In this podcast, I chat with my friend, Michael Chernow, about his new oatmeal and apparel business called Kreatures of Habit.
In case you’re not familiar with Michael, he’s a trained chef and “serial entrepreneur” with repeat success in the restaurant industry, including The Meatball Shop (with 8 locations) and Seamore’s (a sustainable seafood restaurant). It’s clear Michael hasn’t just “gotten lucky,” but knows how to build effective brands and businesses, and I’ve had him on the podcast before to talk about entrepreneurship.
And that’s why I wanted to get him back on the show to talk about this new endeavor. A direct-to-consumer oatmeal business is a horse of a different color from a restaurant, so I wanted to ask Michael how things are going and what inspired him to delve outside of his usual realm of restaurant entrepreneurship.
In our discussion, we discuss the backstory of Kreatures of Habit, the importance and life-changing benefits of habits in general, money and financial freedom, the challenges he’s been facing with the new business, and a lot more.
So if you want to learn all about the entrepreneurship process and what it’s like to start a new business that makes delicious oatmeal, listen to this interview!
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7:13 – Why did you delve outside the realm of restaurants and your past success?
34:30 – How has the business been going? What challenges are you facing?
38:41 – What role does the apparel play?
47:03 – What’s the big vision? Where is this business in 10 years?
50:01 – Why you shouldn’t chase money.
1:13:10 – Where can people find Kreatures of Habit?
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Mike: Hello, and welcome to another episode of Muscle for Life. I’m Mike Matthews. Thank you for joining me today. And if you haven’t already, please do subscribe to the show in whatever app you are listening to me in, because one, it’ll make sure that you don’t miss any new episodes. And two, it will help me by boosting the rankings of the show.
All today’s interview is with my buddy Michael Schau, who has been on the show before and who has returned to talk entrepreneurship, which is a fun topic, something that I am very interested in addition to all of my health and fitness. Things. And Michael recently started a new business called Creatures of Habit.
And so we use that as the context for today’s discussion and talk about the struggles of starting a new business, especially when you have succeeded previously in business. Michael has done well, particularly in the restaurant space. That’s where he has made his name. And now though Michael is getting into D to C with a food and apparel brand, and that is a horse of a very different color.
Those are very different types of businesses. And so I wanted to talk to Michael about why he chose that as opposed to doing another restaurant, for example, where he has had multiple successes. Why not just stick to what you’re good at? Why not just stay in your lane as the ditto heads like to tell me whenever I.
Say something politically or culturally they don’t agree with. And I also wanted to hear from Michael how it’s going, how he is navigating that crucial beginning stage of business because I get quite a few people reaching out to me asking for business advice. And those people are also in that embryonic stage, let’s say $0 to maybe your first million dollars in revenue.
And what it takes to go from zero to 1 million is different than what it takes to go from one to five. And that’s different than what it takes to go from five to 10 and 10 to 20 and 20 to 50 and beyond. And if you want to read a good book on that, In particular, read Ready, Fire, Aim by Michael Masterson, a very practical book from somebody who has built multiple eight and nine figure businesses.
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Michael, I was I’ve been looking forward to this interview for a couple of reasons. One, it’s fun for me for a little bit of a change of a pace of I, I’m always talking about health and fitness stuff, but I also like business. I like marketing. I like this, particularly the creative parts of building a business.
And of course the core of good marketing is creativity. And I know you’re the same way and I like talking with you. So this is just a good excuse to, to scratch a couple of ites and call it
Michael: work. Yeah, man. I mean I I guess we could cover a few things here, right? We’ll definitely talk about entrepreneurialship and marketing and all those things, but I think similar to the last time I was on your podcast I was deep in the, in a contest prep for a body building show.
And actually I’m four, four and a half weeks out from my pro body building debut on November 13th. So we could talk a little bit about, I was
Mike: gonna say, you’re looking lean. I can see in your face.
Michael: Yeah, man, I’m, I am at, I’m like sharp as attack, hungry as hell and deep in the prep man. It’s about to get ugly, but yeah, I, what’s life without insanely hard challenges, right?
Mike: Yeah. It it would be not as not as exciting. At least there’s that, that’s the truth. So you just started this new company, Creatures of Habit, and I have a few questions that I wanted to ask you that I think will be interesting to people listening who want to learn about entrepreneurship and the process of building a business.
And so here’s the first question. Here’s the first consideration that I would’ve. Shared or, the first question I would’ve asked you early on is, so you’ve done very well in the restaurant space, right? And that’s where you’ve had most of your success or all of your success so far.
Is that correct? Yep. Hundred percent and Okay, cool. And why not just do another restaurant? Why not stick to your knitting, so to speak? Why did you feel compelled to do something that is not the, maybe you could call it the safe play, which is just doing what you have done successfully before?
And of course I’m not, I don’t mean that there’s, that’s not a backhand question that’s a genuine question because it’s even something that I’ve thought about because I have other interests I have, there are other businesses and other things I would like to do, and I’m very focused on what I’m doing right now for strategic reasons.
In the next couple of years, I’ll probably wanna pursue some of those things. And I’m curious even for myself, how it’s gonna go because I’m rambling, but I’ll say one more point and then I wanna listen to you talk. But, and you’ve, I dunno if you’ve experienced this, but I have and I’ve tried to remain cognizant of it.
It’s easy to believe because you’ve done well in one thing or in one area that you can do well in anything. And so that’s something again that I’ve just thought about that. I think maybe I could do this over here, but I
Michael: don’t know.
Mike: You know what I mean? know I can do what I can do, but I haven’t done that yet.
Michael: I think it’s a great question and I have a number of different avenues of answering it. So I’m gonna give you all of them. First and foremost, fitness, wellness, and. I guess wellness covers nutrition, but fitness and wellness have been the cornerstones to my happiness in life, and I correlate happiness to the overarching like the parent company of success, right?
Like the parent company of my success in life is ultimately how I feel and whether or not I feel happy or living in fear, right? That’s I feel like you’re either happy or you’re scared. , those are like the two ways people live. And obviously when you’re living a life of happiness, you definitely, stumble down into the valley of fear many times.
But gen generally, because of the lifestyle that I’ve chosen to live through, discipline, action, commitment, dedication I’m able to battle those fearful moments with a much more positive outlook. And the world of treating my body well through fitness and the things that I put into my body have really given me this armor to handle and everything and anything else on, on the outside.
And I wanted to get closer to that in my livelihood. I wanted to develop a business that I would be able to share some of those some of those tools, some of those habits that I’ve created to give me the best. Of living the best life possible every day. With the masses, I really wanted to be able to touch more people.
And so creating a business in the world of direct to consumer and direct to consumer products is going to give me a much better chance of touching more people with my mission and my product than having a restaurant. Because a restaurant, though, I love the restaurant business and like you said, and is accurate.
- Spend my whole life in the restaurant business up until very recently. And I love making memories for people through a restaurant experience and really fixing people’s problem. Cuz pe whenever somebody, typically any business, any business we’re solving someone’s problem or a lot of people’s problem, right?
Everybody that walks into a restaurant has a problem. That problem could be as small as they’re hungry and they want food, they’re thirsty and they want something to drink. They’ve had a rough day and. Just kick penlac and get taken care of. There’s always a problem that we’re here to solve and similarly with the business that I just launched, Creatures of Habit, I think a lot of people struggle with choosing what to eat.
