“If you’re gonna go, go all the way” with Tomislav Benzon

Tomislav “Tom” Benzon taught himself how to play guitar in high school, winning his first band competition only two weeks after forming the band, at a time when Tom himself knew only a few chords.

The audacity and sheer determination behind this win is a theme seen over and over again, throughout Tom’s career, which spans 25 years as a full time touring musician. A dynamic personality, Tom has organically lived his life by the principles behind “The Secret” since long before he even knew it was a thing with a name. He has played around the world with musicians like Jack Savoretti and Jooles Holland, and performed in films with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.

A few years ago, however, a motorcycle accident in the UK stopped Tom in his tracks. The long recovery process was a huge blow, forcing Tom to step back from his career. Now based in San Diego, California, he is working to regain his footing.

Some themes from this episode: 
  • “The Secret” and the idea that “If you want to try, go all the way.”
  • Picking yourself up after a big setback
  • The importance of good friends who can remind you who you truly are in dark hours
  • Why building genuine connections with others is a smart career move 

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