Author: Evan Lessler

Recording Episode 4 was a ton of fun. We sat down with Mark Arcenal, designer extraordinare and creative responsible for launching brands such as Nike Sportswear, Illest, and Fatlace. Growing up in the bay area, his brands have influenced much of the local streetwear and import car scenes, respectively. When I was starting out, I visited his store Fatlace in Japantown in hopes of having them carry the Adapt line (I was unsuccessful, and frankly we wouldn’t have been worthy of the store at that time). But Mark has a deep and storied resume, and it showed throughout this episode.

I think one of the greatest attributes of what Mark does is his ability to surround himself in the activities and interests that he loves, while at the same time turning them into viable business ventures. I’m not sure you can have it better than that when it comes to keeping yourself inspired and stimulated, all the while bringing in the income necessary to put food on the table. This is a great example of the concept that in 2017, we can really create our own custom tailored future if we work hard enough at it. A traditional template is no longer necessary if you have the passion, drive, and skills to turn hobbies into businesses. Mark loves cars, so he buys and sells them. He loves toys and accessories, so he buys and sells those, too. And of course he loves clothing, so he has a couple of those brands as well.

The new era of what our careers should be is really up to us to decide for ourselves. And we won’t necessarily all succeed in the manner that Mark has. But the opportunity is certainly there for us if we want to grasp for it.

NASA engineer. Touring partner with Steve Aoki. Creator of a social network dedicated to bringing foodies together, and traveling the world to, well…eat food. No this is not my personal bucket list, although I wouldn’t mind doing ALL of these things, but instead it is some of the life history of Brooklyn Earick, the latest guest on the Adapt Podcast.

I think a couple different themes popped out at me during this episode — ideas like having passion for your dreams and pushing until you achieve those dreams. And if something doesn’t work out — well at least you know you tried. Also the idea that you don’t have to pigeonhole yourself into what you should be doing, or feeling like you can’t do multiple things. There really is no barrier to our growth, it really comes down to having the vision and the internal motor to make those things a reality.

We had a blast with Brooklyn and the recording of this episode, and he really shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it, all within a very humble package. I’m excited to dig into the new update of his Phoodie app (find me @design ;)). Time will only tell what is in store next for this guy…

Sometimes it just takes one tweet. That’s all it took for our latest (and FIRST!) guest, Jarrett Hill, to be catapulted into the national spotlight. It was at a time when the Presidential race was in full swing, and volleys were being thrown from each side at a breakneck pace.

Thankfully for Jarrett, he had been waiting much of his adult life for this opportunity, and seize it he did. His tweet revealed the distinct similarities between the speech given by Melania Trump at the Republican National Convention, and a speech given by Michelle Obama 8 years earlier. Having an all-eyes-on-him platform allowed Jarrett to get out many of his thoughts and feelings about the election, as well as give him exposure to people and places he may never otherwise see.

This episode was a ton of fun, and thanks to Jarrett’s infectious and affable personality, an hour went by before we knew it. Please tune in to hear about his journey from a Starbucks to the top of the political stage, and we hope that you can glean something from his experiences that might apply to your own. We may not all get our 15 minutes quite in the same manner that he has, but we can certainly prepare for it.

Hey there. Today marks the first of what will hopefully be many episodes of the Adapt Podcast. We hope that you’ll stay with us on this journey. This blog is an area of the site where we can reflect on the week’s show, as a secondary format for sharing what we think can be the helpful takeaways to the benefit of you, the listener.

This first show was basically an opportunity for you guys to hear a little bit about where we come from and what we are about. Our individual journeys have been very different but we find commonality in the ways we choose to spend each day and through the opportunities that are available to us. While our stories are different, we are all in this endeavor to learn and grow, through the insights of our guests and the feedback from you.

Typical shows will feature a notable guest who has excelled in the areas of interest that we want to focus on, whether that be in the realms of food culture, music, social media, art, or anything else that we find inspiring. Through an interview format we aim to have candid conversations about how they found themselves where they are today, with the goal of inspiring those who might want to follow a similar path. Have an idea for someone you’d like us to talk to? Shoot us an email as we’d love to hear from you.

Arnelle, Derek, and myself will be hosting the episodes on a daily basis, while Earl, Tyler, and Kyle hold down the production side of things and generally keep everything running smoothly. As hosts, with the exception of Derek, who has radio and television experience (and it shows!), we are new to the format, and I will be the first to ask for your patience as we work the kinks out, as I for one will have to find my stride in the coming weeks and months.

On behalf of the whole crew, we are really looking forward to building with you guys and offering a great product week in and week out.

Thanks for the support and PEACE.

Evan

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