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Episode 83 – Ethan Chazin – Navigating Career Crossroads: Ethan's Journey to Personal Growth and Entrepreneurship

  1. Episode 83 - Ethan Chazin - Navigating Career Crossroads: Ethan's Journey to Personal Growth and Entrepreneurship Drew Deraney 27:20

This episode:  Navigating Career Crossroads: Ethan’s Journey to Personal Growth and Entrepreneurship. 


Here’s what you’ll learn about:

Career crossroads and personal growth. (0:09)

  • Ethan Chazin shares his personal story of defining moments and opportunities.
  • Ethan reflects on past experiences of being laid off and realizes the importance of pursuing one’s passions.
  • He found purpose in helping individuals and organizations create great cultures of work.

Relationships, career choices, and personal growth. (5:58)

  • Ethan shared his story of meeting his significant other in high school, highlighting the importance of mutual friends and shared experiences in building a strong bond.
  • He discussed his college experience, revealing that he initially went to college in New York and transferred to California after two years, and how he met his significant other through their respective groups of friends.
  • Ethan shares his personal journey of self-discovery and career development, highlighting the importance of questioning societal norms and following one’s own path.
  • His experiences include dating, working full-time, and relocating to different cities, all while seeking to find his true calling and identity.

Entrepreneurship, self-awareness, and personal branding. (11:42)

  • Ethan had an epiphany in January 2009 to pursue entrepreneurship, and it was a combination of both leaping into the unknown and gradually building up to it.
  • He had a gut feeling that he was meant to be an entrepreneur, and it took him a while to listen to that inner voice and take the leap of faith.
  • Ethan emphasizes self-awareness and reflecting on one’s true identity before pursuing passions.
  • He highlights the importance of finding one’s true identity and passion, and not relying on others’ opinions.
  • Ethan vetted his personal brand by asking 5-6 people for one-word adjectives that describe him.
  • He removed toxic friends from his life and expressed gratitude to supportive people.

Personal and professional growth, trusting inner voice, and supporting others. (20:46)

  • Ethan Chazan shares advice on life with the 7–10-year-old version of himself.
  • He offers advice to younger self and others, by emphasizing trusting inner voice for clarity.


To learn more about Ethan’s mission, go to his LinkedIn profile at 

Or his website at 


Ethan’s Bio: Ethan Chazin

Ethan Chazin, MBA applies his experience leading teams through transformation by leveraging employee engagement, to unleash people’s untapped potential for lasting organizational success.  

He possesses expertise in training in organizational behavior, strategic planning, new business development, client relationship building, employee engagement, team-building, leadership, and emotional intelligence to optimize worker performance.


About your host: I’m Drew Deraney, the proud father of three children. For most of my life I’ve been concerned with what people thought of me and how I was supposed to act. I learned not to be my authentic self and instead became a people pleaser, a man wearing a mask.

In a 9-month span a few years ago, I endured four faith-shaking life events that caused me to question my existence.

I became determined to find a better way to live. Through intense self-reflection and awareness, I realized that in order to be happy, I must adhere to my standards of honesty, integrity and truth and needed to break free from the belief system that was anchored in me for close to 50 years.

I found my purpose and my mission in life. I’ve now become the man I know I am meant to be. My mission is empowering men ready to make a change to do the same.

My men’s group and one-on-one Coaching provide a safe space for men to share, without judgement, and transform. My male clients learn to release their inner greatness and stop self-sabotage, the #1 roadblock keeping them from reaching their goals.





Free Webinar: How To Be A Man

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Pick up a copy of Drew’s book:

Drew Deraney Mindset Mastery Coach (Life Coach with a Twist)

Drew Deraney now travels the world both to Live and Virtual Events showing mostly men the steps needed to strengthen self-identity and self-worth, to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and to build confidence while being authentic, maintaining boundaries and to transcend people pleasing skills to become the person they are destined to be. Drew challenges them to reach deep inside and make a lasting impact.

In a 9-month span, Drew experienced a grueling divorce, job loss, his son’s suicidal ideations, and his father’s death which devastated Drew emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is a commonality for men to consider any challenge as a weakness as well as to show emotion and ask for help. While writing his book, Drew realized he was not the only man suffering in silence. With more clarity of purpose than ever, he began asking for help. Drew Deraney’s mission is to help especially men, release their inner greatness by showing vulnerability, keeping in integrity of their power, and making a great impact on the people in their lives both personally and professionally.

Drew Deraney was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ where he still lives to this day caring for his elderly mom and his 3 adult children Matthew, Nicholas, and Emma. Drew earned his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Applied Psychology, and two psychology research publications while at Fairfield University; a scholarship from the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and his M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Baruch College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY. His hospital career spanned 24 years where he was co-chair of the Leadership Institute, spoke at JD Power, was one of three leaders interviewed by The Commonwealth Fund, received his Communicating with Empathy Trainer certification and is a Certified Patient Experience Professional. Four years ago, Drew founded Profit Compassion LLC, an entity to coach and empower mostly men to create resiliency and authenticity as Chief Resilience Officer. Drew is the podcast host of ‘From Caving in to Crushing It’ and recently became a best-selling author with his book ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ - Memoir of a reformed People Pleaser.

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