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May 10, 2023

Living Undeterred with Jeffrey Johnston, Episode #132

On October 4, 2016, the trajectory of Jeffrey Johnston’s life changed with one phone call. Before that day, Jeff was living the American Dream. He had a great family, was a successful entrepreneur running a financial services firm in Iowa, and was seemingly coasting through life. 

But that morning Jeff received the phone call that is every parent’s worst nightmare. His oldest son, Seth, had died from fentanyl poisoning. He was only 23 years old. 

Jeff soon realized that he had two options. He could go down a road of anger and despair and become bitter, or he could use his situation as motivation to become better. He chose the latter. 

Jeff took a step back from his career as a financial advisor and focused his attention toward making a difference. In 2020, Jeff founded Choices Network, Ltd. a non-profit dedicated to educating kids, parents, teachers, and coaches on the importance of making positive choices. That same year, he wrote his first book, “This One’s For You: An Inspirational Journey Through Addiction, Death and Meaning” and started the Living Undeterred Project. 

In 2021 the project got even more personal for Jeff when he lost his wife, Prudence, to alcoholism. Jeff just completed a 95-day trip across the United States to talk to people about mental health and substance use disorders. Listen in for some takeaways about Jeff’s turning tragedy into a mission to better himself and help other families avoid what he’s experienced.

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...

  • The why behind Jeffrey founding Living Undeterred [3:51]
  • What can others learn from this message? [10:48] 
  • The catalyst that caused Jeffrey to pivot from his low point [14:18] 
  • What prompted Jeffrey’s mission to make a change? [17:46]
  • Purpose becomes Passion when it becomes personal [21:43] 
  • What Jeffrey learned from hosting the Living Undeterred Podcast [26:34] 
  • A powerful story Jeffrey heard on his tour that he’ll never forget [28:50] 
  • Jeffrey’s advice for parents of kids battling drug and alcohol addiction [37:06]
  • What Jeffrey did today that put him in the right mindset for success? [40:58] 

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