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SUCCESS Talks

SUCCESS Magazine presents SUCCESS Talks, it’s exclusive audio program included in every issue of the magazine, as a podcast. One of the most unique components of the magazine, SUCCESS Talks features fascinating interviews with prominent business, creative and thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Anne Sweeney, Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss and Barbara Corcoran. SUCCESS Talks focuses on helping the listener nurture and develop their mind, body and spirit. Each month is thematically different and includes key takeaways designed to help you achieve your biggest goals and live your true passion.
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Mar 23, 2017

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.

Mar 16, 2017

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.

Mar 9, 2017

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.

Mar 2, 2017

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

Feb 23, 2017

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.

Feb 16, 2017

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.

Feb 9, 2017

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.

Feb 2, 2017

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.

Jan 26, 2017

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.

Jan 19, 2017

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.

Jan 12, 2017

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.

Jan 5, 2017

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.

Dec 29, 2016

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.

Dec 22, 2016

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.

Dec 15, 2016

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.

Dec 8, 2016

Tim Ferriss, author of the best-selling books, The Four Hour Work Week and the Four Hour Chef lives life like a giant science experiment. He conducts research, interviews hundreds of thought leaders in varying industries, enacts their ideas and best practices in his own life and reports back what he learned from the experience. In this interview, Ferriss gives SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis his own definition of success: "I don't use the word success very often. I can certainly take a stab at it at some point and I am often asked how I define [it], but I prefer to chase excitement… [Excitement] is a better barometer for whether you're heading in the right direction." Listen in to hear how you can use Ferriss’ newest book, Tools of Titans as the foundation to experiment and find your specific version of excitement in life.

Dec 1, 2016

Best-selling author of Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic and The Obstacle Is the Way, Ryan Holiday discusses the dangers of ego with SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak. Unlike the Freudian definition, Holiday is referring to the colloquial definition. It's the entitled voice in our head that's resistant to feedback, rigid to change and averse to learning. Unlike confidence, Holiday argues, ego is stolen or manufactured. Confidence is earned. In this interview, Holiday shares his own difficult journey with ego, how to build a student mindset, and tips to combat ego in your life.

Nov 24, 2016

Tony Robbins had a difficult childhood, void of a consistent father figure and steady financial support. Now the entrepreneur, best-selling author, philanthropist and life strategist says that experience gave him the drive to ensure other people don't feel the same pain and suffering. He's on a mission to fulfill his legacy while he's still alive - to touch the lives of as many people as he can with his books, coaching sessions and personal development seminars. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis sits down with Robbins to discuss peace of mind, finding success through giving and the importance of mastering your emotions.

Nov 17, 2016

An inspiration to millions, Joel Osteen lives by the motto, "I was made for more than just to endure!" In this episode from the SUCCESS Talks archives, Osteen and former SUCCESS magazine Publisher Darren Hardy discuss how to break out of a rut to reach your greatest potential.

Nov 10, 2016

An unshakeable optimist, Simon Sinek understands that, at our core, humans are social creatures. We need each other if we ever hope to build a better future. The visionary thinker and author of the new book Together is Better says we all need a reminder that our journeys are connected, and that's how it should be. The best teams, he notes, are ones that aren't merely like a family, but rather are a family. In this interview, SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis asks Sinek about the true joy of leadership, where courage stems from, and the power of vulnerability when surrounded by people you trust.

Nov 3, 2016

Family means different things to different people. In a time when 51 percent of U.S. households are nontraditional-multigenerational or single-parent, for example-family is truly what you make it. Emma Johnson, SUCCESS contributing editor, single mother of two and author of the blog WealthySingleMommy.com, says it's time to stop feeling guilty or inadequate for not being the nuclear family we often see on TV. When we shift our mentality and allow ourselves to be successful both at work and at home, we find a happiness that goes beyond work-life balance. SUCCESS.com's Shelby Skrhak and Johnson chat about working parents' guilt, healthy vulnerability and the myth of the best friend.

Oct 27, 2016

On the court, the late John Wooden secured 10 NCAA championships in just 12 years with the UCLA men's basketball team. Off the court, he inspired those he met with simple but profound leadership advice, his pyramid of Success and character-building principles. In this clip from the archives, Wooden remembers the life lessons he learned from his father at a young age, such as "make each day your masterpiece." SUCCESS Ambassador John C. Maxwell also reflects on an inspirational first meeting with Wooden and how his timeless lessons still impact Maxwell today.

Oct 20, 2016

Personal growth is a crucial part of any success plan. SUCCESS Ambassador, John C. Maxwell has spent years working on his growth plan. He believes that, "you never know capacity for growth until you start growing." In this interview with former SUCCESS magazine publisher Darren Hardy, Maxwell discusses his book The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. He explains the difference between accidental and intentional growth and he shares which of the laws has been the most important in his life.

Oct 13, 2016

Leadership is a decision. Alan Mulally, former president and CEO of Ford Motor Co., says successful leaders need to move away from controlling a team to working alongside them to achieve the company's vision. Often the best way to refocus that vision is to reach into the past and find the why of your organization. SUCCESS Ambassador and columnist John C. Maxwell and Mulally sit down to discuss the importance of lifelong learning, collaborative work and collective accountability.

Oct 6, 2016

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail? Focus on that. Obsess about it. Don't let anything stop you. That's what Grant Cardone, author, speaker and business expert, wants you to do with everything in your life. Obsession in normally perceived as a negative attribute, but Cardone says it's the only way to achieve greatness. Listen in as SUCCESS Contributing Editor Don Yaeger and Cardone chat about overcoming failure, owning up to your mistakes and the importance of learning from like-minded people.

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