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#10: BRYAN CALLEN, Stand Up Comedian, Actor, Podcaster

You know Bryan from sell-out stand up shows, hilarious roles in movies like "The Hangover" and TV shows like "MAD TV", "How I Met Your Mother", and "The Goldbergs", and from his successful podcasts (The Fighter and the Kid, Mixed Mental Arts, The Bryan Callen Show). Our long time friend and favorite funny guy, Bryan Callen, is a unique combination of comedian, actor, podcaster, philosopher, and history fanatic. Born overseas and living in six countries outside the U.S. before age 14 gave Bryan a world lens few experience. A master observer of the world and himself, asking difficult questions is the foundation of everything Bryan does from stand-up and acting to podcasting and being a family man. His pattern of repeatedly questioning everything and choosing to get uncomfortable has developed his sense of responsibility to his opportunities and his process for growth as an artist and human being. Bryan believes self-growth begins by being brutally honest with yourself. By honestly asking of yourself, "What would I want if I knew I couldn't fail? What would I really ask for if I knew I would 100% get it?" 

This conversation is chock-full of gems and takeaways on how to question, pivot, commit to your personal vision, practice less attachment, be more generous, and start with honesty and curiosity. Listening to Bryan make a point is like taking a journey through philosophy, poetry, history, real talk, self-deprecation, and gut-wrenching laughter. Bryan's vast knowledge and willingness to learn will make you want to simultaneously pick up ancient texts, learn a language, LAUGH, scare yourself, and share your original talents with the world for the greater good.

Ben Scandlen
Ben Scandlen