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    Simon Cowell Opens Up About His Heartbreaking Loss, "losing them was the hardest thing that happened to me"!

    enJune 10, 2024

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    • Cowell's Father's InfluenceCowell's father's advice to work for himself and value team members fueled his determination and success in the entertainment industry despite challenges and setbacks.

      Simon Cowell's determination and resilience, rooted in his childhood experiences and his father's advice, fueled his success in the entertainment industry despite numerous failures and challenges. Cowell, who was always bored and determined to have a life filled with fun and interest, started earning money at a young age by offering services like car washing and lawn mowing. His parents, who were old-school and instilled manners and work ethic in him, also encouraged him to be patient and persistent in his career goals. Cowell's father's experience of working for a large corporation and retiring with no savings motivated Cowell to work for himself and avoid being in a similar position. Cowell's memorable advice from his father, "everyone in life has a sign on their head, and it says make me feel important," has guided him to recognize and value every team member in his projects. Cowell's uncommon approach of acknowledging and engaging with every team member sets him apart from many in the industry. Despite facing setbacks, including depression, Cowell's unwavering work ethic and focus on teamwork have contributed to his remarkable success.

    • Entertainment industry persistencePersistence and hard work in seemingly insignificant roles in the entertainment industry can lead to valuable experiences and opportunities, shaping one's career and instilling important values.

      Persistence and hard work, even in seemingly insignificant roles, can lead to valuable experiences and opportunities in the entertainment industry. The intervietee shares stories of feeling overlooked and undervalued, but how these experiences shaped him and instilled the importance of manners and respect for others. He also shares how various jobs, from Tesco to Elstree Studios and EMI Music Publishing, each taught him something new about the industry and ultimately contributed to his success. Despite initial setbacks and rejections, his determination and curiosity led him to gain valuable insights and connections that proved invaluable in his career.

    • Curiosity and determinationCuriosity and determination in entry-level roles can lead to valuable opportunities and experiences, even with setbacks and challenges. Strong connections and networking can also aid in career growth.

      Being curious and persistent, even in entry-level or seemingly insignificant roles, can lead to valuable opportunities and experiences. The speaker's story illustrates how his inquisitive nature and determination helped him advance from a post room job to a successful career in the music industry. Despite facing challenges and setbacks, his curiosity and willingness to learn and adapt allowed him to discover new opportunities and ultimately achieve his goals. Additionally, having strong connections and networking can also play a crucial role in career growth.

    • Conviction and taste in music industryBelief in one's ability to identify and promote a hit, even without technical knowledge or financial resources, can lead to success in the music industry.

      Belief in one's ability to identify and promote a hit, even without technical knowledge or understanding of the music creation process, can lead to success. The speaker's experience of securing funding to release a record despite the label's closure, and the subsequent success of the single, highlights the value of conviction and taste in the music industry. Despite not knowing the intricacies of music production or having the financial resources of a larger company, the speaker's determination and belief in the potential of the record led to its success. This story underscores the importance of trusting one's instincts and persisting in the face of rejection.

    • Conviction and persistenceBelieving in oneself and continuing to pursue a goal despite significant setbacks can lead to success. Mentors and supporters can also provide valuable guidance and encouragement.

      Conviction and persistence, even in the face of significant setbacks, can lead to success. The speaker, Simon Cowell, shared his experience of producing a record that he believed in, only for the record label to collapse, leaving him in debt and bankrupt. Despite these challenges, Cowell continued to believe in the potential of his record and eventually found a way to produce it with a major label. He also emphasized the importance of mentors and supporters, like his lawyer and Peter Waterman, who believed in him and helped him through difficult times. Cowell's story illustrates the importance of staying focused on one's goals and continuing to believe in oneself, even when faced with adversity.

    • Music Industry InnovationInstinctively identifying unique opportunities and unconventional partnerships in the music industry can lead to remarkable success, as demonstrated by Simon Cowell's approach to discovering 'Toy Boy' and leveraging television as a distribution platform.

