25 episodes

Born or Made is a weekly podcast where host Michael Chernow chats with guests that have inspired him and millions of others. Michael and his guests dive into the topic of nature/nurture, focusing on their story, from youth to current day. Are people born with the skill that's shaped their lives, or were they made over time.... Lets find out.

Born Or Made Michael Chernow

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 4.6, 36 Ratings

Born or Made is a weekly podcast where host Michael Chernow chats with guests that have inspired him and millions of others. Michael and his guests dive into the topic of nature/nurture, focusing on their story, from youth to current day. Are people born with the skill that's shaped their lives, or were they made over time.... Lets find out.

    Adam Richman | Born To Entertain

    Adam Richman | Born To Entertain

    If you are a lover of food television you probably know Adam Richman. He's an author, chef and tv host who currently hosts The History Channel's Food That Built America, American Made, and the upcoming Dave's Supperman. However, we were all introduced to Adam in 2008 when he brought out the challenger in all of us in the incredibly popular Travel Channel's Man vs Food. For 4 seasons we tuned in every week to watch Adam take on ridiculous food challenges and eat dishes that would make a cardiologist cru. He wasn't some celeb chef in the kitchen making fancy dishes we couldn't pronounce. He was the every man, the one who took on challenges with wholehearted gusto and took us along for the ride. And ride we did - each week, drooling at the over the top menu items and crazy challenges Adam accepted in each episode. Adam and Man vs Food put restaurants on the map and led to local eateries around the world developing their own food challenges, and that's an impressive legacy to leave. 

    Michael and Adam discuss Adam's story from the beginning. Growing up in a Jewish family in Brooklyn NY and how the diversity of NYC opened Adam's eyes to cuisines from every part of the world. His time at Yale studying drama and working, pretty much every job in the restaurant industry. Plus, how his love and study of acting and the theater combined with his experience and passion for culinary arts put him on a path to host one of the most popular TV food programs of all time, which he quite literally was made for. If you've got a dream and not sure how to achieve it, this episode is for you. 

    Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at:

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 51 min
    Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

    Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

    You wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Jordan Syatt is a beast. He's a 5x World Record Powerlifter and one of the few people in the world to deadlift 4x his own body weigh. Not bad for a self proclaimed short, bald, Harry Potter nerd. He has become one of the industry’s leading experts in strength training, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. You've likely seen his work featured in CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Men's Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Schwarzenegger.com, just to name a few. 

    Jordan began Syatt Fitness from his dorm at the University of Delaware in 2011, and has since helped countless individuals achieve their fitness goals, including the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk and many others. He takes a science-based approach to wellness, strength and health training and to prove it he actually lost weight on a diet of 1 BigMac a day every day for 30 days, proving that anyone can reach their goals with the right plan. 

    In this conversation Michael and Jordan discuss how Jordan found success by focusing on what came natural to him and once he followed his instincts, opportunity came knocking. Plus, how a 5 foot 4 inch Jordan convinced the world famous power lifting legend Louie Simmons to let him train at the elite West Side Barbell Gym, the invite only pinnacle for powerlifters. It's a great story that proves embracing who you are, flaws and all, allows you to find out what you're meant for.

    Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at:

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

    Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

    Megan Dolce is a mental health advocate, life coach, culture consultant and the founder of Ripe. She is an incredible, empathetic human being that helps athletes, business executives, and many other professionals navigate the challenges and hurdles of various points of life. Megan's company Ripe is an education space that provides their community with the tools they need to grow and summit adversity every step of the way. 

    On this episode Michael and Megan dive deep into leadership and the characteristics of a true leader. They cover Megan's childhood and the confidence and empathy her parents instilled in her, which led to the success she achieved in her professional career. Megan's core beliefs are rooted in people over profits, and this is the north star for her and those she consults. That mindset is what leads people and organizations to build great companies around unique culture, which is the bedrock for successful organizations and purpose driven prosperity. 

    Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at:

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 54 min
    Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

    Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

    This episode of Born or Made is a personal one, as Michael sits down with childhood best friend and business partner Daniel Holzman. Daniel is a chef, restaurateur, author and sought-after educator, who's work has been published in Saveur, the New York Times, TASTE, and Afar, among others. He's appeared in countless local and national broadcast segments and print publications, and as a competitor, lead character, and judge in hundreds of hours of television programming including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and many others. 

    Michael and Daniel met as kids growing up on the streets of New York City at the ages of 12 and 13. They came up together in the culinary world and eventually founded the Meatball Shop restaurants.  As deep as their personal friendship was, their professional relationship was a tumultuous one and they clashed over how to run their businesses, eventually parting ways for some time. Each went on his own path and recently reconnected and rekindled their friendship.

    In this episode Daniel and Michael dive into their relationship as friends and as business partners. They share their story of growing up and eventually launching an amazing business together. Plus, where they failed as business partners and how that almost destroyed their friendship forever. This is an honest conversation of wisdom and humility with each one admitting their flaws and insecurities. It's a must listen for anyone in a partnership, and an incredible story of entrepreneurialism, friendship, struggle and how ego and pride can take control of your better judgement, if you're not careful.



    Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at:

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 54 min
    Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

    Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

    Anthony Mendez is an entrepreneur, coach, athlete, and fitness professional specializing in loaded & unloaded movement training. You've likely seen him featured in publications like Men's Health and Mens Journal, to name a few. His 10 + years of experience and unique style of training have garnered him a Puma athlete ambassadorship, private clientele and hundreds of thousands of followers. He’s all about nourishing the mind, body and soul, and he’s a dedicated influencer on social media who uses his platform to learn, network, & work with others to create an impact in the community. 

    Michael and Anthony go in depth on the power of positivity, plus the anchors that helps Anthony focus and achieve incredible feats.  A recurring theme being finding your motivation (your why) and centering that in your purpose. From there everything else falls into place and obstacles become nothing in the pursuit for greatness.

    Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at:

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

    Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

    Kari Pearce is a straight-up superhero. She's a five-time CrossFit Games athlete and three-time Fittest American Female. She is currently the 5th fittest woman on earth and has been in the top 10 the last four years. She holds the NY State bench press record at 240 lbs and she's the founder of PowerAbs. The list goes on...

    She began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of 3 and did it for 18 years straight. Kari was on the Varsity Gymnastics team at the University of Michigan where her team won 4 Big Ten Championships, and she earned her degree in Movement Science.

    Michael talks to Kari about her athletic successes and her never-ending drive to compete and win. Plus, her thoughts on hard work vs natural talent, and her decision to live a life that makes her happy, not what the others may think is the better choice.

    Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: 

    Twitter: @MichaelChernow

    Instagram: @michaelchernow

    Facebook: @MichaelPChernow

    LinkedIn: @McChernow

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

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36 Ratings

36 Ratings

CyrilAlcazar ,

Entertaining, informative and inspirational!

Good stuff! Valuable content and great selection of guests!

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The Real Deal. Period.

Inspiring. Insightful. Inclusive.

Michael’s podcast is truly a generous gift. It’s such a delight to listen and learn from other brilliant, talented, and successful humans. Highly recommend- you won’t be disappointed!

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Best new podcast !

Chernow is back at it helping us understand how to live better and do better! Thank you bro!

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