|In this first episode of The Hope Dealer, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino sits down to interview fellow MTV alumni Brandon Novak — formerly of Viva La Bam, Jackass, and ex-professional skateboarder.
Both men have another thing in common too: they overcame their personal obstacles of addiction to lead a better life.
Mike talks to Brandon about sobriety, resentment, growing up in Baltimore, and more.
"Tough Times Don’t Last, But Tough People Do"
TIMECODES OF WHAT WAS DISCUSSED:
0:50 - Brandon’s story, and celebrating five years clean and sober
3:44 - Brandon: "I’m not in control of anything. The moment I put expectations on you, all I’ve done is put unrealistic expectations on you… I’m sure to be let down… The #1 offender is resentment."
5:40 - Getting sober is just the beginning
7:00 - The dangers of having a job that consisted of "knowing everything"
8:31 - How Mike helped Brandon get out of his own way
11:00 - What it means to say "I’m an alcoholic"
12:05 - Do you still have an obsessive or addictive personality?
15:35 - "My defects have become my assets"
16:57: - What was meant to destroy you has given you an entirely new life
18:45 - Brandon on being a certified interventionist
20:39 - Brandon’s new book "The Streets of Baltimore"
22:54 - Brandon’s people were finished with him
24:40 - Brandon didn’t have a laptop before quarantine
26:35 - Brandon is a keynote speaker for the DEA
29:39 - What advice could you give someone who has to make a change?
31:24 - Any specific stories that standout you want to share?
35:54 - What should people know about the steps of recovery?
37:41 - Finding 1,000 ways to fail
38:05 - Closing thoughts: "find what you love"
40:58 - "Tough times don’t last, but tough people do"
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