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Facing Society’s Addictions- An Interview with Joe Polish- Episode 404

On this episode of Blunt Force Truth, Mark takes the chance to catch up with Joe Polish. Not only is Joe the founder of Genius Network and President of Piranha Marketing, but he was also able to overcome and conquer addiction earlier in his life.

Mark and Joe start off today’s show by chatting about Joe’s professional background and his personal struggle with addiction. They discuss how addiction stems from a feeling of disconnection and a deep-rooted fear of not feeling entirely safe. Joe explains how addiction can feel like a solution to the fear and disconnection.

Joe shares that, by going public about his personal battle with addiction, he has had a positive impact on others struggling to overcome their own vices. They also discuss how our society and justice system has a pathetically poor approach towards helping addicts.

Next, they chat about how the modern age is beginning to struggle with an addiction of its own: technology. Although technological advancement has done some truly amazing things for society, it has also led to generations having an ever-growing addiction to “screen time”.

They wrap up the show by discussing the journey that an addict must go through before they reach out for help. Joe explains that personal shame will continuously drive someone back into the arms of their addiction. On the flip side, personal disgust and a desire for betterment can be the biggest drivers towards finally seeking help.

More about Joe Polish:

Joe Polish is the founder of Genius Network® and GeniusX®, President of Piranha Marketing Inc., Creator of the Genius Network® Interview Series, Co-founder of and, and Founder of (3 highly-popular, free podcasts on iTunes).

Joe’s marketing expertise has been utilized to build thousands of businesses and has generated hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients, ranging from large corporations to small family-owned businesses. Known for his entrepreneurial focus on value creation, connection, and contribution, Joe’s leadership is the reason he’s one of the most sought-after marketers alive today.

Joe has helped raise over $3 million for Virgin Unite, Sir Richard Branson’s foundation. His current passion projects include, and Joe’s mission is to help change the global conversation surrounding addiction and addicts from one of judgement to one of compassion.


Connect with Joe Polish:


Twitter: @joepolish

Instagram: @joepolish

Facebook: Joe Polish

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