Success isn't a linked to a dollar amount and happiness takes many forms. Many of us spend decades trying to figure it out which molds we are supposed to fit in. conventioNOT's co-hosts are longtime friends and experts at challenging and encouraging each other to follow their own true passion.
Join Mike & McD as they explore life's vulnerabilities, quirky challenges and interview guests with unconventional and successful lives. Both of the guys agree that over the years, we've realized humans are often programmed with ideas that becoming successful guarantees a happily ever after story.
Unfortunately, these two things aren't as closely related as we'd like and this show is designed to discuss the ways that real people are proving that pursuit of passion beats chasing cash every day and every time.
Both of our hosts are entrepreneurs and listeners of our podcast are intrigued by successful strategies and deep self-evaluation. Mike and McD lead conversations about unconventional routes of becoming happy.
By now, thousands of episodes have been downloaded and there are a few 'expert' episodes, where conventioNOT producers invite previous guests back to discuss subject that matter most to them.
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Escape from Status Quo - Michael Wayne Foster
Michael Wayne Foster breaks molds. Foster was a teacher in the high schools of his hometown when he started life after college. Pretty normal, but this larger than life dude is far from normal.
It wasn't long after spending time in classrooms that he was presented with an opportunity for love... on season 3 of The Bachelorette. Earnestly, this dude packed up his things and moved to Hollywood.
He didn't find the romantic love of his life on NBC in 2005... she would come much later. What he did find is that his fascination with the entertainment industry was, well... fostered. Fast forward nearly 20 years, and he's appeared in countless movies and sitcoms by now and graced the cover of over 900 romance novels.
If that last bullet point interests you, take a minute to download this episode. It's one of the podcast instant classics and Michael shares some really thought provoking detail about the way that production is changing... for the worst.
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A Father’s Tale - Dan Sinnott Sr
Dan Sinnott Sr has experienced more in a single lifetime than most families. He was a young man when he realized that the life of a Detroit Police Officer - and the negative experiences life as a cop brought wasn't for him.
Sure, lots of guys switch careers... but this guy, a man with a desire for adventure, decided to be an educator. You'll have to listen to the episode for the details, but Dan eventually moves halfway across the world, young family in tow. It's pretty obvious somewhere along the line, he also honed his talents as a storyteller.
Mike and McD appreciate everyone who comes on the show. Dan, however, is a little more than a guest. He's Mike's dad. Interviewing your father is truly a special gift and pops presents story after story from very interesting times in America's history. Any listener that knows Mike can clearly hear where his personality and love for details was born. Listen to this instant conventioNOT classic now, available wherever you listen to podcasts.
#82 - Brick by Brick - Taylor Duerr
When Taylor Duerr first stepped onto the professional fight scene, he was already kind of a big deal. Not just because of his size, because of his heart. He's had plenty of nicknames in his career and Duerr, a former cruiserweight champion is the star of a newly released documentary, "We Can Be Heroes."
Taylor joins the guys just before the launch of the film and the "Machine Gun" fires on about some of the cool stuff that happens when promoting a movie, his true love for his family and opens up about the real struggles he's faced as a recovering addict.
Yea, you read that right, one of the Detroit's biggest and baddest fighters faces more than opponents in the ring. He carries a monkey on his back too. And he made a movie about it.
You'll have to download the episode to hear more... but if you like stories about work ethic and comeback kids, let this dude inspire you.
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#81 - Know Your Why - Jim Baudino
When Jim Baudino first told his friends that he was leaving his acclaimed automotive career to get into the cannibis business, his friends undoubtedly wondered what he was thinking. The thing is, he'd always been looking for something more than traditional route for a kid from metro detroit who went to the University of Michigan and UCLA.
Then he got into busines with Snoop Dog. No seriously, Baudino jumped from branding Toyota Camry's to helping a gernerational icon reframe an industry. What listeners will find is that the dude still hasn't looked back and carries his inspiration through to his family, passions and lifestyle.
These days, the US consumes more than $15 billion in recreational pot and neither Jim, or the industry are slowing. Today, he spends his time searching and building trends.
You'll have to listen to the episode to hear the guys and Baudino get into financing and what he's most excited about in the world of weed in the next decade.
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Finding Joy - Dana Frost
Dana Frost wakes up every day feeling life’s full effect. As a young person, she lost her spouse, Brad to cancer, fought her own battle with the disease and faced the realities that most people don’t see until much later in life. Thankfully, this cheerful guest found time to sit with Mike and McD on this host-favorite episode.
The thing about Dana is that she’s channelled the tragedy and has learned to be vulnerable in ways that we thing most listeners should pay attention to. Her husband left her 100 days after he was diagnosed and her inspiration afterward is unbelievable. Frost started the Forced Joy Project as a way to help herself… and others find happiness after loss.
She never thought she was cut out for grief and this hour with Dana doesn’t just focus on the sad things - the guys are able to hear about her new and exciting endeavors, throw around coping strategies and more.
We’re really proud to have met her and experienced her attitude, smile and shining light. You'll have to push play to find out more.
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Eye of the Storm - Matt Allen
Matt Allen lovingly recalls the days when his work was as simple as cleaning up oil spills. This lifelong scientist and creative thinker has now moved on to larger pastures, so to speak. Mike was excited to reconnect with Matt and to introduce Ryan, who he knew would instantly be interested by this guest.
Certainly the episodes of conventioNOT lean toward science, data and nature - and this one touches all of our pillars quickly. Growing up in Canada, Matt talks about setting up an executive career that he enjoys today and shares infinite wisdom about traveling the globe from his home outside Toronto. These days, he leads his organization.
That doesn’t lessen the dedication and ethic that he brings every day. Matt carries the same diligence over to his hobbies, including a somewhat functional farm that includes pigs, goats and plenty of detail oriented tasks to keep everybody wondering…. what will this guy do next?
Definitely Unconventional (in a very fun way!)
If you like conversational shows that ebb and flow naturally, subscribe to the conventioNOT podcast. Mike and McD take listeners on a fun and unexpected journey with their interviews. Where you start is not likely where you will end, but you are guaranteed to enjoy the ride!
- Brett Cooper
Co-author, Solving the People Problem
(named #1 must-read for 2021 by Entrepreneur Magazine)
Strong message and direction
Love how these guys stay on track (for the most part) to their message of providing value to their listeners. A lot of their guests seem to be close to these guys which could be a recipe for disaster in the sense of getting off track talking about the good ole days at MSU (which I wouldn’t mind), but they do a great job of keeping the conversations/interviews geared towards an overall encompassing message - their isn’t just one path to the endzone. They do a great job getting the story out of their guests, the struggles and triumphs, that lead to a brighter future.
Fresh and fun
Finding a new outlook on being happy in business is a challenge. This is a fresh outlook.