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The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance

There’s a myth out there that failure is career-ending and that success is achieved without any bumps in the road. But in reality, it’s surviving rock bottom that gives entrepreneurs the experience, confidence and edge that ultimately causes them to thrive. You’ll hear stories of challenge, perseverance and triumph. Plus you’ll learn how to capitalize off the failure factor--your secret to success.

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The Failure Factor Episode 25: Mark Sisson on Risk-Taking, Resilience, and the Failure That Cost Him $1m

Mark Sisson is an serial entrepreneur and ex-endurance athlete turned ancestral health pioneer and New York Times bestselling author. What began as his blog (MarksDailyApple.com) has now become one of the top-rated health and fitness websites, and has led to Mark founding of several companies of "primal" nature: Primal Blueprint, Primal Kitchen, Primal Kitchen Resturaunts, and Primal Health Coach- all devoted to promoting the Primal lifestyle of balancing healthy nutrition, exercise and play.   In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, Mark shares his perspective on taking risks to obtain the life you want – and switching gears when you find yourself on a path that's just not working for you anymore. He offers advice on integrating "failures," as well as other lessons he learned through his television show-flop, a mindset that's led to his being one of the most renowned figures in health and wellness today .


9 Nov 2017

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The Failure Factor Episode 3: How Failure Helped Me "Thrive": Gunnar Lovelace of Thrive Market

Gunnar Lovelace is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, the fastest growing health-food e-commerce company in history. In this episode, Gunnar tells the story of a previous "failure," after which he found himself hitting rock bottom. He describes the learnings he took from the experience that contributed to his massive success with Thrive Market. Entrepreneur or not, you won't want to miss this profoundly inspiring interview in which Gunnar shares his authentic wisdom for relating to failure and achieving startup success.


3 May 2016

Rank #2

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The Failure Factor Episode 28: Simon "Thor" Damborg on The Danger of the Personal Brand, Dating in a Culture of Toxic Masculinity, and The Only Way Entrepreneurship is Worth It

Simon "Thor" Damborg is a former competitive CrossFit athlete, small business consultant, and the owner of Raincity Athletics and the Functional Fitness League in Vancouver, Canada. In this episode, which isn't your typical TFF conversation, Simon opens up about the challenges of building his businesses, dating in a culture of toxic masculinity, his "privileged guilt," the pain, isolation and shame of creating a “macho” personal brand, and how to make room for failure as an entrepreneur.


3 Apr 2018

Rank #3

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The Failure Factor Episode 8: Meet The Woman Who Revolutionized The Way We Date--Twice

Whitney Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur who, by the time she was 25, had already founded 3 companies. The first, a non-profit inspired by the BP oil spill; the second, Tinder, the app that normalized swiping left or right on potential dates; and most recently, Bumble, a female-first connection platform for anyone looking for love, friendship, and soon so much more. But it hasn't all been sunshine and rainbows for Whitney. In fact, Bumble was born after a painful--and very public--split from Tinder. Listen in for Whitney's view on failure that's kept her persevering through the challenging times, and what she does to gain perspective when it feels like her world is crashing down.


12 Jul 2016

Rank #4

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The Failure Factor Episode 5: CEO of Bleacher Report on Founding With Friends & Big Egos

Dave Finocchio launched Bleacher Report in 2008 with three friends from middle school. Self-described 'sports nuts,' the Notre Dame alumni saw an opportunity in filling the 'white space' in the sports media world. Bleacher Report is now the second-largest digital sports publisher, with a loyal monthly audience of more than 60 million. The company sees more social engagement across Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram than any other publisher (sports-related or not) in America. But getting there wasn't without its challenges. As emotionally developing early 20-somethings in a 300 sq-ft office (without air conditioning!), 'emotions ran hot' and conflict and ego threatened the company's survival. Learn how Dave and his team overcame the challenges of founding with friends and transformed Bleacher Report into the massively successful enterprise it is today.


31 May 2016

Rank #5

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The Failure Factor Episode 6: Daybreaker And Thinx Cofounder On The Challenges Of Being A Woman In The Boardroom

Radha Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, advocate, feminist, visionary, and community-building expert. Most recently, Radha is the cofounder of sober early morning dance-party Daybreaker, and cofounder of Thinx period proof Underwear. In this interview, Radha tells the powerful story of her experience as a woman in business, and how decisions made out of desperation resulted in her ultimate departure from one of her former companies. Relevant to all genders, she shares the lessons and wisdom she learned from her mistakes.


