“Don’t wait for a life-altering event to change your life.” Author Antonio Neves challenges us to endorse ourselves, leave excuses in the dust, get out of the funk we’re in, and follow our dreams. Everyone knows someone who has experienced major adversity, like a divorce, drug overdose, near-death situation, life-threatening diagnosis, or deep trauma that helped turn their lives around. But don’t wait for something serious to happen to you. You can change your life today.
On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Antonio Neves. Antonio is a nationally recognized leadership speaker, author, and award-winning journalist. For over 10 years, Antonio worked as a correspondent in the television industry in New York City with top networks including NBC, PBS, and BET Networks. His podcast, The Best Thing, features Antonio asking others about the best thing to happen to them that would rarely appear on a resume, bio, or come up in conversation.
In this episode, Dhru and Antonio talk all about getting out of your funk. It is normal to reach low points, feel stuck, or get in a rut from time to time. It’s okay to experience these hiccups. But don’t live there. If not for you, but because someone else needs you to; someone needs your work. Antonio tells us about his experience of reaching an ultimate low, feeling lost, and exactly how he overcame it to share his creative gifts with the world. We have all been there, and will be there again, but it’s important that we recognize the funk and work our way out.
In this episode, we dive into:
- Antonio’s experience with Nickelodeon (3:00)
- Antonio’s personal story (4:45)
- How to help people stuck in a funk (11:23)
- Why people stop being bold (19:33)
- How Antonio’s personal funk shaped his life (24:06)
- How to be willing to endorse yourself (31:37)
- How to find a supportive community (40:26)
- How crucial friendship, community, and support are to your dreams (49:19)
- 4 things that are important to getting out of a funk (52:40)
- How to learn more about Antonio (1:03:40)
For more on Antonio, you can follow him on Instagram @theantonioneves, on Twitter @theantonioneves, on Facebook @theantonioneves, and through his website here. To learn more about his podcast The Best Thing, go here.