Glenn welcomed Adam Carolla, comedian and TV/radio host, to GBTV on Tuesday night to discuss the millennial generation, “trophy monsters”, and entrepreneurship.
The interview started off with Carolla echoing comments he made late last year about the negative attitude pinned to success and wealth in this country. Whereas in the past people knew that if, and only if, they worked hard they would be rewarded, the current millennial generation seems to think that the pursuit of success is a bad thing and that they should be rewarded and taken care of even if they do not contribute to society.
Carolla also discussed his background and how he never went to college and had to work multiple jobs, saying he never achieved a taste of success until he was 31 years old. His background gives him a unique position to talk about the problems coming from millenials and how they have become “trophy monsters”, craving awards simply for participating in anything from sports to life.
“I know what it’s like to work hard and work multiple jobs and bust your butt too,” Carolla explained.
“Now I’m the bad guy for telling other people to do that,” he added.
Glenn complemented Carolla on his success, and while he wasn’t familiar with everything that happened with Carolla leaving radio and starting a podcast, Glenn was impressed with both his talent and entrepreneurial spirit.
“I’m really proud of it,” Carolla said, “and what you’re doing and what I’m doing are not dissimilar.”
Carolla said that when he was fired from his radio show he could have sat back and collected unemployment, but instead he went out and started one of the most successful podcasts of all time. He said that now he is putting money back into the economy by creating jobs, paying taxes, building studios, and more.
Adam Carolla also discussed his new book,Rich Man, Poor Man.
His website describes the book:
If you turn on the evening news or listen to NPR you’ll be bombarded with a non-stop parade of commentators pontificating on the ever expanding gap between the rich and the poor. But is the chasm really that wide? In Rich Man Poor Man, comedian and bestselling author Adam Carolla exposes the phenomena that are embraced by the really rich and the really poor–but never the middle class–like having an outdoor shower, wearing your pajamas all day, or always having your dog with you. Combining Adam’s inimitable comedic voice and four-color illustrations by his friend Michael Narren, Rich Man Poor Man is a hilariously accurate look at what the people born with silver spoons in their mouths have in common with the people whose only utensils are plastic sporks stolen from a Shakey’s.