10 Goal Setting Questions To Help You Crush 2020!

Setting Life Goals

 

It is that time of year where we all have a breather, and I like to use the time to review the year and look at what I desire for the new year!

I did not subscribe to setting goals, until recent years, and since implementing this a lot of my life has changed. The following goal setting questions will help you improve your goal setting process and quality of goals you set for yourself.

If you don’t know what you are aiming at how will you ever know if you hit your target or not?

However, there are effective and ineffective ways to go about your goal setting, and it’s important to establish the right mindset and focus when setting a new goal and determining what actions you need to take in order to achieve it.

To that end, here is a guide with questions to proper goal setting that helps you achieve success by defining your goals the right way.

10 Questions to help improve the quality of your goals in life!


#1 You Must Believe in your goal setting process

Setting a goal does you no good if you do not believe you can actually achieve your goal. Don’t start out with a “probably” or “maybe” or “I’ll try.” Decide what to do, and then do whatever it takes to get yourself there.

Failure of belief in your goals is one of the primary reasons so many people struggle to achieve the goals they set for themselves. If you are struggling with believing in your goal and your ability to achieve it, take a moment to look at the world around you. Everything you see, every building, automobile, smartphone, and stick of furniture all began as a simple thought in someone’s head that they willed into reality through hard work and dedication.

What made them successful was their belief that their thought could in fact become reality. Hold onto that belief and don’t let go.

#2 Picture Your World Post-Goal

What is achieving this goal going to do for you? If you are trying to be healthier by eating right and exercising regularly, what will your healthier world look like a year from now?

What will the healthier you look like in a year’s time?

Now think about the changes you will need to make in order to start working toward that goal. Think about the emotional, personal, financial, spiritual, and social choices you will need to make every day in order to reach that goal.

The more consideration you give to this post-goal world, the clearer your goal becomes to you. Once you clarify your goal in your mind, it becomes much easier to focus on that goal in order to bring it into being.

#3 Write Down Your Goals!

Once you have that crystal clear image of what your goal is and how you will go about achieving it, you need to record that impression in writing before you forget. Our attention is so easily diverted, and memory fades even with concentration and repetition.

Putting it all in writing fixes it in the clearest possible terms while everything is still fresh in your mind. Failing to write those goals down can mean that your motivation and focus quickly go by the wayside as well.

#4 What is Your Goal’s Purpose?

What’s in this for you? What skin have you got in the game? Being able to articulate why you want to achieve a specific goal gives you tremendous personal power over your own mind and your actions.

When you can remind yourself why you set out on this journey in the first place every time the going gets tough, it makes it far easier to push through to the other side of your struggles.

Exercising or eating right is much easier to choose for yourself when your purpose for doing so is give you more healthy years with the people you love.

#5 Fully Commit to Your Goal

There is no half measure solution for success. You either go all in, or you fold and walk away. You can’t make a tentative commitment to major change and progress: you can only commit fully or not at all. Do yourself a favor and write a page or two about why and how you are committing to each goal that you set for yourself.

You need to have a tangible piece of evidence that explains why it matters and why a successful outcome is so important. In this way, when your commitment is challenged (and it will be), you will have a concrete reason to give yourself for not giving up and not wavering in your resolve.

 

Do not give up!

#6 Do not give up… Stay on Target and focus on your future!

Being “goal-oriented” is not enough; you must stay focused on your goal at all times. “Eyes on the prize” are your watchwords. Keep your list of goals where you can easily see them, and make a repetition of these goals to yourself (silently or out loud) part of your daily routine at home and at work.

This reinforces any differences between your stated goal and your choices or mindset that particular day because you will be speaking those goals to yourself every time you look at that list.

This generate positive pressure to change and to be more than you are today. Disciplined daily practice of focus is integral to long-term success in achieving any goal.

#7 Stick to The Plan

Focus and commitment are great, but if you don’t have anything actionable to go on every day, you are going to start getting frustrated and burned out fast. If you have focus and commitment, you can easily write down the little steps to help you make daily progress towards each goal.

Sometimes you learn the steps as you go, but without your clarity of focus and strong commitment, you can’t recognize those steps when they come along. Failing to write a plan of action is like attempting to build a house without blueprints or a picture of the finished product.

There too many pieces that go together, it takes forever to figure everything out, and you don’t know what order to follow to put all the pieces together. A house built in such a manner is doomed to collapse under its own weight before the builders get very far.

#8 Your Future Starts Right Now

Think about what action you can take at this very moment to start working towards your goals. There is no act of commitment so powerful as one that is take immediately. The momentum alone can carry you far even if you meet obstacles along the way.

Realistically speaking, it’s also a good way to kick-start your efforts, too: after all, if you aren’t willing to start right now, what makes you think you can start tomorrow?

#9 Establish Accountability

Without accountability and consequences for failure, achievement is meaningless. You need to constantly recognize the cost of your failure to choose wisely and choose to be successful over choosing the easy way out and slacking off or failing to live up to your commitments.

An excellent way to ensuring that you are consistently choosing wisely is to bring in an outside observer who can provide feedback about your progress and speak candidly with you about your results to date. Sometimes that word of encouragement about something you’ve done very well during that week when you feel like all you’ve done is fall further behind can make all the difference between rallying and surrender.

#10 Take Time to Reflect on Your Progress

Daily reflection on your goals in order to plan the next day is an integral part of a successful person’s daily routine. Reflection keeps your goals vivid in your mind and your focus sharp.

It’s also an excellent way to start converting your big picture plan into individual steps you can take throughout the week to promote your own success.

