GAP Joey Mulinaro | Barstool Sports

Who would have thought that a small Southside Catholic kid made his way all the way to New York City in the biggest sports entertainment website in the world? In today’s episode, you will hear about the story of Joey Mulinaro of Barstool Sports, a sports and pop culture blog featuring the latest news and trending highlights with blogs, videos, and podcasts. Joey shares how he ended up with Barstool Sports and the attitude that brought success to his career. He also talks about the innovative things the platform has done, including how they raised money during COVID for small businesses, companies, and restaurants that need help to get through the pandemic.

1:14 – Joey Mulinaro introduction

9:29 – Bar Stool Chicago

10:46 – Innovation. Raising money during COVID. 

14:36 – Mornings with Joey Mulinaro on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/CupofJoey

17:00 – Why did Bar Stool find you?

19:34 – What side of Indy where you on growing up. Who was first attitude coach?

20:57 – What you learn from Mom? Accepting responsibility.

24:25 – Picking on Colin Cowherd

26:12 – Who was your mentor? 

28:24 – What’s president Dave’s attitude? No nonsense guy. Do the work. 

30:03 – Do you have a quota for content and does Bar Stool own that content. What’s the business side?

32:06 – Most famous person you’ve met

34:18 – Laughter is medication. Who do you look to for humor?

37:45 – Tell us about your wife, Riley. 

39:30 – Communicator Award of Distinction for the Stories of Black America, Category: Diversity and Inclusion

40:04 – Knowledge through the decades. Lesson as a newborn. The more I cry, the more I get to eat.

40:42 – Attitude lesson at the age of 10. Accountability. Control your emotions.

41:39 – Attitude lesson at the age of 20. Put in the time. Self-discipline. 

43:54 – Show close and final thoughts from Joey Mulinaro.

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Bridging The Gap From Student To Barstool Sports With Joey Mulinaro

We are going to be with the one and only Joey Mulinaro of Barstool Sports. Joey, tell us what we’re going to learn.

You’re going to love to learn about how a small Southside Catholic kid made his way all the way to New York City in the biggest sports entertainment website in the world.

We are with the great Joey Mulinaro from Barstool Sports. Joey is at Joey Mulinaro on YouTube and Twitter, especially. Joey’s got 324,000 freaking Twitter followers. We easily have 100,000 people that read this. Let’s get 10,000 people to hit Joey’s Twitter, bang it up. Check him out. Joey is with Barstool Sports. Everybody knows who Barstool Sports is but why don’t you tell us quickly, what is that platform? Why is that so innovative? Tell us what the hell that is.

Barstool Sports is an entertainment sports website, BarstoolSports.com, that has grown and evolved into podcasting, YouTube series and YouTube shows. It’s multimedia to the max. Everything that you’re looking at on your phone that is media, Barstool is involved in. It was founded by Dave Portnoy back in 2003. You would love this guy. He started it in Boston, his hometown. It started as a newspaper. They were passing out newspapers. They were doing it for free. All of a sudden, now it’s grown into a $150 million company. It’s huge. It has a footprint on everything. I’m glad to be a part of it.

The biggest piece of Barstool Sports is simply Dave Portnoy eating pizza.

It’s a big one. Dave, he’s El Pres for a reason. You’ve probably seen him on Tucker Carlson, Fox News shows. He hops on TV, Jim Cramer. Now, Dave’s doing Davey Day Trader, where he’s all about stocks. I’ve no idea about any of that. He does pizza reviews. You’ve probably seen it, one bite, everybody knows the rules. What you were saying about it being innovative and evolving is that’s what we are. Whatever is new, whatever is coming about, we don’t go the route of traditional media where we shy away from it. We go the route of saying, “We may not know what this is now. We’re going to get in it, figure it out and dominate it.” That’s why Barstool, several years later, is on top.

That is why you’re at this show because there is no more innovative show when it comes to your attitude, picking you up, getting you thinking right than the GAPs. We’re so honored, Joey, to have you here. Let’s dig into that a little bit more. When you say that, “Nobody’s doing that.” If you can go back to 2003, my guess is you’re aware of the company you work for. Can you maybe give me one example of like, “Here’s something we did that, as far as I know, nobody else did that we were innovative in?” Are there any examples that you could maybe share with us?

