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43 minutes | May 11, 2021
#34: Creating ‘Made It’ Moments — Exploring Phoenix & Feeling Like A Guest in Your Own City
Today’s episode comes to you from Scottsdale, Arizona. My business partner Cam Perna and long-time Fellow In-Residence Justin Fleischmann join me to recap our incredible Breakouts IV retreat weekend in the Southwest. This weekend had it all from all-natural wine tastings and lights-out Thai meals to tongue-in-cheek late-night cocktails. We spent our early mornings hiking in the mountains, with the afternoons reserved strictly for lolling by the pool. This might be our best retreat yet. Want to be at our next one? Join us now - https://everydayentrepreneur.co/breakouts/
32 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
#33: Finding the Waves in New Savannah
Today’s episode comes to you from Savannah, GA. My business partner Cam Perna and I recap three amazing days of sunshine, beach, golf and conversation down South. Our weekend was littered with Pulitzer finalists, Michelin-star chefs, world-class architects and some of the incredible families who make Savannah what it is today. We cover why we were created for community, the difference between consuming and investing in a space, and the idea of the world's best city being not in a physical place but rather as an agglomeration of resources. We hope you enjoy it.
57 minutes | Feb 16, 2021
#32: The Feelings Business — Charlie Town, Ben Towill & Dreams As Memories Yet To Come
I have three guests today—two usual suspects in Cam Perna + Josh Whelan. Cam’s my business partner in Breakouts and The School. Josh is our Minister of Culture. And one new addition, Maximillian Brown - one of our standout fellows in Breakouts3. The three of us spent some time reflecting on the first Breakouts retreat of 2021. We spent three days in Charlie Town eating great food, drinking delicious wine and curating some incredible conversations around village building, dreams and memories. We had visits from Ben Towill and Kirk Chambers - two of Charleston's best entrepreneurs and creatives. We host these Breakouts retreat at the midpoint of our 10-week lifestyle accelerator. It’s a celebration of our fellows, our broader community and a rare opportunity to experience the magic of physical connectivity. And we’ll be posting retreat recaps like this every quarter. If you’d like to learn more, visit breakouts.us now.
58 minutes | Jan 26, 2021
#31: The 4-Hour Dinner — Austin BBQ, Naiveté & The Deep Work of Human Interaction
I have three guests today: Cam Perna, Josh Whelan and Michael Rubino. Cam’s my business partner in Breakouts and The School. Josh is our Minister of Culture and the guy who taught me community when I first arrived in the USA in 2013. And Mike is one of the most exciting entrepreneurs I know in Chicago. Cam, Josh and Mike are 3 of the 7 founding members of the Junto - Benjamin Franklin's social mutual improvement club that I revived in 2019 through this podcast. Today, The Junto is a thriving intellectual community with 50+ members all over the globe. As founding members, we meet every quarter in a different part of the world for a weekend-long retreat of ideas, conversation and community. Each weekend's capstone is a long slow dinner that we host for friends and people we admire local to the city we’re visiting. This past weekend we met together in-person on Lake Travis down in Austin, TX. We decided to record this podcast and document all the incredible ideas, people and conversations that we come across during our weekends together. We’ll be posting a founding members episode like this every month after each of our virtual meetings. And once a quarter, you’ll have the pleasure of being a fly on wall during our retreat debrief. If you find yourself thinking “wow, I would have loved to be IN the room for conversations like this” then you should consider becoming a member of The Junto. It's a space made for those who want to teach what they do know and learn what they don’t alongside some of the brightest minds in the world today. Members have the opportunity to attend exclusive virtual retreats and get access to our digital publication called 1727. Not to mention countless life-changing conversations with new friends, peers and mentors you’ll cherish forever. Learn more at https://everydayentrepreneur.co/junto/
19 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
#30: Enriching Your Daily Life — The School
In this episode, we publically unveil The School — the world's premier performance institute for the game of life. Recorded at a beautiful mansion in Chicago, Cam Perna and I talk through our vision for The School. Namely, how we've thought about enriching daily life, what you can expect from our 2021 membership, our wildest dreams for Breakouts3, as well as a sneak-peek into our inaugural retreat. Join The School now: https://everydayentrepreneur.co/the-school/
