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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. Please don't forget to subscribe on your podcast channel - or request our episodes be published there if you can't find us. We can be reached on your favorite social media feed or by searching conventioNOT_Podcast.

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. Please don't forget to subscribe on your podcast channel - or request our episodes be published there if you can't find us. We can be reached on your favorite social media feed or by searching conventioNOT_Podcast.

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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. Please don't forget to subscribe on your podcast channel - or request our episodes be published there if you can't find us. We can be reached on your favorite social media feed or by searching conventioNOT_Podcast.

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English


Episodes

#76 - Endurance Executive - Eric Mannix

11/14/2021
Eric Mannix is a competitor. Lots of senior leaders at big companies are. The CFO of Blue Water Systems is dedicated to growing the success of the manufacturing plants that he now runs. But there’s something a little different about Eric’s story. What a lot of guys like Eric don’t share when walking the halls of facilities are why they do what they do. This episode sets that old-school mentality aside. Eric operates his life on a really cool philosophy: try something hard every day. When...

Duration:00:34:57

#75 - Supreme Ability - Justice Richard Bernstein

10/28/2021
Michigan State Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein joins the guys and holds court about issues near and dear to heart, career and his strong faith. Sure, the guy has been elected to one of the highest courts in America, but that’s only happened over the past few years and this conversation is very special. Prior to his current gig, Bernstein became a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Michigan and earned his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law. Justice...

Duration:01:07:44

#74 - Imposter Warrior - Lacey Trost

10/5/2021
Lacey Trost is clearly one of our favorite guests in recent history. Her story and humility are one of a kind as far as conventioNOT guests go. After growing up in Florida, she and her wife undertook one of the biggest goals of many youngsters in America: moving away from home. The thing is, Trost was just getting started down her list of personal goals then and she hasn’t looked back since. She opens up with Mike and McD about the struggles of Imposter Syndrome and her drive to succeed....

Duration:01:05:26

#73 - Talking Through It - conventioNOT

9/7/2021
The guys catch up one on one for their annual summer-ending episode. It gets a little deep, including a how-to-travel guide when living out of state, new show formating and some really deep discussion about recent losses in Mike's life. It's not all heavy-hearted, Mike and McD save space to dive into seeing boobs on a plane, couples travel ideas and even a secret or two that longtime listners will probably pick up on. We're committed to publishing more of these 1:1 style shows over the next...

Duration:00:51:44

#72 - A Grow Culture - Graham Meriwether

7/22/2021
Graham Meriwether started his career as a filmaker in an interesting way, chasing bodies around the streets of Detroit. Even though the young documentatian hadn't found his calling, he knew that he was inspired enough to create content that mattered. By the time he turned his focus to his bigger films like American Meat and Farmers For America, he'd filmed countless dead bodies and foraged the Detroit Police Department's Delta Zones and produced content for The Julliard School of Dance....

Duration:01:15:07

#71 - Practice Mentality - Johnny Gillespie

5/19/2021
Johnny Gillespie is a true revolutionary. To state it simply, he has developed a system to teach people how to move more efficiently and safely. He also has has a decorated educational career and even runs and Yoga Certification Program at his facility, Empowered Wellness Studio in Wilmington Delaware. The thing is... he doesn't fit the mold. And he's proud of it. Mike and McD are eager to get their questions out about how and why he's followed the path that he has. It's easy to see how...

Duration:01:18:26

#70 - Gritty Love - Dave Regan

5/11/2021
Dave Regan has been able to experience more than one life in his years. Growing up in the times and neighborhoods that built the America we walk in today, Dave’s journey includes nights on horseback, saddling up a chopper and logging trip after trip. The thing is - he was doing these things while spending his days building the ads that spread Detroit's auto industry across the country. After living a full life as an adman, he turned his trail toward becoming an educator, helping to lead the...

Duration:01:10:50

#69 - Culinary Cousins - conventioNOT Masters

3/29/2021
Our love for food and flavors is pretty evident in the conventioNOT episode archives. Mike and McD have interviewed cookbook authors, pit masters and chefs more than a few times. The only thing tough about bringing chefs Chris Warsow, Lawrence LaPianta & Will Branch for this expert roundtable was narrowing them down for the episode. We even pulled this one off without a technical hitch. Those familiar with the show have heard their origin stories and these three showed up ready to break...

Duration:01:10:48

#68 Favorite Clips: Volume 2

3/17/2021
Closing 2020, an idea was born: to let our listeners hear some of the behind-the-scenes commentary about the many guests who decide to share their time and record stories about the details of their lives. This episode is the second rendition of our favorite clips from previous guests and conversations. You'll find some really cool snippets from the detailed stories we get to hear nearly every week. New conventioNOT listener? This one is a nice primer to the other episodes of our show. Make...

Duration:01:11:54

#67 - International Sole - Jay Shuang

3/9/2021
Jay Shuang is one of the most humble social media influencers you will meet. @shanghaisole is his handle on Instagram and if you think this guy is just another sneaker head, think again. A fifth-grade teacher and stellar guy, Jay uses his network and late-budding shoe addiction started as an obsession during undergrad to connect and inspire with his students and the world. McD is again enthralled with the depth of this guy's knowledge and Mike takes a couple swipes at the hobby of stacking...

