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

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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 […]

Overcome ‘Analysis Paralysis’ And Execute On Your Idea – 5 Tips From Ollie Cofounder Gabby Slome (FORBES)

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When you hear the short-story version of why she started Ollie, you might assume Gabby Slome is impulsive. While she and her husband were traveling Columbia, they found themselves being followed – by the dog who would later sit in on our interview at the all-natural, human-grade dog food company’s Flatiron Headquarters (READ MORE).

A nine-step plan for conquering social anxiety that won’t overwhelm you (Quartz)

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A couple weeks ago, I found myself at an intimate dinner party. Normally I feel confident and outgoing at social events. But as the host brought out a third course that rivaled a Michelin Star restaurant, I found myself overwhelmed with anxiety and shame. I don’t belong here, I thought. These people are way too cool for […]

The Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-Founder Gabby Slome

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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 for a successful business.Warning: Gabby shares some stomach-turning truths about the pet-food industry, so you might not […]

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

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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 […]

Meet Megan Bruneau – Growing, Failing And Innovating (We Are LMS)

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If you’re ever stressed and need to look at a calm, reassuring instagram feed, take a look at @meganjbruneau. NYC wonder woman Megan Bruneau’s long list of accomplishments include a successful career as a psychotherapist and hosting the podcast “The Failure Factor” (highly recommend giving it a listen). Her feed displays serene scenic views of British […]

5 Steps THINX Founder Miki Agrawal Followed To Bounce Back From Adversity (FORBES)

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Believe what you want in the conversation around Miki Agrawal‘s leadership, but there’s no denying she’s an expert in resilience. Known for taboo industry innovation,  controversial subway ads, and a publicly challenging departure from her role as CEO of THINX, she’s appropriately titled her second upcoming book, ‘Disrupt-Her.’ (READ MORE)

The 4 Mindset Shifts That Led To This Streetwear Mogul’s Success (FORBES)

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“You know if your leg is broken,” Bobby Kim assures me with a laugh in the opening moments of our interview for The Failure Factor. He recounts how he recently “hit an edge skate[board]ing in the half bowl” behind his company’s California headquarters. I cringe – flashing back to my own experiences with broken bones – yet […]

The Failure Factor: Founder & CEO Megan Driscoll on Building A PR Agency, Using Fear As A Motivator, And Not Wanting Kids

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  Megan Driscoll is the founder and CEO of EvolveMKD, a public relations and social media agency in New York City. She’s grown her business from one employee (herself) to 19 in two and a half years. But Megan’s success came out of a “bad breakup” at her previous company. Listen in to hear her […]

The Failure Factor Podcast: Danielle LaPorte Was Fired From Her Own Company

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First, a huge thanks to Thrive Market for bringing us this episode with Danielle! If you’re a listener, go to www.thrivemarket.com/factor for an additional 25% off your already 25-50% discounted groceries, a free 30-day trial, and free shipping. Second, we’ve got an awesome episode up today with spiritual guru, inspiration speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and personal […]

Danielle LaPorte Shares 4 Ways To Deal With ‘Haters’ When Building Your Personal Brand (FORBES)

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Danielle LaPorte has mastered the art of building and scaling one’s personal brand: The inspirational speaker, writer, and entrepreneur created a top-ten iTunes app, a yearly planner system, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries from one of her bestsellers. Her site, which offers everything from content to candles, draws millions of viewers each month […]

An Unfulfilling Modeling Career And Near-Death Experience Taught These Founders How To Succeed (FORBES)

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  Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps have made it their mission to help people “get high” – but it’s not what it sounds. The team birthed HigherDOSE, the company that’s making infrared saunas mainstream (“DOSE” stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins). In our interview for The Failure Factor, the women explain how they originally intended to install infrared […]

The Failure Factor: The Mistake These Women Made When They Launched Their Apparel Brand

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New Failure Factor episode up! Listen here or check out the Forbes article (here’s a teaser).  As I sit in the waiting area of the Primary HQ, my attention is diverted from the brightly accented office to an interaction taking place on the other side of the room: A smiling, casually dressed woman has one knee on […]

The Failure Factor is Back! Starting With Forte’s Lauren Foundos on Failing Every Day And Being A Successful First-Time Founder

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LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW HERE READ THE ARTICLE HERE The Failure Factor is back! Awww yeah! We’re kicking things off with Lauren Foundos, who spent a decade on Wall Street before starting Forte, a boutique fitness streaming platform. A first-time founder, Foundos stresses spending wisely, building authentic partnerships, detaching from an expectation of what the company […]

Here Are 3 Immediate Changes Women Can Make For Career Success (FORBES)

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In my mission to help women follow their dreams, I interviewed Wendy Sachs, Author of Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot–And Relaunch Their Careers. Revealing confidently she’s been fired more than once, Sachs dubs herself the “master of the career pivot:” She’s an Emmy-award winning TV news producer who’s worked at Dateline, NBC, Fox, and CNN; […]

Interview For “Never Liked It Anyway’s” Woman Crush Wednesday

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I was interviewed for Never Liked It Anyway‘s Woman Crush Wednesday. Check out the best and worst gifts I ever got, my go-to pick-me-up, and my advice for all things love, sex, and dating :): This week’s Woman Crush Wednesday is the one and only Megan Bruneau – aka the incredible talent behind One Shrink’s […]

Millennial Entrepreneurs: Here’s How To Embrace Discomfort And Follow Your Dreams (FORBES)

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My dad was a criminal lawyer for 43 years. He spent Monday through Friday between court and the office, escaping every Friday in summer to the lake, and every Friday in winter to the mountain. This highly privileged life (by most accounts) is traditionally appealing, but I feel panicked at the thought of replicating it. […]

Megan on ‘The Science Of Success’ Podcast With Matt Bodnar: Uncover the Root of Your Pain, How to Smash Perfectionism, Love Yourself, and Live a Richer Life

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In this episode we discuss why the “happiness” movement has done us a disservice and sometimes makes things worse, how perfectionism creates an illusion of control and distorts your reality, how to become aware of the critical inner voice at the root of your pain and unhealthy habits, the incredible power of self compassion, and […]