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The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance

There’s a myth out there that failure is career-ending and that success is achieved without any bumps in the road. But in reality, it’s surviving rock bottom that gives entrepreneurs the experience, confidence and edge that ultimately causes them to thrive. You’ll hear stories of challenge, perseverance and triumph. Plus you’ll learn how to capitalize off the failure factor--your secret to success.
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Oct 4, 2016

Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, and the author of Food Freedom Forever and The Whole30 Cookbook. She's been featured by Dr. Oz, The Today Show, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Details, Shape, Outside, and SELF; she has presented more than 150 health and nutrition seminars worldwide; and she also provides support to more than 2 million people a month through the Whole30 website. But before Melissa's massive success, she struggled with heroin addiction. Listen in to hear the details of her journey, including how in the early stages of her business she made the mistake of undermining her competition as a strategy (that seriously backfired). Listen in to hear Melissa's advice for coping with shame, apologizing, and building a "fiercely loyal community."

Sep 20, 2016

A former gang member, Ryan Blair is now a self-made multimillionaire, New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and CEO of the global healthy lifestyle company, ViSalus. He appears regularly on CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and Fox, and has been featured in Inc Magazine, Fortune Magazine, BusinessWeek, the Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times. But along the way, Ryan hit rock bottom--at one point standing on a balcony contemplating suicide following bankruptcy. Listen in to hear his poignant and inspiring journey, plus his advice on owning failures, bouncing back from depression, and asking for help.

Sep 6, 2016

Shalini Vadhera is a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, beauty expert and internationally recognized TV personality. From jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, to celebrity makeup artist, to Founder of a $21-million beauty brand, to founder and CEO of Passport 2 Beauty and Power Beauty Living, she helps women power up their business, beauty, and life. But Power Beauty Living was birthed from Shalini's most traumatic "failure." Listen in to hear Shalini's gripping story, and her advice for choosing the right investors, trusting in the process when life feels out of control, and finding the beauty in failure.

Aug 23, 2016

Matt Mayberry realized his dream of becoming a professional football player, then watched it all crumble in a instant. He suffered a career-ending injury in his FIRST game in the NFL. Shattered both physically and emotionally, Matt entered a deep depression. If he wasn't a football player, who was he? But Matt persevered and ultimately found his purpose in his pain. Drawing on his previous experiences of failure in the sport, and as a teenage drug addict, Matt recreated his identity as a keynote speaker and performance strategist. As the CEO of Matt Mayberry Enterprises, he now helps individuals and organizations all over the world maximize their potential. Listen in to hear how Matt survived the darkest time of his life, and the formula he uses for capitalizing on failure.

Aug 9, 2016

Joe Cross is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, filmmaker, and wellness advocate. He's the founder of the socially conscious health and wellness company, Reboot With Joe, as well as the founder of the Reboot Media, which produces educational media. Joe is best known for the hit film in which he juiced his way from sickness to health, Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. But Joe makes it clear he's had "more failures than successes." In this episode of The Failure Factor, Joe tells the story of investing in a fashion brand and losing millions. He shares why some people bounce back from failure and some don't, how to create your own luck, and why failing 80% of the time can still be a recipe for success.

Jul 26, 2016

Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and a relationship expert. A psychotherapist to the stars, she was the featured therapist on A&E’s Monster In-Laws, The Lisa Oz Show, had a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio, and was included in the Top 100 Bloggers to watch. In this episode, Terri shares her expert advice on how to overcome unhelpful patterns in relationships with romantic partners and colleagues, plus how to follow your dreams and change careers when fear, your current paycheck, or the belief that it's "too late" is holding you back.

Jul 12, 2016

Whitney Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur who, by the time she was 25, had already founded 3 companies. The first, a non-profit inspired by the BP oil spill; the second, Tinder, the app that normalized swiping left or right on potential dates; and most recently, Bumble, a female-first connection platform for anyone looking for love, friendship, and soon so much more. But it hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows for Whitney. In fact, Bumble was born after a painful--and very public--split from Tinder. Listen in for Whitney's view on failure that's kept her persevering through the challenging times, and what she does to gain perspective when it feels like her world is crashing down.

Jun 28, 2016

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, he is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and the author of more than 85 books. In this episode, Deepak shares a highly entertaining "failure" story--in which he emptied his briefcase on his boss's head. Tune into hear why, plus his advice finding and following your passion and why "happiness is actually a form of misery."

Jun 14, 2016

Radha Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, advocate, feminist, visionary, and community-building expert. Most recently, Radha is the cofounder of sober early morning dance-party Daybreaker, and cofounder of Thinx period proof Underwear. In this interview, Radha tells the powerful story of her experience as a woman in business, and how decisions made out of desperation resulted in her ultimate departure from one of her former companies. Relevant to all genders, she shares the lessons and wisdom she learned from her mistakes.

May 31, 2016

Dave Finocchio launched Bleacher Report in 2008 with three friends from middle school. Self-described 'sports nuts,' the Notre Dame alumni saw an opportunity in filling the 'white space' in the sports media world. Bleacher Report is now the second-largest digital sports publisher, with a loyal monthly audience of more than 60 million. The company sees more social engagement across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram than any other publisher (sports-related or not) in America. But getting there wasn't without its challenges. As emotionally developing early 20-somethings in a 300 sq-ft office (without air conditioning!), 'emotions ran hot' and conflict and ego threatened the company's survival. Learn how Dave and his team overcame the challenges of founding with friends and transformed Bleacher Report into the massively successful enterprise it is today.

May 17, 2016

Courtney Nichols Gould is the CoFounder/CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, a company she launched with her cofounder and husband, Gordon, just over 5 years ago to bring more health to more people every day (in the shape of a really tasty and trustworthy gummy). In this episode, Courtney shares how she went from "leading from fear," to creating a culture with virtually no turnover that's gotten STRONGER as the number of employees has increased. Listen for her favorite alternative to meditation, what her office offers instead of ping pong tables, and what she believes are the most important leadership skills.

May 3, 2016

Gunnar Lovelace is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, the fastest growing health-food e-commerce company in history. In this episode, Gunnar tells the story of a previous "failure," after which he found himself hitting rock bottom. He describes the learnings he took from the experience that contributed to his massive success with Thrive Market. Entrepreneur or not, you won't want to miss this profoundly inspiring interview in which Gunnar shares his authentic wisdom for relating to failure and achieving startup success.

Apr 19, 2016

Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle are the co-founders of Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery service and wellness lifestyle brand. Danielle and Whitney went from making meals in their SoHo kitchen and delivering them on bicycles, to an 85-person company that delivers its signature plant-based, nutritionally-designed meals to thousands of customers across the United States each week. Hear their advice on how to "make your mess into your mission," turn a sulfurous kale salad into an opportunity for customer retention, and what to do when everyone's telling you to play it safe.

Apr 12, 2016

Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of “WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume”. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue. It hasn't always been health and "Wellth" for Jason, though. He used the wisdom he gained from failures along the way to make mindbodygreen the leading independent media brand dedicated to wellness. Listen in for his bang-on advice about how being comfortable with uncertainty, and when it's time to let go and move on.

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