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How Your Environment Influences Who You Become
How the social multiplier effect impacts your growth

In this episode, John R. Miles dives deep into the science behind how your environment influences so much of your success not only in your career but also your health, relationships, and spirituality.

Our environment continually influences our lives, decision-making process, and how we interact with the world around us. In psychology, there is an idea known as ‘the social multiplier effect’ based on the principle that high levels of one attribute or behavior amongst one’s peers can have spillover effects on an individual. John dives deep into that concept and provides examples of how it changed the course of history.

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Human social behaviors are directly learned from a social environment and through social interaction rather than genetic causes and dynamics.

John R. Miles

On This Week’s Passion Struck Podcast, John R. Miles Discusses How Your Environment Influences Who You Become And The Social Multiplier Effect Impact.

  • Why the social evolution of man continues to foster a longing for co-existence and how we are influenced by others.
  • How the social multiplier effect influences different attributes and characteritcs of our environment and our inherent adoption of them.
  • An example of how the social multiplier effect can impact personal performance through the example of the runner Roger Bannister.
  • The neurscientific discovery of mirror neurons and how operate to bring about Emotional Contagion.
  • Why we learn through imitation and how our environment is induced by automatic imitation.
  • How to use this information to become a force for positive influence.
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102 | How Your Environment Influences Who You Become | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
102 | How Your Environment Influences Who You Become | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast

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  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 1:04 4x4x48 Challenge
  • 2:35 BetterHELP
  • 4:19 Social Evolution of Man
  • 5:45 Social Multiplier Effect
  • 7:17 Social Multiplier Effect on Personal Performance
  • 11:05 Mirror Neurons
  • 13:24 Learning Through Imitation: Automatic Imitation
  • 14:44 The Things We do Influences Who We Become
  • 15:46 Becoming a Force for Positive Influence


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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 has been 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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