40 minutes | Sep 1, 2020
#29: When It's OK To Not Be OK, #WeCreateAnyway — Elliott Clark
My guest today is Elliott Clark - the modern-day philosopher behind Apartment Bartender (@apartment_bartender) and Semi-Decent Creative (@semi_decent). This is the second time I’ve had Elliott on The Junto. For those of you who would like a deeper dive on Elliott’s back story, I suggest you first listen to episode #28 and then read the 8,000-word profile I wrote on him over the span of two years - https://everydayentrepreneur.co/articles/elliott-clark-hitting-every-green-light/ This conversation was recorded on April 1st, 2020 about 3 weeks into the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. I caught up with Elliott in the middle of his #WeCreateAnyway fundraising campaign for the hospitality industry. The campaign went on to raise $20,000 for bars, restaurants and employees affected by the pandemic. We talked about the impact the pandemic has had on Elliott’s business, how he is using his creative outlet to inspire others during a time when it’s OK to not be OK, how brands can truly leverage their platforms for good and what we all need on deck in our home bars to ensure we can continue to drink well during life under quarantine.
101 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
#28: Hitting Every Green Light — Elliott Clark
My guest today is Elliott Clark, Founder & CEO of Apartment Bartender (@apartment_bartender). In August 2018, I slid into Elliott's DMs after finding myself captivated by his content on IG. What started as a preliminary conversation to see if he was interested in me doing a profile on him became the foundation of a lifelong friendship between us. Over the next two years, Clark unpacked his life story and I got an in-depth glimpse into the man behind the feed. Long after my interview questions were over, Clark and I would talk for hours on end about life, family, brand, and business. A year into our conversations, we recorded this podcast in Chicago. It was the first-time Elliott and I had ever met in-person so we decided to celebrate in style over a few Old Fashioned's at the infamous cocktail bar, Billy Sunday, in Logan Square. My story on Elliott culminated in an 8,000-word profile called Hitting Every Green Light. It went live on August 22nd, 2020 - two years to the day since I first reached out to him. You can read it here: https://everydayentrepreneur.co/articles/elliott-clark-hitting-every-green-light/
33 minutes | Aug 26, 2020
#27: Living The Life You've Always Imagined — Breakouts
In this episode, Cam Perna and I talk about Breakouts — the 10-week program we built over quarantine that exposes some of the brightest professional across the globe to the ideas, principles, skills and frameworks that govern how we think about living an extraordinary life. We built Breakouts in just 5 weeks over quarantine and launched our first cohort (Breakouts1) on June 8th with 39 fellows. This conversation is a window into the vision behind Breakouts, and the story behind Cam + I's serendipitous reconnection. Whether you're interested in joining Breakouts or are just fascinated by what the intersection of a modern-day university and social club looks like, this episode can't be missed. For more info, or if you'd like to enrol in our next cohort, visit: https://everydayentrepreneur.co/breakouts/ Show Notes: Introduction (0:00) What is The Junto? (0:48) How We Built Breakouts in 5 Weeks During Quarantine (5:30) Cornelius + Cam's Life Stories (06:45 - CM, 08:22 - CP) Breakouts' Founding Story (15:00) What is Breakouts? (19:52) Our School of Thought (20:17) Why The World Needs TSoB (23:06) How Breakouts Changes Lives (24:18) How Does Breakouts Work? (27:25) Who Is Breakouts For? (29:00) Breakouts' Secret Sauce (31:06)
102 minutes | Aug 15, 2020
#26: If It Isn't Impact, It Isn't Interesting — Molly DeWolf Swenson
5 years ago, I met Molly in Dublin. I plucked up the courage to ask her to my mentor. She said yes. And the rest is history. Molly’s ability to command a space is like Roger Federer’s backhand: effortless, impactful and beautiful. Her superpower is in her ability to become part of things that are greater than herself. Molly is a master at getting paid to be herself. In this episode, I unpack Molly’s story. We talk about what it means to grow up fearlessly, why stories can’t unfold the way they used to, the right way to pitch an idea, playing the games only you can win, the value of antifragility, the importance of timing, why you shouldn’t build your house or audience on somebody’s else real-estate, and following smarter people into battle so you can become part of something greater than yourself.
