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Famous Failures

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Business
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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
Average Ratings
84
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2
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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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Famous Failures

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

Why the "Fail Fast" Mantra is a Recipe for Failure

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This is a short, solo episode of Famous Failures. Instead of doing an interview, I go on a riff on why the popular “fail fast, fail often” mantra is misguided. I offer an alternative that produces better results and explain how you can use it to your advantage in your personal and professional life. 

The discussion is based in part on my forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life

The book was named a “must read” by Susan Cain (NYT Bestselling Author of Quiet), “endlessly fascinating” by Daniel Pink (NYT Bestselling Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind), and “bursting with practical insights” by Adam Grant (NYT Bestselling Author of Originals).

If you pre-order the book, you’ll get amazing bonuses that are worth 10x the cost of the book(s). What’s more, if you pre-order the book in any format, you can download and read the digital version NOW, before the book is released to the public. 

You can learn more about the book and the bonuses at this link.

Why am I running a pre-order campaign?

First, pre-order bonuses are my way of thanking you for supporting my writing.

Second, I’m donating 100% of my royalties (up to $10,000) from the pre-order sales to a non-profit called charity: water, which is on a mission to create a future where everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water.

My goal is to sponsor an entire water project, which will cost $10,000 and bring clean water to a community of roughly 300 people. By pre-ordering the book, you’ll help bring this goal to life.

Third, pre-orders carry tremendous weight in book promotion. Major bookstores use pre-order numbers to gauge public interest in the book. If the pre-order numbers are high, they’ll stock more copies of the book, which, in turn, means more readers will see it.

You can pre-order any edition of the book from any bookseller (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound). After you pre-order the book, please forward your receipt to rocket@ozanvarol.com, and your bonuses will land in your inbox.

Nov 05 2019

8mins

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Whitney Johnson on Disrupting Yourself

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Whitney Johnson is a leading business thinker and expert on disruptive innovation and personal disruption. She covers the framework for personal disruption in the critically-acclaimed book Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work

Originally an award-winning stock analyst, Whitney chose to leave her Wall Street career behind at the height of her career. This bold act of personal disruption and the following years of entrepreneurial exploration led to her new career as a business coach, writer and speaker. 

Whitney is the host of the popular Disrupt Yourself Podcast. You can gain special insights into her seven-point framework for personal disruption by listening to Disrupt Yourself episode #120, “Play to Your Distinctive Strengths” at https://whitneyjohnson.com/distinctive-strengths/.

In this episode Whitney and I discuss:

  • How she went from secretary to award-winning Wall Street analyst
  • Why taking a step backward was Whitney’s slingshot forward on Wall Street
  • How disrupting yourself sets you up for greater success
  • Why Lady Gaga is the perfect example of personal disruption
  • The three factors that helped her develop the confidence to make big leaps
  • The importance of grieving failure

Resources mentioned

Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail by Clayton Christensen

Building a StoryBrand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen by Donald Miller 

My book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist, is now available for pre-order (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound).

I’ve been ecstatic about the early reviews. The book was named a “must read” by Susan Cain (NYT Bestselling Author of Quiet), “endlessly fascinating” by Daniel Pink (NYT Bestselling Author of Drive and A Whole New Mind), and “bursting with practical insights” by Adam Grant (NYT Bestselling Author of Originals).

If you pre-order the book, you’ll get immediate digital access to read on your favorite device. That means you can start reading it NOW, months before the book is published.

You’ll also get pre-order bonuses worth at least 10 times the cost of the book. You can check out the bonuses at rocketsciencebook.com.

Why am I running a pre-order campaign?

First, pre-order bonuses are my way of thanking you for supporting my writing. 

Second, I’m donating 100% of my royalties (up to $10,000) from the pre-order sales to a non-profit called charity: water, which is on a mission to create a future where everyone has access to clean and safe drinking water. 

