I sure do love a crazy, inspiring story. My guest Shelene Bryan absolutely brings it! Shelene left her successful Hollywood career as a producer, actress and writer and devoted her life to a philanthropic cause on the other side of the planet. A lot of people talk about doing good and being charitable...most support a cause near and dear to them. That's usually in the form of attending a gala event or simply writing a check. And that's great...Not that it's a contest, but what Shelene chose to undertake is truly transforming thousands of lives, including her own! Her journey began when she got on a plane and flew to Africa to see if her $38.00 a month donation was actually helping children in need. Who actually does that? What she found both shocked and inspired her to be an agent of change. So what makes someone leave a perfectly great career and pursue a life of selflessness and giving? We'll find out on this episode of Brevity Code.
It takes a while to truly absorb the physical & mental accomplishments of my guest mountaineer & climber, Bill Burke. You see Bill has climbed "The 7 Summits". (Actually 8 for good measure). He's successfully summited Everest from both the North and South sides putting him in rare company.
What makes Bill Burke even more remarkable is that he started climbing when he was 60 years old! His successful Everest summits came at 67 and 72 years of age! This makes him the oldest living American to hold this distinction. Slow down, reread that again and let it soak. Guys like Bill help us re-imagine what our golden years will look like. Listening to his approach to life and climbing gives us a rare glimpse into the power each one of us holds within ourselves.
There's alot more to Bill than just climbing. He's a Standford educated lawyer that has practiced law for 45 yrs. He's been successful at the Supreme Court level, he's been honored with 5 lifetime achievement awards...Heck, he's even had a mountain peak named after him by the Nepalese government, called the Burke Khang which he's attempted 3 times thus far! After spending time with Bill in and out of our studio session I've personally felt so much more energized and admittedly feeling that I just wasn't doing enough!
So the next time you're 'Climbing your own Everest' and bitching about your circumstances...Think about Bill, get your ass in gear and finish what you started!
There's certainly no shortage of debate surrounding the topic of Cannabis, THC & CBD and it's place in endurance sports. Admittedly, I come from a very uninformed position. So my talk with Cliff was incredibly eye opening for me personally. Listen, I smoked weed a couple times in high school, got the spins and puked, or ate an entire bag of Doritos and fell asleep...Uh...Neither of which outcomes are anything I would ever aspire to achieve. Needless to say, that marked a quick end to that era. Fast forward two decades and the world has changed, or rather is attempting to anyway. Like it or not Cannabis is here to stay. My guest Cliff Drusinsky is an elite level triathlete. He's also not afraid to admit that he incorporates cannabis into his workouts and as a means of recovery. He's also working on a natural food supplement (Edible) with health and performance benefits in mind. Check your preconceived notions at the door and check out this episode "Cannabis & Endurance Sports."
Shaheen Sadeghi, former President of Quiksilver shares with us why he left a perfectly great job running a $2Billion dollar brand to open a new, unproven retail shopping concept less than a mile from one of the most dominant and premiere malls in America. Having no prior experience, he transformed, literally a dirt lot 25 years ago into a visionary cultural retail experience that maintains it's relevance to this day. Shaheen explains why he took such a heroic leap!
With his forward thinking, retail spaces The LAB // The Camp // The Packing House // Shaheen shares with us the thinking and considerations behind each new success and explains his creative process. We talk about the current state of the retail environment. He tells a great story about why he calls Forever 21 "50,000 sq ft of JUNK" . We talk about why he thinks "All kids are cool" and what this youth generation really wants. And he gives us some idea of where all of this is heading.
I'm joined by long time advanced venue security and close protection expert Mike Faello. Mike has stood guard for many of the most revered pop stars and bands of our generation. Mike calls in from Toronto where he's currently on tour with Justin Timberlake. He's not the kind of guy that would boast about his company...But I sure can for him! Mike has also worked with Kayne West, Christiana Aguilera, Britney Spears, One Republic and others. Prying the bars back a bit on the secret life of these stoic heroes we get a rare glimpse into this unique and often misunderstood profession. We talk about life on tour, dealing with paparazzi and of course celebrity stalkers. We talk venue security and how guys like Mike are not only keeping the artists safe, but all concert goers in an ever more dangerous world of venue attacks.
Tony Patella and Pete Searson are serious about denim. They're also artisans, storytellers and guardians of an American tradition quickly fading into folklore. We discuss the closure of the Cone Mills, White Oak plant and it's fall out. As well, we discuss Tellason's authentic approach as a brand to earn one customer at a time. And why focusing on quality over quantity is winning them fans and retailer praise. How refreshing is that? We dive into many areas of denim including how to wash your jeans properly while literally standing in them, while in your shower! We'll hear what to look for in a pair of jeans and why they can cost so dang much! And a whole bunch more on this episode of Brevity Code!
