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Pursuit With Purpose

Author: Melyssa Griffin

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I know first hand that it’s way too easy to slip into the rat race of competition and comparison. In 2016, I hit my first million-dollar year in my business...yet, I was totally miserable. At the time, I was focused on numbers and status, rather than what would actually bring me real happiness and create an impact in the world. That all changed. This podcast is about my journey to meaning and fulfillment and how you can bring it to your own life - today and every day.
47 Episodes
Hey Everyday World Changers! If you have ever felt burnt out from work or life, and you’re unsure of how to get your creativity and joy back, then this episode is for you. Today I’m chatting with YouTube sensation Sunny Lenarduzzi, who built a massively successful 7-figure business and an audience of hundreds of thousands of people. As you’ll hear, what a lot of people don’t tell you about success, and what we’re digging deep in today, is that achieving some kind of success in any area of life can lead to more pressure, more anxiety and a whole lot of fear. What happens when you combine all of these things together? It can lead to burnout and a total lack of creativity, and in Sunny’s case, an anxiety attack that put her in the hospital. If something you once loved doing now feels like a chore and you’re struggling to get your mojo back, then you’ll want to hear what Sunny has to say in this episode. She is extremely open about her struggles and triumphs, and you will enjoy the fun, free flowing conversation that we have about success, burnout and what it really takes to create a purpose-driven and joyful life. I especially love the activity that Sunny shares with us at the very end of the episode, which I know will help you feel even more fulfilled and proud of yourself for the work that you do every single day. If this episode resonated with you, it would make my day if you could take a screenshot of you listening on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @melyssa_griffin, and let me know how helped you. Knowing that people like you are listening to this podcast is honestly what keeps this show going!
Ever notice how sometimes the biggest lessons we learn in life come from the most unexpected places? Well today I'll be sharing an important lesson I learned from honey bees.
Hey Everyday World Changers! Today’s guest, Leesa Renee Hall, is quite literally one of my favorite people. She’s the kind of woman who is unapologetically herself and says what’s on her mind and her heart, even if she knows that some people may get rubbed in the wrong way. As a recovering “nice girl” myself, this is something that I’ve been working on bringing into my life more too, and I’m just so inspired by how Leesa shows up in the world. We dig really deep here, and in this conversation we talk about a unique writing practice that Leesa teaches and says is one of the best things she’s ever done for developing more self-awareness, discovering who she truly is deep down and embodying more of herself in everything she does. She knows a thing or two about writing and vulnerability, because she is the author of 7 (almost 8!) books, and more recently, has turned her attention to writing about the intersection of race, spirituality and leadership. In this discussion she’ll help you dissect your own identity in a really meaningful way, so that you can truly see who it is you’re being in order to become who you’re really meant to be. If this episode resonated with you, it would make my day if you could take a screenshot of you listening on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @melyssa_griffin, and let me know how helped you. Knowing that people like you are listening to this podcast is honestly what keeps this show going!
Friends, I am so excited to bring you this very first short solo episode of the podcast (and I'll be sharing more with you). In this episode I'm getting personal and giving you a life update and behind-the-scenes sneak peek into my far!
Today’s guest is someone I deeply admire for her creative and free spirited approach to life and business. Amber Rae is an author, artist and a speaker whose work invites you to live your truth, befriend your emotions and express your talents to the world in a bigger way. Her writing blends raw, personal storytelling with actionable “a-ha” moments and has reached more than 5 million people in 195 countries. Amber’s public art has spread to more than 20 countries and she has spoken at and collaborated with brands like Kate Spade, Apple and Amazon. In today’s episode we’re talking about some of the important lessons from her new book, Choose Wonder Over Worry. Amber opens up about her past relationships, her career and her desire to always achieve more, and she shares how this mentality never really seemed to bring her joy. She also gives special techniques that help her transcend her fears, feel more happy and not get so caught up in worry and anxious thoughts. If you are ready to transform your life, embrace your emotions and infuse more creativity into every day, then this episode is for you. I have some very special announcements to make! This podcast is a year old now, and to celebrate you have a chance to win amazing prizes such as a $100 Amazon gift car, a custom journal, Brain Dust (the super blend that I swear by!) and some bestselling books from past guests of Pursuit With Purpose, like Mark Manson, Nataly Kogan and Mastin Kipp. To enter all you have to do is go to iTunes, search for Pursuit With Purpose under “Podcasts”, and then subscribe to the show and leave a review (make sure to put your Instagram handle in your review so we can reach out to you if you’re a winner). This amazing giveaway is open until June 29th, 2018, so head over to iTunes right away and enter! But wait – I have more big news for you. We are launching a free Facebook group for listeners of the podcast, because community is so important in life. To join, head over to, where we’ll be diving deeper into each episode and I’ll be hosting Facebook Live classes to share more of the behind-the-scenes of the podcast, and much more. We’re also planning to host in-person meet ups for listeners around the world, and I can wait to meet you. If this episode resonated with you, it would make my day if you could take a screenshot of you listening on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @melyssa_griffin, and let me know how helped you. Knowing that people like you are listening to this podcast is honestly what keeps this show going!
