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 create calm within chaos, and knowing not to push when the moment calls for stillness. His insight and wisdom is an authentic reminder of what it’s like to sit in failure and trust that he will move through it when ready.
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 in new ways and instead of fear growing old, to embrace it.
Find out more about Barbara here: www.barbararosebrooker.com
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 great” and no longer fear that greatness within her. Her story is inspiring and her message is clear – fail early and young and see the process of failing not as something to fear, but as a true opportunity to learn and grow.
Comedy writer on the sitcom Fuller House and blogger for the Huffington Post, Bryan Behar 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 uncover society’s myths on the pressure to fail perfectly and the understanding that failure is filled with messy imperfection.
You can follow Bryan on twitter here: www.twitter.com/bryanbehar
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 necessary part of the journey towards self esteem and love.
You can find out more about here at her website http://marryinggeorgeclooney.com
And on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/amy.ferris
The Other F Word hosts talk about what they’ve learned so far.
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, unhealthy relationship to food, and the shame in asking for help. He helps to understand how to gain a better mindset to push through the struggle to stay fit.
A live conversation with the elementary school parents at Valley Charter on the struggles of raising kids.
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 humor how his upbringing taught him to dispute the notion that failure doesn’t happen to winners and that completion is more important than success. His entrepreneurial spirit is both inspiring and entertaining.
Learn more about Nguyen at: www.starrykitchen.com
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 shares how her creative and spiritual journey allowed her to surrender from the expectation to be perfect and raise perfect children, and to accept the beauty in imperfection.
Learn more about Robin at: www.robinfinn.com