Learn How to Grind & Thrive: Why Torrey McGraw is a Friend in My Head

This is the second edition of the “Friend in My Head” series that I recently started. You can read the first one here.

I’m not sure how I stumbled upon Torrey McGraw’s website Grind & Thrive, but I’m loving what I’m seeing so far.

Grind & Thrive is THE place to go to get in the mind of today’s rising stars, from business to music to blogging. Torrey conducts in-depth interviews with people that we don’t get to hear from often, but have always been curious to know more about (at least that’s true for me). Some of the standouts for me have been Paul Carrick Brunson, Angel Laws, and Demetria Lucas. After seeing their episodes, I remember asking myself, “How did he get these folks to do these interviews?!” I was intrigued to learn more.

The people that Torrey interviews are change makers in their respective careers. The interviews are thought-provoking and motivating and he seeks to find out what they did or are doing to get to their level of success. His approach is easy-going yet professional, which creates an honest conversation between friends vibe. He asks the questions we all want to know, like how Pat Flynn went from being laid off to earning $200K a  year with online businesses. Each  interview becomes like a free, 30-minute mentoring session from some of the leading trendsetters of today.

I’ve always been hungry for that ‘behind the scenes’ information, so this site is right up my alley. His content provides the same experience I used to get when I read (slowly and meticulously) the liner notes of the albums of my favorite artists. Reading the notes and credits was the exciting part for me; not just hearing new music! I wanted to know who the song writers were, who produced my favorite tracks, and who the artist thanked in their obligatory thank you section. I knew that it was these people that were the ones who were at the top of their game, if they were sought after by my favorite artists.

Part of being successful, in my opinion, is to study those that have gone before you. You don’t know what to aspire to, or to aspire above, if you don’t have a reference point. Right now I’m studying the moves and lives of those that I admire, and it seems like Torrey and I have the same list of interests! He just hit up Amy DuBois Barnett (editor-in-chief of Ebony magazine) on Twitter for an interview. If he lands that one, I’ll be the first one logging on to see that session! Her book “Get Yours” was a game changer for me and her career is stellar to say the least.

If you have no idea who any of these people are that I’m referring to, then I recommend you gon’ ‘head and step ya Google game up!

Or, you can check out Torrey McGraw’s site and get ready to learn how to grind and thrive! The work that he’s doing is why he’s a total friend in my head!

9 comments


  • wow, sounds like a great resource, i’m definitely gonna be checking his site out. thanks for sharing! ;-)

    May 7, 2012
  • Amber

    It is, Rory! He’s got a lot of good stuff on his site. I haven’t even gotten through all of the interviews yet, but I had to get a post up about it!

    May 7, 2012
  • even more confirmation that we are twins. from your studying the liner notes of music to being a fan of Amy – I’ve been following her since Honey mag. Yeah, we are SO twins!!!

    May 7, 2012
    • Amber

      Yep, you know this! Hugs!!!

      May 9, 2012
  • Thanks so much for the support! I’m glad I chat with guests you’re curious to learn more about. Keep up the great work sis.

    May 7, 2012
    • Amber

      Thank YOU, Torrey, for taking the time to read this post and commenting! Like I said on Twitter, it’s nice to know that your work has not gone unnoticed. We’ve got to support each other out here in these internet streets! LOL

      May 9, 2012
  • Ashley

    I’m definitely checking this guy out. Thanks for the info Amber. Love your blog!

    May 8, 2012
    • Amber

      I appreciate that and you, Ashley!

      May 9, 2012
  • Thanks sis! I’m not familiar with Torrey or the site. Going to check it out right now.

    May 11, 2012

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