You are what you eat. You are what you read. You are what you think. And you are what you hear. Everything you allow into your life shapes or influences the person you are in some way, so it’s important to be in control of what’s coming in. A great way to control what you hear is through awesome podcasts which can be listened to in place of music when you’re driving or working. Below is a list of my favorite podcasts that have added a ton of value to my life and many others.

1. Entrepreneur on Fire

EOFire is a 7 day per week podcast hosted by John Lee Dumas. Value bombs are dropped everyday as JLD interviews entrepreneurs big and small to learn about their story and share their experiences of building a business. I love EOFire because of the amazing stories and wide range of people from different backgrounds and industries. It’s a podcast that you can plug into daily to stay inspired.

2. The Charged Life

The Charged Life is one of the top self-help and personal development podcasts. Brendon Burchard delivers massive value on motivation, high performance, success, and how to live a fully charged life. Brendon is a #1 NY Times Bestselling author, a thought leader in the personal development industry, and has amassed over 4.7 million followers on Facebook. Brendon has taught me to bring the joy and passion into everything I do.


3. The School of Greatness

Lewis Howes is a former professional football player turned lifestyle entrepreneur. Each week he interviews amazing guests such as Tony Robbins, Arianna Huffington, and Elizabeth Gilbert. Not only does he interview entrepreneurs and people in the personal development space, but he also interviews actors, athletes, and artists. Lewis and his guests will share their inspiring story and message to help you unlock your inner greatness!


4. The Model Health Show

The Model Health Show will help you take your health and your mindset about health to the next level. Shawn Stevenson and his co-host Jade Harrell are a dynamic duo that will entertain and more importantly educate you on the latest in health. Shawn is a top fitness & nutrition expert who can help you lead a more productive life by keeping your health in check. Mixed with a little flavor of personal development wisdom, this podcast must be a part of your audio arsenal.


5. Young Entrepreneur Lifestyle 2.0

YEL 2.0 is a podcast dedicated to helping millennials step up their game in the new economy. Author, speaker, and serial entrepreneur, Peter Voogd, will give you value without any fluff. His bluntness will light a fire under you to get you to start living life on your terms. Not only will he motivate you, but he’ll give you actionable strategies that you can implement to take your business and life to the next level.


6. The Secret to Success

Top motivational speaker, Eric Thomas, and his CEO, Carlas Quinney Jr. (aka CJ) bring you a more urban element to personal development and motivation. From their discussions about the latest in sports to sharing their struggles of their past, ET and CJ are able to teach valuable lessons in living authentically and conquering obstacles during your journey to success. This podcast will help you defy the odds so that you can create the life you deserve.


7 Network Marketing Pro

Eric Worre is on a mission to elevate the profession and industry of network marketing. For those that are looking to take their network marketing business to the next level, this podcast will teach you the fundamentals on how to build and develop leaders within yourself and your team. Eric will not only teach you how he’s built his legacy through network marketing, but also will interview guests who have surpassed the million dollar mark in their business.


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There is one significant factor that is holding you back from achieving your next level of success in any area of your life. The culture of your environment can either push you towards your goal or pull you away from it. If you are in the same environment today as you were a year ago, chances are your life has not dramatically advanced forward.

Now you might be successful in your current context whether you hold a high position in your company or you just graduated at the top of your class, but you’ll never achieve past that level until you shift the culture around you. Would you agree that a high school freshman who hangs out with middle schoolers would not succeed as well as a high school freshman who hangs out with seniors at the top of their class? Of course! Although they still “advanced” to the next level, they won’t achieve at that level. So why wouldn’t this same concept apply to other aspects of life?

Someone who hangs out with friends that eat fast food all day and go out for drinks Thursday through Saturday is much less likely to be in great health than someone who hangs out with a group friends who have a health conscious culture. A college athlete who just got drafted to play professionally wouldn’t continue to practice with his or her college peers but instead practice with their new teammates to quickly pull his or herself up to the standard.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t remember where you came from, but in order to start living your ideal life, your current environment needs to become just a memory. Your past IS NOT your future. Your past environment is there for the times you return to share your story and to show others that they can achieve what you’ve achieved.

Shawn Stevenson, bestselling author & creator of The Model Health Show, and Eric Thomas, world renown motivational speaker, dives deeper into the topic of how your environment is the most influential factor in determining your success in the latest episode of podcast. Check out the video below to see them drop knowledge bombs that can take you to your next level!