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7 podcasts to empower and inspire your tired mind

Words by Delicia Smith

Coping with failure can be difficult. Whether you’re experiencing the loss of a job, or the pain of a breakup, it’s easy to get down on yourself when things aren’t going well. 

And in this thing called life, things do go wrong. Often.

We all go through times when life doesn’t go our way, we feel like a failure, and we need a boost. And guess what? You’re not alone.

We’ve rounded up seven empowering podcasts whose hosts and guests have been where you are. So you can learn how their failures have ultimately helped them get to where they are today.

They’re not all stories of happy endings, but they do give a new perspective and a little hope that the hard times will pass.

The Imperfects

A superb celebration for all who are imperfect. Namely, all of us! The Resilience Project’s Hugh van Cuylenburg teams up with comedian Ryan Shelton and his brother Josh van Cuylenburg for a series of chats with a variety of interesting people. Guests are brave enough to make themselves vulnerable and share their own struggles and imperfections. Come away with valuable takeaways we can all apply to our own imperfect lives.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day

How to Fail with Elizabeth Day is a celebration of the things that haven’t gone right in life. Every week, the award-winning author and broadcaster speaks with a new interviewee to explore what their failures have taught them about how to succeed better. The ep with Graham Norton is a must-listen.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Happy Place Podcast

So much good stuff in this podcast! Fearne Cotton talks to famous faces about life, love, loss, and everything in-between as they reveal what happiness means to them. She dives into the challenges they have overcome, getting into deep conversations and never avoiding hard topics. The recent ep with Dave Grohl is super moving.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Fearlessly Failing with Lola Berry

In this zesty pod, author, nutritionist and yoga teacher Lola Berry chats to well-known guests and learns how their failures have ultimately helped shape their dreams. Listen in to relaxed conversations about her guests’ challenges, what they learnt, their lessons and how they overcame the hard stuff.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Power Hour

What could you do if you dedicated just one hour each day to improving yourself and your life? Power Hour will motivate you to pursue your passion and to achieve success. Join host Adrienne Herbert as she speaks to today’s leading coaches, creatives, change makers and innovators and delves into their morning routines, daily habits, and rules to live by.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Doing It Right

A weekly interview series created and hosted by Pandora Sykes about the myths, anxieties and trends of modern life – from sex to sadness to self-care. (Spoiler alert: there’s no such thing as doing life ‘right’.)

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify

Curious Conversations with Tully and Sarah

Listen when you need a boost. In Curious Conversations with Tully and Sarah the hosts chat to business owners and entrepreneurs. Stay tuned for weekly yarns about life, love, social media, mental health, business and so much more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts and Spotify