Dave has a saying and it’s up in our office and everything. He says that he invented the internet. We invented the internet, talking about Barstool. Newspaper, print journalism, and everything was starting to die and solely fall off as the internet came around, Dave started building it, phones became more prominent, and everything. We saw the way of where the world was going. We’re out of luck with traditional media. What they did was they were the first to go to the internet. Instead of saying, “We don’t have a TV show, we’re going to make a TV show that you’re going to watch on your phone or your computer.”

Every year when you see the ESPNs and the Foxs of the worlds or whatever have an NFL Draft show, that’s fine but we have our own that’s more fun, entertaining and relatable. That’s on Twitter, YouTube and our website. You may not be able to watch it on your cable news or whatever. As we were talking about beforehand, Smart TVs and the way the world’s going, you can stream us on there, ready to go.

Streaming is everything. We are available to be seen at C-Suite Network on several streaming platforms. Jason’s obviously much better than I am at this but we got picked up, and he’s like, “We’re going to be on the streaming channel, and this is great.” I’m like, “I don’t know what the hell that means. I can’t even find it. I can’t even program my TV.” That is in fact the case.

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Let’s talk about the NFL Draft. People watched ESPN and were pissed because they don’t like Mel Kiper. They switched to the NFL network. I’m like, “Those guys do better.” What you’re telling me is had people known, they could have gone to BarstoolSports.com or on Twitter or YouTube and watched who was breaking down the draft for Barstool.

That’s the thing, we had all our personalities, and that’s another thing that is innovative about Barstool is instead of saying, “We’re going to take these people who are beat reporters and boring, and people who follow the team in a journalistic way. We’re going to take the biggest fans who have the most personality and who are the funniest and the most creative. We’re going to be able to have it where the fan base has related to them.”

Like me, I represented the Steelers for when we picked in round one. I’d hop on and I would talk about it like a fan. That’s what people want. They want to listen to people talk about it, who isn’t holding anything back, being all buttoned up and journalistic. They want to hear somebody that sounds, talks like them. They’re sitting in the living room with them watching the draft rather than somebody who’s given the beat around the bush, beat writer report and everything like that.

We had everybody from our company who had their favorite teams and then you had special guests. We had Bob Saget, Guy Fieri, DK Metcalf. We had over 40 celebrity guests that also would hop in with the employees of the company who are representing the team. We have it all. That’s one thing that was innovative about Barstool as well is instead of trying to take the approach of talking to people like everybody else was in media, they said, “We’re going to take these people who have grown a following. By the way, they’re diehard fans of this team, and we’re going to talk to them that way.”

I’m pissed that I didn’t watch Barstool. I would have freaking love that. The Pittsburgh Steelers with the first-round pick, some guy, I don’t think I know. Who was it?

That’s Najee Harris.

I know Najee Harris.

He is the running back in Alabama.

He is somebody I did know. You are happy because Pittsburgh likes to run the ball.

You need to get back to running the ball, and there’s no better way to do it. I understand. They have some linemen and invested in line in 3rd and 4th rounds. They got the best player available at the running back position at the 24th pick. You can’t be upset about that.

The other big pick was Fields. Who came in to represent the Chicago Bears on the Barstool Sports?

We are heavily represented in Chicago. We have a whole branch that is Barstool Chicago. It’s 5, maybe 6 off the top of my head, guys who are the most Chicago guys you can think of. They’d talk Chicago. They look Chicago. They loved their Italian sausage. They love the Cubs, the Sox, and the Bears. They are all in. They represent Chicago. Barstool Big Cat, who’s one of the founding fathers of Barstool. He is a big Bears and Chicago guy as well. We have a very strong backing in Chicago.

Were they going crazy over the Justin Fields to pick? It’s a good pick.

Yes. They had reaction videos like crazy of them because coming in everybody they’re picking 20 or 18. They had a way to go before they could get one of the guys at quarterback. When Fields starts falling, and then all of a sudden, they trade up, our Chicago guys are going crazy. They have a video of them finding out that the Bears were trading up, and are all realizing that they were going to get their guy. Once they took Fields, they lost it.

