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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.