Making a career out of happiness sounds like a dream, right? But for Shawn Achor, to properly research, write and speak about happiness and human potential, he’s had to dive into the grim realities of what makes us unhappy. Achor chats with Ellis about his new book Big Potential and the ways we can combat rising depression and suicide rates, and why we could all take a note from lightning bugs.
Your company might implement Casual Friday, but what about Chrono-type Friday? Best-selling author and television host Daniel Pink thinks it wouldn’t be a bad idea. Chronobiology is the study of how organisms adapt to solar and lunar related rhythms. Pink talks with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak about his new book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing and why it might actually be good for a basketball team to be losing at halftime.
You might not think you’d be inspired by someone nicknamed “Mr. Irrelevant.” But former football player David Vobora, who was given the moniker for being the last selection in the 2008 NFL Draft, calls it an “honorable title.” Vobora speaks with Ellis about training athletes, people with disabilities and American veterans, and sheds light on how an addiction to painkillers nearly destroyed his life.
How do you see someone for the first time if you’ve actually known him or her for years? According to New York Times best-selling author and self-proclaimed “spirit junkie” Gabby Bernstein, it’s possible, and it starts with curing yourself of judgment. Bernstein sits down with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis to discuss her recently released book Judgment Detox and to help you find a personal mantra.
When Gordon Hartman saw his daughter, Morgan, struggling to socialize at the pool one day, he set out to find a place where she and others with special needs like her could have fun. When he couldn't find one, he decided to build it for himself. Hartman talks with SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak about the vision behind Morgan's Wonderland, a $36 million San Antonio theme park that welcomes all.
Afraid to make the jump into something exciting but unknown? Learn tips for how to do it from Mike Lewis, the founder of global community When to Jump and author of When to Jump. In this enlightening interview, Lewis tells Ellis his own story of making the decision to leap into the unknown, and shares how to perfect your transition and what to do if it doesn't work out.
Seven-time Emmy Award winner and Academy nominee Alan Alda-known for his role on TV classic M*A*S*H-wants to improve how we as people communicate. His recently released book, If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?, explores his journey to become a better communicator. Alda sits down with Ellis to discuss why humans struggle to communicate, the importance of listening and his advice for how we can improve.
The risk is worth the reward is a motto Chip Gaines, the co-host of HGTV's wildly popular Fixer Upper, has always lived by. Gaines chats with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis about working together successfully with his wife, Joanna, and his experiences in business. The author of the newly released Capital Gaines: Smart Things I Learned Doing Stupid Stuff, Gaines gives his advice for new entrepreneurs and shares his secret for making sure he gets the most out of each day.
The key to productivity, says Work Smarter, Not Harder productivity program creator Carson Tate, is learning to anchor the possibility of this moment in the forefront of your mind. In this information-packed interview, Tate sits down with Skrhak to analyze the four types of productivity personalities. Plus, she explains how to create a system of efficiency that fits your life and allows you to, once again, enjoy the simple things.
We live in a culture where busyness is mistaken for success. If we’re not moving, we’re not achieving, some seem to think. Our addiction to speed isn’t just hurting our productivity, but our happiness and relationships, too. Marilyn Paul tackles this topic in her new book, An Oasis in Time. Drawing on the historically religious definition of the Sabbath, Paul takes Skrhak along her journey to carve out time for actual rest and relearning to love her life just as it is.
Who are the happiest people in the world? In his new book, The Blue Zones of Happiness, Dan Buettner, a New York Times best-selling author and National Geographic fellow, sets out to discover what factors determine happiness. In this eye-opening interview, Ellis and Buettner break down the three threads of happiness: pleasure, purpose and pride. Listen in to learn how you can weave those threads into your own life.
Simplify, minimize, organize—the terms seem straightforward, but what do they really mean? Lisa Bodell, founder and CEO of Futurethink, and author of Why Simple Wins, says people often confuse simplification with things like spring cleaning or organizing your desk. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis sits down with Bodell to discuss how organization can complicate, the need for balance and planning for meaningful work.
Clothing is a form of self-expression. Jennifer Hyman, co-founder and CEO of Rent the Runway, wants to provide every woman the opportunity to express themselves—from the boardroom to the concert venue—without draining their wallets. In this interview with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak, Hyman opens up about confidence, female camaraderie and her plan to give back to female entrepreneurs.