Specifically in a high tense, high stress time of the day, which is in the morning, right? People tend to eat crap in the morning because they’re in a rush. They don’t have time, and so they’re just gonna grab whatever’s easy. And half of the time that’s for a lot of people across the country, across the globe, a donut and a, Frappuccino which is gonna give you like, a, a nice 2,500 calorie kick in the ass of garbage in the beginning of the day.
And there’s no chance.
Mike: Give you a nice bout of Deb Beatus.
Mike: I knock you unconscious. And then it’s lunchtime.
Michael: Yeah. Spike your insulin levels to the point of , to the top. And then drop ’em like it’s hot. So you’re just passed out for the rest of the day.
For me, with creating creatures of habit and really just stepping into the world of direct to consumer business, I wanted to be able to have a direct relationship and communication with the customers that, that, take interest to the product that I’m launching and really be able to say, Hey, like this is something that you can introduce to your life that could potentially change it and hopefully change it.
Because it, that is the story for me, right? And so I really stepped into that because I wanted to be able to touch more people. I didn’t wanna, I didn’t want people, I didn’t wanna have a regional business. I wanted to have a global business. And it’s really possible to do that today through.
The internet, right? That’s it makes it possible. And you know better than me, you’ve been in this business direct to consumer for a long time, and you kill it and you’re, you help thousands and thousands of people every single day with your with Legion and the products that you put out there.
You’ve been a huge inspiration for me to, to wanna step out and try this. Another thing is, I was actually going to launch Creatures of Habit initially as a restaurant. And it was going to, I learned through my career that I love the restaurant world. I don’t, however, love scaling restaurants.
I don’t love scaling restaurant companies because my job as a creative entrepreneur goes from creating an awesome brand and building a great team and developing this awesome culture and and making all these amazing memories for people who join us, our guests that come into the restaurant. It goes from that to doing deals with landlords, managing construction crews, buying restaurant equipment.
Putting out fires constantly like that is the ultimately what scaling a restaurant concept consists of. It’s far less about the people and far more about the logistics and the operations which is quite frankly not where I am best suited. I am best suited in communicating and engaging with human beings and trying to give people an amazing experience.
And so that when I initially created Creatures of Habit, it was going to launch as a restaurant, one amazing restaurant that was going to be my headquarters for this new business. And I was gonna use the restaurant as an incubator to create products to then sell direct to consumer. And in retail, and the restaurant was going to be like a big lab for this awesome new consumer packaged goods company that I was going to, to that was going to be the trajectory of scale for the business.
I found an amazing, which is a
Mike: formula that’s that, that I’ve seen done successfully. I’m sure you could tell me more examples than I even know of where it started with a restaurant and then they became known for a certain type of product that they that they spun into a cpg and then it went from there.
Michael: A hundred percent. I was in, I was deeply influenced by a company called Hugh Kitchen. Hugh Kitchen started as a small little restaurant on 14th Street and they created some products and one of those products happened to be a bar, a chocolate bar, a vegan or paleo chocolate bar. And now they have a number of different SKUs of that chocolate bar and a few other skews that they do, but, That took off like wildfire and they ultimately sell that, sold that business to a bigger company for an enormous multiple, an enormous multiple.
And so when you’re, But the beauty of it is that they started in this little place and they touched millions of people because of their retail scalability and their direct to consumer scalability. So that was really inspiring for me, and that was the model that I wanted to create with creatures.
I found an amazing space, my dream restaurant space and I was sitting at the table with the landlords in February of 2020 and, March was rolling up and I was about ready to sign, and then all of a sudden you start hearing these grumblings about this virus that is, going to change the world.
And I was like, I, is this even real is this actually happening? I had all my investors lined up and we were gonna go to town and when that happened, I waited about a week and it got worse. And I called my investors and I said, Guys, This is obviously not an ideal situation for anything or anyone.
But I’m certainly not gonna invest quarter million of my money into this brick and mortar business right now, and I certainly would not feel comfortable taking yours. So we’re gonna have to push pause, and that’s exactly what I did. And we pushed pause, or I pushed pause on the business and I moved myself and my family to our house about two hours outta New York City.
And I took some time to think about what I was gonna do next because I, a people were getting really sick and the world was in a terrible place. And I looked at this as a time to really reflect and say, Okay, what am I gonna do here? And I actually hired an executive coach to work with me to help me sift through some of the stuff that I was trying to, understand.
And I came to the conclusion that I love creating brands that resonate with people at scale. I love and think I have a superpower to understand what people want and how to deliver it to them sometimes even if they didn’t know that they wanted it. That is where I think I shine as a business person.
I really connect with humans and I love making people happy and I love helping people more than probably any of that. So I said, You know what, I’m gonna draw a line through the re. And I’m gonna create a business that is straight direct to consumer with a scale, with a trajectory of going into retail and wholesale, but really focus on the direct to consumer piece of the company to launch.
And I thought about what I was gonna launch with and, a little story about me, from 13 to 23, I was a drug addict, full blown alcoholic and drug addict. And I spent my life really struggling to try to pull myself out of there. At that time I, I did not have a great, I didn’t have great role models and so I had to really sort.
Find people to help me change my life. And I got very lucky in August of 2000 and August in 2004, two guys that I was introduced to saw that I had a lot of potential and saw that I was a good guy, that I was just really sick with this disease of alcoholism. And they, they said, we want to help. And I looked up to these guys, they were cool dudes.
They were moai kickboxing fighters and, and I said, Okay, these are the kind of guys that I can latch onto. And so they said, Look, kid, this is what we’re gonna do. We’re gonna take you to this gym and we’re gonna teach you about fitness. And you’re gonna come here every day and you’re gonna get into the ring and you’re gonna learn how to commit to something and you’re gonna learn how to get your ass kicked and guess back.
Get back up. And you’re gonna learn what dedication means. And you’re gonna learn about integrity and humility and all the things that I have today because of these two guys. They also said, We’re gonna teach you how to treat your body well. And that’s going to require you committing to a nutritional plan that will help change you from the inside out.
This is gonna help you change from the outside in and the nutrition’s gonna help you change from the inside. And I said, Just, I’ll do anything you tell me to do. And so the first thing they told me to do every single morning was wake up and and ask the universe for. So I’ll wake up and pray, and that’s what I did.
And then they said, right after you do that, you’re gonna go make a bowl of o oatmeal. And and that’s gonna be the first thing you put into your body every single day. And you can add nuts to it. You can add, berries to it, cinnamon to it. This is the first thing that you’re going to eat because you probably haven’t eaten anything nutritious in years.
And I was like, You’re right. And so I, that was the first nutritional habit I stuck to. God is my witness. I’ve been eating oatmeal every single day, is my first meal for 17 years because those guys gave me a plan and those guys gave me a couple of habits to stack in the beginning of my day, the wins to stack in the beginning of my day to give me the best shot of success because I also learned from tho those guys that like you cannot live yesterday.
Yesterday’s long gone and you certainly can’t live tomorrow cuz it doesn’t exist anymore. And so you might as well. Take ownership of the things that you can control on a daily basis, specifically in the morning so that you have a good chance of success throughout the day. And so I learned that through, through, through nutrition and fitness.
