About Me

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About Me

Everything about me, or at least what I’m willing to say publicly, is in my debut title The $20,000 T-Shirt. But if you refuse to read the most influential literary work in the 21st century (according to author Devon Weaver), then here’s a quick bio…

My Bio

  • Seventeen-year veteran of the consumer products, advertising, and entertainment industries

  • Founder and principal of Eighty Orchard Publishing and Tree Stories, a service teaching busy parents how to live forever by writing their own life story

  • Lives (and hides from the sun) outside of Charlotte, NC, with his wife, two kids, and his golden retriever, Max

My Favorites

TV Shows

Favorite TV Shows

  • Diff’rent Strokes
  • The Wonder Years
  • Night Court
  • Married with Children
  • The A-Team
  • Magnum PI
  • Family Ties
  • Golden Girls
  • Who’s the Boss
  • Dukes of Hazzard
  • Mr. Belvedere
  • Growing Pains
  • Perfect Strangers
  • Friends
  • Growing Pains
  • Three’s Company
  • Cheers
  • Cosby Show
  • Alf
  • Coach
  • Roseanne
  • Saved By the Bell
  • Taxi
  • In Living Color
  • Good Times
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Narcos
  • House of Cards
  • Silicon Valley
  • The League
  • Billions
  • Friends from College
  • Ozark
  • Sneaky Pete
  • Breaking Bad (the greatest show of all time)
Books

Favorite Books

  • The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • Tribe by Sebastian Junger
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini
  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
  • Stephen King’s non-horror books (Misery, Shawshank Redemp-
    tion, On Writing)
  • Anything by Steven Pressfield
  • Anything by Tim Ferriss
  • Anything by Ryan Holiday
  • Anything by James Altucher
  • Anything by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Anything by Seth Godin
  • Anything by Kamal Ravikant
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
  • Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff
  • The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  • 80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall
  • The Gas We Pass by Shinta Cho
  • Everyone Poops by Taro Gome
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
Movies

Favorite Movies

  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • Talladega Nights
  • Step Brothers
  • Goodwill Hunting
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Weird Science
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Swingers
  • Tommy Boy
  • Heat
  • Ghostbusters
  • There’s Something About Mary
  • National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
  • Naked Gun
  • Billy Madison
  • Caddyshack
  • Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
  • Police Academy
  • Animal House
  • Sixteen Candles
  • Scarface
  • Goodfellas
  • The Godfather 1 & 2
  • All Mission Impossible movies
  • Argo
Podcasts

Favorite Podcasts

  • Tim Ferriss
  • James Altucher
  • Your Mom’s House
  • Bertcast
  • Joe Rogan Experience
  • TED Talks
  • Smart Passive Income
  • Gimlet Podcasts
  • Serial
  • Bill Burr’s Monday Morning Podcast
Places

Favorite Places

  • The entire country of Italy
  • Negril, Jamaica
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Oriole Park at Camden Yards
  • San Francisco
  • Chicago
  • The Dock/beach in front of my old house
  • Frank’s Pizza
  • Charleston/Isle of Palms
  • Any comedy club
  • Any trampoline place
  • Irish bars
Food

Favorite Food

  • Pizza
  • Ice cream
  • Turkey burger and tots from Bad Daddies
  • Zucchini and squash
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Giant salad
  • Fish
  • Lemons
Possessions

Favorite Possessions

  • Cards you guys have given to me
  • Pictures you have given me (but not the crappy ones)
  • My dad’s wedding ring
  • My books
  • Family photos
  • Notebooks and pens
  • PS4
  • Sports equipment
Concerts

Favorite Concerts

  • Prince (fifth row) @ Time Warner Arena
  • Better Than Ezra @ Hammerjacks
  • Tesla @ Hammerjacks (Music was so-so. Friends were amazing)
  • Everclear @ The Electric Factory
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers / Foo Fighters @ PNC Amphitheatre
  • Rage Against the Machine / Wu-Tang Clan @ Merriweather Post
  • Jack Johnson @ PNC Amphitheatre
  • Tibetan Freedom Festival @ RFK Stadium
  • Bruno Mars @ Spectrum Arena
  • U2 @ Cow Palace (Dreamforce Event)
  • Bad Company @ PNC Amphitheatre
  • Zac Brown @ PNC Amphitheatre
Things I Don’t Like

