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Stories of success are everywhere, hoping to inspire us. But they so often leave us feeling inadequate. In contrast, failure is commonplace. We fail at diets, marriages, jobs, parenting, and so much more. Yet from failure can come growth, insight, happiness and success, since it is through risk-taking and trial and error that we are able to innovate and grow. Despite this, we rarely talk about failure since it has become synonymous with defeat. We seldom hear about the disappointments, and challenges people face on the road to success. The Other F Word is on a mission to shift our culture's one-sided conversation to include failure. In weekly discussions, we talk to all walks of people who are unafraid to share their stories of struggle and vulnerability. Our goal is to create a change in our cultural by carving out a space for honest dialog that doesn’t just address failure, but normalizes it.

Stories of success are everywhere, hoping to inspire us. But they so often leave us feeling inadequate. In contrast, failure is commonplace. We fail at diets, marriages, jobs, parenting, and so much more. Yet from failure can come growth, insight, happiness and success, since it is through risk-taking and trial and error that we are able to innovate and grow. Despite this, we rarely talk about failure since it has become synonymous with defeat. We seldom hear about the disappointments, and challenges people face on the road to success. The Other F Word is on a mission to shift our culture's one-sided conversation to include failure. In weekly discussions, we talk to all walks of people who are unafraid to share their stories of struggle and vulnerability. Our goal is to create a change in our cultural by carving out a space for honest dialog that doesn’t just address failure, but normalizes it.
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Stories of success are everywhere, hoping to inspire us. But they so often leave us feeling inadequate. In contrast, failure is commonplace. We fail at diets, marriages, jobs, parenting, and so much more. Yet from failure can come growth, insight, happiness and success, since it is through risk-taking and trial and error that we are able to innovate and grow. Despite this, we rarely talk about failure since it has become synonymous with defeat. We seldom hear about the disappointments, and challenges people face on the road to success. The Other F Word is on a mission to shift our culture's one-sided conversation to include failure. In weekly discussions, we talk to all walks of people who are unafraid to share their stories of struggle and vulnerability. Our goal is to create a change in our cultural by carving out a space for honest dialog that doesn’t just address failure, but normalizes it.

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English


Episodes

Romona Robinson on Faith

5/23/2018
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Eight time Emmy Award Winning News Anchor Romona Robinson and author of the book A Dirt Road to Somewhere talks about her struggle to overcome multiple life obstacles, starting with surviving a childhood of extreme poverty, to picking the wrong kind of men, to her inability to get pregnant. As one of the first black women in television news, Romona has also dealt with extreme racism and sexism but religion has always been essential to her healing along with sheer perseverance and...

Duration:00:41:39

Richard Rayner on Father-Son Relationships

5/16/2018
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Richard Rayner, author of “The Blue Suit” shares the tale of his complicated relationship with his father, who embezzled money, faked his own death and then disappeared when Richard was just 10 years old. After being gone for years, his father returned and after serving time, led an interesting life on the fringe. Despite their precarious connection, Richard found himself living with his father and emulating his behavior as a way to connect and survive. Richard’s take on his journey with...

Duration:00:42:40

Meg Conley on Connecting through Failure

5/9/2018
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Meg Conley, writer and speaker, known for her HuffPost article “We Ask Our Kids the Same Three Questions Every Night”, shares how this nightly ritual has created and sustained an ongoing conversation that connects their family in a deep way. In a real attempt to celebrate failure, Meg created a safety zone to explore daily experiences of failure, both in her marriage and as a parent. Her authentic style embraces imperfection, values the little moments in life, and cultivates a general...

Duration:00:47:16

P. Charlotte Lindsay on Dating in Mid-Life

5/2/2018
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P. Charlotte Lindsay, writer, and single mom, speaks openly, honestly and with great insight and humor about her experience in the world of post divorce dating. P. Charlotte talks about being in the “invisible years” of mid life and feeling flawed, broken and de-valued as a newly single woman. In a hilarious conversation, she shares her unbelievable story of dating hundreds of men in search of a meaningful relationship, and the wisdom she gleaned from so much on-line swiping, talking,...