We’ll go to the innovation. I want to stay with the innovation route because you guys did something cool on raising money during COVID. I want to plug that. Tell us the innovation, the thought, the process, and if there’s a way for you to say, “All you got to do is go there if you want to keep helping people.” What’s the story there?

It’s called the Barstool Fund. This is how Dave operates. One day, he calls them emergency press conferences where he takes a selfie video and puts it out where he’s addressing something. He put it out on his Twitter. It was right around the time when people were having trouble getting their COVID stimulus checks to help them get by. Dave was like, “I don’t know what the problem is. I don’t know what’s going on in the government. I don’t care but I know that I have the ability to do something, so I’m going to do it.”

GAP Joey Mulinaro | Barstool Sports
Barstool Sports: Barstool talks and connects with their followers not only as mere followers but as diehard sports fans.

It’s raised over $40 million. It’s to go to small businesses, companies, and restaurants that need help to get through the pandemic to where people weren’t able to go into their stores and shops and to keep their doors open. I get chills talking about it. He put the challenge out there but that’s how he operates. When he wants to do something, he just does it. It’s super cool to work for a guy like that. He was doing so much good. It’s $40 million to places like our mom-and-pop neighborhood shops that needed help like that. That’s incredible. You look at Barstool Fund and it’ll be the first thing to come up on Google, Barstool Fund. You can donate and help be a part of some good stuff.

Have you given away the $40 million or is there still money there? Let’s say I’m a local pot dealer. Does that qualify?

I’m glad you brought that up. There are qualifications. It’s all on the Barstool Fund. I forget exactly what they are, so you have to check them out yourself. It has to go to a place that had kept their doors open and was continuing to pay its employees, even through the toughest times, doing everything they can to keep their lights on. The money is being distributed and it continues. As the money continues to grow, you continue to get your stimulus from the Barstool Fund. You’d be good to go, get you through it to better times.

It’s 341 businesses supported, 227,000, guys, go to Barstool Fund, hit them up, give them a contribution, please support what they’re doing, $39 million raised. Do what you can to apply and to do whatever. I’d love to see what’s going on. We’ll probably get back on Barstool, but you’re on daily. You are live. For those people out there, our Gappers, that are going, “I think I’m going to go live every day. I want to have this store. I want to do what Joey does.” Talk to us about, number one, how long have you been doing it? What was your biggest challenge and what do you talk about?

I started this show that I do, Morning Joey, on YouTube every single day during weekdays from 9:00 to 10:00 AM. I started doing that at the beginning of March 2021. To what you’re talking about in the greater picture, I had been working in the media since I was nineteen in college. At twenty, I got my first part-time job at Emmis Communications in Downtown Indy. That was a five-hour shift on Saturday nights. Making sure that basically, the station didn’t blow up.

I started as a part-timer there. I worked my way up. I kept at it. I added on the comedic side, the impressions, the sketch comedy and everything onto what I was doing because I was trying to break through any way I could. That’s very competitive. We’ve been working on it. People, for whatever reason, still have a weird thing about going and subscribing to YouTube. My buddy, KFC, who I work with, laid it out.

He’s like not subscribing to your favorite people on YouTube that you watch and that you follow would be like on Twitter if you opened it up. There were random things every single time. In Twitter, you follow the people that you want to like, follow and get content from. Hitting the subscribe button is what it is on YouTube. He was saying to me, “I kept cracking through.” There were a lot of times where I was eating crap. I wanted a seat at the fine China table but it wasn’t there yet. It was tough but I’ve been at it for a long time.

You do the voices, the sketches, people are digging you because of that. How did Barstool find you? What was it?

Fall 2019 is when things started picking up and taken off in my career and my following. I wrote that all the way through into the New Year into 2020 and continued to grow. I was still at Emmis at 1070 The Fan. A lot of people were like, “You got to be like jumping ship at some point.” I was like, “ People are talking to me but nothing’s caught my eye yet.” The NFL combine is typically in Indianapolis at the end of every February or whatnot, that’s when the whole NFL world has come into my backyard. That’s including Barstool.

