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Short-Form Reflections from the side of my personality I like to call “Open Mike”

 

Featured Reflections

A Leap of Faith

How rediscovered faith helped someone through the pandemic.

Born to Run

How Mandy Patankin and Kevin Knight stopped me in my tracks.

Finding Meaning

The importance of finding meaning in work, love, and finding courage in the face of danger.

The Little Things

The Little Things

Listen Here or Read BelowNew Release FollowfacebooktwitteryoutubeinstagramBack in 2017, U2 toured the world performing The Joshua Tree in its entirety to commemorate the 30th anniversary of that iconic album. Really, there’s not a bad song on it and you haven’t lived...

Do the Hustle

Do the Hustle

About this EpisodeWhile interviewing author Christina Sweeney-Baird about her debut novel The End of Men, I started thinking about how most authors, and other creators in the arts including comics and actors, have to work additional jobs long before they can earn a...

The Tiger Within

The Tiger Within

In April of 2019, I was in Florida with my kids for their spring break. We stayed where we always stay, with my parents, and that year a special visitor came along—my twin brother Jimmy. I hadn’t really seen much of Jim in the years prior, for a variety of reasons,...

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

The Lost Art of Letter Writing

About This EpisodePrefer to listen? Click on the play button below.Today I am inspired to share with you one of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received. It came from my sister and she gave it to me this weekend. It wasn’t for a special occasion; then again, just getting...

Giving 100%

Giving 100%

About this EpisodeThis week I sat in on the first of hopefully many episodes of Comedy Roads, an online show featuring interviews with established stand up comedians reflecting on their path to success. It's hosted by the one and only Bob DiBuono. A-Lister Eddie Brill...

The Ruin of Souls Chapter 1: A Coded Message

The Ruin of Souls Chapter 1: A Coded Message

Mike Carlon Today we are going to switch gears a bit as I'd like to share with you the first chapter of my latest book The Ruin of Souls. Now look, I'm not a professional voiceover artist nor am I an audio engineer, so keep both in mind as you listen in. If you like...

Betting on Yourself

Betting on Yourself

Dave Mezzepelle"Riding bikes and delivering newspapers and then going around the neighborhood washing cars and cutting lawns...I've been an entrepreneur since I was about nine. And I love it and I could not see myself working for somebody else. I just couldn't do it."...

Men and Lifestyle Changes

Men and Lifestyle Changes

Why it's so hard for men to make lifestyle changesThis week I held some curiosity conversations with men about weight loss and learned that we are full of contradictions. These contradictions go beyond weight loss though (and make me want to stress eat). Listen in to...

Enjoying the Journey

Enjoying the Journey

Shihan Manny EsmeraldoOne thing I have struggled with is remaining in the moment. This reminded me of  an interview I did a few years back with Shihan Manny Esmeraldo who shared his thoughts on enjoying the journey. Happy listening!Host & Guest Mike Carlon Shihan...

Reinvention: Lessons from the man in black

Reinvention: Lessons from the man in black

Gay Hendricks"Relationship problems are perpetuated by both people rushing for the victim position and trying to claim to be the victim and then each one tries to out victim the other one, and so there's no way out of that."Host & Guest Mike Carlon Gay Hendricks...

Finding Meaning

A Man's Search for MeaningHolocaust survivor Viktor Frankl believed that those who survived the atrocities of living in a concentration camp did so mostly because they somehow found meaning in what they were going through. He would go on to state that it is important...

Born to Run

Born to Run

Kevin Knight“At the end of the day, if you can impact someone's life for a moment, maybe connect with them, maybe make them smile, just maybe make them think differently about another human being. That’s what it’s all about.”Host & Guest Mike Carlon Kevin Knight...

Overcoming Resentment

Resentment is poisonous2020 was a year that few of us would care to repeat under the same conditions. However, for me personally, it ended on a high note. Listen in to find out why and hear about ways to overcome resentment.Host & Guest Mike Carlon No guest, just...

Who’s in Your Corner?

Who’s in Your Corner?

A Story About Encouragement There are times in life when we want to break out and try something new. There are other times when we need the support of others to help get through a bump in the road. In both scenarios it's important to ask, who's in your corner?  Host...

Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations

Overcoming Limitations with Mary from Boston and Networking Coach Diane DarlingLast week I spoke with a Bostonian named Mary who took a trip to Jamaica during Covid where she was dubbed The White Oprah. Mary lives with Multiple Sclerosis and my conversation with her...

There’s Always a Yes

There’s Always a Yes

Recently, I caught up with my former boss and mentor Shelley Zalis who is probably the most positive person I’ve ever met in my life. In our conversation, she reminded me how important it is to go after what you want, to always get the deal (however the getting the...

Raise Your Hands

Raise Your Hands

This week, while doing some interviews for a travel client, I met a young man named Matthew who reminded me that there is joy in service.  My conversation with him got me to thinking about how my mother, the church lady of Stamford, CT, would “volunteer” me and my...

Playing Against Type

Playing Against Type

Last week I reconnected with an old college friend, Kevin Savage, who recently published a blog post that got me to thinking about the things that are really important in life. It also reminded me of some conversations I had with three strangers who reminded me how...

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