Joining me today is fitness sensation Jay Maryniak. He's a 'loud' secret within the fitness community who's poised to absolutely dominate it very soon. As evidenced by his 235k & growing followers.
A friend turned me onto Jay's Instragram feed @JTM_FIT and literally I couldn't stop watching it. I've since forwarded his handle to everyone I know that's into fitness & training. Their jaws also dropped. His strength & explosive movement combinations are riveting. Most of them I have never seen done before. But there's much more to Jay's story than being a gifted and dedicated athlete/trainer. He tells a story of drug abuse at a young age that forever changed his life's trajectory. Jay's story is one of peaks and valleys...set backs and triumphs. Just when he's back on track and drug free, life throws him another curve ball. Listen in to find out how he overcomes that ordeal and how his personal struggles have transformed him in so many positive ways.
Pro golfer Ben Crane joins me on episode #7 of Brevity Code. Ben shares his personal insights to success & happiness on and off the course. We talk in detail about several of his philanthropic endeavors...Including a great story about a recent trip to Haiti where Ben brought his entire family in service of those in need. We also talk health & fitness. Ben shares his 'Life Plan' hack with us. We talk about his '7 Pillars' to mapping out a well balanced life . Oh, and we also talked a little golf!
For many of us coffee is one of the most consistent, maybe even sacred rituals we have. Yet I would argue it’s a ritual we largely take for granted. How much do we really know about our coffee and our preferences? Ed Moffatt, Director and Head Roaster of Common Room Roasters breaks it all down. Don’t know what a nitro coffee or flat white is? Do you know the difference between washed and unwashed beans? Did you even know that was a ’Thing’?! Whether you’re a high brow coffee snob, or a casual caffeine consumer there’s something for everyone. Ed gives us a ‘Crop to Cup’ summary of all things coffee. We’ll hear his insights on growing regions, flavor profiles, roasting and a bunch of tricks on home brewing techniques. Sit back, grab a cup and enjoy!
Christian Schauf is equal parts rockstar, adventure seeker, visionary marketer and clearly an entrepreneur. We'll learn how Christian seamlessly weaves whatever fun he's having into a paying gig! As a musician, he's been "Deployed" to the Middle East 38 times! And played countless gigs for our troops. He also started another form of entertainment called "Bikes over Baghdad" which provides a BMX, X Games style experience for the troops...to this day. He's been shelled, taken sniper fire and found himself in a military convoy that narrowly avoided an IED. He's flown in BlackHawks to C130's. All in the name of Rock and Roll! And all in the name of providing some smiles in the desert.
We'll learn about his newest incarnation, Uncharted Supply Co and how frankly he just may save your life! Christian's brand was also recently featured on Shark Tank. Take a listen as he gives us a peek behind the curtain.
On this episode Bobby Nichols, Founder of The Sports Syndicate joins me as we peel back the curtain on the realities of what it means to be a professional sports agent. Bobby was an early pioneer within the niche action sports world, at a time when it was truly the wild west. His area of focus was concentrated around surf, skate, snow and motorcross. We’ll learn how he built a successful company around niche sports and “Fringe" athletes. He shoots it straight about his early career set backs and failures, to how he turned the tide into eventually selling his business to the Wasserman Media Group.
We trace Christian's roots from his early dorm room success launching and selling a magazine business, to his media publishing career and how he parlayed that same counter cultural, independent thinking into one of the most important art movements of a generation, "Beautiful Losers". We discuss the vision it takes to curate a traveling, global art exhibition… We also discuss the second internet revolution as Christian defines as the 'Mobile’ revolution and how his new venture DISTLL, a mobile commerce platform, figures to play a key role.
We touch on Wu Tang Clan skate decks, the photography of Craig Stecyk and why Vice media is no accidental sensation and much more…
Today I sat with the super creative, Jeff Yokoyama. We discussed his many successful brands and traced their roots dating back to his first global success, Maui and Sons. We talked about sustainability, honesty in the approach to design and his search for 'Warm Water'.
Tune in for my conversation with Brian Mackenzie. We dive (pun intended) into his crazy adventures as he gets out of a perfectly safe shark cage and just decides he wants to swim with Great White Sharks! We also get into his ultra running madness and early attempts and delusions about becoming a SEAL. We also spend time on his newest passion, breathing.... We talk about recovery methods, hot cold plunges and a host of other things you've always wanted to know!
On the Brevity Code podcast we’ll explore a wide range of topics from the very people that give form and color to our world. Through their actions they enrich us with their vision, creativity and bravery. Our guests have all been successful by flying in the face of conventional wisdom. We’ll learn from them, the ways in which we can apply that very knowledge to our own paths and towards our own self fulfillment.