Guy Raz — Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs, The Story of ‘How I Built This,’ Overcoming Anxiety and Depression, and More (#462)


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Person Raz (@guyraz) is the Michale Phelps of podcasting. Hes the developer and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind and the co-creator of the acclaimed podcasts TED Radio Hour and Wow on the planet, a childrens program. Hes received the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize, the National Headliner Award, the NABJ Award … essentially, all the awards.

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” There is a natural suspicion that you develop as a journalist, which I think is essential. But oftentimes that becomes cynicism.”
— Guy Raz

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His new book is titled How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. Previous podcast guest Adam Grant has this to state about it:” [This book is] the mother of all entrepreneurship memoirs. Its a must-read for anyone who desires to start an organization, grow a service, or be inspired by those who do.”

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Want to hear my interview with an entrepreneur pointed out in this episode? Check out my discussion with Joe Gebbia, co-founder of Airbnb. In this funny and comprehensive interview, Joe shares the decisions, challenge, failures, and successes that prepared him for Airbnb.


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Person Raz (@guyraz) is the Michale Phelps of podcasting. Hes the developer and host of the popular podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and The Rewind and the co-creator of the well-known podcasts TED Radio Hour and Wow in the World, a kidss program. His new book is entitled How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success from the Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs. TED Radio Hour, NPR.
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Is Guy happy to come to this interview and give up? What are some of the important things hes discovered handy for putting interviewees at ease?
As a long-lasting reporter, what does the prep work for one of Guys podcasts look like? During the research study stage, how does he discover info not commonly understood to the general public, and how might it impact the result of an interview?
Given that Guy can be somewhat self-effacing, how might his other half describe why How I Built This became as popular as it has ended up being?
How did the name for How I Built This come about?
Why was the duration between 2009 and 2012 such a turning point for Guy (and, to a larger level, the state of journalism)?
What is it that makes George Orwells Homage to Catalonia and Arthur Koestlers Darkness at Noon particularly revealing about the human condition to Guy?
How has Guys relationship with anxiety altered gradually?
What aspects were included in Guys choice to stop taking antidepressants after relying on them for five years?
How did Guy make the transition from major military correspondent to NPR host– specifically after being informed he didnt have the right personality for it?
How did the Nieman Journalism Fellowship at Harvard aid transform Guys outlook on a market he d been part of for his entire expert life? What would he recommend to anybody who wants to break out of a personal or professional rut?
How Guys wife carried out a journaling intervention to help him get some sleep one night when his stress and anxiety was being particularly ruthless, and what he noticed when he read that passage three months later on.
What does Guy think separates extremely successful business owners from the masses?
We each share a story about times when weve seen Rings Jamie Siminoff work to, as Jason Roberts would say, increase his luck surface area.
Habits, qualities, and practices Guy has actually selected up from his countless interviews throughout the years.
What does Guy believe the podcasting landscape will look like in 2 or 3 years?
What stories and lessons from Guys book, How I Built This: The Unexpected Paths to Success From The Worlds Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs does he think will still resonate in a couple of years time?
In what ways is Guy conducting business beyond the world of podcasting?
What would Guy cover if he were to provide a TED Talk about something for which hes not already popular?
What would Guys signboard state?
Parting thoughts.

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