Duration:00:55:02

Captain Scott Kelly on Space Travel

4/25/2018
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Captain Scott Kelly is a former NASA astronaut who spent almost a year on the International Space Station and 520 total days in space, which is beautifully chronicled in his book Endurance. Captain Kelly’s path to outer space wasn’t an easy one, as he struggled academically as a young boy, being told explicitly he didn’t have what it takes to succeed in the world. Finding inspiration along the way was key to Kelly’s ability to fight through failure and persevere. His fascinating story of...

Duration:00:31:15

Becca Stevens on Healing

4/18/2018
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Rev. Becca Stevens is an Episcopal priest, author, and founder of Thistle Farms, a non-profit residential center that heals, empowers and employs women who are survivors of human trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. Her call to help and heal others comes from a profound place of mercy and strength gleaned from her own childhood trauma of sexual abuse. Becca’s remarkable journey has given her the courage, compassion, and ability to deeply connect with others in the process of healing...

Duration:00:47:04

Ed Begley Jr and Rachelle Carson on Recovery

4/11/2018
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Actors, environmentalists and married couple Ed Begley Jr and Rachelle Carson share their unique stories of struggling for years with alcoholism and addiction and how they came to a place of sobriety over more than 30 years ago. Using honesty and humor, they share their perspective of being a married couple, navigating the entertainment industry while holding on to the truest part of themselves. Ed shares his rock bottom moments, while Rachelle explores her less dramatic process, both...

Duration:00:43:41

Ruth Whippman on America the Anxious

4/4/2018
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On the heels of last week’s episode on Happiness, we offer a different glimpse into the struggle to be happy. British author, journalist, and documentary film-maker Ruth Whippman, speaks about her newest book “America the Anxious” and the pressure Americans feel for the pursuit for happiness. She studies how America invests more time, money and emotional energy than any other nation on earth, from self help books, yoga classes, mindful meditation, and therapy sessions, searching for a...

Duration:00:44:18

Gretchen Rubin on Happiness

3/28/2018
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Best selling author, blogger, international speaker and host of her own hugely popular podcast on happiness, Gretchen shares her world renowned research and theory on finding happiness. In this conversation, she starts by sharing how earlier failures in her career, while disappointing at the time, led her to follow her current path of exploring happiness. It was these experiences that also led her to come to the decision that she would try and find the fun in failure instead of pretending...

Duration:00:50:10

Shannon Cason on Gambling Addiction

3/20/2018
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Shannon Cason is an award winning storyteller best known for his work on The Moth, Snap Judgement, and his own podcasts Homemade Stories and The Trouble. Shannon shares his shocking story of how he stole $50,000 and gambled it all away in one day. Instead of running from his failure, he faced it head on and endured the consequences. This experience led him to storytelling as a way of processing his addiction, resulting in a more honest way of operating in all aspects of his life. His...

Duration:00:39:00

Cathy Schenkelberg on Scientology.

3/14/2018
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Cathy Schenkelberg, actor and former Scientologist, shares her experience with the Church of Scientology in a gut wrenchingly honest and simultaneously humorous way in her one woman show Squeeze My Cans: Surviving Scientology. Cathy’s story is a fascinating journey of a young woman looking for purpose and meaning, seduced by Scientology's promise for a better life. In over 2 decades of dedication to the group, Cathy progressed through the elaborate system, spending almost $1 million,...

Duration:00:53:01

Judy Batalion on Hoarding

3/7/2018
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Judy Batalion, author of “White Walls: A Memoir About Motherhood, Daughterhood, and the Mess In Between” speaks honestly about her childhood experience of growing up with a mother who was a compulsive hoarder. Before hoarding became a psychiatric diagnosis, all Judy knew as a child was that her mom collected and attached to objects that created so much clutter in her home she couldn’t physically or emotionally connect with her mom. As an adult, she came to understand that there was a name...