My goal is to sponsor an entire water project, which will cost $10,000 and bring clean water to a community of roughly 300 people. By pre-ordering the book, you’ll help bring this goal to life.

Third, pre-orders carry tremendous weight in book promotion. Major bookstores use pre-order numbers to gauge public interest in the book. If the pre-order numbers are high, they’ll stock more copies of the book, which, in turn, means more readers will see it.

You can pre-order any edition of the book from any bookseller (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound). After you pre-order the book, please forward your receipt to rocket@ozanvarol.com, and your bonuses will land in your inbox. 

Oct 22 2019

38mins

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Think Like a Rocket Scientist

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In this special episode of Famous Failures, I read a never-before-released excerpt from my forthcoming book, Think Like a Rocket Scientist: Simple Strategies You Can Use to Make Giant Leaps in Work and Life.

If you pre-order the book, you’ll get amazing bonuses that are worth 10x the cost of the book(s). What’s more, if you pre-order the book in any format, you can download and read the digital version NOW, before the book is released to the public. Click here to learn more. 

I’ve been ecstatic about the early reviews of the book. Here are a few:

"When the stakes are high, the unknowns are threatening, and the problems seem insurmountable, you need a superhero — which means you need Ozan Varol. He’ll show you how to master the cognitive skills of a rocket scientist. And by the time you finish reading his endlessly fascinating book, your thinking will be bigger, better, and bolder."

— Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of WHEN, DRIVE, and A WHOLE NEW MIND

“Thinking like a rocket scientist is not rocket science! Packed with witty writing, insightful advice, and invigorating stories, this must-read book will change the way you see the world—and empower you to change the world itself.” 

— Susan Cain, New York Times bestselling author of QUIET. 

“This is not just an engrossing read—it’s bursting with practical insights. Ozan Varol’s dazzling debut might change how you approach problems. Houston, this book has solutions.”

— Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS and GIVE AND TAKE, and host of the TED podcast WorkLife

“The rocket scientists I know are technical, of course. But they are also among the biggest dreamers the world has ever seen. Ozan Varol has written a fascinating, practical, and mind-expanding book about how we can all benefit from thinking like a rocket scientist. This book will make you look at the world with a different lens and will help you make your own seemingly crazy moonshot a reality.” 

– Julian Guthrie, New York Times bestselling author of How to Make a Spaceship

Head over here to grab your copy.

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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 08 2019

14mins

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Tim Urban on Overcoming Procrastination and Finding His Voice Through Experimentation

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Tim Urban is best known as the writer and illustrator behind the incredibly popular blog Wait But Why, which has garnered millions of unique page views and famous fans like Elon Musk. His deeply researched long-form posts on everything from artificial intelligence to procrastination buck the conventional wisdom that internet writing should be short or SEO optimized to be successful.

A former film composer and professional tutor, Tim has parlayed his conversational writing style into a sideline of speaking engagements. His 2016 TED talk on procrastination has been viewed more than 30 million times.

You can subscribe to the Wait But Why Newsletter at https://waitbutwhy.com

In this episode Tim and I discuss:

  • Why he wrote a 90 page college thesis in only 72 hours
  • Strategies for overcoming procrastination
  • What motivated Tim to give up his music career to become a professional blogger
  • How Tim developed his writing craft in the sandbox of blogging
  • The value of experimentation, having fun, and drawing stick figures
  • Why Tim ignores the ‘short and sweet’ blogging format and writes long, book-length posts
  • What he learned from failing to take advantage of a big opportunity in Hollywood 
  • What exciting trends in technologies and psychology may end up in future Wait But Why posts

And in this episode Tim also answers a couple questions from Inner Circle members:

“Where do you get ideas for your blog?”

“How do you pick a popular topic but avoid repeating someone else’s rants on the same issue?”

