210 episodes

Entrepreneur Michael Gardon is on a mission to help people BREAK work and get intentional about their career journey. In 2018 work wasn't working for Mike, so he decided to BREAK work and design a better work-life. Now, he helps people do the same. Hear from corporate careerists who have found fulfillment in new industries. Hear from entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who invest in themselves in pursuit of a more fulfilled, more sane life. Hear from side hustlers who are building more resilient work lives. Hear what their break moment was, hear how they overcame resistance and their actionable advice for doing the same. You'll also hear a short strategy or story each week from Mike's own experience reinventing his career 6 different times! There's never been a better time to take control.

The Break - with Michael Gardon Michael Gardon

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 99 Ratings

Entrepreneur Michael Gardon is on a mission to help people BREAK work and get intentional about their career journey. In 2018 work wasn't working for Mike, so he decided to BREAK work and design a better work-life. Now, he helps people do the same. Hear from corporate careerists who have found fulfillment in new industries. Hear from entrepreneurs and solopreneurs who invest in themselves in pursuit of a more fulfilled, more sane life. Hear from side hustlers who are building more resilient work lives. Hear what their break moment was, hear how they overcame resistance and their actionable advice for doing the same. You'll also hear a short strategy or story each week from Mike's own experience reinventing his career 6 different times! There's never been a better time to take control.

    The Courage To Lead With Amy Riley

    The Courage To Lead With Amy Riley

    #519: Amy L. Riley is an internationally renowned speaker, author and leadership development consultant. She’s worked with organizations such as Deloitte, Cisco Systems and Aon Hewitt and has over 20 years of experience working with leaders at all levels.
    Amy earned a Masters of Science in Training and Development (MSTD), with an emphasis in Organization Development (OD), from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA), a certified Tiara International LLC Coach and certified in the Meyers-Briggs Type Instrument. Amy’s second book, The Courage of a Leader: How To Inspire, Engage and Get Extraordinary Results, was released on March 3, 2021 and immediately reached #1 international best-selling status.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Turn Hidden Talents Into Extraordinary Advantage

    Turn Hidden Talents Into Extraordinary Advantage

    #518: 
    I dove headfirst into finance for one reason.
    Money.
    As a 20 year old I simply neglected who I was, and looked to go to the place I could make a lot of money.
    How ignorant.
    I ignored my real talents.
    Despite natural skills in writing, speaking, and presenting, I chose the expected path.
    Here’s the truth: Our system, from college to career, often buries our genuine strengths under a pile of “shoulds.” It took me too long to listen, to unearth those dormant skills, and truly embrace them.
    Why share this? Because you, too, have untapped potential, overshadowed by what you’ve been told to pursue.
    Let’s challenge that. It’s time to dig deep, uncover our real talents, and redefine our paths.

    • 5 min
    The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forward With Amy Shoenthal

    The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forward With Amy Shoenthal

    #517: Welcome, everyone, to another episode of The Break podcast, where we delve into the depths of resilience, flexibility, and overcoming life's obstacles. I'm your host, Mike, and today's conversation promises to be nothing short of enlightening.
    Today, we're exploring a topic that resonates with each and every one of us - setbacks. Life's unexpected twists and turns can knock us off course, but it's how we respond to these challenges that defines our journey forward.
    You know, we often envision our paths as linear journeys, guided by societal norms and expectations. But what happens when life throws us off course? That's where our resilience truly shines. And today, we have a special treat for you - a glimpse into the world of setbacks and how they can propel us forward.
    Our guest has authored a captivating book titled "The Setback Cycle: How Defining Moments Can Move Us Forward." Through her extensive journalism career, she's discovered a common thread among leaders and founders - the ability to rise from setbacks with renewed vigor.
    So, what exactly is a setback? It's not just a bump in the road; it's a reversal of progress, a check on our journey forward. But it's within these setbacks that we find the fuel for growth, the resilience to navigate life's twists and turns.
    Today, we'll explore the concept of setbacks with our guest, delving into the neuroscience, psychology, and real-life stories that illuminate the setback cycle. From the squiggly, misshapen S of our journeys to the realization that success isn't always a linear path, we'll uncover the secrets to becoming unbreakable in the face of adversity.
    So, buckle up and get ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Because after today's conversation, you'll see setbacks not as obstacles, but as stepping stones toward a brighter, more resilient future.
    If you want to connect with our guest, Amy Shoenthal, you can find her on Instagram and LinkedIn.

    • 58 min
    Becoming [Full Stack] Human

    Becoming [Full Stack] Human

    #516: 
    In chasing “success” we forget what it is to just be human.
    I feel like my struggles have been about getting back to just being a person.
    I don’t want to just succeed at some line of work that no one will remember.
    I don’t want to just save for retirement that might not ever come.
    I don’t want to be one dimensional.
    I want to be a Full Stack Human.
    What does that mean?

    • 6 min
    Exclusive Free Mini Course: Becoming Unbreakable

    Exclusive Free Mini Course: Becoming Unbreakable

    #515: 
    Heyooo,
    So The World Economic Forum recently released their top 10 "skills for the future of work."
    Guess what made the list: flexibility, adaptability and resilience.
    Why are those so important to the WEF?
    Because the WEF knows that the future is changing rapidly, and companies need employees who can thrive in a rapidly changing environment.
    The job market and the world at large are changing quickly, and what served you yesterday likely won't serve you in the future - especially if you're already thinking about how you can make a change NOW.
    I talk about being unbreakable as a state where you are ready, or at least ready to handle, anything that comes your way.
    So I created a free 5 day mini crash course on how to become unbreakable. Right now all new subscribers are getting it, so I wanted to kick it out to everyone here for a chance to check it out as well.

    • 2 min
    Here's how you get good at creating options in your career

    Here's how you get good at creating options in your career

    #514: 
    You can do anything, but you can’t do everything. You must choose your path with the best odds.
    Look there's 2 places people start when creating options:
    "I have no options. I can't imagine what else I could do." "I can do anything! How do I choose?" It's work to realize that neither starting point is reality, but once you do you begin to see that the path to creating options starts with thinking about our odds.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
99 Ratings

99 Ratings

PreggieCoach ,

Mike dives deep into relevant topics!

Mike is a fantastic host! Our conversation on his podcast was one of the most engaging and thought-provoking I've ever had. His show dives deep into relevant topics, offering inspiration and pragmatic tips.

Jennifertherealtor ,

Such a refreshing podcast!

This podcast provides so many different views on what people do and how they got there. Love listening in!

Mike from Chicago_ ,

Loving the new format - stories are amazing!

I’m loving how this pod is diving into how normal people make big career change. I’ve struggled with confidence, and hearing how others have mustered up the courage to do something different is super helpful.

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