Duration:00:42:28

Karen Walrond on the Beauty of Being Different

2/28/2018
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Karen Walrond, recovering lawyer, leadership coach, photographer and author of "The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit", joins us to share her journey of celebrating uniqueness. Karen was born in Trinidad and moved back and forth to America as a child. Learning early on that survival meant assimilation, it became so second nature that she forgot who she truly was. This was most apparent during her career in law, trying to assimilate as a black female lawyer in the oil...

Duration:00:43:23

Morra Aarons-Mele on How Personality Types Feed into Anxiety

2/21/2018
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Morra Aarons-Mele, author of “Hiding in the Bathroom”, who also has a podcast of the same title, shares her practical road map for driven and ambitious people who are also introverts. Morra speaks about years of faking an extroverted shell to keep up with the high pressure of a privileged existence. She dealt with depression, anxiety, and literally hiding in the bathroom to avoid looking like a failure. She offers practical tips for being a smart introvert, with honest reflection about the...

Duration:00:35:51

David J. Flood on Inspiring our Youth

2/14/2018
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Kids today are under more stress then they’ve ever been- from intense academic expectations to round the clock social media pressures, and the impact is clear: child and teen suicide rates, depression and anxiety are all on the rise. And yet, as different as things are for teenagers today, they still just want to talk and connect. In this week’s episode, we sit down with David Flood, an inspirational youth speaker whose goal is to help guide kids through the difficulties of...

Duration:00:45:03

Dr. Tina Payne Bryson on How to Move Our Brains Through Failure

2/7/2018
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Dr. Tina Payne Bryson is a Psychotherapist, Founder/Executive director of The Center for Connection in Pasadena, and the co-author (with Dr. Dan Siegel) of The Yes Brain as well as two New York Times best-selling books, The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline. Besides being an expert in the field of science and relationships, Tina is also a parent of three boys, and uses her professional research and personal experience to understand what happens in the body and the nervous system...

Duration:00:59:41

Shalini Vadhera on the Journey of a Female Entrepreneur

1/31/2018
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Passionate about bringing products to the world to help people feel a sense of confidence through beauty, Shalini’s story is one of struggle, perseverance, success and failure. From being bullied as a child for her ethnicity to being sexually harassed in a male dominated business world, she looked toward female mentors to guide her but found none. This inspired Shalini to create a platform for women in the business world where she could pave the way for all women to feel empowered. You...

Duration:00:40:15

Cathy Heller on Pursuing Your Dream Career

1/22/2018
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Singer, songwriter and host of the podcast “Don’t Keep Your Day Job”, Cathy Heller, has mastered the ability to figure out what she wants to do, how to make it happen and - best of all - get paid for it. Cathy’s relentless search for authenticity in her life combined with her incredible determination and perseverance, have led her to become an expert on how to be successful at doing what you love most. In her interview, she explains how she was able to break down her own goals and...

Duration:01:14:09

Dese’Rae L. Stage on Suicide

1/16/2018
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Dese’Rae is a photographer, writer, advocate and founder of LiveThroughThis.org, an on-line collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors. At a time in society when suicide is on the rise, and yet, still very evocative and difficult to talk about and understand, Dese’Rae is working to take the shame and stigma out of the equation. Using photographs and personal narratives, Dese’Rae encourages people to openly explore society’s ultimate failure-surviving suicide, and the...

Duration:00:50:46

Krista Parkinson on Failing to get Married

1/3/2018
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Successful Hollywood executive and one-time Mormon, Krista Parkinson talks about her struggle to find love. Krista grew up a strict Mormon but when she moved to Los Angeles and started working in the entertainment business, her two worlds came into conflict. The pressure from her religion to marry and have kids kept growing but Krista felt like an outsider in both worlds, finding that she didn’t quite fit into either. Her experience as “Other” has both been a source of sadness and...

Duration:00:46:41

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