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What It Takes
Revealing, intimate conversations with visionaries and leaders in the arts, science, technology, public service, sports and business. These engaging personal stories are drawn from interviews with the American Academy of Achievement, and offer insights you’ll want to apply to your own life.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 703 ratings
Inspiring & Sincerely
I usually listen to this podcast when I feel my energy is down, and I need a portion of motivation! Thank you!
kolotylka via Apple Podcasts · Ukraine · 11/02/19
Inspiring
Everything you want out of amazing interviews with incredible people.
Saucepan 1 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/17/19
What It Takes
I love these podcasts — incredible guests, inspiring stories. One suggestion for producers: could you include more chit chat, laughter or back-and-forth between interviewer and interviewee. The interviews are amazing but I think it could work even better if it felt less polished, if you felt you...Read full review »
Adam88London via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/31/19
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