And so when I was thinking about creatures of habit, because I’m a massive creature of habit, obviously I’ve been eating oatmeal every day for 17 years, I said, What am I gonna launch? And. And I immediately said, I’ve gotta make the best damn oatmeal on the planet because oatmeal helped change my life.
And it’s funny to say that, but the story is totally authentic and true. These guys told me that this is what I should eat in the morning, and my life began to change. And it was because I was able to put a habit. I didn’t have to think about what I was going to eat. I didn’t have to stress out, I didn’t skip it.
They just said, This is what you’re going to eat and it’s gonna give you the fuel that you need to succeed physically and mentally. And that’s what we’ll start. And then for lunch, you’re gonna have chicken and broccoli, and then for dinner you’re gonna have some sort of protein and veg. And we’re just gonna keep it real simple, just like that.
You’re gonna go to the gym about an hour after you eat and you’re gonna train really hard, and then you’re gonna. Go home and have some lunch, take a nap, and then get up and go to work. And at nine o’clock at night, you know you’ll have your last meal today. And that’s the story of my journey to success in wellness.
And so I wanted to be able to share that story through a business because I know, you hear a lot and people also don’t believe that change is possible. I’m here to tell you that change is possible. Change is 1000% possible and it doesn’t matter how old you are or how far down the path, you’ve gone in the wrong direction.
I know that if you implement little wins in the beginning of your day, you can change and you can change. Relative
Mike: could become a creature of habit.
Michael: You can become a creature of habit. And so that’s what I did, man. I,
Mike: and many successful people. At least that I’ve known over the years are all creatures of habit in their own way.
And yeah I certainly am. I would say I’ve achieved a certain level of success. I know people have done much better than I have in every area of life, but I’m a big person. I’m big on routine as well, and I’m big on it Sounds like that there, there’s a little bit of a maybe a theme or an undercurrent to some of this, of being able to be happy with maybe not less, because that sounds negative but happy with.
Simplicity. And that’s something that I also strive toward. I don’t want to think about what clothes I’m gonna wear. I don’t want to think about what food I’m gonna eat. I have, I’d rather put that energy into more productive and more interesting things. And so by having very simple routines that I know I’m gonna do, much like you, I eat my oatmeal at night, not in the morning, but I eat it every single day.
I put nuts in it, I put berries in it. I mix some protein powder in it. And I’ve also tried your product and really like it. I just have, I’ve made my own version of that for a long time now. And anyway so what you’re saying resonates a lot with me. And I think there’s, it’s one of those things that it can sound almost overly simple, schematic, reductionistic, but it is just one of those fundamental things that I think works for everybody in the same way, if they’re willing to just go through the
I like one other thing that I just wanted to say an answer to your question is, when you say, like you, you had said if you’re really good at one thing, why would you jump ship and try something else? Is it because you think maybe because you’re really good at that, you’d be really good at this.
And you know what I think I’m really good at, and it just so happened to have been restaurants at the time. I think I’m really good at telling a story and the business of business is storytelling, right? People for millennia. Since the beginning of time have been storytellers and really engaged in more so listening to other people tell stories.
We love being told a good story. A good story is what provokes laughter. Fun people. People wanna follow someone else’s story, right? Every single, high performing athlete, business person, whatever. It’s a story. It’s a story of success. It’s a story of happiness. And that’s what inspire people.
And if you’re a great storyteller, and I like to think of myself as a great storyteller. That’s really what I I consider myself as an entrepreneur who’s a great storyteller. I want to be able to tell my story in a few different ways. And so at first it was restaurants and I’ve got a great story behind how that happened and now it’s in nutritional products that, that provide me with ultimate happiness.
There’s a guy, Jacko Willin, who’s who I’m sure you know of and I’m sure a lot of people that listen to your podcast know of, he’s a ex Navy Seal and or he is a Navy Seal. But he’s created a really cool business and he’s a bit of a wild man. But he said something that resonated so, so intensely with me when I read his books.
And he says, Discipline equals freedom. It resonated so much with me that I got a tattooed on my hand, so I can see it all the time. It’s right here and People think of discipline as a derogatory negative thing. The truth is discipline is the key to happiness. It’s like when you think about, let you know for layman’s terms, right?
A bank account. You’ve got a bank account. If you keep putting money into the bank account, it just continues to go into the black, right? You’re in the black, you just keep putting money into it. You keep putting money into it. You’re into the black. When you want to go buy something really nice and you’re way up in the black, you could take that money out and go buy something nice.
And you’re not dipping into the red, you’re still in the black man. You’ve got a lot of room to wiggle. I think about it the same way with my health and wellness. If I keep on investing into my health and wellness on a regular basis, I’m investing in it. I’m training hard, I’m eating I’m, I’m on the beam.
I live by the 80 20% rule where 80% of the time I’m just investing in my health and wellness. And 20% of the time I’m taking I’m taken out a withdrawal and I’m going to have burgers and fries. And guess what? That burger and fries and pizza and p of ice cream isn’t gonna put a dent in my system.
It doesn’t even register. It doesn’t even register. It just, I could do it and smile and enjoy it and not wake up guilty or at all. Totally love every mo moment of it, from the beginning to the end. Why? Because I’ve invested in my wellness. I can do that, I can do that whenever I want. Any time I want, I can do it.
And that’s the beauty of it. That’s the freedom of it. When you’re doing it all the time, you’re gonna get sick. That’s the truth, right? You’re not gonna, you’re not going to live this awesome, happy, wonderful life because by the time you’re 60 years old and you’ve eaten like a, like garbage for that whole time you are gonna have diabetes, you are gonna have heart problems.
You are gonna potentially develop, viruses and diseases that are terrible, that are fatal, right? It’s not worth it. So invest in your wellness, invest in your health, eat right, train hard, Do those things so that you can live till you’re 95 years old and still swim laps. Like that’s the dream.
And when we’re not well inside, When we’re not well, physically it totally affects our mental wellness as well, right? And so there’s this,
Mike: one, one bad night of sleep at this point, now that I’ve gotten older messes me up. I notice it. And I could only imagine what it would feel like to drop all of the habits that, that I’ve built up that allow me to perform at least generally at the level that I would like to be able to perform at.
And that’s the one thing that does register, at least for me as I’ve gotten older. It didn’t, when I was younger, I could sleep six and a half hours, be totally fine. Notice nothing, unfortunately not the case anymore.
Michael: I agree, man. I just I think that there is a solution to a lot of the problems that we’re experiencing today.
And the hardest part is, I said earlier, Change is absolutely 1000000000% possible without a doubt. And I said, It doesn’t matter how far down the road you’ve gone in the wrong direction or how old you are, you can change. The only issue is you cannot change another person. Right there. You cannot change anyone who change only happens from the inside.
It’s an inside job. And so the reason why I think it’s so hard to promote proper nutrition and health and wellness is that you can’t you can lead a horse to water by, taking the rope and walking it over there, but you can’t open its mouth and have it ingest that water. You can’t hand hold people all day long and tell them, No, don’t eat that.
No, don’t, don’t sit on your ass for 14 hours a day in front of the tv. You can’t do that. And so they have to wanna do it. And so I’ve created this product that is like insanely delicious. It’s got unbelievable properties to it. In terms of the macros and the D three and the omega3 and the probiotic and the digestive enzymes.
I’m trying to get, I’m trying to get the horse to the water. That’s the mission for me and creatures that have it, is I’m really trying to get the horse to the water and hope that they drink it. Because I know that I came, I was on the knocking on deaths door. I was, man, I almost died.
I overdosed on drugs. I was knocking on death store and if you took a snapshot of me, July, 2004, and then took a snapshot of me today the, literally the highest roller in any casino across the globe. You said, This kid is gonna be that guy in 17 years, the highest roller would’ve said, No chance in hell.
I’m not putting a dollar on it. Not even a penny. There’s no way. And so I’m here to say that change is possible and it all starts with your decisions, aka habits on a daily basis.
Mike: And how has the business, how has it been going? What are some of the challenges that you’re facing that all businesses face in the beginning?
And no matter how well a business does, there are always challenges. Legion had a good year one, but we ran out of stock of everything because I had no systems in place for inventory management, for example. So that was , I realized it. When there was a point where we probably, we had a few weeks of inventory left and I was like, Probably should have reordered isn’t the lead time on this stuff?
Like eight to 10 weeks? And stupid mistakes. So there, there are those kinds of problems. And then we’ve had problems where, of course in the other end of the spectrum where you remember our plant protein, a lot of hype around it, A lot of our customers saying they really wanted it so excited release it me, which was interesting.
And so how’s it been going with Creatures of Habit? Are there any lessons that, that you’ve learned or anything that any challenges you’re currently working? . Yeah,
Michael: a lot. We’re six weeks in to tomorrow will be six weeks that we’ve launched the product. We had an awesome kickoff. But I’m selling direct to consumer, right?
So it’s not like I can have people like come and taste the product or see the product. It’s like I’m learning as I’m learning on the fly and I’ve got a great team of people, but we’re learning how to market this product online, which is a really tough thing to do, right? It’s really, there’s a lot of tech involved and you’ve gotta spend a lot of money to make money.
And so we’re learning all about how to market this product, and where to find our, our demographic and where they are. And we’re definitely getting some great data, but that is definitely the challenge, it’s really getting people to see what we’re doing. And the other component here is that, Oatmeal is people have been eating Quaker roads.
It’s a three and a half billion market, right? It’s a huge market. The oatmeal market, people eat oatmeal, and I’ve taken a traditional oatmeal pouch, right? This is the creatures pouch. So I’ve taken this oatmeal pouch that, is not just oatmeal. I’ve added 30 grams of plant-based protein to it.
I’ve added 7,000 IUs of vitamin D three to it, 300 milligrams of omega three fatty acids, pink al lane salt, digestive enzymes. Like I’ve added a lot of incredible ingredients to it to make it the best possible oatmeal you can eat. And it costs more money than a pouch of Quaker oats. Understanding how to.
Convey the value because if you’re supplementing with all that stuff, you’re spending more money than you would if you were just to buy the oatmeal, right? So trying to convey the value is not an easy thing either, right? Because it’s not very expensive, but it’s certainly more expensive than a pouch of Quaker Oats instant oatmeal.
So that’s another component that we’re just learning how to how to tackle and we’re definitely gaining traction and sales are growing every single day. But really the biggest hurdle for me right now is getting the word out there in the most in the most meaningful way. And I think.
Doing things like this, like getting on, an awesome podcast that gets a lot of listeners to talk about the product and to talk about business and talk about life is really the best way to do it. Where I think, that is some of the biggest challenges. And
Mike: so what about the apparel?
So what that, that’s another part of this. Do you see that as a core part of the business and the brand, or is it something that you are just doing for fun? You had mentioned before we started recording that the apparel is in, in the hat and particularly you mentioned is selling particularly well and it surprised you a little bit.
Wait a minute, I’m seeing this hat over social media. That, that, that’s cool. But it sounds like, again, really the core of the whole story is the food product. Why the.
Michael: I believe that wellness is a lifestyle and I love lifestyle. I grew up in New York City. Fashion and style have been like a big part of my influence and my and what sort of drives me to wanna create brands.
I love creating things that people like to see. And so I said I didn’t want to just be another CPG company. I really wanted to have another component to the business that would give people a little bit more of an opportunity to be part of the team, to be part of the brand. And a lot, I.
I didn’t wanna also just take a t-shirt and slap our logo on it. I’m a bit of a, I’m an artist man, and I wanted to just I built the formula for the protagonist. So the oatmeal pouch is called the protagonist. I really wanted to do the same thing for the apparel. So I designed a capsule collection, which is just essentially a small cluster of apparel pieces from scratch.
So like this hat, for instance, I took seven different hats that I love. And I said, I want this from this hat, this from that hat, this from this hat, this from this hat. Put it all together and make the hat that I, my dream hat. And that’s what we did. And with this hoodie that hasn’t launched yet, I, I took a bunch of my favorite hoodies and I put them together and I said, I want this, and this.
And we created this custom piece that like fits incredibly well. And the idea is, This isn’t just another CPG company. This is a brand that you can rely on for habits that will make you feel and look better. And wear the jersey, wear the uniform, be part of this thing, have a tangible component of it so that you can walk around and feel like you’re a part of this community that are really looking to be better on a daily basis.
It’s about the daily basis thing. Like your supplements are, I take your supplements. I, when I don’t even remember how we, maybe I think I DMed you. I don’t even know how we first hooked up, but I read your book years ago and. It just it made it all clear for me.
It like, literally just it answered all the questions that I had about strength training, because I spent years as a mo Thai kickboxer. As I said earlier, like I’ve, I, I dove into mo Thai kickboxing and I trained Muay Thai and competed in Moay Thai for 12 years. And and I and when you’re, training for a fight sport specifically like a striking fight sport, it’s about conditioning and it’s about endurance, and it’s not about, Muscle necessarily.
And so I really wasn’t my training outside of the ring was lots and lots of calisthenics running and long distance running. So my conditioning was like, I could stand in the ring for, three to five rounds without gassing out. And being light and fast. That was what it was.
And when I decided after my second reconstructive nose surgery , that I wasn’t gonna be a professional fighter, and I wanted to do something that had a little bit more sustainability throughout the rest of my life, it was gonna
Mike: be the nose surgeries or the concussions, one of whichever one
Michael: was, yeah I basically, I said, I’m gonna get into strength training and I really wanna harness this.
I really wanna do something that I can challenge myself with every single day. And I didn’t have to rely, I didn’t have to, like the cool thing about Moai. And a sport like that is you rely on yourself to succeed, right? It’s a solo sport. And I’m not saying that I don’t like team sports, I do like team sports, but something that I’m trying to win at, like really win.
I wanna make sure that I’m held accountable for it every minute of it. And with strength training. You are the person that has to hold the weight , literally. And so I, I said
Mike: this is somebody can’t strap their limbs to yours and lift the weight for you, right? You’re gonna have to do it.
You gotta do every
Michael: time, every rep, right? And no one’s gonna protect your face from a, a roundhouse kick coming, very fast. So I came from that place and I said, I want to be able to do something different, but in a similar philosophy, I really want to be able to challenge myself.