Furthermore, reflection shows you when you are stuck or experiencing numerous setbacks on a particular goal, and it may be because you are reluctant to tackle that goal and so are overcompensating on a goal in an area of strength.

Goal Setting Questions Conclusion

Following these simple steps to goal setting and achieving your goals is a proper way to set goals for your life personally and professionally. You already possess everything you need to be successful at home and at work, you simply need to lay claim to that power within.

Determination, focus, and commitment are traits everyone already has or that can be developed through disciplined practice with the proper mindset.

Don’t wait around for success to come your way: go out and find it!

Consider your own ideas and desires. Stop asking “why me” and start asking “why NOT me” every time you start to doubt yourself. The only limitations placed on us in life are the ones we give ourselves. Thousands of people every day with cognitive and physical disabilities achieve miracles through consistent focus and effort.

They take every “you will never” and make it a personal challenge to be overcome. Start now and keep going until you get there, then take a short breather, evaluate your situation with these goal setting questions and start going even further. Don’t try, just do. If you set your mind to proper goals and follow them up with focus and commitment guided by a plan of productive action, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

Decide today to start your journey, and don’t look back.

How to Increase Productivity in life at work & at home

how to increase productivity

Everyone wants to get more done every day.

For some it’s a source of tremendous personal fulfilment, while for others it is a means to achieve long-term life goals.

Whether you are trying to be more productive in your work life or your personal life, there are numerous strategies to help you achieve those productivity goals whether you are putting in a day’s work for pay or putting in work on your personal life.

Let’s take a look at how we can be more efficient and increase productivity in every aspect of life with some simple changes in mindset and applying useful techniques.

how to increase productivity

Identify Your Greatest Time Management/Productivity Areas of Opportunity for Growth

If we are 100 percent honest with ourselves, we all know that we have room for improvement and growth when it comes to productivity and time management.

WE may be a super efficient productivity beast and model worker at the office or shop, but when we get home, the needs of our household can be totally slack.

Personal health and fitness? Nobody has the time.

Eating healthier food? It’s too expensive and takes too long

Organising and decluttering our living space? It’s just going to get messy again.

We’ve all been there, but you need to press pause in your life from time to time and evaluate what this denial of the struggles in our lives costs us regarding happiness and personal health.

Once we’ve admitted that we have a problem though, what comes next?

What are the Techniques used for Improving Productivity and Time Management?

To paraphrase a favourite author, failing to plan is planning to fail.

Part of that plan is actionable techniques you can start working on now to improve your productivity and time management skills.

Here’s a few simple ways to keep yourself on track:

  • Limit distractions while at work or at home. If you have work to accomplish, block out all distractions you can from a visual, auditory, and intellectual mindset.

Don’t check your phone, don’t drift away from what you are working on, and eliminate anything that you know will keep you from being productive with your time

  • Schedule and prioritise all work by what is most urgent first and then focus on your less pressing work.

Once you know what order you need to work in, it becomes much easier to schedule work by priority and tackle each job one at a time.

This applies to personal tasks as much as professional ones and adapts easily to either

  • Contrary to popular belief, multitasking makes you less productive. Don’t do it. Tackle one task at a time and finish it completely before moving on to the next.

Your quality of work is significantly reduced when you try to do too many things at once, especially when you have to go back and redo something because you were too distracted the first time.

Know the Difference Between Productivity and Time Management

Productivity means that you are skilled at managing your energy and focus on the task at hand.

In other words, you can stick to a job until it is done without burning yourself out. You understand that life is not a sprint; it’s a marathon.

Time management means that you can coordinate your budgeted time in chronological order and synchronise your tasks with your ability to focus and your energy level to accomplish meaningful work.

You can’t have one without the other, but understanding that productivity and time management are two different skillsets can make a real difference in your ability to achieve mastery of both.

Practice Activity Management, Not Just Time Management

Activity management is the practice of keeping a record of everything you do throughout a typical work day in the order in which you completed each activity.

What impact does this have on your productivity? When you generate a written record of everything you do, it is easier to see where large quantities of your time are spent each day.

Everyone is always looking for more time, and activity management is essentially making a map to help you find it.

Applying this principle to your personal life is an excellent way to find time for personal fitness and preparing healthier food as well.

You may have to cut into your typical recreational activity time more than you’d like sometimes, but your health and wellness are well worth the time you spend on maintaining them.

Primary Productivity Tools & Apps for Making a Change

Here are the top recommended apps for mobile devices and PC/Mac that can help you get on track with your time and activity management:

  • 30/30: Great little task manager that allows you to set multiple timers for tasks that run in sequence after they are configured. Makes single task focus and prioritisation a snap.
  • RescueTime: An app that analyses your web usage and identifies where you are spending the majority of your time on your mobile device or computer. Essentially, it helps you become better at activity management so you can reallocate time more efficiently.
  • Evernote: All your notes, web captures, photos, voice recorders, and whatever else you may need in one cloud based app that works on your desktop computer or your mobile device (iOS or Android). Simple interface and easy to manage files make this a real winner.

Best Productivity Apps

Now for some of the top rated apps for productivity and time management available for both mobile devices and your PC/Mac.

Check these out to see if they can make your productivity and time management require less effort.

  • Any.do (Android/iOS): Are you a list person? This app lets you combine lists with reminders, calendars, notes, and cloud sync.

It also features a handy voice-entry feature as well that lets you add items to your lists without the need to type. A solid little life organiser by all accounts.

  • Just Press Record: Need to transcribe conversations or record accurate notes for later quotation? This app is absolute marvel in terms of being able to record conversations and convert it to text with minimal effort.

Extremely useful to anyone who takes minutes or notes at meetings frequently.

