Failure Guy
Failure Guy
Join 'Failure Guy' Ben Currier for a look into the darker side of success. In this podcast, we will find out the hardest moments successful people endured and the failures they encountered on the way towards actually 'making it'. It is said that we learn the most from our mistakes. Save yourself some time by seeing how my guests had things go horribly wrong and what they learned in the process!
Friends with Benny Fitz - Benny Fitzpatrick
August 2, 2023 • 17 MIN
An update from me as Benny Fitzpatrick (my standup comedy stage name).
Russ Johns - Overcoming Imposter Syndrome
June 21, 2023 • 64 MIN
Want to know the secrets behind successful livestreaming and podcasting?
You’re Not Going to Be Famous Overnight - Kevin Gootee
June 8, 2023 • 82 MIN
Kevin Goatee, comedian, writer, and producer with 12 years of experience in the comedy industry discusses his meandering path of failures!
Fail More Often - Michael Fritzius
May 23, 2023 • 61 MIN
Michael Fritzius emphasizes the importance of accepting failure as a learning opportunity including the concept of 'failure therapy.'
I Can Do Anything at All - Elijah Desmond
May 3, 2023 • 57 MIN
Elijah Desmond began his professional career at the age of 15 as a youth motivational speaker.
Sales, Selling, and the Impact of Covid - Sid Meadows
April 26, 2023 • 64 MIN
Sid Meadows is a business strategist and high performance coach who works with entrepreneurs and small business to leverage digital sales strategies.
Disclaimers are Comin' - Alex Sanfilippo
April 12, 2023 • 54 MIN
From corporate America to podcasting pro, Alex Sanfilippo shares his journey of overcoming failure and chasing dreams.
Human Connections: The Key to Success - Nancy Debra Barrows
April 4, 2023 • 49 MIN
In this podcast episode, the guest, Nancy Debra Barrows, discusses the importance of authenticity and being genuine on LinkedIn. She encourages people to be themselves and share their personality, as this human connection is what draws people to engage with each other.
Nana's Bloopers: Podcasting on a Landline (April Fool's Day)
April 1, 2023 • 21 MIN
In this special April Fool's Day edition of "Failure Guy," we're revisiting the blooper-filled interview with Ben's 90-year-old nana from Episode 51. Join us for some laughs as Nana navigates what happens when podcasts bumps up against landlines and the need for lozenges!
Katie Brinkley - Conquering Failure in the Pursuit of Social Media Mastery
March 22, 2023 • 47 MIN
Ben and Katie discuss the unique impact of podcasting, the power of voice, and how life's unpredictable turns can lead to personal and professional growth.
Kay Coté - Building Mental Fitness & Overcoming Anxiety
March 17, 2023 • 67 MIN
Kay Coté shares how she improved her mentality after growing up being bullied in school to finding her voice in the world of podcasting.
Embracing Failure - A Path to Success with John David Mann
March 5, 2023 • 54 MIN
John David Mann, co-author of "The Go-Giver", describes his past experiences & failures in music, nutrition and education before he became a writer. This episode has lots of valuable insights and practical strategies for reframing one's perspective towards failure and using it as a tool for growth and success.
Judi Fox - Let's Talk Social Audio & More!
February 10, 2023 • 70 MIN
LinkedIn expert and friend Judi Fox joins to share some of the failures on her way to truly being herself and showing up as her best self. Hear Judi discuss her new podcast with Vinnie Potestivo called "Let's Talk Social Audio".
William Hung - "I'm Not a Professional Singer"
February 3, 2023 • 48 MIN
William Hung from American Idol seems to have a failure forcefield that's impossible to penetrate. His positivity is infectious, and his ability to turn what most thought to be a failure into lifelong success makes this episode incredibly special.
"You Haven’t Failed Unless You Failed to Learn" - Sean 'Tyler' Foley
January 1, 2023 • 62 MIN
Actor, Keynote Speaker, and Author of 'The Power to Speak Naked' Sean Tyler Foley shares candid insights to his very non-traditional career path and the failures he faced (and embraced) along the way.
"We Made All the Classic Entrepreneur Mistakes" - Guillaume Portalier (Waalaxy)
December 21, 2022 • 68 MIN
COO & Co-Founder of Waalaxy, a LnkedIn automation tool, Guillaume Portalier discusses the difficulties in starting and running a SaaS business especially when technology is ever evolving!
"You'll See a Glimmer of Hope Every Day" - Natasha Graziano
December 1, 2022 • 36 MIN
At her lowest point, Natasha Graziano was a homeless single mother in over $100K in debt. Now, she is a successful mindfulness coach, best-selling entrepreneurial author, and Forbes' #1 female motivational speaker under 40. In this episode, Natasha talks about her new book Be It Until You Become It: The Law of Attraction Explained Through Neuroscience and Ancient Wisdom.
