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Born Or Made

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Born Or Made

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Born or Made is a weekly podcast where host Michael Chernow chats with guests that have inspired him and millions of others. Michael and his guests dive into the topic of nature/nurture, focusing on their story, from youth to current day. Are people born with the skill that's shaped their lives, or were they made over time.... Lets find out.

Latest Episodes

Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

EYou wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Jordan Syatt is a beast. He's a 5x World Record Powerlifter and one of the few people in the world to deadlift 4x his own body weigh. Not bad for a self proclaimed short, bald, Harry Potter nerd. He has become one of the industry’s leading experts in strength training, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. You've likely seen his work featured in CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Men's Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Schwarzenegger.com, just to name a few. Jordan began Syatt Fitness from his dorm at the University of Delaware in 2011, and has since helped countless individuals achieve their fitness goals, including the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk and many others. He takes a science-based approach to wellness, strength and health training and to prove it he actually lost weight on a diet of 1 BigMac a day every day for 30 days, proving that anyone can reach their goals with the right plan. In this conversation Michael and Jordan discuss how Jordan found success by focusing on what came natural to him and once he followed his instincts, opportunity came knocking. Plus, how a 5 foot 4 inch Jordan convinced the world famous power lifting legend Louie Simmons to let him train at the elite West Side Barbell Gym, the invite only pinnacle for powerlifters. It's a great story that proves embracing who you are, flaws and all, allows you to find out what you're meant for. Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MIN6 d ago
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Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

EMegan Dolce is a mental health advocate, life coach, culture consultant and the founder of Ripe. She is an incredible, empathetic human being that helps athletes, business executives, and many other professionals navigate the challenges and hurdles of various points of life. Megan's company Ripe is an education space that provides their community with the tools they need to grow and summit adversity every step of the way. On this episode Michael and Megan dive deep into leadership and the characteristics of a true leader. They cover Megan's childhood and the confidence and empathy her parents instilled in her, which led to the success she achieved in her professional career. Megan's core beliefs are rooted in people over profits, and this is the north star for her and those she consults. That mindset is what leads people and organizations to build great companies around unique culture, which is the bedrock for successful organizations and purpose driven prosperity. Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

54 MIN1 w ago
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Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

This episode of Born or Made is a personal one, as Michael sits down with childhood best friend and business partner Daniel Holzman. Daniel is a chef, restaurateur, author and sought-after educator, who's work has been published in Saveur, the New York Times, TASTE, and Afar, among others. He's appeared in countless local and national broadcast segments and print publications, and as a competitor, lead character, and judge in hundreds of hours of television programming including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and many others. Michael and Daniel met as kids growing up on the streets of New York City at the ages of 12 and 13. They came up together in the culinary world and eventually founded the Meatball Shop restaurants. As deep as their personal friendship was, their professional relationship was a tumultuous one and they clashed over how to run their businesses, eventually parting ways for some time. Each went on his own path and recently reconnected and rekindled their friendship. In this episode Daniel and Michael dive into their relationship as friends and as business partners. They share their story of growing up and eventually launching an amazing business together. Plus, where they failed as business partners and how that almost destroyed their friendship forever. This is an honest conversation of wisdom and humility with each one admitting their flaws and insecurities. It's a must listen for anyone in a partnership, and an incredible story of entrepreneurialism, friendship, struggle and how ego and pride can take control of your better judgement, if you're not careful. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

54 MIN2 w ago
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Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

EAnthony Mendez is an entrepreneur, coach, athlete, and fitness professional specializing in loaded & unloaded movement training. You've likely seen him featured in publications like Men's Health and Mens Journal, to name a few. His 10 + years of experience and unique style of training have garnered him a Puma athlete ambassadorship, private clientele and hundreds of thousands of followers. He’s all about nourishing the mind, body and soul, and he’s a dedicated influencer on social media who uses his platform to learn, network, & work with others to create an impact in the community. Michael and Anthony go in depth on the power of positivity, plus the anchors that helps Anthony focus and achieve incredible feats. A recurring theme being finding your motivation (your why) and centering that in your purpose. From there everything else falls into place and obstacles become nothing in the pursuit for greatness. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MIN3 w ago
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Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

Kari Pearce is a straight-up superhero. She's a five-time CrossFit Games athlete and three-time Fittest American Female. She is currently the 5th fittest woman on earth and has been in the top 10 the last four years. She holds the NY State bench press record at 240 lbs and she's the founder of PowerAbs. The list goes on... She began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of 3 and did it for 18 years straight. Kari was on the Varsity Gymnastics team at the University of Michigan where her team won 4 Big Ten Championships, and she earned her degree in Movement Science. Michael talks to Kari about her athletic successes and her never-ending drive to compete and win. Plus, her thoughts on hard work vs natural talent, and her decision to live a life that makes her happy, not what the others may think is the better choice. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