Duration:01:18:05

#66 - People and Possibility - Brett M Cooper

3/2/2021
Brett M Cooper's early career in global businesses is nothing to shake a stick at. He focused on process, lean organizations and the actions it takes to be highly profitable. Through his time, he noticed that something was often overlooked: the social skills required by leaders to motivate people. Fair warning, McD and Brett start to really nerd out on their commonalities before Mike interrupts and brings the two back from outer space - and some kind of deep space nine discussion....

Duration:01:18:18

#65 - Intersectional Trail - Neel Agrawal

2/17/2021
Just typing out Neel Agrawal’s resume would burst the character limit on most Podcast platforms that stream conventioNOT’s episodes. Thankfully, the Lord Huron collaborator joins Mike & McD in an exhilarating biography that spans Neel’s youth, lugging a violin case in cold Michigan winters, hustling through law school, becoming a world-class musician and even playing on stage at Coachella. Hard to believe that this social justice warrior can make time to do what he does - until you hear the...

Duration:01:17:03

#64 - Favorite Clips: Volume 1

2/8/2021
Our hosts have spent a lot of interesting times together. Now and again, a story slips out about yesteryear and Mike or McD recall memories from shared times. Over the holidays closing 2020, an idea was born: to let our listeners hear some of the behind-the-scenes commentary about the many guests who decide to share their time and record stories about the details of their lives. Our team doesn't take these times lightly - and there's even a variance of opinion or two that come out as we...

Duration:00:45:41

#63 - Mastering 2021 - conventioNOT

1/27/2021
Co-hosts Mike and McD get back to basics with our first episode of the year. The guys don't usually get into politics, but they do share the happenings in their lives and the things we want to accomplish in 2021. They're thankful for 2020's wins and curious about quarantine challenges state by state and dive into a couple goals - including Ryan's lates bourbon trip and new mastermind group. Most people are streaming more TV now... and listeners get a treat to hear about what we're watching...

Duration:00:56:25

#62 - Chef Artisan - Will Branch

12/23/2020
Will announces himself as a cofounder of Corridor Sausage. The thing is, listeners will find depth in discussion very quickly that plunges through choices, successes, disasters and a company to company merger. Mike and McD aren't strangers to Will - they all started their adult lives in East Lansing at Michigan State University. After a couple decades without catching up, the experienced Chef breaks down his growth as a person, business owner and creator. If you're in the midwest, you can...

Duration:01:06:21

#61 - Creative Zeitgeist - Javid Jah

12/17/2020
Javid Jah's early infatuation with lettering and his culture isn't necessarily a rare thing about this lifelong creator. conventioNOT listeners will be pleasantly surprised in the honesty and transparency about how he took the angles he has in his career. Almost every creative has depth behind their work. Javid's career as a muralist, street artist and now working with living spaces all combine to a cornucopia of beauty. This written explanation of what gets spoken on this episode just...

Duration:01:15:40

#60 - Pinball Whiz Kid - Matthew Yahes

12/9/2020
Matthew Yahes from Extend Your Team has stacked years of self-starting experience into his resume. After beginning his career with one of the Big 5 Consulting firms - he quickly realized that his power in starting from scratch was real. So much so, that when he entered his first startup, he was able to be the center of the machine for a nationwide restaurant franchise. It didn't get to the spot of development his efforts had intended - but it started to teach him the valuable lessons that...

Duration:01:13:24

#59 - Bionic Bada$$ - Jorden Rieke

11/25/2020
Jorden Rieke is an essential worker. She battles day and night in her ICU to help care for the communities around her. Many clinicians fairly end their efforts at the end of each shift. For Jorden, her efforts are just beginning. Now an insulin dependent diabetic and advocate, she learned about fighting her health during the earliest days of her education at Case Western University in Cleveland. In classic conventioNOT format, the guys get after some personal details with Rieke, trying to...

Duration:00:51:09

#58 - Do the Right Thing - Marvin Williams

11/3/2020
Marvin Williams, Mike and Ryan have known each other for more than 20 years. In 1999, covered in Spartan Green and the smell of youthful exuberance, this trio came together in the streets of East Lansing, Michigan. Marvin and McD have worked through several businesses together and are currently scaling Williams' company, Logical Owl. Most of our listeners know quite a bit about different projects and companies that our hosts hustle on - but Mike and Marvin haven't caught up much in the past...

Duration:01:05:39

#57 - The Underwear Episode - conventioNOT

10/27/2020
At the heart of conventioNOT Podcast's focus is a love for greatness. Time and again our listeners hear from guests who blaze new trails in industry, break gender barriers or just flat out create something that hadn't existed before. The Underwear Episode puts over 150 years of experienced contributors (and their nether regions) together to discuss various brands they've been testing. True, there are plenty of jokes and awkward pauses in this one, but we really are applying a serious tone...

Duration:00:52:09