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Today's guest is Mike Richey from Mississippi State University Athletics. His College Athletics Career started in 1995, he now has over twenty years of experience. He joins Kolby and Olivia on the podcast to talk about his journey. He shows us that relationships, hard work, and passion never get old. Episode Time Stamp 1:47 to 3:38 Mike explains what he does as the Executive Senior Associate A.D. / Bulldog Tickets and Operations 3:38 to 6:07 Mike shares from his 20+ years of experience what has made him successful in Athletic Development and career in general 6:08 to 8:36 Explains how his role has changed and what he does during Football Game Days 8:37 to 13:03 His career timeline from James Madison, to Oklahoma State University, and now Mississippi State Athletics. 13:04 to 18:08 Explains how "taking a shot in the dark" was worth it towards his career and advice on how to make best of your first opportunity 18:10 to 23:13 The origin of his mindset 23:15 to 26:15 Pursuing a Master's Degree and tips on leveraging it 26:16 to 30:40 Was this what he envisioned for himself in 1995? How did he close the gap of where he was to where he wanted to be? 33:21 to 42:47 "Telling your story" to create a Philanthropic Culture 45:30 to 48:55 Tips to balance work and personal life Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sportsasajob If you listened to the episode please leave a review and rating here: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/sports-as-a-job-975877 Intro Music credit to ABAPO Music Studios: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwF1OqcNsQEOd0iNu0Yjitg--- Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/sportsasajob/support