Episode 51 | From being fired by his mom to owning four of the top 10 franchises | Chris Lynam

Some stories are so good that they seemingly defy reality. Enter Chris Lynam.

He dropped out of school. His mom fired him from the family business. Like me, he wasn't going to become a professional basketball player.

Fast forward to 2018, and he and his wife Daisy are owners and franchisees of four of the top ten Arthur Murray Dance Studios--a brand that has been dominating dance for over 100 years.

How did dancing until 2am set off a chain reaction of success for Chris? What help did he get along the way? What's going on the NBA playoffs this year, and why do neither Chris nor I think the Rockets will win it all?

It's all here. Enjoy this episode. 

Relevant links:

https://soundcloud.com/off-the-floor-podcast (Chris's podcast Off the Floor)

http://www.arthurmurraylive.com/ (Chris's Bay Area Franchises)

https://www.quora.com/profile/Chris-Lynam-2 (Chris's writing)

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/05/briefing/isis-britain-monkeys.html (New York Times' recent celebration of Arthur Murray)

Episode 50 | Avi Estrin "The Reformed Student"

How did Avi go from dropping out of college to graduating at the top of his class? What does "The Reformed Student" mean? What tips does Avi have for students and professionals? What is it like living in New Zealand and Australia? Find out in this great episode.

I have enjoyed Avi's writing on Quora for several months now (https://www.quora.com/profile/Avi-Estrin). You should check out what he's doing--very inspirational guy!

Episode 49 | College Admissions CEO Neha Gupta

Neha Gupta has started two successful college admissions and tutoring companies: Elite Private Tutors and College Shortcuts. Playing a role in lives of many children around the world, Neha has a team of experts that give her business an edge in serving the needs of the brightest young minds.

I enjoyed meeting Neha and speaking with her on some of our favorite topics: college admissions, career planning, and more. See what she's doing! 

http://eliteprivatetutors.com/ https://collegeshortcuts.com/about/ https://www.facebook.com/ElitePrivateTutors/ https://www.facebook.com/collegeshortcuts/

Episode 48 | Ivy League vs. No College | Sean Corrigan

When I first approached Sean Corrigan about joining me on the podcast, I assumed we would do a phone recording. Being the traveler he is, Sean decided to fly out to Minnesota (during a snowstorm, no less) and give you this magical episode in person.

A Serial Entrepreneur, Sean never went to college. Yet, he's engaged in highly intellectual activities of many shapes and sizes. He created a Nootropic Tea called "Cerebrew," which after a couple cups made me so productive I actually completed my to-do list. He also is involved in the Solar Energy business in the Sacramento area.

Many people are thinking, "But what the heck? I thought people who didn't go to college were supposed to be stupid?" Couldn't be further from the truth. Join Sean and me for an exciting conversation in which we discuss entrepreneurship, our shared interests, success tips, and why you should read the label before trying out a new product. #Cerebrew


For a special 20% deal on Cerebrew products, enter the promo code BEN20

Episode 47 | Getting Paid to Eat, and Why You Have More Free Time Than You Think | Carly Koemptgen

She started "food blogging" in high school. Now an entrepreneur with a growing social media business at University of Iowa, Carly Koemptgen makes most A students look like underachievers.

My favorite parts from the episode: 
Carly's tips to maximize your productivity
The evolution of Carly's career, and how it applies to you
Social Media Hacks
Carly's recommended recipe (see link below)



Episode 46 | Lawyering, Personal Finance, and Life Skills | Jennifer Taylor Chan

One of Canada's leading personal finance bloggers and also an Employment Lawyer, Jennifer Taylor Chan is doing big things in Toronto. Jennifer and I met for coffee on my last consulting trip and immediately bonded over law, entrepreneurship, and writing. She also challenged me to write a book. More on that in the future. :) Check out what she's doing at:


Episode 45 | Guest Appearance on "The Mastermind Within" Podcast

I'm not the only one podcasting in Minnesota. In this episode, I'm guesting on my buddy Erik Tozier's podcast, "The Mastermind Within." Erik lives and blogs career success, personal finance, and common sense. The dude has drive, and he's one of my smartest and best friends.

He's probably going to be a millionaire before I finish law school. Although we love competing on our social media presences, I can't help but want to buy him coffee every time we get together because he's a great guy. It was a real privilege to be the first guest on his new podcast and you guys should all check it out at www.themastermindwithin.com!! 

Episode 44 | From CalTech to Stanford to Facebook: 5 Time Quora TW Jessica Su

Getting into California's best schools. CS + Machine learning. Top Writer. Genius. These are all things that come to mind when I think of Jessica Su. From wanting to go to CalTech as a five-year-old, to getting over 80,000 followers and 28 Million views on Quora, to doing a PhD at Stanford and soon full-time work at Facebook, Jessica is taking Silicon Valley by storm. 

