EP026 – Battling Addiction and Thriving in Business with Serial Entrepreneur Michael Dash
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Life takes us on a variety of rides, sometimes it’s smooth and calm; there are times it is a roller coaster ride and whether in business or in our personal lives, we should always be prepared to enjoy the trip regardless of how bumpy this trip could be.
In this episode of the Be Your Best in Business™, I had the privilege to sit down with Michael Dash, and talk not only of his success with his business and philanthropy, BUT as well as how he overcame his “personal demons”. This interview allowed us to discuss how the change in our way of thinking can also change our perspective in life, thus leading for us to see the opportunities hidden somewhere in every challenge.
In this episode Michael and I discussed how the people whom we spend a good amount of our time with (especially while growing up) can really influence – either positively or negatively – on how we grow up.
Michael shared with us that while he was a gambling and drug addict when he was younger, he was also honing his entrepreneurial skills at the same time. He also shared how he went “chasing the high” back then.
He discussed how he overcame his addictions – which basically started with a little argument with his brother on their way home for Thanksgiving, which brings us back to the influence the people we are close with have on our lives.
In this interview, we also get to talk about how he overcame his gambling addiction – and it started with a “short-term goal” of DON’T gamble tomorrow. (This shows how short-term goals can really help us change something for the long-term.)
We also discussed how he started his business, and how he ended up in Utah when he had a full-time job in New York. He shared how his decisions back then revolved around money, and how he went where the money is.
He touched on how even when he was already able to conquer his addictions, he was still on a roller coaster ride – sharing that he has an on-going lawsuit with his ex-business partner, and how he did not know how to deal with it a couple of years ago, and how a trip to Bali helped him change his perspective, and helped him cope up with his negative emotions.
Michael talked about his efforts to help those who went through addiction just like him, and that includes a series he calls “FATE (From Addicts To Entrepreneur)”.
We also get to touch on the topic of “FLOW” which is a mental state that allows us to become more productive and get more out of life.
Golden Nugget Round
Question 1 – What would you tell your 25 Year Old Self?
Get control of your emotional state before you make any decisions. Take a deep breath, and a step back before you open your mouth.
Question 2 – What would you lecture at University today?
Most likely a combination of emotional decision making, overcoming obstacles, the tie of addiction and entrepreneurship, and the importance of having a fulfilled life.
Question 3 – What was your biggest investment or financial decision?
Investing in houses and property
To contact Michael, feel free to get in touch with him through any of the following:
Facebook Michael Dash
Links and Resources
When you are in sales and building your own book of business, you are already an entrepreneur. You may be doing it for somebody else, but you are already an entrepreneur. – Michael Dash
If I feel emotional about something and I need to make a decision about it, I will take a step back and meditate — then come back and attack the problem. – Michael Dash
If it is NOT a *ell YES! Then it should be an F*** NO! – Michael Dash