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Top Self Improvement Podcasts You Should Listen To in 2018

When navigating the modern world, you may see yourself needing help. The struggles of modern society ranging from depression and chronic stress, all the way to dealing with loss and lack of energy, may prevent you from reaching your full potential in all aspects of life. Although a visit to the psychologist can be extremely helpful, sometimes our busy and chaotic schedules may prevent us from getting the help we need. And that’s the exact reason why there’s a booming industry of self-help resources designed to help you get through a rough patch in life and achieve your personal goals.


But with so many books, videos, and even webcam sessions at your disposal, it can still be hard to take the time to focus on yourself and your needs. Luckily, there’s a huge array of extremely insightful podcasts which you can listen to on your way to work, when doing the laundry, or even while you workout. Self-help podcasts give you full control when it comes to conciliating a busy schedule with the need for help.

As previously mentioned, this is quite a booming industry so, in order to help you get the best possible help, we have selected our top 22 self-help podcasts, which we believe deliver the best content. Hope you enjoy the podcasts listed and end up finding your new source of help.

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#1. The Art of Charm

The Art of Charm, created by Jordan Harbinger and The Art of Charm Team is an exciting yet insightful podcast which focuses on a variety of problems and struggles you may be going through while dating someone. The show features a new guest speaker every episode, which can range from authors, to motivational speakers, or even scientists! The goal is to help you by offering help and advice from a huge panel of experts.

The show does tend to focus on social dynamics, with a lot of different points of view being analyzed, discussed, and ultimately culminating in excellent dating advice.

Witty, insightful, and helpful, make sure to check out The Art of Charm if you would like to know more about dating and, ultimately, the art of charm.

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#2. The Secret To Success with CJ & Eric Thomas

Sometimes you may feel as if your hurdles in life make your path towards success and happiness impossible. The Secret To Success is hosted by a former homeless man, high school dropout, who has managed to become an entrepreneur, CEO, and Ph.D! His name is Eric Thomas and he is determined and eager to share his own secrets and tips to success. Carlas Quinney Jr., also known as CJ, is the show’s co-host and self-made businessman.

The podcast is absolutely fundamental when it comes to helping you get a grip on your life and dreams, turning your desires into reality using the duo’s proven tips. Funny, insightful, and extremely motivational, The Secret to Success will leave you excited and eager to make the most out of your life.

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#3. Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Living Daily takes a completely different approach from the other podcasts listed. Host Justin Malik takes you on a self-help, motivational, and educational journey as he reads you the best content on personal development, minimalism, productivity, and more. The podcast is specifically designed for those looking to improve their life step-by-step.

Every week Malik focuses on a single topic and, amongst the read content, you can find texts and excerpts from blogs, books, and other online sources. The ultimate goal of the podcast is to help you save time and free you from the hassle of having to search for self-help content yourself.

Think of Optimal Living Daily as your number one source of self-help when you are too busy to search for a new source of inspiration, self-help, and productivity.

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#4. Self Made Man By Mike Dillard

Successful people are self-made and Mike Dillard is the creator and host of Self Made Man, a show designed specifically to help men who want to get ahead in life. The podcast follows a very specific yet refreshing ideology: “if you want to change the world, you must change the values held dear by the men who inhabit it”.

The podcast often features mentors who are experts on different facets of life. From business and finance to relationships, health, and legacy, Dillard and his guests are willing to dive deep into these issues in order to help you create a legacy of honor, integrity, and achievement.

Join the Self Made Man podcast if you are looking for an in-depth discussion about masculinity, personal success, and how to combine the two. He regularly interviewed many successful people and industry leaders including Chris Sacca &Kevin Harrington (from Shark Tank), Com Mirza, Mike Chang, Jack Canfield, and many more…

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#5. The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are here to help you live your life to the fullest, by minimizing your spendings, clutter, and worries. The two duo has a unique yet entertaining relationship, which will not only provide plenty of laughs, it will also give you all the information you will need to live your life in a minimalist way.