What does it mean to masculine? It's a question Lewis Howes, lifestyle entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author, began to think about when his outside success didn't match what he felt on the inside. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Howes sit down to discuss his new book, The Mask of Masculinity: How Men Can Embrace Vulnerability, Create Strong Relationships, and Live Their Fullest Lives. Plus, listen in to hear Howes' own journey of rediscovering himself and building stronger relationships in his life.
"When life gets tough, the tough get going," as the saying goes. But what does that really look like? For Anne Grady, author and popular TEDx speaker, that meant building resilience as a single mother while her son with mental illness was constantly in and out of hospitals and specialists' offices. Grady and Skrhak discuss how building resiliency feels like weakness when you're in the middle of struggles. Plus, learn how to identify your fight-or-flight emotions so you know how to manage them when they appear.
Technology has simultaneously simplified and complicated our lives. Amy Blankson, co-founder of Goodthink Inc. and best-selling author, says that doesn't mean we should all venture back to a pre-smartphone era; it's unrealistic. Although a digital detox can be a nice reminder, it's not a long-term solution for those looking to build balance. In this interview with Skrhak, Blankson offers tangible ways to stay grounded in the digital era.
One day you're a naive 19-year-old promoter trying to convince 800 people to line up outside a club on a Thursday night; the next day, you're discovering platinum artists like Justin Bieber. Scooter Braun, owner of SB Projects, one of the most powerful talent management companies in entertainment, blames blind determination, hard work and a little luck for his success. In this interview with SUCCESS.com Shelby Skrhak, Braun reveals his past struggles with depression, the power of vulnerability and why you should always remember that - good or bad - life can change overnight.
When you imagine high achievers, a soft-spoken introvert doesn't typically come to mind. Morra Aarons-Mele fights that stereotype with her social impact marketing agency, Women Online, and her new book Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert's Roadmap for Getting Out There When You'd Rather Stay Home. Aarons-Mele gets real with SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak about anxiety, societal pressure and the ever-increasing push to "lean in" when you should really be giving yourself a break.
Everyone has good and bad days—days we can't focus and days that fly by with productivity. Brad Stulberg, co-author of Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with a New Science of Success, is teaching people how to operate at their peak every day. In this science-packed interview, SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak and Stulberg use examples from sports to define peak performance and how to achieve it.
Success requires sacrifice. But DeVon Franklin, best-selling author, spiritual success coach and producer of the popular film Miracles from Heaven, didn't want to abandon his beliefs for a name in Hollywood. Now the author of the new book The Hollywood Commandments: A Spiritual Guide to Secular Success is out to prove you can have both. Franklin and SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak discuss Hollywood stereotypes, the power of entertainment and how to align your spiritual goals with your career goals.
What does it take to be a high performer? Brendon Burchard, best-selling author, high-performance coach and one of the most watched, quoted and followed personal development trainers today, says many people incorrectly believe that everyone has a limited amount of potential. In this telling interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Burchard unveils results from the world's largest study of high performers. Plus, learn how to implement high-performance habits into your life.
Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. It was a phrase that changed Jim Rohn’s life. As the legendary personal development speaker and author famously said: “If you work on your job, you’ll make a living. If you work on yourself, you’ll make a fortune.” In this clip from the archives, listen in to hear Rohn’s advice on building a life worth living, plus why you should strive for, but not expect, perfection.
What does it mean to be authentic? Karissa Thacker, author of the The Art of Authenticity, says it's not as black-and-white as you think. A famous painting is either real or not. A human being has at least three selves: our ideal self, our best self and our real self. SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak and Thacker get real about authenticity in this increasingly complicated digital world, with all of its nuanced definitions of identity.
Our brains seem to run at one of two opposite speed: the achingly slow "afternoon brain" and the 8-mph, "I can't keep up with my ideas" brain. Sound familiar? Peter Shankman, host of the podcast Faster than Normal and author of a book of the same name, says it's all about learning to harness and manipulate both brain speeds. Dive into this interview with SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak and Shankman as they talk through the stigmas surrounding ADD and ADHD, plus learn the best tactics for controlling your moments of genius.
The average pencil holds enough lead for approximately 40,000 words. While a young Adam Braun, founder of Pencils of Promise, was traveling abroad, he learned just how happy a pencil and paper—with all the potential they can hold—can make a child. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis sits down with Braun to hear how he's changing the education landscape and the importance of prioritizing growth outside of your comfort zone.