The Traded Life

Trials to Triumph: A Success Story with Bryan Bercik

Episode Notes

Startlingly, this podcast episode of The Traded Life encourages listeners to trade their current lives for the one that they were born to live. It offers a range of life-changing advice from cultivating qualities such as loyalty, integrity, and leadership in business, to learning to be vulnerable and making decisions that benefit those around you. It also highlights the importance of relationships with family and friends, and the resilience needed in the service industry. With its focus on taking control of your life and living it to the fullest, this podcast offers important guidance to those striving to reach their goals and Live Their Best Lives.

Episode Outline:

(00:00:05) Trading Life for Success

(00:06:33) Loyalty and Perseverance

(00:12:36) Integrity Rewarded

(00:18:55) Leadership in Business

(00:24:44) Supportive Family Relationships

(00:30:10) Service Industry Hard Work

(00:36:03) Blue Collar Opportunities

(00:41:35) Vulnerability as Strength

(00:47:10) Killing the Old Self

(00:52:08) Live Your Best Life


(00:03:01) I don't really ever understand the word no. I don't really think it's a word that should be used that often. There's always a way to make things happen if you truly want to do something with your life or you truly want to be a part of it.

(00:08:22) I'm a big proponent of loyalty. I always am and I always will be. I don't give a fuck about any. You don't need to fear me. You don't need to respect me. You don't need to do any of that. Just know that either way, I'm riding for you because I'm loyal to a fault.

(00:15:16) When you show up and you show up with a good heart with the right intentions, you will be taken care of. I promise you.

(00:23:17) If you're in any game for money, you're fucking losing. You're losing big time. Because money is just the byproduct that comes with this, that's all. It just keeps the motor running.

(00:27:03) My wife is everything, man. I do. I love that woman. I love her so fucking much, man.

(00:34:57) Every time someone comes and does shit in my house, us, or anytime I go places, or I see my guys, like when I go to the jobs and my guys are out working, especially in the summer when it's dead hot, like, I bring a cooler, I bring the water, some iced teas. I buy them lunch, buy food, and take care of the supers in the buildings. I'm all about taking care of people.

(00:38:28) At the end of the day, people want belly to belly interaction.

(00:46:46) Vulnerability is the number one superpower. Not only is it my life 100%. And what people don't understand about vulnerability, especially when it comes to social media, is it kills two birds of 1 st. You're not realizing you're unloading at the same time someone else, and hopefully multiple people are learning from the shit that you're going through or went through whatever it is that you're telling.

(00:47:18) You have to kill your older self in some way in order for you to go to the next level. You have to kill that old version of yourself. You have to literally go in there and cut its head off and say you don't exist anymore. It and move on.

(00:00:08) It's never too late to trade the life you have for the life you were born to live.

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Are you looking for a podcast that will inspire you to take a chance and make a difference? Look no further than The Traded Life! Join Greg Michelman and Bryan Bercik as they share their story of taking a chance and never giving up. From burning through all their savings to never taking a paycheck for a year, they discuss the power of loyalty and how it can help you get through the toughest of times. Tune in to hear their incredible journey and be inspired to make a difference! #TheTradedLife #Inspiration #Loyalty

Are you looking for a podcast that will inspire you to take control of your life and make the most of it? Look no further than The Traded Life! This episode features Greg Michelman and Bryan Bercik, two entrepreneurs who have experienced the highs and lows of business. They share their story of how they overcame a difficult financial situation and achieved success through hard work, integrity, and a belief in a higher power. Tune in to hear how they turned their dreams into reality and how you can too! #TheTradedLife #Entrepreneurship #Inspiration

Are you ready to take your life to the next level? Then you need to listen to the latest episode of The Traded Life podcast! In this episode, Greg Michelman and Bryan Bercik discuss the importance of killing your old self in order to reach the next level. They share their own experiences of how they have had to let go of their old selves and embrace a new way of living. They also talk about how ego can be a major factor in causing the bottom to drop out. So, if you're looking for some real talk and advice on how to take your life to the next level, then this episode is for you! #TheTradedLife #LifeGoals #GrowthMindset

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It is no secret that hard work and loyalty are essential for success and growth. This is something that Greg Michelman and Bryan Bercik discussed in a recent episode of their podcast. Michelman, who has been hustling since a young age, has scaled his business from no million to about 10 million in the last five years. He has a competitive spirit and pushes it onto his kids and has made a promise to his team to never let them down. Bercik believes that when you show up with a good heart and the right intentions, you will be taken care of. 