"I Feel Like I'm Failing All the Time" - Nigel Green
November 22, 2022 • 37 MIN
Nigel Green isn't afraid of failure; honestly, that's a difficult lifestyle to choose when you primarily work in Sales. Listen as he shares his insights from his latest book "The Revenue Harvest".
From the Pistol to the Paddle - Wally Green
October 21, 2022 • 49 MIN
Not many Americans can say they've visited North Korea. Even fewer have competed against them in any type of sport. Wally Green took an incredibly unlikely path to help spark change in international relations. From growing up with guns & bad influences to finding his life-saving calling in Ping Pong, Wally does not back down from failure. His optimism is infectious and his light-hearted nature (and bravery) is something that will stick with you long after listening. Enjoy!
I’ve Seen So Many Out-of-the-Normal Things - Chris Seferyn
October 6, 2022 • 29 MIN
Happy 2-year anniversary of the podcast!!! The first ever LIVE in-person Failure Guy episode is here! Chris Seferyn is not only a hilariously fun person to talk to but has a deep & long-lasting relationship with failure. From his initial story of getting drugged in Guadalajara just a week prior to our recording to running nightclubs for a couple of decades, he's seen it all! This is the first part of a two-part series, the second which has special guest Ivo Ivanov. You'll hear more from myself, Chris, and Ivo as we discuss our various upbringings in the next episode!
Don't Dismiss Your Failures, Own Them - Brandon C. White
September 29, 2022 • 63 MIN
Brandon has a very close & familiar relationship with failure. He's an entrepreneur with two exits so far, and plenty of strikeouts. He's an angel investor and former venture capitalist who even worked in Marketing at America Online. Brandon started his professional career in technology as an Internet pioneer in 1996 as the Founder/CEO of Worldwide Angler, Inc. Worldwide Angler was recognized as the #1 social networking and e-commerce site for sport fishermen on the internet which he sold to a large media company. He has taught over 1,500 entrepreneurs in his business and marketing courses. His top course is on how to write a business plan and pitch deck in just 13 slides. He has taught the students of successful entrepreneurs like Daymond John & Robert Herjavec (Shark Tank) and Grant Cardone. He regularly is a keynote speaker at entrepreneur, business, and marketing conferences.
You Need to Own Your Audience - Travis Lachner
September 15, 2022 • 43 MIN
Travis Lachner is not only a friend of failure but a friend of fearless innovation. He has done many outside-the-box web ideas like having the first night club on LinkedIn, which is way more fun than it sounds. Listen as he recounts his tumultuous journey through the MySpace days with his screamo band all the way through to his current jam which is helping B2B clients create engaging content for their audiences. He gives plenty of advice for how to stay creative in today's crazy internet climate, so don't sleep on this one!
Walk Through The Fear - Tracey Becca
September 5, 2022 • 40 MIN
Tracey Becca is a fabulous friend who does hilarious things out in the world. Her 'Terrible Advice' Instagram account has me in stitches on a regular basis. I'm very happy to be bringing her joy, warmth, and some of that funny bone onto the podcast and into your ears! As she says: "everything you want is attainable, the only limits that you have are the limits that you place on yourself".
Failure is a Launchpad - Shara Ruffin
August 17, 2022 • 46 MIN
Five-time Amazon best-selling author Shara Ruffin shares some of the most difficult times that she went through along her path to getting her licenses including 6-7 years of being a working mom with no transportation, failing her tests by mere points, and even losing 4 months of progress in Animal Crossing! She made it her mission to help social workers pass their Bachelor, Master, and Clinical Licensing exams with an astonishing 99% success rate. Now she provides inspiration, as well as mental health & social work test prep through her company Journey to Licensure.
We're So Used to Comparing Ourselves to Other People - Chris Bogue
August 8, 2022 • 54 MIN
My friend, and a breath of fresh air on LinkedIn, Chris Bogue stops by to say hello! Learn how he came into his own level of comfort after studying improv at Second City. He shares his struggles trying to fit as a non-square peg in a very square world, dealing with divorce, and lacking self-confidence. He's hilarious, genuine, and oh so great to have on the podcast!
Failure Is Not Just a Part of Success, It’s a Barrier to Entry - Travis Chappell
August 2, 2022 • 46 MIN
Travis Chappell matches up podcast hosts & guests in his position as founder & CEO at As a podcast host of the Build Your Network podcast, Travis has interviewed some superstars like Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Cardone, John C. Maxwell, and many more! Learn how Travis went from selling solar alarms door-to-door to owning his seven-figure business as he progressed through his many attempts at 'making it' in his entrepreneurial journey!
