Looking for motivational podcasts, hold the extra cheese
February 17, 2012 10:08 AM Subscribe
I really need some pep talks right now. I've been on the hunt for inspiring, upbeat podcasts, but so many of them are phony or cheesy. What podcasts are real, helpful, and motivating?
Lately I'm dealing with a lot of scut work and passive-agressive coworkers. It's a rough patch that bores and depresses me and upbeat podcasts help keep the despair at bay. I'm looking for anything that can broadly be termed inspiring, motivating, or self-helpy. The topic is not that important -- I can do productivity, fitness, affirmations, meditations, personal relations, psychology, nutrition, business, finances, whatever. I'm just looking for sincere, real upbeatness, a zippy tempo, and respect for my intelligence. No droning beat-about-the-bushers need apply.
Here's what I've liked so far: Zig Ziglar (cheesy as a Velveeta factory, I know, but it comes across as the real him, not a phony persona), and Livin' La Vida Low-Carb (in-depth discussions with interesting guests debating various low-carb/paleo topics). I've even dipped into a bit of Dave Ramsey, but he gets repetitious fast.
Here's what I haven't liked: iProcrastinate (too much chitchat, too little information or motivation) and anything that has the NPR "sound." You know, that distinctive dry, crisp, measured, over-enunciated, upper-middle-class, slightly hushed, reassuring sound. It's found outside of NPR too, and wherever I hear it, I find it unendurable. I'm open to NPR podcasts as long as they don't have the "NPR sound" (eg, Car Talk, though that's not "motivational" per se. But it's cheerful enough to almost fit my parameters).
AskMeFi excels at being the wind beneath one's wings. I know y'all can come up with something to help pull me out of this nosedive!