Michelman’s team is responsible for bringing heat and hot water to sometimes 200, 300 people at a time. He understands that his team has a responsibility to do the job right and with passion. Despite the fact that bonuses were taken from some of the employees, Michelman understands business and can identify pain points and problems quickly. He is also able to understand debt cycles, cash cycles, and money in the millions, thanks to COVID. 

Michelman has noticed a void of young builders in their 30s. He believes that people are scared to grow big businesses because they’re scared of the number and the dollar sign. He believes that his real gift in life is understanding business and identifying pain points and problems. 

Michelman is also focused on improving his relationship with his wife and being an example for his children. His oldest daughter is interested in entrepreneurship and his youngest is wild. He has real conversations with his children about their future, goals, and how he can help. His father set him up with an IRA when he was twelve and taught him the importance of credit. He also worked with his father for thirteen years in landscaping and watched him grow his business. He believes that the service industry is the hardest and tips generously when he goes out to eat. Mike Rowe’s perception of the service industry has had a lasting impact on Michelman. 

Having a strong team and support system is essential for success. Michelman’s partner runs the remodeling division and was the glue that held the company together when new construction was in the red. Everyone must row together and understand the vision in order to be successful. Michelman’s wife has been with him for 14 years and has been a strong support system throughout difficult time. She works hard and takes care of the kids while he is away. They have been together for 10 years and have gone through court cases and house raids together. His two daughters are the most important people in his life. 

Construction, plumbing, electricians, HVAC, and other blue-collar industries offer a lot of opportunities for young people to make life-changing amounts of money. People still need human interaction and cannot be replaced by robots or AI. Working in the trades is not easy and requires hard work, but it is very fulfilling. It is important to find the right people to work for, as some bosses can be difficult to work with. Building a house is one of the most satisfying things in the world. It is important to be uplifting and encouraging to those working in the trades. It is necessary to cut out the “cancer” from a company’s culture in order to create a positive environment. 

Michelman and Bercik have known each other for a few years and have had many conversations about their businesses. Michelman used to have a “strike first, ask questions later” mentality, but now he is more likely to make peace with someone. Bercik is proud of Michelman for the work he has done and the successes he has achieved. Michelman’s two main considerations when making decisions are how it affects the people in his office and how it affects the people in his house. Bercik believes that the biggest cause of the bottom dropping out is when people put ego ahead of everything. They have a genuine connection and appreciate each other. 

Michelman believes that there is someone out there with the same qualities or mentality as him. He believes that having an employee who is 70% as good as you are an amazing employee. He believes that conversations with people can change your life and that podcasts and other forms of media are important for getting to the depths of people. He believes that he and Bercik bring the fire to people. He also believes that he should never ask anyone to do something he hasn’t done or isn’t willing to do. He is a straight to the point person and has one speed. He believes that people get stuck in the weeds too often and don’t get out of their own way. 

Michelman experienced a pitfall in his life where he does really well and then the bottom falls out. He experienced depression and thought that maybe everyone was right about him being a piece of shit. He believes that vulnerability is the number one superpower and that by being vulnerable, you are unloading and someone else is learning from it. Michelman encourages Bercik to trade the life he has for the life he was born to live. 

The conversation between Michelman and Bercik is a testament to the importance of hard work, loyalty, and having a strong support system. It is clear that these three elements are essential for success and growth. Michelman’s story is a great example of how hard work and dedication can pay off. He has experienced both successes and failures, but he has persevered and come out stronger. His advice of being vulnerable and having conversations with people is invaluable. It is clear that Michelman and Bercik have a genuine connection and appreciate each other. Their conversation is an inspiring reminder that hard work, loyalty, and a strong support system are essential for success and growth.


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