Whether ahead of big life events like starting a new job or while hyping yourself up to get more organized at home, we all need motivation to achieve our goals. Luckily, there are podcasts out there for almost every situation you could ever need guidance on, and many of them highlight interviews with successful women who’ve navigated through relatable struggles and have found a way to make it out on the other side.
When you’re looking for a little pick-me-up in your life, check out these 20 popular motivational podcasts for every occasion and mood.
Motivational podcasts for and by women of color
Want to hear how Jessica Nabongo, the first Black woman on record to visit every country in the world, turned her passion for travel, writing, and photography into a business? Side Hustle Pro features interviews with inspirational Black women entrepreneurs like Nabongo who’ve scaled their side-hustles into profitable businesses. Host Nicaila Matthews Okome releases weekly episodes to help listeners learn actionable strategies to start small and grow.
In this podcast, host Bre Mitchell shares life advice and her go-to health and wellness habits, tips, and favorite products, while also affirming and uplifting women of color and encouraging them to take up more space. In a recent episode, Mitchell interviewed Brittny Horne, founder of RVL Wellness, a self-care puzzle company created specifically for Black women, to discuss relevant topics such as spotting red flags at work, dealing with microaggressions, and why taking risks pays off.
Standing for healing, empowerment, and resilience, H.E.R Space is dedicated to being a safe space for Black women. The podcast is hosted by psychologist Dr. Dominique Broussard and motivational speaker Terri Lomax and offers discussions on topics like the fourth trimester, fatphobia, overcoming self-doubt, and more.
Created and hosted by award-winning journalist Farai Chideya, this motivational podcast centers on how women of color experience the major political events of today and how they can feel empowered to take action. Weekly episodes feature in-depth conversations about the economy, health, politics, education, and other pertinent issues.
Motivational podcasts with cult followings
With 3.6+ million followers and 380k+ subscribers, bossbabe is one of the largest online communities of ambitious women and women entrepreneurs in the world. Cofounders Natalie Ellis and Danielle Canty discuss topics such as toxic friendships, how to build a successful business, and balancing life and work. Funny yet actionable, this podcast is a must-listen for women looking to create success in their own way.
6. Super Soul
This motivational podcast spotlights Oprah Winfrey’s interviews with thought leaders, bestselling authors, and health and wellness experts on how to work toward becoming and embracing your best self. One Apple reviewer says, “When so many things in this world do not make sense, it is so refreshing to hear a message that speaks life, healing, truth, hope, and love.”
Every week, theSkimm co-founders Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg sit down with women leaders from every industry imaginable, chatting about motivational topics like leaving your desk job, choosing the harder path, and building confidence. One reviewer on Apple says, “This series has inspired me in crafting my own story and personal ‘why’, and contains anecdotes and doses of wisdom that leave me feeling inspired and empowered every time.”
Illustrator and public speaker Andy J. Pizza helps creatives harness their potential, motivation, and passions. The podcast features monologues and interviews with creative powerhouses like Abbi Jacobson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt and doesn’t fall short of energetic inspiration. Learn how to persevere through hardship, refocus your energy, and create work that resonates on a deeper level.
Motivational podcasts for building confidence
Embodiment coach Beatrice Kamau helps listeners shift away from shame, people pleasing, codependency, low self-esteem, and self-doubt and toward embracing self-love and self-trust. She motivates listeners to set boundaries, be authentic, and foster healthy relationships.
10. Unlocking Us
Bestselling author and researcher Brené Brown interviews experts and celebrities like Viola Davis and Tarana Burke on topics like courage, joy, and creativity, all to discover what connects us as humans. One reviewer raves, “Brown has dedicated her career to researching and speaking about vulnerability and courage, and if ever there was a time for the voice of someone who’s done her homework on these subjects, it is now.”
In this show, writer and interviewer Madeleine Dore advises listeners how to avoid indecision spirals, overcome productivity guilt, and prioritize rest. It’s about resilience, rejection, motivation, procrastination, self-confidence, and the extraordinary lessons there are to be learned through all of your setbacks.
Every week, Glennon Doyle and her sister, Amanda, tackle hard-hitting subjects, honestly. Doyle says, “We are all doing hard things every single day—things like loving and losing; caring for children and parents; forging and ending friendships; battling addiction, illness, and loneliness; struggling in our jobs, our marriages, and our divorces; setting boundaries; and fighting for equality, purpose, freedom, joy, and peace. On We Can Do Hard Things, [we] do the only thing I’ve found that has ever made life easier: We will drop the fake and talk honestly about the hard.”
13. Women in Tech
Host Espree Devora wants every woman to walk away from this podcast with a feeling of actionable empowerment and confidence. The podcast features stories from women founders, engineers, UX/UI designers, investors, and more, explaining how they got where they are today.
Motivational podcasts for moms
14. Moms Who Create
Every Monday, host Kelli Heil chats with motivational mom artists and writers who are balancing motherhood with passion projects. One Apple reviewer says, “I love this series because it deep dives into the topics that creative moms think about, in a bite size way. I listen to these episodes as I’m going back and forth for school drop off/pick up, and it’s just the right amount to get me energized and motivated to continue to create!”
15. Second Life
Second Life focuses on the stories of women who’ve mastered pivots at all stages of their careers. Host Hillary Kerr, a journalist turned entrepreneur, speaks with artists, mothers, founders, writers, visionaries, designers, CEOs, and more about how they found their version of success and fulfillment. Kerr dives into their successes, failures, and lessons learned to help motivate you during your first, second, or third life.
16. She Explores
Moms who love to adventure—this motivational podcast is all about finding inspiration alongside women who love the outdoors. Episodes vary from interviews to in-the-field recordings to listener submissions, and the women cover how things like entrepreneurship, equity, aging, motherhood, and chronic illness intersect with outdoor experiences.
Motivational podcasts when you’re in the mood to learn
If you’re passionate about feminism and staying informed on today’s political issues, Hysteria is a great podcast to check out. Political commentator and comedy writer Erin Ryan and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Alyssa Mastromonaco debrief the week’s news, trends, and cultural stories that affect women’s lives.
18. The Fairer Cents
The Fairer Cents digs into why money is such a complicated subject. The podcast focuses on the systemic economic issues that disproportionately affect women, people of color, nonbinary people, and anyone who feels marginalized by our current money culture. Forbes says it’s “a must listen podcast for anyone who is ready to change the status quo.”
19. Code Switch
Hosted by different journalists of color, this podcast by NPR explores how race impacts politics, pop culture, history, sports, and everything else. Learn how race shapes and impacts our school systems, the history of toxic language, and more.
en(gender)ed talks through the systematic beliefs and practices that enable gender-based violence and oppression to exist and simultaneously motivates listeners to help end it with solutions. According to the website, the podcast name is inspired by the ways in which society, culture, and policies shape our gender identity.