Find Inner Peace With Latin GRAMMY Award-Winning Music Producer Maffio

Maffio, guest on The Verywell Mind Podcast

Verywell / Julie Bang

Every Monday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, interviews authors, experts, entrepreneurs, athletes, musicians, and other inspirational people about the strategies that help them think, feel, and do their best in life.

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Meet Maffio

Maffio, whose real name is Carlos Mendoza, is a Latin GRAMMY Award winning music producer, composer, and artist. He’s collaborated with top Latin musicians such as Akon, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, and Anuel. In the fall of 2020, he released his debut album TumbaGobierno.

Why Maffio Is Mentally Strong

Maffio’s path to success wasn’t an easy one. He grew up in extreme poverty in the Dominican Republic. He endured several losses in his life as well, including the loss of his sister when he was just a teenager.

He didn’t have the chance to earn a high school diploma either. But he dreamed about making it big in the music industry and he committed to working hard to make it happen.

While he’s seen many other people in the music industry get sidelined by mental health issues and addiction, he’s choosing to make mental health a priority. He works hard to manage his anxiety and he decided to stop drinking before it became a problem in his life. 

What You'll Hear on the Show

  • What growing up in poverty in can teach you about life
  • How to manage grief after back-to-back losses
  • How he succeeded despite not having a high school diploma
  • The mindset that helps him get through tough times
  • How to avoid developing a victim mentality
  • How having a clear sense of right and wrong makes life easier
  • How to develop a close relationship with a loved one even after they’ve hurt you
  • How to hold tough conversations even when you’re scared
  • The one small daily habit that helps him manage anxiety
  • How to appreciate the little things in life
  • How he quit drinking altogether and what it’s done for his life
  • How to explore until you find things that bring you happiness
  • How to stay connected to your roots

What You'll Learn About Inner Peace and Mental Strength

A lot of people who struggle because their behavior isn’t in line with their values. Consequently, they feel anxious, depressed, or uneasy about their lives. And it’s not unusual for people who feel that way to self-medicate with drugs or alcohol.

It’s important to know what your values are and to periodically check-in with yourself. Consider whether your habits are helping you feel like you are living an authentic life. Changing the behaviors that aren’t in line with your values can help you feel free.

Quotes From Maffio


We acknowledge it. We move from it. It’s in the past. And we move forward.

— Maffio
  • "If I was going to be a dishwasher, I was going to be the best at it. If I was going to have to clean bathrooms, I was going to be the best at it. I’m going to tie those bags the best and the quickest."
  • "I’m never weak minded. Never. If I go through something I’m just going to get right back up. You know, dust myself and get up. I cannot be a victim."
  • "The most beautiful things that are really fulfilling and make you complete–they’re free."
  • "You got to train your body and you got to train your mind. Your brain is a muscle that needs to be trained as well."

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By Amy Morin, LCSW, Editor-in-Chief
Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk,  "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time.