  • Outlook for Mobile: Microsoft’s popular email and calendar app in mobile form for both iOS and Android.

This slick mobile app is fast, easy to integrate, and allows you to stay up to date on your work calendars and email no matter where you are.

A must-have for anyone in a workplace that uses Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft products.

  • Notion: Struggling to sort through the massive amounts of e-mail you receive every day?

Notion uses artificial intelligence and a unique algorithm to analyze your email and prioritize the most important emails so you see them first.

Definitely one of the best designed email apps ever created.

  • Google Keep: For those who love to use sticky notes to stay organized, Google Keep actually lets you fill an infinite virtual space with them to help you organize your tasks more efficiently.

It also integrates directly into Google’s other web-based apps, making it easy to snap photos of sticky notes, create new virtual notes, and set reminders for any item you store in Keep.

  • Slack: The ultimate workplace communication system with integration for popular third party productivity apps, Slack allows everyone on a team to be on a searchable chat channel without the need to jump through numerous hoops to get everyone on the same page.

Real-time sharing, tagging, and other social-media carryovers make this one of the best apps on the market today for collaboration over distance or just across the office.

Online Resources With a Strong Focus on Productivity Apps for Mac OSX

If you are a Mac user looking to get the most out of your Apple devices for productivity at home and work, you have a few stops you need to make along the way.

Check out this list of recommendations:

  • Appstorm
    An archived blog that has loads of useful tips on apps and how to get the most out of your Mac in terms of business and productivity.

It is loaded with all kinds of tips on software and hardware that makes being a Mac user worth any minor inconveniences.Moreover, it is an excellent resource to check when you are troubleshooting your Mac on your own.

  • Macworld
    Still the paper of record for all things Mac, Macworld is still the sister to beat for Apple apps, Apple gear, and Apple Mac OS X software reviews.

They are the experts that can steer you in the right direction regardless of your questions or problems with your Mac computer.

The 80/20 Best Advice Ever About Improving Productivity in Life

Experts have been specialising in productivity improvement for decades.

Here are some best practices to live by when it come to being more productive in every aspect of your life:

  • Improve your energy, sleep, eat and move!
  • If possible, create workspaces that are separate from play spaces in your home
  • Focus on one task at a time
  • Remember you can only live one day at a time, just like everyone else. Don’t lose sight of that.
  • Plan your day the night before by writing down 3 things you need to complete the following day.
  • Start the next day with those three things and get them done first.

Using Focus to Increase Productivity

Single-tasking with zero distractions is always going to be the most effective method of getting meaningful work done every day.

Make sure you have created a distraction free environment in which to work at home or your workplace so that you can stay focused on one task at a time instead of trying to handle multiple tasks at the same time.

There is always going to be pressure to multi-task. Don’t give in. Stay focused on your highest priorities and completing them first, and the rest will fall into place as the day draws on. Don’t let the stress and intensity of others sway you from remaining on task.

That is a surefire way to get nothing done.

The Effects of Longer Hours on Productivity (And How To Know When You Are Working Too Much)

Working more isn’t always more productive. Instead, focus on achieving balance in your work time, leisure time, personal time, family time, and sleep.

Just because you spend more hours at your office or sitting at your desk does not mean that you are going to accomplish more.

Your productivity is entirely dependent on your ability to manage how much focus and energy you have at any given time to accomplish the most important tasks on your agenda first.

Trying to cram more into a day is worthless if you cannot maintain the focus and energy levels necessary to actually complete tasks.

In the same way, a car will not run with no gas in the tank; you cannot work extra hours without replenishing your energy and focus.

Most people can get away with it for a short time, but eventually, it will catch up with you, and it levies some pretty serious tolls where your mental and physical health are concerned. 

You need your play time, your time to yourself, and your time with your family and friends to recharge your energy and allow you to focus on work when you return.

Keep in mind that there will always be more work to do; there will not always be more time with friends, family, or enjoying what you like to do in your free time.

Balance those two as you will, but you can’t get much done at work unless you are taking care of yourself at home first.

Overcoming the Challenges of Goal Setting, Productivity, and Motivation

Finally, the last and most important aspect of being more productive is overcoming those challenges to your goal setting, your ability to be productive, and maintaining your motivation.

First, goal setting is something that is an ongoing task. Once you achieve a goal, it is time to stretch yourself a little further. If you run a mile consistently for a week, next week run a mile and a half.

Don’t ever get too comfortable, because being productive means that growth is an ongoing process.

Second, to be productive, you have to focus on maintaining a healthy work/life balance.

You can’t just work all the time, nor can you just live as you please all the time.

The relationship is reciprocal; your life provides you with the energy and focuses to accomplish meaningful work.

If you neglect your personal life in favour of work, you are punching a hole in your gas tank.

By the same token, if you focus too much on working, you see that your fuel gauge is on E, the fuel warning light is on, and yet you are still insisting you can go just a bit further.

Lastly, motivation is entirely subjective nonsense.

There is not a mysterious force that possesses you and makes you a more productive, motivated person.

If you are waiting around to get motivated to do something, you are going to be waiting a long time.

True motivation is the result of continuously exercising self-discipline to do what needs doing, be it getting enough exercise or making sure that a project is satisfactory before submitting your work.

Motivation is the result of one little choice after another that you are going to do what you must instead of refusing to decide.

All in all, being more productive regardless of what area of your life you are seeking to improve boils down to this: make the hard choice now, and you will have fewer hard choices later.

All of these principles and advice and apps are worthless to you if you do not make the choice that you are going to act instead of waiting for something to happen.

Get moving, keep moving, and productivity will follow.

