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“Everybody knows the golden handcuffs as a monetary incentive. Your job pays you so much that you don’t leave. But we don’t talk about the golden handcuffs of the emotional and social structure of the world. Sometimes the thing that gives us all the positive affirmation from society, from our family, from our partners, and from our friends, isn’t for us.” – Alex Banayan


I’m excited to share my interview with Alex Banayan, author of The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How the World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers. After a decade of interviewing very successful people, he shares what he has learned about approaching success by thinking outside the box.


  • 02:32 Alex’s origin story
  • 07:54 How Alex found the key to success without looking for one
  • 10:44 The evolving motivations that gave Alex the strength to pursue writing The Third Door despite 3 years of pushback from family and friends
  • 16:48 The common fear that gets in the way of people dreaming big and pursuing those dreams
  • 21:20 Golden handcuffs can be social as well as financial
  • 25:14 The vital difference between fearlessness and courage
  • 31:52 An unexpected emotional twist in Alex’s interview with Jessica Alba revealed her motivation for becoming successful in two realms at once

Connect with Alex Banayan:

ALEX BANAYAN is the youngest bestselling business author in American history. The Third Door chronicles Banayan’s seven-year quest to uncover the definitive mindset of exponential growth and success. The book is a #1 international bestseller, has been translated into more than a dozen languages, and has been acclaimed by The New York Post as “a joy to read.”

Over the course of his unprecedented journey, Banayan’s research led him to interview the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and more.

Named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list and Business Insider’s “Most Powerful People Under 30,” Banayan is his generation’s leading expert in high-performance and personal development, having been featured in Fortune, CNBC, Businessweek, The Washington Post, MSNBC, Fox News, and NBC News.

A renowned keynote speaker, Banayan has presented the Third Door™ framework to corporate leadership teams around the world, including Apple, Google, Nike, IBM, Snapchat, Salesforce, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Mastercard, and Disney.

Find Alex and The Third Door online here.

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  1. Hi Terri! My best friends therapist suggested your Boundary Boss book, then my best friend suggested it to me. We both listened to it together! Ever since I listened to your book a few months ago, I have been trying to implement boundaries into my romantic relationship of 11 1/2 years. As time has gone on, I have realized that my meet is more than likely a covert narcissist. It breaks my heart because I still love him, but I’m realizing all I can do is set boundaries and I cannot change them. So now I’m struggling with “what next?”. He angrily texted me after I set a boundary and this was his comment “I know this little game you’re playing with not responding, it’s all about taking power like your book said, it sure is your exact mentality of winning and losing and power.” So Terri, that comment, to me, means my boundaries are working the way they should. Thank you for teaching me that I matter!!!

    1. Hi Tonia,
      Thank you so much for sharing this and for being here! I’m so glad this resonated and that Boundary Boss has been helpful! And agreed – your boundaries are working and you will see other people adjust and change/see your life change as you continue to stick to them. I’m cheering you on along the way! ❤️

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