SUCCESS Talks Collection April 2017

The SUCCESS Talks Collection is a monthly compilation of in-depth interviews found in every issue of SUCCESS magazine. Subscribe to SUCCESS magazine to download the entire episode, or hear these interviews as individual weekly episodes on the new SUCCESS Talks podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. 

In this month’s edition, SUCCESS talks with former U.S. Navy SEAL Jocko Willink about self-discipline and true leadership. We also chat with real-talk advocate Mark Manson about learning to stop trying to be happy all of the time. We also hear from author Sarah Robb O’Hagan on taking big risks to find your best life. Finally, we sit down with fear expert Margie Warrell on how to overcome the universal feeling of “stuck.”

Jocko Willink on Forward Progress through Discipline

“If your alarm clock goes off at 4:30 a.m. and you immediately give up and surrender to the snooze button, well, what’s the rest of the day gonna look like? If you have the discipline when that alarm goes off you get up, you get in the gym, you do something physical, you’re setting the tone, you’re holding the line, and that discipline is gonna maintain.”

JJ Virgin on Leaning into Challenges

“You’re never better when you’re challenged. The people who are the most successful, they’ve gone through the biggest challenges, and every time they’re faced with a challenge, they have to have that courage. They have to step up, and each time they do, they get more confidence. And that confidence makes them more resilient so that they can take on the next big thing and get that courage up.”

Sarah Robb O’Hagan on Making Your Decisions Right

“My term for [failure] is ‘pain training.’ You have to rationally tell yourself that you’re actually never going to be the best that you can be if you haven’t experienced failure. That’s where the greatest growth happens.”

Mark Manson on the Subtle Art of Not Giving an “eff”

“One thing that I think most people don’t notice is that if you’re sitting around telling yourself, I want to be happier, there’s a kind of subconscious message that you’re also telling yourself at the same time, which is, what I have is not enough.”

Margie Warrell on Making Your Mark

“Our ‘shoulds’ are often driven by external expectations and social norms. And often they aren’t in alignment with what it is we truly want to do.”

SUCCESS Talks features fascinating interviews with prominent business, creative and thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Anne Sweeney, Richard Branson, Tim Ferriss and Barbara Corcoran. SUCCESS Talks focuses on helping the listener nurture and develop their mind, body and spirit. Each month is thematically different and includes key takeaways designed to help you achieve your biggest goals and live your true passion.

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Josh Ellis is the editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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