My name is Bryan Wish. I’m an entrepreneur, CEO, and pathfinder. If I’ve learned anything in life, it’s that self-discovery is a critical part of living intentionally, building meaningful relationships, and achieving the future we see for ourselves.
In July of 2021, I sold all of my possessions, headed west, and began a quest to live a fuller and more meaningful life.
The experience helped me truly understand the power of a single moment.
And through my conversations with leaders from all walks of life, I’ve seen how that one phone call, heartbreak, diagnosis, or lost job can transform the entire course of our lives.
In this podcast, I sit down with entrepreneurs, influencers, and experts across industries to talk through the events that changed everything. Together, we’ll relive the make-or-break decisions, hard conversations, periods of despair and hope, chance encounters—and everything that followed.
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Michael Dorf: One National Tragedy Away from Changing his Trajectory
City Winery Founder and Chief Executive Michael Dorf dropped out of law school at age twenty-three to found New York City’s Knitting Factory, which The New York Times later called “one of the most influential downtown music clubs of the 1990s.” He was recognized as an Internet music pioneer by webcasting the first live music stream from a club anywhere in the world. In 2008, Michael brought together his love for music and wine by opening City Winery, Manhattan’s first fully-functional winery, restaurant, music venue, and private event space. It now has thriving locations in major cities across the United States. Since 2006, his Carnegie Hall tribute concert series has raised more than $1.5 million to benefit music education programs. National media outlets have praised him as an important music impresario and New York Magazine lauded him one of the “10 Most Influential New Yorkers.”
Owning a bar close to Ground Zero left a lasting impact on Michael’s worldview. Find out how one of the most difficult events in American history led Michael toward a more meaningful life on the One Away Show.
The One Away Moment:
Michael’s inflection point was during 9/11 when he had the profound sense to do something meaningful in his life that eventually got him into starting a city winery.
Three Key Takeaways:
DTC is the best way to go in the wine business to preserve margins.
Having a high EQ is a critical trait of a good leader
Communicating clearly as a leader is equally important as being sensitive about the employees emotions.
Andrea Feigl: One Impossible Task Away From Chasing Her Calling
Andrea Feigl is the founder & CEO of Health Finance Institute and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University who brings passion and ambition to her work in global health policy, financing, and governance. Outside of her work in healthcare, Andrea is trained as a ballet dancer and holds an international teaching certificate in classical ballet.
Andrea writes and speaks publicly in order to close the knowledge and implementation gap when it comes to global healthcare, especially related to non communicable diseases. She is recognized as the innovator of the Evidenced Formal Coverage Index metric for universal healthcare coverage.
As a young woman, an unfortunate oversight by an authority figure almost derailed the entire course of Andrea’s life. Find out how Andrea reclaimed her future in a high-pressure situation today on the One Away Show.
Rob Castaneda: One Reevaluation Away from a More Deliberate Life
Rob Castaneda, founder and CEO of ServiceRocket, defines leadership “as a journey and a craft, not just a task to complete.” While a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Technology Sydney shaped his career, Rob’s parents and grandparents taught him the value of hard work and focusing on the internal reward. Along with a passion for instrumental guitar and competing in triathlons, Rob is an active member of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and current president of its San Francisco chapter.
Rob’s One Away Moment came when two major life transitions culminated in him rethinking everything. Find out how his journey changed course today on the One Away Show.
Have clarity on what it is that you truly want and what it is that you wanna leave behind and enable.
Process is all about what you did in the past, what you learnt and what do we improve for the next time.
Build processes to drive outcomes.
Jim Fielding: One Coming Out Away from Embracing Authenticity
Jim Fielding, a proud Ohio native and graduate of Indiana University, is an Author, Authentic Leader, and Queer C-Suite Executive with over 30 years of experience working with some of the world’s most beloved media and retail brands, including The Gap, Disney, Claire’s, Dreamworks, and 20th Century Fox. Jim is known for his ability to combine storytelling and product merchandising into unforgettable consumer experiences. As culture builder and talent spotter, he has recruited and trained global leaders in a variety of disciplines and at all levels. Jim’s book “All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically,” tells his story and reflects his desire to amplify and celebrate stories like his own to help others in the LGBTQ+ community.