Dragging it Through the Garden - Jordan Goldmeier
July 26, 2022 • 107 MIN
Are you a data head? Jordan Goldmeier is! We have a fantastic conversation that dips into everything from pushing Excel to the limit, failing in business, and becoming a digital nomad! He's a three-time author as well as a fellow Microsoft MVP. We also deep dive into Jordan's interesting tattoo of a hot dog which leads us to: What is the proper Chicago-style hot dog? Is Big Ketchup out to get Jordan? Are hot dogs a sandwich? Are hot dogs a taco? Are tacos a sandwich..? All these questions and more will be answered right here!!!
Dance with Failure! - Deborah Driggs
July 21, 2022 • 61 MIN
The voice & personality behind Deb's Den and former Playboy playmate & centerfold, Deborah Driggs shares her experiences on her journey to becoming a friend of failure, in acting, sales, and now in becoming an author! Her upcoming book, releasing later in 2022, 'Son of a Basque' comes directly from her grandfather and tells a story she's been dying to tell! Learn from her experiences getting rejected from audition to audition as well as experiencing quite a lot of struggle in her personal career and in the process of writing and publishing her first books!
My Scars Are What Makes Me Beautiful - Wendy Harris
July 11, 2022 • 71 MIN
Wendy Harris is an absolutely fabulous friend from across the pond. She hosts 'Making Conversations Count' which is a podcast that emphasizes creating long-lasting business relationships and she has loads of experience to back it up! A sales trainer and speaker with over 30 years of experience perfecting sales calls, she shares her insights into that world as well as follows me along the many meandering tangents that we discuss. I hope you enjoy the 'Queen of Conversation' as much as I did!
I Just Need Something to Put My Life In Order - Phillip Deason (k1ngrand0m)
July 7, 2022 • 68 MIN
What started as a simple little obsession with Skittles has now brought Phillip Deason, aka k1ngrand0om on TikTok, to the tiny screens of millions of users! With over 110 million views and over half a million subscribers, the Royalty of Random has found some of his passion. But he's just getting started! While the conversation certainly does drift into randomness here and there, his insights into how to get seen on platforms like TikTok are super useful. I still have yet to record my first official TikTok, but I can only imagine I'll use a video from our discussion as a first attempt. Enjoy!
Successful People Live in Truths - Bob Burg
July 3, 2022 • 35 MIN
Co-Author of The Go-Giver, Bob Burg, shares his insights as to why you should think about giving more than getting. We discuss topics like being resistant to change, pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone, and the importance of providing immense value to everyone you deal with. His book has forever changed how I think about business, and my hope is that many of you will benefit from the concepts in his book and podcast!
Take a Thousand Seats - Angelique Stidhum
June 28, 2022 • 90 MIN
Have you ever known someone who just knew how to get almost anything done? Well, that's kind of Angelique Stidhum's bread & butter. She's a self-proclaimed Professional Rabbit Hole Hunter and she delights in deep diving into different subjects to quickly become knowledgeable in almost any field. I highly suggest you watch the video version of the podcast as it's the first one I have edited and released in its' entirety and definitely adds so much more to the podcast. Watch as Angelique and I crack up talking about the many different rabbit holes that we ourselves go down!
Don’t Fail to Name the Mouse in the Room! - David Wood
June 13, 2022 • 52 MIN
How comfortable are you with sharing your feelings? If you're like me, this might be an area you struggle in... David Wood's new book Mouse in the Room, has a wonderfully artful way of getting around this issue by starting a new mouse-naming revolution! His book aims to help you improve connection and confidence to help unlock your badass leadership skills! A former Consulting Actuary to Fortune 100 companies, David Wood left his cushy Park Avenue job 20 years ago to build the world’s largest coaching business. He became #1 on Google for “life coaching,” serving an audience of 150,000 coaches, and coaching thousands of hours across 12 countries. David coaches business owners, executives, and sometimes Colorado prison inmates to produce extraordinary results through authentic, transparent communication.
"You Don't Fail, You Just Learn" - Bret Shuford
June 6, 2022 • 49 MIN
New baby daddy Bret Shuford shares what it's like to be a new father as part of the 'Broadway Husbands'. He also talks about his struggles battling his own inner demons which eventually lead to a life of coaching others how to be their truest self on social media. Bret Shuford’s Broadway credits include Wicked, Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour, Amazing Grace, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Beauty and the Beast, and The Little Mermaid! Hear about the darker side of Broadway's bright lights, and how deep his Disney obsession runs...
