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Our favourite podcasts for continual learning and growth in 2020

The start of the year is a good time to re-establish some habits and re-commit to personal (and professional) goals.

For some of us at Backyard Creative, we listen to podcasts as a way to commit to continual learning. It’s a fun way to be exposed to a new idea and easy to listen to while driving / cycling to a meeting, taking a break in the forest or while doing household chores.

We love reading books and listening to podcasts that keep us inspired and help us improve our skills and work. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites to share with you:

  • Creative Pep Talk is designed to help you make a good living, making great art. Illustrator Andy J. Miller is the ultimate career cheerleader you never knew you needed. This podcast does a good job of exploring the intersection of art and business to enable you towards a rewarding and successful career. (Sebastian)
  • Don’t Keep Your Day Job episodes offer many valuable nuggets of wisdom. I recently discovered this podcast and really like host Cathy Heller’s passion to inspire people to pursue non-traditional work lives, discover and master their talents, and serve the world. She shares her stories of making the leap to her dream work life successfully, and she draws as much wisdom and advice as possible from each notable guest. (Madelen) 
  • Good Life Project shares interviews with people who are famous to some extent and focus on broader questions around creating happiness, learning from your community and how to create a “more engaged, connected and vital life”. Good for long walks in the forest! (Lisa)
  • Hidden Brain helps curious people understand the world – and themselves. Using science and storytelling, Hidden Brain’s host Shankar Vedantam reveals the unconscious patterns that drive human behaviour, the biases that shape our choices, and the triggers that direct the course of our relationships. (Sarita)
  • Moms in the Middle is the podcast for moms who feel like they’re in the middle of it all—the chaos, the joy, the struggle—and are ready to get real about it. Hosted by Evanka Osmak (host of national sports late-night show) and Melanie Ng (news anchor of the early-morning show). I’m not an avid podcaster, but this one is on my list to get started on! (Sofia)
  • Ologies is a comedic science podcast hosted by Ali Ward, where fringe science topics are brought to life through comedy. I enjoy listening to them while driving. They are both intellectually enriching and humourous. (Laura)
  • Oprah’s Super Soul Conversations I adore Oprah and her Super Soul Conversations with authors and celebrities. She’s a master interviewer (of course, she’s Oprah!) and gets to the heart of people’s life stories and lessons. She dives deep into spiritual topics and pulls out the best quotes from a guest’s book that move her, provide insight or make her laugh. Hearing Oprah’s laugh lifts my soul! (Madelen) 
  • The School of Greatness — I love, love, love this podcast and its host, Lewis Howes. He’s obsessed with self-evolution and thoughtfully interviews an impressive list of thought leaders from all walks of life and business to get into their mindset and discuss their stories of success and failure. For a quick hit of Lewis, check out his Five Minute Friday episodes where he explores one quick topic. Always inspiring and motivating. (Madelen)
  • The Startup Pregnant explores themes with parenting (as you might have guessed from the name), with a unique focus: celebrating the creative energy that often comes with pregnancy and the desire to create balance in life. I love Sarah’s voice and how the conversations often span personal / business in a single sentence – such is life. (Lisa)
  • What Works shares candid interviews with entrepreneurs about what works for them in their businesses. I love the way the host, Tara McMullin, interviews and helps share the challenges and honest truths about entrepreneurship. (Lisa)
  • 99% Invisible is about “all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about — the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” I love these relatively short and always interesting stories. Definitely my go-to indie podcast, to listen to on a solo walk or hike. (Sebastian)

Let us know, what are you favourite podcasts this year? Contact us.