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On Famous Failures, I interview the world's most interesting people about their failures and what they learned from them.

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On Famous Failures, I interview the world's most interesting people about their failures and what they learned from them.

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Brain food !!

By Itzelive - Sep 05 2019
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Absolutely helps you see the world differently . I love listening . Ozan is a great intelligent guy and he’s does a great job in having successful captivating interviews that I can learn from . I can finish an episode and feel empowered , it’s brain food !! Thanks for your work !

Best Podcast

By KMarie65 - Jan 10 2019
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I love podcasts and have listened to so many different people. But Famous Failures is the best. Ozan interviews cover business as well as personal failures, and his guests open up easily to him. This podcast provides me with both lessons and encouragement to pave my own way through life; contrarian-like!!

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86 Ratings
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84
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Brain food !!

By Itzelive - Sep 05 2019
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Absolutely helps you see the world differently . I love listening . Ozan is a great intelligent guy and he’s does a great job in having successful captivating interviews that I can learn from . I can finish an episode and feel empowered , it’s brain food !! Thanks for your work !

Best Podcast

By KMarie65 - Jan 10 2019
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I love podcasts and have listened to so many different people. But Famous Failures is the best. Ozan interviews cover business as well as personal failures, and his guests open up easily to him. This podcast provides me with both lessons and encouragement to pave my own way through life; contrarian-like!!

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On Famous Failures, I interview the world's most interesting people about their failures and what they learned from them.

Rank #1: Khe Hy on Taming Self-Doubt and Overcoming the Scarcity Mindset

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Khe Hy is the founder of RadReads, which is a community of 20,000 professionals seeking to reexamine their relationship to money, ambition, and ultimately themselves. Khe has been called Oprah for Millennials by CNN and the Wall Street Guru by Bloomberg. He spent the first fifteen years of his career in the financial services industry researching hedge fund investments. He was one of the youngest Managing Directors at BlackRock where he oversaw the New York Research Team.

You can sign up for Khe’s newsletter, RadReads, at https://radreads.co/.

In the episode, Khe and I discuss:

  • Why Khe did the unthinkable and quit his job at a Wall Street investment firm without a plan
  • How Khe coped with the self-doubt and fear of failure in leaving a prestigious job and strike out on his own
  • What advice Khe would give to people contemplating a similar career transition
  • How he grew his newsletter, RadReads, from 0 to 16,000 subscribers
  • How you can stop caring about what other people think
  • What the scarcity mindset is and why more isn’t necessarily better

Resources mentioned

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jun 18 2019

44mins

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Rank #2: Caroline Webb on How to Build Resilience in the Face of Failure

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Caroline Webb (Facebook and Twitter) is the CEO of Sevenshift, a firm that shows people how to use insights from behavioral science to improve their working life. Her book on that topic, How To Have A Good Day, was published in 16 languages and more than 60 countries. The book was hailed as one of the "top must-read business books of 2016" by both Inc. and Forbes and described by Fortune as one of their top "self-improvement through data" books. 

Caroline’s work has been widely featured in media outlets, including: The Financial Times, Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, BBC Radio, The Economist, WIRED, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and many others around the world.

To learn more about Caroline and her work, please go to howtohaveagoodday.com. You’ll find a list of free resources as well as information on how you can sign up for workshops designed to help you be your best at the office and beyond.

In the interview, Caroline shares her diverse career path and why the quality of her day-to-day experience didn’t necessarily improve as she moved up the career ladder; how she decided to write a book on improving our professional lives; why focusing too narrowly on long-term career goals can backfire; why she sings Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” before client workshops; the strategies that she uses to teach corporate leaders how to build resilience in the face of failure; and how she unintentionally ended up in a professional dance audition that failed spectacularly and what she learned from it.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Aug 14 2018

38mins

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Rank #3: Chelsey Korus on Turning Tragedy into a Love Story

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Chelsey Korus is one of the most preeminent teachers of yoga.  Over the course of her career, she has been featured on Live! with Kelly and Michael, PopSugar, Fitness, Shape, Prevention Magazine, Yoga Journal, and Women’s Health, and many, many others.

She’s been teaching yoga since the age of 15 and has been an avid life long learner in numerous movement practices. She shares her vision with thousands of students every year, hosting retreats and teaching classes for Wanderlust.

