John R. Miles

John R. Miles is the dynamic force behind Passion Struck®, captivating millions with his globally-renowned podcast and national radio show, making a significant impact as a thought leader in the fields of behavior change, health and wellness, the science of personal mastery, and self-leadership. His journey, from the U.S. Navy to senior executive roles in the Fortune 50, grounds his insights in real-world experience. He's not just a voice on leadership and personal growth; he's lived it, making his guidance and storytelling resonate authentically with his audience.

As an author, keynote speaker, and entrepreneur, John blends practical wisdom with relatable anecdotes, making complex ideas about health, wellness, and personal mastery both accessible and inspiring. His Podcast, Passion Struck, is one of the world's leading shows and the #1 alternative health podcast, featuring engaging conversations with notable figures like Angela Duckworth, Seth Godin, Susan Cain, Robin Sharma, and Dr. Mark Hyman.

His latest work, "Passion Struck: Twelve Powerful Principles to Unlock Your Purpose and Ignite Your Most Intentional Life," delves into the heart of what it means to live a life fueled by passion and purpose. Drawing on insights from luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey and Astronaut Chris Cassidy, the book offers twelve science-based principles designed to awaken the dormant potential within us all. It's a journey through overcoming self-doubt, catalyzing personal growth, and embracing a life lived with unwavering intention. It's been honored as a 2024 must-read by the Next Big Idea Club and The Best Business Minds Book Awards for 2024.

For more insights into John's transformative approach to intentional living, visit [passionstruck dot com] or follow him on social media @john_R_Miles. (from

Interview with John Miles

Can you tell us a little about yourself?  

I'm John R. Miles, a passionate advocate for personal and professional growth, dedicated to helping individuals unlock their full potential. My journey has been shaped by diverse experiences, including serving as an officer in the US Navy, navigating the corporate world, and overcoming personal challenges like traumatic brain injury and PTSD. These experiences have instilled in me a deep understanding of resilience, leadership, and the transformative power of passion-driven action.

As the creator of the Passion Struck podcast and author of the book "Passion Struck: Twelve Powerful Principles to Unlock Your Purpose and Ignite Your Most Intentional Life," I aim to inspire and empower others to lead intentional, fulfilling lives. My work focuses on the intersection of mindfulness, behavior science, stoicism, and neuroscience, providing practical strategies for overcoming adversity and achieving self-mastery.

Through my platform, I share insights from my journey and conversations with thought leaders, aiming to ignite a passion-struck movement that encourages individuals to embrace their authenticity and pursue their purpose with courage and determination.

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Are you a multi-genre author or a single-genre author? How did you decide what types of book you would write? 

I am a multi-genre author, having written both "Passion Struck," a book focused on personal development and leadership, and a children's book. My decision to explore different genres stems from a desire to impact a wide audience, sharing messages that resonate with individuals at various stages of their lives. While "Passion Struck" caters to adults seeking purpose and direction, my children's book aims to inspire young minds, planting seeds of resilience and curiosity early in life. I remain open to exploring other genres in the future, guided by a passion to educate, inspire, and provoke thought across diverse demographics.


If you write in multiple genres, do you have a favorite, or is one type of book easier for you to write than others, and why?

While my experience so far has been largely rooted in non-fiction, particularly with my book "Passion Struck," I find this genre to be my favorite because it allows me to delve into real-life principles, offer actionable advice, and connect with readers on a practical level. 

However, the allure of fiction is growing stronger for me. I am contemplating writing a fictional account based on real-life experiences, using fictional characters. This approach intrigues me as it offers the freedom to explore the depths of storytelling while conveying meaningful insights in a more nuanced and creative way. The blend of truth and imagination in fiction could present a new challenge and a refreshing way to communicate impactful messages.


When did you start writing? Did an event or person prompt you to take that leap?

I began to truly grasp the significance of the written word during my time in the military, working under Commander Bill Fitzsimmons. His mentorship was pivotal, teaching me the art of crafting concise yet impactful writing. This experience was not just a lesson in communication; it was a transformative period that shaped my approach to expression and storytelling. Commander Fitzsimmons's emphasis on the power of well-chosen words and the clarity of message inspired me to explore writing more deeply, leading me to embrace it as a vital tool for sharing ideas and experiences.


How / where do you find the plots you write about?

My plots are heavily influenced by my extensive reading and the insights I gain from interviewing some of the world's leading thinkers on the Passion Struck podcast. Consuming over 100 books a year across various genres, including philosophy and science, provides a deep well of inspiration. This, combined with engaging discussions with eminent experts on my podcast, enriches my understanding and perspective, allowing me to craft narratives that are not only complex and engaging but also infused with the cutting-edge thought and innovation from leading minds across the globe.

