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Mastering Midlife Podcast

100 EpisodesProduced by Mark J SilvermanWebsite

Mastering Midlife podcast is for you if you’re in your 40s and 50s and asking yourself "what happened?"For those of us driven to succeed, but concerned about burnout in your work, career, and relationships. It’s the show that teaches you how to thrive when the world asks the most of you.This podcas… read more

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Mens Helpline: Supporting Men After a Miscarriage with Daniel Landau

April 26th, 2022


Daniel Landau is the Founder and Executive Director of Mens Helpline, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting men seeking emotional support after losing a child due to a miscarriage, still birth, and …

Three Forms of Self Inquiry: Your Keys to Freedom

April 19th, 2022


For me, freedom has come almost entirely from getting free of my thoughts and beliefs, rather than people or situations.

Self Inquiry is as old as …

Make That Doctor’s Appointment

April 12th, 2022


As we grow older, we start talking about the maladies bothering us. We men, however, are also tough guys who tend to “forget” to make those …

Discovering and Living Your Passion with Debra Cooper

April 5th, 2022


Debra Olshan-Cooper is the Founder of Your Career Design Lab, a career coaching firm dedicated to curating people’s career goals. Debra is a serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience serving as the CEO of two …

Imposter Syndrome and the Ark of the Covenant.

March 29th, 2022


An ancient rabbi from the time of Socrates taught that we humans are like the Ark of the Covenant. The most sacred relic of the Israelites, the Ark …

The Journey from Start-Up to Grown-Up with Alisa Cohn

March 22nd, 2022


Alisa Cohn is an executive coach. She has worked with C-suite executives at prominent start-ups such as Venmo, Etsy, and DraftKings, as well as Fortune 500 companies, including Dell, IBM, and Google. A highly-regarded …

The Heart of a Servant-Leader with Garry Ridge

March 8th, 2022


Garry Ridge is the Chairman and CEO of the WD-40 Company. Garry has been working with the WD-40 Company for nearly 40 years and, as its CEO, is …

Where Overwhelm Actually Lives

March 1st, 2022


When you encounter the word “overwhelm,” what are the things that immediately come to your mind?  Your kids? Work? Or the stream of news about …

What To Do With Grief with Diana Bonnici

March 1st, 2022


Life brings grief in all flavors. Yes, death and loss of loved ones, but also in job loss, fading youth and vitality, heck – even losing your phone. Diana Bonnici helps us understand how grief presents itself (it’s not …

Self Esteem VS Self Worth with Valari Jackson

March 1st, 2022


Valari Jackson is a speaker, life coach, business strategy advisor, and the founder of Fierce Focus Strategies, a company that provides professional coaching to business owners as well as individuals who are looking to …

Redefining Entrepreneurial Success with Jeff Hoffman

March 1st, 2022


Jeff Hoffman is an award-winning entrepreneur, the CEO of several startups including Priceline and, a motivational speaker and producer. Jeff is best known for his many business achievements, but his most …

How An Exciting Personal Life Adds Rocket Fuel to Your Career with Uneeb Khan

March 1st, 2022


Uneeb Khan is an Electrical Engineer with one of the most prominent engineering companies in the nation. He was presented The Propel Leadership award in 2016 and a teaching award in 2017. Uneeb's expertise has allowed …

Reinventing You: Marc Jay to Mark J. Silverman

March 1st, 2022


Having been a people pleaser, I used to be all things to all people. I wore my intelligence, confidence, and energy as a badge of honor. But ever since I woke up to the fact that I am free to choose how I spend my time …

Mastering Midlife is Becoming Mastering Overwhelm

January 31st, 2022


Thank you for 3 years, here’s what's next.  

Climbing Ladders: Leaving Corporate America to Start a Gutter-Cleaning Business with Andy Brennan

January 24th, 2022


Andy Brennan is the Founder and Co-owner of the Cape Cod Gutter Monkeys and its parent company, the American Gutter Monkeys, which are both gutter …

Becoming Your Own Muse with Katie DePaola

January 17th, 2022


Katie DePaola is the Founder of Inner Glow Circle, a company dedicated to helping women become certified life coaches and build profitable personal …

Dude! You Too?

January 14th, 2022


My son called the other day.  “Dad, Dad, Dad… I can’t wait to tell you what happened.”

