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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

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

Samuel West on The Museum of Failure

12/20/2017
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Bored and tired of the worship and glorification of success, Sam West founded the Museum of Failure in Sweden last summer, to take away the stigma of failure and instead see it as an integral part of progress. The Museum of Failure has come to Downtown Los Angeles where the Other F Word team met with Sam to tour the exhibit and explore the collection of over 130 failed products and services from all over the world. From a rental sex doll to Trump University, from Swedish Fish flavored...

Duration:00:23:19

Father Greg Boyle on Healing Homies

12/13/2017
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Father Greg Boyle, director and founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention rehab/re-entry program in the world, speaks about his work of rehabilitating and healing gang members. Through the 18 month intensive program, rival gang members and enemies are asked to work side by side in one of Homeboy Industry’s 9 social enterprises, such as their in-house cafe or bakery, where they learn that they are more similar than different. They also receive intensive therapy, 12 step...

Duration:00:47:51

Kathleen Trotter on Finding your Fit

12/6/2017
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Fitness expert, personal trainer and author of “Find your Fit” shares her wisdom about the many possibilities of failures that happen in the world of health and fitness. She explores the pressure for perfection and how this contributes to complete overwhelm and shutdown when it comes to physical wellbeing. Kathleen takes a practical approach to finding ways to push through this discomfort in order to get centered, and come to a deeper understanding of your physical and emotional sense of...

Duration:00:34:03

David Raether on Becoming Homeless

11/29/2017
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Author and TEDTalk presenter David Raether, a former tv writer and father of 8, shares his rivetting story of becoming homeless. David had a thriving career as a comedy writer in tv, but took time off to care for his 8 children after his wife found herself struggling with depression. He stayed home for 2 years taking care of his family and when he tried to re-enter the world of comedy writing, he was unable to find work of any kind. After years of struggling, he spent his savings,...

Duration:00:45:13

Dr. Kristin Neff on Self Compassion

11/21/2017
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Kristin Neff, Ph.D, professor, researcher, and author, best known for her TED talk and book titled Self-Compassion, talks about how self compassion is a necessary ingredient to enduring failure. Simply put, being a kind and unconditional friend to yourself is self-compassion, and yet, it’s something people struggle to do on a daily basis. Self criticism and judgment is where most people land when life fails set expectations. As a leading expert on self-compassion, Dr. Neff explores how...

Duration:00:43:47

Torrey Drake on Bullying

11/15/2017
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Filmmaker and personal trainer Torrey Drake shares his painful past of being bullied as a child, starting in middle school and continuing on through high school. Torrey describes the years of physical, emotional, and mental violence and aggression he experienced and the impact it had on his life, leading him to bully others as a way to cope. Torrey’s story is filled with failure, in terms of how the school system failed to protect him and how his friends failed to stand up for him, and...

Duration:00:46:36

Bette Alkazian on Marriage

11/8/2017
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Bette Alkazian, a Marriage and Family Therapist, shares her personal and professional insight into the world of marriage. Bette talks about the incredible pressure for marriage to work, and when it fails, the shame that is so often experienced. Her wisdom and wit about the often heavy topic of marriage brings to light what often fails in a marriage-the ability to communicate, connect, repair, and take ownership of conflict. Bette offers practical and insightful ways to navigate the...

Duration:00:45:28

Tom Papa on Finding the Comedy in Failure

11/1/2017
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Tom Papa is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, radio personality and podcaster. Through humor and wit, tom shares his journey navigating the world of stand up comedy and the inevitable feelings of failure that come along with the job. www.tompapa.com

Duration:00:47:25

Dr. Dan Siegel on the Brain, the Mind, and Adolescent Anxiety

10/25/2017
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Dr. Dan Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute. He has written numerous best selling books and lectured around the world on his work in the field of interpersonal neurobiology. Dan takes the complicated workings of the brain and mind and offers a deeper understanding of the interplay, especially in relation to mindfulness in parenting. His approach to wellbeing, including the integration of a healthy...

Duration:01:00:40

BJ Miller on Dying

10/18/2017
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Dr BJ Miller, hospice and palliative care specialist, shares his personal and professional insights into the world of dying. At age 19, BJ had a near death experience that left him with one arm amputated below the elbow and both legs amputated below the knee. In the throws of suffering and recovery, he learned about the humane side of healthcare and the need for deep care and connection during such a time of pain and uncertainty. Seeing his recovery as transformational, as a gift, he...

Duration:00:45:06

Sammy Rangel on Forgiveness

10/11/2017
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As an author, social worker, peace activist, speaker, and trainer, Sammy Rangel joins us to share his profound story about forgiveness. His early life was filled with horrendous experiences of abuse and neglect, leading to violent years spent in and out of prison, with the most important people and systems failing to help him. While his story is heart wrenching, his spirit is awe inspiring. He speaks honestly about the pivotal moments in his life that caused him to shift from destruction...

Duration:00:53:57

Ep 51: Anthony Benenati on Sitting in Failure

10/4/2017
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L.A. based Yoga teacher and entrepreneur, Anthony Benenati, talks candidly about his journey from success to failure, where he currently sits, in a period of questioning and uncertainty, after selling his successful yoga studio to a larger corporation. Anthony speaks about the challenge to rebuild his career, at a time in mid-life when he finds it hard to harness the entrepreneurial spirit he once knew in his younger self. Anthony shares the parallels in yoga and in life, of learning to...

Duration:00:49:26

Ep. 50: Barbara Rose Brooker on Ageism

9/27/2017
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At 80 years old, author, performer, age activist Barbara Rose Brooker explores the topic of age discrimination in her book "The Viagra Diaries", soon to be a tv show, Huffington post column titled Boomer in the City, her blog, and one women shows. She's the founder of the first ever march on age equality, and speaks passionately about her experiences of age discrimination and how aging is considered a failure in our culture. Her enthusiasm and passion have inspired others to look at aging...

Duration:00:35:51

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