      Success in the music industry often comes from thinking outside the box and identifying unique opportunities. Simon Cowell shares an example of his instinctive feeling about a demo called "Toy Boy," which later became a massive hit for a pop artist. He also discusses his unconventional approach to television as a distribution platform for music, leading to successful collaborations with wrestlers and other unlikely partners. Throughout his career, Cowell has trusted his gut and embraced unconventional methods, often facing skepticism from industry insiders. By believing in the power of passionate fan bases and the potential of TV as a platform, Cowell has consistently defied expectations and achieved remarkable success.

    • Navigating criticism and negativityStaying true to yourself is essential, but also be adaptable and open to learning from criticism and negativity to succeed in the music industry.

      Trusting your gut and being unique are essential for success in the music industry, but it also requires self-awareness and the ability to navigate through criticism and negativity. It's important to stand out from the crowd and not be afraid of taking risks, even if it means going against the conventional path. However, it's also crucial to do thorough research and find ways to make noise amongst the noise to get noticed. Rebellion and self-belief are necessary traits, but it's also important to be adaptable and open to learning from mistakes. The music industry is competitive, and it takes determination, resilience, and a thick skin to succeed. Trusting your instincts and staying true to yourself are vital, but it's also essential to be willing to learn, evolve, and adapt to new situations.

    • Loss of a loved oneLosing a loved one can leave one feeling disconnected and unhappy, but cherishing memories and relationships can bring joy and happiness again.

      The loss of a loved one, such as a parent, can drastically change one's perspective on life and priorities. The speaker shared a personal experience of losing his father right after the band's album went to number 1, which was a bittersweet moment. He described his father as a wise and influential figure in his life who would have been proud of his success. However, the loss left him feeling unhappy and disconnected, leading him to become a workaholic. It wasn't until the birth of his son that he found joy and happiness again. The speaker emphasized that maintaining a strong relationship with loved ones is essential and that their presence continues to be felt even after they're gone. Losing someone can put everything into perspective, making material success seem meaningless. The speaker's experience shows that it's important to believe in the continued presence of loved ones and to cherish the memories and relationships.

    • Mental health communicationOpen communication about mental health struggles and self-care are essential for maintaining wellbeing. Cowell emphasized the importance of talking about mental health issues and seeking support from loved ones.

      Mental health struggles are a common experience, and it's crucial to prioritize open communication and self-care during difficult times. Simon Cowell shared his personal experiences with depression and the importance of loyalty and support from others. He emphasized the significance of talking about mental health issues and how they've shaped his life. Cowell also discussed his new work-life balance, including setting boundaries and limiting technology use to maintain happiness and focus. For those dealing with workaholism, Cowell advised reflecting on the value of time spent and recognizing the importance of rest and creativity.

    • Work-Life BalanceWorking long hours isn't the only way to be successful. Talent, instincts, and consistent effort are also essential. Prioritize self-care, including sleep and therapy, for overall well-being.

      Dedication and hard work are essential for success, but it's also crucial to prioritize self-care and balance. The speaker shares how they used to work excessively, sometimes even on weekends, and dragged some people along with them. However, they came to realize that putting in long hours isn't the only way to be successful. Instead, being talented, having great instincts, and putting in consistent effort are also vital. Additionally, taking care of one's health, including getting enough sleep, is crucial for overall well-being. The speaker shares their personal experience of a debilitating injury and how it forced them to reassess their priorities, leading them to prioritize self-care and therapy.

    • Mental health and seeking helpSeeking help for mental health or personal growth is a sign of strength, not weakness. Prioritize mental well-being and find a therapist or mentor to gain new perspectives and simplify thinking. Express gratitude and live a passionate life with a positive impact on others.

      Seeking help, whether it's for mental health or personal growth, is a sign of strength, not weakness. The speaker shared his experience of going to therapy following a back injury and the pandemic, which led him to realize that many of us carry unspoken emotions and unprocessed experiences. He emphasized that it's essential to prioritize mental well-being, just as we prioritize physical health. The speaker also emphasized the importance of finding a therapist or mentor who can help us gain new perspectives and simplify our way of thinking. He encouraged expressing gratitude and appreciation to those who have made a positive impact on our lives. Ultimately, the speaker emphasized the importance of finding our passion and living a life that excites us, rather than focusing on having more or less than others. Legacy was also a significant theme, with the speaker emphasizing the importance of leaving a positive impact on others and living our lives with our eyes open wide.