Today, Jim spends his time and talents on independent media, entrepreneurship, higher education, and philanthropy. He’s a Partner at Archer Gray, an independent media company inspiring change through storytelling and innovative brand collaborations. Jim has also been active in philanthropy for over 25 years and is a vocal advocate for LGBTQ+ rights.
Jim’s life changed forever when he learned to embrace his identity and live authentically. Find out what this shift meant for both his personal and professional life today on the One Away Show.
Three Key Takeaways
1. Embracing Authenticity is vital in every person’s life, queer or not.
2. Systematic Change is needed to make the queer and every other marginalized community be comfortable embracing themselves.
3. People who are allowed to embrace themselves and allowed to be themselves always perform better.
The One Away Moment: Jim’s One Away moment was when he embraced authenticity and came out as a gay man at the age of 26.
In honor of #NationalComingOutDay, we’re highlighting Jim Fielding, author of “All Pride, No Ego: A Queer Executive’s Journey to Living and Leading Authentically.”
Jim, a prominent C-Suite Executive known for his ability to combine storytelling and product merchandising into unforgettable consumer experiences, stopped by the #OneAwayShow recently to share his journey towards self and what his life was like before, during, and after coming out.
Find out how Jim stepped into himself and began living life as his authentic self this Friday on the #OneAwayShow.
#ComingOut #Pride #LGBTQ+ #Leader #Podcast #Authenticity #TrueStories
Read Jim’s book here, and stay tuned to hear his appearance on the One Away Show this Friday!
Vinay Patankar: One Period of Exploration Away From a World of Possibilities
Vinay Patankar is the Founder of Process Street, a company that delivers the future of no-code workflows and knowledge management to users. Salesforce, AirBnB, Yale, GAP, and thousands of other companies rely on Process Street to manage and automate repetitive work in their teams. Early in his career, Vinay served in roles in finance and recruiting talent until making the leap to entrepreneurship. In 2009, Vinay founded Blue Glass Technology in Hong Kong, which builds, manages, and consults on digital properties. He led the company for five years as CEO before founding Process Street.
Vinay’s life changed forever when he heard the call to leave home and discover a world of possibilities. Find out how Vinay found his path today on the One Away Show.
Three Key Takeaways:
Remote companies need more processes in place than in-office companies
Most successful people are just like us, so if they can do it, so can we.
Taking risks at an early age is going to create an experience that one cannot have later in life.
The One away moment:
Vinay's One Away Moment was when he quit his full time job to travel the world that led to a shift in his mindset giving rise to opportunities and experiences.
Aman Verjee: One Extracurricular Away from Changing the World
Aman Verjee is the Founder of Practical Venture Capital, a practice aimed at capturing unrealized market potential of venture funds in the 5-10 year maturity range. Aman is a business executive with decades of experience in high-growth and technology companies. He has been a key member of executive management teams that have created billions in shareholder value and thousands of jobs, and contributed as a C-suite officer to the creation and growth of some of technology's most profitable and best-loved brands - PayPal, eBay, and Sonos.
Throughout Aman’s career, he has established a strong track record of creating financial frameworks and leading financial operations for Fortune 500 companies and for rapidly growing startups. He has gained specific expertise in creating protocols that meet regulatory requirements, assisting startups in navigating daunting IPO and SOX compliance plans, and guiding organizations through the entire lifecycle of mergers, acquisitions, and integrations.
Aman’s career trajectory was launched when a college extracurricular opened him up to a network of people who would go on to found hugely influential and successful companies. Find out how today on the One Away Show.
Three Key Takeaways:
Everytime I talk to founders, I ask them, “What problem are you solving?” and “Who’s your customer?”, don't just tell me about your technology. Be open to ideas from the team without getting personal or political about it.
The IPO and secondary market are inversely related
Bryan does an amazing job of creating fascinating and tought-provoking content for his listeners. He is very professional in his interactions with guests. Worthwhile listen. I highly recommend.
Bryan is a great host with a lot of knowledge on this stuff. Be sure to check this one out!
The One Away Show is one of my favorite podcasts! I love learning from thought leaders in various industries who share how they’ve built their businesses and why. Bryan is an extraordinary interviewer who has the ability to engage with all his guests to help them reveal parts of themselves they didn’t think was possible. He’s an active listener who is selfless and really down to earth. It’s really easy to get hooked on this podcast. One word…Phenomenal!