62 MINJUL 7
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Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.2

EContinuing our conversation with Chef Roy Choi, known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has won more awards than we can list here. Let's just put it this way, the man was named one of TIME 100's Most Influential People in 2016. He's a NY Times Best Selling Author, TV Host, restauranteur and he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future. On part 2 of Michael's discussion with Roy, they delve into Roy's philosophies and beliefs. They discuss Roy's family and their pursuit of the American dream. The moment they found success, which led to wealth for the family for the first time, and how that affected Roy's childhood and relationship with money. Roy opens up about his major philosophy about sharing success with those he cared for and giving back to his community, which is what later helped save Kogi during the pandemic. Speaking of Kogi, they discuss how it all began and the circumstances that led Roy down the path of reinventing street food culture. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

55 MINJUN 30
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Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.2

Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.1

EOn the Season 2 premiere of Born or Made, Michael sits down with Chef, Roy Choi. Roy is known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has won more awards than we can list here. Let's just put it this way, the man was named one of TIME 100's Most Influential People in 2016. He's a NY Times Best Selling Author, TV Host, restauranteur and he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future. Michael and Roy covered so many things we had to break this up into 2 episodes. Part 1 covers much of what's happening in the world right now. They talk racism, equality and discuss the much-needed change that America needs. Plus, his immigrant roots, the hustle mentality he inherited from his Korean parents and the birth of Kogi. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MINJUN 24
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Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.1

Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

65 MINAPR 27
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Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

Born or Made #15: Jason Wachob - Founder C0-CEO Mindbodygreen

BORN OR MADE Episode #15 Jason WachobFounder and Co-CEO of MindBodyGreen, a wellness based media company that focuses on science based well being, covering everything from movement, to clean eating and breathing, to how humans connect and what drives...

61 MINAPR 20
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Born or Made #15: Jason Wachob - Founder C0-CEO Mindbodygreen

Born or Made #14: Adam Kallen and Alex Dimattio - Jane Motorcycles

BORN OR MADE Episode #14 Adam Kallen & Alex Dimattio of Jane MotorcyclesAdam Kallen and Alex Dimattio, Founders of Jane Motorcycles, One of my favorite men’s apparel brands, they build custom motorcycles and pull on the best espresso’s in Brooklyn…...

66 MINAPR 13
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Born or Made #14: Adam Kallen and Alex Dimattio - Jane Motorcycles

Latest Episodes

Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

EYou wouldn't know it by looking at him, but Jordan Syatt is a beast. He's a 5x World Record Powerlifter and one of the few people in the world to deadlift 4x his own body weigh. Not bad for a self proclaimed short, bald, Harry Potter nerd. He has become one of the industry’s leading experts in strength training, nutrition, and behavioral psychology. You've likely seen his work featured in CNN, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Men's Health Magazine, Men’s Fitness Magazine, and Schwarzenegger.com, just to name a few. Jordan began Syatt Fitness from his dorm at the University of Delaware in 2011, and has since helped countless individuals achieve their fitness goals, including the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk and many others. He takes a science-based approach to wellness, strength and health training and to prove it he actually lost weight on a diet of 1 BigMac a day every day for 30 days, proving that anyone can reach their goals with the right plan. In this conversation Michael and Jordan discuss how Jordan found success by focusing on what came natural to him and once he followed his instincts, opportunity came knocking. Plus, how a 5 foot 4 inch Jordan convinced the world famous power lifting legend Louie Simmons to let him train at the elite West Side Barbell Gym, the invite only pinnacle for powerlifters. It's a great story that proves embracing who you are, flaws and all, allows you to find out what you're meant for. Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MIN6 d ago
Comments
Jordan Syatt | Big Things Come In Small Packages

Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

EMegan Dolce is a mental health advocate, life coach, culture consultant and the founder of Ripe. She is an incredible, empathetic human being that helps athletes, business executives, and many other professionals navigate the challenges and hurdles of various points of life. Megan's company Ripe is an education space that provides their community with the tools they need to grow and summit adversity every step of the way. On this episode Michael and Megan dive deep into leadership and the characteristics of a true leader. They cover Megan's childhood and the confidence and empathy her parents instilled in her, which led to the success she achieved in her professional career. Megan's core beliefs are rooted in people over profits, and this is the north star for her and those she consults. That mindset is what leads people and organizations to build great companies around unique culture, which is the bedrock for successful organizations and purpose driven prosperity. Don't forget to share this episode with your circle and be sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade. Follow Michael Chernow at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

54 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Megan Dolce | The Leadership Mindset

Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

This episode of Born or Made is a personal one, as Michael sits down with childhood best friend and business partner Daniel Holzman. Daniel is a chef, restaurateur, author and sought-after educator, who's work has been published in Saveur, the New York Times, TASTE, and Afar, among others. He's appeared in countless local and national broadcast segments and print publications, and as a competitor, lead character, and judge in hundreds of hours of television programming including The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and many others. Michael and Daniel met as kids growing up on the streets of New York City at the ages of 12 and 13. They came up together in the culinary world and eventually founded the Meatball Shop restaurants. As deep as their personal friendship was, their professional relationship was a tumultuous one and they clashed over how to run their businesses, eventually parting ways for some time. Each went on his own path and recently reconnected and rekindled their friendship. In this episode Daniel and Michael dive into their relationship as friends and as business partners. They share their story of growing up and eventually launching an amazing business together. Plus, where they failed as business partners and how that almost destroyed their friendship forever. This is an honest conversation of wisdom and humility with each one admitting their flaws and insecurities. It's a must listen for anyone in a partnership, and an incredible story of entrepreneurialism, friendship, struggle and how ego and pride can take control of your better judgement, if you're not careful. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