When I started learning about meditation a couple of years ago, today’s guest was a name I kept hearing over, and over, and over again. Sharon Salzberg is one of the most prominent figures in the field on meditation and a world-renowned teacher, as well as a New York Times bestselling author with 10 books. Sharon has played a crucial role in bringing mediation and mindfulness practices to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974. My favorite thing about Sharon is her focus on love, and how meditation can help us love more deeply and more often for both ourselves and everyone else in our lives. In this interview we talk about Sharon’s traumatic past, which led her to look for tools to help her heal and eventually led her to mediation. We also talk about what mindfulness even is and why most people who think they’re bad at mediation are wrong. Of course, she shares how to do it the right way and if you stick around until the end of this episode, you’ll even get to hear Sharon lead us in an exclusive loving-kindness meditation. This will add more peace, joy and love to your day – in a matter of just minutes. If this episode resonated with you, it would make my day if you could take a screenshot of you listening on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @melyssa_griffin, and let me know how helped you. Knowing that people like you are listening to this podcast is honestly what keeps this show going!
Hello Everyday World Changers! I’m grateful to introduce you to today’s guest, Mastin Kipp. You might know Mastin from The Daily Love, which was his popular website and email subscription that he used to operate. It’s how I discovered him years ago and I’ve always looked up to him because of it. Mastin is now a best-selling author, renowned public speaker and the creator of Functional Life Coaching, which is an innovative, unique and accelerated approach to creating lasting personal and business change. He’s been recognized by leaders like Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins and Arianna Huffington as a thought leader in personal development. Mastin’s latest book, Claim Your Power, is a 40-day journey to unlocking your life’s purpose, healing yourself from the inside-out and becoming who you were truly meant to me. In this interview Mastin is talking about something that as he says, he’s never discussed really anywhere else before. He shares his method for healing the trauma you’ve experienced in your life, whether it is big or small. He’s got tactical tips for both your mindset and your physical health that are going to help you to heal that trauma so you can live your best, happiest and most transformational life - right this very second. He also shares his story about hitting “rock bottom”, becoming addicted to drugs and how he was able to pull himself out of his lowest point to create a transformational brand that has helped millions.
I am so excited to share this episode with guest Nataly Kogan. Nataly is the founder and CEO of Happier, which is a global learning platform and app that has helped more than one million people live happier lives. Her work has been featured in hundreds of media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tedx Boston and more. Today she is sharing some of the top tips from her latest book, Happier Now. Nataly really brings it here and she’s got the knowledge, the stories and the attitude to really help you make a transformation in your life! This episode inspired me deeply. I love the charisma and realistic outlook that Nataly brings to this conversation. Not to mention, she shares tons of practical tips and advice for anyone who wants to live their happiest life, right now. You’ll also hear about how she came to the US as a refugee from the Soviet Union and ended up building an incredibly successful business, but it ended up being unfulfilling to her. Now she focuses more on finding joy and purpose in her life instead of chasing achievements. Can you relate to that? I know I sure can as I’ve totally been there too. This is one of my favorite episodes to date, and if you enjoyed it too and got something out of it, I would be so happy if you could take a screenshot of you listening to it on your device. Post it on your Instagram feed or stories, and tag me, @melyssa_griffin, and let me know how it’s resonated and helped you in your life!
Although I am an entrepreneur and I do some business coaching, I didn’t want this podcast to be about giving you tons of business advice. If you know my story, which I share more of in Episode 1, then you know how I’m a big proponent of prioritizing your personal growth and happiness first and that money and status will never be enough. So you know that when I bring an entrepreneur on the show, he or she is a big deal to me. Today’s guest, James Schramko, is that kind of person. James is an online business coach who’s helped over 2,000 of his students create and maintain 6, 7 and 8-figure businesses and before running his own company, he gave up a multiple 6-figure income to strike out on his own. James is all about creating a business that supports the lifestyle that he wants to live, instead of working himself into the ground to make more money. He’s found ways to automate his income and create recurring income streams so that he now has more time to do whatever he wants. In this episode James shares how he exited his corporate career and the way he was able to build his business while working a full-time job (while having a family of several kids)! He’s literally been able to build a company around the mentality, “Work Less, Make More.” If finding balance is important to you, then you’ll want to listen to this conversation with James Schramko.
Today’s guest has many different titles: conscious entrepreneur, speaker, philanthropist and author. Inc. Magazine has even labelled her as one of the “Top 10 Female Entrepreneurs Changing the World.” As a 20-something millionaire, her personal mission is to mobilize the next generation of conscious changemakers. It wasn't too long ago that today’s guest, Peta Kelly, was working on her PhD in Science. Despite the incredible level of academic success she had achieved, her soul was just tugging her along to the next part of her journey – entrepreneurship. After creating a 7-figure income for herself in her early 20’s, Peta become fascinated with re-writing economic rules. Her desire is to circulate wealth and give back in a meaningful way, and her new book, Earth is Hiring, is about the new way to live, lead, earn and give consciously. In this interview we talk about some of the concepts from her book, like the lessons Mother Nature can teach us, how to get into alignment with our soul’s mission and how to honor our spiritual path. If you listen to the episode and you just love this woman, then make sure to check out her book tour, which is happening very soon! Peta will be in LA on May 19th, New York City on June 9th and London on June 16th.
Comments (30)