Impression is the greatest form of flattery. Click To Tweet

Big Cat, host of Pardon My Take and one of the founding fathers of Barstool, as I call him, messaged me and was like, “I’m going to be in Indy. Dave and I had been following you and like what you do and would love to chat.” I was like, “Of course, I’ve been following you and listening to you for a long time.” I got together with them and we did a couple of videos that we collab on together. Hung out for a few hours, and then he passed my info to Dave, and that night, I was on a call with Dave.

What’s the biggest video you’ve done that’s gotten the most hits?

It won’t be on YouTube. It’ll probably be on Twitter. It’s something like Cowherd meeting his daughter’s boyfriend. The last time I checked, that was 3.8 million views or something. Maybe one of Colin’s worth, Saban on Halloween was big. My buddy Ben Palicki and I are also a Southside Roncalli guy. We do a lot of stuff together. We have these characters. We do videos. We call them Johnson and Schmitty. There’s like the out-of-college guy being guys, talking about beer, football, and so we do that, and those are pretty popular. Maybe one of those impressions that I mentioned.

Let’s take it back to growing up on the Southside of the Indy? What parish are you from?

It’s St. Barnabas.

Did you guys know each other all this time?

Yes, he’s three years older than me.

When you think about attitude, how would you define attitude? Who was your first attitude coach?

I’d say your perspective on life and how you handle/deal with what comes your way. It’s cliché. I’d say my mom a little bit more than my dad because I’m the only boy. We have that like buddy-buddy thing. My mom comes from a very disciplined old-school house.

Are both your parents Italian?

No, it’s just my dad.

What’s your mom’s nationality?

She’s mostly German.

She was a tough-ass German.

That laid down the law.

You’re right and then my grandfather, who’s my namesake. My dad is Joe. My grandfather is Joe. My great-grandfather is Joe. My dad and grandpa are classic, “Joe, come here. Give me a kiss.” My mom is very straight and narrow.

When you think about the attitude lesson, what’s the one thing you learned from mom? Maybe what’s the one thing you’ve learned from dad on attitude?

One thing I learned from mom, and it ties in with the attitude, is accountability. You’ve got to have the attitude approach of being accountable for yourself and your actions. Basically, how she taught me is like, it’s a whole conversation to be having about other people. When I was growing up, if I got in trouble at school, I would come home and tell my mom, it was never like, “I can’t believe that teacher would do it.” It was always, “What’d you do?”

I’d be like, “I didn’t even,” pulling that card. She was like, “No, you had to have done something. What would you do?” Finally, it’s like, “I did this. I probably shouldn’t have.” What I’m saying is it was never the coach’s fault. It was never the teacher’s fault. It was always, “What did you do? How can you fix it?” Let’s then go from there. Especially as you get older, that helped a lot, and it helped with my career, not pointing fingers at other people or feeling sorry for myself, for blaming other people, for why stuff wasn’t happening and saying, “Look, I’m in control of it.” I have to be accountable. I got to have the attitude of, “I can take care of this. I got to keep going.”

Gappers, the lesson from Mrs. Mulinaro was, “Trust me, it’s your fault, Joey.” Gappers, if you are reading this now, and if you got some bad things going on in your life if you’re sitting there going, “Why it’s always me? Why are things happening?” All you have to do is look in the mirror and you’ll find it. Let’s talk about either grandpa or dad, the best Mulinaro attitude lesson. What stays with you as a person as you’re going through life that your dad or your grandfather might’ve taught you?

My dad is a very positive guy. My mom would keep it more grounded and stay more straight and narrow. My dad would give you the encouragement and the positivity to keep going and believing in yourself. He’s a very uplifting guy in terms of outlook with his attitude on life. He’s a very much glass-half-full guy. Whereas my mom, God loves her. She might be like, “You might want to fill it up a little bit.” What I’m saying is the balance there played out well from my childhood.

GAP Joey Mulinaro | Barstool Sports
Barstool Sports: Never blame or point fingers at others when things don’t come your way. Instead, take control of things and be more accountable.

It’s 1.3 million views on this one.

Let’s check that out. Tell me why you picked on Colin Cowherd?

