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.
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.
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.
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.
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.