57: Trip’s Folly; Building EA and Creating Madden

Trip Hawkins built Electronic Arts and created the most widespread and popular sports video game of all time, Madden. He pioneered the video game industry and is one of the most well known video game creators in the industry. Trip went on to start many more companies with various levels of success. He is a professor at UC-Santa Barbara now. In this episode:

  • Getting hooked on the idea of video games at an early age
  • Creating his own major at Harvard – Strategy and Applied Game Theory, and becoming a pioneer
  • Finding a mentor in Tom Schelling, Noble Prize Winner, at Harvard
  • Trailblazing his own path to learn more about computers and video games
  • Joining Steve Jobs’ team and working for Apple
  • Leaving Apple and launching Electronic Arts
  • The birth of EA Sports – Having the first ever celebrity, Dr.J, involved with making a video game; Dr. J and Larry Bird go 1-on-1
  • Creating the most interactive sports game of all time – Madden football
  • How the biggest strength can become a blind spot and become the biggest weakness
  • Ego – the most potent part of the subconscious
  • Leaving EA, his first baby, behind and forming 3DO
  • Overcoming bankruptcy and the dissolve of 3DO
  • Finding gratitude in anything
  • Not tying yourself to an outcome or desire
  • Helping other technology startup entrepreneurs with his consulting practice
  • Why Tetrus and Fortnite have Trip’s utmost respect

You can find more information on Trip at https://tmp.ucsb.edu/about/people/trip-hawkins

56: Autistic Attorney with Haley Moss

Haley Moss is the first openly autistic person to pass the Florida BAR exam and become an attorney. She is now practicing healthcare law in Miami. In this episode:

  • What is autism?
  • Her symptoms and signs at an early age
  • Struggling to make friends and overcoming sensory overload
  • Overcoming indirect bullying due to a lack of awareness
  • Advocacy – not doing politics; being able to make a decision for herself
  • Deciding to pursue law for the first time while she was an undergrad
  • The spoon theory, a way of looking at energy allocation throughout the day
  • Writing 2 books to help others with autism navigate through middle school and college
  • Adjusting to her new career
  • Haley’s suggestions on how to treat a person with autism
  • Different can be extraordinary

You can follow Haley on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @haleymossart, or you can check her website out www.haleymoss.net

55: Wakeboard to Wheelchair

Brad Smeele was a professional wakeboarder at the top of the sport performing tricks that no one else could do. However, during one attempt at a trick, Brad crashed into a ramp and broke his neck. He instantly lost the ability to move his arms and legs. He learned to live life without the physical talent he once had, and instead embraces the deeper perspective he has gained. In this episode:

  • Falling in love with wakeboarding
  • Becoming a professional athlete and training year round
  • The first ever to land a specific trick and winning Trick of the Year
  • How another attempt at the trick led to permanent injury
  • Learning how to live life as a quadriplegic
  • Losing his identity in his physical talent and abilities, and gaining a greater perspective
  • The Movement Collaborative – Trying to speed up the research process by collaborating with other spinal injury organizations to find a cure
  • The Keep or Cut Challenge – Taking the challenge involves taking the risk of allowing your friends, family and followers to vote on whether you keep or cut your hair in order to raise money for spinal injury research.
  • “I wish everyone could learn what I’ve learned in my journey without having to go through what I’ve had to go through.”
  • Breakdowns lead to breakthroughs

Brad is the founder of The Movement Collaborative. You can find out more information about the organization here, http://themovementcollaborative.com/. And you can follow Brad on Instagram @bradsmeele

54: Directing ESPN + CBS Sports with Mark Grant

Mark Grant grew up with parents who were addicted to alcohol. He eventually lost both of his parents to alcohol related deaths. However, Mark decided to never drink alcohol throughout his life and became a successful sports journalism major at LSU. Early in his career he became a director for ESPN, and he is 1 of 10 directors for CBS Sports now. In this episode:

  • Growing up with an alcoholic father
  • Becoming the man of the house after his dad left when Mark was 16 years old
  • Watching his mother turn into an alcoholic herself after his father left
  • Grieving two parents that passed away due to alcoholism
  • Learning to be like the good in his dad
  • Never seeing his father again after he abandoned Mark’s family
  • Changing majors from pre-med to broadcast journalism
  • Pursuing ESPN wholeheartedly
  • “Sometimes the opportunity hits you on the side of the head”
  • TV Director – Conducting the TV team orchestra
  • Overcoming racial prejudice in the industry
  • Holding 1 of only 10 Director spots for CBS Sports

You can follow Mark on Twitter @megcbstv.

53: Climbing El Capitan with Cerebral Palsy


Stephen Wampler is the first man with cerebral palsy to climb El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. He created a stretcher and pulley apparatus that allowed him to pull himself up 2-6 inches at a time which equaled over 20,000 pull-ups over the course of his 6 day ascent. Stephen is also the founder of Camp Wheelchair Adventure Mountain Programs, or Camp Wamp for short. This organization sponsors children with disabilities to experience all of the fun activities of the great outdoors in Lake Tahoe, California. He empowers them to live beyond their disability. In this episode:

  • Growing up with Cerebral Palsy
  • Viewing disability with humor rather than shame
  • Outdoors is a challenging classroom to learn how to overcome the obstacles of life
  • Pushing through the fear of rejection and finding a wife and raising children
  • Camp WAMP – providing the ultimate outdoor experience for children with disabilities; helping the kids achieve more than they ever thought possible
  • The first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan
  • Gym time = 6 days a week, 5 hours a day, 3,000 pullups at twice his body weight, everyday
  • Climbing 2000ft of El Capitan, 6 days to complete, 20,000 pullups, 2-6 inches per pullup
  • Getting back down the mountain with the help of Marines
  • Inspiring others with his climb and using it to grow his foundation

You can find out more information about Stephen and Camp WAMP at www.wamplerfoundation.org. Please contribute to this worthy cause or ask your employer to become a part of Project 120 at https://www.wamplerfoundation.org/donate.html. You can follow Stephen on Twitter and Instagram @stephenjwampler