After Facing Death, Matthew Levy Helps Others Get a New Perspective on Life

The Bio Report Interview hosted by Daniel Levine

I was recently interviewed for The Bio Report, hosted by veteran journalist Daniel Levine, which focuses on the intersection of biotechnology with business, science, and policy.

Here’s how Daniel teed up the 16-minute interview:

Matthew Levy worked in the biopharmaceutical industry in human resources when he was confronted with a life-changing event. A doctor told him he had advanced cancer and just 90 days to live.

An aggressive treatment regimen saved him, but it also led Levy to rethink his life. Now a motivational speaker and executive coach, Levy is trying to help others who may have settled into safe and comfortable jobs but find them unfulfilling.

We spoke to Levy about his experiences, how it changed him, and what others could do to make turning points in their lives without having to face death.

We’ve discussed the following questions:

What are the challenges that human resources executives face in their careers?

What are the things that go through your mind when you are given 90 days to live?

How to move from regrets to action?

Why does it take courage for people to change and improve their work lives?

How good of a job do big life science companies do in making their employees feel like their work is meaningful?

Why do people often end up feeling stalled out, losing focus and not advancing in their careers?

What do people need to do to recognize their need to make a change and go about doing that?

How to manufacture your own turning point without a near-death experience?

Interview notes:

1:05  Introduction.

2:02  The challenges human resources executives face in their careers.

4:02  The randomness of life. Matt Levy’s story about facing an imminent death diagnosis and what it took to overcome it.

6.22  The things that go through your mind when you are given 90 days to live.

7:37  Post traumatic growth and falling forward. How to move from regrets to action.

9:26  Why does it take courage for people to change and improve their work lives?

10:15  What life science companies can do to help their employees reconnect with the mission and meaning.

11:45  What to do when you feel like you’ve lost focus and stalled out in your career.

13:12  How to recognize your need for change.

14:12  The value of “monk” days. How to manufacture your own turning point without a near-death experience. 

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