"If You Don't Take a Chance, Nothing Happens." - Raj Subrameyer
May 30, 2022 • 56 MIN
I'm so excited for you to meet Raj! Raj Subrameyer is a tech career strategist focusing on helping people to land their dream job and becoming successful leaders. He is bursting at the seams to help professionals discover their zone of genius. He has given multiple TEDx talks and is a sought-after speaker at various conferences and has been featured in numerous TV news segments, podcasts, and publications including CBS, FOX, NPR, NBC, and many more! Enjoy his failures on his way toward conquering his fear of public speaking, and how he turned that fear into fuel to get himself on TEDx!
Social Capital: The Power of Connection - Vedran Rasic (Lead Delta)
May 16, 2022 • 49 MIN
I've been looking forward to chatting with Ved for such a long time. He's developed one of my favorite SAAS tools as of late, which is Lead Delta, a CRM for LinkedIn. Despite being on it for 15 years, I've only recently started really digging into it. Our conversation is equal parts insightful and juvenile. We talk entirely too long about Arnold Schwarzenegger, and not long enough about why Ved is so scared of hosting a new podcast with me. Enjoy!
"I Killed Betty White" - Mark Reid (Zen Sammich)
May 9, 2022 • 70 MIN
Zen comes in many forms, some unexpected. That's certainly the case with Mark Reid, an American ex-pat living in Japan. Previously a lawyer in the States, he's given that up for a life of being a Japanese paper maker or some such nonsense. Listen in for a peek behind the scenes as he shares the misadventures that brought him to where he is today. Please welcome, Zen Sammich host Mark Reid!
"There's No Motivation Without Motive" - Barbara Barna Abel
April 19, 2022 • 73 MIN
The wonderfully warm and supportive Barbara Barna Abel joins in to give more insight into the wild world of casting. She's a legend in the category having been the casting director on Queer Eye, What Not to Wear, and Man v. Food. We discuss a wide variety of topics from coming into your own personal brand to the importance of meditation and being gentler with yourself. I'd highly recommend listening in as Barbara shares incredibly generously and with sometimes reckless abandon.
The Slap Heard Around The World - Pellegrino Riccardi
April 11, 2022 • 86 MIN
Pellegrino Riccardi joins me for a long journey down many meandering paths. He provides unique insight into the Will Smith & Chris Rock kerfuffle that honestly is a take I hadn't heard. We also discuss the difficulties of communicating across cultural barriers, how hard it is to write a book even when you know you should, and much more! Check out his book 'Drowning Quietly: Memoir of a Man's Shortcomings' which I cannot wait to listen to when he records the audiobook (which he promised he would do). Warning: there is a decent amount of foul language...
"25 Years of Not Knowing & Being a Professional People Pleaser" - Damon Manley
April 6, 2022 • 69 MIN
ADHD coach extraordinaire Damon Manley has a deep desire to help others overcome their inner & outer struggles with ADHD. Throughout our time on the show, he talks about some of his failures and successes which include losing his engagement ring during the proposal, ascending from 400 Instagram followers to 27,000 in less than 6 months, his dashed dreams of being a basketball player, and his ambitious goal of planning to give away $50K in 2023 despite making a small fraction of that so far in his business. Wishing you all the best, Damon!
"Can I Say I'm a Medical Miracle?" - My 90-Year-Old Nana - MS Awareness
April 1, 2022 • 77 MIN
The most important person in my life is finally on my podcast! To celebrate March as MS Awareness Month (just a hair late), I've finally edited what has been 6 different phone calls with my Nana into one podcast episode that really shows off just how much life you can pack into 90 years. I call her every Sunday, but honestly, these calls where she had to tell her own life stories were so illuminating for me that I feel like I've been given a gift I didn't know was already there. Listen to her recount her life-long battle with MS. In addition, we also tackle semi-random topics like the transition from radio to black & white TV, my grandfather's rejection of Alexander Graham Bell, and even how the Boston Strangler made it harder for my Nana to collect donations for the MS organization she founded with her friend. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do (which, let's be honest, isn't possible). Thanks, Nana!
"Conquer Your Fear of Failing & You Will Find Success" - Tom Langan
March 27, 2022 • 103 MIN
Have you ever been so inspired by someone that you walked away feeling like you owed them something? I feel that way every time I chat with Tom Langan, owner & founder of Talex Media. He's logged over 40,000 hours professionally behind the camera lens, and you'd do well to listen to the whole episode if you want to learn all the great insights he has to share. Special thanks to Dominick Domaski (episode 32) for the introduction!
