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    While the adage “you are who you surround yourself with” might feel like a trite platitude, a recent study reveals there is truth behind the saying. According to the Journal of Consumer Researchindividuals “most effectively use others for accountability in trying to achieve important goals,” while also using them to conspire and manage guilt after overindulging or failing to accomplish a task. In other words, the people you surround yourself with can significantly influence your choices. With the number of internet users at a towering 4.57 billion and only growing, this means more than choosing the right physical acquaintances.

    People are everywhere in the digital age, and choosing the right accounts to follow, friends to accept, and media to listen to is crucial in accomplishing your goals more seamlessly. With podcasts surging in popularity and connectivity essential to the WaveOffice mission, we took it upon us to sift through some of the 850,000 active hosts to bring you the best voices to keep close. Designed to inform and inspire, these seven podcasts are sure to keep you motivated through the year’s end and well into 2021.

    Finding Mastery: Conversations with Dr. Michael Gervais

    Genre: Education
    Length: 60-90 min episodes
    Frequency: Weekly

    A high-performance psychologist renowned for his revelations on reaching one’s potential in high-stake environments, Dr. Michael Gervais’s clients include Fortune 100 CEOs, Olympians, acclaimed musicians, and professional athletes. As the host of Find Mastery, Dr. Gervais freely discusses his research on human-potential, giving his listeners insight to the mindset skills and practices needed to optimize the self. He unpacks the psychological framework of each of his weekly guests, with former invitees being FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Carli Lloyd, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood, and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll – all with the intention of equipping the audience with proven techniques to perform adequately in their own high-pressure situations. With a new episode each week, Finding Mastery is a stimulating conversation that is just as impactful as it is entertaining.

    Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

    Genre: Business/Management
    Length: 30 min episodes
    Frequency: Every 3-5 days

    The perfect length for a lunchtime listen, Master of Scale is a “business podcast that doesn’t sound like a business podcast.” Hosted by LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman, each episode feels like a detective tale, investigating the business stories of great entrepreneurs to prove his unconventional theories about scaling. Formers guests have included the founders and CEOs of Google, Facebook, 23&Me, and Starbucks, with each invitee bringing their personal stories about leadership and business strategy. Master of None is the first American media program to commit to a 50/50 gender balance for its guests, setting an example of the importance of gender balance in business and storytelling, alike. The winner of the 2018 Webby People’s Voice Award for Best Business Podcast and shortlisted for the 2020 Webby Best Business Podcast and Best Live Podcast Recording, Master of Scale with Reid Hoffman is palatable listen that will prove insightful and inspiring.

    Hurdle with Emily Abbate

    Genre: Health & Fitness
    Length: 5-60 min episodes
    Frequency: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    Whether you are looking to sneak in a five-minute listen in between meetings or engage with one of her inspiring guests in an hour-long episode, Emily Abbate’s mission is to inspire her listeners to move with intention with her wellness-centric podcast, Hurdle. Inspired by her craving for deeper connections, Emily Abbate created Hurdle in 2018 to showcase how wellness can be transformative in getting people through tough times. Formatted with 30-minute episodes showcasing instructional fitness tips, 60-minute interviews featuring famed health-minded guests, and “5-minute Fridays” where Abbate briefly recaps her week, Hurdle has something for everyone. Expect candid conversations, vulnerable stories, and motivational moments – all with the intention of keeping you happy and active.

    Beyond the To-Do List

    Genre: Business/Careers
    Length: 30-60 min episodes
    Frequency: Weekly

    While listening to the stories of CEOs and professional athletes is unquestionably inspiring, Beyond the To-Do List highlights the productivity habits of ordinary, everyday people – making this the most relatable podcast on the list. Inspired by the philosophy that “good ideas come from many ideas,” Erik Fisher created Beyond the To-Do List to survey real people on their practical productivity habits, all to share these proven strategies with his listeners. Highlighting topics such as information overload, digital minimalism, and routines, Beyond the To-Do List prioritizes using productivity strategies to live a meaningful life in both the personal and professional spheres, making this a holistically beneficial listen.

    Wake Me Up

    Genre: Mental Health
    Length: 10-20 min episodes
    Frequency: Weekly

    If you are looking for a surefire way to wake on the right side of the bed, look no further. A former snooze-button fanatic, Tyler Brown created Wake Me Up to share the morning routine that eventually made him a productive, morning person. Described as the podcast where “morning people are made,” Wake Me Up offers listeners morning doses of mindfulness, meditation, and motivation. Fully aware of the rushed mornings that might creep up, Wake Me Up offers succinct ten minute “mini meditations” for a quick hit of positivity to start the workday, while also offering longer 15-20 minute “morning routine” episodes that guide you out of bed, include a meditation, and end with a motivational segment. Adding this podcast to your morning queue will provide the perfect dose of clarity and positivity to carry you throughout the day, making this a must-listen.

    The Energy Gang

    Genre: Business/Sustainability
    Length: 45-60 min episodes
    Frequency: 1-2 episodes a week

    Produced by Greentech Media, The Energy Gang is the podcast for those looking to understand the ever-evolving world of energy. Led by Stephen Lacey, Katherine Hamilton, and Jigar Shah, The Energy Gang discusses and debates the latest trends on cleantech, renewable energy, and the environment, working to put complex ideas into layman’s terms for listeners. The Energy Gang constantly refreshes its content with relevant information, focusing each episode on the policy and people transforming the energy sector across America and the globe. Perfect for professionals looking to become more environmentally minded, The Energy Gang will keep you informed while also giving you fresh and distinct perspectives from its three hosts.

    Nutrition Facts With Dr. Greger

    Genre: Alternative Health
    Length: 15-20 min episodes
    Frequency: Weekly

    Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger celebrates evidence-based nutrition to add years to our life and life to our years,” making it the ideal listen as the food-abundant holiday season approaches. With digestible episodes that are sized perfectly for your workday break, Nutrition Facts with Dr. Greger tackles topics such as superfoods, vitamin supplements, circadian rhythm, alcohol consumption, intermittent fasting and more. Constantly introducing mini-series to directly discuss the most relevant health-centric information, Dr. Greger endorses health-promotion instead of illness prevention, giving his listeners insight into how to always keep well through nutrition.

    Whether you are ready to dive deeply into a topic or just get a quick fix of positivity, there is something for everyone with our list of favorite podcasts. We are excited for you to explore these beneficial voices and hope you can find a host to help you stay informed and inspired throughout this holiday season and beyond. From all of us at WaveOffice, happy listening!