Before Megyn Kelly, host of Fox News Channel's The Kelly File, was delivering tough questions to presidential candidates, foreign leaders and veteran executives, she was delivering closing statements as a lawyer for nine years. But her driven, hard-working mindset pushed her to find a more fulfilling career. As she writes in her upcoming book, Settle for More, achieving the "zone of genius" - the place where your skills and passion intersect - comes when you push yourself to be honest about where you are and where you want to be. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Kelly describes navigating her toughest year and the importance of gut checks to ensure you're not settling for less.
Courage comes in many forms. For Tala Raassi, Iranian-American designer and founder of a women's fashion line, it came in the form of a miniskirt and high heels in conservative Iran. Five nights in jail and 40 lashes later, Raassi replaced her fear and helplessness with anger and a determination to find freedom through fashion. Fear is natural, but as you'll hear in this chat between Ellis and Raassi, when we push ourselves to try in the face of potential failure, we are one step closer to our strongest selves.
Where does strength come from, and how can we muster it when we need it most? Margie Warrell, best-selling author and international authority on courage, likens it to building a muscle-achieved through deliberate and repetitive action. SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak dives into Warrell's six steps to closing the gap between where we are and where we want to be. Plus, listen for Warrell's newest courage-building adventure: conquering Mount Kilimanjaro with her husband and four children.
Shortcuts rarely take us where we want to go. For Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of fashion retailer Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS and Nasty Galaxy, shortcuts led to dead-end jobs and dumpster diving. Through failure, she learned to take control of her life and live each day deliberately. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis chats with Amoruso about the importance of taking risks, playing to your strengths and failing a little every day.
Growing up with five brothers requires a competitive nature only siblings know. NFL Hall of Famer and former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly battled 11 years on the field only to face his toughest competition - cancer - in 2013 and 2014. Kelly found strength in family, faith, friends and fans. Our Mariana Lenox asks Kelly about mental toughness, family strength and resilience.
Co-founder and president of Quest Nutrition, Tom Bilyeu has a mission: to end metabolic disease. In what he calls "a company born out of misery," he and his Quest co-founders left their tech startups in search of more fulfilling careers. SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak and Bilyeu discuss the Quest Belief System, how to achieve a growth mentality, and building a mission first, profit-second company.
What makes you unique? Simply your existence. SUCCESS Contributing Editor Mel Robbins says scientists conclude that your chances of being born were one in 400 trillion. But it goes further than that. In her conversation with Adam Grant, best selling author of Give and Take and Originals, she discovers the difference between being unique versus being original, and the importance of championing others' ideas to bolster your own creativity. Plus, learn how procrastination can benefit you.
When 20-year-old Gabby Douglas isn't busy training for her second Olympics, she's riding roller coasters and watching movies. She is the first African-American woman to win the individual all-around gold and team events. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Douglas discuss the importance of breaking down big goals, focusing on incremental gains and maintaining a belief mindset.
The noted tell-it-like-it-is-entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor Gary Vaynerchuk says the internet has opened the door for the self-starting businessperson. What sets some people apart is their willingness to work smarter and harder, despite the popular phrase. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis sits down with Vaynerchuk to discuss daily self-awareness, what determines entrepreneurial success and how introversion can be your greatest asset.
Emmy Award-winning producer and media mogul Nely Galan creates a new personal mantra every year. In the beginning: "Think like an immigrant." Now: What do I need to learn this year?" As a first-generation Cuban immigrant, Galan began developing her mindset while watching her parents fight for her to come to the U.S. SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak delves into this empowering tale of building from failure, shifting your mindset and taking ownership of your future.
Author and creativity expert Scott Barry Kaufman says creativity is fundamental to human nature. Contrary to popular belief, creativity "allows us to reconcile the seemingly incompatible parts of our lives and make meaning of the world around us," Kaufman says. In this science-packed interview, discover the difference between genius and everyday creativity, plus the need for adults to set aside time for daydreaming and playtime.
