Robert Carr joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee wherein Robert takes Adam on the journey of his life starting with a highly self destructive alcoholic father leading Robert to having a very high drive. Robert then takes Adam though his life in business, turning a small company into a multi-billion dollar business before losing it all and having to rebuild after his company suffered a hacking attack.
Adams welcomes endurance adventurer, motivational speaker, and heath coach Luke Tyburski to this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the episode asking Luke about his attraction to pushing his body to the very limits to perform in high endurance sports such as marathons and triathlons. Then Luke talks about his professional soccer career he had growing up before having to retire due to injuries. After that, Luke talks about his nutritional intake while training for endurance activities. Before they wrap, Adam and Luke talk about the need for people to take control of their own lives in order to improve it as opposed to having things given to you by the government or others.
Author and behavioral scientist Jon Levy joins Adam for this week’s episode of Take A Knee. Adam and Jon kick off the show talking about how the right amount of anxiety can be a good motivator. Then Jon tells some stories of his travels overseas including spending over a minute submerged in the icy waters of Antarctica and almost braking his back in the Bull Run in Pamplona, Spain. After that, Jon talks about a dinner of high profile individuals he puts together called The Influencers Dinner. Before they wrap, Adam discusses about the importance of spending time with your children and not giving any excuses why you can't.
Legendary Writer and Director Paul Schrader joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show talking to Paul about some of his first movies he wrote including Raging Bull and American Gigolo. Then Paul talks about how a rough time in his life while living in Los Angeles turned into the screenplay for Taxi Driver. After that, Adam asks Paul about his time directing some of the biggest stars such as Richard Pryor and Harvey Keitel with minimal directing experience. Before they wrap, Adam and Paul talk about the grueling task of shooting on location for a lengthy period of time.
Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Tony about his first company Link Exchange, which he founded in college and eventually sold to Microsoft for $265 Million dollars. Then Tony talks about transforming Downtown Las Vegas and living in an airstream. After that, Adam asks Tony about his upbringing by Taiwanese immigrant parents as well as his time at Harvard. Before they wrap, Tony talks about different types of frameworks for happiness.
Writer James Andrew Miller joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking James about his numerous New York Times best selling books. This leads to a conversation on the the relationships between agents and clients in Hollywood. After that, James talks about how agencies have changed over the last 5 decades. Before they wrap, James tells a story from when he was writing a book on Saturday Night Live.
Director/Producer Cheryl Miller Houser joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Cheryl about her new documentary Generation Startup. This leads to a discussion on the lack of entrepreneurial spirit within today's younger generation. After that, Adam and Cheryl talk about Manifesting your own destiny rather than relying on luck and prayer to get ahead in life. Before they wrap, Adam talks about all the hard work that goes into making documentary vs peoples perception of how fun it must be to make one.
Former Professional Wrestling Champion and current CEO of DDP Yoga Diamond Dallas Page joins Adam for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Dallas about his entrance into professional wrestling at the age of 35. Then Adam talks to Dallas about his yoga program DDP Yoga, and what led him to create it in the first place. After that, Dallas tells us about his current nutritional diet and what he recommends people should be eating and drinking to stay healthy. Before they wrap, Adam and Dallas talk about how they each do what they can to help inspire others to stay healthy and take control of their lives.
Adam welcomes CEO of marketing company ViSalus Sciences Ryan Blair for this week's episode of Take A Knee. Adam opens the show asking Ryan about his rough childhood growing up in gang infested neighborhoods with an abusive father. This leads Adam and Ryan to talk about the importance of having an active role in your child's life as a parent. They talk about how you see some people on the caller ID and are hesitant to pick up. This leads to a discussion of mentors and getting the most out of their guidance, and how Ryan has used that same philosophy when he's the one in the mentor role.
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.