I tell people this a lot when they ask me about the different impressions and things that I do. Colin even said this on a show because he talked about me one time on a show. He’s like, “Impression is the greatest form of flattery.” In most instances, that’s very true. Colin is somebody that I’ve listened to religiously from the time I was eighteen years old. Still, I listened to him fairly regularly, not as much because I’m doing my stuff.

I heard him and I listened to him so much. I began thinking in the way that he would reason things. All the impressions that Jimmy Fallon, Cris Collinsworth, Nick Saban, and all these people, I admire them. That’s why I feel like I can make a good impression of them is because I watched their work. I know them well.

When you think about what you’re doing as a career now, number one, who is your mentor? Did somebody teach you how to do this? Who taught you the “biz?” Who’s your favorite to listen to? Maybe it is Colin Cowherd. I don’t know.

I had different professors and people at UND that got me in. They gave me the push. For a while, I was in sports, media, and broadcasting but I was like, “I like doing this stuff better.” They were like, “Go for it.” That was good. My dad always showed me the funny movies, the classic SNL bits. Things like that are a very big part of my childhood and the house that I grew up in. That was a big influence in that as well.

It’s like, “I like those guys because they’re cool and they make people laugh.” I want to go that route. Getting into the business, it’s so weird. In Indy, especially where we come from, there’s not a realistic route to being in entertainment or whatever. Definitely, it helps along the way but I’ve said like, “This is what I want to do. Maybe I can parlay sports media and using jokes on there.” David Letterman, I obviously have a long way to go to that. I used him as an influence. He’s from my hometown. He had the same route. He wasn’t that good in school, Math, and Science, he said. He was good at speaking.

He liked being a smart aleck. He was a weatherman and parlayed that here and here. All of a sudden, he’s there. He’s in New York. I was like, “I don’t know if going to want to be like an actor on SNL was very realistic. Maybe I’ll be in media and then the same thing.” When I’m doing a sports talk show, people are like, “He’s pretty funny.” The pretty funny turns into here. That’s how I looked at it.

You’ve either interviewed, met, been associated with, maybe sat on meetings or Zoom calls with a lot of probably famous people that are very influential and innovated. Number one, I would love to know your thought, and you may be already touched on them. What’s Dave, El Presidente’s attitude? As you’ve been with Barstool, like make you go, “That’s awesome. That guy is unreal.” What was that interview? What were the words that were said that either changed things or affected you?

Dave is a no-nonsense guy, especially with his employees. He wants people that can get the job done and who do work. He doesn’t want to deal with a whole lot of nonsense. Even though our workplace is a reality show in itself, he understands that. At the same time, he’s like, “I don’t want to babysit you,” which is nice. He puts it on you as an employee. He told me that in the second meeting we had when we talked about what the work would look like working for Barstool.

He was like, “It’s on you. You’ll be as big of a star here as you want to be but I’m not going to check in on you and make sure you’re doing content.” He’s like, “If you want to bust your behind and do a bunch of stuff, then it’ll work out.” He’s like, “If you want to collect a paycheck and be off in the distance, I’m not going to get on you but I’m not going to waste my time with it.”

Not to get too personal or too close. Do you have an expected amount of content that you do? Does Barstool own all your content? Are you able to do separate stuff? Are you like a salaried guy? Is that how people get paid at Barstool? Are you guys like, “You got to produce to get paid like a real estate guy?” What’s the business like that?

It’s very interesting. That’s another probably people ask me about. It’s a little bit of both. Everybody sees Barstool and they think of Dave, Big Cat, PFT, and then the different personalities there. When you go out there into the office and everything you realize, it’s a whole machine. You have a whole area of production people. You have a whole side of the business, that’s the business side, whether it be sales, merchandise, advertising and all that stuff.

The way that people get paid and everything, I believe that works differently for me. The way Dave broke it down to me when I was getting hired is I’m like a cast member of Barstool. Personally, I signed a two-year contract. It works that way. No, it wasn’t like, “Here’s part of your contract. You have to do three videos a week and write this many blogs or anything like that.”

Self-discipline means choosing to spend time on more meaningful things rather than going out to party all night. Click To Tweet

If you suck, they can end your contract.

If you don’t do work, if Dave’s like, “What are you doing? Are you collecting a paycheck?” He’s not going to babysit you but if he notices and he’s like, “What’s the hell is going on?”

They can cut your two-year contract short. I’m sure they have the right to do that but you’re producing.

I’m trying and that’s the thing. I’m not going to be producing stuff or working, whether it’s a blog or my YouTube channel, social media or doing a video like I’m always going to be doing something.

We didn’t get to the most famous person you’ve met, interviewed or interacted with that had something to say that influenced you.

I’ve been lucky. I’ve got interviewed a lot of cool people. I had cool people who have followed me. Jimmy Fallon is probably the biggest one.

Have you interviewed Jimmy Fallon?

I did not interview him. He followed me. He’s liked “tweeted” some of my work and everything. I’ve shared it too much because it was a private thing with Jimmy and me but it was super cool. I tested positive for COVID back at the beginning of November of 2020. I was slow on work a little bit. I tweeted out, I was like, “Low work now. I tested positive for COVID. I’m all good but letting you know.” I woke up the next morning, and I had a message from Jimmy. He was like, “Are you okay? Are you in New York? Is there anything I can do to help you?”

He sends back and he’s like, “Either way, get feeling better soon. We need funny people like you in the world.” He’s one of my biggest inspirations, dudes I’ve looked up to because he’s a Catholic kid that grew up in a small town in New York. He made it to SNL. He’s the host of The Tonight Show. I relate to him on a few levels. I’ve always looked up to him. The fact that he would check in on me one, when we’d never met face-to-face, but then, two, also be like, “We need stuff that you do in the world. Get better.” That was cool.

When we talk about the biggest influencers of attitude, we know that laughter and humor are incredibly therapeutic. It’s incredibly healthy. It’s an attitude booster. No doubt. What’s your thought on humor as a whole? How do you garner humor? Who do you look to for humor? Why do you think you’re so funny? Why do you love it? It’s for the people that are reading. What’s humor meant to you? How can you help them be more fun?

I explained on my intro blog with Barstool. I said that, “Humor and laughter and making people laugh is what I consider my purpose in life.” I have a tattoo on my arm here and it’s from my favorite prayer. It’s called The Clown’s Prayer. What it says, “In my final moment, may I hear you say, when you made my people smile, you made me smile.” It’s Subscript Inc. It’s a little bit hard. Chris Farley, his documentary came out when I was a senior in college.

I was at that point where I was like, “I like doing funny stuff. Is it realistic?” They set a point where The Clown’s Prayer was a big inspiration for him and talked about it. That has stuck with me ever since. I remembered that. I remember realizing right out of college, I was like, “There are jobs I could take out there. I’m sure that they would get me into the professional world.” I was like, “I feel drawn to this. I feel driven to it. I feel like it’s my purpose.” Part of your attitude it helps your attitude is to feel like you have a purpose.

Whatever that may be helping people, making people laugh, I don’t know. For me, that’s what it is. That’s what’s always driven me and still does, it’s like, no matter what, how many followers I have or what the situation is, I want to be bringing joy to people. However, I can, whether it be with jokes, videos or impressions.

The thing that brings Joey the most joy horse is six Super Bowl championships? For you, Pittsburgh Steelers’s fan, you guys think you are a freaking fan, Joey Mulinaro is all about those Steelers. If you are a Pittsburgh Steelers fan, hit us up at the Get Attitude, say what’s up, we will post that. That’s good.

The Steelers and the Millennium Falcon.

Talk to me about your wife, Riley, and what her attitude is? Why do you love her so much? How did she captivate your heart? What was it about it?

I’ve never met anybody, especially somebody, in my experience of the opposite sex, that has been as supportive and fun, loving and understanding all at the same time of me, especially. Until I met her, it was me and my life. When I met her, you know how people talk about like that other half, that’s your partner and everything, that is what it was. I was like, “I don’t think of myself as me anymore. It’s Riley and me because we’re together.” It’s the peanut butter to my jelly, the coffee to my cream, all that stuff. She takes me in and deals with all my nonsense. He was super supportive.

