The Failure Project
How I Went From Living With My Parents To Becoming A CEO

How the founder and CEO of Wizard Entertainment became the man who changed comic books

See more about this Episode
"Once you choose hope, anything's possible." — Christopher Reeve
Gareb Shamus, the founder of Wizard Entertainment, wanted to make superheroes cool again. So he built a comic book empire, and within a year of taking his company public, Shamus's magazine was published in 50+ countries around the world.
His journey, however, did not start smoothly. Graduating in an economic downturn, Shamus started Wizard during a bout of unemployment. "There were no jobs, so I had to move back home with my parents," Shamus says. "Back then it was like, 'Is this my life now? What am I going to do?'"
In this video above, Shamus discusses what he went through in order to become the CEO he is today — he's had people laugh at him during business meetings, and some who treated like a kid. But failure, he says, is oftentimes a sign that you're taking chances — and it's through those chances that you have the opportunity to succeed.
In fact, his "failures" in the past has only made him more marketable: "The fact that I have a failure is actually more appealing," he says, "because I know how to deal with it."
Gareb is the currently CEO and founder at ACE Universe

About The Failure Project

The Failure Project: Life isn't glossy; it isn't Insta-perfect. But at any given moment there are a million reasons not to feel like you are good enough, from being late to your hair appointment to your weight to your work to school to your personal life — and everything in-between. It becomes all too easy to look at the shiny perfections that social media offers us and take it as the real story. But it's not the whole story. We gathered some inspirational and aspirational people together to tell us the things that don't make it to social media. The moments they failed, the times it didn't work out, what they've learned along the way. Our goal? To start a conversation about failure, and celebrate the other side of the journey.

Gareb Shamus Rise To CEO At ACE UniverseReleased on April 3, 2018
The Failure Project
About
The Failure Project: Life isn't glossy; it isn't Insta-perfect. But at any given moment there are a million reasons not to feel like you are good enough, from being late to your hair appointment to your weight to your work to school to your personal life — and everything in-between. It becomes all too easy to look at the shiny perfections that social media offers us and take it as the real story. But it's not the whole story. We gathered some inspirational and aspirational people together to tell us the things that don't make it to social media. The moments they failed, the times it didn't work out, what they've learned along the way. Our goal? To start a conversation about failure, and celebrate the other side of the journey.

Watch

R29 Original Series

All Shows