    • Kindness and SuccessSuccessful people like Simon Cowell value kindness and remind us that material possessions aren't everything. The right people and long-term focus are crucial.

      Simon Cowell values treating people well and being kind, despite his success, and believes it's important to remind people that material possessions aren't everything. He also emphasizes the importance of having the right people around you, especially in the entertainment industry, and shares his experience with discovering and developing successful bands. Cowell's legacy, as he hopes to pass on to Eric, is to have achieved success without a head start while treating people well. He also expresses concern about the rise of bullying and the pressure for instant success, urging patience and long-term focus. Cowell's perspective evolved from his own experiences, including the importance of handling fame and privacy, and the value of being in a band as a catalyst for solo success.

    • Authenticity and individuality in entertainmentAllow artists to be themselves and focus on their love for the music they create for success in the entertainment industry, despite the rise of AI.

      Authenticity and individuality are key to success in the entertainment industry. Simon Cowell, in his experience, emphasized the importance of allowing artists to be themselves and not overthinking what the audience might like. He shared stories of his interactions with One Direction and Harry Styles, where he advised them to focus on their love for the music they create and to influence the records they make. Cowell also mentioned the rise of AI in entertainment as an opportunity and a concern, but ultimately believed that people will always prefer the real thing. He concluded by reflecting on the importance of real-life experiences and the need for human connection in a digitalized world.

    • Business Decisions, Long-term ImpactMaking informed decisions, such as avoiding sugar or investing in a unified cloud financial system, can lead to significant long-term benefits for individuals and businesses.

      Being naive can lead to missed opportunities, and it's essential to take ownership of important aspects of your business, such as the name and brand. A previous guest left a question for the listener: what one decision could be made today for a positive long-term impact on one's life? The answer given was to avoid sugar. Running a business in today's world is challenging, and it's crucial to streamline operations and reduce expenses. NetSuite, the podcast sponsor, offers a unified cloud financial system that integrates accounting, financial management, inventory, and HR into one platform, improving efficiency and reducing manual tasks and errors. By joining the over 37,000 companies that have made the move, businesses can benefit from NetSuite's unique flexible financing program, which is currently extended.

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    Learn the secret to unlocking your brain’s full potential from over 25 years of brain research.  Dr Wendy Suzuki is a Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University and the bestselling author of books such as, ‘Good Anxiety’ and ‘Healthy Brain, Happy Life’.  In this conversation, Wendy and Steven discuss topics such as, how a single drop of sweat from exercise can improve your brain function, the 4 things that can enhance your memory, the shocking brain benefits from cold showers, and how to reduce your risk of dementia by 50%.  00:00 Intro 02:18 The Importance of Healthy Brain 02:58 Why People Need To Look After Their Brains 04:23 How To Keep Your Brain Healthy 07:09 Learning This About The Brain Changed My Life 10:37 My Father's Dementia Journey 12:37 You Can Grow New Brain Cells 16:01 How Learning Changes The Structure Of Your Brain 18:43 You Can Improve Your Brain Health At Any Point - Here's How 22:28 What's Causing Dementia & Alzheimer's 24:24 How Does Memory Work? 24:53 How To Improve Your Bad Memory 26:35 The Different Types Of Memory 27:35 How To Remember Things Better 28:49 The Memory Palace Technique 37:19 The Best Exercise For Your Brain 42:04 How To Be Better At Speaking And Memory 43:37 The Effects Of Coffee On Our Brains 45:09 What Lack Of Sleep Is Doing To Your Neurons 46:58 The Best Diets For An Optimal Brain 47:48 The Shocking Benefits Of Human Connections 49:15 Neuroscientist Recommends This Morning Routine For Optimal Brain Function 50:31 What Are The Worst Habits For Your Brain? 51:41 Does Mindfulness Help The Brain? 52:21 What Social Media Is Doing To Your Brain 55:46 What To Do About Social Media And Phone Addiction 59:21 Anxiety Levels Are Increasing 01:04:02 Where Do We Experience Anxiety In The Brain? 01:06:22 How To Turn Down Our Stress Levels 01:08:18 What Do Emotions Do To Our Brain And Body? 01:11:22 Does The Brain Change When We're In Love? 01:14:13 What You Learn From Going Through Grief 01:29:26 What Is The Best Quality Of Humanity You can purchase Wendy’s book, ‘Good Anxiety’, here: https://amzn.to/3UGw5OA  Follow Wendy:  Instagram - https://bit.ly/3wIeNZw  Twitter - https://bit.ly/3V3gHNL  Watch the episodes on Youtube - https://g2ul0.app.link/3kxINCANKsb My new book! 'The 33 Laws Of Business & Life' is out now - https://smarturl.it/DOACbook Follow me: https://beacons.ai/diaryofaceo   Sponsors: PerfectTed: bit.ly/PerfectTed-DOAC with an exclusive code DIARY10 for 10% off Uber: https://p.uber.com/creditsterms Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    The Divorce Expert: 86% of People Who Divorce Remarry! Why Sex Is Causing Divorces! If They Say This, Do Not Marry Them!

