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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.
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Los Angeles, CA

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As a bestselling author, speaker and one of the greatest interviewers of this generation, Cal Fussman has sat down with some of the world’s most influential individuals: Muhammad Ali, Mikhail Gorbachev, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, Jack Welch, John Wooden, Al Pacino and hundreds of others, digging deep into their hearts and delivering their wisdom to the rest of the world. Now, in Big Questions, Cal continues his journey. Uncovering the heart, head, and soul of his guests in thoughtful, deep and entertaining conversations.

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@calfussman

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English

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3109630276


Episodes

John Rampton: Moments That Change Your LIfe

5/14/2019
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Cal looks at how John Rampton made millions by becoming one of the top online influencers in the world – tracing Rampton’s ascent back to an accident in college that left John bedridden in a hospital for months. John learned to master social media in that hospital bed, and he shows Cal how “giving away the farm” on the Internet is a gift that just keeps on giving through success and hard times. The founder and chief of online companies like Calendar and Due tells Cal he has numerical proof...

Duration:01:17:20

Muhammad Ali: Through The Eyes of His Daughter, Hana

5/7/2019
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Cal sits with Muhammad’s daughter, Hana, almost three years after his passing to talk about her dad. Hana has just written a book called At Home With Muhammad Ali, and this conversation looks at what life was like in the moments when the cameras weren’t around. There are happy moments – seeing her dad stuffing his mouth with bubble gum as if he were a big kid. There are beautiful moments – the way Muhammad took homeless people into his own home because he believed unoccupied rooms were a...

Duration:01:07:57

Dandapani: On Learning to Concentrate

4/30/2019
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When Cal turns into a salesman to try to generate a million dollars in new business by the end of May, he is unprepared for the constant buzzing of his cellphone and the new lifestyle this brings. When it begins to feel like his brain has fragmented into 500 pieces, Cal reaches out to his pal, The Monk Dandapani, for lessons on how to focus and concentrate. The world-renowned monk gives Cal advice on harnessing his energy, that can lift everybody’s life.

Duration:00:14:27

James Altucher: A Business Strategy Masterclass

4/23/2019
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When Cal needs to develop a business strategy for his new company, James comes to the rescue. Altucher has started many businesses over the years, making millions, losing millions, making more millions, losing more millions and making more millions. A prolific blogger and podcaster, author, angel investor and owner of a comedy club in New York where he often appears, James shows Cal how to define, shape and monetize his new business helping companies tell their stories. The strategy session...

Duration:01:35:21

Mordechai Wiener: Lose Weight Through Storytelling

4/16/2019
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Cal gets the skinny on a new program that helps people lose weight. It’s not a diet (95 percent of diets do not work). There are no pills. The Reverse Approach was created by Mordechai Wiener while dropping from 330 pounds to 197. By listening to the stories of people who’ve lost a lot of weight and kept it off, you can adapt their successful habits into your own life. The concept is to slowly transform your body through understanding how you feel about yourself and then adjusting your...

Duration:01:06:48

Amy Morin: On Mental Toughness

4/9/2019
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The international best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do gives Cal some lessons on training your brain for happiness and success. And it couldn’t have come at a better time for Cal, who was recently challenged to lift his game as a CEO . . . and responded with an outlandish goal of bringing in a million dollars of new revenue by the end of May . . . without having the slightest idea how he was going to do it. Once she hears Cal’s background, Amy, a psychotherapist,...

Duration:01:20:08

Dr. Steven Gundry: Following Your Purpose

4/2/2019
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After one of Cal’s friends with a rare disease tells Cal that Dr. Gundry’s dietary advice saved his life, Cal seeks out Gundry to uncover the doctor’s backstory. He’s astonished to find out about the sacrifices Dr. Gundry made when he left his position as chairman of cardiothoracic surgery at Loma Linda University to counsel patients on improving their health through diet and supplements. Dr. Gundry and his wife, Penny, ran through their retirement savings and suffered through a decade of...

Duration:00:54:27

Bruce Lee Teaches Cal to Evolve... Through His Daughter

3/26/2019
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When Shannon Lee passes on this nugget of wisdom from her dad: “To change with change is the changeless state,” Cal is no longer the same... and becomes even more Cal at the same time. Bruce Lee is famous for his fighting roles in films beloved around the world dating back to the early 70s -- like Fist of Fury and Enter The Dragon. But underneath the images that made him iconic is a philosophy of breaking tradition and constantly moving himself -- and society -- to new places. His ideas and...

Duration:00:58:24

Phillip Stutts: Politics, Marketing & The Secret Sauce

3/19/2019
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Cal sits with the man who has helped candidates win 1,200 elections to talk about the impact of storytelling on our politics and businesses in a time of huge disruption. The takeaways include the way Donald Trump was able to win the presidency by merging big data, social media and branding; how businesses need to understand their customers the way a great political campaign understands its voters; and how this will become even more important for businesses in the next ten years as Artificial...

