Manager, Agent, and Producer Shep Gordon sits down with Ace for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Shep about his creation of the celebrity chef, and how valuable that commodity is in today's entertainment industry. Then Adams dives into Shep's background growing up in not the most ideal situation, and how he was able to use that to improve his life after leaving high school. After that, Adams asks Shep about the Documentary Supermensch which was Mike Meyers directorial debut about Shep's life. Before they wrap, Adam examines Shep's natural ability to be able to enhance anything he's working on by knowing where to focus his attention.
Brand-Building Expert, Speaker, and Author Denise Lee Yohn joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Denise about her extensive work in brand-building and advertising, including her history working for companies like: Jack in the Box, Burger King, Land Rover, and Sony. This leads into the two talking about some key points from Denise's book: What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest. After that, Adam asks Denise for her advice to younger people on how to figure out what they should be doing for a living. Before they wrap, Adam talks about the importance of working jobs you don't like so you can work harder for the job you want and appreciate having it more once you've gotten it.
Adam opens the show lauding Steven's book, and they discuss how the writing industry has changed due to a shifting media landscape. They talk about someone other ways this has manifested itself, including the death of the opening title sequence. Adam then asks Steven about the desire he had to eventually become the head of a network, and this morphs into a discussion of how the empowerment of writers improved the quality of television and how important autonomy is to the creative process. They dive deeper into the creative process, and talk about what helps them create, and if they ever encounter writer's block. They close the show talking about how repetition helps people become more efficient in all walks of life.
Focus Brands President Kat Cole joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Kat kicks off the show talking about working as a hostess at hooters when she was 17 before eventually becoming Vice President of Training and Development by 26 and opening locations internationally. This leads Kat to talk a bit about her current job as President of Focus Brands. Then Adam asks Kat about her early life growing up with a single mother and two younger sisters. After that, Adam and Kat talk about business and minimum wage as it should apply to a younger generation vs an older, more experienced one.
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.