When leaders unlock their unique potential and lead from a place of inspired purpose, they impact and inspire everyone around them. That’s a key philosophy of today’s guest, the wise Tony Martignetti, fellow leadership coach, founder of Inspired Purpose Coaching, and host of podcast The Virtual Campfire. The idea for his podcast name comes from one of the earliest forms of community: sitting around a campfire and sharing stories to build trust, share knowledge, and inspire others. As I did, Tony became a leadership coach after shifting out of a career in finance, where he noticed that the leaders weren’t inspiring and didn’t practice what they preached. He started by questioning his purpose, letting go of his old corporate-y identity, and embracing a truer identity of explorer, adventurer, and creative artist. He had to “leave the room to change the room.” As part of this conversation, we challenge you to step back and think about who you really are — not traditional descriptions about what you do for work, but based on what else defines you, what lit you up as a child, and/or what truly interests you. Then be open to tell a new story around the virtual campfire in you circle! And speaking of stories, stay tuned for Tony’s upcoming book, Climbing the Right Mountain: Navigating the Journey to An Inspired Life.

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