    The Divorce Expert: 86% of People Who Divorce Remarry! Why Sex Is Causing Divorces! If They Say This, Do Not Marry Them!
    Divorce rates are dominant, but is there hope for a happily ever after? James Sexton is America's top divorce lawyer, and bestselling author of romantic advice books 'How to Stay in Love' and 'If You're in My Office, It's Already Too Late'. In this conversation, James and Steven discuss the number one reason for 99% of divorces, the link between sex and divorce, the glue that holds marriages together, and a ‘note hack’ that could save relationships.  00:00 Intro 02:02 I Am A Divorce Lawyer 02:37 How Many People Divorce 08:51 The Dynamics Between Gold Diggers And Millionaires 12:33 What's Prenups? And The Legalities Behind Marriage! 17:14 The Perfect Prenup 18:56 Disagreements Over Prenups 26:48 Are Prenups Legal? 28:34 The Most Shocking Prenup (Don't Get Fat) 29:59 Appearance As A Measure Of Love In A Relationship 32:33 Prenups With Fidelity & Cheating Clauses 37:30 Are Prenups On The Rise? 39:39 Are People Fake Happy? 44:18 Stop Comparing Your Relationships To Others 50:44 How To Prevent Divorce 55:25 "Happy Wife, Happy Life" 01:02:59 Is Sex The Biggest Cause Of Divorce? 01:07:53 Fixing The Marriage 01:09:36 Who Cheats More? 01:10:02 Who Wants More Sex? 01:13:05 Most Shocking Deceit 01:14:18 Why Husbands Like To Sleep With The Nannies 01:16:36 Killing To Get Out Of A Relationship 01:22:17 Have You Ever Cried? 01:24:29 Love And Loss 01:37:01 Seeing Relationships As Chapters 01:40:55 Have We Been Sold An Idyllic Lie? 01:44:34 Is Money The Biggest Cause Of Divorce? 01:48:59 Can You Hide Money? 01:50:16 You Are Liable For Debts 01:51:49 Winning The Lottery And Keeping Quiet 01:53:20 LGBT Rights & Divorces 01:59:19 Are Open Relationships The Answer? 02:02:00 Is Cheating Okay? 02:05:44 Should We Get Married? 02:13:14 Last Guest Question You can purchase James’s book, ‘How to Stay in Love’, here: https://amzn.to/4dTzdzI  Follow James: Instagram - https://bit.ly/4dFRX5v  Twitter - https://bit.ly/3wCXFV7  Watch the episodes on Youtube - https://g2ul0.app.link/3kxINCANKsb My new book! 'The 33 Laws Of Business & Life' is out now - https://smarturl.it/DOACbook Follow me: https://beacons.ai/diaryofaceo   Sponsors: Linkedin Ads: https://www.linkedin.com/doac24 Uber: https://p.uber.com/creditsterms Shop the Conversation Cards: https://thediary.com/products/the-cards  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices