Top Podcasts, Books and Instagram Accounts That Will Instantly Motivate You

By Tom Ottaiano, CEO, Today’s Business

Sometimes all you need to jumpstart your motivation is a really good podcast, book or post from a quality Instagram page. Here are my top picks for media that will put you in an achievement mindset! 

Listen Up: Podcasts

Operation Growth

Operation growth features stories of success from a variety of different entrepreneurs, from the founder of Playa Bowls to the CEO of one of the fastest growing software companies in the US. 

Listen to the episode I was featured on here.  

Group Chat 

Every day for me starts with Group Chat. It’s the best podcast to jumpstart your morning. Dee Murthy, Chris “Drama” Pfaff ad Anand Murthy share their takes on business, current events and culture, to name a few. If you’re looking for digestible and entertaining segments on conversation-starting topics, check out Group Chat. 


Stay Paid 

One of the best sales and marketing podcasts out there, Stay Paid is worth a listen. Every episode breaks down the top tactics for acquiring new business and executing successful marketing initiatives. 

Check out the episode Chaz and I were featured on where we discuss how to create an online presence that dominates by clicking here


Kneading Dough

Hosted by former NFL player Andrew Hawkings, Kneading Dough is a podcast with superstar athlete guests that discuss how they dealt with the game changing amounts of money they were paid when they went pro. 

The Creative Collective Show

The tagline of the Creative Collective is “where business meets creative” which is just scraping the surface of the great content they put out. 

Check out the episode I was featured in!


Get Motivated: Instagram Accounts


@foundr is one of the best Instagram accounts in the game for motivation. From self reflection quotes to team-oriented advice, there’s a quote to motivate everyone. 

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Tony Robbins

@tonyrobbins remains top of mind for anyone who is looking to outside sources for motivation. His coaching style and entrepreneurial ideas have been talked about around the world, and his Instagram account is a hub for great clips and quotes to start helping you achieve your goals.

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Contribution is the key to ultimate fulfillment! Life is not about what you GET — that will never make you truly happy in the long term. It’s who you BECOME and what you CONTRIBUTE — to your loved ones, your community, and the world — that will. ❤ . We GROW so that we have more to GIVE — it’s what we’re MADE FOR! Nothing in life will give us a greater sense of personal satisfaction than contribution in service to something greater than ourselves. When you learn the power of sincere and selfless contribution, you will experience life’s deepest joy: true fulfillment. The secret to living is giving! . ❓Do you know someone who embodies the spirit of giving and contribution? Give them a shoutout in the comments!

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Shoe Dog: A Memoir By the Creator of Nike

Phil Knight’s Shoe Dog is a #1 New York Times Bestseller for a reason. If you’ve ever wondered how Nike went from a startup to one of the biggest brands in the world, this book should be on your list. Nothing is more motivating than hearing the story of someone else’s success. 

Relentless: From Good to Great to Unstoppable

The title is a good indicator of how motivating of a read Relentless by Tim Grover is. As a trainer of legends, Tim Grover knows what it takes to win and keep pushing towards success. 

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