The earlier podcasts focus on specific tips for every aspect of life, such as how to take a minimalist approach to relationships, education, technology, health, etc. In later podcasts, you can listen to some of the duo’s speeches while the tour through different cities, such as Boston, and Pittsburgh.

If you are looking for a way to simplify your life, The Minimalists Podcast gives you real advice and strategies towards becoming a more carefree minimalist.

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#6. The School of Greatness with Lewis Howes

Lewis Howes, former professional athlete, author, and entrepreneur is no stranger to self-help and motivation. His career as an athlete has given him the credibility as a reliable and insightful source when it comes to motivation advice and tips. The School of Greatness is based on the thought that, by dreaming big and seizing the opportunities given to you, you can accomplish great things within your life.

Highly inspirational and insightful, the School of Greatness podcast usually features a guest speaker who is willing to share his or her secrets to achieve success.

If you are looking for a podcast that will boost your morale and leave you hungry to achieve more, The School of Greatness should definitely become part of your daily routine.

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#7. The Charged Life with Brendon Burchard

The Charged Life is a highly energetic, educational, and motivational podcast guaranteed to jumpstart your motivation and desire to achieve more.

Brendon Burchard, acclaimed New York Times bestselling author, shares his own insights on motivation, success, high performance, and living a fully charged life. Burchard discusses a different topic every episode, ranging from ambition, fate, fear, and more, offering his listeners proved advice on these topics and motivates you deeply into taking control over your own life.

Packed with advice and encouragement, The Charged Life is the right podcast if you would like to get more out of life but aren’t quite sure where to start.

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#8. Addicted2Success By Joel Brown

Joel Brown’s podcast, Addicted2Success, follows a quite commonly used format and strategy: inviting guests and experts to discuss a specific topic. Brown’s blog Addicted2Success is also one of the biggest blogs about success, motivation and personal development in the world.

Brown’s charisma, intelligence, and humour make him the ideal host and motivational speaker. Coupled with high-profile guests such as Gary Vaynerchuk, Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Big Sean, and Tai Lopez, you have the perfect formula for a podcast that will leave glued from the first second.

Funny, helpful, and insightful, Addicted2Success is the perfect podcast if you are looking for a self-help tool that is also a great source of education and entertainment.

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#9. The Melissa Ambrosini Show

Melissa Ambrosini is a self-help guru who wants to help you live a healthier, more exciting, and more meaningful life. Her enthusiastic approach to life and all the hurdles one may find is extremely refreshing and inspiring. And now with the Melissa Ambrosini Show, you can even have your moment of motivation no matter where you are.

On her podcast, Ambrosini frequently invites a guest speaker who is an expert on the specific topic under discussion to share some of his or her wisdom with the listeners. What are these topics? They range from diet and health, to exercise, business, success, and sex. If you are looking for a fun way to learn a bit more about yourself while listening to someone who is not only hilarious, but also insightful, don’t forget to make The Melissa Ambrosini Show part of your routine!

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#10. The Marie Forleo Podcast

Marie Forleo is a force to be reckoned with within the self-help world. Voted by Oprah as a thought leader for the next generation, Forleo’s insight is definitely appreciated and admired by audiences worldwide. The Marie Forleo Podcast covers a huge range of topics, from business to love, health to success. It is also highly helpful when it comes to self-help since Forleo often gives her own advice and tips to dealing with loss, failure, and fear.

Always funny and energetic, Forleo’s podcast will definitely leave a smile on your lips and new-found determination your head. If you are looking for a refreshing way to think about life, The Marie Forleo Podcast is a life-altering podcast that will certainly help you get inspired, motivated, and excited to start a new day.

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#11. The Overwhelmed Brain

The Overwhelmed Brain, hosted by Paul Colaianni, is here to help you deal and identify the source of discontent in your life. From anxiety, depression, fears, obsession, panic, and relationships, the podcast is designed to help you live a less stressed life, and help you achieve more happiness. Often showcasing how to work on your mindfulness and compassion, The Overwhelmed Brain is an excellent educational tool when it comes to helping you become empowered and honor yourself, so that you can make all the right decisions regarding you and your future.

