EP 32 – Tony Hoffman: Tapping Into The Source To Find His Purpose

Join us on an inspiring journey as Tony Hoffman, a remarkable figure who has triumphed over personal struggles and addiction, shares his story of transformation and finding purpose in life. In this thought-provoking podcast episode, Tony opens up about his journey from discontent and addiction to a profound shift in perspective that led him to discover the power of giving instead of consuming.

Tony’s story is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit. Through spirituality, self-improvement, and accountability, he found the strength to overcome his demons and embark on a path of self-discovery. His experiences of surrender, self-realization, and the importance of giving back to the community will leave you inspired and motivated to make positive changes in your own life.

But Tony’s journey doesn’t stop there. Driven by his passion for action sports, he transformed his struggles into a nonprofit organization that empowers youth through BMX riding. By sharing his gift as a skilled BMX rider, Tony teaches young people about resilience, self-belief, and the transformative power of positive change.

Don’t miss out on this enlightening conversation filled with resilience, self-belief, and the pursuit of purpose. Tune in now and be inspired by Tony Hoffman’s incredible journey of addiction recovery and finding meaning in life.


Disclaimer:

The views and opinions expressed by our guests are their own and do not necessarily reflect the stand or beliefs of the host or the podcast. We aim to provide a diverse range of perspectives and ideas, fostering open and respectful discussions. We encourage critical thinking and forming your own conclusions. Enjoy the show!



About Our Guest (Tony Hoffman)

Tony Hoffman is an inspirational figure who has overcome personal struggles and addiction to find purpose and make a positive impact on the world. His journey of discontent and addiction led him to a transformative shift in perspective towards giving instead of consuming, which ultimately brought him peace and a desire to help others in similar situations.

Throughout his personal journey, Tony emphasizes the role of spirituality, self-improvement, and accountability in recovery. He shares his experiences of surrender, self-realization, and the importance of finding personalized ways to give back to the earth, animals, and communities. Tony’s story is not only about his own transformation but also about empowering others to find resilience, self-belief, and positive change.

Driven by his passion for action sports, Tony turned his struggles into a nonprofit organization that empowers youth through BMX riding. He uses his gift as a skilled BMX rider to teach young people about resilience and positive change.

Tony is also an advocate for innovative addiction treatment. He envisions a $20 million facility in Dallas that provides inmates with the skills and opportunities to reintegrate into society as productive members. He acknowledges his imperfections and the need for self-reflection and growth, making him relatable and inspiring to others on their own journeys.

To stay connected with Tony and be inspired by his story, follow him on Instagram at @tonymhoffman. You can also visit his website at PHwellness.com for addiction treatment services and TonyHoffmanSpeaking.com for further engagement and updates on his written work.


Show Notes

  • [02:15] Tony Hoffman shares his personal journey of discontent and addiction, highlighting how a shift in perspective towards giving instead of consuming led him to find purpose, peace, and a desire to help others in similar situations. 
  • [05:03] Tony shares his personal journey from being self-centered and resistant to spirituality to experiencing a transformative spiritual epiphany that led him to surrender, change his path, and seek self-improvement, ultimately finding his purpose after being sent to prison. 
  • [07:33] Gary reflects on his journey to sobriety, discussing his lowest moments, the turning point that led him to seek help, and the role of spirituality in his recovery. 
  • [09:52] Tony discusses the concept of spirituality and selflessness, emphasizing the importance of self-improvement and accountability.
  • [13:01] Gary discusses the transformation he experienced after attending rehab and finding a new purpose in life.
  • [15:22] Tony discusses the concept of giving back to the earth, animals, and communities, emphasizing the importance of finding personalized ways to give and the role of the 12-step program in building a foundation for recovery. 
  • [19:38] Tony reflects on his journey of self-discovery and the realization that his true purpose lies in helping others become better, using his gift of being a skilled BMX rider.
  • [22:26] Tony shares how he turned his personal struggles into a nonprofit organization focused on empowering youth through action sports, teaching them resilience, self-belief, and positive change. 
  • [27:17] Tony discusses the baffling mindset of individuals in addiction, who despite experiencing severe consequences and being in treatment, struggle to see how life can get better until they surrender and are willing to listen to suggestions.
  • [30:29] Tony discusses the challenge of codependency in the treatment of 18 to 30-year-olds, where family members often exert excessive control over the individual’s life, hindering their self-realization and recovery journey, drawing parallels to the movie Shutter Island. 
  • [35:12] Gary discusses his personal experience with childhood trauma and how it shaped his perception of himself, while Tony Hoffman emphasizes the importance of the stories we create about our experiences and how they influence our actions in the world. 
  • [38:06] Tony discusses the impact of childhood experiences on decision-making and the importance of having a safe space with trusted adults to communicate and process emotions, sharing his personal struggle with social anxiety and the absence of his father’s support in his basketball games. 
  • [40:33] Tony shares his personal experience of feeling abandoned by his father and how he internalized it as a lack of love and self-worth, only to later discover that his father was working hard to provide for him and his dreams. 
  • [46:15] Tony encourages the listener to reflect on their childhood trauma and explore the concept of a “hero” figure who may have been absent, leading to feelings of abandonment and a search for validation in adulthood. 
  • [47:34] Tony discusses how our needs as adults are often similar to the needs we had as children, and how our unhealthy attachments may stem from our early childhood experiences, highlighting the impact of parental figures on our emotional well-being and sense of power.
  • [51:04] Tony discusses the misconceptions surrounding meditation.
  • [53:09] Tony discusses the importance of compassion and empathy in various job environments.
  • [54:25] Tony discusses the importance of meditation and visualizing the future.
  • [57:50] Tony shares his vision for an innovative treatment center in Dallas, aiming to create a $20 million facility with unique housing and partnerships with prisons, providing inmates with the skills and opportunities to reintegrate into society as productive members, while also acknowledging his imperfections and the need for self-reflection and growth. 
  • [01:00:52] Tony discusses the importance of meditation as a continuous journey of self-discovery, emphasizing the need to remove distractions and find inner peace.
  • [01:04:28] Tony shares his personal journey of self-discovery and the importance of being true to oneself, regardless of others’ opinions, in order to find purpose and make a positive impact on the world.
  • [01:08:47] Tony discusses his progress on his written work and mentions his friend who has been editing it for over a year and a half, hoping to release it in the next six months, while also sharing his various social media handles and website for further engagement, as well as mentioning his addiction treatment center, PHwellness.com, which offers detox and residential services with a strong fitness component.

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About Gary Menkes

Gary Menkes was born and raised in Port Washington, NY and struggled with alcoholism since his early teens which took him to places he never wants to go again and which took a toll on his health, relationships and professional endeavors. However, Gary completely transformed his life when he was given the gift of sobriety on May 13, 2006. Determined to break free from the cycle of self-destruction, he embarked on a remarkable journey of recovery.

Today, Gary is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous in New York, married to the love of his life and father of two amazing children of which he owes all to his sobriety. Gary is now launching his own podcast, The Begin Again Podcast.