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Can I Laugh On Your Shoulder?

Feb 7, 2024

This week, I am sitting down with the incredible John R. Miles, the driving force behind the wildly popular Passion Struck podcast and nationally recognized radio show. With a background as a former US Navy officer and a senior executive at a Fortune 50 company, John is celebrated as a transformative leader in intentional behavior change and personal mastery.

He’s an author, entrepreneur, and visionary in modern leadership and I’m so excited to have him on the show today to talk about his new book and the transformative power of purpose-driven living.

Stay tuned for a powerful conversation on overcoming adversity, fostering authentic connections, embracing gratitude in our daily lives, and much more. I was truly inspired by my conversation with John, and hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

2:38 – John 101

  • John’s unique career path
  • John’s book + the “pinball life”

10:01 – Breaking Free from the Pinball Life

  • The self-discrepancy theory
  • Intentionality as a muscle
  • Life crafting + identifying goals
  • Building a foundation through pillars of support

20:50 – Awakening to Purpose

  • John’s unexpected career shifts
  • John’s wake-up call and journey towards a more meaningful path
  • Aligning with your true calling

32:43 – Gratitude, Connection, and Purpose

  • Our innate desire for purpose
  • The power of connection and service
  • Being vessels for a greater purpose

40:42 – Hope in Hardship

  • The transformative power of pain and hardship
  • Focusing on the small wins
  • The path to rebuilding

48:15 – Takeaways

  • Connecting with John
  • Matt Doherty’s story


“When we're acting like a pinball, we're completely unintentional, we are so distracted by the world around us, so caught up in the matrix, that we're not allowing ourselves to live with intention- to craft the life we want, to become a self-realized version of ourselves that God put us here to actuate in our life.”

“We can have suffering and be self-compassionate. We can experience trauma and be forgiving. But I think too many of us hold on to these things as either ors.”

“We all can rebound, but it takes intentional action to do so.”

Learn more about John:

Passion Struck Podcast:

John’s new book, Passion Struck:

John on social media: