Oxford Road ad agency founder and CEO Dan Granger joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Dan opens the show telling Adam about how much influence he had on him and his company when Dan started it. This leads to Dan talking about his company and its incredibly quick success. After that, Adam asks Dan about his upbringing and where he got his strong work ethic from. Before they wrap, Adam and Dan talk about finding what you're good at and love the most and making a career out of it.
Soledad takes Adam through her entire journey starting from feeling out of place as half Cuban in a school that was half Jewish and half Irish Catholic, to her switch from medical school to journalism, all the way to landing her gig at CNN and Real Sports. During the conversation Adam and Soledad touch on many topics including how support (or lack thereof) from parents affects you, and how you figure out what you want to do with your life.
Peter Guber is an executive, entrepreneur, educator, and author, CEO of Mandalay Entertainment and co-owner of the Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Dodgers and he sits down with Adam today to talk about his journey from a working class family to the top of the entertainment production business and major league sports franchise ownership.
Monica Mehta joins Adam this week to talk about her journey from growing up with a father who captained boats to becoming a well known financial journalist. Monica talks about her family encouraging her to avoid the 'road to the middle' in higher education and how that impacted her path, and much much more.
Author, entrepreneur, investor and all around success story Gary Vaynerchuk joins Adam for this week’s Take a Knee for a conversation about his rise from birth in the former Soviet Union to a successful career in America and best selling author. The pair discuss their respective upbringings as well as the direction that this country is headed and how it is hampering people from having the hunger to strive for the American Dream.
Adam welcomes entrepreneur, podcaster and founder of ‘The Art of Charm’ Jordan Harbinger to this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jordan talk about the way Jordan’s program works from casual observers and listeners of the podcast to those who come to Los Angeles to participate in the in person boot camp program that Jordan helps run. The pair also talk about how the work experience today has changed dramatically from a time where people literally punched a clock and left their work entirely at the office versus the ever connected world we live in today.
Mark Thompson from the infamous Mark & Brian radio show in Los Angeles joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Mark open the show riffing on the influence radio's had on our culture throughout the past 3 decades. Then Adam asks Mark about how he got his start in radio, and the inception of the Mark & Brian Show. This leads into Mark’s years on the show and it's amazingly sudden rise in popularity. After that, Mark dishes out his advice on how to ignore ratings and focus solely on making the show content the best it can be. Before they wrap, Adam talks to Mark about entertainer teams and how those relationships can get tough when working together so often.
Comedian Kyle Cease joins Adam for this week’s Take A Knee for a conversation about how one gets into comedy and then expands their business to stay active in the business. As the conversation goes on Adam tells Kyle about his theory on how things get done, especially when it comes to people asking him how he accomplishes things. As they continue, Adam and Kyle discuss the difference between happiness and contentment, and how the latter should ultimately be what one should strive for.
Entrepreneur, Angel Investor and former trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange Jeff Carter joins Adam for a discussion about his history in business as well as his views on things to come in both the American economy and society at large. Adam and Jeff discuss the realities of corporations, what their ultimate goals are and how that may not be so socially acceptable to those who may want corporations to act more like people.
Russell Simmons joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Russell about his upbringing in Queens, NY. Then Russell talks about his new book and his love for the vegan lifestyle he's been living since 1999. After that, Russell gets into the founding and early years of Def Jam records with Rick Rubin. Russell then talks about the importance of social movements and how they help others. Before they wrap, Adam and Russell talk about their possible future endeavors
Adam opens the show asking Marcus Lemonis about his early childhood in Lebanon and the adoption that led him to the United States as a child. Then, Adam and Marcus talk about the necessity in removing the glamour from your desired end result and focusing entirely on the buildings blocks needed to get there. Later the guys get into their potential future endeavors, and what it takes to feel "whole" and "satisfied" with your life. Before they wrap, Adam asks Mark about the key moment in his life when he realized his success and what it meant to him.
Jay Leno joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. The guys dive right in to Jay’s upbringing in a small New England town where his love of all things automotive was fostered. Jay tells Adam about a guidance counselor who tried to get Jay’s mother to take him out of High School because ‘education isn’t for everyone’ and a teacher who did the exact opposite, fostering the inclination Jay showed toward comedy. As the conversation continues Adam & Jay talk about the arc of Jay’s career and how he has shaped his sensibilities throughout his career.
Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics Corporation joins Adam for this weeks episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Hartley about his upbringing in Meridian, Mississippi. This leads to Hartley talking about the inception of his company and its eventual rise to one of the largest manufacturers and suppliers of electronics in the world. Then, Adam and Hartley talk about the value of failures as teachable moments, and how no moment can truly be a failure if approached from the right perspective. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the detriments of trying to force a particular career upon yourself or your kids.
Stephen Colbert of "The Colbert Report." Stephen and I talk about our days working together on "The Daily Show," his experiences leading up to working on "The Daily Show" and how the "The Colbert Report" was created. Stephen also gives us a really cool, exclusive behind the scenes blow-by-blow of the Daft Punk controversy on his show and explains why I'm his idol (ok, that last part not so much)