Unlocking Greatness with Charlie Harary

Charlie Harary is a lawyer turned entrepreneur, CEO, professor and radio host. In "Unlocking Greatness" Charlie interviews successful entrepreneurs, thought leaders, change agents, influencers and experts with one goal: to understand how they achieved their success. In each episode, Charlie breaks down the elements that led to his guest's success and explains how to apply these elements to our lives. Why? Because the potential for greatness is within each of us, and with the right tools, tactics and strategies, we can figure out how to access it.
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Dec 22, 2015

Motivational speaker and comedian, Fran Capo joins Charlie in discussing how she became the World’s Fastest Talking Woman simply by believing she could.

Through humor and visualization, Fran trained herself to overcome any obstacle that came her way and found herself where she never thought imaginable.

Fran and Charlie discuss the power of having a positive mental attitude and that training your mind is much simpler than you think.

Listen in to hear how this 18 time author and holder of 6 world records became who she is today as she reflects on her journey and shares insight on how your “can do” mentality can be the path to tap into your greatness.

Dec 8, 2015

International bestselling author, Bob Burg joins Charlie to discuss his uber popular book, “The Go Giver” and it’s in five laws to increase your personal effectiveness and professional success.

Bob shows how giving is the pathway to a successful business, and how the best way to win the rat race is to rise above it.

Oct 28, 2015

Cecil Fielder, who was an all-star baseball player in the 80s and 90s, describes what it was like to be a major leaguer. He describes the values, character, and traits needed to achieve greatness in baseball and life. 

Oct 20, 2015

In this episode, marketing guru, entrepreneur, and best selling author, Michael Port talks about performing authentically and finding your voice as a means to expanding your business. He argues that professional strength begins with realizing the underserved and unexplored creative potential within you. 

Michael starts off by explaining the steps to finding your voice and building the courage to strip away external layers and ultimately letting go of your inner critic. He explains the importance of being vulnerable and overcoming fear of rejection which serves as a major block to greatness. 

Charlie and Michael then discuss how stress can actually be a positive motivator — and tell of how to make it something that works for you rather than against you. The show closes with steps to puncture the perfectionist myth as well as how to expand your influence. 


Aug 24, 2015

All of us have had an “ah ha” moment, a time when an idea popped into our mind and provided the insight that we immediately knew that could change our lives.  For most it stays there, an idea, an unrealized thought that never becomes a reality. For John Lee Dumas, it became a multi-million dollar reality. John was working in real estate when he realized the power and potential of podcasting. He realized the need for a daily podcasting, profiling entrepreneurs and business leaders. He launched Entrepreneur on Fire and the rest is history.  In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, John shares the story of how his entrepreneurial drive, determination and innovation brought him into the world of podcasting where he was able to turn his hobby into a successful business.

Aug 11, 2015

How do you lose weight without starving yourself, spending hours in the gym or succumbing in the latest diet fad?


In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, I interview popular dietician and nutritionist Aliza Beer. Aliza has helped hundreds of people lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. She even has a sushi roll named after her.


Aliza shares her insights on how to take control of your health. She breaks down the difference between sugar, carbs and fats and its impact on your body. We discuss portioning food, eating processed foods, juicing, coffee and dark chocolate as well as practical tips for better eating at restaurants and on vacation.


If you have a body and eat food, you don’t want to miss this.

Aug 3, 2015

As a kid growing up, there were a few careers that I dreamed of. Top of that list? Air force pilot.  What could be cooler than flying an F16? In this episode, I get the change to talk with Capt. Rob “Waldo” Waldman, on how he became a pilot. Waldo explains how he pursued his dream, committed himself to becoming excellent and dealt with many challenges. Life wasn’t so easy for Waldo. Three years into his military career, due to a scuba diving accident, he suffered from extreme claustrophobia. While that may have lead others to quit the service, Waldo kept flying. Waldo shares with us how he overcame his fear, and recommitted himself to excellence. His tips, insights and strategies apply to military and civilian alike.

Jul 28, 2015

Josh Joseph on the Future of Education, Finding Our Element and Leveraging Values to Achieve Greatness 


Education today has a totally different paradigm: It is no longer confined to a classroom or a desk. It is no longer kept in the domain of the youth.  Education can, and should be, utilized by everyone regardless of age. As education pushes past the boundaries where it has previously been constrained, it is changing what’s possible. In this podcast, I interview Josh Joseph,  Senior Vice President of Yeshiva University, one of the best private colleges in the United States.