And the, and I think even more so than mo Thai, the cool thing about the challenge of strength training and resistance training is that every single day you walk into the gym to lift, you can add weight or add a rep every single time, and depending on what kind of phase you’re in I’m adding something.
every single day. And if that means that I have to drop the weight and give myself a, a 62nd rest to put that one more rep in, I do. But I love that challenge. And I got into the strength training and ultimately I just think that like I created a line of apparel that people can wear around the house, that they can wear outside that’s comfortable and casual and that they can also train it, it’s like loose fitting stuff that fits really well.
Everything was thought out. And I just, I love being able to have a brand that covers a few bases. The, also, the other piece of it is like with a regular CPG company specifically, Look, oatmeal is not like the sexiest thing, right? It’s not really, let’s be real here. It’s not sexy at all.
And so I wanted to be able to create a component of the business that would allow us to show up in different places outside of just an oatmeal business. So I’m trying to make oatmeal cool. I’m trying to make oatmeal cool because it really has changed and saved my life in many different ways.
And it’s a symbol of success for me. It’s a symbol of of commitment and habit. I know that we are our habits and I also know that habits will make you or break you. And I also know that my habits have both made me. Over the last 17 years, but almost broke me. And so if I can give people a habit, one habit that can help shift their perspective I knew I had to make it taste very good.
Cause if I’m gonna add somebody to do something every single day, it’s gotta taste good. But it’s a symbol of success for me. It’s a symbol of a springboard to a world that, only the healthy and the happy lift. I love it.
Mike: If you like what I’m doing here on the podcast and elsewhere, definitely check out my v i p one-on-one coaching service because my team and I have helped people of all ages and circumstances lose fat, build muscle, and get into the best shape of their life faster than they ever thought possible.
And we can do the same for you. What’s the big vision? What’s the I don’t know how far out you’ve thought about it, but I just knowing you, I know that you have probably at least, okay, this is in a year, three years, five, maybe even 10 years. What’s the big picture of where you would love to be able to take the business?
I’m assuming it goes further than this first offering. Where does it go?
Michael: Yeah I’ve got like a pretty serious five year plan. And I want to be a brand that is with you from Wake Up to Wind Down. That’s how I’ve thought about it, right? I’m not gonna do like ready, like fresh delivery meals, but I want to create products that are convenient, that are mobile, that you can travel around with, that are with you from the morning, throughout your day.
Before you go to bed. And so I’ve got a pipeline of skews that I’m gonna introduce over the next, 18 to 24 months that are gonna help us achieve that goal of wake up to wind down. And then in, four or five years. My plan is to have a full skew set that really are. Built for subscriptions so that people can just rely on creatures of habit as they’re lean on for not necessarily supplements because I don’t see us doing real supplements, but consumables that will keep people on the beam.
And and then, in five years time, I have a big goal revenue, sales wise for the company. And then I think, at that point I probably take on a big partner to help strategically scale the company. And then I’ll do what I’ve done with the rest of my companies where I mitigate some risk for myself and I take some cash out, take some money off the table and And that’s how I see this whole thing working out.
It’s it’s a really strong five year plan and my goal is to help as many people as possible be happy. And I know that the key to being happy and that the key to being happy is is self care . It just, it’s self care, man. It’s not how much money you have. There’s millions of millionaires that hate themselves
Mike: and that, that feel that are just miserable.
Yeah. Mo most of the time, and I mean I I know at least a few myself, and in, in several cases it starts with exactly what you’re saying. They just did. They don’t make take, they don’t make the time to just take care of themselves. They don’t make the time. They look at exercising regularly as a luxury.
They look. putting some thought and some effort into eating better as a luxury. And they’re very good at working and they’re very good at making money, but they’re not very good at living well, in my
Michael: view. No, it’s what I think is so interesting. Like you say, like they’re very good at making money and there’s no doubt I’m not gonna be one of these guys that says, Oh, money.
It’s not about the money. Money is awesome. Money is awesome, It’s awesome to have money, but if you spend your life chasing money, meaning you have it, you have money, and it’s great to have all this money and you probably have a nice house and some nice toys in the garage and you go on a nice vacation with your family every once in a while, but if you spend your life your whole life, nine, 80% of your waking hours chasing it, what’s the point?
Like what is the purpose of sacrificing all else? Life has to offer, like the byproduct of being healthy and eating right and training hard is not only the mental fortitude that it offers and the confidence that it builds. But man, at the end of the day let’s be real here.
I don’t even know. I’m sure a statistic of how many people that work out do it for aesthetics only, right? I would say a large percentage of people that work out are not doing it because they’re like, Oh, I wanna live to a hundred. You know what I’m saying? They’re doing it because they’re like, I want a six pack and I want to take my shirt off at the beach and draw attention.
I want to feel good about how I look. So the truth is, and that’s
Mike: a big part of why I keep doing it. It’s not Yeah, me too. There’s nothing wrong with that. And, I even encourage that as a motivator, especially when people are new to it and, cause I’ve spoken with, and I’ve worked with so many of these people over the years, and I understand when they tell me, You know what?
I’ve never liked how my body looks. I’ve never liked it. I’ve never. Looked in the mirror and thought, Hey, I look really good and I wanna experience that. So that’s the biggest motivator for me. That’s why I started reading your book, That’s why I’m doing your program. Now, inevitably what happens is people, they start to get that, or they do get that, and then they come to enjoy everything that it took to get that.
And they continue doing it for other reasons in addition to that. But that still is a major motivator and there’s nothing wrong with that,
Michael: by the way. I, like you promote the shit outta that, right? Like I think that, looking good is amazing. It just is, it’s a huge part of confidence for people, right?
When you can, when you have put in the work to, I work hard on my physical appearance. And there’s obviously a litany of reasons to why we just talked a lot about it, right? I love living this life of freedom and I love actually discipline and doing hard things, but the confidence that I have, because I know that I am physically fit.
Like people give me shit about they, they give me, they, they break my chops about, being in great shape. And it’s funny for me because I’m like, you could break my chops all day long. It’s. It’s a better it’s just better.
It’s just better. It just is it’d be
Mike: like them ing you about having money. You’re like, Okay. It is, Yeah. Is it not good to have some money
Michael: though? Am I missing the joke here? It’s just better. And so it but it, I liken it
Mike: to, we can talk about money.
I liken it to, and this is, you probably agree in my experience I, I would not consider myself rich, but I’ve achieved some level of financial success. I’ve gotten over the point of now not having too, quote unquote worry about money and, bills are covered and e everything is fine. And that’s a lot of what making money has to offer.
And I think. There’s a parallel in fitness in that. And I’d be curious to hear your thoughts, but when you get to a certain point in your fitness, and it’s not only about how you look, but a lot about it, a lot of it is about how you look. It’s also how your body feels and performs. Then it’s no longer something that causes you any sort of distress.
You minimally have that where it’s like a box that you’ve checked, I work hard to look good and, that’s, there’s some subjectivity in that. Of course, like the face we have is the face. We have fine, but we work on our body and we try to put it all together nicely. And that’s not something that is nagging.
And it’s not something that’s causing us to. To look in the mirror and be unhappy and , it’s nice to live without that because, I’ve been there, I’m sure you’ve experienced that before. I think everybody has experienced that. It’s not nice, and especially if you’re experiencing it every day.
When I was a teenager I had a fair amount of acne and it just bothered me cuz it looked bad, it just did. And so I know what it’s like to look in the mirror and be like, I don’t like what I see. It doesn’t look nice at all.
Michael: Yeah, no, without a doubt, before I stepped into the lifestyle that I live today.
I I really despised myself. I was not living a good life in any way, shape or form. And, but I also just want to get back to the money thing. Money is awesome. It really is. And when you’re able to achieve a level of financial freedom there’s a lot less stress there.
It comes with its own problems too, right? And responsibilities. But you’re not struggling to pay rent, for instance. And so that’s very stressful. And a lot of people around the country struggle with that. And it’s a real thing, right? And people struggle with even, the ability to buy food.
It’s a real thing. It’s a massive problem. I will just say this, before I began my journey in fitness and nutrition, I had no money, none. I was broke. I was a broke bartender. I had nothing and I didn’t have a savings in the bank account. I had no family to lean back on. But I did invest in committing to changing my mental, physical, and spiritual self.
And I learned through the discipline of that, how to apply it to business. That is how it happened for me. So when I started to, when I gained the confidence and saw this change happening with myself mentally and physically, and then spiritually when I saw that change, I said, Hey man, like I can apply these principles to my business life and my family life.
And I now love myself. And that might sound, cocky. It’s not, There’s nothing wrong with loving yourself. Actually. There’s everything right about loving yourself. Because when you can love yourself in most cases, then, and only then do you have the bandwidth to love other people. Genuinely. When you hate yourself or you don’t like the person you are, you’re, you spend most of the time thinking about how much you hate yourself.
And you don’t have much time to think about other people because you’re caught in a self-centered fear environment and it’s not a, it’s not a pleasant place to be and you don’t have time for others. And so when you take care of that, you got your you can build this confidence level and this love relationship with yourself.
You don’t have to worry about being a bad guy or a bad girl, you don’t have to worry about that piece of your life. It’s not gonna create just the amount, the overwhelmingly abundant amount of stress that it typically does. And so you have a lot more time for others and a lot more time to do other things that create value in life
Mike: and a lot more psychological and emotional bandwidth.
Mike: It’s I can imagine being in a situation, I’ve experienced that to some degree, probably not as, as severely as you have, but I could imagine just how distracting it would be. How hard it would be to focus on anything
Michael: productive. When you think about a lot of very successful people, like some of the most successful people financially, they’re typically in like really great shape.
And they typically talk. A fair amount about their wellness habits and what they do to stay healthy. Like Richard Branson for instance. That guy works out like an animal, and he talks about it all the time. Tony Robbins and and a lot of these like big mountains of success and positivity and, people out there are really they are, they have a practice of wellness in their lives.
And it’s because if you can commit to that, if you can commit to that, The byproducts of that commitment far surpassed the byproducts of creating a successful business and generating revenue and money for yourself. They just do. Because once you can commit to yourself and stack wins and build confidence and self-esteem, all that other stuff is a, is an arms length away,
Mike: It really molds your identity, right?
You start to become the type of person who shows up, who puts in the work, who does it when it’s hard, who has dedication, commitment, consistency, all the things that are required to, if we’re talking about earning money and succeeding in business that, that is as far as the character required. That’s a lot of it.
It’s not all
Michael: of it, but that’s a lot of. Yeah. And you just do it better. You just do it better when you are when you feel well , you just do it better. And unfortunately, a lot of people in this world, specifically in the United States of America, only worry about their health when it’s absolutely necessary and too late.
And I might get crap for this saying on saying this on your podcast, right? Like making a generalization like that. And I don’t mean to,
Mike: I would say that the data backs it up. There are plenty of statistics that would agree with you and I don’t think you are taking any pleasure in sharing it.
But it is true. If we’re talking about the average person, maybe not the average person listening to this podcast, but if we’re talking about people in general, it’s very
Michael: true. There’s no point in waiting until it’s too late to start to take your health into your own hands. It just it’s as simple as saying yes or no.
That’s the craziest part. It’s as simple as saying yes or no, and it doesn’t it’s, some people don’t. The means to eat, take probiotics and do all these things, right? Everything
Mike: organic and right. Eat fancy expensive meat every day, ribeye steak every day.
Especially these days. I saw I didn’t fact check it, but I saw somebody post something on one of the social media networks. They were going to buy a ribeye steak, and it was like $45 or something right now, , oh,
Michael: what? Yeah. No, there’s, it’s
Mike: crazy just from the grocery store, like from the butcher Oh yeah, could I have a steak?
Yeah, that’ll be $45.
Michael: That stuff is nuts. But you do have the opportunity, even if it’s hard to get the right nutrition, right? If you don’t have access to the right nutrition, going outside, making a commitment to going outside and taking a walk. Start there, yep. Start there. If you can commit, if you’re not doing anything right now and you’re listening to this podcast and you are not, you don’t have access to a bunch of healthy food and but, and you don’t have the cash at gym, right?
Workout equipment. Go outside and walk for 20 minutes. Just go take a walk, and then make that 20 minutes, 25 minutes, and then that 25 minutes, 30 minutes, and then before you know it, you’re gonna be walking 10,000 steps a day and 10,000 steps a day is going to get you an enormous amount of upside, an enormous amount.
People underestimate the power of walking what it does for you physically, first and foremost, but ultimately mentally, right? Walking is my main. Resource for cardio , and that’s what I do. I walk a lot, I walk. Do you
Mike: find it helps in your business? Does it help cause a lot of creative people throughout history and that is, that means artists, but it also means scientists and other fields that people wouldn’t necessarily think of as creative, but a lot of histories, great geniuses were zealous about their daily walks and they credited a lot of their best work to, to their walking.
That they consistently got a lot of their breakthrough ideas. Walking.
Michael: I’ve created all of the businesses that I’ve launched on, runs or walks, all. Creatures of habit, the meatball Shop, Seymour’s, I run with my phone in my pocket and I don’t run with music or walk with music typically. And I think, and it’s un distrac.
It’s not it’s, there’s no distractions. And it gives me an opportunity to really think and to really dig through my concept or dig through some theories that I may have. And I always have my phone on me so that I can just take my phone out and do a voice memo. or write in my notes a name or a product or a system.
But I always have, if you saw my voice memos, they go way back. I could write a book just out of my voice memos. And it’s a great tool to have, I’ve developed everything on walks or runs. All of them.
Mike: Yeah. Yeah. I’m not surprised. I, this is something that actually I want to incorporate into my routine because I don’t walk, I do cardio, but currently I have an upright bike.
So I hop on the upright bike for 30 minutes a day and I almost always have one or two calls that I need to make for work. And then if I don’t have any work calls, I usually will use that as an opportunity to call a friend. Because in the past I’ve been pretty bad about staying in touch with just about anybody.
Even like my brother-in-law who I’ve known since I was 16, and we still have a very good friendship. Even somebody like him, I just wouldn’t make the time cuz I’m always doing the next work thing and we’re the next thing with my kids. And occasionally there’s a thing I just want to do, like I’ll play golf on Sunday afternoons.
