180: Alex Banayan | Reaching Your Goals When No-one’s Taking Your Calls

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As an 18-year-old, Alex Banayan went on a mission to talk to some of the most innovative leaders alive today and write a book about it. It took seven years to complete, but mission accomplished! His bestseller, The Third Door, features interviews with Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba and Quincy Jones. Please note, this is not a story of fearless youthful bravery. Alex says he was completely consumed by fear the whole way through. This is the story of how he did it anyway and what he learnt along the way.

In This Conversation We Cover: 

  • [6:36] What Alex’s life was like growing up – his mom really wanted him to be a doctor so she dressed him in scrubs for Halloween and put skeleton charts on the fridge 
  • [11:31] Going to Beverly Hills High
  • [13:07] When Alex realized he was not on his own path
  • [22:05] Winning a sailboat on The Price is Right, selling it and using the proceeds to fund his mission
  • [27:25] Success doesn’t come from being hard on yourself
  • [45:55] Chronic lower back pain is a result of suppressed emotions

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Hi, I’m Rob!

Hi, I’m Rob! It has been said “You are not what you have learned, but what you’ve overcome.”


I have overcome my share of obstacles in order to architect the life of my dreams and uncover the key to lasting, meaningful success. Growing up in Queens (literally on the wrong side of the tracks), my early years were tumultuous, marked by hardship and violence.

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