• Sammy Major

Podcasts that Highly Successful People Love

If you are anything like me, you are wildly fascinated by highly successful people and intrigued by how they live their lives – what are their habits, rituals and interests? What is the secret sauce behind their success?

There are podcasts out there that can improve your productivity, educate you on important issues, promote personal growth and provide some immersive entertainment. But what podcasts are highly successful people listening to? Here are some podcasts that notable CEOs and celebrities recommend.



1. a16z

Telstra CEO Andy Penn is an enthusiastic listener of this tech podcast from a Silicon Valley based venture capital firm. It discusses technology, innovation, and change as it impacts all our lives, covering everything from tech trends and culture to company building for companies of all sizes.

Penn says, “We’re going to see more change in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the last 50, so I think no matter who you are, you have to become a technologist of sorts.”




2. The Michelle Obama Podcast

Of course, Barack Obama recommends his charismatic wife’s podcast. The former First Lady converses with various friends, family members and former colleagues, amplifying powerful voices.

Barack says: “I hope this podcast will help listeners open up new conversations—and hard conversations—with the people who matter most to them. That’s how we can build more understanding and empathy for one another.”




3. Follow My Lead

Humm CEO Rebecca James recommends this business podcast with John Eades, which promises to bring the stories and best practices of today’s leaders to help you on your leadership journey.

I enjoy Follow My Lead with John Eades, who meets leaders around the world and distils his insights into a weekly podcast that is fascinating in its simplicity.” Says James.






4. Grounded with Louis Theroux

When lockdown meant that Theroux was unable to film his usual documentaries, he reached out to some of the most interesting names in entertainment from all walks of life and on both sides of the Atlantic.

Recommended by the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Micheala Coel, Ruby Wax, GKA Twigs and Sia (because they are guests on the show), Theroux pulls no punches interview wise, and is unafraid to ask awkward questions.


5. Sean Carroll’s Mindscape

A personal favourite of mine, Sean Carroll’s Mindscape explores neuroscience, music, games, biology, politics, religion, movies, and much more. His goal is to break down barriers between the disciplines, dig deeply into important concepts, and provoke a few thoughts along the way.

A notable physicist himself, Sean hosts conversations with the world’s most interesting thinkers including Grimes (yes, successful musician, Elon Musk’s partner and mother to their son AND expert in Neuroscience – who knew?!) who provides a controversial opinion on our relationship with technology in relation to art.

"I feel like we're in the end of art, human art," she says at one point during episode 73.

"Once there's actually AGI (Artificial General Intelligence), they're gonna be so much better at making art than us...once AI can totally master science and art, which could happen in the next 10 years, probably more like 20 or 30 years."

See! Interesting stuff.


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