"We Learn More In Failure Than We Do In Success." - Troy Holt
February 28, 2022 • 51 MIN
Troy Holt, Chief Encouragement Officer of Troy Holt Consulting LLC shares intimate stories about working to spread financial literacy, and also lets us in on fabulous insights regarding failure: "Failure is an event, but if you get in a spirit of defeat, you'll give up, and you quit. Failure doesn't mean that a person is a failure, it just means that something didn't work out, they didn't have success, but they can get up and move forward." He shares a lesson I had to learn the hard way as well, but it's a lesson that is incredibly important: "You learn more in the valleys than on the mountaintops. When you're on the mountaintops, everybody wants you, and they're your friends, but when you're in the valleys, your low places, in the failures, that's when you have your true friends. They'll be with you when you're up or when you're down, and so just remember those that stick with you... don't forget those people when you get to the top!"
"Fail Now Before Anyone Looks" - Vinnie Potestivo
February 17, 2022 • 78 MIN
Emmy-winning Casting, Brand & Talent Development legend Vinnie Potestivo shares just how difficult show business can be. He discusses many hilarious and insightful stories about his career including his time at MTV Networks where, as producer, he helped to launch shows like Punk'd and The Osbournes. In addition, he also helped cast for shows like TRL, The Tom Green Show, Pimp My Ride and many more! I love his outlook on failure: "When you prepare for failure, it sets you up to win epically or fail collectively. If you're failing really really big, and you're the only person who's failing, you did it wrong. But if you're failing with a group of people, that's learning! That's relationship building and pioneering."
"Push the Confines of Your Walls Out, So You Can Let Somebody Else In" - Bobby Shanks
February 14, 2022 • 56 MIN
Author Bobby Shanks sheds light on the dating dilemma facing many singles today. His book 'Undateable' details why singles struggle with dating and what they can do about it! For this Valentine's Day episode, I figured I'd show the single people some love, and let Bobby help you graduate to the next level and rid yourself of any undateable tendencies you think you might have! He reminds us that "reciprocation is something that all human beings desire", and how important it is for any healthy relationship.
"Take Life as It Comes on Your Face and Wipe It Away" - April Marie
February 10, 2022 • 54 MIN
The Burgh Blonde April Marie gives a delightfully funny look into her hilariously awful date stories that she compiled for her recently released book 'Burgh Blonde: A Yinzer's Guide to Sex & Dating in the Steel City'. As she explains in the episode, she's actually learned some pretty important insights... "Things changed once I started forgiving people and trying to look on the bright side of things. You can't go around with bitterness in your heart. The sh***y things that happen in your life, it's to teach you something. Once you see that, you can grow from it and learn from your failures." - April Marie
"I Have a Little Flavor of Everything" - Erica Wiederlight
February 3, 2022 • 75 MIN
Sexual empowerment coach Erica Wiederlight shines her not-so-wee light on the podcast as she courageously shares her story of evolving from a teenager riddled with anxiety to an adult sex & life coach likely still riddled with anxiety haha. Kicking off the Valentine's month of some love-related guests, Erica makes me laugh more than usual and shows just how fun & easy-going our own sexual and relationship journey can be.
"Enjoy the Moment in Everything You Do" - Scott Gazzoli
January 30, 2022 • 60 MIN
The host of the Causing the Effect podcast, Scott Gazzoli, is definitely on my failure wavelength. He dives deep and shares readily with not only his more troubling times as he found his career path but also what he's learned to help better ground yourself during tough times. As he says in the episode, "be ready for the failures to get thrown in your face, because that is where your growth lies..." We also get into meandering discussions of addiction, past mistakes, and even discuss the greatest pro wrestler there ever wasn't: The Great Scott!
"Fear and Self-Loathing had Given Way to Hope and Something Better" - Doug Crowe
January 19, 2022 • 55 MIN
Doug Crowe is certainly a friend of failure and walks us through his most difficult moments on his path to success. His story includes losing a multi-million dollar business, nearly committing suicide, and reinventing himself with the help of an old 'friend'. We also meander through subjects including the future of AI and how he uses his motivational techniques to be a sort of "Author Whisperer" helping those with a story extract it and bring the best version of it to the world!
"Judge Me By The Enemies I Have Made" - Carole Baskin
January 11, 2022 • 36 MIN
The one and only Carole Baskin joins me to talk about the latest updates on her ongoing effort to save Big Cats! She shares her insights on why it's so important to act now if we want to make sure Tigers are still here in the near future. She also sheds some light on the difficulties and disappointment related to how Tiger King ended up compared to how it was pitched. And we even get into what's next for her including NFTs, crypto and other ways in which we can utilize technology to help save the tigers!
