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Michael Gardon

  • Writer's pictureMichael Gardon

How Do You Want To Live? - The Break Issue 21

Updated: Mar 19

Welcome to the 158 members of The Break! I missed last week as I was on vacation at the Happiest Place on Earth - Walt Disney World with my family.​

I wrote a post today, it went like this:

Spent all of last week at Walt Disney World with kids and family.

Not one:

Work call

Urgent email

Employee problem

Customer complaint

But I did have:

Sales Commissions

Progress on key initiatives

I'm lucky.

I also pictured this in my mind and designed my life this way.

Here's what I didn't say:

I've been fired.

I battle anxiety and depression.

I spent decades not believing in myself.

I've mightily struggled with purpose and finding "a calling".

I've stopped and started my career many times, killing momentum.

I've been rejected.

I've dealt with bad office politics.

I've been scared shitless that I would die from stress.

What changed?

If I had to summarize, I'd say,

"I decided what I didn't want."

Then I designed a life that didn't tolerate those things anymore.

Now, everyday I try to be easier on myself by:

  • Trusting myself more.

  • Feeding my energy and creativity.

  • Using my strengths.

  • Forgiving my weaknesses.

It's a life long journey - but one I am living, and if you're on a similar path, I'm here to help you BREAK it.

But you have to decide what you're no longer willing to tolerate, and start deciding how you want to live.

See you again next week.

Whenever you're ready, there are 3 ways I can help you:

1. Get in the Breaking Work conversation on Linkedin. Messages are open. Follow me here.

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3. Promote your brand/business to 14k+ subscribers by sponsoring our newsletter contact (Booked out 4 weeks)

The Break Job Board

I teamed up with Pallet to create a curated job board for our community! These jobs are tech focused, remote first opportunities. I’d love it if you followed. Maybe, just maybe you’ll find your next big opportunity here.

Here are a few featured opportunities:

Also, If you’re looking to support the community and have a job to post, you can do so by clicking the ‘Post a Job’ button.

What’s happening on the pod?

In this episode, I chat with Adam C. Bandelli. Founder & Managing Director of Bandelli & Associates, Dr. Adam C. Bandelli is an organizational psychologist and seasoned leadership advisor with over twenty years of corporate consulting experience. Adam's calling and purpose in life is to help the leaders identify, embrace, and unleash their true authentic selves.

In his latest book Relational Intelligence, he details the five essential skills he has found to create life-changing relationships. Adam received his Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of South Florida in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Now, he runs Bandelli & Associates where he and his consultants leverage psychological insights to help their clients unleash their true leadership potential.

You made it to the end! Hopefully you learned something about breaking your career today! If so, please share this with someone you care about.

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