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Michael Chernow Is A Creature Of Habit: A Story of Sobriety, Resilience & Redemption

By July 1, 2024No Comments
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Episode #842



The habits we cultivate shape our lives, either propelling us towards improvement or entangling us in patterns of self-destruction.

For those struggling with addiction, trauma, and hopelessness, the pull of destructive habits can feel inescapable.

My guest today is Michael Chernow, a renowned restaurateur, serial entrepreneur, podcast host, coach, and professional athlete. He’s also the founder of Kreatures of Habit and has been in recovery for almost two decades after years of active addiction. Michael is here to show you that anyone can change their life, no matter how far gone they think they are.

His story is one of transformation and hope, despite a childhood marred by trauma and abuse. He fell into the depths of addiction and found himself at rock bottom—teetering on giving up. The turning point came in a moment of despair when he finally surrendered and asked for help.

Embracing sobriety, he threw himself into a new regimen. Morning prayer, running, healthy eating, and Muay Thai kickboxing became his anchors; consistency and discipline were the keys to his reinvention. These practices helped him overcome struggles and led to success in the restaurant industry, where he co-founded the iconic Meatball Shop and founded Seamore’s restaurants in New York City.

“The only time you get to change is right f##king now.”


Today, Michael shares his hard-earned wisdom on navigating life’s challenges, offering insights into addiction, resilience, and redemption. We explore the transformative role of fitness in recovery, the impact of daily habits, stacking small wins, and the profound significance of serving others by staying sober. Michael’s experience with breathwork allowed him to access buried emotions and begin healing his inner child, underscoring the power of grace and self-discovery.

The message is clear, “Anyone can change at any time, contingent upon the decisions you make every single morning when you wake up.” By embracing recovery, showing up for oneself, cultivating gratitude, and focusing on service to others, even the most daunting obstacles can be overcome.

Marked by both struggle and success, Michael’s journey offers a roadmap for those seeking to rewrite their narratives and build a life of purpose and fulfillment.

This conversation provides a blueprint for personal evolution—one grounded in the belief that we all have the power to change our lives despite our circumstances. It is a message of hope, empowerment, and the importance of never giving up on ourselves.

For those who prefer a visual experience, the conversation is available on YouTube. As always, the audio version streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

I hope Michael’s story inspires and reminds us that there is always a path forward, regardless of how lost or dejected we may feel.


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