Every person has a unique story, but within all of us lies a motivation to understand our past in order to better our future. That’s what prompted Kelly Flanagan, Ph.D., to begin writing the popular blog UnTangled and the recent book, Loveable. SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak and Flanagan provide an emotional interview about the power of connectivity and self-worth.
Exposed to entrepreneurship as a child, Bishop T.D. Jakes didn’t know he wanted to be a preacher, but he always knew he would forge his own path. Now the founder of the Potter’s House church in Dallas, “America’s Best Preacher” is transforming the lives of thousands across the globe. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Jakes touches on self-belief through difficult times, effectiveness and raising the standards of a “good life.”
Growing up, Jordan Harbinger wasn’t the smartest kid in the class. He received good grades, but most of his success was based on charm. Flash forward a few decades and Harbinger has transformed that charm and understanding of relationships into a thriving business and popular podcast, The Art of Charm. Ellis and Harbinger chat about the importance of soft skills, the misunderstood aspects of networking and the underestimated importance of the first impression.
Most people have experienced a state of flow at least once—that wonderfully productive feeling of being “in the zone” where time seems to pass without measure. But how can you put yourself in a state of flow on command rather than by chance? That’s exactly what Steven Kotler, best-selling author, award-winning journalist, and co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project, writes about in his latest book, Stealing Fire. In this science-packed interview with Ellis, Kotler uncovers what keeps us from entering flow and the 20 known triggers that can lead to a state of flow.
When was the last time you let your imagination run wild? Erik Wahl, graffiti artist, speed painter, speaker and author of The Spark and the Grind, is on a mission to demystify the perceptions we have about creative people—because we’re all inherently creative. Wahl sits down with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak to discuss how creative people can market their brands and develop the necessary discipline and structure for creative ideas to flourish.
You can wander into debt but you can’t wander out. So says Dave Ramsey, the immensely popular radio talk show host, best-selling author, nationally syndicated newspaper columnist and personal finance expert. Creating financial peace of mind takes dedication and getting brutally honest with yourself. In this interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis, Ramsey details the dangers of debt, the difference between money and wealth, and why smart personal finance is only 20 percent knowledge and 80 percent behavior.
On a typical Saturday nearly nine years ago, Joshua Becker spent most of the day cleaning out the garage. In that moment, it occurred to him that his possessions weren’t making him happy, but actually keeping him from experiences that do bring happiness. Becker and Ellis talk about why we purchase new and bigger things to find happiness, finding what really brings us joy and fulfillment and how to simplify our lives down to the basics.
Emotional intelligence is a buzzy phrase, but what does it really mean and how can we develop it? Best-selling author and internationally recognized psychologist Daniel Goleman says there are four parts to emotional intelligence: self-awareness, managing your emotions, noticing other people’s feelings and effectively managing your relationships. In this interview with Skrhak, Goleman dives into how much emotional intelligence affects our daily lives.
Author of the best-seller The 4-Hour Workweek, Tim Ferris has met with and interviewed some of the biggest names in business, sports and entertainment. His mission is to learn from the world’s greatest achievers and share their wisdom to help you live your best life. In his newest book, Tools of Titans, Ferriss shares the secrets he’s collected throughout the years and breaks down what it means to be healthy, wealthy and wise. He joins SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis to chat about the book, building resilience and why we are often the biggest obstacles to our own success.
It all began with a single YouTube video in 2007. Michelle Phan, co-founder of ipsy, a beauty subscription company valued at $500 million, author, YouTube beauty influencer with more than 1.1 billion lifetime views and owner of the revamped cosmetics line, EM, says passion is what fuels her. Passion to be authentic, genuine and share her message and creativity with the world. In this interview with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak, Phan details how she constructed her own version of success by embracing the idea that opportunity is endless; we just have to be willing to fight for it.
What do you do when you feel stuck? Margie Warrell, fear expert and author of Make Your Mark: A Guidebook for the Bravehearted, says we often have all of the answers to life’s big questions. Sometimes we just need time and reflection to bring those answers to light. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Warrell discuss living bravely, finding your passion and making a deep assessment of your current goals.
In a hyper-connected world measured in likes and retweets, Mark Manson swims upstream. The author and blogger writers “self-help for people who hate self-help.” In this brutally honest interview with SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief, Manson explains why we need to stop trying to be happy all of the time. Instead embrace failure, rejection and insecurities, because there is no such thing as life without struggle or suffering.
A routine is safe, solid and reliable. No one knew that more than Sarah Robb O’Hagan, former global president of the sports brand behemoth Gatorade. That is until she began exploring the idea of extreme living, a concept she details in her new book, Extreme You. Extremers, as O’Hagan calls them, are people living out their personal potential, whatever that might be. Dive into this interview with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak and discover why taking big risks is vital to finding your best life.