Brutally honest, yet funny and insightful, Colaianni’s approach to success and mental health is as refreshing as it is helpful.

If what you are looking for is a podcast that helps you how to deal with a specific problem every single episode, The Overwhelmed Brain is the podcast for you.

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#12. The Rich Roll Podcast

It can be hard to find a podcast that offers real life tips that have been proven to work, and can be applied to all aspects of life. If you haven’t found it by now, then we would like to tell you more about The Rich Roll Podcast, a master-class featuring one of the top endurance athletes in the world, Rich Roll.

Tune in to this weekly podcast and follow Roll’s journey as he interviews some of the top motivational speakers, entrepreneurs, and athletes in the world. With a huge array of topics being discussed every week, and an even bigger amount of advice shared with every episode, The Rich Roll Podcast is guaranteed to jumpstart your career and get you excited about living in the present.

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#13. Happier with Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin and Elizabeth Craft have one simple yet tricky missing: to make you happier. Rubin, a #1 bestselling author, takes on the huge task to help make your day and life happier. As a listener, you can expect a lot of personal advice and usable tips from Gretchen herself, as well as some hilarious experiments conducted by her sister and co-host, Elizabeth Craft.

More than a self-help podcast focused on a specific topic, Happier with Gretchen Rubin is the perfect way to keep your happiness and energy levels up whenever you may be feeling down. If you are looking for a way to jumpstart your morning, day, or week, Gretchen and Elizabeth are guaranteed to make you smile and keep you smiling.


#14. Good Life Project

Created and hosted by Jonathan Fields, The Good Life Project is an inspirational podcast about life itself. From love to spirituality, the meaning of life to inspiration, there is no topic or theme left untouched by Fields. During the podcast, Fields usually chats with a guest speaker about whatever theme may pop-up. The interesting thing about the show is that the guest speaker may be a celebrity or author, such as Gretchen Rubin, or someone who is not in the public eye at all. Fields truly takes the time to listen to everyday stories from everyday people.

Inspiring and highly educational, The Good Life Project is a thought-provoking podcast that will leave you optimistic, energetic, and ready to live your life in a meaningful way.

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#15. Mental Illness Happy Hour By Paul Gilmartin

Paul Gilmartin is the host and mastermind behind “Mental Illness Happy Hour”, a show whose concept alone is enough to make you want to tune in. The concept is quite simple: let’s talk about mental illness in an open and honest way. Gilmartin invites a different guest speaker every episode and together they openly share and discuss their own mental illnesses and challenges. The value of the show resides exactly on Gilmartin’s ability to connect with the different guests, regardless if they are sharing an incredibly sad, or extremely hilarious story.

The NY Times acclaimed podcast shines a new light on what it means to be human and dealing with mental illness and its stigmas. Whether you want to find a podcast that strictly offers self-help tips, or you are looking for a more in-depth look at mental health as a whole, The Mental Illness Happy Hour is an absolutely divine podcast to listen to.

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#16. The Well By Mamamia

The Well takes a completely different approach to self-help when comparing to the other podcasts on this list. Robin Bailey and Rebecca Sparrow will take you on their journey through self-help, happiness, and self-contempt as they take an experimental approach to different techniques. While listening to the podcast, you can clearly notice their fast-paced and energetic approach, rather than the somewhat usual meditation-like vibe of other podcasts.

Although there are no guest speakers, you can expect to be entertained for days on end just listening to this dynamic duo as they discuss a wide variety of topics, such as food, sleep, friendships, and even exercise.

If you are looking for an upbeat podcast to get you excited for your day and ready to conquer the world, The Well is the perfect fit!


#17. The Mindful Kind By Rachael Kable

Perhaps by now you have heard about mindfulness but have never been sure how to practice it or even where to start. Thanks to Rachael Kable, now you can have your own personal guide towards living a less stressful life filled with joy, calmness, and well-being.

