Episode 288: How to Connect with ANYONE with Alex Banayan

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Alex Banayan is the only nationally bestselling business author under the age of 30 in America. His book, The Third Door: The Wild Quest to Uncover How The World’s Most Successful People Launched Their Careers, documents his unprecedented seven-year journey to interview the most innovative leaders of the past half-century, including Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Lady Gaga, Larry King, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Jessica Alba, Quincy Jones, and many more. He also funded this journey by hacking The Price is Right, where he won and sold a sailboat to finance his dream.

He’s been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, Insider’s Most Powerful People Under 30, and appeared across countless media outlets. He’s also an acclaimed keynote speaker, having presented The Third Door framework to Apple, Salesforce, and countless others.

Alex is a fascinating individual and an incredibly captivating writer. I’m thrilled to have him on the podcast to introduce the concept of the Third Door. You’ll learn about the Third Door mindset and how successful people master the art of breaking through when no one will take their meetings or offer them their first deal. You’ll also hear wild stories from Alex’s journey about how he landed interviews with people few would have any idea how to get in touch with, his unique perspective on the power of mentorship, and why changing what someone believes in is the key to getting truly unstuck.


  • What Alex did the moment he realized he wasn’t on the right path in college – and how he won The Price is Right having never seen a full episode of the show.
  • Why every hugely successful person treats life and success the same way – and why they all have a Third Door story of their own.
  • The moment that helped Alex get over his fears, recover from the most disastrous interview of his project, and have breakfast with Larry King over 50 times over the last several years.
  • The three reasons someone mentors you – and why the best, most sustainable mentorships feature all three.


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