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With so many things on our plate, It’s hard to choose between all the things we are interested in and which ones to pursue. 

What if you could try out most of them? 

 

If you are interested in more than one thing and sometimes torn between interests, you will discover a list of free resources where you can learn anything for free, well almost anything. 

 

I am writing this to my little sister, she’s finishing up school and I wish I had some of these resources at hand when I was her age.

Luckily this is relevant to everyone who wants to learn something new, as they say, we are never to old to learn new tricks.

It starts with this video that resonated with me.

 

 

Emilie Wapnick presents this Ted Talk titled “Why some of us don’t have a true calling”

She starts off with asking the question we all received when we were young. “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. As innocent as the question might be she makes the point that it might be limiting to our potential.

The question only makes room for one answer. As a kid you want to be many things, one day it’s Superman the other a policeman. 

The question limits the kids potential not allowing for them being all that they can be! 

Could that have had an influence on how you grew up? 

I think that question is not the only example. Our whole society is built on rules and ways that do not allow for every unique individual and that limits our potential. 

We all have unique DNA; everyone is different. Then why is the systems not designed to cater for such diversity. One good example would be schools. A classroom today is not much different to one from the 19th century. 

Is it not time for change? 

The top take always from this talk would be: 

Question popular and shared belief society has for us. Ask better questions and look for better and smarter ways to do what you want to do!

Do what works for you, as Emilie mentions maybe you are born to be a specialist who has that drive to pour all your effort into one activity.

But if not, see what works, experiment and try things out untill you get it to work for you. Failure is your friend, tackle it with a growth mindset. Play by your own rules.

Learn more about Emily at her blog Puttylike. You can also check out her new book “How to Be Everything: A Guide for Those Who (Still) Don’t Know What They Want to Be When They Grow Up

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Learn anything for free

So you have many interests and don’t know what to do next?

Exploring what you like is a good place to start. See what you like, test things out and in the end, you will find something you love to do. 

Sometimes that thing will be at an intersection between two existing ideas. Where the two ideas collide and overlap will leave you with innovation and brand new ideas.

To stimulate your avenues of interest why not take a course on the subject? You will quickly learn if it is something you would like to pursue.

Below is a list of online courses where you can learn anything for free.

Take online courses from the world’s best universities. EdX offers free online courses and classes. Find the latest MOOC from the world’s best universities including MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, UT and others.

Take the world’s best courses, online, for free. 2000+ courses from schools like Stanford and Yale – no application required. Build career skills in data science, computer science, business, and more.

  • Coursmos

Take a micro-course anytime you want, on any device. Coursmos is an online micro-learning platform. It offers approximately 50,000 lessons within approximately 11,000 courses with courses broken down into smaller lessons, typically no longer than three minutes each.

Get bite-sized daily courses to your inbox. Highbrow is a learning platform that delivers bite-sized courses straight to people’s inboxes every morning, that helps them form a daily micro-learning.

Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity. Skillshare is a learning platform with online classes taught by the world’s best practitioners. 

Grow your skills with online video lessons. Grow your CQ (Curious Quotient) with a brand new CQ Workout every day. Learn from 25,000 lessons on virtually any topic.

Learn technology, creative and business skills. Learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve your personal and professional goals. Join today to get access to thousands of courses.

Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts. CreativeLive empowers over ten million students worldwide to live their dreams in career, hobby, and life.

Learn real world skills online. Udemy is the world’s largest destination for online courses. Discover an online course on Udemy.com and start learning a new skill today.

Join 6383823 people learning together at FutureLearn. Enjoy free online courses from top universities and specialist organisations. Start learning now.

Kadenze brings together educators, artists, and engineers from leading universities to provide world-class education in the fields of art and creative technology.

Canvas Network provides all the ease and functionality of Canvas, the learning management system that makes teaching and learning easier for more than 18 million higher ed, K-12, and workforce users worldwide. Instructure built Canvas with open, adaptable, reliable, native cloud technologies that empower learning in every context.

Lagunita is Stanford’s instance of the open-source software release of the Open edX platform, which was developed by the joint Harvard/MIT non-profit organization, and which Stanford engineers have been collaborating on since April 2013.

Lagunita hosts many of the free, online courses that are taught by Stanford faculty and made available to lifelong learners around the world for self-enrichment. Lagunita also hosts a variety of professional education opportunities in conjunction with many of Stanford University’s schools and departments.

 

Learn how to code

Learn to code interactively, for free. Codecademy is an online interactive platform that offers free coding classes in 12 different programming languages including Python, Java, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby, SQL, and Sass, as well as markup languages HTML and CSS. 

Learn how to code from scratch. Codeplace teaches you Ruby on Rails by helping you build real world applications.

Earn a Nanodegree recognized by industry leaders. Udacity, a pioneer in online education, is building “University by Silicon Valley”, a new type of online university that teaches actual programming.

Live streaming classes on design, marketing and code. Learn from zero to create the future of the web. Courses on programming, design, marketing, web development, Frontend, Backend, mobile dev, UX, usability.

Learn to code by doing. Learn to code in the comfort of your browser with video tutorials, programming challenges, and screencasts.

Get 1-on-1 help from experienced developers on your path to your first development job.

Start learning today with easy tutorials. Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science education by making it available in more schools.

Master Ruby on Rails and other web technologies. Learn Ruby on Rails and other web technologies through project-based … Learn Ruby on Rails by building an online marketplace like Etsy from scratch.

Learn HTML, CSS, iPhone apps & more. Learn web design, coding and much more with Treehouse. You can learn … Choose from 1,000s of hours of content, from JavaScript to Python to iOS.

