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Top 8 Podcasts for Promoting Self-Growth

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

By Isabel Pulgarin

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Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people, including Barry students, have had little hope that their professional careers would blossom as they may have in the pre-COVID world. Self-esteem, inspiration, and motivation are at a low within most people.

To combat this, members of The Buccaneer staff and students at Barry have curated a list of the top eight podcasts to listen to in order to help yourself and your career grow.

All podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify. Podcasts containing asterisks in the title began during the pandemic.

Barry Student Picks:

1) “A Bit of Optimism” by Simon Sinek* recommended by Diego Torres

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Sinek is an author and inspirational speaker who started a weekly podcast to connect with others and find hope from those who inspire him. His inspiration comes from people like philosopher Dr. James Carse, Gucci CEO Marco Bizzarri, and singer-songwriter Andy Grammer.

Torres, a freshman biology major, recommends Sinek for his “amazing speeches about self-behavior, relationships, self-growth and leadership.”

2) “The Happy Day Show” by Catalina Perez de Arminan Pazos* recommended by Ingrid Moreno

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Pazos’ podcast aims to promote positivity and happiness in listeners’ everyday lives. She does this through discussing the benefits of being outside in nature and the importance of traditions and rituals, for example.

Moreno, a junior communications major, has been listening to this weekly podcast regularly to help her grow as a person because Pazos “spreads positivity to the max.”

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3) “I Am Athlete” by Brandon Marshall, Chad Johnson, Fred Taylor, Channing Crowder, & Chef Nancie*

4) “I Am Woman” by Michi Marshall* recommended by Jimmy Muniz Jr.

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This podcast serves as a filter-free medium for a group of former NFL players to discuss ranging topics, including family feuds, COVID-19 battles, and the lives of professional athletes. The hosts frequently have celebrity guests, like former NBA player, Dwayne Wade, who spoke on raising a transgender daughter.

“I Am Woman,” a branch off of the podcast, represents the female perspective on topics like marriage, mental health, and the African American experience.

Muniz recommends these podcasts because the celebrities demonstrate “how they are just as human as everyone else.”

5) “TED Talk Daily” by TED recommended by Amanda Gonzalez Garcia

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Every weekday, this podcast samples the latest TED Talks into audio for listeners to hear on their own time. These talks aim to help teach people something new every day, like secrets to forming a new habit and how to have constructive conversations.

Gonzalez Garcia recommended this podcast because TED Talks are something commonly referred to in her college courses.

6) “The Skinny Confidential Him and Her Podcast” by Lauryn Evarts Bosstick & Michael Bosstick recommended by Amanda Gonzalez Garcia

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This podcast is based on a brand, blog, and YouTube channel by creator Evarts Bosstick and her husband, the CEO and co-founder of the Dear Media Podcast Network. On Mondays and Thursdays, they offer lifestyle and wellness tips for anyone trying to learn more about business, health, and beauty.

“This podcast has a conversational tone,” Gonzalez Garcia said, which makes it intriguing. The hosts conduct interviews with leaders, experts, and celebrities like actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas and psychologist Dr. Edith Eger.

7) “Radio Headspace” by Andy Puddicombe & Headspace Studios* recommended by Lana Sumner-Borema

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These meditations are delivered every weekday morning to allow listeners a few minutes to pause and reflect before starting the day. Meditating first thing in the morning can help people start their day with a positive mindset and be ready to reach their full potential.

Sumner-Borema said the podcast’s episodes are “short ways to notice your perspective and improve your mindfulness.”

8) “Sound Plus Doctrine” by Sovereign Grace Music* recommended by Anna Galaktionov

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This is a Christ-centered podcast hosted by pastor Bob Kauflin and musician and author David Zimmer. They deliver weekly church services from Sovereign Grace Church in Louisville, Kentucky.

Galaktionov recommended this podcast to anyone looking for an online Sunday church service to engage with and anyone who enjoys Christian related music and conversation.

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