14 Jun 2016

Rank #6

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The Failure Factor Episode 26: Former Adult Film Star Turned Designer Jessie Andrews On Being Fearless And Not Letting The Past Define You

At 25 years old, Jessie Andrews is the founder and CEO of four successful businesses. Formerly an adult-film star and international DJ/Producer, she's now also a globally sought-after photographer, in-demand brand builder, and successful model and designer. In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, Jessie shares her unconventional journey from dropping out of high school to becoming one of the few adult actress to break through to mainstream. Listen in for her wisdom and grit-filled story, plus how to prevent the past from defining you, plus her advice in starting up and owning who you are.


30 Nov 2017

Rank #7

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The Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-founder Gabby Slome on Overcoming "Analysis Paralysis" and Considering Both Head and Heart in Decision-Making

Gabby Slome is the co-founder of Ollie; an all-natural, human grade dog food delivery service.  In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, she shares how she overcame “analysis paralysis" and what she believes is most important in starting a successful business. Warning: Gabby shares some stomach-turning truths about the dog-food industry, so you might not want to eat while listening to this episode! 


23 Oct 2017

Rank #8

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The Failure Factor Episode 7: Deepak Chopra Once Emptied The Contents Of His Briefcase On His Boss’s Head

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, he is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and the author of more than 85 books. In this episode, Deepak shares a highly entertaining "failure" story--in which he emptied his briefcase on his boss's head. Tune into hear why, plus his advice finding and following your passion and why "happiness is actually a form of misery."


28 Jun 2016

Rank #9

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The Failure Factor Episode 27: Lumion's Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff On Dealing With (and Learning From) a Painful Co-Founder Split

Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff are the founders of Lumion, a skincare product line revolutionizing skin health technology. In this episode, Amy shares the story of her painful split from a co-founder in her former venture, and what she learned the hard way. Tune into hear her advice on protecting yourself legally, setting boundaries, mitigating conflict, and optimizing co-founder relationships.


18 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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The Failure Factor Episode 4: Courtney Nichols Gould: "I Used To Lead From Fear"

Courtney Nichols Gould is the CoFounder/CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, a company she launched with her cofounder and husband, Gordon, just over 5 years ago to bring more health to more people every day (in the shape of a really tasty and trustworthy gummy). In this episode, Courtney shares how she went from "leading from fear," to creating a culture with virtually no turnover that's gotten STRONGER as the number of employees has increased. Listen for her favorite alternative to meditation, what her office offers instead of ping pong tables, and what she believes are the most important leadership skills.


17 May 2016

Rank #11

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The Failure Factor Episode 23: Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid Problems” on Growing & Monetizing Social Media, Overcoming Fear, and Leaving Your 9-5 Responsibly

It's one thing to leave a job you hate to follow your dreams; but what about leaving that "cushy" job that's not totally terrible?  In this interview, brought to you by Discover LMS, Sarah Merrill of "Big Kid problems" walks Megan through how she traversed this decision in her own life and how she's made a successful business out of social media. From appearing as a guest on the day- time Emmy winning Steve Harvey Show on three separate episodes teaching “Social Media 101” segments, and being featured on various podcasts and websites as a “millennial thought leader”, listen in as Sarah shares how she embraces fear and failure, and lets us in on her secrets to growing and monetizing her following to a quarter-million.


8 Oct 2017

Rank #12

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The Failure Factor Episode 22: THINX CoFounder and Serial Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal On Bouncing Back From Adversity

Known for taboo industry innovation, controversial subway ads, and a publicly challenging departure from her role as CEO of THINX Period Underwear, Miki Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, author, and speaker. The four-time founder sat down with Megan for an exclusive first interview since what she describes as "trial by fire." Agrawal also shares how she believes anyone can be an entrepreneur, and how she navigates gender biases and double standards. 


29 Jul 2017

Rank #13

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The Failure Factor Episode 21: Cassandra Bodzak on Scaling The Conscious Personal Brand – Twice

Cassandra Bodzak is the founder of the online mind-body-soul support community, Aprecity.com,and best-selling author of "Eat With Intention." She's a global meditation and wellness teacher, host of Eat with Intention TV, and former host of ABC’s The Taste. Hear Cassandra's story on how she successfully built an online community and personal brand alongside the grief of heartbreak and her brother's life-changing diagnosis – then rebranded and did it all over again – as well as her advice for how to combat perfectionism and own your success. 


11 Jul 2017

Rank #14

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The Failure Factor Episode 20: 'The Hundreds' CoFounder On Leaving Law To Follow His Dreams, Building A Trustworthy Brand, And Coping With The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster

Bobby Kim (also known as Bobby Hundreds) is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Hundreds – a massively popular streetwear line worn by celebrities such as Kanye West and Justin Bieber. Hear Bobby's story about the conversation that gave him the courage to leave law; how he's built a trustworthy brand; and the unique way he copes with success and failure. 

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26 Jun 2017

Rank #15