Josh shares his insights on the future of education and its implication for each of us. We speak about the importance of pursuing your passions, honing your skills, and making your talents marketable. As an educator, Josh explains why each of us should “find our element,” and how a commitment to core values will enable us to achieve personal greatness. 

Jul 14, 2015

Professor Steven Brown was rejected from his first job after earning his doctorate. Why? Because he was disabled. He was totally qualified, and initially accepted, but the company didn’t want to hire someone with a disability. This rejection may have discouraged most people, but not him. It led to three decades of supporting, defending and advocating for the disabled community. He became a professor, author and co-founder of the Institute on Disability Culture. In this Unlocking Greatness interview, Steven opens our eyes to a world many people can’t even imagine, teaches us how to follow our passion, overcome challenge and demand that every human being be treated with respect. 

Jul 7, 2015

Peter Brown has tackled one of the most important areas for personal greatness: how to learn. In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, we delve into Peter’s latest book, Make It Stick, to see how the common approach to learning new material is not the most effective. He brings examples of neurosurgeons, Marines, and football coaches, to show a unconventional approach to thinking and learning. This interview will show you how to train your mind to “make information stick.”

Jun 29, 2015

Mario Herger is the CEO, founder and partner of Enterprise Gamification Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting group focused on gamification, innovation, social business, and “intrapreneurship” in the enterprise. 



In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Charlie spoke with Mario about gamification and how to make your work and life more fun, productive and engaging by applying the concepts we enjoy when we play games.  Charlie and Mario define gamification and break down how it’s being used in our lives today in every area from social media to loyalty programs.  They spoke about the essence of what a game is, the future of gamification and how games can be used to motivate you to grow. 

Jun 23, 2015

Ronn Torossian, founder and CEO of 5WPR, one of the most powerful PR firms in New York, is the two-time winner of the PR Executive of the Year award and semifinalist for Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year. He is the bestselling author of For Immediate Release: Shape Minds, Build Brands, and Deliver Results with Game-Changing Public Relations.

Ronn walks us through his journey from his job at a pizza parlor to CEO of a PR firm and describes the lessons he’s learned along the way. We discuss the power of believing in yourself and establishing “your brand.” We delve into the value of knowing who you are, what you want and what you are willing to sacrifice.


This episode is great for the hungry entrepreneur who wants to take his or her business to the next level.

Jun 16, 2015

Sarah Hofstetter is the global CEO of 360i, the premier digital advertising agency. 


Sarah has received numerous award including Advertising Agency’s “40 Under 40”. Her company, 360i, is the only ad agency to be named Top 3 agency in Advertising Age’s Agency A-List three years in a row. 


Sarah shares her story about how she went from a journalism major to an advertising executive. In just 10 years, she ran PR for a public company, launched her own company and then joined 360i; ultimately becoming its CEO. Now she sets brand strategy for major companies like Kraft Foods, Coca-Cola, HBO, OREO and many more. 



In this episode, we discuss Sarah's insights and lessons she learned along the way.

Jun 8, 2015

What are the attributes of Great Achievers? Best selling author, speaker, and entrepreneur Cameron C Taylor, has a lot to share on the subject. Two of Taylor’s five books are dedicated to analyzing the lives of great people, like Mahatma Gandhi, Walt Disney, George Washington and Winston Churchill. His popular books “8 Attributes of Great Achievers” and “8 Attributes of Great Achievers II” has been widely distributed. In this episode, Taylor talks about the lives of the great people he has studied, the lessons he has learnt and how he was able to bring those insights into his own life. We discuss the privilege and responsibility of independence, maintaining one’s values even when experiencing failure and how to balance a life of business, family, and philanthropy. 

Jun 5, 2015

Ethan Zohn is an expert at surviving. In 2002, he placed first in Survivor: Africa, the third season of the reality show, Survivor. In this episode, he shares his strategies for how he was able to win at this highly competitive game. But his real challenge came 6 years later when he was diagnosed with cancer. His open battle with cancer, not once but twice, has inspired thousands, teaching people how to overcome obstacles and how to not only survive, but to thrive, in moments of challenge. 

