Episodes
Singer-songwriter Jewel learned what emotional pain was early in life—her mother abandoned the family when she was only 8, and she was raised by an abusive father until she finally left home at just 15 years old. Because of these tumultuous early life experiences, Jewel learned to cultivate mindfulness and mental health practices that have helped protect her happiness throughout her life. In this episode, Jewel tells Alex about learning to cope with her anxiety and panic attacks, and how...
Published 11/30/22
Chef Duff Goldman started his career baking cakes for order in his apartment kitchen. Today, he’s the owner of the famous Charm City Cakes bakery, the star of multiple of Food Network’s most-watched shows, and a New York Times bestselling cookbook author. In this Mental Health Toolkit episode, Duff tells Alex how he grew his incredible career from scratch, and what he does to manage the self-doubt that creeps in despite all of his success.  You can watch this and all of our episodes on our...
Published 11/23/22
Published 11/23/22
Actress Andrea Savage knows a thing or two about curveballs. After two years of writing, producing, and starring in her very own TV show, I’m Sorry, she was suddenly and unexpectedly faced with having to tell her entire cast and crew that the show was canceled. In this Mental Health Toolkit episode, Andrea tells Alex about how she dealt with the emotional loss, and how it led her to a surprising new chapter of her career. You can watch this and all of our episodes on our Imposters YouTube...
Published 11/16/22
Tom Gozney is the founder of Gozney pizza ovens and inventor of the Roccbox personal pizza oven. But before his business was a $120 million dollar success story, Tom was a troubled youth in the throws of addiction. In this episode, Tom tells Alex about how he went from a teen struggling with substance abuse on the brink of death, to building his revolutionary pizza oven business from the ground up—and all without even so much as a degree.  You can watch this and all of our episodes on our...
Published 11/09/22
Larry Miller is the man behind the $5 billion dollar business of Nike’s highly coveted Air Jordan. But before Larry was a huge success in the apparel world, he was a troubled youth constantly in and out of prison. In this episode, Larry tells Alex about the intensity of keeping his criminal history a secret as he rose through the corporate ranks, and why he’s finally decided to come forward about it now in his book, Jump: My Secret Journey from the Streets to the Boardroom. Learn more about...
Published 11/02/22
Sakara Life co-founders Whitney Tingle and Danielle DuBoise know the grit it takes to build a successful business. When starting their meal delivery service in 2012, they were hand delivering their homemade meals by bike. Today, their business brings in over $150 million in revenue, and they have their tenacity and each other to thank. In this episode, hear how Danielle and Whitney’s unique relationship has served them in growing their business, and their mental health toolkits that keep them...
Published 10/26/22
What if, instead of running away from or suppressing difficult emotions, we learned how to observe, embrace, and utilize them to aid in our personal development? Such is the mission of Susan David—an award-winning Harvard Medical School Psychologist, and author of the bestseller Emotional Agility. In this episode, Susan tells Alex about what inspired her to go into emotions research, the danger of avoiding negative emotions, and what emotional agility is and how we can implement it in our own...
Published 10/19/22
Episode 1: Welcome to the FIRST EPISODE of The Crazy Ones, hosted by fellow friends, founders, and builders, Alex Lieberman (@businessbarista), Sophia Amoruso (@sophiaamoruso), and Jesse Pujji (@jspujji). Today, we talk about the rise and the insane $700M evaluation of Liquid Death, then we get into how to make your pitch deck UNDENIABLE to investors, and finally the truths that you need to know when you’re a tech entrepreneur. Links Referenced: Liquid Death’s Evaluation | Bloomberg Martha...
Published 10/14/22
Guy Branum has had his fair share of career highs and lows. From helping to write and produce Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, to at times being unable to even secure representation, Guy’s career has been anything but a linear journey. In this episode, Guy tells Alex about some of the lowest points in his life and career, and how he managed to muster the tenacity to keep pursuing his dreams even when Hollywood was telling him there was no place for him.  Learn more about Ac+ion alkaline...
Published 10/12/22
When Daphne E. Jones was in high school, she was told by a career counselor that her only possible career options were to be a teacher or a secretary. Thankfully, she decided to forgo the box others tried to put her in and learned how to break through barriers throughout her career, eventually making it to executive-level positions at companies like Johnson & Johnson, IBM, and General Electric. Listen to hear Daphne tell Alex about how she navigated adversity in the workplace and what she...
Published 10/05/22
At the age of 42, Julia Haart left her insular Jewish Orthodox community to find personal freedom. Despite having no formal education, Julia managed to become a shoe designer, the creative director of La Perla, and eventually the CEO of Elite World Group. She’s also since become the star of her own Netflix series, My Unorthodox Life, and author of the bestselling book Brazen: My Unorthodox Journey from Long Sleeves to Lingerie. In this episode, Julia tells Alex about how found her way in the...
