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The Other F Word

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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

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


Ep 49: Summer Sanders on Failing Her Way to Gold

9/22/2017
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Champion swimmer and 1992 Olympic gold medalist, Summer Sanders shares her journey on how she learned to reap the rewards of failure and become a champion. As early as 15 years old, Summer experienced pivotal moments of failure, including losing a race in 1988 that would have taken her to the Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. This loss inspired Summer to a new level in her training, fueling the fire to take herself seriously, value working hard, and understand the need to "practice being...

Duration: 00:31:40


Ep 48: Bryan Behar on Failing Imperfectly

9/14/2017
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Comedy writer on the sitcom Fuller House and blogger for the Huffington Post, Bryan Bear brings humor and insight to his many experiences of failure. From childhood to adulthood, personally and professionally, Bryan shares his stories of struggling socially as a child, losing jobs, coping with anxiety and depression, navigating family dysfunction, and how hidden secrets of failure and shame led to an unexpected suicide. His touching, honest, and often hilarious telling of stories helps...

Duration: 00:59:08


Ep 47: Amy Ferris on the Mess of Midlife

9/6/2017
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Editor, screenwriter, and the author of the book Marrying George Clooney: Confessions from a Midlife Crisis, Amy Ferris talks candidly and with humor, about the struggle of midlife and menopause and the need to connect with others to get through the darkest of times. Amy shares how her many mistakes in life, as messy and painful as they have been, have led her to learn to love, most importantly herself. Her wisdom and insight is profound and inspiring, as she speaks about failure as a...

Duration: 00:51:20


Ep 46: So Far So Good

8/30/2017
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The Other F Word hosts talks about what they've learned so far. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com

Duration: 00:27:38


Ep 45: Martin George on Fitness Failures

8/23/2017
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Personal trainer and longtime group fitness teacher at Barry's Bootcamp in Los Angeles, talks about all things fitness, that relates to failure. Whether it's finding ways to motivate, push through the discomfort, get around an injury, or get out of your head, Martin addresses all of the ways that one can feel like a failure when it comes to staying fit. What can seem like a light topic is also explored on a deeper level, when it comes to issues of poor self esteem, struggle with self care,...

Duration: 00:48:43


Ep 44: Epic Parenting Fails

8/16/2017
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A live conversation with the elementary school parents at Valley Charter on the struggles of raising kids. www.theotherfwordpodcast.com

Duration: 00:55:27


Ep 43: Nguyen Tran on Failing Upwards

8/9/2017
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Restaurant owner and recent author of "The Adventures of Starry Kitchen", Nguyen Tran, talks about his entrepreneurial path, which started with an illegal, underground restaurant in his North Hollywood apartment, which quickly became the #1 Asian fusion restaurant in L.A. on yelp, but was shut down by the health department. This failure inspired him to persevere and go on to open the very successful Starry Kitchen and Button Mash Restaurant in Los Angeles. Nguyen talks with honesty and...

Duration: 00:40:16


Ep 42: Robin Finn on the Pressure for Perfection in Parenting

8/1/2017
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Author, parenting advocate, creativity coach, and spiritual seeker Robin Finn talks about her journey as a mom. From raising kids with ADHD, to tolerating felling inadequate as a mom, to feeling judged by others, she found a way to warrior through it all-by writing about it. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, ADDitude Magazine, Disney's Babble.com, and others, and she went on to write her first novel "Restless in LA". Robin...

Duration: 00:46:32

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