Podcasts as Therapy – The Other F Word

I’ve really enjoyed listening to a podcast called ‘The Other F Word’ recently. The other F word = FAILURE.  It features: Sara Singer Schiff (journalist), Melissa Brohner-Schneider (therapist), Bipasha Shom (producer) & Morgan Simpson (writer/filmmaker) and various guest speakers (some I’ve heard of and some I haven’t – such as actor Tony Hale  from ‘Arrested Development’) talking about how they have faced Failure in their lives and how they’ve dealt with the situation. I’ve actually only listened to the first 4 episodes – but I am hooked!

I think this is a great idea for a podcast as it makes us realise that we are all human and everyone has aspects of their lives that they wish had turned out better/think they want to change – but as you listen, you begin to realise that actually it is our failures as well as our successes (if not even more so) that shape who we are.

The guest speakers share their experiences and speak from the heart on topics such as mindfulness, infertility, work.  My heart broke when the lady who was talking about infertility said that she felt like a failure as a woman because her reproductive system was ‘broken’, but then went on to talk about how happy her adoptive son has made her and her husband.

The best idea for life may well be to fail forwards and if you are always successful then perhaps you don’t even learn anything from life? Many famous people have written brilliant quotes about failures such as as Einstein’s – “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new”.

Perhaps failure is something that we should embrace and be proud of? I recommend you listen to this podcast – I find podcasts a kind of therapy that you can enjoy whilst you are doing boring everyday tasks such as emptying the dishwasher – Give it a go!

You can find The Other F Word on Itunes and other podcast apps or simply subscribe on their website http://theotherfwordpodcast.com .

Let me know what you think?

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