In the interview, we discuss why Chelsea worked so hard in college to land a role in a New York City production, but quit after just a week of rehearsals; what strategies she used to deal with one of the hardest setbacks in her life; how she takes a tragedy and turns it into a love story; why she meditates on a few choice lines from her favorite poems every morning; and much and much more. This was one of the most honest conversations I’ve had on the podcast, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

If you’d like to follow Chelsey’s work, check out her Instagram page (@chelseykorus).

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening.

Sep 25 2018

36mins

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Rank #4: Tiago Forte on Building a Second Brain

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Tiago Forte is one of the world’s foremost experts on productivity. He writes and speaks on how knowledge workers can revolutionize their personal effectiveness using technology, and has taught more than 20,000 people around the world through his online courses and live workshops.

Tiago’s online course Building a Second Brain has been taken by more than 1,000 people from more than 60 countries.

You can learn more about Building a Second Brain at https://www.buildingasecondbrain.com/.

In the interview, Tiago and I discuss:

  • How Tiago quit his consulting position to pursue a career as an entrepreneur
  • What you can do to prepare for being an entrepreneur 
  • Why Tiago’s first business venture was a massive success. 
  • How that massive success was followed by a colossal failure and the lessons Tiago learned from that failure
  • How Tiago validated his next business idea, the Building a Second Brain course, before launching it
  • Why showing your failures and vulnerability can make you more appealing

Resources mentioned:

Tagging is Broken

How to Use Evernote for Your Creative Workflow

The “beautiful mess” effect

Jul 30 2019

32mins

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Rank #5: Susan Henderson On How to Deal with Failure & Critique

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Susan Henderson is a five-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets award. She is the author of the novels, Up from the Blue (HarperCollins, 2010) and The Flicker of Old Dreams (HarperCollins, 2018). She blogs at litpark.com, which is a supportive community of writers and artists who are in this game for the long haul.

Sue grew up in a family of overachieving scientists and engineers yet created her own path as an author. We talk about how she navigated that journey; why she stopped writing for 10 years; how she deals with failure and critique; how a janitor in her high school taught her how to give good feedback; and why you should read the 1 and 2-star reviews of the artists you admire. She also shares great practical advice for aspiring writers.

Her latest book, The Flicker of Old Dreams, is about the death of small-town America as told by a mortician.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Sep 11 2018

36mins

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Rank #6: Dina Kaplan on Finding Her Path and Overcoming Failure Through Meditation

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Dina Kaplan is Founder of The Path, which teaches meditation for the modern mind. The Path has taught thousands of people to meditate around the world.

Before founding The Path, Dina was co-founder and COO of the tech start-up Blip. Before Blip, she was an Emmy-award winning TV news reporter for local NBC stations. Prior to reporting, Dina worked as an associate producer for MTV News and at the White House as Director of Research for the Office of the White House Counsel.

Dina was named one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Influential Women of Web 2.0. She has taught classes at Columbia and NYU, and spoken at TEDx, SXSW, the World Economic Forum, among many others.

You can learn more about The Path here and apply to attend Mela, a weekend meditation retreat in Mexico, at this link.

Dina and I discuss:

  • The secret that Dina was hiding when it seemed to the rest of the world like she had it all
  • The challenges she experienced as a female tech founder in a male-dominated world
  • Why she decided to leave her job and travel for over two years in Asia
  • How she came upon the idea of starting The Path
  • Three strategies you can use to overcome the tendency to people-please
  • How you can build more play into your work

Resources Mentioned

The Disease To Please: Curing the People-Pleasing Syndrome by Harriet Braiker.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jan 01 2019

43mins

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Rank #7: How SpaceX Bounced Back from the Brink of Disaster

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This is a special episode of Famous Failures. Instead of doing an interview, I recount the story of the first three failures that SpaceX experienced on the launchpad, which brought the company to the brink of collapse. 

You’ll learn how SpaceX leveraged these failures for later success and how you can implement the same strategies in your own life. 

The content of the episode is based on the following sources:

Tim Fernholz, Rocket Billionaires: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the New Space Race (2018);

Shane Snow, Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking (2014);

Chris Bergin, Falcon I flight – preliminary assessment positive for SpaceX, Spaceflight.com (March 24, 2007) https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2007/03/falcon-i-flight-preliminary-assessment-positive-for-spacex/;

Tim Fernholz, What it took for Elon Musk’s SpaceX to disrupt Boeing, leapfrog NASA, and become a serious space company, QZ (Oct. 21, 2014) https://qz.com/281619/what-it-took-for-elon-musks-spacex-to-disrupt-boeing-leapfrog-nasa-and-become-a-serious-space-company/;

Max Chafkin, SpaceX’s Secret Weapon Is Gwynne Shotwell, Bloomberg Quint (July 26, 2018) https://www.bloombergquint.com/businessweek/she-launches-spaceships-sells-rockets-and-deals-with-elon-musk;

Elon Musk, Falcon 1, Flight 3 Mission Summary, SpaceX (Aug. 6, 2008) https://www.spacex.com/news/2013/02/11/falcon-1-flight-3-mission-summary;

Dolly Singh, What Is It Like to Work With Elon Musk?, Slate (Aug. 14, 2013) https://slate.com/human-interest/2013/08/elon-musk-what-is-it-like-to-work-for-the-spacex-tesla-chief.html;

Tom Junod, Elon Musk: Triumph of His Will, Esquire (Nov. 15, 2012) https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a16681/elon-musk-interview-1212/.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jul 16 2019

10mins

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Rank #8: Ryan Levesque on Giving Up "Good" for "Great"

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Ryan Levesque is the CEO of The ASK Method ® Company, and the #1 national best-selling author of Ask: The Counterintuitive Online Method to Discover Exactly What Your Customers Want to Buy, which was named by Inc. as the #1 Marketing Book of the Year. Ryan’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, and Entrepreneur and over 250,000 entrepreneurs subscribe to his email newsletter offering business advice.

His latest book, Choose, helps readers avoid making the single biggest mistake when starting a business and guides people through answering the all important question: What type of business should you start?

You can get a free copy of Choose (just pay S&H) plus over $200 in bonuses (including the audiobook) by visiting http://choosethebook.com/famousfailures. This isn’t an affiliate link—if you choose to buy Ryan’s book, I don’t make a dime.

In the interview, Ryan and I discuss:

  • How Ryan quit his dream job at AIG Insurance to pursue a career as an entrepreneur
  • Why people are afraid to give up “good” to go for “great” (and what to do about it)
  • The one advice Ryan would give to an aspiring entrepreneur
  • Why one of Ryan’s earliest businesses flopped and what he learned from that failure
  • How Ryan found the idea for a massively successful business centered on growing orchids
  • Why Ryan ended up in the ICU in 2012 after overworking and how he bounced back to write a bestselling book.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jul 02 2019

42mins

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Rank #9: Susan Cain on Overcoming Failure and Unleashing the Power of Introverts

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SUSAN CAIN is the author of Quiet: The Secret Strengths of Introverts, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in A World That Can’t Stop Talking, which has been translated into 40 languages, is in its seventh year on the New York Times best seller list, and was named the #1 best book of the year by Fast Company magazine, which also named Susan one of its Most Creative People in Business. Susan’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, and many other publications. Her record-smashing TED talk has been viewed over 20 million times and was named by Bill Gates one of his all-time favorite talks.

You can join Susan’s newsletter at this link, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

In the interview, Susan and I discuss:

  • Why Susan left a high-powered career as a Wall Street attorney to become a writer
  • What advice she has for others who are contemplating a career transition
  • How she decided to write a book about introversion
  • Why all literary agents, except one, Susan approached turned down her book idea
  • What Susan did after her editor told her that her book was terrible and advised her to start over from scratch  
  • How Susan copes with the demands of publicity as an introvert
  • How introverts can survive and thrive in networking events and conferences
  • How to move beyond small talk to deeper conversation

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

May 21 2019

38mins

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Rank #10: James Clear on Habits, Decision-Making, and Continuous Improvement

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James Clear is an author and speaker focused on habits, decision-making, and continuous improvement. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Time, and on CBS This Morning, and is taught in universities around the world. His website receives millions of visitors each month and hundreds of thousands subscribe to his popular email newsletter.

He is a regular speaker at Fortune 500 companies and his work is used by teams in the NFL, NBA, and MLB.

His latest book, just published, is Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results.

