11 episodes

Think about a time when you followed your gut and made a choice that was less than obvious to everyone but you. Maybe you were nervous, but you had the courage to throw everyone's advice out the window and push forward into what seemed right.

Or maybe a time when you someone else's less than obvious choice, and you had to live up to the trust they've put in you.

What happened next? Were you a hero…or did it all blow up in your face? Were lessons learned or did it ultimately mean nothing?

Jim McDonald (former co-host and producer of the PowerCast and an MBA) talks to the well-known and the unknown about those pivots toward a less-travelled road, how decisions were made, and how it all turned out.

The Less Than Obvious Podcast Jim McDonald

    • Mental Health

Think about a time when you followed your gut and made a choice that was less than obvious to everyone but you. Maybe you were nervous, but you had the courage to throw everyone's advice out the window and push forward into what seemed right.

Or maybe a time when you someone else's less than obvious choice, and you had to live up to the trust they've put in you.

What happened next? Were you a hero…or did it all blow up in your face? Were lessons learned or did it ultimately mean nothing?

Jim McDonald (former co-host and producer of the PowerCast and an MBA) talks to the well-known and the unknown about those pivots toward a less-travelled road, how decisions were made, and how it all turned out.

    Derek McCormick | Tea Time with the Reaper | S2 E1

    Derek McCormick | Tea Time with the Reaper | S2 E1

    Derek’s wife Angela died of cancer in 2017. In 2018, he released his book, “Tea Time with the Reaper,” which sketched a heartbreaking portrait of their lives together, her illness, and her death.

    His less than obvious decision was to tell Angela’s story in a way that illuminates the ways that facing the reality of death can help us get better at dealing with life.

    Derek and I both share stories of mortality, loss, and learning how to carry on.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Brian Crall Can Spot Comedy | S1 E9

    Brian Crall Can Spot Comedy | S1 E9

    Brian Crall founded the Sacramento Comedy Spot, but that’s not really what he originally intended on doing. The comedy theater now offers shows six nights a week, plus classes in improv, standup, and sketch comedy four nights a week. It’s the biggest comedy school in Northern California. That’s quite an outcome for someone who was only trying to do a single show. Little did he know that the business degree he threw the towel in on would become just as important as the theater degree he actually got.

    • 1 hr 14 min
    John Romaniello: Clarity, Identity, and Beating Back Depression | S1 E8

    John Romaniello: Clarity, Identity, and Beating Back Depression | S1 E8

    New York Times bestselling fitness/lifestyle author and founder of Roman Fitness Systems, John Romaniello talks about how overthinking things sometimes takes him down the wrong path, and how following his gut sometimes provides clarity. 

    He also discusses how his lifelong struggle with depression led to a sincere suicide attempt that he initially kept secret from everyone, and how writing a powerful blog post about his experience has proven to be a turning point in his life.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Mike Beech and the "Be Daddy First" Doctrine | S1 E7

    Mike Beech and the "Be Daddy First" Doctrine | S1 E7

    Mike Beech is Matt Vincent’s partner in HVIII Brand Goods, but that’s not his most important job. He’s a stay-at-home dad keeping with the demands of raising three young kids, while his wife works as a physician.

    He talks about his past jobs in the corporate world, the decision to leave it behind for the home gig, and how to being the best parent you can doesn’t mean getting hung up on trying to be the dad EVER.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Michael Fahey's Lack of Sensible Quit | Inside Westside vs the World | S1 E6

    Michael Fahey's Lack of Sensible Quit | Inside Westside vs the World | S1 E6

    Several years ago, Michael Fahey approached me with an idea. He wanted to make a documentary about Westside Barbell. I did my best to talk him out of it, but luckily I didn’t succeed. It took quite a while to come together, and it tested his patience and stamina, but in the end his “lack of sensible quit” has produced an outstanding, (nearly) finished product. Michael also explains how editing “Forks Over Knives” -- and a stop off at the NFL Network -- fueled his desire to produce his own project

    • 1 hr 53 min
    “Silent Mike” Farr & Omar Isuf – Two-headed Coin | S1 E5

    “Silent Mike” Farr & Omar Isuf – Two-headed Coin | S1 E5

    Momma’s Boys Podcast partners, Mike Farr and Omar Isuf take a minute to get serious about the decisions that took them out of the paths they found disappointing or tedious…and into what? Mike broke up with his one true (sports) love, and Omar left behind a college scholarship. They ultimately the ended up catching and riding the wave of new media offered by the rise of YouTube, podcasts, and social media. What do their stories have in common? An intolerance for dissatisfaction.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

Albierrito ,

Glad to have found this podcast

Was curious as to why I haven't heard of any Powercast updates in the past year. Sad to hear the split, but I think this may be the best option! I've only listened the fifth podcast so far but it is a lot more focused, there aren't a lot of tangents. Jim's method of delivery and side explanations are absolutely fantastic, and really sort of mirrors of the style of Raz from NPR. Excited to see where this goes!

Stormcloud415 ,

Original, sincere, and passionate!

Jim McDee has always been an original content creator and great conversationalist when it comes to the podcast game. He brings great content and information about those who genuinely care about the industry.

- Big Dan

Johntimz ,

Theme

Love the theme and way little detail facts are introduced after some good points are made.... Look forward to listening to many more episodes

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