EP 7 – Recovery and Growth: Unleashing Potential w/ Julian Bryant

In this powerful episode of The Begin Again podcast, host Gary Menkes sits down with the incredible Julian Bryant to share his inspiring story of recovery and growth.

Julian takes us on a deeply personal journey, discussing his struggles with addiction and the challenges he faced on his path to recovery. With raw honesty and vulnerability, he opens up about the pivotal moments that led him to seek help and make the decision to turn his life around.

Through Julian’s story, we witness the transformative power of resilience and determination. He shares the tools and strategies that helped him rebuild his life, and how he discovered his true potential along the way. From finding support systems to developing a strong mindset, Julian offers invaluable insights for anyone facing their own battles and seeking a fresh start.

Join Gary Menkes and Julian Bryant as they delve into the depths of recovery, uncovering the strength and growth that can emerge from even the darkest of times. This episode is a testament to the human spirit’s incredible capacity for change and serves as a reminder that it is never too late to begin again.


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 (Julian Bryant)

Julian Bryant is a remarkable individual who has overcome immense challenges and transformed his life. As the founder of Beyond Driven, a company that helps men break free from self-destruction, reignite their marriage, and align with their true purpose, Julian is passionate about helping others unleash their full potential. With his own experiences of addiction and recovery, Julian brings a unique perspective and understanding to his work. He is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Maniac Media, a digital marketing agency that specializes in helping businesses grow and thrive. Julian’s journey of recovery and growth serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating the power of resilience and determination in creating a brighter future. 

Connect with Julian Bryant: https://www.linkedin.com/in/julian-maniacmedia/



Show Notes

[01:33] Gary Menkes introduces guest, Julian Bryant and his journey from addiction and prison to becoming a successful entrepreneur and founder of Maniac Media Group and Beyond Driven, as he shares his mission to help others through marketing and personal development. 

[02:57] Julian discusses his journey from growing up in a single-parent household in a rough neighborhood to developing a burning desire for greatness and a motivation to prove himself to the world.

[05:36] Gary reflects on his upbringing, including a challenging environment and a chip on his shoulder, and how it influenced his competitive nature and success in life, as he shares his story with Julian. 

[09:05] Julian shares his personal experience of getting his wisdom teeth extracted, joining a fraternity, and falling into addiction, highlighting the impact of his upbringing and the connection between addiction and identity.

[11:52] Julian shares his experience of feeling his world crumble at 18 years old as he struggled with addiction, causing his friends to distance themselves and his life blueprint to change, leading him down a dark and lonely path.

[15:32] Julian discusses his two-year struggle with addiction, including trying different drugs and eventually turning to heroin, leading to a life of crime and desperation.

[19:06] Gary talks about his own experiences with darkness and feeling unaccepted, while also discussing Julian’s journey of going down the wrong path and facing the consequences of his actions.

[21:25] Julian shares a personal story about how getting caught for a crime and experiencing a close call with gun violence made him realize the need for a life change.

[23:06] Julian shares his journey of hitting rock bottom, engaging in criminal activities, and eventually getting arrested and facing serious charges, leading to a profound realization and transformation.

[25:27] Julian shares of turning to God for guidance, and realizing the damage he was doing to himself and others, leading him to focus on self-optimization and realigning his worldview. 

[28:17] Gary reflects on a moment of self-realization and the impact it had on his behavior and the example he wanted to set for his younger cousins, while also praising Julian’s clarity and articulation in navigating his own journey towards self-acceptance and success.

[29:08] Julian Bryant reflects on his personal journey of rediscovering his inner fire and the importance of tapping into the soul, suppressing addictions and self-sabotaging behaviors, and finding answers within oneself rather than seeking them in the same state that caused the problems. 

[32:58] Gary discusses his journey to sobriety and finding a higher power, realizing the potential in his life, and the inspiration and hope he found in hearing others’ stories in recovery.

[36:22] Julian shares his journey of self-improvement and determination while in prison, and how he developed the mindset of being so great at what he does that he becomes undeniable, regardless of his past, in order to overcome adversity and achieve greatness.

[40:10] Julian shares his journey of learning and acquiring the skills necessary to help local businesses with social media, driven by a blind conviction and a commitment to his goal.

[43:04] Julian shares his journey of transitioning from construction to starting his own business, highlighting the importance of competence leading to confidence and the mindset shift required to overcome imposter syndrome and step into a new version of oneself. 

[44:35] Gary discusses dealing with impostor syndrome and how he overcomes it by changing his mindset and focusing on progress rather than past programming.

[46:03] Julian discusses how he overcame impostor syndrome by focusing on both the leading and lagging indicators of success, celebrating small wins, and practicing consistency in his actions.

[49:28] Julian reflects on his journey and the importance of taking moments to zoom out and celebrate oneself, while also sharing his story with his team during their mental slumps.

[52:37] Julian discusses his main focus on helping people with their internal struggles, providing coping skills and strategies to uncover root issues, with the goal of saving lives and reaching $100 million in revenue, while also supporting brands and launching a newsletter.

[57:35] Gary expresses his gratitude for Julian’s presence and message of inspiration and hope, emphasizing the importance of relationship building.

For more incredible and inspiring stories of those who have overcome alcoholism and addiction, tune in to the next episodes of The Begin Again Podcast through:

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.