5 Must-Listen Podcasts for Personal Growth and Purpose


Is personal development something you strive for but don’t know where to start? Try podcasts! Think of them as your reliable friend in your journey through self-growth. The best of podcasts are full of accessible and portable wisdom that you can listen to anywhere (and for free). Put them on while you drive, workout, cook or travel. Lack of time is no longer an excuse and technology is always evolving. 

Filled with topics ranging from simple tips for increased and engaged productivity to profound conversations about purpose and joy, I wanted to share 5 of my favorite life-enhancing and inspirational podcasts.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to learn the most by listening to other people’s experiences/perspectives. I am obsessed with real life and all of its glory and messyness; hearing those stories are what resonate the most with me and fuel me to grow. 

The podcasts I am sharing are in no particular order, but are those that I learn something from every day. I enjoy that they don’t feel “preachy” or directive, but rather are filled with stories and interviews of the triumphs and tribulations of everyday and extraordinary people. These stories provide many perils of life that can be learned by hearing their experiences. 

1. Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard

Listen to this podcast when you want to learn from other people’s stories, while laughing and gaining a variety of knowledge at the same time. Human truths are guaranteed to be discovered through every episode. Challenges and setbacks are discussed that ultimately lead to growth and betterment. Both adversities and triumphs will be equally celebrated. 

2. On Purpose with Jay Shetty

This podcast is packed with purpose and wisdom. The conversations are with the most fascinating and insightful people in the world. Each episode is deep and purposeful.

3. Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations

This podcast is meant to awaken, discover and connect to the deeper meaning of the world around through interviews with thought leaders, best-selling authors, spiritual luminaries and health/wellness experts. Each episode is created to light up your soul and guide you through life’s big questions to bring you closet to your best, most authentic self. 

4. Phil in the Blanks

Subscribe to this podcast to experience Dr. Phil McGraw diving into the minds of the most accomplished people in the world today, including ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances to a variety of celebrities with fascinating stories. Each episode is relevant and contributes to the growth of our mind and psyche. 

5.  The Tony Robbins Podcast

Listen as Tony shares proven strategies and tactics to contribute to growing business, relationships, health and finances through deeply insightful interviews with various masterminds and experts. 

Honorable Mention: 10% Happier with Dan Harris, Good Life Project, The Goop Podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, Oprah’s Masterclass, The Good Parts Podcast.

As someone who listens to podcasts daily (and additionally working on my own podcast project), I could go on and on about the topic of growth and purpose and about podcasts in general, so combining both seems fitting. Although many more podcasts on this topic exist and are high on my list, these are my top favorite picks that I listen to consistently.

What are some of your favorite podcasts that you recommend for growth and purpose? 

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Desi Viner
Desi is a hometown girl, attending a small town school just north of Wichita. From a young age she had a love of sports, fueling her to play collegiate sports while obtaining degrees in Biology, Chemistry and Communications. Desi is a working mom and enjoys a career in pharmaceutical sales. Her and her family enjoy music of all kinds and use their love of music to put on music events in the surrounding area. Desi happily resides in Wichita with husband, Ross and their two sweet little girls, Adeline and Annie. Faith, family and coffee talks/quality time with friends are at the top of her list of favorite things. She also loves being active/running/working out, playing sports, grocery shopping and looks forward to cooking when time permits within her busy schedule; but nothing beats dining out with a smooth glass of red or a delicious Moscow Mule (she's done "research" and has found the best in Wichita). Above all, the greatest joy in her life is simply being a mom. Even with all of its challenges, #Momlife is truly the best life!