Jonathan Elsasser’s story truly embodies the principles of Strategic Life Planning that we’ve been covering since episode 79, and I wanted to share it with all of you to paint a picture of what it looks like for someone to identify a specific goal they want to achieve, pivot, create a plan of action, and then execute at the highest level.
Coming home after serving as a special operations U.S. Army Ranger through four combat tours was a challenge. He had to find a new identity that felt aligned, create new relationships, and step into a whole new life. But being part of the Army comes with a certain set of expectations, formal and informal, and it’s a hard space for people to be vulnerable.
So, as part of his transition into a new life, Johnny had to find communities of men who felt safe being vulnerable. But it wasn’t easy, so he instead decided to create one. Now, Johnny is the host of The Art of Masculinity, a podcast in which he helps men step out of their hard shells and create a life that balances the masculine (strength, toughness) and the feminine (fluidity, softness).
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