Reboot Podcast Episode #87 – The Adventure You Expected – with Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.


Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz

Rev. Michelle Haunold Lorenz

CEO/President Gearhead Productions, Inc

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Episode Description

Reverend Michelle Haunold Lorenz has dedicated the past 18 years of her life to her company, Gearhead, a magazine and record label that showcases the best of punk and hotrod culture. In her time spent as founder and CEO, Michelle has experienced first hand the ups and the downs that emerge when running and operating a business. Recently married, Michelle has begun to hear whispers of transformation, potentially signaling a transition into a new stage of life, one in which she finds herself questioning her life’s path and purpose.

Looking for support and guidance, Michelle reached out to Jerry and Reboot Podcast. As she considers the past two decades, Michelle reflects on the challenges she’s faced – which run the gambit of downsizing and layoffs, declaring bankruptcy, and bouts of co-founder conflict – as well as the lessons she’s learned and the gifts she’s received in the process. As Jerry and Michelle work together, they consider the uniqueness of her journey, and the beauty of taking ownership of her life, and the ride that she is on – even if it’s not the adventure she expected.

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Show Highlights

Top Quotes:

“I started taking meditation classes there as a way of trying to figure out how to move forward and what to do with my business and how to heal my life.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“I just walked away and put everything on hold to try and kind of get a little bit of perspective on my life.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“I feel like there’s this massive potential with this company to grow and expand and be this incredible lifestyle brand, but have no idea how to get from where I am and my ideas and my visions to where I think the company should be or could be.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz 

“I just realized I need help. I need guidance.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“Am I wasting my time? Is there something else I should be doing?” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz 

“I still keep having this feeling in my gut I have to keep walking this path because there’s something there.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“Right in the center of my gut, I feel this overwhelming need to keep exploring and unfolding this business.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“It’s not the adventure that you wanted, but it’s the adventure you’re having.” – Jerry Colonna

“What I do know is that, more often than not, our discomfort stems from, in effect, us saying to the world as it presents itself, that’s not the world I want.” – Jerry Colonna

“I never thought I was an entrepreneur. Never in a million years did I think I was going to start my own business. And then I started my own business and I grew it and I have done things that I didn’t know how to do.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“There’s this belief system that someone out there has the answer. They’re just not telling us.” – Jerry Colonna

“This is the ride. There is no ocean without the waves.” – Jerry Colonna

“Is this the suit of clothes that I’m meant to wear or not?” – Jerry Colonna

“I have to choose me.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“There are an incredible number of gifts that I have not recognized and validated as part of what I get from doing Gearhead.” – Michelle Haunold Lorenz

“That’s part of the human condition is that that we have this phenomena where we can see things in others that we ourselves struggle to see in ourselves.” – Jerry Colonna