While JJ Virgin was working on her New York Times best-seller The Virgin Diet, her 16-year-old son was struck by a hit-and-run driver and so critically injured that his odds of surviving were miniscule. Virgin has opened up about the traumatic time in her life in her recent book, Miracle Mindset. SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak sits down with Virgin to learn how she found the energy, strength and courage to overcome a challenge that could have crippled her
Although he spent 20 years rising through the ranks of the U.S. Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink says toughness isn’t just about mental or physical strength. After translating his leadership lessons from the battlefield to the boardroom, he launched Echelon Front, a business and leadership strategy company where he is a leadership instructor, speaker and executive coach. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis discovers the three fundamental principles of tough leadership, the power of humility, and why motivation is fleeting and shouldn’t be trusted to propel you forward.
What would you give to end self-doubt, fear and indecisiveness in just five seconds? Mel Robbins, SUCCESS contributing editor, CNN commentator and author of The Five Second Rule, says you that’s really all it takes. In this interview with SUCCESS.com’s Shelby Skrhak, Robbins reveals the low point in her life that helped her discover the 5-second rule and how you can build up the courage to change your life—in just five seconds.
Being scrappy isn't just about persistence. For Terri Sjodin, author of Scrappy: The Little Book About Choosing How to Play Big, scrappiness requires initiative, a bit heart and a willingness to work hard and take risks. Our own scrappy Director of Digital Content Shelby Skrhak sits down with Sjodin to define scrappiness and how to use it to overcome the obstacles in your life. Plus, learn why scrappiness is only the first step. You have to take small, persistent steps toward your long-term goal, especially when you're feeling discouraged.
Without self-confidence, you will not take action. Brian Tracy, CEO of Brian Tracy International and host of the best-selling audio program Psychology of Achievement, knows that action is the foundation to building a life worth living. In this interview with Skrhak, Tracy distinguishes between self-confidence and self-esteem, how to build confidence in your daily life, and why it's important to understand that people were born to achieve increasingly difficult goals.
What does it take to become a badass? Jen Sincero author of the best-selling book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, says it starts with being authentically and unapologetically our most real selves. Sincero dishes on how she transformed her life from broke and unhappy to confident and eager to take on whatever comes her way. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Sincero discuss real confidence, the dangers of ego and the importance of mindfulness when taking control of your life.
Each new day brings new challenges and struggles. It’s a natural part of life to understand that much of that is out of our control. But we can control how we respond to those challenges using best-selling author Jack Canfield's approach: E + R = O (event plus response equals outcome). For many years, Canfield has studied what makes successful people different, combining research with lessons from his own personal struggles in the New York Times best-selling Chicken Soup for the Soul© series. In this conversation with former SUCCESS Publisher Darren Hardy, Canfield discusses how facing the trials of life (known and unknown) can be daunting, but with some planning and a little courage, we can all find our way through to the good times.
For more than 40 years, Jim Rohn honed his craft like a skilled artist-helping people the world over sculpt life strategies that have expanded their imagination of what is possible. Those who had the privilege of hearing him speak can attest to the elegance and common sense of his material. In this clip from one of his most popular audio programs, Challenge to Succeed, Rohn describes his belief that happiness is an art. "Happiness must be carefully woven on its own," says Rohn. Fortunately however he describes how anyone can learn and practice it as long as they don't leave it to chance.
Are you content with your life, or are you consistently striving to grow? SUCCESS Happiness Guy Shawn Achor and Michelle Gielan, a happiness researcher and author of Broadcasting Happiness, say that pockets of joy in life are the ones you find while aspiring to become better than you were yesterday. In this husband-and-wife interview, Achor and Gielan answer readers' questions including how to spark happiness in relationships and maintain joy amid the struggles of parenthood, and how men and women pursue happiness different. In the workplace, listen why Achor and Gielan say you should save every positive feedback email for the days when negativity surrounds you - because happiness and joy are found in life's smallest moments.
Happiness is an elusive and subjective concept. Gretchen Rubin, best-selling author, co-host of the popular podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin and one of the leading experts on habits and happiness, says rather than trying to define or imagine what it looks like, we should focus on building it in our individual lives. After all, studies who 40 percent of happiness is in our control, in our conscious thoughts and actions. In this interview with SUCCESS contributing editor Mel Robbins, Rubin stresses how important relationships are to building happiness. Plus, learn Rubin's four habit tendency types - Upholder, Obliger, Questioner and Rebel - and learn the ways your type affects how you react to inner and outer expectations.
There is so much going on in our lives that sometimes we get a little lost in the weeds. We forget why we work so hard and our ultimate purpose. Renowned life coach and best-selling author Martha Beck stopped by to chat with former SUCCESS Publisher Darren Hardy about finding our way.
Author of Living in Your Top 1%, Alissa Finerman focuses on helping you and your team drive performance by leveraging your strengths and accomplishing key goals. In this interview with former SUCCESS magazine publisher Darren Hardy, Finerman brings her big picture thinking shares how goals help direct our energy, ways to avoid negative words and how aligning your choices with your goals will help you discover and conquer your life mission.