Mark Twain said “Write what you know.” Tell us about your writing process. Are you a plotter or a panster? Do you plot, plan, and conduct hours of research; or, do you sit down and write whatever comes to mind based on your personal history and knowledge?

I align with the philosophy of being a plotter in my writing process. Inspired by Mark Twain’s advice to "Write what you know," I delve deeply into structuring and researching before my fingers touch the keyboard. My approach involves meticulous planning and an extensive exploration of the topics I’m passionate about. This groundwork ensures that the narratives I craft are not only grounded in knowledge and personal experience but also resonate with authenticity and depth. The extensive research and plotting help me create a detailed roadmap, guiding the storytelling journey, ensuring that each piece is informative, engaging, and reflective of the realities and complexities of the subjects I explore.


Tell us your latest news

I just released my first book, "Passion Struck," which debuted on February 6th. It has garnered attention and praise, being selected as a Must-Read by the Next Big Idea Club and earning the Best Business Minds book award. This achievement marks a significant milestone in my career, embodying the essence of my message about living a life driven by passion and purpose. 

Additionally, I have expanded my reach in the digital audio space by joining the Sirius XM podcast family, allowing me to connect with a broader audience and share insights on how to lead a more intentional and fulfilling life.


Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Yes, there is a profound message in "Passion Struck" that I hope resonates with readers: the power of intentional living. By embracing the principles outlined in the book, individuals can navigate their journey towards crafting a life that truly matters. The essence of "Passion Struck" is to empower readers to break free from the constraints of a passive existence and ignite a more purposeful and impactful life, where every decision and action aligns with their deepest values and aspirations.


How much of the book is realistic?

100%. The content of "Passion Struck" is heavily rooted in realism, blending practical insights with real-life examples and scientific research. While it leverages my experiences, vanguards I profile in the book (Marc Benioff, General Stan McChrystal, Astronaut Wendy Lawrence, Oprah Winfrey)  and those of the individuals I've interviewed on the Passion Struck podcast, the book also draws from a broad spectrum of studies and expert opinions to provide actionable advice and strategies. This grounding in both personal and collective experience ensures that the concepts are not only relatable but also applicable to the reader’s daily life, making the journey towards a passion-struck existence both achievable and realistic.


What books have influenced your life the most?

The books that have significantly influenced my life reflect a diverse range of themes and insights. "The Purpose Driven Life" by Pastor Rick Warren provided a spiritual framework that emphasized living with intention and purpose. Angela Duckworth's "Grit" introduced the power of perseverance and resilience in achieving long-term goals. "Hidden Potential" by Adam Grant explored the untapped capacities within individuals, encouraging a mindset of growth and self-discovery.

Susan Cain’s "Quiet" celebrated the strengths of introversion, reshaping my understanding of personal and professional interactions. Viktor Frankl's "Man’s Search for Meaning" offered profound insights into finding purpose even in the direst circumstances. Daniel Kahneman’s "Thinking Fast & Slow" delved into the complexities of human decision-making processes, providing a deeper understanding of cognitive biases and heuristics.

Additionally, "Got a Wicked Problem? First, Tell me how you Make Toast" by Tom Wujec, along with works by Dan Pink, Gretchen Rubin, Gabby Bernstein, Sharon Salzberg, Arthur Brooks, and Seth Godin, have broadened my perspectives on problem-solving, motivation, and marketing. These books collectively have not only enriched my personal and professional life but also continually inspire my work and the content I create for the Passion Struck podcast.


Do you have a mentor that helped or encouraged you to follow your dream of writing?

I covered this in an earlier question


What are your current projects?

Currently, my primary focus is on the Passion Struck podcast, where we delve into themes of personal and professional development, featuring interviews with thought leaders and experts across various fields. Alongside the podcast, I am working on expanding my presence in the keynote speaking circuit, aiming to share insights and inspire audiences on a larger scale.

Additionally, I am in the early stages of developing Passion Struck University. This initiative is envisioned as a comprehensive platform for learning and growth, offering courses, workshops, and resources aligned with the principles and values discussed in my book and podcast. The goal is to create an educational environment that empowers individuals to pursue their passions, cultivate resilience, and lead fulfilling lives.


Can you share a sample of your current work with us?

Yes. Here is an excerpt from the book:


Pick one of your characters and share some of their backstory that didn’t make it into the novel.

Vincent Jackson, a friend and former NFL Pro Bowl receiver, had a remarkable journey of reinvention that didn't make it into my book due to his untimely passing. His transition from the gridiron to life beyond football was a powerful testament to the resilience and adaptability that I admire and advocate for in "Passion Struck." After retiring from a successful career in sports, Vincent didn't just rest on his laurels; he actively pursued new ventures, showing the same dedication and drive that he had on the field. His ability to navigate the challenges of this significant life transition, while also contributing positively to his community, was inspiring. Vincent's story, although not featured in the final manuscript, remains a poignant example of how one can channel passion and purpose into new arenas of life, creating a lasting impact beyond one's original domain.


