Linkin Park was the source of most of my anthems throughout high school and college.
I distinctly remember driving around Miami so many times with my best friend in those days, starting off with Track 1 from Hybrid Theory. To this day, if I play that song, my mind goes back to popping that CD in my 1993 Saturn SC1 and hitting up TCBY or going to a church youth group night or just driving to find new things in the city.
The band’s tracks followed me throughout my development. I remember seeing them live at Zetafest and being blown away by their showmanship and stage presence. Chester’s vocals were so distinctive and powerful that I couldn’t stop listening to anything the band created.
Gerald is a biking and skiing enthusiast and sobriety coach in Boulder, Colorado.
In our talk, Gerald shares his journey from being stuck in a difficult, unhealthy situation, wasting too many hours a day watching tv and drinking and letting his life pass him by.
After getting a DUI in 2015, he took a long hard look at his life and circumstances he found himself in and decided something needed to be done. He left an unhealthy relationship and living situation, cut out the TV and alcohol, and got to work on himself. He started a blog focused on making healthy decisions and got into speaking and then sobriety coaching.
Joseph is running Revived Recovery and has large ambitions in bringing a positive influence to recovery networking. In our talk, Joseph discusses his battle with alcohol and substance abuse and just how bad it had to get before he could get better. His story is very powerful and inspirational and I think you’re going to pull out a lot of positive messages from what he’s gone through. He’s taken his experiences and turned them into a way to reach out to others and help those struggling to get into a healthier situation.
Jesse is sobriety advocate with large ambitions from Louisville, Kentucky. He is the founder and creator of Sober Voyager and the SV Foundation, a company dedicated to spreading awareness and hope to addicts and their loved ones across the country with the guiding principles being to Help, Remember, Inspire, and Encourage.
In our talk, he discusses his journey into sobriety, how he developed the idea for Sober Voyager, and where he’s taking it from here. If resonate with goals of seeing the world, you’re going to love what he’s got going on.
Austin is the creator of Sober Evolution. His journey into recovery led him to create a clothing brand to promote awareness of drug and alcohol addiction and inspire recovery. He recently moved to Florida and now also runs a lab services company helping rehab facilities with their needs while continuing to inspire others through his Instagram page and website.
In this conversation, he talks about how he got started in drinking, how it took over his life, and finally how he was able to turn it all around and create a massive movement for bringing awareness to drug and alcohol addiction.
Brian is the creator of Substance For You, one of if not the biggest sobriety advocacy brands out there today. With over 43,000 follower on Instagram, they stay true to their message of providing awareness for global health issues on Addiction, Mental Health, Eating Disorders, and Recovery. Brian’s story has it all, and his journey into sobriety is truly inspirational and powerful.
If you got sober and one of your first thoughts was “I need to make a business now,” you might be an entrepreneur.
Because I’ll tell you, that is not what most people first think when starting on their sobriety endeavor. Even for me, a born-and-raised entrepreneur growing up on my family’s tropical fish farm in Florida, I had bigger things occupying my mind for those first several months of sobriety.
The cravings to drink were at the forefront of my mind nearly every day. I had been working in a new career at a local hospital for only about 3 months, and I honestly think it would have been a lot harder to stay sober if I had all the freedom I was used to having when I worked out of my house.
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In this article, you can find details about the Summit, including how the interviews will be conducted, what the format will be, and a sample of interview questions. Of course, I am very flexible in format, so if you have a particular style or message you’d like to share, I’d love to help host it and bring it to the world with you.
As an avid podcast listener, I’ve come across many different models of bringing together people with a focus on learning, teaching, sharing, and mentorship. Listening to podcasts themselves has helped to keep me sober, especially in the first several months when the voices emanating from my own head were telling me that having a drink with friends isn’t a big deal, I’d have the wisdom and stories being fed right into my brain reminding me of just how easy it is to slip back into the addiction, and that nothing good comes from that, and a ‘fun’ night has limitless consequences.
When I was nearing 1 year sober, and hearing that there was a ‘gap in the programming’ regarding entrepreneurs in recovery, I decided to start to fill that void.
Being an entrepreneur in recovery may at first glance sound like an unwise pursuit. Owning your own business is notorious for being stressful, and stress is one of the biggest factors that drove me to drink in the first place.
It’s also common to see the start-up scene swilling their cocktails at never-ending mixers and networking events and think that the entrepreneurial sector of the economy is only made for those who can drink away the day and stay up all night locked in front of a computer.
But that’s not the only way to do it.