This episode was recorded October 10, 2016. Listen to the whole conversation in the player above, or click on the links below to go to a specific segment of the show!
Listen, the number of reasons to listen to an interview with J.B. Adams is countless, but I can boil it down to 365. That is the number of chapters in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, and that’s the number of Facebook posts that J.B. committed himself to writing about the book in 2014.
One every day on his interpretation of what Hugo was trying to convey in each chapter (spoiler alert, he did it and they’re great). The why isn’t as important as the how. Dedication, discipline, humor, humility, and the accountability of doing it publicly on a social media platform. Read his last post here.
Luckily for me, he not only shared the experience, he also put up with my questions, comments, quizzes and conceits with the grace and wit you would expect of someone whose life has been changed by his year with Victor.
0:00 – Introducing J.B. Adams! Somehow, David Lee Roth comes up almost immediately.
3:34 – “Pool baths. LONG PAUSE. Excuse me?”
21:07 – We dig into J.B.’s year with Victor. Victor Hugo. The author.
37:44 – Pop culture and current event quiz. Which Disney World attraction closed recently?
45:14 – It’s time, once again, for Bad Business Ideas®. Pitching a lot of startups this week.
58:18 – “I just think it would be a really cool thing if you’re at a party with a bunch of strangers. You don’t have to go up and say, ‘Hey, how are you doing today?’ I could just go up and say, ‘I can tell by your pants, you’re doing great.’”
1:02:12 – Talking movies. Just like real people!