The hardest part about achieving a dream often isn’t actually achieving it, it’s stepping through your fear of the unknown when you don’t have a clear plan. Having a teacher or boss tell you what to do makes life a lot easier. But nobody achieves a dream from the comfort of certainty.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host, Dhru, talks to Alex Banayan, the only national bestselling business author under 30 in America. His book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, has been translated into more than a dozen languages. Over the course of his unprecedented seven-year journey, Alex interviewed the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.
Alex has been named on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Business Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and has been featured in major media, including The Washington Post, Fortune, CNBC, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News. Alex is an acclaimed keynote speaker, and has presented the Third Door framework to business conferences and corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, and Disney.
In this episode, Dhru and Alex talk about the seven-year mission he undertook to unlock the secret to immense success from some of the most successful people in the world. They discuss the importance of mindset and that when you change what you believe is possible, you change what becomes possible. They talk about how to stay resilient in the face of rejection, and how our growth comes from our mistakes. They also talk about the importance of cultivating meaningful relationships, and the impact it has on our health and mindset when working to accomplish a goal.
In this episode, we dive into:
- The analogy of what the Third Door is (4:28)
- Alex’s personal journey (7:01)
- The difference between fearlessness and courage (33:30)
- How to figure out what you want to do in life (41:11)
- Alex’s 30-Day Challenge to uncover your path (42:37)
- The importance of having an inside man to support you on your journey (54:11)
- How to cultivate meaningful friendships (1:10:42)
- Alex’s advice for difficult conversations (1:15:08)
- How to overcome failure (1:24:52)
- Learn more about Alex and his work (1:34:09)
I know you’ll love this episode of The Broken Brain Podcast as much as I did.
Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD
PS – For more on Alex, be sure to follow him on Instagram @alexbanayan, on Facebook @alexbanayan, and on Twitter @alexbanayan. Check out his website http://thirddoorbook.com. You can find his book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, right here.