The Failure Factor: Stories of Career Perseverance
By Megan Bruneau
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There’s a myth out there that failure is career-ending and that success is achieved without any bumps in the road. But in reality, it’s surviving rock bottom that gives entrepreneurs the experience, confidence and edge that ultimately causes them to thrive. You’ll hear stories of challenge, perseverance and triumph. Plus you’ll learn how to capitalize off the failure factor--your secret to success.
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 33: Bluemercury Co-founder and CEO Marla Beck On Failing Her Way To Success||In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan sits down with Bluemercury co-founder and Marla Beck. The CEO of the rapidly-growing luxury beauty retailer shares how the initially Ecommerce company almost ran out of money, sparking the...||2/16/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 32: Schmidt's Naturals Co-founder Michael Cammarata on Entrepreneurial Resilience, Leaving Your Mark Before You Die, and Making His First Million at Thirteen Years Old||In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan interviews Michael Cammarata: serial entrepreneur, investor, and co-founder and CEO of Schmidt's Naturals – one of the worlds fastest-growing wellness brands. Despite being told he'd "never amount to...||2/7/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 31: The American Equality Failure With Sari Rosenberg||In this special episode, Megan sits down with her good friend: writer, American History teacher and feminist sociopolitical expert Sari Rosenberg to clarify myths around feminism and how it relates to sexual assault, dating, body...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 30: Lifeway CEO Julie Smolyansky On Leading While Grieving, Navigating A PR Crisis, And Managing Mansplainers||In this episode of The Failure Factor, Megan talks resilience, sexism, and changing the world with Julie Smolyansky. Julie became the youngest female CEO of a publicly held firm when she took over Lifeway Foods at the age of 27 in 2002 after the...||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 29: The League Dating App Founder Amanda Bradford on Having Difficult Conversations And Getting Comfortable With Rejection||Ah, dating - a topic close to Megan's heart. In this episode, she interviews The League founder and CEO Amanda Bradford on the building of the elite dating app. They discuss what it's like to date as an "alpha woman," the parallels between...||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 28: Simon "Thor" Damborg on The Danger of the Personal Brand, Dating in a Culture of Toxic Masculinity, and The Only Way Entrepreneurship is Worth It||Simon "Thor" Damborg is a former competitive CrossFit athlete, small business consultant, and the owner of Raincity Athletics and the Functional Fitness League in Vancouver, Canada. In this episode, which isn't your typical TFF...||4/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 27: Lumion's Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff On Dealing With (and Learning From) a Painful Co-Founder Split||Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff are the founders of Lumion, a skincare product line revolutionizing skin health technology. In this episode, Amy shares the story of her painful split from a co-founder in her former venture, and what she learned the..||2/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 26: Former Adult Film Star Turned Designer Jessie Andrews On Being Fearless And Not Letting The Past Define You||At 25 years old, Jessie Andrews is the founder and CEO of four successful businesses. Formerly an adult-film star and international DJ/Producer, she's now also a globally sought-after photographer, in-demand brand builder, and successful model and...||11/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 25: Mark Sisson on Risk-Taking, Resilience, and the Failure That Cost Him $1m||Mark Sisson is an serial entrepreneur and ex-endurance athlete turned ancestral health pioneer and New York Times bestselling author. What began as his blog (MarksDailyApple.com) has now become one of the top-rated health and fitness...||11/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-founder Gabby Slome on Overcoming "Analysis Paralysis" and Considering Both Head and Heart in Decision-Making||Gabby Slome is the co-founder of Ollie; an all-natural, human grade dog food delivery service. In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, she shares how she overcame “analysis paralysis" and what she believes is most important in...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 23: Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid Problems” on Growing & Monetizing Social Media, Overcoming Fear, and Leaving Your 9-5 Responsibly||It's one thing to leave a job you hate to follow your dreams; but what about leaving that "cushy" job that's not totally terrible? In this interview, brought to you by Discover LMS, Sarah Merrill of "Big Kid problems" walks Megan through how she...||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 22: THINX CoFounder and Serial Entrepreneur Miki Agrawal On Bouncing Back From Adversity||Known for taboo industry innovation, controversial subway ads, and a publicly challenging departure from her role as CEO of THINX Period Underwear, Miki Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, author, and speaker. The four-time founder sat down with Megan...||7/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 21: Cassandra Bodzak on Scaling The Conscious Personal Brand – Twice||Cassandra Bodzak is the founder of the online mind-body-soul support community, Aprecity.com,and best-selling author of "Eat With Intention." She's a global meditation and wellness teacher, host of Eat with Intention TV, and former host of...||7/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 20: 'The Hundreds' CoFounder On Leaving Law To Follow His Dreams, Building A Trustworthy Brand, And Coping With The Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster||Bobby Kim (also known as Bobby Hundreds) is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Hundreds – a massively popular streetwear line worn by celebrities such as Kanye West and Justin Bieber. Hear Bobby's story about the conversation...||6/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 19: Founder & CEO Megan Driscoll on Building A PR Agency, Using Fear As A Motivator, And Not Wanting Kids||Megan Driscoll is the founder and CEO of Evolve MKD, 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...||6/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 18: Danielle LaPorte On Being Fired From Her Own Company And Dealing With Haters||Danielle LaPorte is an internationally renowned speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and blogger. The wise, hilarious, self-proclaimed "seeker" has mastered scaling the personal brand; but prior to Danielle's massive success, she was fired – from her own...