I’ve had the privilege to interview some true legends on The School of Greatness.
People like Tony Robbins, Larry King, and Alanis Morissette, to name a few.
But I recently got the chance to meet a legend of a different kind – a man who made other legends happen.
Shep Gordon was the manager behind mega-talents like Alice Cooper, Blondie, and Teddy Pendergrass and knows everyone who is anyone in the music and Hollywood business.
He is also credited with creating the role of celebrity chefs through his work bringing them into the spotlight.
This has led to both a documentary being made about his life (directed by Mike Meyers) and a recent memoir written about him, published by Anthony Bourdain.
Aside from all of those impressive achievements though, I learned that Shep is a man who is devoted to serving others.
He’s the kind of guy who raised 3 kids who needed him without receiving any monetary benefits from adoption.
He’s also the kind of guy who hosts a fundraising concert every New Years in Maui to raise money to feed the hungry on the island where he lives.
And he’s the kind of guy who is always looking for a way to be of service to the people around him.
No wonder he’s been so successful and had such a big impact.
Shep told some amazing stories in our interview, but I especially loved hearing his perspective on what fame does to people and what actually matters in life.
Whether or not you’ve heard of him before now, you won’t forget who he is after listening to Episode 382 with Shep Gordon.
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Some questions I ask:
- How did you see an act or a band and know you were going to make them into a superstar symbol? (18:01)
- What is it about fame that so many people can’t handle? (27:36)
- What do you think you were born to do? (36:50)
In This Episode, You Will Learn:
- How Shep changed the lives of culinary artists (3:04)
- What creates strong partnerships (6:05)
- Why Shep has never signed a contract with any artist he’s managed (11:31)
- Why money was never a big motivator for Shep (13:02)
- The dark side of fame and how it can kill someone (26:08)
- Shep’s hilarious stories about the Dalai Lama (34:30)
- The power of service and focusing on others (40:51)
- How chefs and rockstars are similar (48:05)
- Why Shep loves interviews but hates public speaking (55:23)
- Plus much more…
Continue Seeking Greatness:
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- Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (film)
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- Roy Choi
- Alice Cooper
- Being There (Chauncey the Gardner)
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- Norman Lear
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Did you enjoy the podcast?
Out of so many amazing stories, I loved that Shep talked the most about being in service.