How To Fail With Elizabeth Day

Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment

  • 51 minutes 51 seconds
    Sara Cox - ‘So much good has come from the bad things that have happened to me'

    Sara Cox is a broadcaster and author. You might have grown up with her on Radio 1’s iconic Breakfast Show. You might remember her being one of the first so-called ‘ladettes’ (and if you do, we talk about how much she hates this word in the episode). You might have read one of her bestselling books - she wrote a memoir in 2019, followed by two novels, the most recent of which, Way Back, was published in March.


    She’s now the host of the most listened to radio show in Europe: BBC Radio 2’s tea time, as well as being on our screens at the helm of the hugely successful TV books show, Between the Covers. But her upbringing was far removed from media luvviedom: she comes from a Lancashire farming family and spent her childhood shuttling between her divorced parents - her father’s farm and her mother’s pub. We talk about how these early experiences affected her and what she learned from her parents’ break-up. We also discuss her failure to farm, her failure to believe she’s ACTUALLY an author and an early career failure  to control Sacha Baron Cohen when he was a live guest on Radio 1 (and the media’s misogynistic treatment of Cox in the aftermath).


    As always, I’m desperate to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 


    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com 


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

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    17 July 2024, 4:00 am
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    Are you ready to embark on a transformative journey filled with inspiring stories and profound insights? 

    Join me in this enlightening episode where my guest and I tap into a wide range of topics that will leave you with a deeper understanding of life, personal growth, and finding true happiness.

    Today, I am joined by Tom Holland, widely known for his portrayal of the Marvel superhero Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Beyond acting, Tom Holland is known for his friendly and charismatic personality, often delighting fans with his playful interactions and energetic interviews. 

    Have you ever wondered about the value of opinions from the people you truly care about? Discover the profound lessons we can learn from those who have impacted our lives and how their guidance can shape our journey.

    In a world where many of us struggle with living a false version of ourselves, let us explore the strategies to break free from societal pressures and embrace your authentic self, finding the peace and fulfillment you truly deserve.

    We challenge stereotypes as we uncover the beauty of embracing diverse interests, exploring the connection between physical activity and mental well-being, walking away from certain situations that no longer serve you, and learn the valuable lessons on self-acceptance and mindfulness, and discover the transformative power of connecting with nature. 

    This episode was recorded at Soho House Dean Street

    In this episode with Tom Holland, you'll learn:

    - How a solid family foundation shapes our childhood

    - How to be resilient when facing numerous challenges

    - The importance of taking care of our mental health

    - How to embrace our own uniqueness

    - How to channel our emotions in constructive ways

    - Find alternatives to avoid making bad decisions

    - Walk away from situations that don't serve our purpose

    - How to cheer for someone to never give up 

    Learn to break free from stereotypes by embracing your authenticity.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jay Shetty

    What We Discuss:

    • 00:00 Intro
    • 00:46 Growing up in a family with a solid foundation and living the best childhood
    • 06:18 Finding value in the opinions of people you care about and the lessons we can learn from them
    • 08:19 When you see someone who never gives up and continues to work hard, what would you do?
    • 09:32 How to stop living a false version of your life and take care of your mental health
    • 14:24 Diagnosed with dyslexia at an early age and finding a way to overcome the challenges that comes with it
    • 16:17 Acting started as a hobby turned into a beloved creative work
    • 18:34 Being that kid who plays rugby but also attends a dancing class
    • 25:05 Have you thought about releasing anger through sports training like boxing?
    • 30:46 Recognizing that drinking can become a problem and finding the strength to control the urge to drink
    • 41:44 The beauty of being alcohol-free and still have fun with the people around you
    • 45:20 What would you do when you meet a person who is truly at peace with who they are?
    • 49:20 Reconnecting with nature and finding yourself in these nature trips
    • 52:39 Would you love to attend a class about life and how to live on a daily basis?
    • 57:45 Separating your personal emotions and your work emotions to keep yourself mentally healthy
    • 01:02:57 The challenges of relocating in a new place and the intention behind the move
    • 01:09:27 Would you rely on your inner instinct in making a decision?
    • 01:15:35 Sometimes walking out of certain situations can be beneficial for you 
    • 01:19:56 If you’re having a bad day, do you play golf?
    • 01:23:45 Have you heard of living a no proof life? Tom tells us how to be more present in these moments
    • 01:36:35 How humility plays a role in how one handles loses and distractions
    • 01:40:31 Let’s talk about sports
    • 01:44:52 Tom on Final Five

