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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

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Dr. Reagan hits it out of the park!!

A great listen!

By Bryan286 - Aug 18 2019
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Cal is such a great interviewer! Very worthwhile to subscribe and become a regular listener!

iTunes Ratings

296 Ratings
Average Ratings
262
15
8
4
7

Dr. Anderson

By janp 11 - Oct 30 2019
Read more
Dr. Reagan hits it out of the park!!

A great listen!

By Bryan286 - Aug 18 2019
Read more
Cal is such a great interviewer! Very worthwhile to subscribe and become a regular listener!
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Big Questions with Cal Fussman

Latest release on Feb 18, 2020

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

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Simon talks about the theme of his upcoming book -- and his message hits Cal’s ears like a symphony. Perhaps this should’ve been expected. The concept behind Simon’s book, Start With Why, led to a Ted talk that reached 42 million people. And Leaders Eat Last was a New York Times bestseller. The Infinite Game shows us that business should not be treated like it’s in a sporting event that has a definite period of time and ends with a win or a loss. If we do treat our business like it’s in a sporting event, Simon warns, there will be a decline in trust, a decline in cooperation and a decline in innovation. Simon makes a case that the most successful companies now tend to be guided by leaders with an infinite mindset. There are so many takeaways in this episode that it might be wise to pull out a notepad before you get started.

Mar 12 2019

1hr 29mins

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Rank #2: Jocko Willink: On Going to War with Your Weaknesses

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Jocko Willink, the former Navy Seal Commander, explains how his fundamental laws of combat translate into leadership in business, and gets Cal to wonder how he might incorporate aspects of military training into his own life.    Takeaways from this episode:
  • How to create a team where everybody leads.
  • How to get in people’s heads to make them see things they wouldn’t have seen otherwise.
  • The value of keeping communications simple — and how good questions can simplify a complicated plan.
  • Prioritizing tasks and executing them.

Aug 07 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #3: Seth Godin: Seeing the World Through a Different Frame

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The best-selling author teaches Cal how to think like a marketer.

Feb 20 2018

1hr 29mins

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Rank #4: Larry King on Sinatra and The Meaning of a Life’s Work

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A conversation between Cal and The King for the ages.

Apr 17 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #5: My First Big Question

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Today, Cal takes us all the way back to November, 1963, when he first realized the power of his curiosity in one of the nation’s most difficult moments. 

Dec 21 2017

38mins

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Rank #6: Bill Nye, an Epic Story, and a Monumental Challenge

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Why Cal went back to high school chemistry in his 30s, and how The Science Guy plans to save the world

Apr 24 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: George Clooney and Charlie Engle: On Telling A Story

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Cal goes to the archives and pulls out a childhood tale George Clooney told him about how his eccentric family taught him to tell a good story. The podcast continues with the story of how drug addiction was transformed into a landmark run across the Sahara Desert for Charlie Engle.

So many takeaways from this episode: The basics of storytelling. Overcoming addiction. The power of discipline. Seeing the world through fresh eyes. Inventing new challenges. A primer in how to get the most out of life and tell the story.

Jan 15 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #8: How To Defeat Your Internal Saboteurs

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While doing a storytelling workshop, Cal meets Shirzad Chamine, the chairman of CTI, the largest coach and training company in the world. CTI has trained execs and managers at most of the Fortune 500 companies, as well as faculty at Yale and Stanford Business Schools. Cal is immediately enthralled with the way Shirzad uses positive energy to lift the workshop. He inquires and learns that Shirzad has a program that enables people to locate their inner saboteurs and defeat them. Cal takes the short test available to everybody over the internet and comes face to face with his own inner saboteurs. You’ll find out how you can locate yours and take them down, as well. 

Oct 22 2019

1hr 4mins

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Rank #9: Yes Theory: On Helicopter Bungee Jumping With Will Smith

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From sharing a couch for almost two months to challenging Will Smith to bungee jump out of a helicopter over the Grand Canyon, three young guys from different places around the world form bonds that create an ever-deepening friendship.

Ammar Kandil, Thomas Brag and Matt Dajer go on adventures that define the group’s name: Yes Theory. They say yes to tasks that make them uncomfortable, and the difficulties they encounter lead to authenticity – which intensifies their friendship.

They film everything they encounter in their path and produce mini-documentaries for their Youtube Channel – attracting millions of viewers.

As soon as the conversation starts, Cal instantly feels like a friend to these best of friends.

Nov 20 2018

1hr 40mins

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Rank #10: James Altucher: A Business Strategy Masterclass

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When Cal needs to develop a business strategy for his new company, James comes to the rescue. Altucher has started many businesses over the years, making millions, losing millions, making more millions, losing more millions and making more millions. A prolific blogger and podcaster, author, angel investor and owner of a comedy club in New York where he often appears, James shows Cal how to define, shape and monetize his new business helping companies tell their stories. The strategy session is a gift for anybody who’s thinking about starting a business – and fun for everybody else.

Apr 23 2019

1hr 35mins

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Rank #11: Nely Galán: On Turning Pain to Profit

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Cal learns what it’s like to be Warren Buffett on the inside and a piñata on the outside. Nely is a Cuban immigrant who became an entrepreneur as a teenager after overhearing her mother and father wonder how they were going to pay the bills to put her through Catholic school. Now, she shares the principles of her tremendous success through her book, Self Made, and by building a movement to lift Latinas called Adelante. The principles of Nely’s success – like: Turn pain into profit – are universal.