Joey, you’re going to be on the spot but it’s okay. By the way, Gappers and those of you on that, Jason and I won the Communicator Award, which is a pretty prestigious award for podcasting. We had an individual episode that hit the award. We’ll announce that and let you guys know what’s going on but congrats, Jason. I couldn’t be doing this without you. It’s a big deal. Thank you. I’m going to put you on the spot, your improv guy. We talk about the attitude lesson of a newborn baby. I want you to think about either being born or what a newborn baby is. What do you think the attitude lesson of being a newborn baby was?

GAP Joey Mulinaro | Barstool Sports
Barstool Sports: Even in the middle of hardships, take a pause and laugh. This short moment will make you realize that you are living a blessed life.

If I cry more, I get to eat more. Crying equals more good things for me. It works with the more you produce content, the more you get.

It’s all about content production from the second you come out of your mother’s womb. Now I want you to go to ten. You’re at St. Barnabas. You’re in 3rd or 4th grade, and you’re ten. What’s the attitude lesson you learned at ten?

Going back to what we talked about, accountability with your attitude. Don’t point the finger at the teacher. Don’t point the finger at the kid that threw something at you that caused the reaction that gets you to detention. Point at yourself.

Did you throw something at the kid?

No, I had something thrown at me and then I reacted. It’s like in football. The second man always gets caught. The second man got caught but he threw it at me. My mom’s like, “I don’t care what he did.”

She must’ve kicked your ass because you brought that up twice.

It’s a big deal. I don’t care what they did. They’re not my kid. What’d you do? I reacted. You shouldn’t have reacted. That’s on you. If you didn’t react and he would’ve gotten in trouble or nothing happened, you would’ve got in trouble. Now you’re in trouble because you reacted. You got to have that accountability and got to control your emotions.

Since you’re not 30, this will be our last one. This is one of the shortest knowledge through the decades we get. Do you remember being twenty? Tell me what you were doing. What was going on in your life? What was your attitude? What was your attitude lesson? Think back to being twenty.

It was my first year at the University of Indianapolis. I transferred from Ball State, where I met your son, Alex. It was my first year at the University of Indianapolis, and my attitude at that time, I don’t want to give myself too much credit. It was a lot different, at least from the people that I was hanging out with. At that point, I was like, “I need to find a plan. I need to get my act together. I need to get ahead.” Especially in my career, I was like, “I need to put in the time now at twenty so that when I’m 30, I will have my own show. I will be doing the things that I want to do.”

That introspective accountability, I was twenty, and self-discipline would be the twenty-year-old attitude. Instead of going to a house party on a Saturday night, I had to say, “I got to go watch Netflix and press a couple of buttons for this shift that it doesn’t matter now.” It’s a paycheck but maybe five years from now, it’ll help me out.

Gappers, it doesn’t matter if you’re 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60. It’s never too late to start. The accountability, self-discipline attitude that Joey has harnessed since he’s been twenty has taken him to a place that is cool but it’s not to a place where he’s going to end up. We know that Joey’s going to do unbelievable things. He’s going to climb huge peaks and you are going to hear from him. I can’t wait for 30 years from now. Maybe they’re going to pull up this old interview.

Joey, thanks so much for being with us and sharing your stories and your attitude. I’ll give you one last chance to tell our readers, what’s your message of hope for them? This is your time to talk directly to our audience to say something positive, to help them make their day better for them. What should they be thinking?

Take ten seconds and then laugh. What I mean by that is if something is making you mad at work, your relationships, if somebody cuts you off on the road, your dog takes a dump in the house, take ten seconds, take a breath, and then give yourself a chuckle and realize that you’re living a blessed life. You have the control for yourself to be able to say, “If I’m not happy with who I am or what I’m doing, I can change that.” Laugh and enjoy it.

When you laugh, laugh harder. You can find Joey @JoeyMulinaro on Twitter. Get his subscriptions up on YouTube. We were so grateful to have you here, Joey. We’ll look forward to seeing you on ESPN, Fox Sports, and The Joey Mulinaro Network on cable television. We are out of here. Peace.

Don’t leave him hanging.

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