    Episode Resources:

    Want to be a Jay Shetty Certified Life Coach? Get the Digital Guide and Workbook from Jay Shetty https://jayshettypurpose.com/fb-getting-started-as-a-life-coach-podcast/

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    DISCLAIMER: Please note, this is an independent podcast episode not affiliated with, endorsed by, or produced in conjunction with the host podcast feed or any of its media entities. The views and opinions expressed in this episode are solely those of the creators and guests. For any concerns, please reach out to [email protected].

    17 July 2024, 3:50 am
  • 52 minutes 42 seconds
    Danny Dyer - 'I’m a f**king legend or I’m a f**king disgrace. I suppose I divide people'

    We bonded over swearing. And, although I’m not one to brag: Danny Dyer said it suits me. DANNY F***ING DYER! I mean. I know this is a podcast about failure, but surely that’s a major life achievement?

    Anyway, I digress… Today’s guest was born in East London and had a challenging childhood - his parents split when he was nine after his mother discovered Danny’s father had a secret family. Acting was, in many ways, his escape from everyday life. He started in his teens, and was soon acting alongside luminaries such as Helen Mirren, Mark Rylance, Daniel Craig and Derek Jacobi. In his 20s, his mentor was the playwright Harold Pinter - someone Danny considers a father figure in his life, and who he has as the screensaver on his phone. We talk about what he learned from his drug addiction and his subsequent rehab, including one panic-inducing story about being on stage and forgetting his lines after spending the night before smoking crack in New York. It’s an extraordinary tale of resilience and self-growth and I really appreciate Danny’s honesty in telling it.

    We also talk about what psychics say to him, his concerns over his daughter becoming famous, his royal heritage and why he might have got the wrong dog.


    Danny’s show Mr Bigstuff is out on Sky - Wednesday 17th July


    How to Fail is going on a live tour in Spring 2025, presented by Hayu! Tickets are on sale now at www.fane.co.uk/how-to-fail


    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

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    10 July 2024, 4:00 am
  • 51 minutes 50 seconds
    Jesse Tyler Ferguson - ‘I was caught stealing gay porn'

    This week: it’s Mitch from Modern Family! On screen, Jesse Tyler Ferguson brought to life one of the most beloved comic roles in recent years but he’s also a Tony-award winning theatre actor, not to mention host of the wonderful Dinner’s On Me podcast.

    Jesse was so easy to talk to - I felt I could ask him anything, and frequently did. We chat about his adolescent failures at sport when it seemed to be all his dad wanted from him, and this leads us into a deeply moving discussion about his own sexuality. The story of how his parents became aware that their son was gay is one that will stay with you for a long time - and although it contains its fair share of trauma, it is delivered, as ever, with Jesse’s trademark black humour.

    We also speak about his inability not to read reviews and his abject failure to meditate (one I can relate to). Plus: fascinating chats about surrogacy, social anxiety and whether straight actors should ‘play gay’.


    As always, I’m desperate to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 


    Listen to ‘Dinner’s on Me with Jesse Tyler Ferguson’ here: https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/dinners-on-me-with-jesse-tyler-ferguson/id1683905652


    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com 


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  


    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts


    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]


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    3 July 2024, 4:00 am
  • 55 minutes 8 seconds
    Sadiq Khan - ‘Had I known what it involved, I can’t say I’d have gone into politics’

    Q. What connects the grandson of Pakistani immigrants, the son of a seamstress and bus driver,  one of eight children raised in a three-bedroomed council flat in Tooting, a human rights lawyer, former Labour Cabinet Minister, Liverpool football fan AND the Mayor of London?