That’s like the one thing I do for myself each week. But I would not make time for. For connecting with other people outside of, Maybe part of that, now that I think about it is I answer emails every day and dms, so I actually have a lot of social interaction, but it’s. It, these are people who in some cases I would say, I guess they’re digital friends I’ve made, I’ve never met them in person, but the, they’re now relationships I’ve emailed with some people literally for seven years consistently have emailed with people.
But anyway, I try to, I figured it, it would be smart for me to give some time to cultivating other relationships and friendships of people. I really do. I just hadn’t made the time for it. And so that’s what I do with my cardio. And so it’s not time where I can think obviously, and it’s probably a little bit too intense.
It’s not, it’s like a four or five out of 10 so I can have a conversation, but I couldn’t do a podcast like this cause I’d be breathing and it’d be annoying to listen to. But it’s probably a little bit too, even if I weren’t to do the calls, it’s probably a little bit too much to, to think because when your legs are kind.
Burning for, 20, 30 minutes straight. That’s distracting. But I’m reading a book called Wired to Create and they were talking about walking and there’s research on the ability of or how walking can help you tap into your, could call it your subconscious or you could call it your.
Type one processes different terms for it, but how it can help facilitate creative breakthroughs or just good ideas for solving problems. And so it’s something that I have on my little list, like you I’m always taking notes of things I think of throughout the day. I use Google Keep, so I just dump ’em all on this app.
And then I process them on my desktop cause it’s easier to go through things than go through it on my phone. And so I put in there to carve out some time for walking every day and see what I can get from
Michael: it. What I do is, so I train every morning and after I train lifting, I get on the, I get on the treadmill at a, at an incline and I walk, depending on where I’m at in training, sometimes it’s just 20 minutes and sometimes it’s 40 minutes.
But I’m committed to 12,000 steps a day. So that’s what I that’s my coach has got me on 12,000 steps a day no matter what. And so inclusive of that, walking at four 30 every day between four 30 and five 30, I go out for a walk. And sometimes that walk is, I take a business call.
Sometimes I don’t take any calls and I just think sometimes I call my mother. That’s like a cue for me to call my mom . Cause I’m not good at that, yep. That’s something I’ve
Mike: added in as well. Call my mom,
Michael: call my dad. Yeah. Call my family on my walks. But, it the walking thing is really incredible and I think that anybody that’s looking to step into, changing or trying to be a little bit better, it’s such a great way to do it.
It’s such a great way to just start. I’ve been trying to get my mom to just go outside and walk for 20 minutes and kickstart that, that habit.
Mike: Maybe when you call her, that can be her cue.
Michael: I wish it was that easy, man. ,
Mike: I understand you had mentioned earlier in the podcast you can’t change people.
And I totally agree. I’ve tried to do that a couple of times and it did not go well, and it turned out to be a massive waste of time and just waste of energy. But I do believe in continuing to offer help to those who want it. And that’s the distinction for me is not to become a hard bitten, just black pill.
Nobody can change. Everybody is dysfunctional and blah, blah, blah. No think we all have things that, that we need to improve and we know that. And those of us though, who are ready to make a change, then those are also the people who are fun to help, I think because they’re willing to listen and they’re willing to.
Try and work at it and not just give you reasons why it’s not gonna work or why they will always be this way,
Michael: Yeah. The other thing that I would just add to that is you don’t have to take it all on at one time, right? It could start with just one commitment.
It could start with just going outside to take a 10 minute walk every day tomorrow. Just one. Yeah. Just one commitment. It could start with, you don’t have to eat healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner if you’ve been eating unhealthy for the last 25 years, but if you can commit to one meal, one meal, ideally, The first meal of the day because the first meal of the day tends to project what the rest of the day is gonna look like nutritionally.
So if you can commit to one meal, if you can take a 10 minute walk, do one thing, commit to one thing, don’t try to take down Rome all in one day. Do one thing and that one thing, if you commit to it, is going to help make a massive change. And then before you know it, that one thing is gonna influence the next thing.
And then the next thing, and then the next thing. And that’s the mo that is the mission with what the br the business that I’ve just launched, is to help people to try to commit to one thing. And it would be awesome if that one thing was the protagonist from Preachers of happened. But if it’s not.
If somebody’s listening to this and I’ve given them some sort of motivation to wanna just commit to one thing, whatever it is. One thing, and you can do anything once, and you can only live one day at a time. So if you can do anything once every day you’re on your way,
Mike: and if they want to try your product as that one thing, where should they go?
How do they find it?
Michael: They can go to creatures of habit.com. So it’s creatures with a k creatures of habit.com. And they can check out the website. I’ve taken cues from you, Mike. We have a bunch of cool things on the website that they can check out. And I’m straight up transparent.
Mike has a an incredible. Website that I’ve been dissecting for years and using as a resource and a tool for my journey. But he has a macro calculator on his website and I’ve used it so many times that I said I’ve gotta have one on my website. And this is the kind of dude Mike is. I called him up and I said, Hey man, I’m building this business and your macro calculator has been so helpful for me.
Would you mind if I put a macro calculator on my website? And he said, Not only. Am I down for you to put a macro calculator on your website, but I’m gonna help you put it on there. And hi. He had his team help me figure out how to do it. And so there’s a cool macro calculator on there and we’ve got some meal plans attached to them and some fitness programs that you can use.
But you can also go on there and buy the protagonist and incorporate it into your life. It’s really delicious and you can make it a bunch of different ways. You can make it overnight oats, which is the way I love to do it. So I just, before I go to bed at night, I take some mom and milk and I put it into a jar, shake it up, throw it in my fridge, and in the morning it’s delicious and ready to go.
Mike: You’s I had it as well. I like, I liked it a lot that way. Not that I didn’t like it hot, I just I did like it more as overnight oats, just as a matter of personal preference. I thought it was very good both ways, but I particularly liked it as overnight.
Michael: Yeah, that’s definitely my favorite way to do it.
I also really love it in a smoothie. So you can just take the pouch, pour it into a blender with ice and milk of choice, or just water. I throw a half a banana in there. I blend it up and it’s just insanely delicious, like thick, substantial smoothie. You can just add hot water and mix it well and. Steam for a minute and a half and it’s a delicious bowl of hot oatmeal and protein and all the goodies and, or you can just do it in a microwave.
You can put water in it, mix it and throw it in the microwave. And if you’re really in a pinch, which is what I tend to do sometimes, and I have a few of them in my bag and I need a healthy meal on the fly, I just pour poured into a bowl. I just poured into a shaker jar, add cold water and just pound it.
Cuz it’s really tasty , and I’m getting all the good stuff that way too. It’s super versatile. It’s amazing for people that are traveling. It’s amazing to just have in your pantry. And and I would love if, people would give us a try for sure. And something,
Mike: I don’t know if you mentioned, I just wanna make sure everybody knows that it also has protein powder as well.
So it’s, it, you had mentioned the nutritional stuff, the D three, the omegas, the probiotics, the digestive enzymes, but it also has protein powder as well.
Michael: Yeah, it’s got more protein per serving than any other protein and oatmeal product on the market. It’s got 30 grams of plant-based protein. It’s also gluten free, allergen free, plant-based.
