SUCCESS Talks Collection October 2016


The SUCCESS Talks Collection is a monthly compilation of in-depth interviews found in every issue of SUCCESS magazine. You can listen to the entire episode here, exclusively on, or hear these interviews as individual weekly episodes on the new SUCCESS Talks podcast, available on iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast app. Find extended shownotes exclusively on weekly.

In this month’s SUCCESS Talks Collection (1 hr, 12 mins), we dive into the topic of fear with fearless entrepreneur Sophia Amoruso, author of Brave Margie Warrell and designer Tala Raassi, who fled Iran in the most frightening circumstances. 

Sophia Amoruso on Living Deliberately

“Being a girl boss is not about being the boss of other people. You can be the boss of other people, but it’s really about waking up every day and living your life deliberately.” — Sophia Amoruso

Shortcuts rarely take us where we want to go. For Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of fashion retailer Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS and Nasty Galaxy, shortcuts led to dead-end jobs and dumpster diving. Through failure, she learned to take control of her life and live each day deliberately. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis chats with Amoruso about the importance of taking risks, playing to your strengths and failing a little every day.

Margie Warrell on Making Courage a Habit

“Unless you have a clear sense of what you want your life to stand for, you will go down the path of least resistance. Knowing what you stand for is the foundation upon which bravery is built.” — Margie Warrell

Where does strength come from, and how do we muster it when we need it most? Margie Warrell, best-selling author and international authority on courage, likens it to building a muscle —achieved through deliberate and repetitive action. As Warrell explains, we’re wired to be on alert for potential threats to our well-being, but being brave and courageous is taking action in the presence of our self-doubts and fears.’s Shelby Skrhak discuss Warrell’s six steps to close the gap between where we are and where we want to be. 

Tala Raassi on Freedom Through Fashion

“Many of the things that I’ve done in my life scared the hell out of me at first, but then sometimes you do your best when you’re scared and a little bit off-balance.” – Tala Raassi

Courage comes in many forms. For Tala Raassi, Iranian-American designer and founder of a women’s fashion line, it came in the form of a miniskirt and high heels in conservative Iran.  Five nights in jail and 40 lashes later, Raassi replaced her fear and helplessness with anger and a determination to find freedom through fashion. Fear is natural, but as you’ll hear in this chat between SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis and Raassi, when we push ourselves to try in the face of potential failure, we are one step closer to our strongest selves.


SUCCESS Talks, the popular audio program included in every issue of SUCCESS magazine, is now available as a podcast. 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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