114 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
#25: The Unicorn Nod — West London Boy Jason Touray
My guest today is Jason Touray. A fellow West London boy and entrepreneur based in Tower Hill. Jason and I’s upbringing are so different. And yet our stories mirror each other; many of the same characters are weaved through our collective life narrative - football, religion, inspiring teachers, immigrant parents, comprehensive education and doing business in the United States. In short: Jason and I have been asking a lot of the same questions. Albeit from different places. In this episode, I get to grips with Jason's story. We talk up his time growing up with his Mum on a council estate, his life as a promising young footballer - including boot deal with West Ham - and a run-in with Cesc Fabregas in the FA Youth Cup, the power of the Black Nod and the journey Jason believes we are all on as Black Unicorns: unlearning who we were told to be so we can figure out who we truly are.
105 minutes | May 6, 2020
#24: The Subtle Art of Giving a F*ck — Polymath Jon Jackson
Jon Jackson has been on my ‘people I want to meet list’ since 2016. He’s got one of the most interesting and decorated resumes I’ve ever seen. And has a way of looking at the world that is insanely beautiful and powerful. Jon’s magic is his range and ability to switch gears so smoothly. We talk about the overstimulation of optimization, the tension between art and operations, what it means to master the subtle art of giving a fuck about others, and how he thinks about being a memorable person that people want in their lives.
89 minutes | Apr 27, 2020
#23: Understanding The Heartbeat of What Matters — Zeitguide Brad Grossman
Brad Grossman lays claim to having one of the most interesting jobs in the world. He is the Founder & CEO of Zeitguide, spending his days advising and nights inspiring some of the most curious minds on the planet inside and out of media and business. Brad describes himself as a brain booster, a contextualizer, somebody who helps people commit to rising to their fullest intellectual, creative, and leadership potential. Above all, I admire Brad because he’s created the time and space in his life to ask one question: why? In this episode, we talk about how Brad makes sense of a world that is moving faster than ever before, why curiosity is the prelude to any creative pursuit, what it takes to understand the heartbeat of what matters for the people that you serve, and why you can no longer define yourself by your career alone.
52 minutes | Apr 21, 2020
#22: Exercise to Unleash Your Mind & Improve Your Body — Gym Owner Em Hutchins
Em Hutchins is the founder and owner of On Your Mark Studios, a world-class fitness facility based in Chicago, IL. On Your Mark is one of the most impressive spaces I’ve ever been lucky enough to grace, not to mention the best gym I’ve been to hands down. In this episode, Em talks candidly about the tough realities of being a gym owner during a lockdown. But what’s evident is that Em is focused on the controllables, as well as the silver linings. Despite having worked in the industry for the 17 years, Em had never taught an online OYM class before Quarantine. She now recognizes that digital is a medium that cannot be ignored. And in fact, it should be embraced because it provides trainers like Em with a new level of reach, flexibility, and scalability they’ve always been chasing from the gym floor. In addition to all this, we chat about how to squeeze the most out of your home workouts, Em’s words of advice for advanced lifters during this time, the best equipment for getting a pump on at home and her go-to music playlist for Life Under Quarantine.