Brian Cain

I'm new to this podcast. This episode is so amazing and real.

Oct 22nd
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Kaite Mannon

this was my first episode....i stopped listening because she kept going on and on about her brand.

Sep 10th

Liqea Hill

please follow me thanks

Aug 20th

Ladaisies Lemonade

I was miraculously terminated from the automotive industry after working in it for 10 years! It was like prison. Everything James described is so true. You feel like a hostage. I wrote in my notes a few weeks ago “I will never be afraid of loosing a job again!” Although I am employed by a wonderful organization, the trauma of working in a very hostile environment keeps me up late at night working on my business.

Jul 16th
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Ladaisies Lemonade

I really enjoyed this episode. As I grow into my true self my relationships change. It’s amazing how much my thoughts have changed about myself and others. For the first time in several years I received a phone call from someone who just wanted to talk to me. I was thrilled! Thank you for sharing this information.

Jul 16th
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Kirk Smith

Really enjoyed the episode with Sunny Lenarduzzi , she really hit on several items that directly effect how I look at my business! Love her honesty and willingness to help

May 25th

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May 19th

Janine Cavasar

I love how James and you make things so simple. A lot of what James said makes perfect sense yet we get caught up in having a complex business model that scares away the entrepreneurs, especially Baby Boomers (me). I'm so tired of working for someone else & putting up with their negative management style & demands. This inspires me to start visualizing my goals & opening up to the possibilities. Thank you for this insightful podcast! I love it Melyssa!

May 13th

Katie Warren

I love this. all I can say is where have you been all my life. lol. I have such a hard time turning this off. I listen to this podcast when I travel for work and I am sad when I can't finish an episode. this has been so inspiring. thank you. thank you thank you. for making me feel like I can belong and I ca

Feb 27th

Dee Raffaeli

did this podcast get cancelled?

Jan 20th

Crystal Page

I love this!👍😀

Jan 3rd

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Dec 8th

Dr. Marissa Castello

this is my favorite podcast. I always find the content so relevant to what I am experiencing. big thanks!

Oct 13th


your voice is very nice ! I loved it. keep it up with podcast.

Aug 26th

Sabra Al Said

Oh how much I loved this. Such a self awakening feeling it gave me. Thank you so much, you dig so deep girl. Keep up the good work.

Aug 21st

Dewey Hutson

when will you be back

Aug 16th

Lori Calley

I loved this episode! So inspiring, informative, etc..

Aug 12th

haley mills

what was the link he mentioned for 50% off viome?

Aug 6th

Charisse Ulibarri

I love this episode. Thank for for the encouragement! We could all benefit from just remembering we are all on this journey of life together.

Aug 3rd

Jamie Engan

loved this. so impactful. your podcast overall is really helping me change my life and how I see myself. thank you so much!

Jul 6th
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