Episode Date September 5, 2023
Featured Guest Suneel Gupta
Featured Book "The Alchemy of Opposites" by Rodolfo Scarfalloto

Episode Summary

Suneel Gupta reading from Rodolfo Scarfalloto’s The Alchemy of Opposites, and discussing why failure is a necessary step to success.

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Tolstoy famously started his novel Anna Karenina, “All happy families are alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” A twist on that: stories of success are all alike. Stories of failure are where things get interesting.

I love someone who knows how to share their failures well. When I get introduced as a keynote speaker, I have them mention that I was banned from my high school graduation and left law school being sued by one of my professors. And that’s just a start. If I say so myself. My failures are what’s helped me find my edge.

Suneel Gupta presents as a success. He’s an entrepreneur who founded and led Rise, a breakthrough wellness company. He is a bestselling author and a speaker and a visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School. But that’s not where he started. At one point, he was literally the face of failure. “Today,” Suneel says, “I make a career out of studying what I think are some of the most extraordinary people on the planet at their most disappointing moments to understand what it was that helped them endure through that.”

Suneel reads ‘The Alchemy of Opposites’ by Rodolfo Scarfalloto. [reading begins at 15:45]

Hear us discuss:

  • Long-term success can come from short-term embarrassment if you know what to do with it. [2:26]
  • Your purpose is “already inside of you. And the work, for lack of a better word, is really just to strip these layers away to understand what that essence is.” [10:25]
  • Merging ambition and joy is about “figuring out what makes you come alive.” [20:00]
  • “What I realized over time is that this journey that we’re on, is an everyday journey. …you don’t need to wait for big moments in order to put what you’re learning into practice.” [25:40]

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Mentioned Episodes | Ep. 148: How to Surrender Your Heart: Thibault Manekin | Ep. 136: When All is Confusion: Eric Klein

Suneel Gupta | Website | Everyday Dharma | Backable

Rodolfo Scarfalloto | The Alchemy of Opposites

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.

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