I've been wanting to have this conversation for months now... and here it is. Some things Jessica talks about:

1. why applying college admissions is sort of like building a dating profile

2. the importance of knowing your audience

3. what it's like to work for Facebook

4. Jessica's favorite restaurant in Silicon Valley


Episode 43 | How to Avoid Leadersh*t Through Storytelling: Live from New York and San Francisco

Learn, Laugh, Lead: How to Avoid a Huge Leadershit is the industrial roll of toilet paper the professional world has been hoping for. This book will teach you communication techniques on how to better relate to people and help you become an epic speaker and storyteller. From our interviews with executives and entrepreneurs to college presidents, we give you the golden lessons of life in a short and hilarious book about leadershits.

This comedic story is a perfect read for young leaders, young business professionals, business students, and anyone looking for a couple of good shit jokes.

Stephanie Taglianetti, CalArts writer, teams up with Professor Harman, a businessman & leadership PhD student, for a unique blend of comedy and expertise. You won't wanna miss this.

Episode 41: Cutting to the Core of Career Satisfaction over Breakfast

People often say, "less is more." I don't like that. It's too vague. While recently having breakfast with a friend, I asked, "when does less become more," and this episode answers that question--and more. 

Career planning--for students and entrepreneurs, especially--is all about choices. Options. This episode serves as a great tool to get you thinking about what options and choices best serve your interests, and how to eliminate the chores.


Episode 39 | 2017 Recap & 2018 Preview

What's up guys, it's Ben Peters. Join me for an episode in which I break down 2017 at Millennial Commute and talk about the goals and awesome content on slate for 2018. 

If you don't have time to listen to the show, here's what you'll miss out on:

2018 will be dedicated to:

1. Targeted information and "DIY" episodes for high school students in various stages of the college admissions process.

2. "DIY" episodes on navigating career uncertainty including networking, career hacking, work/life balance, and more.

3. More interviews with top performers in various industries to keep the content fresh here at Millennial Commute.

I love hearing from you guys. Reach out to recommend speakers or content, and make 2018 your best year yet!

Episode 38 | Cambridge, Harvard, and Venture Capital in Asia | Chia Jeng Yang

Many people dream of going to Cambridge. Perhaps even more dream of attending Harvard. Listen to my conversation with Chia Jeng Yang who has done BOTH! I call Chia an "international polymath" because he is so smart, funny, and clever.

Chia comes to you from Singapore and currently works for Daraz/Rocket Internet, a $6 Billion venture builder. I believe Chia is the most underrated writer on Quora. See his writing on Quora here: https://www.quora.com/profile/Chia-Jeng-Yang

Episode 34 | The Guinea Pig of Millennial Personal Finance | Erik Tozier

How does personal finance apply to your education, career planning, academic career, and lifestyle? Should you buy a house? Should you blog? My special guest and Human Guinea Pig Erik Tozier answers these questions, and more, in Episode 34. Great episode for students, young professionals, and parents. 

Links to posts we discussed:

Episode 33 | Going Viral, Becoming an Extrovert, and Writing Copy

Can you go viral? Learn from Saad Zaeem what it takes to get to the front of the headlines, how to use the "once a day" trick to hack your career and social life, and why college isn't the best learning medium for all highly intelligent people.

Saad's book recommendations:

  • Ogilvy on Advertising by David Ogilvy
  • Advertising Secrets of the Written Word by Joseph Sugarman
  • The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert

Episode 32 | Turning Down Harvard? | Schwarzman Scholar Max Seunik

Max Seunik is a degree candidate at Tsinghua Univeristy in Beijing as one of 110 of the inaugural cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, a fully funded graduate program focused on leadership & China (3% acceptance rate). 

Most recently he led two national field studies in Uganda aimed at evaluating development interventions with Innovations for Poverty Action, a global non-profit that discovers effective solutions to global poverty problems. He serves as Deputy Executive Director of Young Diplomats of Canada, a national non-partisan, non-profit organization that connects young leaders with global summits of the G20, World Bank & IMF, and UN. Max is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum. 

Previously, Max has advised and worked alongside the Minister of Health of Rwanda to manage a 5-country global health innovation research team, design health evaluation curriculum for a Rwandan university, and spearhead a new digital communications strategy. In civil society, Max works with CIVICUS -- the world alliance for citizen participation -- to redefine civic engagement for youth, including through liaising with partners from Europe to Southeast Asia. 

Max has presented original research at the United Nations, written for The Globe and Mail, and spoken at conferences around the world, including at TEDxGillings and in Indonesia, Turkey, Colombia, the United States and Canada. He studied public health and Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Public Health as a Morehead-Cain Scholar.