As our children get older and don’t need us as much, we naturally tend to start thinking about what’s next. Claire Cook said in the workshop that I recently took with her that people who are feeling the itch to try something new tend to fall into two camps: people who know exactly what they want to do but don’t know how to get there and people who know they want to do something different but don’t know yet what that is. On any given day, I’m definitely in the first camp. Except sometimes I’m in the second.
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Fortunately, my long commute gives me plenty of time to think about my next steps in life. And I’ve found some amazing podcasts lately to help pass the time in the car and give me some things to think about as I ponder what’s next for me. A really good podcast will keep me engaged during the drive home and often sends me rushing into the house with an idea that I must write down. Here are 10 podcasts that I turn to frequently for both help with determining the next right step. The ones I’ve listed here aren’t necessarily specific to people in midlife, but rather are useful to anyone looking to spark creativity and generate some ideas.
- The Tim Ferris Show. Irreverent, Informative, and Entertaining. I always learn something or am challenged by something and frequently it’s both.
- The Untrapped Life. This podcast is no longer being updated but the older episodes are all about following your dreams and making them come true. You might want to download all the episodes and listen from the beginning.
- Happier with Gretchen Rubin. My friend Gretchen just recently started a podcast with her sister that I’m enjoying very much. Each episode covers ways we can bring a bit more happiness into our lives.
- Side Hustle School and The Side Hustle Show. These two podcasts have such similar names that I’ve just got to combine them into one entry. They’re similar in content but while the Side Hustle School tells the stories of people who have managed to turn a second job or hobby into a full-time career, the Side Hustle Show interviews folks who are making money with full- or part-time gigs and focuses on providing actionable advice for people who want to follow along.
- The Lively Show. Jess Lively used to focus on offering a series of interesting conversations with thought leaders about relationships, success, and wellness. But she recently became the ultimate reinventor. She’s currently traveling around the world and focusing
- How Did You Get into That? Another podcast that’s no longer being updated that has a great back catalog of episodes. Each episode features an interview with a successful entrepreneur who discusses how they got to where they are now. Find an industry that looks interesting and download the episode to find out more.
- Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert. How would you like the author of the ultimate reinvention book, Eat, Pray, Love, help you with your next step? Well, if you can’t get that, you can get the next best thing with this podcast where Elizabeth advises women looking to make their next step and interviews experts such as Martha Beck on how to over obstacles along the way.
- Smart Passive Income Podcast. I have found tons of genuinely interesting and useful information from Pat Flynn’s podcasts and I’ve come to feel I’m doing myself a disservice by not paying closer attention to the information he’s providing. I’ll be listening to this more in the future when I’m not on the road and can take good notes.
- Life on Purpose. Tips and interviews about living your life with more intention. Great to listen to if you feel like you’ve been reacting to much rather than acting.
- Relaunch. Inspiring interviews with people who pivoted from one career to another.
So what’s a podcast? How do I listen to one? What have you been talking about?
All good questions.
A podcast is basically a radio program you can download to your phone or mp3 player so you can listen to it any time you want. You can also subscribe to a podcast so that new episodes are automatically downloaded for you.
If you have an iPhone and want to download any of podcasts I mentioned in the article, the simplest way to do it is to open the Podcasts app on your phone and search for the podcast you want. When you find, tap the podcast and then select subscribe. You can also download earlier episodes at the time as well.
The BBC has a handy guide to podcasts. If you have further questions or podcasts of your own to recommend, please let me know in the comments!