"We Sell Happiness, How Do You Measure That?" - BluWave Wellbeing
January 4, 2022 • 50 MIN
The founders of BluWave Wellbeing are basically best friends and business partners! Lisa Thompson and Libby Rapin are trying to help remove the stigma about mental health, especially in the workplace. They're trying to get companies to take mental health & awareness services much more seriously. In these uncertain days, it's even more important than ever to make sure your inner self is in order so that your outer self can succeed!
"Failure is an Event, Not a Person" - Christopher J. Wirth
December 28, 2021 • 61 MIN
"It's not going to be a question of whether you get knocked down, we all get knocked down. We'll continue to get knocked down. But the question is: when you get back up, do you become a better version of yourself? Are you open and willing to become a better version of yourself?" - Christopher J. Wirth is definitely on my same wavelength. Watch as the motivational speaker & basketball coach attacks such hard-hitting topics such as divorce, self-doubt, and even Miniature Golf. Enjoy!
"Things Are Always Going to Take Longer Than You Expect" - Nate Rifkin
December 24, 2021 • 58 MIN
Nate Rifkin did not take the typical path to becoming an author. After dealing with crippling debt, depression, alcohol addiction and battling inner demons, Nate actually came out ahead. Through sheer determination, he crawled his way out of the hole by even working as a sign spinner for longer than you'd probably guess! His book 'The Standing Meditation' goes over the Daoist practices he learned to help set hit mind and body right for a future that now includes him leaning into being a full-time writer. Truly an inspirational story that mirrors my own in ways I didn't expect!
"Unless You're Failing, You're Probably Not Aiming High Enough" - Steven Lavine
December 13, 2021 • 47 MIN
Former President of the California Institute of the Arts (for 29 years!) Steven Lavine gives a peek behind the curtains of what it's like to be the president of a prestigious arts university. His book "Failure is What it's All About" highlights the many challenges that come along with being the face and key decision-maker at a top-tier arts school.
Transformation Involves Breaking Yourself Into a Gooey Mess - Jennifer Harris
December 9, 2021 • 49 MIN
Author Jennifer Harris discusses the not-so-great side of marriage as she shares with us her struggles with getting through her divorce. Many people would simply wallow in their sorrows, but Jennifer took her story and wrote a book to help others get through the sticky mess that is divorce.
"Don't Look at Your Failures as Negatives, But How They Brought You to Today" - Joey Leone
November 30, 2021 • 66 MIN
What happens when you get the World's #1 Failure and his best friend from middle school together? Well you'd think it would just be light and fancy-free, but actually my guest Joey Leone has had a rough ride this pandemic and shares his struggles with addiction, self-worth, and how to keep smiling through the tough times.
"The Most Successful People in the Planet are Serial Failures" - Steve D Sims
November 15, 2021 • 45 MIN
The absolutely hilarious and enigmatic Steve D Sims graces my podcast to drop innumerable wisdom bombs from his experiences rubbing elbows with some of the world's most rich and famous people. His book 'Bluefishing: The Art of Making Things Happen' explains his methods for getting what you want out of life. He's certainly a friend of failure, and helps remind all of us that "your failures and mistakes are there to refine you, NOT define you."
"Failure is the First Attempt in Learning" Part 2 - Dave O'Dwyer
November 3, 2021 • 57 MIN
As part of ADHD awareness month, the Spiritual Gentleman Dave O'Dwyer has his podcast debut on this two-part episode of the Failure Guy podcast. Follow along with Dave's story as he goes from living an Anthony Bourdain-esque lifestyle of being a full-time chef and transitioning to being an ADHD life coach for men in need. Keep an eye out for his upcoming book next year: tentatively 'The Adventures of a Skinny Chef'.
"Failure is the First Attempt in Learning" Part 1 - Dave O'Dwyer
October 26, 2021 • 58 MIN
As part of ADHD awareness month, the Spiritual Gentleman Dave O'Dwyer has his podcast debut on this two-part episode of the Failure Guy podcast. Follow along with Dave's story as he goes from living an Anthony Bourdain-esque lifestyle of being a full-time chef and transitioning to being an ADHD life coach for men in need. Keep an eye out for his upcoming book next year: tentatively 'The Adventures of a Skinny Chef'.
"Failure is Part of Life, It's Part of the Game" - Dominick Domasky
October 12, 2021 • 54 MIN
Author, publisher and motivator extraordinaire Dominick Domasky has no problem diving into the deep end of the failure pool. He details his story of grit and persistence as he rekindled his passion for writing and sharing the stories of others following the failure of his restaurant business. Now, Dominick spends most of his time coaxing the magical components of making a book out of his clients through Motivation Champs.