Learn to make awesome websites. Dash is a fun and free online course from General Assembly that teaches you how to code awesome websites in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Learn to code and build web applications in one month.

 

Learn to work with big data

Online R tutorials and data science courses. Learn Data Science from the comfort of your browser, at your own pace with DataCamp’s video tutorials & coding challenges on R, Python, Statistics & more. … what you want to learn? Take one of our dedicated courses in a range of topics.

Learn data science in your browser. Learn real-world data science skills in an interactive online environment.

Develop your analytical skills in a simple, yet fun way. You will learn in an authentic work environment right in your browser. All the material is explained in simple and accessible language. The best way to learn something new is to do it.

 

Learn new languages

Learn a language for free. Duolingo is the world’s most popular way to learn a language. It’s 100% free, fun and science-based. Practice online on duolingo.com or on the apps!

Learn a language in 200 hours. A simple, addictive and fast way of learning languages. Join the community today and try our world-leading scientific approach — courses online and in our app.

The free language learning community. Join the global language learning community, take language courses to practice reading, writing, listening and speaking and learn a new language.

Use flashcards to learn vocabulary. Memrise uses clever science to adapt to your personal learning style and performance.

 

Broaden your knowledge and horizons!

Find carefully curated educational videos.

Access an extensive library of interactive content. You can learn anything. Expert-created content and resources for every subject and level. Always free.

Search the largest collection of online guides. Guides are connected hubs for gathering, organizing, and sharing live documents that keep everyone up to date and on the same page. 

  • Chesscademy

Learn how to play chess online through videos, chess tactics, and chess games.

A new way to learn piano online, interactively. Pianu allows you to start playing piano, interactively online. Learn the basics of piano, and play right in your browser! 

Your personal guitar tutor for the digital age. Unleash your inner musician. Beginner or expert – Yousician is the best way to enjoy playing. Start now. 

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Do you know what’s the best MBA Program alternative? [Guide]

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Is a MBA PROGRAM worth it?

 

It is one of the most desired accreditations in the business world, it takes immense effort over a 2-3 year period and can cost on average anywhere from $60 000-$120 000 plus, depending on where you go!

It’s a prestigious achievement to brag with an Harvard or Stanford MBA BUT not everyone can come up with that kind of money and time to tackle such an undertaking.

So what would you say if I told you I came up with a solution, a way to an unofficial MBA for FREE, completing it while  you commute everyday, meaning no time wasted?

Crazy! To good to be true! Yes I know, I would be sceptic too, but hear me out!

What does a MBA Program teach you?

A MBA program teaches you a Masters Degree in Business Administration from a highly schooled lecturer in segments like Finance, Accounting, Marketing, Human Resources, Operations management etc.

I found a way that you can learn the same stuff from people who have already done it and are successful in business! You also get it for free, consuming it everyday while going to work and back thus not costing you any time or money?

In this post I will show you how you can learn from the best in the business. Everything from marketing to project management – FOR FREE and how you can get started today!

Discover the MPA program curriculum, it’s a self paced, unconventional MBA program  filled with the same subjects you will find in a normal MBA.

Switch your MBA program aspirations for a MPA Program!
[MBA ALTERNATIVE]

But what’s a MPA?

A MPA is the vehicle I used to gain immense amount of knowledge from some of the greatest minds of our time. It changed my life and pumped me full of ideas and inspiration!

I call it the Masters in Podcasts and All-in-one knowledge, aka MPA!

I discovered podcasting a while back and was hooked from the start. The idea that you can listen to the best in whatever field while they discuss their success, failures, how to’s etc was mind blowing. I mean you receive a whole lifetime of advice and wisdom in a consolidated hour or so.

The best part is that it’s completely free and you can listen to it while you travel to work so you don’t lose any time while consuming the valuable information.

Isn’t that much better than listening to a local radio station that plays the same music over and over again, followed by the same repeating advertisements? It definitely was for me.

Also if you don’t like reading this is a great option as it only involves listening.

So why would you not want to try it out if is FREE, takes no extra TIME, you only have to listen to it AND you gain some of the best advice and wisdom on the planet?

Unfortunately, there is no fancy award ceremony at the end with certificates and abbreviations you can put at the back of your name, but what you earn in knowledge and wisdom to implement and take action on, is something no one can ever take away from you!

Welcome to the Masters in Podcasts and All-in-one knowledge!

The MPA curriculum is a selection of the best rated podcasts sorted by category.

See what you like, pick your favourites, subscribe and setup your very own MPA Course, enjoy.

Click on any of the Masters in Podcast  Curriculum Modules below and it will take you to that specific section.

Best Finance & Accounting podcasts

Finance & Accounting helps MPA students to learn to make financial decisions for their company and to communicate the economics of a business.

It includes the development of analytical skills, understanding capital markets, understanding financial and banking institutions, and budgeting, cash flow and risk analysis.


Planet Money

This NPR podcast is guaranteed to keep you engaged and keep you informed. The program features everyday people, educators and successful business leaders.

This is an ideal podcast for the MPA learner who wants to know more, and be entertained at the same time! The economy, explained, with stories and surprises.

Imagine you could call up a friend and say, “Meet me at the bar and tell me what’s going on with the economy.” Now imagine that’s actually a fun evening. That’s what we’re going for at Planet Money.

Smarter Business Finance

There are a lot of scams out there. This podcast aims to help you understand legitimate funding and business finance.

The host provides a variety of topics and educational resources on small business lending.

Listen Money Matters

A personal finance podcast that features some of the smartest minds in personal finance!

They try and create an ultimate personal finance resource so that you don’t need to work hard to keep your cash under control.