    A. They are ALL Sadiq Khan.

    At 53, Khan has lived many lives - in his latest incarnation, he is the three-time London Mayor (although he says he wants to serve for six terms). Today, he joins me on How To Fail to discuss the personal and professional failures that shaped him - from being rejected as a teenage cricketer and realising the rules were rigged against him to protecting his family and suffering terrible racist abuse. He talks about struggling to belong in a world dominated by posh white public schoolboys and how he finally decided to accept himself. Plus: why politicians should be allowed to change their minds and why he still visits his mum every day.


    As always, I’m desperate to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 


    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com 


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  


    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts


    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]


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    26 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 51 minutes 20 seconds
    Vogue Williams - ‘I love therapy’

    Ugh I just adore this woman. I had a girl crush on her from afar and recently was lucky enough to meet her properly when she interviewed me on tour. Let me tell you that Vogue Williams is EVEN BETTER in person than she is on screen or in our ears. You’ll know her as one half of one of the UK’s most downloaded and hilarious podcasts - My Therapist Ghosted Me - and as the star of several TV shows, including Channel 4’s The Jump where she met her now husband, Spencer Matthews. The couple have three young children, and a very entertaining podcast of their own.

    But it almost didn’t turn out this way - she started out pursuing a career in…wait for it…the building industry.  She joins me to talk about this, as well as being ‘a rotten egg’ at school, how she deals with anxiety, why Spencer would have lost her if he hadn’t given up drinking and - in a really memorable conversation - her failures in friendship.

    I loved talking to Vogue, but then I always do. She’s so smart and funny and a woman’s woman to her core.

    As always, I’m desperate to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile

    Head of Marketing: Kieran Lancini


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

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    19 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 41 minutes 53 seconds
    Angel Strawbridge - No Regrets

    You will probably know Angel Strawbridge from Escape to the Chateau, the hugely popular TV show she fronted with her husband, Dick. You might also recognise her from her trademark vintage style, bestselling books and bright red hair.

    Escape to the Chateau, which followed the Strawbridges as they renovated a dilapidated French castle with no water, no electricity or heating (with two young children in tow) ran for nine seasons before coming to an end in 2022. Shortly afterwards, an audio recording of Angel speaking angrily to an unknown man was leaked. It made headline news - this is the first time Angel has ever spoken publicly about her so-called ‘explicit rant’. Today, she gives her side of the story. I’m grateful for her honesty and her willingness to discuss everything that happened. 

    Angel’s other failures include her struggles with dyslexia at school and taking time to find true love (but - spoiler alert - it was worth the wait).


    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 


    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Join Dick and Angel on their Forever Home UK Tour this Autumn

    For tickets and info visit  www.fane.co.uk/dick-and-angel


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

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    12 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 55 minutes 39 seconds
    Salman Rushdie - ‘I’d rather have had a different life’

    TW: this episode contains graphic descriptions of violence and injuries. 

    Two years ago, Sir Salman Rushdie, one of the most celebrated and famous authors in the world was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York, when a figure dressed in black clothes and a mask rushed onto stage and stabbed him numerous times. He nearly died. 


    Today, I’m so honoured that this extraordinary man joins me to talk about what this experience taught him - and how the forces of love ultimately triumphed over the forces of hatred. We talk about his new book, Knife: Meditations on an Attempted Murder, as well as his early failures at boarding school where he was bullied for being a foreigner who was too clever and bad at games. Plus his failure to be an actor and his early writing rejections. There is some amazing advice in here for anyone involved in the act of creativity about leaning into the messy imperfections and getting to understand who you really are in the process. And…what Margaret Thatcher was *really* like.


    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 


    Knife by Salman Rushdie is available to buy now. 

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Senior Producer: Selina Ream

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

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    5 June 2024, 4:00 am
  • 1 hour 17 seconds
    Louise Thompson - ‘I asked myself: Am I alive?’