In the interview, James and I discuss how James took his website from 0 to 100,000 subscribers in just two years; why he decided to write annual reviews on his website publicly sharing his successes and failures; why 2016 was the worst year of his writing career and what he learned from it; the lessons he learned from two failed businesses; and much, much more.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Oct 09 2018

34mins

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Rank #11: Derek Thompson on Google X, Embracing Failure, and Making Hits

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Derek Thompson is a senior editor at The Atlantic magazine. He writes about topics as diverse as behavioral psychology, professional sports, and blockbuster films. Derek also hosts The Atlantic’s latest podcast Crazy/Genius, and is a weekly contributor to “Here and Now,” the national afternoon news show on NPR, and he appears regularly on CBS, the BBC, and MSNBC. He has appeared on numerous lists, including both Inc magazine’s and Forbes’ “30 Under 30” and Time magazine’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds.

Derek’s debut book is Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction. In this beautifully written book, Derek tackles a seemingly simple question: Why do hits become hits? Why do some songs, movies, and books become bestsellers while others fizzle out? The book is a riveting read, whether you're in the business of creating hits or simply curious why Fifty Shades of Grey became a worldwide sensation.

Derek and I discuss:

  • Derek’s personal failures in finding a job as a writer and how he ended up getting his job at The Atlantic.
  • What Derek learned from covering the notoriously secretive X, Google’s moonshot factory (you can read his article on X at this link).
  • The strategies that X uses to cultivate an environment where employees embrace failure.
  • Why X decided to hold an event modeled after Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead.
  • The two big ideas from Derek’s book, Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction.
  • Why writing a book is similar to organizing a massive house.
  • How learning is accumulation and understanding is elimination.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Nov 06 2018

45mins

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Rank #12: Tali Sharot on Our Power to Change Others

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Tali Sharot is a professor of cognitive neuroscience and a leading expert on the neural basis of emotion, decision making and optimism. She has been featured in numerous media outlets,including The New York Times, Time magazine, The Washington Post, CNN, BBC, and more. Her TED talk on the optimism bias was viewed over 2 million times.

Her latest book, The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others, tackles the neuroscience behind influence -- what we so often get wrong about it, how we can learn to influence others, and how to understand when we are being influenced.

In the interview, Tali and I discuss:

  • How our brains are wired to look on the bright side, and why that tendency can both help and hurt us.
  • Why stress can diminish our bias toward optimism
  • How we can remain optimistic in the face of failure or fear of failure
  • Why a failure in Tali’s own life ended up giving her the idea for her research on the optimism bias
  • Why facts and data don’t tend to change minds once we form a belief.
  • When hope can be a better influencer than fear — and the other way around.
  • How Tali would advise the Democratic party leading up to the 2020 presidential elections.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jun 04 2019

37mins

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Rank #13: Thor Conklin on Buying a Company with $1M of Fake Inventory

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Thor Conklin is an entrepreneur, profitability consultant, and host of the Peak Performers Podcast.  2018 marks his eighteenth year as an entrepreneur.  The first company Thor created was a global risk management consulting firm that served the private equity community.  His top 15 clients had a combined revenue of $12.7 billion and operated in over 100 countries worldwide. He has started, bought, and sold several multi-million dollar businesses making him a sought after cross-industrial resource for entrepreneurs and executives in all stages of business. Through his consulting firm, Peak Performance Group, he teaches the tools, tips, tricks, psychology and strategies necessary to be a Peak Performer.

We begin the interview with Thor’s first job as a caddy. He explains how caddying connected him with highly successful people, helping launch his entrepreneurial career. Thor shares his worst entrepreneurial moment in 2008, when he bought a business with what turned out to be fraudulent financial statements and profit margins. We discuss how he missed the red flags and the one thing that he could have done to avert that disaster. Thor also shares his strategy for daily and annual planning, and how he sets goals that actually stick.

If you’d like to get in touch with Thor, email him at thor@thorconklin.com with your biggest business struggle, 50 words or less, he will send you a personalized email with four steps that will eliminate or reduce that issue.

Jun 12 2018

40mins

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Rank #14: Jennifer Dulski on Being Too Stubborn to Fail and Becoming Head of Facebook Groups

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Jennifer Dulski is the head of Facebook Groups, a product used by more than 1 billion people. She has more than fifteen years of experience at successful startups and big-brand Internet companies, including as a business unit leader at Yahoo! and as CEO of The Dealmap, which was acquired by Google in 2011, making Jennifer the first woman to sell a company to Google. Prior to Facebook, Jennifer spent 4 years as president & COO of Change.org, a social impact company that empowers people globally to start and win campaigns for change.