In this episode we find out what happened when four 20-something young men got together and shared some things they thought only …

Men - Be Your Best at Any Age with Dr. Jean-Luc Le Provost

January 10th, 2022


Originally from Nevada, Dr. Le Provost moved to Arizona to attend the University of Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and Nutritional Sciences. He received additional training in homeopathy, …

How Are Those New Years Resolutions Going?

January 7th, 2022


I know you made some New Years Resolutions.  We all have.  But a week in, how you doing? 

Today’s show will help you get back on track with those …

Advocating for Women’s Midlife Health with Vanessa Ford

January 3rd, 2022


Vanessa Ford is an author and menopause/perimenopause expert, as well as the Co-founder of the women’s health company, MenoLabs. Backed by two decades of research, MenoLabs delivers an ecosystem of support to help women …

Tea and Leadership Series - Listening to Improve Influence

December 31st, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

Curiosity: A Gardener’s Secret to a Vibrant Life with Fran Sorin

December 27th, 2021


My friend, Fran Sorin, is a coach, best-selling author, gardening and health evangelist, futurist, and an advocate of open-heartedness, joy, and deep connection. Her mission is to help people design a life they’re meant …

Tea and Leadership Series - The Power of a Mastermind

December 24th, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

Honoring Your Health, Honoring Your Word with Carl Ficks Jr.

December 20th, 2021


Carl Ficks Jr. is the Founder of No Surrender, a venture he created after his 30-year career as a trial lawyer. Through No Surrender, Carl helps busy professionals get back in the fitness game so they can lower their …

Tea and Leadership Series - The Power of Listening

December 17th, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

How Walking Wires Us for Connection with Joyce Shulman

December 13th, 2021


Joyce Shulman is the Co-founder, CEO, and Pack Leader of 99 Walks, an organization aiming to get a million women walking with a powerful app. An idea …

Tea and Leadership Series - Limiting Beliefs

December 10th, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

Leading with Love and Teaching Others to Fly with Peter Docker

December 6th, 2021


Peter Docker is a speaker, executive coach, leadership consultant, and author who is passionate about teaching leadership that is focused on …

Tea and Leadership Series - Work as Play

December 3rd, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

Transcending the Box and Focusing on the Human Condition with Kleo Curry

November 29th, 2021


Kleo Curry is a certified financial planner and chartered retirement planning counselor. She currently serves as a financial advisor and wealth strategy associate for one of the world’s largest wealth management firms, …

Tea and Leadership Series - Overcoming Distraction

November 26th, 2021


My friend, Helen Appleby and I recorded a series of conversations for LinkedIn last year discussing the challenges our clients face in their Senior Leadership positions.  We received so much great feedback that I …

Yeah, People Suck Sometimes

November 19th, 2021


When you do things publicly, you’re going to have haters. If your alive, you’re going to run into not-so-great people.  What do you do with that?  And in 2020, we are all running on fumes, not at our best.  How do we …

Creating Career Shifts In 2021 and Beyond with Stephanie Eberhart

November 17th, 2021


Stephanie Eberhart is the Co-founder and Managing Partner of TalentRemedy, a company revolutionizing the staffing and recruitment industry. With over …

The Keys to Time and Freedom with Joe Perrone

November 15th, 2021


Joe Perrone is a business coach who helps business owners reclaim their time and freedom. Since August of 2020, Joe has been helping his clients find …

Where is Your Ego Not Allowing You Help?

November 12th, 2021


Mastering Midlife...Together!

Thanks for tuning into today’s episode of the Mastering Midlife Podcast: How to Thrive When the World Asks the Most of You with Mark Silverman. If you enjoyed this episode, subscribe to the …

Navigating Conversations in a Polarized World with Vicki Shillington

November 8th, 2021


Vicki Shillington is an executive coach as well as the Chief Happiness Officer of ThingqShift, a company dedicated to creating adaptable leaders and organizations that easily thrive from their start-up stage. She has …

What Have I Learned Over 350 Episodes of Mastering Midlife?

November 5th, 2021


350 Podcast Episodes

70,000+ Books Sold to Date

100s of Talks to 1000s of People

1000s of Coaching Conversations

100 Essays in 100 Days


What have I …

Building a Leader-Leader Relationship by Giving 100% with Karen Davis

November 1st, 2021


Karen Davis is an executive coach, author, and speaker. After 25 years in managerial and executive leadership roles in B2B tech and services, Karen …

Made Up or Real? We React the Same

October 29th, 2021


Walking home from the gym one morning, I remembered something traumatic from a show we watched the night before.  My body stiffened.  Grief washed over me.

