is about my journey to meaning and fulfillment and how you can bring it to your own life – today and every day.
Amy Porterfield is the guru in online marketing & content marketing. Almost every online entrepreneur has heard of her. Her episodes are partly solo partly interviews. Her solo episodes are amazing. They are very extensive and she includes loads of tips in every episodes. She is very detailed and a planner pro. I definitely recommend this one if you want to learn about online marketing.
Here’s the official description.
How do I start an online business? Grow my email list to thousands of subscribers? Sell more and grow faster? These are just some of the big questions that leading online marketing strategist, Amy Porterfield, digs into on the top-ranked Online Marketing Made Easy Podcast.
Featuring insights from A-List online marketing experts (Russell Brunson, John Lee Dumas, Rick Mulready, Marie Forleo, etc.) as well as mini marketing masterclasses and step-by-step guides, each episode is designed to help you take immediate action on the most important strategies for starting, scaling and automating your online business.
Amy’s specialty is getting into the online trenches with you. Thinking about creating an online course? Want to promote with webinars? Need help with your Facebook ads? Discover why hundreds of thousands of online business owners turn to Amy Porterfield to generate more profits and to make sense of the online marketing space, implement the strategies that really get results, and turn that side hustle into a business that lasts.
Do you listen to podcasts? Which ones would you recommend?