Jennifer’s first book, Purposeful, about how each of us can be movement starters, is a Wall Street Journal Bestseller. You can join the Facebook group for Purposeful at this link to connect with others interested in starting or supporting movements.

In the interview, Jennifer and I discuss:

  • How Jennifer dealt with the uncertainty and fear of failure involved with leaving her leadership position at Yahoo! and joining a startup as CEO
  • How the startup failed three times, but she refused to go home
  • Why she uses a strategy called “icked-tickda” to be less scared of big or unknown things
  • Why she deliberately places her in situations that make her nervous or uncomfortable
  • How she destigmatized failure at Change.org through a Festival of Failure
  • Why sharing your vulnerability is crucial to becoming a movement starter
  • How she uses a trick from the movie Rocky to get back on her feet after losing a round or two.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jan 29 2019

37mins

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Rank #15: Chris Kresser on Challenging the Status Quo in Medicine and How Failure Can Be a Blessing in Disguise

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Chris Kresser is the CEO of Kresser Institute, the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, the creator of ChrisKresser.com, and the New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Cure. He is known for his in-depth research uncovering myths and misconceptions in modern medicine and providing natural health solutions with proven results. Chris was named one of the 100 most influential people in health and fitness by Greatist.com, and his blog is one of the top-ranked natural health websites in the world. He recently launched Kresser Institute, an organization dedicated to reinventing healthcare and reversing chronic disease by training healthcare practitioners in functional and evolutionary medicine.

In the interview, Chris shares with us his personal experience with the chronic illness that led him to pursue his current path. We talk about how functional medicine can benefit patients by focusing on unrooting the underlying cause of a problem, as opposed to simply attacking the symptom. We then switch over to Chris’s failures and his experience with being hit with what he calls a “cosmic 2x4” that ended up being a blessing in disguise.

If you’d like to follow Chris’s work, I encourage you to sign up for his emails at chriskresser.com, where he shares his insights on health, nutrition, productivity, overcoming technology addiction, and living a full and rewarding life.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jul 03 2018

42mins

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Rank #16: Neil Pasricha on How Seeking Approval Can Lead to Failure

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Neil Pasricha is the author of five New York Times bestsellers including The Book of Awesome, a catalog of simple pleasures based on his 50-million hit, award-winning blog, and The Happiness Equation, a nine-step guidebook to happiness based on new research. His books have been on bestseller lists for over 200 weeks and sold millions of copies. Neil is also one of the most popular TED speakers with his first TED Talk “The 3 A’s of Awesome” ranked as one of the ten most inspiring of all time.

His new podcast, 3 Books, discusses the most formative books of inspiring individuals from all walks of life.

His work has been featured in hundreds of outlets including CNN, BBC, The Today Show, The Early Show, The Oprah Winfrey Network, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, Fortune, and Forbes.

In the interview, we discuss the ten years of blogging failures helped launch Neil’s viral blog, 1000 Awesome Things; the 2-minute practice that Neil uses every morning to build more gratitude into his life; why focusing on external validation leaves us unhappy and what we can do about it; and what Neil learned from launching his new podcast, 3 books.

You can subscribe to Neil’s podcast at this link.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

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As always, thanks for listening.

Aug 28 2018

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Rank #17: Selina Tobaccowala on Creating a Company Culture Where People are Willing to Fail

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Selina Tobaccowala is a serial entrepreneur who started coding in her Stanford dorm room in the late 1990s. Selina and her college friend Al Leib co-founded Evite, which was the dominant platform for online invitations. After Ticketmaster acquired Evite, she served as Senior Vice President of Product and Technology at Ticketmaster. She left Ticketmaster to become the President and CTO of SurveyMonkey.

Selina is now back to being a founder. She started Gixo, a live fitness app that aims to improve global health.  Gixo offers professional coaches teaching live classes to people of all fitness levels in all locations, making exercise more accessible in people’s busy lives.

If you sign up for Gixo and input the promo code OZAN, you’ll get a free trial and a discount on the membership. [Note: This is not an affiliate deal. I don’t make a dime from any sign-ups. It’s simply Selina’s generous offer to the audience].

