13 episodes

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.

Finding Passion And Purpose Richard Janes

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    • 4.9 • 131 Ratings

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.

    My Story of Finding Passion & Purpose

    My Story of Finding Passion & Purpose

    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.
    Knowing that people like you are listening to this podcast is honestly what keeps this show going!

    • 23 min
    Civil Rights

    Civil Rights

    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.
    Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his practice of nonviolent protest, the plan was simple. The students would occupy the ‘white’ only lunch counter of a drug store called Katz and ask ask to be served a hamburger and a coca-cola. When they were inevitably denied service on the grounds that the lunch counter was for ‘whites only’ they would refuse to leave and stay seated in their seats until closing.
    This sit-in protest was one of the first in the civil rights movement, happening 18 months before black college students took seats at a Woolworth’s lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.
    Over the next six years, Ayanna and her fellow civil rights demonstrators, led one of the longest nonviolent sit-in protests in the United States desegregating almost every eating establishment in their home city of Oklahoma’s capital.
    Ayanna was just 7-years-old when on a hot august day she took her place on a stool embracing a passion and purpose that would not only have an impact on her life, but arguably the life of every American who has come after.
    This is her story.
     
    Host: Richard Janes
    Guest: Ayanna Najuma

    • 32 min
    Soccer & Street Children

    Soccer & Street Children

    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

    • 33 min
    Screenwriting

    Screenwriting

    Hollywood screenwriter 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. 
     
    When we talk about purpose, 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 the artist. This is the domain of screenwriter, turned director, Jordan Roberts whose work has impacted millions of people all over the world with, as one film critic put it, a compassionate and healing voice for those who are suffering or going through tremendous struggle. She said of one of his movies: "It is like he’s giving a huge hug that can be felt through the screen".
     
    Host: Richard Janes

    • 32 min
    Anti-Poaching

    Anti-Poaching

    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. 
    Pete is what is known as an animal rights vigilante and he travels the world helping to protect the globes endangered animals. From performing citizens’ arrests in Japan to rappelling from helicopters in Costa Rica, Pete's story is one of extremes.
    Find out how Pete found his passion and purpose later on in life and why most of us will never have the courage to do the same.
    Host: Richard Janes

    • 36 min
    Redefined Success

    Redefined Success

    Have your parents ever tried to live vicariously through you?  For our guest today, that was what most of his early-life was controlled by: another person's desires.  Ian Winer is an investment expert and a frequent contributor on CNN Money, Fox Business, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times.  He took his skills in the hockey rink to WestPoint and was eventually led all the way to Wall Street.  In this episode, we talk about how Ian was able to reclaim his identity, and what it actually means to be successful, by embracing fear and setting out on an adventure of self-discovery that gave him a new perspective and purpose in life. 

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
131 Ratings

131 Ratings

Aalda-way Mariann ,

I’ve Found My Tribe!

Yowza!!! Finding this podcast was defiantly The Universe at work. A friend sent me a link to one of your articles on Medium and I “followed the yellow brick road” to this podcast. So glad I did! As an actor-activist-writer, I started with Episodes 2 & 9...I’ve found my tribe!!! Thanks, Richard❤️

Jay Tonsfeldt ,

Looking for inspiration? STOP HERE and listen now!

This is a terrific entertaining and inspirational collection of stories and personalities. I'm only disappointed that I've listened to all available episodes. Richard, please tell us that you'll be producing more!

Brooke Craven ,

Awesome Podcast!!

Richard, host of the Finding Passion And Purpose podcast, highlights all aspects of business, success and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

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