Failure and success are often intertwined, even if it doesn’t always seem like it. The lives of the celebrities who visit The Carlos Watson Show can seem so glossy and perfect. But often when Carlos asks them about their secrets for success and dreaming fearlessly, inspired by our friends at American Family Insurance, they speak about challenges — such as knowing when to walk away from a project or try a new approach. Here’s how a few of our recent guests found the strength to climb to the top in ways you’d never expect.
What’s actress and women’s advocate Alyssa Milano’s fearless dream? Ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment into the U.S. Constitution, a goal held by activists for decades. “When you look back in history and realize there’s never been a time when women haven’t been discriminated against, it’s quite an awakening,” says Milano, who’s emerged as a major voice in the #MeToo movement.
When it comes to actress, model and director Priyanka Chopra, it can seem from the outside like everything this global sensation touches turns to gold. But her secret to success is knowing when she’s failed and, at times, leaving projects unfinished. “When something doesn’t work out, you have to give it your 100 percent and then just back off, try something else,” she says.
For the Lucas Brothers, identical twin comedians who wrote the critically acclaimed HBO Max film Judas and the Black Messiah, having faith in themselves is the overriding factor in success. “Believe in yourself because no one’s going to believe in you,” says Kenny Lucas. In describing their rise from growing up poor in Newark, New Jersey, Keith Lucas also points to faith in God. “It might be too spiritual for some folks, but it’s been a good guiding light for us.”
For Kenya Moore, an entrepreneur and leading figure on Real Housewives of Atlanta, dreaming fearlessly means avoiding the material things that define the glitzy world of TV. Why? Because investing in yourself is better than using the money on fancy cars or Chanel bags or Christian Louboutin heels. “Save that money and put it in an investment account for your business or, slash, your dream,” Moore says.