Happy Monday to you! I hope you're having a great one, filled with energy and excitement and lots of productivity. But in case your Monday is off to a rough start (you've had an exhausting weekend, you've got an intimidating week ahead, or like me, you just have summer on the brain), I've got the perfect podcast playlist for your ears. Here are ten great episodes featuring inspiring career stories and advice from the hardest working people around.
Ann Friedman: Successful, Whatever That Means from She Does [Oct. 21, 2015, 39 minutes]. Freelance journalist and co-host of Call Your Girlfriend Ann Friedman talks candidly about getting fired, building a network, and being a self-motivator, among many other things.
David Sedaris (Part 1) from How To Be Amazing with Michael Ian Black [Dec. 22, 2015, 43 minutes]. Author and storytelling extraordinaire David Sedaris chats about his writing process, his love of money, and how he never has a clue whether a story will be a hit.
How Not to Pitch a Billionaire from StartUp [Sept. 5, 2014, 28 minutes]. In the show's very first episode, host Alex Blumberg decides to start a risky business (Gimlet!) when he knows nothing at all about the process.
If You Could Do Anything? from Anxious Machine [May 11, 2016, 37 minutes]. Host Rob McGinley Myers is at a crossroads in his career when he has an innovative idea that could revolutionize the world of audio storytelling.
The "How Does the Host of Working Work?" Edition from Working [May 17, 2015, 46 minutes]. In their final episode as co-hosts, Adam Davidson and David Plotz interview each other about their careers in media and their decisions to move on.
The Life of Bart from The Runner's World Show [May 3, 2016, 42 minutes]. Bart Yasso has to have the coolest job ever: he's the Chief Running Officer for Runner's World. Here, he talks about how he turned his passion into his career and what his daily life is like.
What's Your Worth from The Intern [March 8, 2016, 38 minutes]. Host Allison Behringer sets out to negotiate a raise, and she bravely records the whole process, discussing the wage gap and salary transparency along the way.
Work from Women of the Hour [Dec. 2, 2015, 55 minutes]. In one of my favorite podcast episodes ever, host Lena Dunham talks all things work with Zadie Smith, Mara Brock Akil, and Jenni Konner, her longtime creative partner.