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Overcoming Adversity with Myron Welik - A True Jackhammer Spirit

Welcome to another inspiring blog from episode #132 of the "Your Blank, What Now?" podcast.


Today, we have the honor of learning more about Myron Welik, a man whose journey epitomizes perseverance and reinvention.

The Rise and Fall

In 2002, Myron Welik faced a devastating blow: he lost his multi-million dollar business. This catastrophic event left him paralyzed with self-doubt and plunged him into deep depression. For 16 years, Myron struggled to find his footing again. However, his story is not just one of loss but of remarkable resilience and determination.

The Reinvention

By 2018, Myron had reinvented himself. Known as the "jackhammer" for his relentless drive, Myron has been in the business of making deals happen for over 40 years. He is the host of the "Jackhammer Podcast" and the author of "The Jackhammer Effect." His career is a testament to his belief that it's never too late to start over, to stay passionate, and to work hard.

Notable Achievements

Myron's accomplishments are numerous and impressive. He was instrumental in brokering the deal that brought Heidi Klum and New Balance together, creating the HKNB brand. He has also pitched his own products on the Home Shopping Network to millions of viewers and negotiated strategic partnerships with prestigious brands like the New England Patriots, Lacoste, FIFA, and Madison Square Garden.

In 2018, Myron met a young real estate entrepreneur and pursued an opportunity to work together. By 2020, their partnership was established, leading to over $40 million in real estate investments within three and a half years.

Lessons in Resilience

Myron's story is a powerful reminder that age is no barrier to reinvention. Now 70, he exudes the energy and enthusiasm of someone much younger. His secret? A mindset that refuses to see age as a limitation and a relentless pursuit of his goals. He emphasizes the importance of self-confidence and perseverance, even when faced with overwhelming odds.

Overcoming Self-Doubt

Reflecting on his darkest times, Myron candidly shares how he spent many days unable to get out of bed, feeling defeated by his circumstances. Yet, he forced himself to engage with the world, often spending time in coffee shops where he could be anonymous or connect with others when he felt up to it.

Myron also found solace and inspiration in networking meetups, particularly those filled with young, optimistic individuals. Their energy was infectious and helped lift his spirits. He advises others to seek out similar environments where positivity and hope abound.

A Second Chance

Myron's journey underscores the importance of showing up and not giving up. After years of attending networking events, he finally met someone who presented a new opportunity. His story is a testament to the power of perseverance and the belief that, with enough tenacity, second chances do come.

In the latter part of this conversation, the discussion emphasizes the importance of persistence, resilience, and finding support systems to overcome personal and professional setbacks. Here’s a summary and the key takeaways:

Key Points and Advice:

1. Persistence in the Face of Rejection:

   - Success often comes from showing up and continuing to push forward despite setbacks.

   - Serendipity plays a role, but only if you're present and active.

2. Building Self-Confidence:

   - Leverage the support of family and friends.

   - Engage in network meetings and meetups to connect with like-minded individuals.

   - Surround yourself with positive influences and avoid negative or cynical people.

3. Utilizing Resources and Communities:

   - Attend various meetups or groups in your city, which are usually positive environments.

   - Engage with communities that are excited and motivated, even if you're unsure about your own path.

4. Distractions and Positivity:

   - Find activities that you enjoy to distract yourself and bring positivity into your life.

   - It’s important to maintain a balance and not get overwhelmed by negative thoughts.

5. Resilience:

   - Resilience means hanging on during the worst times and pushing through difficulties.

   - It involves a decision not to surrender, even when circumstances seem dire.

6. Taking Care of Yourself:

   - Maintain a routine: get up at a reasonable time, go to bed at a reasonable time, and eat properly.

   - Avoid isolating yourself; go out and be around people, even if it's just in public spaces.

7. Addressing Mental Health:

   - Be cautious with medications that numb you. Strive to manage your mental health in a sustainable way.

   - Seek support from family, friends, or professionals as needed.

8. Adapting to Changes:

   - Age should not be a barrier to reinventing yourself. Focus on your health and well-being.

   - Understand that discovering what you love can take time and may come later in life.

9. Choosing Your Hard:

   - Decide whether you want to endure the difficulty of your current situation or the challenge of improving it.

   - Taking action towards improvement, though hard, is often more rewarding.

10. Personal Responsibility:

    - Ultimately, change must come from within. External advice and motivation are valuable, but personal action is crucial.

11. Support and Encouragement:

    - Encourage listeners to take practical steps towards their goals, emphasizing that they must be the ones to implement change.

Practical Steps:

- Attend local networking events and meetups to build connections.

- Identify and engage in activities that bring joy and positivity.

- Maintain a healthy routine and avoid isolation.

- Seek support from trusted friends, family, or professional groups.

- Choose to face and work through obstacles rather than avoiding them.


Myron Welik's journey from despair to success is a beacon of hope for anyone facing adversity. His life exemplifies the essence of the "jackhammer" spirit—tenacity, resilience, and the unwavering belief that it's never too late to start anew. As Myron says, "You either keep going, or you give up. You have a choice."

I hope Myron's story inspires you to tackle your challenges head-on and to never give up on your dreams.


Stay tuned for more incredible breakdown to breakthrough stories.

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