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The 3 Best Techniques For Making Hard Decisions | John R. Miles | Passion Struck Podcast
What The Naval Academy Cheating Scandal Taught Me

Thank you for listening or watching the Passion Struck podcast. In this powerful Momentum Friday Episode, John R. Miles discusses the 3 best techniques for making hard decisions. New Interviews with the World’s GREATEST high achievers will be posted every Tuesday with a Momentum Friday inspirational message!

13 | Why Doing The Right Thing Is Hard
13 | Why Doing The Right Thing Is Hard

What would you do if you are at the crossroads of your life where you have the option of taking the harder right or, the easier wrong? On today’s show, John shares a deeply personal story where he chose the more difficult, harder path at the risk of jeopardizing his entire career. Additionally, you will learn the Three Things that will help you to make similarly difficult decisions.

“Prepare yourself for the unexpected things that may occur and how others may view you when you are forced to make the right decision.”

John R. Miles

Back in military school, John found himself in the midst of a high-profile cheating scandal where he was faced with making hard decisions. 

The answers for the Naval Academy electrical engineering exam were leaked. This impacted hundreds of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. John was a member of the brigade honor committee when this took place and tells his very personal story about what happened.

When the Superintendent mishandled the crisis, it launched an investigation by the Baltimore Sun and the Navy Inspector General.  John was called upon by the Secretary of Navy and even had legal reps defending his innocence when the Superindent tried to make him the scapegoat. 

And so, at this point, John had the option of caving in or doing what was ethically and morally correct.  John decided to take the harder right, even at the risk of jeopardizing his entire career.

John Miles Discusses Making Hard Choices

History is replete with examples of stellar individuals who always chose the harder right – even in the face of utmost adversity.

John gives the example of Gandhi, who spearheaded India’s freedom struggle by making hard decisions. 

This timid and seemingly “unremarkable” man fought racial injustice in South Africa before helming the Quit India Movement that forced the British out of India. 

Gandhi could NOT have freed millions of people from colonialism and oppression without taking the harder path, again and again. 

On today’s show, you will learn the Three Things to help you do the right thing. You will learn that – 

  • It is NOT about your ego – rather it is about integrity and making decisions that you know in your heart are the right ones.
  • It is NOT a decision that you make in haste – think about the long-term repercussions and how your decision affects those around you. 

Tune in for some inspiration about making hard decisions!

What You Will Learn In This Show About Making Hard Decisions

  • How to take the harder, right
  • The three things to help you make the right decision
  • How to prepare yourself for the aftermath after making a difficult decision
  • And so much more…


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— Combat veteran, multi-industry CEO, and Author John R. Miles is on a mission to make passion go viral by helping growth seekers to overcome their fear, self-doubt, and adversity. He loves taking his own life experiences, lessons from his time as a CEO and Fortune 50 C-Level Executive, and the truths he has learned to help others’ lives better. His new podcast Passion Struck provides inspirational interviews and powerful guidance for people to take their lives to the next level. Watch as these high achievers weigh in on life’s biggest questions and challenges as we journey on the path to becoming passion-struck.

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