Accounting Best Practices

Steve Bragg hosts this podcast to offer you a full gamut of accounting resources and tools.

After listening to this podcast, you will better understanding accounting standards, technology, controls, finance, investor relations, payroll, metrics, acquisitions and much more!

The Bean Counter

While this podcast is focused on helping accountants, it is a great resource for individuals pursuing an MBA education.

The podcast offers insight on accounting, getting hired or promoted, and salary negotiations.

THRIVEal Podcasts

The THRIVEcast is the monthly podcast from the THRIVEal Network.

Listen to Jason Blumer and Greg Kyte’s dysfunctional journey through the changes taking place in the public accounting space.

Journey with them and their warped humour to a place of greater business enlightenment in your business and your freaking life!

McKinsey on Finance

This financial podcast, produced by the renowned McKinsey Quarterly editorial team, features experts and practitioners in the field.

The programs are designed to offer listeners insights into value-creating strategies and implementing those strategies into enhanced company performance.

Topics include board governance, investments, leadership, allocating resources, the Asia-Pacific region and much more.

 

Best Leadership Podcasts

 

Leadership education helps MBA students to become better leaders to develop a strong organisation.

Through this module, you learn how to build a company culture and how to motivate employees toward a goal.

 

EntreLeadership

This podcast was created by Dave Ramsey and is a Ramsey production.

With some of the top business minds as guests, Ken Coleman provides entertaining and educational discussions on business leadership.

 

Dose of Leadership Podcast

If you are seeking inspiring and educational interviews to expand your MPA education, this podcast is a quality leadership resource.

Richard Rierson interviews influence and leadership experts on a plethora of topics.

 

Radio Tuck

Hosted at Dartmouth University, Radio Tuck is a compilation of podcasts and tech tips.

Interviews include leaders in business discussing best technology practices in their field, digital strategy and emerging trends.

 

This is your life Podcast

This Is Your Life is my weekly podcast dedicated to intentional leadership.

Micheal Hyatt is the founder and CEO of Michael Hyatt & Company, an online leadership development company.

His goal with the podcast is to help you live with more passion, work with greater focus, and lead with extraordinary influence.

 

The LEADx Show  

Accelerate your career and reach your full potential in just minutes a day!

Join Kevin Kruse, LEADx founder and CEO as he interviews the world’s top leadership experts and business executives for their best career advice and management tips.


Office Hours

A magazine type podcast hosted by Daniel Pink which showcases some of the best business and leadership thinkers and writers in the world.

Women In Leadership

Want to learn how to be a leader from the world’s most inspirational women? This podcast is for you!

Host Angie Mezzetti has a background in journalism and broadcasting, which gives her a great perspective from which to explore the challenges her female guests have faced as they’ve climbed their way to the top.

Best Marketing Podcasts

 

Every business person needs to know marketing. Effective marketing builds business through analysis of customer behaviours and engagement with customers.

This module allows business leaders to learn marketing strategy, brand management and business strategy.

 

Marketing Over Coffee

Hosted in a coffee shop, this conversational podcast shares tips and information on social media marketing, search engine optimisation, search engine marketing, copywriting and affiliate marketing.

 

Seth Godin’s Startup School

Seth Godin, a best-selling author and marketing thought leader, shares tips and resources on marketing a startup.

Entrepreneurs frequently pursue an MBA education – this podcast is right up their alley to help them to market their dream business.

 

Copyblogger FM

Copyblogger FM is a weekly, short-form broadcast hosted by Sonia Simone.

Each week, she talks about what’s going on in the copywriting (and marketing) world. Expect to have your burning marketing questions answered!

She and other experts analyse the week in content marketing, copywriting, email marketing, conversion optimisation, mindset, and much more.

 

#AskGaryVee

Gary Vaynerchuk, author, speaker, and owner of multi-million dollar marketing company VaynerMedia, uses his podcast to answer questions about marketing, social media, and general entrepreneurial topics that he receives through social media.

If you’re looking for a high-intensity host whose responses are no-fluff, honest, and a tad explicit from time to time, Gary might be just the straight-talking expert you need.

 

Duct Tape Marketing

Since 2009, John Jantsch, a small business marketing expert and author, has been hosting this marketing podcast which brings on many different guests to chat about new trends, tips, and tactics in the digital marketing space.

Neil Patel, Guy Kawasaki, and Ann Handley have joined the ranks of past guests who’ve shared their unique insights on the show.

 

Marketing Smarts

With insights from the Kerry O’Shea Gorgone, enterprise trainer at MarketingProfs.

Each week, leading marketers come on the show to share real-world insights and stories about what’s worked (and what hasn’t) when it comes to creative marketing tactics.

 

5 Minute Marketing

Get the marketing shortcuts you need to jump-start your online business.

Brian Moran, a marketing expert and the co-founder at SamCart, shares his daily insights from growing and running a multi-million dollar software startup, so that you can apply them in your own business.

Brian’s Marketing tips are edited down into 5 minute bite-sized chunks so you can spend your time implementing them instead of listening to podcasts all day long.

 

 

The Marketing Companion

Marketers Mark Schaefer and Tom Webster co-host this podcast that comes out twice per month.

During the podcast, they talk answer common marketing questions and cover hot-button topics that many people in leadership roles have to wrestle with every day (all without being overly stuffy.)

Best Operations Podcasts

 

Every business learner should understand operations – it is the bottom line to knowing how a business works.

From product development to staffing to technology, operations knowledge is a must-have for any MBA student.

 

How to Start a Startup

Based on Sam Altman’s Stanford class, “How to Start a Business,” this podcast archives the lectures of that course and provides interested learners with a step-by-step of building a business.

