Alex Banayan was an uninspired medical student buried in debt. He yearned to understand how the successful people he revered were able to launch their careers before they were the juggernauts of their industry. How did Bill Gates sell his first piece of software out of his dorm room, when no one knew his name? How did Steve Spielberg become the youngest studio director in Hollywood history, when he was rejected from film school? How did Warren Buffet become the Oracle of Omaha before investing a penny? These were all questions he figured he'd find the answers to in books about this stage of these people's lives. To his surprise there was no book that told these stories, so he figured he'd write it himself. What followed was a 7 year adventure to track down and interview the monoliths of success, and it all started with Alex's hacking of The Price Is Right.
ONE37pm Senior Culture Editor Brian Anthony Hernandez sits down with Alex and talks about his new book, The Third Door, to find out how he tracked down and conducted one-on-one interviews with Bill Gates, Maya Angelou, Steve Wozniak, Jane Goodall, Larry King, Jessica Alba, Pitbull, Tim Ferriss, Quincy Jones, and many more, to find out they all had one thing in common...they all took the Third Door.