EP 6 – Unlocking Success with Dino Miliotis: Lessons for Entrepreneurs

In this inspiring episode of “Unlocking Success,” we delve into the life and journey of entrepreneur Dino Miliotis, as he shares his powerful story of overcoming addiction and finding success.

Dino opens up about his battle with addiction, which threatened to derail his life and dreams. He candidly discusses the challenges he faced, the impact it had on his personal and professional life, and the turning point that led him to seek help.

Through sheer determination and a strong support system, Dino managed to turn his life around. He shares the valuable lessons he learned along the way, highlighting the importance of self-reflection, resilience, and seeking help when needed.

As Dino rebuilt his life, he discovered a newfound passion for entrepreneurship. He discusses how he harnessed his experiences and transformed them into a driving force for success. Dino’s journey serves as a powerful reminder that our past does not define us, but rather shapes us into the individuals we become.

Join us as we unlock the secrets to success with Dino Miliotis, and learn how to overcome adversity, embrace resilience, and seize opportunities to create a thriving entrepreneurial journey. 


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 (Dino Miliotis)

Dino Miliotis is a renowned entrepreneur, speaker, and author with a career spanning almost 40 years. He has been featured on esteemed platforms such as Oprah, Forbes, Entrepreneur, and People Magazine, where he shares his inspiring message of hope and changing the world one person at a time.

As a recovering addict, Miliotis has documented his personal journey and road to recovery in his memoir, There Is No Box, which has resonated with millions in the recovery community. He now travels across the country, speaking at sober living communities and inspiring individuals to live a life without limits. Miliotis has also founded Foundation Fundraisers, an organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for those in recovery and other worthwhile causes worldwide.

Additionally, he is known for inventing the all-natural insect repelling bracelet, Bug-Ban, and being one of the pioneers of outsourced payroll. Despite announcing his retirement in 2020, Miliotis continues to pursue his passions as the founder of Life Without Limits Magazine and FOTIA Entertainment Group. 

Find his book on Amazon!

Connect with Dino Miliotis on IG: https://www.instagram.com/therealdinomiliotis

Show Notes

  • [01:13] Gary introduces guest Dino Miliotis and expresses his excitement for the upcoming conversation, highlighting their shared goal of helping others. 
  • [03:23] Dino shares his background as a serial entrepreneur, explaining his ability to connect the dots and create successful ventures by identifying voids in the market, despite being a college dropout who disliked formal education, and credits his belief in himself from a young age and supportive parents for his fearlessness in starting businesses at a young age.
  • [07:36] Dino discusses the cyclical nature of technology and how it provides job security for those who have been in the industry for a long time, but also acknowledges the dangers of excess and how it led him down a path of addiction.
  • [11:18] Dino Miliotis discusses his struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, detailing how it became a balancing act and how he was able to achieve success in his career despite his addiction. 
  • [15:41] Gary Menkes discusses with Dino about addiction and success, highlighting Dino’s journey of starting successful businesses while battling addiction and how he eventually realized he needed to make a change. 
  • [16:51] Dino Miliotis discusses the ugly side of success, revealing the hidden struggles behind the glamorous facade, including addiction, failed relationships, and a realization that material possessions don’t bring true happiness.
  • [19:23] Dino shares his personal journey of addiction, hitting rock bottom, and ultimately seeking help through rehab to overcome his chemical dependencies on alcohol and cocaine.
  • [22:11] Dino shares his experience in a recovery center where he replaced bad habits with good ones through music and exercise, and discusses his fears about leaving the protective bubble and navigating the sober community during the COVID lockdown.
  • [24:47] Dino Miliotis shares how he learned coping mechanisms from a counselor who lost his son to drug addiction, preventing him from relapsing after experiencing back-to-back tragedies of losing his mother and stepson. 
  • [27:09] Dino realizes his true potential and the power of studying successful people’s habits.
  • [30:39] Dino Miliotis shares his perspective on living a sustainable lifestyle and his approach to tackling sobriety, emphasizing the importance of understanding and working around addiction rather than trying to conquer it. 
  • [32:17] Dino Miliotis discusses his struggle with alcohol and his decision to not conform to societal expectations, instead choosing to embrace his own convictions and live a strong and fulfilling life.
  • [34:36] Dino Miliotis shares his perspective on maintaining a sober lifestyle while still allowing alcohol in his home for guests, emphasizing the importance of facing fears and challenges in order to grow in life. 
  • [37:33] Dino discusses how the perception of addiction differs based on social class and background, highlighting that addiction can affect anyone regardless of their wealth or upbringing.
  • [38:57] Gary discusses the devastating impact of alcoholism on families and his personal journey of despising alcohol after years of enjoying it, eventually leading to his sobriety in 2006.
  • [41:29] Dino discusses the common belief that one can control their addiction to drugs and alcohol, and reflects on his own experiences with addiction and its impact on his relationships, emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and avoiding numbing emotions in business and life. 
  • [44:29] Dino Miliotis shares his experience in finding purpose in helping others, and his involvement with a company that has developed an algorithm to revolutionize healthcare by accurately diagnosing and providing personalized treatment plans for patients.
  • [47:49] Dino Miliotis shares a personal story about feeling isolated and deciding to reconnect with his family and friends, highlighting the importance of human connection and the potential benefits of technology in healthcare.
  • [48:44] Dino Miliotis discusses the importance of making addiction recovery technology accessible to ordinary people, including friends and family, and shares his plans to create an AI sobriety app with intuitive biometric technology.
  • [51:50] Dino Miliotis discusses a groundbreaking app that can predict how someone will feel the next day with 98% accuracy, allowing individuals to take proactive steps to alter the outcome, such as getting more sleep or staying hydrated, and also allowing friends and family to monitor and support them in their recovery journey.
  • [54:33] Dino Miliotis explains the difference between chatbots and biometrics in addiction recovery technology, highlighting its potential to save lives and prevent relapses.
  • [59:14] Dino Miliotis emphasizes the importance of technology and the sober community in supporting individuals in their recovery journey, highlighting the inclusivity and supportiveness of the community.
  • [01:00:49] Gary Menkes thanks the guest for their insight and promises to have them back on the podcast, discussing the importance of recovering out loud and how each episode helps to lessen the stigma around addiction and homelessness.

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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.