Fail Your Way to Success

Fail Your Way to Success

The best books are made up of stories. And the best stories are about bouncing back from failure. New York Times bestselling author and Legacy Launch Pad Publishing founder Anna David is an expert at both stories and failing your way to success. Through interviews and solo episodes, she delves into the stories behind the failures and successes of top business leaders, leaving you with the tools you need to turn every failure into a success.

Episodes

February 19, 2024 20 mins

Let's just get it out up front: I am a Swiftie through and through. We're talking songs-stuck-in-my-head-when-I-can't-sleep, saw-the-concert-documentary-3-times, drove-to-San-Diego-for-a-Taylor-dance-party Swiftie. 

 

And while you may argue with me if you want about the appropriateness of my obsession at my age, you cannot argue with the fact that TS is one of the great entrepreneurs of all time. 

 

Don't believe me? Listen t...

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Mark Fujiwara can trace his first failure back to grade school.

But there’s no arguing with his success as a financial planner today.

Still, as a burgeoning spokesperson for mental health struggles of entrepreneurs, he’s as open about failing his way to success as anyone could be.

In this episode, we get into breaking generational cycles, holding onto things for 47 years, living up to parents' expectations, talking to your ki...

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Oprah is, of course, a legend.

 

Her successes have been well-documented—25 years hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show, an Oscar nomination for The Color Purple and the creation of her OWN network, among many other things. But there have been a few failures along the way, including a box office disaster with Beloved, a bad restaurant investment and even early struggles in her TV career.

 

This episode breaks those down and also incl...

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How many people do you know who, while working in banking, thought, "You know, I'd rather be a janitor"?

Well, I know one and he's my guest in this episode.

John Disselkamp found that suit he had to wear just a bit too tight so left it to literally push a broom.

That broom turned into a $10 million a year company with over 300 employees.

So how did he do it and what were his failures along the way? More importantly, what const...

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To most people, it looked like Arianna Huffington went from political pundit to publishing with ease, allegedly pocketing a cool $100 million when her eponymous site The Huffington Post sold. But did you know she was rejected 37 times when she was trying to sell her second book? Or that when she ran for governor, she received less than 1% of the votes? In this episode, I break down Huffington's highs, lows, successes and o...

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Michael E. Gerber is well-known for writing his series of E-Myth books.

But did you know he lost his whole E-Myth business to his ex-wife?

Or that he had numerous struggles before changing the face of business?

He’s a great guy—I’ve benefited from that since he wrote the foreword to my most recent book. And in his late 80s, he’s still out there failing and succeeding.

Listen in as he shares it all.

For more info, go to www.fail...

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When you think of Walt Disney, you may think hit movies and that wondrously hellish theme park.

 

But did you know he came to Hollywood with just a few drawing instruments and $40 in his pocket? Or that he declared bankruptcy in 1920? Or that Disneyland’s first day open was called “Black Sunday” because so many things went wrong?

 

I tell you all about that and more in this episode.

For more info, go to www.failyourway.com

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Hal Elrod claims he was mediocre at everything he did as a kid and yet he ended up having his own weekly radio show by the age of 15. Then he became one of the top salespeople at Cutco Cutlery. 

Then, in 1989 he was struck a drunker drive and broke 11 bones, suffered permanent brain damage, and was found dead. His heart stopped beating for 6 long minutes. Six days later, he woke up from a coma to be told he would probably n...

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You may think you know everything about the failures and comebacks of the late, great Steve Jobs.

But I uncovered some new ones in this solo episode.

I give them all to you, in quick and bite-sized form. Enjoy the bite out of this apple!

For more info, go to www.failyourway.com

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Laura Spaulding has not had a standard road to success.

 

She went into the military in the early 90s because she was homeless and wanted to go to college. After college, she became a cop in the Midwest. And then, solely because she wanted to earn overtime, she agreed to work undercover pretending to be a sex worker. That led into undercover work busting drug dealers.

 

From there it led to a crime scene clean-up business, the...

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How much have you thought about the origin of that ketchup pack you tried to make sure didn’t hit the steering wheel when you enjoyed crispy fries on that road trip?

 

Well, you’re going to think about that origin now—particularly the origin of one Henry Heinz, who’s responsible for your road trip pleasures.

 

But his journey to leaving a legacy business that has done over 26 billion in revenue was not without its struggles. I...

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Christina Nicholson worked as a TV producer, reporter and anchor for more than a decade. The founder of Media Maven, a PR agency made up of former journalists. The host of the Become A Media Maven podcast and the founder of Podcast Clout, a podcast database that makes it easier for PR professionals to build podcast pitch lists, she’s been on TEDx stages and Lifetime TV, among many other places.

She's also a truth teller ext...

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November 17, 2023 3 mins

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before returning and making it into the behemoth company it is today. Henry Heinz failed at selling horseradish before he pivoted to ketchup. The point is: many of the most successful people in the world failed before they found success. In this show, New York Times bestselling author Anna David interviews leaders about how they’ve failed their way to success, leaving listeners with tools to...

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November 1, 2023 1 min

Steve Jobs was fired from Apple before returning and making it into the behemoth company it is today. Henry Heinz failed at selling horseradish before he pivoted to ketchup. The point is: many of the most successful people in the world failed before they found success. In this show, New York Times bestselling author Anna David interviews leaders about how they’ve failed their way to success, leaving listeners with tools to...

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