Duration:01:10:46

Simon Sinek: The Infinite Game

3/12/2019
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Simon talks about the theme of his upcoming book -- and his message hits Cal’s ears like a symphony. Perhaps this should’ve been expected. The concept behind Simon’s book, Start With Why, led to a Ted talk that reached 42 million people. And Leaders Eat Last was a New York Times bestseller. The Infinite Game shows us that business should not be treated like it’s in a sporting event that has a definite period of time and ends with a win or a loss. If we do treat our business like it’s in a...

Duration:01:29:32

Daniela Fernandez: The Million-Dollar Save

3/5/2019
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Cal checks in with one of his favorite people in the world, 25-year-old Daniela Fernandez, who has devoted her life to saving the world’s oceans. If you don’t think that’s important, it’d be wise to look at some facts. There’s an island of garbage twice the size of Texas in the Pacific Ocean, which may be a long way from where you are right now but it affects you. Fifty percent of the oxygen we breathe is created by the ocean. That’s every second breath you take. We’re slowly choking...

Duration:01:04:48

Brian David Johnson: Takes Cal into the Future

2/26/2019
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Arizona State Futurist in Residence Brian David Johnson explains to Cal why we will not be using keyboards in the near future; and how they are slowing us down anyway. Old School Cal gets an hour of what the future will be like — and, surprisingly, he likes it!

Duration:01:02:43

George Raveling: On The Power of Books

2/19/2019
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Cal sits down with a national treasure, George Raveling, to talk about some of the impactful moments of George’s life. That includes the day in August of 1963 when George was a bodyguard on stage as Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his I Have A Dream speech. As Dr. King folded the speech and walked off stage, George asked Dr. King if he could have it and Dr. King handed it to him. George would become basketball coach at Washington State, Iowa and USC, a coach on the 1984 U.S. Olympic...

Duration:01:12:18

SOMEONE TURN THIS EPISODE INTO A MOVIE

2/12/2019
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Great movies have been made about buddy stories. Great movies have been made about love stories. This podcast has both, and is waiting to be turned into a terrific film. It’s about the friendship between the comedian “Irish Dave” Nihill and the cycling guide Arash Bayatmakou – and it could be called “Stand Up.” That’s because of the different way the phrase applies to each of these two men. Without spoiling the movie, the story revolves around the courage we all need to move forward in...

Duration:01:45:14

John Livesay: Selling Through Stories

2/5/2019
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Cal The Journalist meets John The Salesman and things will never be the same – not for Cal, anyway. For years, Cal had been told to stay on his side of The Wall that separated the editorial and sales departments of newspapers and magazines. But the Internet has changed that world and now everyone must sell themselves in some way, shape or form. Cal is delighted to find out that, at its best, sales is all about his passion – storytelling. Cal learns how John used rejection to create a new...

Duration:01:08:33

Miki Agrawal: On The Power of Disruption

1/29/2019
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What a superpower it would be to be able to look at the ordinary and wonder how it could be different… and then make it better. That’s what Cal discovers when he speaks with Miki Agrawal, entrepreneur and author of the book, Disrupt-Her. He’ll never be the same. He’s already switched to bamboo toilet paper after Miki explained to him all the environmental benefits. Miki has specialized in the “poop, pee and menstruation” space – founding a company called Thinx that created period-proof...

Duration:00:52:46

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie: The More You Give, The More You Live

1/22/2019
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Many years ago, TOMS shoes founder Blake Mycoskie asked a wise man for some advice. That man wrote some on a sheet of paper: “The more you give, the more you live.” It has guided Blake ever since. First, in the start-up of TOMS – which donates a pair of shoes to an impoverished child every time it sells a pair. And most recently, in the start-up of a campaign to end gun violence through changing federal policy by instituting background checks before every gun sale. This is a solution that 90...

Duration:01:23:08

George Clooney and Charlie Engle: On Telling A Story

1/15/2019
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Cal goes to the archives and pulls out a childhood tale George Clooney told him about how his eccentric family taught him to tell a good story. The podcast continues with the story of how drug addiction was transformed into a landmark run across the Sahara Desert for Charlie Engle. So many takeaways from this episode: The basics of storytelling. Overcoming addiction. The power of discipline. Seeing the world through fresh eyes. Inventing new challenges. A primer in how to get the most out...

Duration:01:18:06

Andy Grammer: On Creation

1/8/2019
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The singer and songwriter talks to Cal about how life experiences turn into music. The conversation leads to the background behind Andy’s hits: Honey I’m Good, Keep Your Head Up and Fresh Eyes. But at its deepest level the discussion delves into the process that we all must go through to create. The takeaways are many. How to keep going when nobody around you seems to be paying attention to what you’re doing. How having a hit can be just as stressful to the creation process as striving for...

Duration:01:23:23

Anniversary Party with Kobe Bryant, Larry King, Seth Godin & Friends

1/1/2019
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Big Questions celebrates its one-year anniversary with takeaways from guests over the last year. Kobe Bryant explains how excellence transfers across all pursuits. Seth Godin describes how to think beyond the societal patterns that can knock us off balance. Larry King gets at the importance of communicating your own story. Nely Galan shares how pain can be turned into profit. Spartan CEO Joe DeSena describes the start of his plan to make the world healthy. Navy Seal commander turned...

Duration:01:06:39