That’s why it makes an excellent podcast to understanding operations.

This Week in Startups

Want to know the strategies of other successful businesses?

This podcast can help you follow along as new and existing tech startups build and run their businesses.

Whether you are pursuing an MBA right now or in the future, or you want to get an MBA education for free, these podcasts can give you insight, information, tools and resources into the business world. 

 

The Project Management Podcast

This is a free and premium podcast hosted by Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, who has led projects for a management consulting company, a national retailer, a financial service provider and an internet startup among others.

The weekly program focuses on best practices and new developments in the industry.

He has frequent guests and has spoken to PMP certification, leadership, work-life balance and many other topics. Check out the previous podcasts with our own Jason Westland.

The People and Projects Podcast

Andy Kaufman, executive project coach, has been broadcasting since January 2009, providing interviews and insight on project management topics from leadership to productivity.

There are free and premium podcasts and, like others can qualify certified project management professionals with up to 30 Professional Development Units (PDUs). Episodes focus on project managers, project sponsors and leadership at all levels.

The Lazy Project Manager

Peter Taylor Podcast Host Peter Taylor, who we interviewed last year is the author of two best-selling books on project management.

He is a frequent lecturer whose mission is to teach as many people as possible how to “work smarter and not harder.”

On his podcast, he addresses issues such as work-life balance and productivity, with interviews and even some music that makes his podcast a must-listen.

PM for the Masses

PM for the Masses Podcast Cesar Abeid is an electrical engineer and project management professional, who focuses on project managers.

He uses the podcast as a platform to explore successful concepts and interviews those who are making a mark in the industry.

Their personal stories are broken down into practical and manageable pieces that can be applied universally.

Best Entrepreneur Podcasts

 

A core module in the MPA Curriculum, entrepreneurship is the ability to turn ideas into action.

It covers creativity, innovation and risk-taking, as well as the ability to plan and manage projects to achieve results.

 

Entrepreneur on Fire

This entrepreneurial podcast includes the elements of a master of business administration focusing on discovering successes out of failures, becoming an inspired entrepreneur and finding the epiphanies that push you forward.

 

Tropical MBA

This MBA podcast supports and educates entrepreneurs no matter where they live.

Disconnect from your day job and learn to build a business wherever you land.

 

The Entrepreneurs

Monocle 24’s weekly tour of the most inspiring people, companies and ideas in global business, whether they are starting from scratch, reinvigorating the family firm or developing new technology.

Monocle’s weekly podcast is featuring global business leaders, often on location, discussing their entrepreneurial spirits and products.

 

Stanford University’s eCorner

Co-sponsored by BASES (a student entrepreneurship group), the Stanford Technology Ventures Program and the Department of Management Science and Engineering, these weekly Stanford seminars feature entrepreneurs and innovators who share their stories.

Past guests have included Land’s End CEO Federica Marchionni, Blue Bottle Coffee founder James Freeman, and Dharmesh Shah, co-founder and CTO at the marketing and sales software firm HubSpot.

Best Economics Podcasts

 

Economics in business provides knowledge of how a firm uses traditional economic theories into practice.

In another word, Business Economics is taken as a science, which reduces the gap between abstract economic theory and business practice vital for any MPA learner.

 

Alphachat

The Financial Time’s Alphachat is a short weekly podcast about business and economics. FT hosts guests that dive deeply into a new theme each week. The topics are fresh and interesting.

 

Freakonomics Radio

Freakonomics Radio is an incredibly popular weekly economics podcast. It is hosted by Stephen Dubner, who is the author of Freakonomics.

Created for a general audience, this podcast takes a cue from best-selling Freakonomics book by exploring and analysing economics and social behaviour in everyday life.

 

Exchanges at Goldman Sachs

Exchanges at Goldman Sachs is an educational economics podcast in which people from across the company share their deep insights on developments in various industries, different types of markets and the global economy.

A must listen that will help readers uncover hidden opportunities.

 

Bloomberg Benchmark

Bloomberg Benchmark is another great podcast for the economics enthusiast.

This weekly podcast gives a detailed look into the economic systems and policies that govern them

Best Management Podcasts

 

Business management skills are an important contribution to any company.

Because of this, it should be developed to it’s full potential for a manager in his or her organisation to be successful and the reason it is part of an MPA.

 

Manager Tools

Manager Tools is a podcast produced by a management consulting firm of the same name.

It’s owned by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman, both West Point graduates, former army officers and corporate executives.

They use their experience in the military, business life, and decades of management consulting to offer listeners actionable recommendations to become more effective and productive managers.

 

MIT Sloan School of Management  

An interview-based podcast which talks about broad management type issues in a semi-academic format.

It’s a diverse and vibrant community where every person is valued and supported. It’s a place of action and pragmatism, where faculty strive to solve the world’s problems.

It’s a place where industry leaders come to connect with the brightest minds of the next generation.

 

What Great Bosses Know

A podcast that interviews managers and business leaders on practical skills they learned to become great bosses.

In these short and practical podcasts, Poynter’s leadership and management expert Jill Geisler explains the things great bosses know. Her valuable tips help anyone who hopes to be a great boss or to work for one.

Best Overall Podcasts

 

There are many podcasts that can help you with an MPA education that has a broad focus covering the modules of the master of business administration program.

These podcasts introduce you to the full-spectrum of MBA education and connect you with successful business leaders around the world.

 

The $100 MBA Show

Each 10-minute episode is packed with MBA training to help you to attain the skills you need for your business and entrepreneurial education.

 

TEDTalks Business

TED talks are a great resource for all kinds of business topics.