It’s a TV show.  I know the actor is on other shows.  It’s not …

Recovery Expert, Omar Pinto, Talks, Addction, Humanity, and Winning At Life.

October 25th, 2021


Omar Pinto is a Life Transformation Coach, Addiction Recovery Specialist and Lifestyle Entrepreneur.  He impacts and transforms people’s lives daily through my podcast, thriving Facebook communities and coaching …

Fear: What it costs and what to do with it.

October 22nd, 2021


My marketing people often use excerpts from the chapter called “fear” in “Only 10s – How to Use Distraction to Get the Right Things Done,” because they are the most relatable and compelling.  I reread this chapter for …

Bringing People Together and Bringing Forth the Dream with Gerald DuBose

October 18th, 2021


Gerald DuBose is an entrepreneur, author, speaker, coach, poet, and artist. He is the COO and co-founder of The New Wealth Order—an organization dedicated to helping people become designers of their own destiny and …

They Tried to Make Me Go to PreHab

October 15th, 2021


What a great word used by my friend, coach and accountability partner, Katie Nelson, with her clients.

A healthy business, like a healthy body, puts in the work to head off problems in the future.

Prehab is the extra …

Listening to Understand in a World on Fire with Kendra Cunov

October 11th, 2021


Kendra Cunov is a Relational Coach and the Founder of The Collective, a global web of women devoted to embodied awareness. Over the past 15 years, …

The Psycho Roommate In Your Head

October 8th, 2021


Beliefs and thoughts have been plaguing us for 1000s of years.  They stop us from doing things we want to do; they distract us from the good in our lives and can make us believe the craziest things. 

Is there a …

The Power Of Having Difficult Conversations with Steve Schlafman

October 4th, 2021


Steve Schlafman is the Founder of High Output, a boutique leadership development company, where he coaches to improve the habits, productivity, and energy management of high-performing entrepreneurs. A certified coach, …

Mission vs Purpose with Mark Silverman

October 1st, 2021


We all get it confused.  We are searching for our reason for being here.  I believe it is easier if we understand the difference between understanding “purpose” for being here, and creating our “mission”, while we are …

Diane Hamilton Discusses How Developing Curiosity Will Impact Every Area Of Your Life and Business

September 27th, 2021


In addition to being a nationally syndicated radio host, award-winning speaker, author, and educator, Dr. Diane Hamilton is a thought leader in the fields of leadership, sales, marketing, management, engagement, …

The Crippling Speedbump to Your Productivity

September 24th, 2021


Get FREE Access to the Only 10’s Course

Are you struggling with knowing what, when, and how to focus your efforts to get things done? As a long-time sufferer of severe ADD, I understand the struggle - and that’s why I …

Getting Real About the Hustle and Grind with Dan Waldschmidt

September 20th, 2021


Dan Waldschmidt is a renowned business strategist, author, keynote speaker, and ultra-runner, with one of his achievements being the 10th person to …

The Quickest Way Back to Sanity and Connection

September 17th, 2021


Are you a busy, overwhelmed business leader?

Through my work as an author and executive coach, I’ve discovered the 10 lies we all tell ourselves that keep us away from true productivity and creativity. 

If constant …

Karen Goldfinger Baker on How Shame And Worthiness Effects Even Pro Athletes and Top Executives

September 13th, 2021


Karen Goldfinger Baker is a powerful Executive Coach with a demonstrated history of working with inspired leaders to be extraordinary. Significant …

Unstoppable Equanimity: Serving from A Place of Love with Sam Morris

September 6th, 2021


Sam Morris is a partner at the Human Kind Holistic Consulting Firm and the founder of Zen Warrior Training, an embodied wisdom coaching program …

Mistakes, Yes. Regrets, Not So Much

September 3rd, 2021


We all make mistakes.  They can riddle us with regret.  But that don’t have to.

Join me today as we explore how to shift perspective on our mistakes.

Becoming Undaunted in Business and Life with Kara Goldin

August 30th, 2021


Kara Goldin is the Founder and CEO of Hint Inc., the leading brand of unsweetened flavored water. She is the author of Undaunted: Overcoming Doubt …

Who I Am Is....

