Alex Banayan

Episode 172 - June 05, 2018


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Alex Banayan is a speaker, venture capitalist, and (as of June 5, 2018) a published author.  His new book, The Third Door, is Alex's story of how he stopped at nothing to interview some of the world's most influential people to learn the makings of success including Lady Gaga, Tim Ferriss, Warren Buffet, Steven Spielberg, and Bill Gates. Alex is a prime example of how a hungry amateur can accomplish great things in creative ways that seasoned professionals simply don't.  In today's episode, we discuss the challenges Alex had to face and lessons he learned on his seven-year road to writing his book, the advantages of being an amateur, and how everyone can get what they want in life using the principle discussed in The Third Door (we also touch on the recent passing of his father and how it influences him today).

When you feel stuck or frustrated with where you are at, this book and podcast episode is an excellent reminder that "There is always a way."


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Show Notes:

-How Mark and Alex met and how Alex was key in growing part of Mark's network.

-Alex's first awkward interaction with Larry King.

-The mindset Alex needed to adopt after he used his game show money.

-What the Third Door analogy is.

-How Alex hones his message to stand out in a marketplace saturated by self-help interview books.

-Why naive beginners have an advantage over seasoned professionals.


Links Mentioned:
-Get your copy of The Third Door

Episode Quotes

“Possibility is the most powerful gift you can give someone.”


“Vulnerability is the greatest sign of strength.”


“When you change what someone believes is possible, you change what becomes possible.”


“When you’re an amateur, you have something an expert never has which is seeing the world through a lens of possibility.”


“Trust yourself. It’s going to be fine.”