Things I Don’t Like

  • Cats
  • Feet
  • Coffee
  • Other people’s farts or dogs
  • Old people
  • Other people
Days In My Life

Favorite Days In My Life

  • Wedding day
  • Birth of my kids
  • Any day in Italy
  • The day I heard my mom drop a surprising f-bomb
Clichés / Sayings

Favorite Clichés / Sayings

  • Follow the money.
  • The truth is somewhere in the middle.
  • There’s a positive and negative to almost everything in life.
  • Cash Me Outside. How Bout ’Dat?
  • A fool and his money are soon parted.
  • A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • Actions speak louder than words.
  • All good things come to those who wait.
  • All things must pass.
  • Beggars can’t be choosers.
  • Better late than never.
  • Better safe than sorry.
  • Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.
  • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.
  • Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.
  • Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.
  • Don’t try to walk before you can crawl.
  • Easy come, easy go.
  • Every dark cloud has a silver lining.
  • Fo’ shizzle.
  • Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
  • History repeats itself.
  • If a job is worth doing it is worth doing well.
  • If at first you don’t succeed try, try and try again.
  • If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.
  • If you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen.
  • It’s better to give than to receive.
  • It’s the early bird that gets the worm.
  • It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.
  • Misery loves company.
  • Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  • Money makes the world go round.
  • Money talks.
  • Never judge a book by its cover.
  • Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today.
  • Opportunity only knocks once.
  • Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Practice makes perfect.
  • Rome wasn’t built in a day.
  • The darkest hour is just before the dawn.
  • The ends justify the means.
  • The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • The pen is mightier than sword.
  • The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.
  • There’s no time like the present.
  • Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
  • Worrying never did anyone any good.
  • You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.
Comedians

Favorite Comedians

  • Louis CK
  • Mark Normand
  • Bert Kreischer
  • Tom Segura
  • Joe Rogan
  • Bill Burr
  • Bobby Lee
  • Dave Chappelle
  • Eddie Murphy
  • Nick Di Paolo
  • Dave Attell
  • Jim Florentine
  • Anthony Jeselnik
  • Jeff Ross
  • Artie Lange
  • Jim Norton
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Theo Von
People

Favorite People

  • Mike Rowe
  • Tim Allen
  • Sara Blakely
  • James Altucher
  • Tim Ferriss
  • Austin Kleon
  • Ron Paul
  • Derek Sivers
  • Peter Thiel
  • Joe Rogan
  • Jason Bateman
  • Tom Segura
  • Bert Kreischer
  • Penn Jillette
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Anthony Bourdain
  • Courtney Luck Weaver
  • The Honorable Bill Murray
Blogs

Favorite Blogs

  • Austin Kleon
  • Wait But Why
  • Brain Pickings
  • James Altucher
  • Barking Up the Wrong Tree
People I Follow For Advice

People I Follow For Advice

  • Tim Ferriss
  • James Altucher
  • Austin Kleon
  • Ramit Sethi
  • Seth Godin
  • Charlie Hoehn
  • Scott Adams
  • Kamal Ravikant
  • Ryan Holiday
  • Jason Fried
  • Matt Mullenweg
  • Reid Hoffman
  • Marc Andreessen
  • Oren Klaff
  • Hiten Shah
  • Pat Flynn
  • Brian Clark
  • Derek Siver
Things To Do

Favorite Things To Do

  • Hang out with my kids and wife
  • Watch football
  • Watch movies
  • Go to concerts
  • Go to comedy shows
  • Work on my businesses
  • Make fun of others
  • Send inappropriate text messages to my friends
  • Travel for fun (traveling for work sucks)
  • Make people laugh
  • Play sports
  • Play games
Drinks

Favorite Drinks

  • Cold water
  • Any lager
  • Lemon and lime tonic
Bands / Genres

Favorite Bands / Genres

  • Better Than Ezra
  • Pearl Jam
  • Bruno Mars
  • Zac Brown
  • Counting Crows
  • DMB
  • Everclear
  • Hole
  • Jack Johnson
  • Live
  • Matchbox 20
  • Wu-Tang Clan
  • Michael Jackson
  • Biggie
  • Nirvana
  • OutKast
  • Rage Against the Machine
  • The Smashing Pumpkins
  • U2
  • Skynyrd
  • CCR
  • Kid Rock
  • 2Pac
  • Dr. Dre
  • Snoop
  • Audioslave
  • 90’s Rap
  • 90’s Alternative
  • 70’s Classic Rock