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Can Listening to Podcasts Improve Your Life?

Randa Vandenack

Posted on March 13, 2018 17:23

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Feed your mind anytime, anywhere with this magical alternative to the radio and audio books.

You can listen to them in the car, you can listen to them at the gym, you can listen to them at home, you can even listen to them at work, depending on what you do for a living. 

Unlike YouTube or digital news articles, you don’t have to watch podcasts, and you don't have to read them either.   You can get your daily dose of whatever piques your interest anytime, anywhere through your headphones or via bluetooth in your car or at home. 

The variety of genres offered through podcasting is literally in the hundreds.  You can find a podcast about virtually anything.  Sports, politics, comedy, business, entrepreneurship, children’s stories, writing, inspiration, pop culture, entertainment, and of course the list goes on and on.  However, what surprises me is how podcasts have positively affected my life in a profound way.


Our minds need to be fed in various ways depending on the day.  I love to read, however, since I spend a large part of my day commuting, and I’m too old fashioned to listen to audio books, I have found podcasts to be a convenient replacement to learn about anything. 

If I’m feeling like life seems impossible, I will listen to an inspiring podcast like The Marie Forleo Podcast.  Her podcasts, filled with positive nuggets, can amp my mood up in just a few short minutes. If I feel like listening to a lighthearted, entertaining podcast, I will listen to what I call my guilty pleasure podcasts like Straight Up With Stassi by Vanderpump Rules' Stassi Schroader or Adderall and Compliments by Annabelle DeSisto. 

NPR’s This American Life is the first podcast I discovered about ten years ago. Hearing a variety of perspectives about these stranger’s lives inspired me to be more empathetic or more ambitious, or more curious.  About a year ago, I began listening to Mixergy, a podcast hosted by entrepreneur, Andrew Warner, to feed my entrepreneurial ambitions. 

Hearing about how entrepreneurs overcame insanely impossible odds to eventually become wildly successful inspired the inner entrepreneur in me. It feeds that thing called hope we all carry around with us.  If I need writing inspiration I will listen to Helping Writers Become Writers or Writing Excuses. There are many more writing podcasts that I would like to feature here, however, l have a feeling this is not the last time I will be writing on this topic, which is quickly becoming my favorite topic. 

I have learned more, gained new perspectives, and I have become a more positive person through the magic of podcasts.  If you haven’t tried it yet, pick your favorite topic and try one out.  I promise you will learn something, even if that thing you learn is that you don’t like podcasts.

Randa Vandenack

Posted on March 13, 2018 17:23

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