Episode 57

The mindset shift from mercenary to missionary with Melvin Hale

Published on: 19th June, 2023

Melvin Hale has undergone a remarkable evolution in his life. He has 25 years of experience in the design industry and has worked at the biggest names in tech like LinkedIn, Meta, YouTube, RGA, and Google. We'll delve into his journey of finding happiness, reflections on leadership style, and coping with personal challenges. Tune in for an engaging and insightful conversation.

About the Guest:

Melvin has 25 years of experience in the design industry and has worked at the biggest names in tech like LinkedIn, Meta, YouTube, RGA, and Google. He has established himself as an artist who pushes boundaries.

The best thing about him is his uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life. By building meaningful relationships through mentorship and positive reinforcement, he reminds us that leadership comes from peace, not might. His success can be attributed to his perseverance, failures, redemptions, and fresh starts.


(01:26) - The two elements that contributed to his evolution and what knowing where he's at now allows him to do

(03:37) - Icebreaker: Why he is currently obsessed with his credit score and credit utilization

(04:51) - Icebreaker: Melvin dreams of retiring in this Asian country and what he finds most appealing about its culture

(06:43) - Icebreaker: How he and Bender “Bending” Rodriguez of Futurama are both “lovable *ssholes”

(08:26) - How his search for happiness led him to discover joy, evolve, and begin his second journey in life

(10:09) - The differences between Mel Then and Mel Now

(13:09) - How he was never satisfied despite having everything and what was missing in his life

(14:37) - Where his mercenary mindset came from and his desire to be a missionary instead

(16:25) - How he coped with his personal challenges and what prompted him to get his sh*t together and seek help

(19:57) - Why it's important to be kind to yourself and why he took a break from social media

(24:50) - How his daily morning affirmations turned into action steps and why he sees it as an embodiment of him continuing to move forward

(26:45) – What's cooking, Melvin? Launching soon: How his app will bring joy through food for foodies like him

(28:10) - Dispelling startup requirements myth and why he picked startup in the first place

(30:22) - The best song to express his last thoughts for all of us


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