    TW: this episode contains graphic descriptions of birth trauma and PTSD.

    You might know Louise Thompson as the former Made in Chelsea star. Or the fitness influencer who launched two businesses and graced the cover of Women’s Health magazine twice. But when she gave birth to her son Leo, all that changed. She experienced a series of life-threatening haemorrhages before ending up in Intensive Care, absolutely convinced she was going to die. Since then, she has suffered PTSD, panic attacks and countless further complications, resulting in being fitted with a stoma in January this year.

    And yet she has managed to turn her pain into something deeply inspiring. Her story is extraordinary - harrowing, yes, but also uplifting and always unfailingly honest. She talks about her failure to get a ‘proper job’ (one for Made in Chelsea fans…), her failure to advocate for herself during a traumatic birth and the difficult experience of her body failing her in the most painful ways. I’m truly honoured that she has chosen to come on How to Fail to share her story.


    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]

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    29 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 52 minutes 53 seconds
    Shania Twain - ‘There is no man that intimidates me’

    Today’s guest has the biggest selling studio album ever in the UK by an international female artist. She has won five Grammys, sold more than 100 million albums worldwide and, at 58, remains the top-selling female country pop artist of all time. This year, she makes her Glastonbury debut in the coveted Legends slot, undertakes a new tour of the UK and Ireland and returns to Las Vegas for her third residency.

    And yet Shania Twain has battled adversity from a young age; her childhood was challenging and impoverished. From the age of eight, she was helping to support her family by singing in bars. Today, she is a cultural icon who has influenced a new wave of artists including Taylor Swift and Harry Styles.

    Shania and I talk about her inability to remember song lyrics, her failure to stick to the rules and the grief she felt after her parents died in a car accident. Plus, why recording Man, I Feel Like A Woman, was a transformative experience for how she felt about her own body and her own femininity. It was such an honour being in the same room as this total icon, and I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did.

    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more.

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]

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    22 May 2024, 4:00 am
  • 56 minutes 4 seconds
    Dame Arlene Phillips - ‘I know the power of love’

    Oh my. I can’t tell you how moving I found this interview. That doesn’t mean it’s a weepy one - sometimes, the most powerful exchanges are the ones where you witness the sheer strength it takes someone *no*t to cry.

    Dame Arlene Phillips is defined by her strength: strength of mind and of body (at 80, she’s still hard at work as a hit choreographer). You’ll know her as an internationally celebrated jazz and musical theatre legend, who has worked on some of the biggest-selling musicals in West End and Broadway theatre, as well as a number of blockbuster movies. But you might not know she lost her mum to leukaemia when she was just 15, had a challenging upbringing and had her second baby when she was 47 years old (she thought the pregnancy symptoms were signs of perimenopause). 

    Then in 2008, Dame Arlene was unceremoniously dropped as a judge from Strictly Come Dancing amid accusations of ageism. She only found out when it was reported on the next day’s radio news. We talk frankly about how this affected her - and how she’s never had an apology from the BBC. We also discuss Dame Arlene’s failure to become a ballerina and how this made her feel about her body, her fear of flying and her past inability to stand up for herself.

    WHAT. A. WOMAN.


    As always, I’d LOVE to hear about your failures. Every week, my guest and I choose a selection to read out and answer on our special subscription offering, Failing with Friends. We’ll endeavour to give you advice, wisdom, some laughs and much, much more. 

    Have something to share of your own? I'd love to hear from you! Click here to get in touch: howtofailpod.com


    Production & Post Production Manager: Lily Hambly  

    Studio and Mix Engineer: Gulliver Tickell and Josh Gibbs

    Producer: Hannah Talbot

    Executive Producer: Carly Maile


    How to Fail is an Elizabeth Day and Sony Music Entertainment Production.  

    Find more great podcasts from Sony Music Entertainment at sonymusic.com/podcasts

    To bring your brand to life in this podcast, email [email protected]

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

    15 May 2024, 4:00 am
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