I’ve written about this before, but I’m a huge Bill Simmons fan. One of my favorite things about Simmons’ work is the diversity of it all. Obviously, he is one of the most knowledgable sports media members in the industry, but he also has a knack for finding great stories outside of sports. His latest podcast (episode 101) with Scott Harrison is no different. Draymond Green, Louis C.K., and Al Michaels were all famous, big-name guests on Simmons’ podcast in the past, but Harrison is a lesser known guest but has an even better story.
Harrison became a club promoter in New York City at 18-years-old and lived life in the fast lane for a handful of years in the late 90’s and early 00’s. He soon realized that he “wanted the music to stop” and transformed his life as he traveled to rural Maine. From that point on he built an empire. Not a media empire or a financial empire, but an empire focused on fixing the water crisis in Africa. His story and his work is something that captivated me and I recommend giving at least the first 25-30 minutes of the podcast a listen as you commute to work or go out to get your morning coffee.