Justin Miller’s a dude who submitted his story to Take Flight not too long ago. As I read through his responses, I couldn’t help but feel energized by his boldness and what he’s set out to do for himself and others. While Justin’s journey began a while ago, a trip around the world, several airports and flights involved, brought him to where he’s at now.
A little about you
I’m a professional trouble-maker. I’ve been practicing since birth, honed the skill through out high-school, and now try to teach the craft as an adult.
I also am a lifestyle coach focusing on health and wellness. I pursue optimal living for myself, clients, family and friends.
I am passionate about adventure, tackling fear, and most importantly, learning form those experiences. Travel, sky-diving, bungee jumping, cliff jumping, are some of my favorite things to do.
I’m a knowledge junkie and avid reader and I’m currently on a quest for 52 books in 52 weeks.
I run a blog called limitless365.com where I discuss many health and wellness topics, lifestyle design, challenging the status quo, and generally kicking ASS and taking names later.
How’d you make the first decision to take flight?
I spent a good 40K on grad school to tell me exactly what I didn’t want to do with my life. It didn’t take me to long after that to realize I needed to make some changes. To take some risks, get out of my comfort zone, and to get comfortable with being uncomfortable.
I did something similar when I was 19, when I packed up my car on a whim and left Virginia for California. At that time, I was just tired of doing the same thing, being around the same people, hearing the same stories. I needed to shake things up in order to grow as a person.
This trip, however, was a little different. I had just got to work and I realized that this is not where I wanted to be. I asked my self the age old question: “Would I be doing what I am doing right now if I had all the money and time in the world?”
My answer was a big fat NO.
So I proceeded to pull up a map of the world online. It took me all but 5 minutes to figure out what I wanted to do. I wanted to visit some of the world’s greatest cities and see some of the worlds most precious sites. I wanted to do it alone. I wanted to get as uncomfortable as I could be.
The very next day I was on the phone booking my trip around the world. Japan, India, Thailand, Egypt, and France. 3 months away. No family, no friends, just me, myself, and I.
How’d that series of flights catalyze your passions into action?
I wouldn’t call it my passion as much as I would call it my purpose. I feel like I have a lot of passions but only one purpose in this world. Funny thing is it took me 2 more years after my trip to get started.
I think I was in culture shock when I returned. Still a little lost as to what I was here to do. But that experience opened my eyes to a world of people, personalities, and experiences that I wanted to participate in. Not only for the good of myself but for others as well.
Too many of us are perfectly okay with the comfortable. It’s natural to play it safe. But it’s important to remember that personal challenges are where character is born.
When you start acting on your purpose the universe rewards you. It wants you to succeed. It wants you to contribute because it knows what you are capable of.
If you’re inspired by Justin’s journey, check out his blog and shoot him a Tweet.