212 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.

    Breaking the Burnout Cycle With Julie Bee

    Breaking the Burnout Cycle With Julie Bee

    #521: Julie Bee is the founder of TJB Media (2021) and BeeSmart Social Media (2008). She’s an award-winning podcast host, a leader, a professional speaker, and an entrepreneur. Julie is a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program (10ksb) and a proud alumnus of West Virginia University.
    Julie started her career as an accountant but quickly discovered that path was not a good fit for her creativity. After losing her job in 2008, Julie founded BeeSmart Social Media. Julie continues to serve as the founder of BeeSmart, leading her remote team and supporting them in delivering services to the clients.
    Today, Julie focuses most of her time on helping business owners prevent burnout and achieve success. She does this through Momentum calls, workshops, delivering original content online, speaking engagements, and short-term coaching services.

    • 1 hr
    From Corporate to Coach: Alli Rizacos’ Journey to Entrepreneurial Freedom

    From Corporate to Coach: Alli Rizacos’ Journey to Entrepreneurial Freedom

    #520: In 2021, Alli Rizacos took the leap and left the corporate world to pursue her dream of building a coaching business while traveling the world. In less than 3 years, she has built a recognizable brand on LinkedIn and a successful coaching business nearing $1M in revenue.
    Tune in to learn how Alli transitioned from corporate work to becoming a coach and her journey to entrepreneurial freedom.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    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

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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