The Mindful Kind focuses on a different technique each episode, also discussing the different theories behind mindfulness and how these can influence your everyday life. From interviews to practical exercises, Kable makes sure to take her listeners on an insightful journey towards a more fulfilling life.

If you are looking for an interesting and effective way to be more self-aware, increase your sleep quality, and reduce the stress in your life, make sure to check out The Mindful Kind.

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#18. The Daily Boost by By Scott Smith

Looking for a way to start your day on a positive note? Looking for a new source of motivation and inspiration? The Daily Boost, hosted by Scott Smith has been voted iTunes top self-help podcast since 2004 for one reason: the audience loves it! Smith, an entrepreneur, speaker, consultant, and lifestyle designer is here to inspire you to live the best life you possibly can.

Always hilarious, and incredibly insightful, Smith’s tips on how to be healthier, less stressed, more successful, and communicate better, are as useful as they are applicable to real-life settings. If you want to find a great way to boost your energy, achieve results, and laugh more, The Daily Boost is the perfect podcast for you!

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#19. Aubrey Marcus Podcast

Aubrey Marcus is an athlete, entrepreneur, and consciousness explorer whose latest podcast, The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, is designed to help you achieve your best results both professionally and personally by teaching you how to “play the game”

This podcast takes on a very practical approach by using real-life examples of success and failure experienced by Marcus himself. On top of that, every episode, the Aubrey Marcus Podcast features a different world-class guest to discuss how you can support your body, control and maximize your emotional and mental potential and, as Marcus puts it, turn resistance to assistance.

As serious or heavy as these topics may be, Marcus and his guests manage to discuss every topic with the grace and humour only a seasoned interviewer could achieve. If you are looking for a fun yet insightful podcast featuring world-class guests, the Aubrey Marcus Podcast is a great addition to your daily routine.

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#20. Tiny Leaps, Big Changes by Gregg Clunis

Tiny Leaps, Big Changes hosted by Gregg Clunis is a funny yet insightful podcast whose main goal is to help you make small changes in your life that will lead to big results in the future. Clunis shares some his own personal development and self-help strategies that can be easily applied to daily life, as well as some habits and routines you can use and develop in order to achieve your ideal life. The amazing part of the podcast are the specific challenges Clunis gives his listeners every episode, in order to help them integrate the knowledge learned during the episode into their life.

If you are looking for a way to motivate yourself into changing, Tiny Leaps, Big Changes is the perfect motivational tool to help you grow, achieve more, and become inspired to live your best life.


#21. Happiness Podcast by Dr. Robert Puff

There are always periods in everyone’s life where one may feel tired, sad or anxious. The Happiness Podcast, created and hosted by Dr. Robert Puff, is here to help you get out of a rough patch and bring happiness back into your life. Dr. Puff’s methods rely on taking specific actions in order to create a happier and more meaningful life.

During the podcast, Dr. Puff’s expertise shines through, as he offers its listeners the information and inspiration necessary to help you take the correct steps towards a happier life.

Insightful, motivational, and incredibly educational, The Happiness Podcast is the perfect show for when you just want to get your life back on track, and a smile back on your face.


#22. Mindfulness in 8 Weeks

“Mindfulness in 8 Weeks”, an extremely successful book written by Michael Chaskalson, is now available in podcast format. The podcast’s host, Chaskalson himself, guides you through his own book “Mindfulness in Eight Weeks”, as he adapts it into an 8-week Mindfulness plan, designed to clear your mind and bring calmness into your life using meditation.

The podcast is highly educational and useful, as it guides you through a practical 20 minutes meditation class and, if you have more time available, 40 minutes classes.

Whether you are used to meditating daily or have never tried meditation before, Mindfulness in 8 Weeks is the perfect podcast to help you integrate meditation, mindfulness, and peace into your life.


As you know, the self-improvement industry always evolves and there are new podcasts released every week from new creators. Our list is work-in-progress and we are open for more suggestion, feel free to contact us.

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