Published 09/27/22
Author Ayana Gray’s debut novel, Beasts of Prey, became an instant New York Times bestseller when it was published in September 2021. With her second book of the popular fantasy series out now, Beasts of Ruin, author Ayana Gray tells Alex about how she copes with feeling imposter syndrome and an overwhelming fear of failure. Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes available at https://imposters.morningbrew.com
Published 09/20/22
FROM THE AXE FILES PODCAST – Monica Lewinsky has been many things: White House intern, media punching bag, writer, anti-bullying activist, and now, producer. She talked to David about her upbringing and her parents' tumultuous divorce, her struggles with mental health following her affair with former President Bill Clinton, the dangers of social media, and how she took back control of her own story, most recently as a producer on “Impeachment: American Crime Story.”
Published 09/16/22
Michelle Williams was one of the world’s biggest superstars, part of the trifecta of singers in Destiny’s Child. But she’s also an important example of how depression can be a subtle, silent, and dangerous disease. You can be a pop star in the number one R&B group in the country, winning Grammys and meeting your idols, and STILL be struggling to get out of bed in the morning. In this episode, Michelle gets into the nitty gritty of how depression has affected her life, even with success,...
Published 09/13/22
Country singer Ty Herndon has had some dramatic personal highs and lows. From earning a Grammy nomination and releasing numerous #1 hit records, to struggling with addiction and hiding his sexuality from the public, Ty’s road to success has been tumultuous. In this episode, Ty tells Alex about the experience of finally coming out to his country music fans, and why it wasn’t the answer to all of his problems even after he did. Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes available at...
Published 09/06/22
Amanda Seales is no stranger to rejection. When the comedian, actress, and producer, pivoted away from a career in hip hop into the world of comedy, she faced numerous hurdles—including that initially, no agent wanted to work with her. In this episode, Amanda tells Alex how she managed to build her audience and find success without sacrificing her integrity or caving to mainstream ideals. Find tickets to Amanda’s Black Outside Again tour here https://www.amandaseales.com/tourdates  To learn...
Published 08/30/22
Soledad O’Brien has been a recognizable staple of broadcast news for years, having served as a reporter and anchor for networks like MSNBC, NBC, and CNN. But in 2007, Soledad was thrown a career curveball when she was removed from her coveted anchor position at CNN’s American Morning, leaving her at an unexpected career crossroads. In this episode, the award-winning journalist and producer tells Alex about how smart preparation and a confidence in her own abilities have allowed her to make...
Published 08/23/22
Tim Ferriss is an unconventional thinker. Throughout his career he has followed his curiosity not only in building businesses, but also in dealing with his chronic depression. In this episode, the quote-worthy entrepreneur and podcast host joins Alex for a candid conversation on how to find fulfillment through unconventional ways. To learn more about Lincoln Financial, check out https://www.lincolnfinancial.com/ Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes available at...
Published 08/16/22
Andy Dunn believes that he is bigger than his diagnosis. In 2017, Andy Dunn sold the company he co-founded and ran to Wal-Mart for $310 million dollars. But while that company, Bonobos, was prospering, Andy’s mental health was at an all time low. He was suffering from bipolar disorder which gave him depressive symptoms where he couldn’t get out of bed, mixed with manic and violent episodes of energy. In this episode, Andy speaks to his experiences and the lessons he’s learned while running a...
Published 08/09/22
After the 2016 election, comedian Jordan Klepper and Governor John Kasich suffered starkly different professional wins and losses. Governor Kasich lost the presidential primary against then candidate, Donald Trump, and Jordan graduated from being a correspondent on The Daily Show to getting his own show. Since then Jordan’s show was canceled by Comedy Central and in this episode, the two guys talk about processing professional failures and how it led them to their new podcast, “Kasich &...
Published 08/02/22
Growing up, Lewis Howes wasn’t a confident public speaker. Today, he is New York Times bestselling author, a highly sought after keynote speaker, and is the host of one of the top business podcasts in the world. Lewis tells Alex about how he learned to embrace his weaknesses and utilize his strengths in a way that allowed him to go from living on his sister’s couch to growing an impactful personal brand.  Listen to The School of Greatness here. Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes...
Published 07/26/22
Jim Weber loves a challenge. When he became CEO of Brooks Running in 2001, the company was $40 million in debt. Today, the company earns over $1 billion in revenue. When he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in 2017, he took the prognosis head on and made a plan. Jim tells Alex about how he navigated the biggest hurdles in his career and his health, and how not dwelling on the negative has helped him succeed. Check out Jim’s new book here Full transcripts for all Imposters episodes...
Published 07/19/22
While President Barack Obama was in office, he gave a speech shouting out army veteran Jason Kander as “the future of the Democratic party”. The events that followed were shocking. Jason started making his rounds as a presidential hopeful in 2018, before dropping out of politics altogether after facing the repercussions of his PTSD from the war in Afghanistan. Today, his work is dedicated to stop veteran homelessness and curb suicide rates with his work as the President of National Expansion...
Published 07/12/22
In 2020, Alexis Ohanian, Co-Founder of Reddit & Founder of Seven Seven Six, broke ties with the $10 billion-dollar company he helped to build as an act of protest during the Black Lives Matter movement. In doing so, he stepped away from the business he’d known for most of his career, and instead decided to found a different kind of VC firm. In this episode, Alexis tells Alex about the traumas he faced at the very start of his career, and how that has driven him towards the impact-focused...
Published 07/05/22