Michael Levitt, the founder of Breakfast Leadership, Inc., joins Tonya Dawn Recla to explain about being an entrepreneur. He brings people back to life. Michael lost his health, his job, his car, and his home all in 369 days. Michael teaches people on how that happened to him so that they can make the crucial changes in their lives to prevent those losses from happening to them. He has over 30 years experience career in leadership, healthcare, finance and information technology. He has led community engagement, fundraising, and government engagement, which led to thousands of patients getting access to primary healthcare, reducing emergency room visits. Listen in as he shares his knowledge about being an entrepreneur with boundaries.
Hello everyone. This is Tonya Dawn Recla, your SuperPower Expert, and I’m excited to have with us today, a delightful man, Michael Levitt, is all about boundaries. What I love is that, in the superpower world, the opening of his bio is, “Michael Levitt brings people back to life.” As you know in our world, that could mean many, many, many things.
But, what I love about it is that energetic component of enlivening in what they’re passionate about and doing what they’re gonna do. Because, those of us who get into the entrepreneur sector, we do it because we have an idea, or drive, or some vision of how we can have an impact on other people, or on the world. It really sucks when you get knee-deep in stuff and you don’t know how to move ahead, and you’re not sure who to turn to, and it feels like you can’t get enough done in the day. You look back wistfully on the job that you had and was like, “Wait, why did I leave that?”
I really love this dialogue because entrepreneurship will grow you in so many different ways, and one of the ways that it’s really crucial to embrace is this concept of boundaries and really learning where you start, where you finish, how you structure your day, how it fits into your life. If you’re a parent, a spouse, whatever your other obligations are. Or, the things that you’ve shaped in your life, and created for yourself. How do you manage all of it? This is a really important conversation for those of us who get into business for ourselves. We’re gonna talk about being an entrepreneur with boundaries. Please join me in welcoming to the show, Michael Levitt. Welcome, Michael.
Thank you very much. I’m very happy to be here and I look forward to our conversation today.
Awesome. I do as well. We met you over at New Media Summit and it was just delightful to connect with you there, so I’m excited to extend that conversation to our audience.
Likewise, it was a great event.
Very cool. We’re gonna jump in and ask what are your superpowers?
My superpower is definitely your boundaries. Like some superheroes, I wasn’t born with them. It nearly cost me my life back in 2009, where I had a pretty significant heart attack. Quite frankly, my cardiologist was surprised that I survived it. Unfortunately, that set off a domino effect of some significant losses, specifically in 369 days I had a heart attack, and then subsequently lost my job. My family vehicle was repossessed, and then finally, my home was foreclosed. All in just about a year.
After going through all of those things, I realized that I was responsible for everything. Now yes, there were other factors involved, and people, and circumstances, but at the end of the day, it was on me because I didn’t have boundaries in my life to protect me from those things from happening in the first place. I took that as an opportunity to reinvent myself, and determine how in the world can I prevent this from ever happening again to me. Which, I have. My life and my career as an entrepreneur, I still currently have a day job in healthcare ironically.
When I say I save people’s lives, I see that day after day. But, specifically for me, it’s important for people, entrepreneurs, and every walk of life to have proper boundaries in their lives so they have the life that they want. Because, at the end of the day, if you’re not enjoying life as you’re going along, you’re not enjoying life period, and you’re not gonna be your best at whatever you do. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a parent, a child, anything.
I think that’s such a powerful conversation. You hear people on both sides of that equation. In the energetic woo-hoo, spiritual space is a concept of boundaries, takes on a different nuance. Because, sometimes it’s defined as setting yourself up by protecting yourself in some ways, but the application of it how you use it, is really being clear on, and kind of selfish about your time, and how you’re using it, and where you’re interacting.
It’s so easy in the entrepreneur sector that if we don’t really narrow focus and get really clear about that stuff, it does get overwhelming really, really quickly. ‘Cause there’s a million and one things you can do. Entrepreneurship opens up a world of possibilities for people, and if you don’t know how to navigate that space, it’s navigating the complexity versus wistfully thinking that it’s ever going to simplify itself. It’s like you have to imply it in your way. What are some of the things that you do with people? Or, how do you even start this dialogue when they come to you in overwhelm?
The first thing I do is I ask them, and to get them in the right mindset, have them design their ideal day. What is your ideal day? Not the life you’re living right now, but what would make you happier? Basically, what would you like your day to look like? What type of hours are you working? Where do you want to work? What are you working on? What types of things do you like to do in your free time? Whenever that is. Start looking for queues on things that are currently missing from their lives because as many have said, in the entrepreneurial world, we’ve traded our 9 to 5 for a 9 to 9 and maybe a 9 to 11. I’m not saying 9 am to 11 am, it’s more like 9 am to 11 pm, if not later.