August 27th, 2021


How do we combat imposter syndrome?  We check the facts.

The question comes up, “Who am I to do X?

"Have you turned down something cool because you …

The 7 Reasons Everyone Should Go to Prison with Brad Demuzio

August 23rd, 2021


Brad Demuzio is “The Middle-Aged Survivor.” Brad was a former trader who was supposed to be put in a white-collar prison. Instead, he was mixed with …

Just Start, Momentum is Everything

August 20th, 2021


Dr. Neil Fiore in his incredible book, “The Now Habit,” asserts that fear is the cause of most procrastination.  He suggests focusing on starting rather than finishing as a goal. 

Today I discuss how starting leads to …

Welcome to the Green Zone: Living a Life of Peace and Wellbeing with Isabelle Tierney

August 16th, 2021


Isabelle Tierney, M.A., LMFT, is a licensed therapist, stress management specialist, transformational teacher, and coach. She is the CEO of Choice …

Encore: Helen Appleby Interviews Mark for the Mastering Midlife 50th Episdode

August 13th, 2021


​Helen is an Executive Coach, based in New York and New Jersey. She is the Author of the forthcoming book, “The Unwritten Rules of Women’s …

The Little Red Dot: Understanding and Breaking the Chains of Porn Addiction with Devin McDermott

August 9th, 2021


Devin McDermott is a porn recovery coach and author of the e-book, Cheap Dopamine. Devin was once a porn user and dopamine addict himself. Despite …

Zip-Lines, Sky Diving and Risking in Midlife

August 6th, 2021


A few months after my 50th birthday, I was standing on a platform, 50 feet in the air, sweating and breathing fast, clinging to the pole for dear …

From the Ground Up: The First Steps to Building a Business with Deb Lansdowne

August 2nd, 2021


Deborah Lansdowne is the Co-Founder and Principal of A Pinch of Time, LLC, a concierge and lifestyle management services company dedicated to helping busy executives. With over 39 years of experience in executive …

Uplevel Your Leadership Through the Power of a Peer Group with Vistage Chair Brian Roberts

July 30th, 2021


Brian Roberts is the CEO Advisor and CEO Peer Group Leader at Vistage, a company that provides private advisory boards for business owners, senior executives, and CEOs. He is also what they call a Vistage Chair, a …

Networking 101 for Introverts with Pat Hedley

July 26th, 2021


Pat Hedley is an investor, advisor, and the Founder and CEO of The Path Ahead, where she identifies and invests in high-growth companies. She is also the author of the book, Meet 100 People, where she shares her …

You Have a Vivid Imagination and a Fantastic Memory

July 23rd, 2021


This episode is inspired by Sadhguru’s incredible book, “Inner Engineering.”

We spend most of our time, imagining a future that hasn’t happened or ruminating over a past, that we don’t even remember accurately. 

Most of …

All the World’s a Poker Game: How to Become Resilient and Handle Life’s Risks with Mike Harris

July 19th, 2021


Mike Harris is an adventurer, performance mastery coach, and host of the In This Moment podcast. Prior to becoming a coach, Mike was a high-stakes …

Be. Do. Have

July 16th, 2021


I hear too often, “I will be/feel good when X happens.”

We think something outside ourselves is going to change our experience.  And it may, for a moment.

I think that is ass backwards.

In this episode, we discuss a …

Following Your Inner Voice with Pete Mroz

July 12th, 2021


Pete Mroz is a businessman and musician from Nashville, Tennessee best known for his appearance on The Voice. Pete is originally from Indiana but found himself drawn to music early on. After years of pursuing music in …

The Perfect System To Create...

July 9th, 2021


It is all too easy to find ourselves in a negative situation and wonder how we got here.