In the interview, Selina and I discuss:

  • How Selina literally stumbled upon the idea for Evite when she was in college.
  • The three questions her father asked Selina to help her decide whether she should go with the uncertainty of a start-up as opposed to the certainty of salaried job.
  • The most valuable failures she experienced in growing Evite
  • How Selina and the SurveyMonkey were able to scale the company rapidly
  • How businesses can go beyond paying lip service to failure and actually create a company culture where people are willing to fail and share those failures
  • Why she decided to go back to being a founder again.

Resources mentioned:

Annie Duke, Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jan 15 2019

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Rank #18: Amy Edmondson on Psychological Safety and How Companies Can Learn from Failure

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Amy Edmondson is the Novartis Professor of Leadership and Management at the Harvard Business School.  She is best known for her pioneering work on psychological safety and failure. The topic recently gained widespread popular attention after a February 2016 New York Times Magazine article described psychological safety as the key factor in determining team performance at Google.

Her new book, The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation and Growth (2018), offers a practical guide for organizations serious about success in the modern economy.

In the interview, Amy and I discuss:

  • How an advice-seeking letter that Amy sent to the iconic American inventor Buckminster Fuller landed her a job as his chief engineer.
  • How Amy went from engineering to becoming a business school professor.
  • What psychological safety is, and why it’s crucial to creativity and high performance
  • What factors set apart organizations that promote psychological safety from those that don’t
  • How corporate leaders can foster an environment where employees are willing to openly share their mistakes and failures
  • What we can learn from the organizational causes behind the 2003 Columbia space shuttle disaster, which Amy spent over two years studying
  • How teachers can promote psychological safety in the classroom.

Resources mentioned:

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Mar 12 2019

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Rank #19: Shane Snow on His Personal Failures and The Power of Storytelling

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Shane Snow is an award-winning journalist, celebrated entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the books Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking and DREAM TEAMS: Working Together Without Falling Apart, as well as the co-author of The Storytelling Edge. He is founder-at-large of the content technology company Contently, and is a board member of The Hatch Institute, a nonprofit for investigative journalism in the public interest.

Snow's writing has appeared in Fast Company, Wired, and The New Yorker. He's a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts and has been called a “Wunderkind” by The New York Times, a “Digital Maverick” by Details, and his work “Insanely addicting” by GQ

In the interview, Shane explains strategies based on research on how we can learn from failure; shares his own personal and business failures and what he learned from them; and discusses the power of storytelling in building relationships and dissects how a captivating story is structured.  

You can take Shane’s intellectual humility test at this link and find out how open-minded you are. You can also grab a copy of Shane’s latest book, Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart, here.

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Get your FREE copy of my e-book. Text OZAN to 345345 or navigate to weeklycontrarian.com to download a free copy of my e-book, The Contrarian Handbook: 8 Principles for Innovating Your Thinking. Along with your free e-book, you’ll get the Weekly Contrarian — a newsletter that challenges conventional wisdom and changes the way we look at the world (plus access to exclusive content for subscribers only).

Don’t want to miss future episodes? Be sure to subscribe to the podcast and leave a review on iTunes or Google Play.

As always, thanks for listening. 

Jul 31 2018

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Rank #20: Julie Zhuo on Becoming a Facebook Manager at 25, Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome, and Staying in the Discomfort Zone

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Julie Zhuo is the Vice President of Product Design at Facebook. As one of Silicon Valley's top product design executives, she leads the teams behind some of the most popular web and mobile services used by billions of people around the world. She writes about technology, design, and leadership on her popular blog The Year of the Looking Glass and in publications like the New York Times and Fast Company.

Her book, The Making of A Manager:What to Do When Everyone Looks to You, was published last week by Penguin.

You can say hello to Julie on Twitter.

In the interview, Julie and I discuss:

  • How she became a manager at Facebook when she was just 25 years old
  • The most valuable failures she experienced as a manager and what she learned from them
  • Three strategies she uses to deal with imposter syndrome
  • How managers can create an environment where team members are willing to share their mistakes and failures
  • The importance of saying “I don’t know”
  • What you should consider in building a support network for yourself
  • How to stay in the “discomfort zone”
  • Why the best results don’t come from fear

Mar 26 2019

37mins

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