If you want to learn from successful leaders with strong messages, listen to this podcast.

 

Darden Speaker Series Podcast

The Darden Speaker Series interviews industry, government and corporate leaders who speak about trends, challenges, leadership and business philosophy.

Leaders featured have experience in healthcare, media, finance, sports, government and technology.

 

Business, Life & Coffee

Host, Joey Price, discusses all kinds of MBA-related topics like marketing, finance, leadership, operations and more.

A business leader is invited to each podcast to discuss the chosen topic.

 

Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders

Delivered by Stanford University, this podcast is a great resource individual in pursuit of an MBA.

The program interviews business representatives of startups, investors and founders from major companies like Amazon and Facebook.

The goal of the podcast is to inspire entrepreneurs.

 

Ideacast Podcast

The Harvard Business Review releases this weekly podcasts of business expert interviews. Past guests include executives, researchers, authors, and journalists.

 

Tomorrow’s Challenges Podcast

IMD conducts research on leadership, change, innovation and governance, and shares it through its podcast.

 

Knowledge@Wharton

Similar to other business school podcasts, Knowledge@Wharton interviews subject-matter experts in business fields or academia.

London Business School Podcast

The London Business School shares podcasts and vodcasts of lectures and conferences.

Also, the school share interviews of their academic faculty and famous business leaders.

Best Favourite Best of the Best Podcasts

 

The James Altucher Show

I am hooked on this guy’s writing and now his interviews! At the end most of his articles I always say I wish I have written this!

Clever, insightful and new perspective on life!   James Altucher is a successful entrepreneur, investor and the writer of 11 books including the recent WSJ Bestseller, “Choose Yourself!”

He has also lost all his money, made it back, lost it, made it back several times and openly discusses how he did it in his columns and books.

 

Tell me something I don’t know

From the same DNA as Freakonomics comes this new kind of game show, hosted by Stephen J. Dubner of Freakonomics Radio. Learn a tonne. Laugh a lot.

This is fun to listen to, and you learn a lot in the process. It’s live journalism wrapped in a game-show package. Learn interesting facts that you probably never knew as contestants try to wow Stephen and his co-host(s).

 

The Tim Ferriss Show

No introductions needed here, Tim Ferris the bestselling author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” hosts this podcast that features performers from all kinds of fields and shares business leadership messages based on their tactics and tricks.

 

Noah Kagan Presents

Another favourite and I absolutely like this guy work, Noah Kagan hosts Noah Kagan Presents sharing actionable business advice for entrepreneurs and other successful people. Noah was employee #30 at Facebook and now runs his own companies with Sumo.com and Appsumo.com

 

The way I heard it with Mike Rowe

Entertaining with great sounding voice. The way I heard it is hosted by Mike Rowe from the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs. Mike shares short mysteries for the curious mind with a short attentions span.

Join him for a different take on the people and events that you thought you knew, from pop culture to politics, Hollywood to history.

 

The Kevin Rose Show

Hosted by Kevin Rose who I first came to hear from a drunk random podcast episode with Tim Ferriss.

He interviews fellow geeks from all walks of life. Interviewing technologists, scientists, and artisans to discover insights that can benefit us all.

Kevin Rose is a serial entrepreneur and technology investor. Time Magazine calls him one of the “Top 25 Most Influential People on the Web”, and Bloomberg lists him as a “Top 25 Angel Investor”.

 

Side Hustle School

Hosted by the “Impossible to pronounce”  Chris Guillebeau from The Art of Non-conformity.

This show is about hustling in your spare time “playing entrepreneurially” without making a huge commitment, starting a small business on the side while you still work!

There are some great tips and new business ideas!

 

The Smart Passive Income Podcast

Almost everything you need to know about online business, Patt Flynn will have some resources on it.

He sounds like a great guy loves his family and is enthusiastic about online business and entrepreneurship.

The Smart Passive Income podcast is consistently ranked in the top 10 podcasts in iTunes’s Business category.

 

The Side Hustle Nation Podcast

I have listened to every episode hosted by Nick Loper. From entrepreneurial ideas to sound business advice, this is a great resource for anyone.

Nick is a great guy and tends to ask the right questions so anyone can understand the subject!

 

The Action Army Podcast

Mr Creative, this guy has done a few crazy original things in his life from selling his last name to selling his future.

Off the hook show hosted by Jason Zook about nuggets of knowledge on topics like getting out of debt, living intentionally, minimalism, 30-day challenges, getting out of consumption mode, perfectionism, addiction, etc.

 

Experts on the Wire

My weekly dose of marketing know how.

A show with go-to information featuring Digital Marketing, SEO, content marketing and social media hosted by Dan Shure.

 

Detailed

Detailed brings the best content marketing success stories the web has to offer, that you can actually use for marketing your own projects.

It’s hosted by Glen Allsopp from Viperchill, a great guy and inspiring mentor.  He is an online marketer who runs successful online marketing agencies as well as teaches his craft at Marketing Inc.

 

Podcast Players

 

I bought an Ipod that I only use for podcasts and some music. It’s so easy you subscribe, and it automatically downloads new episodes every week.

Its connected via Bluetooth to the car radio, speaker in my office and while travelling I plug in headphones!

Here is a list of popular players. Setup your system and start to listen to your favourite shows.

Itunes

Stitcher

Soundcloud

Overcast

Pocket Cast

Google Play Music

Podcast Summary

 

Although it cannot replace a MBA program Podcast are a wonderful resource of knowledge that you can take advantage of, its free and you can listen to it at any time!

You have the world of knowledge right at the tips of your earlobes, make use of every second and learn anything under the sun!

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