Bad Relationship

Financial Challenge


Unfortunately, it is all to easy to fall into a victim mindset about this …

Failing Your Way to Success with Jay Samit

July 5th, 2021


Jay Samit is a dynamic entrepreneur and intrepreneur, keynote speaker, and the internationally bestselling author of Disrupt Yourself and Future Proofing You. He is recognized as a leading expert on disruption and …

Too Many Choices...For Everything

July 2nd, 2021


A few years ago, I read a book called “The Paradox of Choice” by Barry Schwartz, and it got me thinking about the inexhaustible barrage of voices coming at us about nutrition, exercise, spirituality, how to be a real …

Surrendering Our Pasts to Create Positive Change with David Katz

June 28th, 2021


David Katz is a TEDx speaker, humanitarian and the founder and CEO of Plastic Bank. Plastic Bank is an internationally recognized solution to the …

Depressed? Anxious? 7 Areas To Focus On That May Help

June 25th, 2021


In my line of work and in because I care about having deep conversations with anyone and everyone, I run across people who admit to stress, anxiety and depression.  And it is heartbreaking.  The Coach and Helper in me …

Embracing the Seasons on the Path to Success with John Lee Dumas

June 21st, 2021


John Lee Dumas is the host and founder of the podcast Entrepreneurs on Fire, boasting over 1 million listeners per month. John learned how to build a …

How An Aging Pitcher Can Inspire Your Career with Zack Silverman

June 18th, 2021


In my “Mastering Midlife” keynote, I use Michael Jordan and Barbra Streisand as examples of creative career longevity.  Each, in their own way, …

Former NFL Player Anthony Trucks What Do You Do When Your Identity is Suddenly Taken Away

June 14th, 2021


Anthony Trucks is a former NFL superstar, author, an American Ninja Warrior, and Founder of Modifidentity. Modifidentity is a coaching company that aims to help individuals find their real purpose in life and become who …

Three Forms of Self Inquiry - Your Keys to Freedom

June 11th, 2021


For me, freedom has come almost entirely from getting free of my thoughts and beliefs, rather than people or situations.

Self Inquiry is as old as …

Achieving Balance for Greater Success with Walt Hampton

June 7th, 2021


Walt Hampton is a leadership coach, consultant, best-selling author and outdoor enthusiast. Walt graduated from Cornell Law School and practiced law …

Working Through Resentment In Real Time

June 4th, 2021


What do you do when you are triggered, and you still need to be professional?

In this episode, I talk myself through 2 real time resentments so I can get to a more neutral state.

And none of is right.  We may be closer …

Reframing Your Mindset: Why Nothing is Really Wrong - Ever with David Wood

May 31st, 2021


David Wood is the Founder of Focus, a coaching and leadership business that helps business owners double their revenue by allowing leaders to focus …

The Gold In Every Crisis, Challenge or Misfortune

May 28th, 2021


We have gone through, and are going through a crisis. You may have been directly affected financially or physically. The impact may be devastating or mildly inconvenient. You still are left with making meaning of what …

Becoming a Better Leader Through Feedback with Meredith Bell

May 24th, 2021


Meredith Bell is an author and leadership communications coach. She is the owner of Grow Strong Leaders, a company that enables leaders to be more engaging with their employees through practical communication skills. …

There Are More Than Two Sides To Every Story

May 21st, 2021


I have so many people in my life that I love.  I respect.  I care deeply about. 

And disagree with on almost everything political or societal.

What …

Empowering Women in Career Transitions with Sonali Batish

May 17th, 2021


Sonali Batish is the founder of Cospan Consulting and host of My 2.0 podcast. Sonali started her company in 2020 with the goal of helping companies …

A Podcast For My Sons

May 14th, 2021


300 Episodes of the Mastering Midlife Podcast and I realized something.

Everything I am.  Everything I do.  How I am in the world… is a direct result …

Reimagining Entrepreneurial Success with Jeff Hoffman

May 10th, 2021


Jeff Hoffman is an award-winning entrepreneur, the CEO of several startups including Priceline and, a motivational speaker and producer. Jeff is best known for his many business achievements, but his most …

The Difference Between Self Esteem and Self Worth and Other Wisdom From Valari Jackson

May 7th, 2021


Valari Jackson is a speaker, life coach, business strategy advisor, and the founder of Fierce Focus Strategies, a company that provides professional coaching to business owners as well as individuals who are looking to …

Achieving Health and Wellness in Midlife with Zach Marcy

May 3rd, 2021


Zach Marcy is an Integrative Health Coach, Neurolinguistic Programming Master Practitioner, and Level II Integrative Health Practitioner. He received …

Tina Turner, Tiger Woods, Frank Sinatra and Grit

April 30th, 2021


They are superstars.  They are talented beyond measure. They have it all.

And they have something in common.   They’ve had lows.  Really low, lows.

And they have/had the grit to come back after all the fame and …

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