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So you want to be a changemaker? Well, you’re on the right website. One of the most important traits of being a successful changemaker is being a conscious one. If you’re not aware of the need for our community and the change it will take within yourself to meet that need, it’s tough to be successful at achieving that goal.

I’ve compiled a list of podcasts from some of the today’s top changemakers that are leading the way for social innovators like you and I. So, grab your headphones and let’s go out there and kick some ass, shall we?

I immediately fell in love (literally) with Jonathan Fields after listening to “What Story Is Your Life Telling?” on Good Life Podcast. His concept wasn’t necessarily foreign but resonated with me. As a writer who loves to share (and often overshare) pieces of my life, his point hit home for me. Our life is a collection of stories we should want to share, so it should be meaningful. Passion and altruism are traits of every changemaker.

This podcast helps you find those characteristics again when you feel you’ve strayed off course. And it gives you that little push to get back out there and make this world a better place (for yourself and others).

This is one the first podcasts I ever downloaded to begin a personal and professional investment in myself. It’s also the first podcast I listened to and immediately subscribed to right after. Lewis Howes is a social entrepreneur with a game plan and teaches you how to do the same. With a mix of guests (each with enough heart to feed the world), this one offers practical, insightful, and easy-to-implement advice to help you build the dream life.

With heart and passion, the “social” part of the social entrepreneur is mastered. This podcast helps you tackle the “entrepreneur” part with solid structure. Get your vision board, and your to-do lists ready.

Nick gets deep. I am rarely one to enjoy going deep. I’m normally like, What? I have to unpack my baggage and sort my emotional laundry? No way — I’ll post another selfie to get my validation on Instagram. BUT, Nick challenges that thinking and encourages you to do some inner reflection. It’s a refreshingly poignant podcast.

The best way to help others and be effective in our quest is first to invest in ourselves personally.

We need to go deep. As helpful as it is to listen to Nick interview other social influencers in the community, he shines in his short snippet episodes. Each has a clear message, where he reflects on a piece of his own journey to inspire yours. Get out your notebook (and your journal) and get ready to get down and do the work.

If you don’t know Tim Ferriss, I don’t know where you’ve been. He’s an internationally best-selling author and by far one of the most impressive social innovators that have changed the rules for how we go about “change-making.” His interviews with leading trailblazers set the stage for the next generation of social trendsetters. There’s a piece of yourself to find and use as motivation in each interview. And you don’t have to take my word for it, just read one of the 3,000+ raving reviews for it on iTunes.

This one is a bit of a curveball, I know. It’s geared toward a more specific audience, but hear me out. One of the things I love and truly admire about Sophia Amoruso is her seemingly fearless approach toward tackling social norms. To be a successful changemaker, you also have to be a social disruptor. In a world where there’s constantly so much buzz, you need to find the thing you’re most passionate about and go all the way. Sophia is a leading example of that. She’s a #Girlboss who followed her heart, launched a business, wrote a book about its success, and now hosts a podcast (that I highly recommend) with other leading ladies discussing the obstacles and strategies for overcoming them. And it’s also a fun podcast. It’s never a drag and always leaves you ready to tackle the world.

Now that you have some new listening materials, it’s time to change the world.

At Conscious, we are inspired by stories that cause us to think differently and think big-picture, and so we set out to tell stories with the help of leaders and influencers within the social good community. You can read more stories like this when you join as a member.