Finding Passion And Purpose
Summary: Join Emmy-winner Richard Janes as he interviews artists, athletes, authors, entrepreneurs, activists, and influencers, as they tell their inspiring story of ditching the traditional 9-5 and embracing Passion and Purpose in their lives.
If you have ever felt a little lost in work or life, and you’re unsure of how where the passion and purpose has gone, then I'm here to say you are not alone. I was in this exact position. This episode shares my story and what led me to create this wonderful new podcast. If this episode resonated with you, it would make my day if you could take a screenshot of you listening on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @richardjanes, and let me know how helped you.
Laura Zellmer was diagnosed with Cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening illness that affects the lungs and pancreas, when she was just 16 months old. Despite a staggering 80% infant mortality rate at the time, Laura defied the odds and survived. Today, Laura is 43 years old and in her continued battle she received a double lung transplant last year. Laura’s story has been a source of inspiration during my own health struggles and her determination to live life to the fullest is a lesson for us all.
Matt Hanover is an artist, an entrepreneur, and Children’s Museum curator. But these were not always titles that Matt embraced. It took, what he thought was, a heart-attack in 2012 for him to realize that his passions aren’t something to be put-off and that he needed to make a big change in his life. Today we dive into his transition and it all hinges around the word 'wonder'. Matt's story can be a lesson to us all in the importance of following our heart to pursue what will truly make us happy.
Kerry David lives for taking life as it comes & uncovering new passions in the most unexpected places. Followed her heart has taken her in many many different directions. From traveling the world and working with women on the front line of the war on poaching, to working with Tom Cruise and producing movies that have grossed over $100M at the box office. Kerry is a great example of someone who doesn't live by a carefully laid out plan. The only rule she has is to never take no for an answer.
Guy Camilleri is one of Hollywood’s top acting coaches and is regularly called upon by Independent Film Award winners, Oscar nominees and even Emmy Award winners. His dramatic journey of Finding Passion & Purpose started at the age of 16 when he ran away from home, stole a car, and drove halfway across America to fulfill his dream of surfing the North Shore in Hawaii.
Philip Folsom is one of America’s top corporate cultural development experts. His journey to finding Passion & Purpose began at the age of 5 when his parents moved his family to a commune in the back woods of Washington and it destroyed him. Today, he helps leading organizations such as Apple, Google, Red Bull, and Snapchat, build healthy, high-performing environments through inspiration and innovation.
Chris Strompolos is the star of a new Netflix documentary: "Raiders: The Greatest Fan Film Ever Made". At the age of 11, after seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark, Chris decided to remake the film shot-for-shot and dedicated the next 8 years of his life to filming. Then, in his 40's a tape emerged of his fan film and it ended up being seen by Steven Spielberg & George Lucas themselves. Suddenly, Chris found himself putting the costume on once again & diving back into his childhood passion.
Ian Winer's early-life was controlled entirely by another person's desire for him to be a hockey player. He then took his skills in the hockey rink to WestPoint and was eventually led all the way to Wall Street where he was a frequent contributor on CNN Money, Fox Business, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. But then he had an epiphany. He wasn't happy. As a result, he walked away from it all and sought to redefine success on his own terms.
Pete Bethune has been shot at, stabbed with a machete, and held captive in a maxim-security Japanese prison. All in the pursuit of his unique passion and passion. From performing citizens’ arrests in Japan to rappelling from helicopters in Costa Rica, Pete is what is known as an animal rights vigilante and his story is one of extremes. Find out how Pete found his passion and purpose later on in life and why he believes most of us will never have the courage to do the same.
Jordan Roberts is probably best know for writing the 2005 Oscar winner for best feature documentary March of Penguins, or perhaps you’ll have watched his 2014 Best Animated Feature Film Oscar Winner Big Hero 6. It’s often thought that a true purpose needs to be grander than oneself, to serve a bigger cause. But what could set a greater example to the world than the compassionate healing of ones own soul so that it may shine bright for others experience. This is the domain of artist Jordan Roberts.
Joe Hewitt has worked in some of Rio’s most dangerous favelas helping at-risk youth through soccer. He is the CEO and founder of The Sports Creative: a non-profit, creating sports programs and partnerships around the world for at-risk youth. Through his work, he has seen the devastating effects that homelessness brings to people, which led him to discover his unique purpose. Host: Richard Janes
On August 19, 1958, 7-year-old Ayanna Najuma, and a group of 12 students together with a High School teacher named Clara Luper, set the stage for a civil rights protest that would sweep the nation in the 1960’s and continues to resonate in modern America through movements such as Black Lives Matter and #MeToo. This is Ayanna's story of finding Passion and Purpose. A story that would not only have an impact on her life, but arguably the life of every American who has come after. Host: Richard Janes
Join Emmy winner Richard Janes as he invites guests to tell their inspiring story about Finding Passion and Purpose.