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How You Can Use Joy as Your Compass

Are you living your life with joy as your compass? Joy is a blessing that actually allows us to steer our lives to what matters most and moves us away from distractions that vie for our attention. Joy lets us self-reflect and uncovers the most important people and things in our lives. Living with joy as our compass allows us to forgo the ego, pride, fear, or sense of scarcity that often gets in the way of life’s meaning.

I am currently reading The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell, and one of my favorite quotes from him is, “find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the “pain.”

And, I think there is so much truth in that quote. When you use joy as your compass, it may not always guide you to the most comfortable, popular, or painless decisions. The power of Joy is more profound than that. You can transcend to places where life can happen intentionally through joy, and you can become the best version of yourself.

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No matter what situation we all find ourselves in, there are still reasons – even if it’s just one – to be grateful, for as long as there is life, there is hope for better days.

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In This Week’s Episode, John R. Miles Explores Joy as Your Compass.

  • I discuss why when you use joy as your compass, it helps unlock a life where you can live intentionally in pursuit of becoming your best self.
  • I go into the story of Kristen Jane Anderson and how she overcomes personal trajedy and how joy leads her out of it.
  • I unpack eight steps you can take in your own life, like Kriste, to live by joy as your compass. .
  • Why you need to focus entirely on the little steps forward, and build successively on each, while trying your best not to keep looking back at the past.
  • How to use this information to apply joy as your compass in your life and create a joyful life.
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106 | Using Joy as Your Compass | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
106 | Using Joy as Your Compass | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast

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  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:38 Why joy is your compass
  • 2:50 Grammarly and Nutrafol
  • 5:50 Story of Kristen Jane Anderson
  • 9:14 Taking steps to growth
  • 13:34 How to overcome obstacles through Joy
  • 15:51 Living a joyful life


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*The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell

*The 5 am Club: Own Your Morning. Elevate Your Life.

* The American Paradox: Spiritual Hunger in an Age of Plenty by David G. Myers

Towards a Psychology of Being by Abraham Maslow

Are you having trouble prioritizing yourself? John discusses where you invest your love; you invest your life in Episode 104

John Explains how to become our best authentic selves and what is getting its way in episode 88.

Is the Hustle Culture is Making You Miserable? John explores this in-depth in Episode 70.

Suppose you missed our interview with Lily Walford on creating compatible love. Don’t panic! You can catch up by downloading it here.

About John R. Miles

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John R. Miles is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of Passion Struck. This full-service media company helps people live intentionally by creating best-in-class educational and entertainment content.

John is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, author, and named to the ComputerWorld Premier 100 IT Leaders. John is the host of the #PassionStruckPodcast, a show focused on exploring the mindset and philosophy of the world’s highest achievers to learn their lessons to living intentionally.

Passion Struck aspires to speak to the humanity of people in a way that makes them want to live better, be better and impact. Stay tuned for John’s latest project, his upcoming book, which will be published in summer 2022.


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