The social mutual improvement club you never had, but always wanted. A space to talk, think about and create magic.
Hosted by Cornelius McGrath. The Junto is a production from Everyday Entrepreneur, inspired by Patrick Griffin and Benjamin Franklin.
#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.
#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/
#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/
#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.
#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:
#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/
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)
Just listened to the Austin podcast. Clear thinking and loved the openness to contrarian thinking to one’s own narrative. Keep up the great work.
Cornelius McGrath has crafted a listening space of vulnerability, truth, and unreal insights. How he manages to find the most interesting and captivating individuals of this world... I don’t even know. Whether it’s his smooth speaking style or ability to have a conversation that’s never been had, Cornelius speaks from the heart and ultimately elicits a side to his listeners that many times has never been tapped into... There is magic in “The Junto” and magic coming from Cornelius himself... This podcast is transformative...
You’ve got to listen to this guy!
Cornelius has a brilliant way of telling people’s stories. It inspires me to do more for my own story.