Out of "Failure" You Get Creativity and Innovation! - Alex Gilbert
October 8, 2021 • 40 MIN
ADHD and Learning Disability coach Alex Gilbert joins me to commiserate over the pros and cons of being diagnosed with ADHD. We both share our unique perspectives on coming to terms with our diagnoses. She also educates both myself and my audience on the challenges facing adults with ADHD and other learning disabilities in the workplace.
"Create Your Own Comeback, and Prove Them Wrong" - Nate Dukes
September 30, 2021 • 64 MIN
Nate Dukes is my brother from another mother. Our stories overlap in ways that blew me away. He explains his very bumpy ride through this thing we call life. He figured out how to not only learn from prior mistakes, but to not let them define him. His book "You'll Never Change, Create Your Own Comeback and Prove Them Wrong!" is perfect for Failure Guy podcast fans. Also, we're now in YEAR 2 of the Failure Guy podcast, and this episode is launched on International Podcasters Day. Get ready for a master class in how to fail it till you nail it!
"Your Life Should Be About Finding Your Purpose" - Terry Tucker
September 27, 2021 • 52 MIN
Terry Tucker brilliantly shares his impressively wild career path including jobs like: marketing executive for Wendy's, hospital administrator, police officer (as undercover narcotics & SWAT team hostage negotiator), his own school security consulting business, HS basketball coach, motivational speaker & author, and a cancer warrior!!! He encourages us to live uncommon and extraordinary lives.
"As Long as I Get a Result, I Haven't Failed" - Fred Moore
September 16, 2021 • 39 MIN
Magician and entertainer Fred Moore shares his story of how he adapted to a changing world to become a hilarious productivity keynote speaker. His openness about the mistakes and hurdles he faced, pivoting from in-person speaker to online due to the pandemic, gives valuable insight as to why failing is just a part of growing, learning, and getting better at what you do! "The more times you fail, the closer you're going to be to your goal!" - Fred Moore
"...I Have So Many Other Failures" - Melissa Da Silva
September 8, 2021 • 36 MIN
Self-published author Melissa Da Silva shares her story of difficult relationship decisions and the importance of loving yourself. In her book "Lose Me", she discusses her previous toxic relationship and lets out her raw emotions through the use of poetry.
"Failure is an Opportunity to Master Your Craft" - D.B. Marshall
August 11, 2021 • 68 MIN
Get ready for fabulous insights from author D.B. Marshall. He discusses love, relationships and the importance of working on your own mess to improve your odds of success in life and love. Also, D.B. helps bring out the more vulnerable side of myself during one of my favorite interviews so far.
How to Deal With Burnout - Caitlin Donovan
July 9, 2021 • 55 MIN
Caitlin Donovan, a world-class expert on burnout, joins me for an insightful conversation to help listeners identify when they're going through burnout and how to approach it to make life more manageable.
Striving to Show Up as Your Full Self - Katie Rice
June 30, 2021 • 39 MIN
Katie Rice joins me on her first ever podcast to discuss her many detours on the way to her current path of providing insightful connections and helping people navigate difficult and transformative changes in their lives!
"I'm actually not that important..." - Cooper Krauss
June 16, 2021 • 42 MIN
Cooper Krauss shares his story of working his way up from being a waiter in college to finding his path towards realizing his natural ability for sales. He shows how he managed through various failures to find his true self and achieve success in many facets of life.
Success is Maintaining Enthusiasm Between Failures - Steve Bookbinder
June 9, 2021 • 47 MIN
Steve Bookbinder had difficulty in finding his career path and, like me, found out he was not exactly an easy employee to manage. Only once he started focusing on inspiring and educating other sales professionals did he find his true passion. Now through his ongoing training and coaching, he is helping their businesses become more successful and is allowing them to start truly loving what they do!
The Fastest Way to Success is to Double Your Failure Rate - Steven Ross
June 2, 2021 • 62 MIN
Please welcome Steven Ross, who I will proclaim the KING of door-knocking realtors! Follow his story as he decides to thrust himself into the real world of real estate, one door at a time. Big thanks to Steven for allowing me even more leeway than usual in terms of the meandering nature of the interview and did not mind me talking about myself more than I typically do.
Fear is Imagination Based - Jacqueline Wales
May 26, 2021 • 18 MIN
Our favorite expert in fearlessness Jacqueline Wales shares her thoughts on why failure isn't a state of being, but just means that you're not where you want to be 'yet'. Her story takes us all around the world and gives us some insight as to how to manage our own fears and future-based anxieties. This episode is shorter than usual due to technical difficulties on my end, so this one has a bit of failure baked right into it!
