EP 8 – Innovation and Inspiration: Mike Rhodes on Creating Change

In this captivating episode of The Begin Again Podcast, we have the privilege of sitting down with the incredible Mike Rhodes, a visionary change-maker and esteemed thought leader in the realm of innovation. Join us as Mike takes us on a transformative journey, sharing his profound insights on how to create profound and lasting change in both personal and professional aspects of life.

Mike’s story is one of resilience and triumph over adversity. From battling addiction in his early years to becoming the CEO of a thriving startup, his experiences have shaped him into the inspiring individual he is today. Through his own personal struggles, Mike has gained a unique perspective on the power of change and the transformative effects it can have on one’s life.

During our conversation, Mike reveals the mindset and strategies that have propelled him to become a true catalyst for innovation. His wealth of knowledge and practical advice will leave you feeling inspired and empowered to make meaningful changes in your own life.

Whether you’re seeking to break free from the chains of addiction, ignite innovation in your career, or simply embark on a journey of personal growth, this episode is a must-listen. Join us as we uncover the secrets to Mike Rhodes’ success and learn how you can apply these principles to drive change and create a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.


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 (Mike Rhodes)

Mike Rhodes is the CEO and co-founder of Sober.Coffee, a company dedicated to providing a safe and supportive community for individuals in recovery. With a passion for helping others overcome addiction, Mike has become a leading advocate for sobriety and mental health.

Having battled addiction himself, he understands the challenges and complexities of the recovery journey, and his personal experiences have fueled his drive to create positive change in the lives of others. Through Sober.Coffee, Mike aims to break the stigma surrounding addiction and provide resources and support for those seeking a sober lifestyle.

In addition to his work with Sober.Coffee, Mike is also a sought-after speaker and thought leader in the field of innovation and personal development. He shares his insights and expertise on various platforms, inspiring individuals to embrace change and pursue their passions. With his unique perspective and engaging storytelling, Mike has captivated audiences around the world, empowering them to overcome obstacles and create meaningful change in their lives.

Find out more about Mike here: www.Sober.Coffee/about-us

Show Notes

[01:07]  Gary Menkes welcomes Mike from the Sober dot Coffee podcast to discuss his journey to sobriety and his passion for helping others on their path to recovery.

[02:34] Mike reflects on his journey and how his life has transformed since October 18th, 2018, expressing gratitude for the gift of his new life and his commitment to protecting it every day. 

[04:39] Mike shares his experience growing up in a drinking culture and how it led him to a career at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, where he continued to drink heavily without facing consequences.

[07:08] Mike reflects on his marriage and parenthood, admitting to his struggles with alcoholism and the lack of consequences he faced despite his destructive behavior.

[08:54] Mike discusses his journey as an entrepreneur, the success and subsequent downfall of his company, and his ultimate road to recovery after hitting rock bottom.

[11:17] Mike shares his experience of losing his memory after a health scare and his journey to rehab, embracing the road to recovery with more vigor than anything else in his life.

[16:20] Mike Rhodes shares his experience of growing a hyper growth company and the challenges he faced with alcoholism, highlighting the importance of breaking the mold and transforming one’s character defects into strengths. 

[19:55] Mike discusses his journey to recovery from addiction and the transformative impact of his wife’s support, his time in rehab, and the lessons he learned about accountability, humility, and emotions.

[22:13] Gary discusses his journey in overcoming fear and choosing faith in his recovery, emphasizing the importance of gratitude, continuous growth, and the transformative power of sobriety. 

[24:53] Mike discusses his journey of living alcohol and drug-free, highlighting the concept of living one day at a time and the transformative power of being part of a supportive community.

[28:02] Mike shares his experience of driving a fellow AA member to meetings every day for eight months, which emphasized the importance of meetings as his foundation and cornerstone in recovery.

[30:16] Mike discusses his experience of being gone for 28 days and the impact of going to 90 meetings in 90 days, getting a sponsor, and serving others in his recovery journey during COVID-19.

[33:03] Mike reflects on his contentment with his day job and the joy he finds in his family, emphasizing the gratitude he feels for the gifts of his wife, children, and grandchildren. 

[35:46] Mike emphasizes the importance of being genuine and not seeking validation from others.

[37:44] Mike discusses how his children see him as a walking miracle and are inspired by his recovery.

[38:32] Gary discusses the importance of having open conversations about drugs and alcohol with his children and how he celebrated his 17-year sobriety. 

[42:21] Mike discusses the power of the internet in expanding access to recovery meetings and shares his journey of starting the podcast “Sober.Coffee” to provide hope and support to those seeking sobriety. 

[48:04] Gary Menkes shares his personal journey of addiction and recovery, highlighting the pivotal moment when he decided to quit drinking and seek help, emphasizing the importance of remembering the severity of his past struggles to stay committed to his sobriety.

[50:39] Mike discusses the difference between living in a fantasy world and living in the real world, and how sobriety has brought him clarity and a better way of living.

[52:01] Mike and Gary discuss the gifts of integrity, humility, and responsibility that they have received in their sobriety journey, emphasizing the importance of finding support and community in overcoming addiction.

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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.