Resources mentioned:

Tim’s TED Talk: Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal

The story of Odysseus and the Sirens is from the Odyssey by Homer

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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 24 2019

35mins

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Lindsey Horan on Winning the Women’s World Cup

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In 2012, eighteen-year-old soccer player Lindsey Horan defied conventional wisdom when she turned down a scholarship from soccer powerhouse University of North Carolina. UNC is almost a guaranteed path to the big leagues for talented and hardworking women, but Lindsey decided to skip a step and move halfway around the world to sign with Paris Saint-Germain. She was the first American woman to go pro directly out of high school.

Today Lindsey is a National Women’s Soccer League player with the Portland Thorns. She led her team to the championship in 2017 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the entire league for the 2018 season. She’s the heartbeat of the US Women’s National Team and played in her first World Cup in 2019. 

Follow Lindsey on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LindseyHoran, and on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/lindseyhoran10/.

In this episode Lindsey and I discuss:

  • How she made the difficult decision to skip college and turn pro in France
  • What it was like landing in France at the age of eighteen with no language or cultural compass
  • How she overcame humiliation in the locker room to become the best player she could be
  • Why chipped fingernails and short hair got players sidelined in France
  • How she talks herself through tough times and failures
  • How she supports her team on the field when things go sideways during a game
  • How she bounced back from being benched for most of the 2016 Olympics
  • Why taking risks on the field boosts her self-confidence and makes her a better player

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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 10 2019

37mins

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Nadya Okamoto on the Value of Being Unapologetically You

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Nadya Okamoto is the Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of sixteen to provide menstrual hygiene products to those in need. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing in the United States. 

In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although she did not win, her campaign made historic waves in mobilizing young people both on the ground and at the polls.

Nadya’s debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Earlier this year she made InStyle Magazine’s The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World list along with Michelle Obama and Ariana Grande.

Today Nadya is also the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in New York City.

Keep in touch with Nadya on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nadyaokamoto/

In this episode Nadya and I discuss:

  • Why receiving a lifetime achievement award made her feel inadequate
  • How she stays true to herself while in the media spotlight
  • How she handled pushback from family, peers and trolls during her city council campaign
  • How Nadya found success in a political campaign that she ended up losing
  • What Nadya does to avoid spiraling into self-doubt and getting lost in negative thoughts
  • How Nadya finds balance through late night workouts and Netflix

Resources mentioned

Follow the national campaign to repeal the Tampon Tax on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/periodmovement/

Aug 27 2019

29mins

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Christine Carter on the Science of Happiness and Escaping the "Busy" Trap

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Christine Carter is a sociologist, columnist and speaker. She’s the author of the books Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents, as well as The Sweet Spot: How to Achieve More by Doing Less. She is also a Senior Fellow at the Greater Good Science Center where she explores the science of happiness and researches how to thrive in our stress-filled, fast-paced modern world.

Christine has appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” the “Dr. Oz Show”, the “TODAY” show, the “Rachael Ray Show,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” and many others. She has been quoted or featured in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, and other media outlets.

You can subscribe to Christine’s monthly newsletter at christinecarter.com/free-updates/.

In the episode, Christine and I discuss:

  • Why Christine began to fantasize about being hospitalized
  • What drove Christine to cancel a keynote speaking engagement at the last minute 
  • Why the opposite of busyness is not laziness
  • How the first industrial revolution created our notions of workplace productivity which we still mistakenly believe today
  • How you can schedule rest in your day to increase productivity
  • How a multitasking brain consumes energy and ways to retrain ourselves to stick to one thing at a time
  • The importance of experiencing stillness and how it improves brain function
  • Why Christine began leaving her phone in the car when she went grocery shopping
  • The one personal failure Christine continues to experience
  • Why we should allow our kids to experience boredom and disappointment

Christine also responds to Inner Circle member Cathy Cheng’s question: What are the one or two most consistent attributes of organizations where workers are happiest, most productive, and least likely to leave?

Resources mentioned

In a land of workaholics, burned-out South Koreans go to 'prison' to relax

The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker

Click here to see our step-by-step guide on subscribing, listening and reviewing the show!

Aug 13 2019

38mins

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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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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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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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