Open to Exploring the Idea of Failure - Sam Pomerant
May 13, 2021 • 72 MIN
Comedian Sam Pomerant joins for the strangest episode of Failure Guy yet. Failure Guy Ben is in a tumultuous time in his life and hopefully this lesser polished episode gives a bit of a peek behind the curtain. Listen to this episode with an open mind as it's a bit all over the place and not a typical episode. Thanks to Sam for being such a great sport and letting his hilarious personality shine through!
My Failures Brought Me Where I Am Today - Noa Ronen
March 19, 2021 • 52 MIN
Noa Ronen shows how daring acts of sharing with the world can not only help those you want to serve, but can help you to find yourself and your tribe in the process.
Factor Failure Into Your Success Plan - Eric Twiggs
March 16, 2021 • 40 MIN
Your Procrastination Prevention Partner Eric Twiggs joins me to discuss the importance of failure and shows why clarity is the starting point of success...
A Marathon of Failure - Dylan Ogline
March 8, 2021 • 56 MIN
Dylan stops by to share how dropping out of high school at 14 to embark on his journey of business failures led him to be able to live his truest life.
Be Failing All The Time - Phillip Hughes
March 3, 2021 • 36 MIN
Phil Hughes joins all the way from England to share how his venture into working for himself has let him realize he never wants to work for anyone else ever again!
The Failures Allowed Me to Learn, and to Win! - Archie Messersmith-Bunting
January 27, 2021 • 32 MIN
Archie shares tips on how to continue past failure and just keep going.  As he says, "it's like a constant bicycle ride of busting your ass!  Bust your ass, get up and do it again!"
We're the Failure Guy Looking in the Mirror - Alex Williamns
January 20, 2021 • 44 MIN
Podcaster extraordinaire Alex Williamns explains why he's taken a similar path towards accepting and embracing failure as a necessary part of success...
Fail Your Way Into Possibility - Scott Perry
January 13, 2021 • 43 MIN
Scott Perry, the mastermind behind Creative on Purpose, gives poignant insight on what it means to be a fearless creative in this day and age.
A Blinding Flash of the Obvious - Robert Middleton
January 6, 2021 • 36 MIN
Robert Middleton drops in to share how marketing has changed since the inception of the internet all the way through to today!
What's Your Next Peak? - Bing Oliver
December 23, 2020 • 51 MIN
Bing stops by to share his story of life, love and loss that led him to reshape and reimagine his vision for what his present (and future) looks like!
Don't Fear Your Finances - Ean Price Murphy
December 17, 2020 • 33 MIN
Ean stops in to help quell our fears on money management and convince us that we can tackle the beast that is our finances!
You Can't Know Until You Try - The Cork Bros
December 10, 2020 • 46 MIN
The Cork Bros join me to discuss their transition into the Photography, Videography and Social Media world. You'll learn how they took 'fail it till you nail it' to the next level!
"Weaponize Every Genius" - Brenden Kumarasamy
December 2, 2020 • 46 MIN
Brenden from MasterTalk stops by to give some phenomenal tips on how to better approach public speaking and helps try to convince you that it's something you can do!
Just Book a One Way Ticket! - Josh Bender
November 12, 2020 • 48 MIN
"Don't let fear rule your life" Josh Bender joins to share his insights on being a digital nomad!
You Only Work Hard When Life is Hard Work - Phil Pelucha
October 29, 2020 • 56 MIN
Phil Pelucha from Billionaires in Boxers drops in to discuss his journey towards finding himself. He experienced massive unplanned career shifts and, surprisingly, shares why he's actually happy that he got Covid-19...
Finding Your Identity - Brian Reitz
October 22, 2020 • 34 MIN
Brian Reitz joins me from New York City to discuss marketing & journalism, inner struggles to become 'cool' and how to stay true to yourself...
Failure is How You Become an Expert - Andrew Bull
October 12, 2020 • 31 MIN
Andrew Bull joins me from the UK to discuss his transition from working in the film industry to helping small businesses understand how to approach the complexities of owning a business.
Constructing Your Career - Elinor Moshe
October 5, 2020 • 30 MIN
Elinor Moshe, the founder of 'The Construction Coach' joins me all the way from Australia to discuss staying true to yourself and finding mentors who push you in the direction you need.
Don't Ruminate on the Past - Jermane Cheathem
September 28, 2020 • 29 MIN
In the first episode of Failure Guy, I chat with Jermane Cheathem about being an entrepreneur, traveling, and how to not dwell on the past. Remember to subscribe so you get updates when new episodes are posted!