Jun 2, 2015

“It’s about the journey, not the destination” is an adage that reminds me of Scot Cohen. Scot, the co-founder of the uber successful Iroquois Capital Fund, started his career with no business education, experience or money. He couldn’t even land a job. All he had was the will to succeed. That desire lead him on a journey in which he launched multiple companies, traveled around the world and stayed a few steps ahead of the competition. 

In this episode, we speak about how journaling helped him in tumultuous times, how he calculates risk and manages failure, and how with the right attitude, hard work, humility and a little luck, you can accomplish amazing things.




May 28, 2015

Jamie Geller is one of the most sought after Jewish food personalities worldwide. But her career as a food personality was less than predictable as she began unable to cook. After years of hard work, dedication and devotion, she now runs, a magazine and has published three cookbooks, all while juggling her responsibilities as a wife and mother. In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Jamie shares insights on how to set a vision and stay focused even through adversity. She imparts advice on dealing with criticism, finding the right mentors and partnerships, and feeling the joy in everything you do. She discusses how she has been able to balance her obligations at work and at home and how her family gives her the support and energy to achieve her dreams. 


May 27, 2015

In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Saul Blinkoff shares his journey and how he became an animator for Walt Disney Studios working on the hit films Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Mulan, and Tarzan. Since starting at Disney, Saul directed and co-directed features for MTV, Disney and multiple national commercials. Saul shares his story on how he went from a kid with a dream to landing a coveted internship at Disney. He shares insights and advice for how to succeed even if your goal seems unreachable and you feel outmatched by your competition.


May 20, 2015

In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, I spoke with David Lieberman, Ph.D., a noted speaker and award-winning author whose techniques have been used by the FBI, the Navy and Fortune 500 companies. In this interview, Dr. Lieberman explains the concept of free will, how to make quality decisions and the impact those choices have on our reality. He charts a path to positive self-esteem, self-awareness and personal happiness. 

May 14, 2015

In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Charlie speaks with Jason Gelber, co-founder of BD Health Services. After receiving his master's degree in mental health and addiction, Jason did an internship in a drug rehabilitation facility. Jason saw the way the facility treated its patients and felt that he could create a better and more effective experience for people suffering from addiction. Gelber, and his partner, sought to open their own facility, but hit one obstacle after another. Everyone they turned to, discouraged them. They didn’t have the money, the space or the experience. But they had the vision and the self-confidence and that was enough to launch their first facility. Now, BD Health Services host four facilities, have helped hundreds of people, and have exceeded everyone’s expectations.  Jason shares his thoughts on how he was able to overcome the odds, launch his company, and grow it to success. 


May 12, 2015

On this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Charlie spoke with Joel Mael, the Vice Chairman of the Miami Marlins. Joel shares insights on how to not only how to grow a company, but how to do so under the scrutiny of the public eye. Joel deals with staying focused against opposition and criticism. He shares his opinions about the value of natural talent, hard work and being passionate about what you do.  He shares insight on what it takes to be a major league athlete and successful franchise. If you are a sports fan, you don’t want to miss this. 

May 6, 2015

In this episode of Unlocking Greatness, Charlie talks with David Tawil, President of Maglan Capital about his experience going from a prominent attorney to running an event-driven Hedge Fund.  David shares his thoughts from how to pick an area to focus on when starting your own business to how most people cannot achieve success without stumbling and falling along the way.  David shared a few of his theories on success and honesty and gave tips that every entrepreneur needs to hear to protect themselves.  David trusted his instincts and his partner and used his experience to rise above adversity to achieve success.  His story is truly unique and not to be missed.


Apr 20, 2015

Charlie spoke with Alan Weichselbaum, the CEO and co-founder of the Wexus Group, LLC, an outsource CFO company for entrepreneurs and small businesses.  All companies, regardless of their size need financial knowledge and guidance as they grow. In this insightful interview, Alan reveals the two biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when they get started, how much time is business owners should realistically spend on their finances daily and the two characteristics he sees the most in successful people.  This interview is a must-listen for anyone running a small business.


Apr 19, 2015

Charlie sat down with Seth Farbman, co-chairman of VCorp Services and discussed Seth’s incredible journey from sleeping on his couch while developing his idea for a company with his partner to ultimately building a multi-million dollar business.  Seth gives advice to entrepreneurs, shares lessons he learned along the way and explains the traits he looks for when hiring people. This interview is must-listen for anyone who has an idea and is looking to start their own business.

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