I love listening to podcasts. It’s such a wonderful way to pass time while doing other activities, and it makes it easy to be inspired and learn new things. You will be surprised at how your next great idea could come from a story about life-span longevity (TED Radio Hour) or Will Chamberlain’s underhand basketball throws (Revisionist History).
One example of an inspiring podcast is from the Malcolm Gladwell podcast: Revisionist History, the episode “The Lady Vanishes”. Gladwell introduces the concept of “moral licensing” in context of a famous female painter in 19th Century England, who was the first female to be included in a line up of male artists in a big art show. Her piece was chosen to be a part of a prominent collection Royal Palace. However, once she was selected the first time, the all male review panel chose to never accept her work again. The reason, Gladwell claims, is due to moral licensing. The male review panel felt that since they had included a woman once, they could no longer be claimed as sexist and they didn’t have to include a woman again. The woman, painter Elizabeth Thompson, eventually gave up showing her work and became resigned to a life of taking care of the home and kids never to paint again. Her painting? It still hangs in the Royal Palace! Lesson Learned: If you get a break, keep pushing forward and push hard. One opportunity does not ensure long-term success!
As you work your way through this list take a look at the last few episodes they have published and have fun!
I’d love to know what podcasts keep you happy, inspired and motivated. Please share in the comments below!
Syama Meagher is a retail strategist for brands and retailers. She helps entrepreneurs launch and grow fashion business through ecommerce, wholesale and brick & mortar. Syama is a former at Barneys New York, Gucci, AHAlife and Macy’s. To build your brand and create a profitable business check out www.ScalingRetail.com and email firstname.lastname@example.org