Emma Gannon - The Success Myth | How To Academy

Thu, 22 June 2023

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Emma Gannon – The Success Myth

In Conversation With Hannah MacInnes

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What if we were told that everything we’ve been led to believe about traditional success is a lie? Emma Gannon is here to get us off the ladder to nowhere and onto the path for a more fulfilling life.

Do you think you’d be happier if you won the lottery? Do you spend your days scrolling, thinking everyone else is living life better than you? Have you ever got a long-awaited promotion and thought ‘Oh. Is that it?’

Emma Gannon had everything she’d longed for: a string of successful books to her name, a thriving portfolio career, speaking engagements around the world. She was also burned out and confused at why she felt unhappy, yet still striving for more.

After taking a deep look at her own journey, and interviewing many other successful people on her podcast Ctrl, Alt, Delete, she has realised that our overly celebrated and traditional version of success is making us lonely, unfulfilled and dispirited. Now she has worked out a way to do things differently.

Exploring the most commonly held myths about what it traditionally means to be successful, from money to happiness to ticking society’s ready-made boxes, she returns to How To Academy to give you the belief and tools to walk away from ‘having it all’. Presenting a manifesto to craft work (and life) on your own terms, she will encourage you to be honest about what truly sparks your interests, and helps to uncover your individual path to a truly fulfilling life, whatever that may look like.

Praise for Emma Gannon’s The Success Myth:

‘A highly comforting book which – while not minimizing the pressures that we’re all under to achieve – nevertheless gently reminds us that it is what we are, not what we do, that will always ultimately count.’ – Alain de Botton

‘Emma Gannon is a ‘success veteran’, who has climbed the ladder of achievement, and experienced the vast difference between our cultural definition of success and genuine happiness. A wise and immensely helpful book for anyone disillusioned by the struggle to ‘get ahead’.’ – Martha Beck, author of The Way of Integrity

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Emma Gannon

Author, Novelist, Broadcaster

Emma Gannon is a Sunday Times bestselling author, broadcaster, speaker, novelist and host of the no. 1 careers podcast in the UK, Ctrl Alt Delete. She has been a columnist for The TimesTelegraph and Courier magazine and has published five bestselling books to date, including The Multi-Hyphen MethodSabotage and Disconnected. Emma also writes a popular weekly newsletter called The Hyphen that is an exploration of ideas that have got her thinking in new ways. In 2018, she was selected in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in media and is proud to be an ambassador for The Princes Trust and World Literacy Foundation.

Hannah MacInnes

Presenter, Podcaster and Host of How To Academy’s live programmes.

Hannah MacInnes is a broadcaster and journalist. Alongside hosting How To Academy’s live programmes and podcast, she presents a cultural show on Times Radio and interviews on-stage at a number of other major literary events. She is the host of The Klosters Forum Podcast series and has written for the Radio Times, the Evening Standard and TLS. Before going freelance she worked for 8 years at BBC Newsnight, as Planning Editor and as a Producer / Filmmaker.