So there’s not, very few people, easy on your stomach, very easy on your stomach and also for everyone, right? So I’ve got kids, my kids love it. They like, it’s so hard to get my kids to eat anything. And when I pull out my, my protagonist overnight in the morning, my four year old son is like salivating because it really does taste like, look, Little
Mike: does he know
Michael: Yeah. It tastes like dessert. It’s like a, it’s like a sweet, delicious, balanced with pink salt. Like I’m a chef too, I’m like a trained chef. So I spend a year working on making this thing delicious and cravable and something that I’d want to eat every single morning.
And so my kids are just like, Oh my God. It’s like cake. Give me some. And they eat it they eat it in the morning with me and they love it. And that has influenced me to wanna make a kids’ line, right? Because if we can start our kids young on the healthy goodness, that will instill those habits from an early age.
Mike: Love it. And if people want to follow you personally, where can they find you on the social medias?
Michael: On the social medias. You can find me at Michael Schau. That’s c h e r n o w, at Michael Schau anywhere. I’m, I’ve spent most of my time on Instagram and Facebook. But I am, I’m taking the bait and I’ve started building out a TikTok.
So you can haven’t done it yet, . I did it. I’m in it. I’m going for it. Are you the little dances? I’m doing, I’m not doing the dances. I
Mike: refuse. I can’t do the dances
Michael: if I’m gonna do, I’m not doing the dances yet, but I am doing some of the fun trends. Okay. Like the good soup. I got a good soup up there.
But yeah, just remember that creatures of habit is with a K. It’s not with a C. And yeah, there’s thi this journey is. Totally accessible. Totally accessible. You’ve changed thousands of people lives, man. You have man, I’m and I’m here to say that I am absolutely a person that you have deeply influenced, you really you’ve deeply influenced me.
And and I use your supplements because I know the amount of research you’ve put into them. You’re not putting garbage out there and there’s a lot of garbage. And so I use the Neutropic almost every day. I use Recharge. I use your plant-based protein for my smoothies. I use all your stuff, dude, because I fucking have faith in it, I don’t, I, it’s, I don’t think about it. I don’t I don’t like for a pre-workout. , I use your pre-workout because I was scared that some of the other pre-workouts I have were gonna I, I can’t imagine they were good for me. I just, I can’t imagine they were good for me.
And so I use yours and I just don’t think about it, so you’ve influenced me, your products. The last thing I’ll say about what you do and what I. Now and what I’ve done for years, with food, there’s nothing else on the planet that gets as intimate with our bodies as food and beverage.
Nothing else. There is nothing goes into our bodies. The way food and beverage does it is the most intimate thing we do as human beings is eat and drink and of course partake in sexual activities. But even those things don’t get, as in, deeply ingrained into a, into our makeup, right?
We think about eating food.
Mike: Yeah, we’re literally, the food we eat is what sustains our body. The protein, that’s who we are, turns into our like,
Michael: I mean it just it does nothing, like
Mike: as as sex is, you can’t survive on a diet of just sex. No.
Michael: And so it’s such a’s, such a relationship, right?
It’s, and that’s why so many people struggle with it because, It’s such a relationship. Just like any relationship. People struggle, marriage, business, partnerships, family. It’s, there’s, it’s, there’s always some sort of a struggle with it, like a deep relationship with anything. And so the better decisions you make about the things you put inside your body, the better you will be in all aspects of life.
You just will. And there’s no way, there’s no other way to describe it, right? Like you just said it and
Mike: it’s something you really have to experience yourself, right? Firsthand.
Michael: Yeah. Look think the greatest accomplishment that I’ve had in my life. Of course I am incredibly passionate about my family and my children, right?
I like those. The, that is, there’s no doubt that is an incredible. Component of my life. But I will say that I am a better husband and father because of the amount of energy and time I’ve put into myself. And it’s not selfish. It’s just it’s really, it is a tool and a motivator for me to be the best human being I can be.
And it all starts with what you put inside it. It really starts with what you put inside because it, it makes you, like you said, man, it actually physically , it physically makes you
Mike: to use the word literally. Literally. Yeah.
Michael: It makes you Right. And if you can think about it that way, the decisions that you make around the stuff that you put into your body will ultimately make you a better human being or a worse human being.
And I want to create something that people can easily put into their daily life that will make them better. And so it’s so funny that it’s oatmeal, right? , who would’ve thk. But that’s my story. That’s where it started for me. I didn’t want to put something out there that was a healthy, like something that I’m gonna have to explain to everybody what it is.
I said, I want to do something that is just taking something that everybody knows and loves already and just make it really optimized And and that’s it. And again, like I know before we, we hopped on, I also didn’t want this or don’t want this to be a stills pitch for creatures of habit, but I can’t help but have a story that really I don’t, it’s beyond believe in it’s my life, right?
And the things that I’ve been able to put on the board are a direct. A, a direct result of the investment I’ve made in myself. And part of that investment has been this oatmeal story, and so that’s what it is. That’s really what it is.
Mike: I love it. I think it’s a great story and great product.
As I’ve mentioned you sent me some months ago and I liked it. My kids liked it. And again, anybody who wants to check it out, Creatures with a k of habit.com and the product is the protagonist, which is an o a right, if I remember correctly. For the play on the spelling, which is fun.
And I really appreciate you taking the time to, to do this, and I look forward to our next
Michael: conversation. Absolutely. Mike, you’re a legend dude, and I really appreciate you and I appreciate you having me on and letting me tell my story here.
Mike: Absolutely. And I’m flattered I really appreciate the supports.
It’s nice to hear that now and again cuz as you get into work mode, especially, I, where I’m in my little cave and I just stare at my screen and I work away at the next thing. But it’s nice to hear how. My work impacts people. Cause ultimately that’s the real, that’s the real pay of it.
That’s the thing that never gets old. Going all the way back. Not to take us off on another tangent, but going all the way back to some of the comments we made about money that quickly loses its utility. And it’s not very exciting to me. And this is something that I wanted to comment.
I, I know a couple of people who are very successful. One guy is, he’s probably a billionaire at this point. Another guy’s on his way to it. And they love making money. They love it, they love business. That’s in, in, in one case that’s what he likes to talk about. He’ll talk about other stuff, but what really excites him is business.
He just loves it. He loves growing his business. He loves figuring out new ways to make more money. And he’s a super great guy, great friend. And, but that is, is not, it’s just not my personality. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s just not my personality. And so I don’t find the same satisfaction in that element of growing a business as he does.
And so for me, I find more satisfaction, just more gut level emotional payoff. Hearing, getting an email from somebody and they say, Hey, I read your book. I followed your program for six months and I lost 25 pounds. I gained muscle, I got stronger. I’m more confident. I’m a better dad now. I’m a better husband now.
And I, I feel like I finally have my fitness under control. And I just wanna say thank you. That just means a lot more to me than taking my monthly distribution from Legion. It just
Michael: does said it, man. It’s the truth.
Mike: So anyway, thank you. I appreciate you. I appreciate the work you’re doing and again, I look forward to the next conversation.
We’ll have to maybe we’ll be able to do an update and we’ll, we will explore some other angle of entrepreneurship and see
Michael: where it takes us. Thanks so much, Mike. Have a great rest of your day, man.
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