EP 5 – Breaking Barriers with Anthony Zorzetto: A Journey to Greatness

Join us for an inspiring and thought-provoking conversation with Anthony Zorzetto, a true visionary and trailblazer in his field. In this episode, we delve into Anthony’s remarkable journey to greatness, as he shares his experiences and insights on breaking barriers and overcoming obstacles.

From a young age, Anthony had a burning passion for pushing boundaries and challenging the status quo. Against all odds, he persevered through adversity and societal expectations to achieve extraordinary success in his chosen field. His story is a testament to the power of determination and resilience.

Throughout the episode, Anthony reflects on the challenges he faced along the way, including discrimination, self-doubt, and cultural stereotypes. He offers valuable advice and strategies for anyone aspiring to break through their own barriers and achieve greatness.

Beyond his personal journey, Anthony also discusses the importance of diversity and inclusion in society and the workplace. He passionately advocates for creating environments that embrace different perspectives and empower individuals to reach their full potential.

Whether you’re seeking motivation to overcome your own obstacles or looking for insights on fostering a more inclusive world, this episode is a must-listen. Join us as we embark on a transformative journey with Anthony Zorzetto and discover how to break barriers and achieve greatness.


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 (Anthony Zorzetto)

Anthony Zorzetto is a renowned motivational speaker, author, and life coach who has dedicated his career to empowering individuals to break through barriers and achieve greatness. Anthony is also a former homeless drug addict turned entrepreneur, Sobriety Coach and Peak Performance Coach. With over 20 years of experience in the personal development industry, Anthony has inspired countless people to overcome their fears, tap into their potential, and live a life of purpose and fulfillment. He has been featured in various media outlets and has spoken at numerous conferences and events around the world, leaving a lasting impact on his audience with his dynamic and engaging speaking style. Anthony’s passion for helping others reach their full potential shines through in his work, making him a sought-after expert in the field.

Anthony is easiest found on Instagram @mr.zorzetto

Show Notes

[01:15] Gary Menkes introduces this episode’s guest, Anthony Zorzetto, founder and CEO of the Possible Principal Academy.

[02:03] Gary interviews guest Anthony, who shares his experience growing up in a small French town in Alberta, Canada, and later moving to Edmonton.

[03:51] Gary and guest Anthony discuss the impact of divorce on children, specifically Anthony’s experience of moving away from his friends in sixth grade as a result of his parents’ divorce.

[07:25] Gary reflects on his childhood and how his father’s lies about drugs affected his trust and led to him developing a chip on his shoulder, which he believes may have served him well in business and sports, in a conversation with guest Anthony.

[08:59] Anthony discuss the importance of drawing from past experiences and using negative comments as motivation to push forward.

[10:51] Anthony talks about his experiences with self-identity issues, boxing, and occasional fights during his youth.

[11:44] Gary Menkes and Anthony discuss their past experiences with violence and how it has shaped them, with Gary sharing personal stories of his own assaults and Anthony highlighting his positive involvement in Brazilian jujitsu.

[13:38] Anthony shares his journey in sports and the military, and how he found his passion for carpentry through his family’s generational trade.

[18:28] Anthony shares his journey from boxing to bodybuilding and eventually finding Brazilian jujitsu as a way to cope with addiction and earn his daily dose of endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine.

[20:17] Anthony discusses his experience with cocaine and how it led him down a destructive path.

[24:39] Anthony shares his struggles with addiction to cocaine and alcohol, and how it affected his relationships and career.

[26:59] Anthony shares his experience of struggling with addiction and running away from his failures as a CEO and entrepreneur.

[28:33] Gary discusses the quick and unexpected nature of addiction, as well as his personal experiences with cocaine and his initial dislike for the drug.

[30:14] Anthony reflects on his struggles with addiction and how he reached a point where he contemplated suicide.

[32:56] Anthony shares his experience of struggling with mental health and attempting suicide, highlighting the importance of supportive reactions from loved ones and the realization that he was meant for something else.

[36:02] Anthony shares his personal journey of overcoming addiction and finding the motivation to live a sober life, inspired by the Roger Banister effect.

[37:25] Gary shares his personal journey of getting sober and the moment of realization that led him to seek help and become an example for his younger cousins.

[39:49] Anthony Zorzetto shares his experience of being addicted to drugs, losing everything, and finding hope through a chance encounter with an old acquaintance who offers him a job opportunity

[37:03] Anthony Zorzetto shares his experience of overcoming addiction and the moment he decided to change his life by seeking help and support from a friend.

[44:44] Anthony shares his journey of overcoming addiction to cocaine and alcohol through honesty, self-sabotage, and support from loved ones.

[46:58] Gary shares his own experience with addiction and recovery, including his decision to quit and his journey towards sobriety. He also mentions the concept of public recovery and when he decided to share his story publicly.

[48:12] Anthony shares his personal journey from being a homeless addict to a successful entrepreneur, emphasizing the importance of recovering loudly and inspiring others to believe that change is possible.

[51:00] Gary highlights the power of self-awareness and the potential to inspire others to seek help and turn their lives around.

[52:44] Gary Menkes interviews Anthony Zorzetto and discusses the importance of reminding someone in a bad spot that they are worth it, their life is valuable, and sobriety is possible.

[54:26] Gary Menkes expresses his admiration for Anthony and his work, offering support and emphasizing the importance of building relationships in the industry.

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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.