54 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Daniel Holzman | A Story of Friendship, Loss, Growth And Wisdom

Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

EAnthony Mendez is an entrepreneur, coach, athlete, and fitness professional specializing in loaded & unloaded movement training. You've likely seen him featured in publications like Men's Health and Mens Journal, to name a few. His 10 + years of experience and unique style of training have garnered him a Puma athlete ambassadorship, private clientele and hundreds of thousands of followers. He’s all about nourishing the mind, body and soul, and he’s a dedicated influencer on social media who uses his platform to learn, network, & work with others to create an impact in the community. Michael and Anthony go in depth on the power of positivity, plus the anchors that helps Anthony focus and achieve incredible feats. A recurring theme being finding your motivation (your why) and centering that in your purpose. From there everything else falls into place and obstacles become nothing in the pursuit for greatness. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Anthony Mendez | Mind Over Matter Moves Mountains

Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

Kari Pearce is a straight-up superhero. She's a five-time CrossFit Games athlete and three-time Fittest American Female. She is currently the 5th fittest woman on earth and has been in the top 10 the last four years. She holds the NY State bench press record at 240 lbs and she's the founder of PowerAbs. The list goes on... She began her athletic career as a gymnast at the age of 3 and did it for 18 years straight. Kari was on the Varsity Gymnastics team at the University of Michigan where her team won 4 Big Ten Championships, and she earned her degree in Movement Science. Michael talks to Kari about her athletic successes and her never-ending drive to compete and win. Plus, her thoughts on hard work vs natural talent, and her decision to live a life that makes her happy, not what the others may think is the better choice. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

62 MINJUL 7
Comments
Kari Pearce Is Proof That Superheros Do Exist

Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.2

EContinuing our conversation with Chef Roy Choi, known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has won more awards than we can list here. Let's just put it this way, the man was named one of TIME 100's Most Influential People in 2016. He's a NY Times Best Selling Author, TV Host, restauranteur and he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future. On part 2 of Michael's discussion with Roy, they delve into Roy's philosophies and beliefs. They discuss Roy's family and their pursuit of the American dream. The moment they found success, which led to wealth for the family for the first time, and how that affected Roy's childhood and relationship with money. Roy opens up about his major philosophy about sharing success with those he cared for and giving back to his community, which is what later helped save Kogi during the pandemic. Speaking of Kogi, they discuss how it all began and the circumstances that led Roy down the path of reinventing street food culture. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

55 MINJUN 30
Comments
Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.2

Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.1

EOn the Season 2 premiere of Born or Made, Michael sits down with Chef, Roy Choi. Roy is known as one of the architects of the modern food truck movement through Kogi BBQ. He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and has won more awards than we can list here. Let's just put it this way, the man was named one of TIME 100's Most Influential People in 2016. He's a NY Times Best Selling Author, TV Host, restauranteur and he is a voice and advocate for street food culture past, present, and future. Michael and Roy covered so many things we had to break this up into 2 episodes. Part 1 covers much of what's happening in the world right now. They talk racism, equality and discuss the much-needed change that America needs. Plus, his immigrant roots, the hustle mentality he inherited from his Korean parents and the birth of Kogi. Make sure to follow the show on Instagram @bornormade, and follow Michael at: Twitter: @MichaelChernow Instagram: @michaelchernow Facebook: @MichaelPChernow LinkedIn: @McChernow

61 MINJUN 24
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Roy Choi | Breaking Stereotypes Through Food Pt.1

Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

65 MINAPR 27
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Born or Made #16: Nick Dio

Born or Made #15: Jason Wachob - Founder C0-CEO Mindbodygreen

BORN OR MADE Episode #15 Jason WachobFounder and Co-CEO of MindBodyGreen, a wellness based media company that focuses on science based well being, covering everything from movement, to clean eating and breathing, to how humans connect and what drives...

61 MINAPR 20
Comments
Born or Made #15: Jason Wachob - Founder C0-CEO Mindbodygreen

Born or Made #14: Adam Kallen and Alex Dimattio - Jane Motorcycles

BORN OR MADE Episode #14 Adam Kallen & Alex Dimattio of Jane MotorcyclesAdam Kallen and Alex Dimattio, Founders of Jane Motorcycles, One of my favorite men’s apparel brands, they build custom motorcycles and pull on the best espresso’s in Brooklyn…...

66 MINAPR 13
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Born or Made #14: Adam Kallen and Alex Dimattio - Jane Motorcycles
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