Do you have any advice for other writers?

Yes, I have a few pieces of advice for other writers:


●      Stay Curious: Maintain a keen sense of curiosity about the world around you. This curiosity will fuel your creativity and provide you with endless material to explore in your writing.


●      Be Disciplined: Writing requires discipline. Set aside dedicated time each day or week for writing and stick to it. Consistency is key to progress and helps to hone your craft.


●      Read Widely: The best writers are often voracious readers. Reading widely exposes you to different styles, genres, and voices, enriching your own writing skills and providing inspiration.


●      Embrace Feedback: Constructive criticism is invaluable. Be open to feedback from trusted peers, mentors, or editors. It can provide new perspectives on your work and help improve your writing.


●      Persevere: Writing can be challenging, and rejection is part of the process. Don’t be discouraged by setbacks. Use them as learning experiences to grow and improve your work.


●      Write Authentically: Your unique voice and perspective are your strengths. Write about what matters to you, and be true to your experiences and beliefs. Authenticity resonates with readers.


●      Continue Learning: Writing is a craft that can always be improved. Attend workshops, take courses, and stay updated with writing trends and techniques to continually develop your skills.


●      Network and Connect: Building connections with other writers and professionals in the industry can provide support, opportunities, and insights that are invaluable to your growth and success as a writer.


By following these tips, you can enhance your writing journey, produce meaningful work, and navigate the challenges of the writing world more effectively.


Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

In a world that often values conformity and settling for the status quo, daring to follow one's passion can seem like a rebellious act. Yet, it is within this act of defiance that we discover the true essence of living. Passion is not just a fleeting emotion or a momentary infatuation. It is the very core of our being, the driving force that propels us forward, and the compass that guides us toward our destiny.

"Passion Struck" is not just a call to find your passion; it's a manifesto for living life on your own terms, embracing the challenges, and turning them into opportunities for growth. It's about breaking free from the shackles of fear and doubt and stepping into a world where every action is infused with meaning, purpose, and an unyielding desire to make an impact


Is there one person past or present you would like to meet and why?

I would choose Abraham Lincoln. His journey from self-described "driftwood" to becoming one of the most impactful Presidents in American history is both fascinating and inspiring. In my book "Passion Struck," I delve into Lincoln's transformation and his exceptional ability to lead with empathy, integrity, and resilience during one of the most tumultuous times in American history. Meeting him would provide invaluable insights into the mindset and principles that drove his extraordinary life and leadership. It would be an opportunity to understand firsthand how he cultivated his sense of purpose and navigated the immense challenges he faced, turning personal and national adversity into a legacy of freedom and equality.


What do you want written on your headstone and why?

Here lies a man who taught us our significance: That within each of us lies the power to make a difference, to uplift humanity, and to live with profound purpose. His legacy is the light of potential ignited in countless hearts.


Other than writing do you have any hobbies?

Beyond writing, my hobbies include cycling, boating, participating in Toastmasters, and engaging in improv comedy. Cycling allows me to explore the outdoors, maintain physical fitness, and clear my mind. Boating provides a sense of adventure and tranquility on the water, a perfect escape from the routine. Toastmasters has been instrumental in honing my public speaking and leadership skills, while improv comedy offers a creative outlet that sharpens my quick thinking and enhances my storytelling abilities.


What kind of music do you enjoy? What kind of movies do you prefer? Do you have a favorite author?

I have a broad taste in music that spans several genres, encompassing everything from the grunge and alternative rock of the 90s to the synth-driven melodies of 80s new wave. I also have a soft spot for the timeless classics of Frank Sinatra, the raw energy of classic rock, and the laid-back vibes of reggae. My eclectic music taste mirrors my love for varied and rich experiences in life.

When it comes to movies, I gravitate towars the adrenaline-pumping excitement of action films and the intriguing twists of mystery narratives. These genres captivate me with their intensity and the intellectual engagement they demand, keeping me on the edge of my seat.

As for authors, I've been influenced by a diverse array of writers whose works span different periods and styles. My reading list is as eclectic as my music taste, ranging from contemporary thinkers to classic novelists. This wide-ranging appreciation for literature has enriched my perspective, making it difficult to single out one favorite author. Instead, I celebrate the wealth of insights and inspirations these varied voices provide.


If money was no issue, would you prefer a cozy beach bungalow or a rustic cabin overlooking a mountain lake?

If money were no object, my preference would be a rustic cabin overlooking a mountain lake. The serenity of the lake, framed by the majestic mountains, offers a tranquil retreat where I can connect with nature, find peace, and draw inspiration from the breathtaking surroundings. This setting provides the perfect backdrop for reflection, creativity, and rejuvenation, aligning with my love for serene, natural environments.


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