What could you accomplish if you had 700 years to live? Peter Diamandis, one of the world's biggest dreamers, fundamentally believes there isn't a problem that can't be solved. For him, a longer, healthier life span is not only possible, but inevitable. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Diamandis discuss optimism, abundance thinking and the definition of success.
The entrepreneurial life is not an easy one. But Barbara Corcoran is the first to say the sacrifice is worth the benefit. Before she was a successful business woman, an investor on ABC's Shark Tank and mother of two, Corcoran had held 20 different jobs and started The Corcoran Group with just $1,000. it seems she's done it all. That's why we asked Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It and the What the Most Successful People Do series to interview Corcoran and discover the secret to her success.
You might not know his story, but you would certainly recognize Guy Fieri on the street. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host, with his spikey blond hair, white sunglasses and obvious culinary passion, has taken the food (and now wine) industry by storm. Don't let his booming voice and outgoing nature fool you; Fieri's success is matched only by his humility. He attributes his climb to family, friends and the mentors who inspire him to do and be more. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Fieri serves up a humorous, insightful peek at his life.
You've hear it before: stress is the enemy. Author, columnist, communications strategist and stress expert Amanda Enayati disagrees. In her interview with Shelby Skrhak, Enayati explains the different types of stress and how to find pockets of joy to boost your mood throughout the day.
It takes only five second to change your life. Serial entrepreneur, business coach, speaker, author, and award-winning radion and TV show host Mel Robbins travels the world empowering leaderst to improve their lives. How? By closing the gap between knwoing what needs to be done and actually doing it. In this interview, Shelby Skrhak, SUCCESS.com's director of digital content, digs into the concept of taking action.
Millionaire entrepreneur Kevin O'Leary is known for his ruthless and outspoken opinions on ABC's entrepreneurial reality show Shark Tank. O'Leary or "Mr. Wonderful" as he is known to viewers, made his fortune founding SoftKey, an education software company. Learn how he fought his way to the top of the tank.
Fashion is a business where success is as fleeting as the newest fad. Yet, Kendra Scott, who started her jewelry business with $500 and a spare bedroom, has taken the industry by storm. SUCCESS staffer Paige Dungan sat down witih Scott to discuss how she keeps family and philanthropy at the center of her multimillion-dollar company.
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo says “championships and great seasons are won in locker rooms.” Over two decades-plus, his leadership has produced an NCAA championship and 16 NBA draft picks. In this exclusive interview, author and contributing editor Don Yaeger takes a deep look at Izzo's success on and off the court.
NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson knows that success isn’t just a one-person show. Each member of his team plays a vital role before and during every race. Johnson talks with SUCCESS about speed, growth and the importance of teamwork.
Meet Lori Greiner, "the warm-blooded shark" on the hit ABC show Shark Tank. A prolific invento of retail products, Greiner built her empire from the ground up through old-fashioned elbow grease and willpower. Today she has created over 450 products and her own show on QVC. Greiner spreads her knowledge by investing in entrepreneurs whom she sees as potential heroes.
"Your life follows your thoughts." These are the words of Joel Osteen, best-selling author and pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston. In his interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-chief Josh Ellis, Osteen shares an array of motivation and inspirational thoughts. For him, life comes down to fulfilling his purpose, and he wants to help you do the same.
"If you don't design your own life plan, chance are you'll fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you: Not much." These are the words of Jim Rohn, legendary mentor to modern masters. Rohn touched numerous lives, and his influence is still felt through today's personal-development icons. This special clip is from our digital learning program Foundations for Success, in which Rohn shares how you can design and extraordinary life.
The founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely didn't know the first thing about the pantyhose industry (or business for that matter) when she launched her company. She had only one source to operate from: her gut. Blakely believed her invention would help millions of women, and she was right. Her passion and dedication has made her a billionaire. That same passion, along with an added touch of spunk comes through in this interview with former SUCCESS Publisher Darren Hardy.