117 minutes | Apr 16, 2020
#21: On Chasing A Virtuous Life — Investor Cam Perna
Cam Perna is an investor based in Miami, Florida. Originally from Rochester, NY Cam graduated summa cum laude from the University of the Notre Dame and is one of the smartest kids I’ve been lucky enough to meet. Like most bright driven college kids, Cam went straight into an Investment Banking upon graduation. However, after 18 months, he left. Hungry to pursue something deeper and find a place where his sweat equity could accrue to him. A trip around the Pacific Northwest and a few poetic cold emails later, Cam landed a breakout dream job at 39 North Capital, an independent sponsor platform based in Miami. Just two days after meeting the founders, he packed his car and drove down South to start his new life. I’ve been continually impressed by Cam’s approach to his work, body, and life. He has a maturity that is far beyond his years and a compelling outlook on what it means to live a virtuous life. In this episode, we talk about the power of cold showers, how WFH has changed his life, why people don’t have ideas but rather ideas have people, the lack of curiosity fostered by higher ed today, why COVID-19 feels so different from 9/11 and why his life without social media is one that he cherishes.
46 minutes | Apr 13, 2020
#20: Why (Almost All) Our Desire is Born of Mimicry — Writer Zander Nethercutt
My guest today is Zander Nethercutt. Zander is a writer and medium columnist based in Chicago, IL. In this episode, Zander and I explore what happens to society when we are devoid of the very institutions that gave us meaning. We discuss why most of our desires in life our not our own but rather born of mimicry. Zander explains that we often want things because others desire them. And he believes that the world’s reaction to COVID-19 is the perfect proof point.
61 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
#19: Adaptation, Empathy & Creating Magic with Friends — Authors Heather McGowan & Chris Shipley
Heather McGowan and Chris Shipley are co-authors of a new book called the Adaptation Advantage, published by WILEY. But more importantly, they are two people I’ve deeply admired and looked up to for nearly 6 years. It’s hard to sum up the brilliance of Heather and Chris. Their ability to talk in-depth and connect the dots between a vast array of subjects is second to none. Our conversation today touches on work, identity, education, creativity, collaboration, and society. Heather and Chris' central philosophy around adaptation in a world where the only constant is change is a message I believe everybody can benefit from during this time of uncertainty and rapid technological evolution. If you’re looking for a silver bullet on how to live a life that is authentic to who you are, in a world that is changing by the second, Chris and Heather might just be the folks you’ve been looking for all along.
44 minutes | Apr 7, 2020
#18: How to Survive During Life Without Football — Podcaster Jack Collins
Jack Collins is an award-winning podcaster, lifelong football connoisseur, and music head. As a host of three podcasts - Bleacher Report’s Football Ranks, Shuffle & Shoot, and the Fulhamish - Jack knows a thing or two about creating content that resonates. In this episode, we talk about whether Life Under Quarantine is a bless or a curse for content creators like Jack, how he thinks about consistently engaging an audience when there is no sport on the TV, tips for creators thinking about starting their new shows, and the great debate around when or if football should return during COVID-19.
39 minutes | Apr 3, 2020
#17: Learning From and During Quarantine — Educator Matt Williams
Matt Williams is a freshman biology teacher based in Phoenix, AZ. He made it back home to the United States by the skin of his teeth right before the start of the US-European travel ban. On this episode, we talk about the sense of community Matt felt on his flight home from Dublin, life as a high school teacher during quarantine, the role of an educator at a time where students have access to more knowledge than ever before, and how he thinks COVID-19 will impact how the next generation thinks about the world at large.
61 minutes | Apr 2, 2020
#16: Why Three People Create A Tiger — The Profile's Polina Marinova
Polina Marinova is the founder and editor-in-chief of the Profile. She quit her job at Fortune Magazine on March 20th - during the crescendo of our global pandemic - to scale her business full-time. Polina and I had a tremendous conversation on her creative process, the vision and life experiences behind the decision to start the Profile, the secrets behind great newsletters and writing world-class features, as well our mutual love of Tiger King. Shout out to all my cool cats and kittens.
33 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
#15: Who Said Zoom Was Just for Business? — Jared Mrozinske
Jared Mrozinske is one of the most thoughtful relationship builders I know. He graduated into the 2008-9 recession, and so we spent our time talking about why he feels like we’ve become even more connected during COVID-19, the optimal habits he's learned from 4 years of remote work, why Zoom may fix the sunk cost fallacy behind business travel and getting over the self-doubt that comes with new content creation at a time where the demand for entertainment is at an all-time high.
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