7 of our favourite celebrity podcast interviews

04 October 2017 - inspiration

Ever wondered what Maria Sharapova’s morning routine is? Or how Barack Obama manages stress? From productivity tips to life philosophies, some of the most successful people in the world have shared invaluable advice on podcast interviews. Being privy to the most private details of well-known individuals’ lives is exciting, but more than that, it gives us useful insight into how exactly these people have designed their lives.

So if you need some inspiration, look no further—we list 7 of our favourite celebrity podcast interviews.

1. Maria Sharapova on The Tim Ferris Show

The five-time Grand Slam champion shares her morning routine in detail with host Tim Ferris, which includes drinking a litre of water and turning on a podcast. As most of us know, a solid morning routine is one of most well-known ingredients for success, or as Ferris says, “If you win the morning, you win the day.”

2. Lin-Manuel Miranda on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

The creator of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Hamilton chats about one of the most talked-about moments in theatre last year—when the cast of Hamilton addressed then US vice-president elect Mike Pence from stage. Miranda also gives us insight into his journey from a broke substitute teacher to one of the most celebrated Broadway composers. This is the episode for anyone pursuing—or thinking of pursuing—your creative passions.

3. Jennifer Aniston on The Thrive Global podcast

The actress sits down with Ariana Huffington to talk about everything from her morning routine to how she unplugs and sets digital boundaries. “If Friends was created today, you would have a coffee shop full of people that were just staring into iPhones. There would be no actual episodes or conversations,” she jokes.

4. Tina Fey on Fresh Air with Terry Gross

In one of the most popular episodes of this podcast, the award-winning comedian talks about a wide variety of topics, including the issues women face in the entertainment industry and how she overcame self-doubt during the early days of her career. Watch this episode for meaningful life advice and the usual dose of Fey’s signature humour.

5. Barack Obama on WTF Marc Maron

Arguably the show’s most notable episode, the then-president discusses everything from parenting problems, race relations in America, to how he deals with stress.

6. Yuval Noah Harari on Sam Harris’s podcast

The author of the bestselling Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind talks everything from meditation, the effects of technology, finding meaning in a world without work, and the difference between pain and suffering. If you want something that delves deeply into the human condition, this one’s for you.

7. Seth Godin on The Tim Ferris Show

Seth Godin, author of bestselling books such as The Dip and All Marketers Are Liars, gives us insight into how he manages his life, such as his morning routine, dietary habits and the books he reads. He also dishes tips for freelancers and entrepreneurs, when to say “no” and parenting advice. Ferris’s show distils successful individuals’ life management tips, and this episode is one of the most popular on the show.

Need more podcast suggestions? Check out the 5 best podcasts for personal growth.

- The Mindful Company Team