||5/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 17: HigherDOSE Founders On How An Unfulfilling Modeling Career And Near-Death Experience Led To Their Ultimate Success||Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps are the founders of HigherDOSE, the infrared sauna experience that's taking over NYC. In this episode, they share with Megan how past career challenges have led to their present success. Berlingeri, previously a...||5/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 16: The Mistake These Women Made When They Launched Their Apparel Brand||The founders of Primary.com tell the story of how they capitalized on the gap in the children's clothing market, and what they'd do differently||5/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 15: Failing Every Day And Being A Successful First-Time Founder||Forte's Lauren Foundos Shares Her Wisdom In Starting Up||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 14: The Whole 30's Melissa Hartwig on Overcoming Addiction, Repairing Business Relationships, and Building a "Fiercely Loyal" Community||Melissa Hartwig is a Certified Sports Nutritionist, co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole30 and It Starts With Food, and the author of Food Freedom Forever and The Whole30 Cookbook. She's been featured by Dr. Oz, The Today Show, the...||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 13: Gang Member Turned Multimillionaire Hit Rock Bottom Following Bankruptcy||A former gang member, Ryan Blair is now a self-made multimillionaire, New York Times bestselling author, serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and CEO of the global healthy lifestyle company, ViSalus. He appears regularly on CNBC, MSNBC,...||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 12: How This Feminist Serial Entrepreneur Found "Beauty" In Failure||Shalini Vadhera is a serial entrepreneur, bestselling author, beauty expert and internationally recognized TV personality. From jewelry and fashion entrepreneur, to celebrity makeup artist, to Founder of a $21-million beauty brand, to founder and CEO...||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 11: Matt Mayberry Ended His Football Career His First Game In The NFL||Matt Mayberry realized his dream of becoming a professional football player, then watched it all crumble in a instant. He suffered a career-ending injury in his FIRST game in the NFL. Shattered both physically and emotionally, Matt entered a deep...||8/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 10: Joe Cross On How To Cultivate Luck||Joe Cross is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, filmmaker, and wellness advocate. He's the founder of the socially conscious health and wellness company, Reboot With Joe, as well as the founder of the Reboot Media, which produces educational media...||8/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 9: Terri Cole, Celebrity Psychotherapist on How To Stop Dating People Who Are Bad For Us & Changing Careers After 30||Terri Cole is a licensed psychotherapist, transformation coach, and a relationship expert. A psychotherapist to the stars, she was the featured therapist on A&E’s Monster In-Laws, The Lisa Oz Show, had a weekly radio show on Hay House Radio, and...||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 8: Meet The Woman Who Revolutionized The Way We Date--Twice||Whitney Wolfe is a serial entrepreneur who, by the time she was 25, had already founded 3 companies. The first, a non-profit inspired by the BP oil spill; the second, Tinder, the app that normalized swiping left or right on potential dates; and most...||7/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 7: Deepak Chopra Once Emptied The Contents Of His Briefcase On His Boss’s Head||Deepak Chopra MD, FACP is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, he is the founder of The Chopra Foundation, the co-founder of The Chopra Center..||6/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 6: Daybreaker And Thinx Cofounder On The Challenges Of Being A Woman In The Boardroom||Radha Agrawal is a serial entrepreneur, advocate, feminist, visionary, and community-building expert. Most recently, Radha is the cofounder of sober early morning dance-party Daybreaker, and cofounder of Thinx period proof Underwear. In this...||6/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 5: CEO of Bleacher Report on Founding With Friends & Big Egos||Dave Finocchio launched Bleacher Report in 2008 with three friends from middle school. Self-described 'sports nuts,' the Notre Dame alumni saw an opportunity in filling the 'white space' in the sports media world. Bleacher Report is now the...||5/31/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 4: Courtney Nichols Gould: "I Used To Lead From Fear"||Courtney Nichols Gould is the CoFounder/CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, a company she launched with her cofounder and husband, Gordon, just over 5 years ago to bring more health to more people every day (in the shape of a really tasty and trustworthy...||5/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 3: How Failure Helped Me "Thrive": Gunnar Lovelace of Thrive Market||Gunnar Lovelace is the founder and co-CEO of Thrive Market, the fastest growing health-food e-commerce company in history. In this episode, Gunnar tells the story of a previous "failure," after which he found himself hitting rock bottom. He...||5/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 2: Danielle Duboise & Whitney Tingle: Making Your Mess into Your Mission||Danielle DuBoise and Whitney Tingle are the co-founders of Sakara Life, an organic meal delivery service and wellness lifestyle brand. Danielle and Whitney went from making meals in their SoHo kitchen and delivering them on bicycles, to an 85-person...||4/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Failure Factor Episode 1: Wall Street to REAL "Wellth"||Jason Wachob is the Founder and CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of “WELLTH: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume”. He has been featured in The New York Times, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, Goop, and Vogue. It hasn't always been health and..||4/12/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This podcast is the reason I actually look forward to my commute!
So many great stories of challenge, grit and triumph! I really appreciate the sector diversity Megan has been able to incorporate over the past year. Looking forward to the next podcast!
Meaningful insight into entrepreneurship
Megan's conversation with Simon Damborg had me sitting in the car for 10 minutes after I got home because I had to hear the end! Now I'm quickly listening my way through the rest of the episodes, and I'm finding great insights into what it means (and how it feels) to put yourself on the path to creating your own business, and the lessons to be found in "failure." So glad conversations like this are happening!
Love this podcast it’s raw and real and interesting. The take away messages at the end are poignant and insightful.