Takeaways from this episode:

  • Why the Latinx market is the biggest, most powerful consumer base in the U.S.
  • The tenacity that took Nely from near-poverty to powerful executives, though not without ups and downs along the way.
  • Nely's goal to empower Hispanic women and men to own their power and numbers in the U.S.

Jun 12 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #12: Ben Nemtin: On The Power of Change

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The Buried Life star once again finds the best within himself.

Takeaways from this episode:

  • How helping others is really helping yourself.
  • How doing something that inspires you - even if the initial ambition is small - can be the catalyst to your next great adventure.
  • The patience, persistence, and ultimately throwing in the towel that got Ben to meet President Obama.

Jun 05 2018

1hr 21mins

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Rank #13: Dan Pink: On WHEN To Get The Best Out Of Yourself

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The author of the New York Times best-seller When joins Cal at Chicago Big Ideas week and gives him advice on the best time of the day to eat, exercise and hold meetings. Not to mention the worst time of day to make important decisions.

He also explains to Cal how people will be watching television and consuming podcasts at different times and in different ways, and why it’s wise to think about serving up Big Questions in a new format. The takeaways in this episode may make you decide to live your life in a new way.

Oct 30 2018

51mins

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Rank #14: What If You Never Had To Work Again?

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Cal poses the question after hearing the wondrous story of Dr. Sabrina Kay – who came to the U.S. from South Korea while in college without speaking English, started out as a janitor and began an entrepreneurial journey that took her to the cover of Fortune Magazine. 

By the time she’d reached her 30s, Sabrina had amassed enough wealth so that neither she – nor any of her family members – ever needed to work again. But that was only the beginning. Sabrina went on to get a master’s degree at USC and a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. Now, after buying Fremont College, she’s reinventing the entire education system. This episode is packed with takeaways that will make you think about what you would do if never needed to work again.

Aug 13 2019

55mins

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Rank #15: Dandapani: On Learning to Concentrate

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When Cal turns into a salesman to try to generate a million dollars in new business by the end of May, he is unprepared for the constant buzzing of his cellphone and the new lifestyle this brings. When it begins to feel like his brain has fragmented into 500 pieces, Cal reaches out to his pal, The Monk Dandapani, for lessons on how to focus and concentrate. The world-renowned monk gives Cal advice on harnessing his energy, that can lift everybody’s life.

Apr 30 2019

59mins

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Rank #16: Kevin Hines: Whatever your difficulties, never count yourself out. Never. Never. Never.

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Kevin tells Cal how mental illness pushed him to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 18 years ago – and how he survived only because a sea lion kept him propped up on the water’s surface.

Kevin became one of only a few people to walk away from such a fall, and the chain of events that followed led him to find the love of his life, and his work helping all of us to understand mental illness.  

His fight contributed to the creation of a barrier on The Golden Gate Bridge that will stop others from committing suicide there in the future.

TAKEAWAYS FROM THIS EPISODE:

  • Whatever your difficulties, never count yourself out. Never. Never. Never.
  • Simply reaching out to somebody you notice in emotional pain might save his or her life.
  • And how a 23-second hug can change your day.

That's just for starters . . . 

Aug 28 2018

1hr 20mins

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Rank #17: Ozan Ozkural: The Power of Travel

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The World According to the CEO of Tanto Capital Partners.

May 15 2018

45mins

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Rank #18: Heather Monahan: On Creating Confidence

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Cal meets his polar opposite: The Boss in Heals. Heather Monahan. Whereas Cal was told as a writer in Journalism School never to sell, Heather came up on the sales side being told not to think of herself as a creative talent. She rose up the corporate ladder to become Chief Revenue Officer of the Beasley Media Group with 500 people working for her and was named one of the most influential women in radio only to see her job eliminated in a power struggle. But she used that tumultuous experience to turn herself into the author of the book Confidence Creator, and she is now a speaker and consultant on the topic. “Confidence,” she says, “is a skill to be developed.” She shows Cal how to be confident in areas where he doesn’t feel comfortable – and you’ll get a lot of tips, too

May 21 2019

1hr 20mins

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Rank #19: Charles Schwab: How To Own Your Tomorrow

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Cal sits with investment guru Charles Schwab on the stage at the Money 2020 conference in Las Vegas to discuss the philosophies behind his success and how all of us need to look at retirement in an age when we may live 20 years longer than we expected. Plenty of takeaways from the man who’s gotten through a series of stock market bubbles while increasing the value of his company 21,000 percent over the last three decades. You read that right. Twenty-one thousand percent!

Nov 05 2019

25mins

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Rank #20: John Livesay: Selling Through Stories

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Cal The Journalist meets John The Salesman and things will never be the same – not for Cal, anyway. For years, Cal had been told to stay on his side of The Wall that separated the editorial and sales departments of newspapers and magazines. But the Internet has changed that world and now everyone must sell themselves in some way, shape or form. Cal is delighted to find out that, at its best, sales is all about his passion – storytelling. Cal learns how John used rejection to create a new story that turned him into salesman of the year at Conde Nast. Cal learns how to be proactive through new forms of cold calling. Cal learns how to shape a story toward the sale and artfully close the deal. And Cal comes to understand that he had it in him all along.

Feb 05 2019

1hr 8mins

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