Former NFL QB Ryan Leaf joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Ryan about his time playing QB at Washington State before getting drafted 2nd overall in the 1998 draft. Then Ryan shares what he thought was important when he was younger and how a very high salary changed him when he never thought it would. This leads to Ryan talking about the substance abuse issues he was dealing with toward the end of his professional football career and afterwards. Before they wrap, Ryan talks about when he had a tumor removed from his brainstem.
Lenny Dykstra joins Adam for this week's episode of Take a Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Lenny about where he got his interest in baseball before joining the big leagues. Then Lenny talks about his strong drive and ambition that elevated his career, as well as helping to bring it down. After that, Lenny talks about his legal troubles following his baseball career. Before they wrap, Lenny shares some crazy stories from his party-fueled past, as well as a few celebrity run ins over the years.
Former Microsoft partner and singer George Santino joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking George about his upbringing in the projects on the south side of Philadelphia. This leads to a conversation on the need for hard work to get ahead in life. Then Adam and George talk a bit about how government hand outs negatively affect ones drive to be more successful. After that, George talks about some of his earlier jobs growing up before getting hired at Microsoft. Before they wrap, George talks about his 20 year experience working at Microsoft.
Current President and Executive director of the Ayn Rand Institute Yaron Brook joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Yaron about growing up in Israel before moving to the US and becoming a citizen. Then Yaron talks about his new book 'Equal is Unfair: America's Misguided Fight Against Income Inequality'. This leads to a long conversation on personal responsibility, hard work, taxes and the government's role in our daily lives. Before they wrap, Adam and Yaron share their ideas on the free market and minimum wage.
Adam and Stephan open the show discussing the philosophy in Stephan’s book, the 5 Hour Work Day, and how Stephan developed his philosophy. Stephan then explains a couple of his successful businesses, including his paddle board company that appeared on Shark Tank. The discussion turns to the current work-life paradigm in the United States, how it started, and how it compares to other industrialized nations. Next they talk some of the misconceptions of improving productivity, and how some employees are able to stand out amongst the others. They take a look at how these principles apply to different industries. They close the show talking about how time is unquestionably are most valuable resource.
APR Energy CEO John Campion sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking John about his upbringing in Ireland as well as his emigration to the US with only 26 dollars in his pocket. Then John shares some stories of him working with Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones as a roadie before starting his power supply company for major events like the Olympics. This leads Adam to ask John about where the future of energy is heading, and which type of energy is most effective. Before they wrap, John talks about his extensive car collection with Adam.
Ten Thirty One productions Founder and CEO Melissa Carbone joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Melissa opens the show talking about starting her company, as well as how her passion for horror and diligent research led her to choosing Halloween Horror as an industry. Then Melissa talks about the different kinds of immerse horror attractions that her company creates, produces, and owns. After that, Adam and Melissa talk about how important it is knowing your main demographics when running a business. Before they wrap, Adam and Melissa talk about the motivation that comes from the fear of failing.
Award winning journalist and documentary filmmaker Sebastian Junger sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Sebastian open the show talking about his new book Tribe, which leads to a discussion on the need for humans to find meaning in life by feeling needed. After that, Sebastian talks about his time making a documentary while being embedded within an American platoon in the most dangerous valley in Afghanistan. Before they wrap, Sebastian talks about living as a vagrant for a period of his life.
Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Sophia about her upbringing and her life as an anarchist when she was younger. After that, Sophia talks about her early jobs in life before starting her incredibly successful fashion brand. Then Adam asks Sophia about her home life with her husband. Before they wrap, Adam and Sophia talk about the positive effects of being able to take criticism.
Founding member of the band Korn, Brian "Head" Welch sits down with Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Brian open the show talking about their history together, which includes a hilarious bit from The Man Show. After that, Brian talks about his addiction to drugs and alcohol while trying to raise his young daughter with his also drug addicted wife. This leads him to discuss how he found his faith by becoming a born again Christian. before they wrap, Brian talks about re joining the band in 2012 and his current status playing in the band.
Randy and Adam open the show talking about how a sport like wrestling shapes your character. Adam then asks about Randy's parents and they talk about how those relationships influenced him as a person. They talk a bit about his 6 years in the army, and picking up wrestling again, then eventually going to the Olympic Wrestling Trials, which led to his collegiate wrestling career at Oklahoma State. He talks about how he learned from some of his wrestling losses and used that later in his MMA career. They then dive in to his complicated relationship with Dana White. They close the show discussing how Randy has used what he has learned in his combat career and applying it to his acting career.
Sportscaster Dan Patrick joins Adam for this week's Take A Knee as they explore Dan's storied career both as a longtime anchor of SportsCenter as well as his life beyond ESPN and his current hit show 'The Dan Patrick Show' on DirecTV's Audience Network as well as radio stations across the country.
NerdWallet's James Zhang joins Adam for today's episode of Take a Knee and the guys discuss the work NerdWallet is doing to try and educate people about their finances as well as James' upbringing as an immigrant in America after his parents moved him from China at age 2.
Writer Brian Koppelman joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Brian about his new highly successful TV show Billions, which just finished airing it's first season on Showtime. After that, Adam and Brian talk about the importance of punctuality, especially in terms of how you are perceived. Then Adam talks about the idea of getting used to working for free if you want to be successful in life. Before they wrap, Adam and Brian talk about "the process" that's required in everything from writing to running.