We all experience trauma and anxiety in our lives, but it’s about how we rise from the ashes to fight back against this darkness that seems unbeatable at times. Many have gone through so much in their lives, to coming out the other side stronger than ever before with a new found determination to not just survive, but thrive!
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Finding the Strength Within to Bring Positive Change with Lee Johnson
Hey everyone. And welcome back to Success to Significance I’m your host, Jen Du Plessis. On today’s episode, we have a really exciting guest Lee Johnson. Welcome Lee.
Thank you. It’s good to be here.
Yep. So, um, so I’ve known Lee for a couple years now. Uh, he is the spouse of one of my coaching clients and, you know, just come to love you to deathly.
Uh, I love your story. I love what you’re doing. I’m really excited to share, uh, your story about success, to significance and, and the impact that you’re making in the world. So let’s start with, uh, tell us a little bit about you growing up and then we’ll move into what you did in your career.
Okay. So I grew up in a small town in, uh, Paris, Illinois, way back in the day.
As you can tell I’m a little bit on the older side, right. um, joined the Navy when I was 18. Uh, had been in, uh, went to Hawaii in my service in the Navy, got out of the Navy, went into a mission for the church of Jesus’ Christ of latter day saints came back home from that, uh, and worked at, have worked in sales most of my life.
And, and then I joined the army national guard. And had been in, I, I retired from the military, uh, this last August with 24 years of military service married have eight kids. Um, And they’ve all grown up now.
Yeah. Yeah. And you have a blended family. I wanna make sure everybody’s like, oh my gosh, eight kids, but it is really cool.
Yes. Um, I, I love, I love, uh, your family. I love the kids are so great. And, uh, and of course I love Marty. Um, okay. So, so that gives us sort of the high, the high level view and, you know, number one, thank you again for your service. I tell you that every time I see you but thank you again for your service. I really appreciate.
It’s an honor and a privilege.
Yeah. And, and so now what you’re doing now, um, for those that are watching, you know, you can see in the background, he has a sign called the BAM edition, right? Yes. And I know that what this stands for. So we just wanna be careful about what it really stands for because, uh, iTunes doesn’t like us using bad words, but, um, but, uh, BAMF stands for,
It stands for Bada** Mother******.Uh, but when, when I tell people when they go to church, it’s a Big American Muscle Foundation. When you’re hanging out in the garage with the guys it’s Bada** Mother******.
Right, right. Right. But, uh, and what I love about it is that, uh, well, and I’m not gonna have you tell us about BAMF now, the BAMF Edition. And I know you’re just loaded with all of your, you know, you’ve got your hat on, you’ve got your shirt on and stuff, and you know, my husband’s always wearing his hat and shirt now that I have that for them.
I wanna talk about why BAMF, because this is your transition. Um, you know, and, and a lot of the interviews that I do in Success to Significance, aren’t just. You were successful and now you want to be significant, but, but everything in between in your case, it really is this, you were a successful, uh, military veteran.
Uh, you did recruiting for military. You’ve always worked in that, in that realm, um, very successful, but you, you felt there was something missing in your life. And so now you’re going out and making your mark and, you know, doing something that’s really significant before we talk about what BAMF does.
Let’s talk about where this stems from. And going back to your childhood.
Yes. So I, I came from a, well, let me start off with my dad initially didn’t claim me mm-hmm and my, I found that out through my mom. And so, you know, looking back on that, uh, as a 19 year old guy, he was out cattin around, playing around and felt like that he could slide that over to my mom.
So, so I ended up with his name. So I’m a junior, which she made him pay for. Saying that I wasn’t his right right, right. Then she, then she divorced and, uh, married a, a man who was very abusive with me physically mm-hmm and emotionally, spiritually the whole realm. So when you’re, when you’re told that you’re worthless your whole life, mm-hmm your, your dad doesn’t claim you from birth. It makes it really hard to transition through what’s what’s going on in life. Yeah. So at 18, at 18, I decided I was gonna join the Navy and get the hell out of Paris, Illinois. Mm-hmm I needed a break. I needed a break from the dysfunctional parenting. So I joined the military, um, at 18 years old. So that’s where I started really making the transition into, I need to do something to prove myself through the world, leave the past behind move forward. But I found out it was a lot more difficult to be able to do that because a lot of that, uh,
Yeah. It, it, it’s hard to get rid of, even though you want to get rid of it, you just can’t get rid of it.
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Learn more about Lee Johnson
Lee Johnson is a motivational speaker, coach and mentor who values empowering people through storytelling. As a Retired Veteran with over 24 years in the military, with 4 years active deployment in the Navy and then Marketing and Recruiting for the Utah National Guard, Lee brings unique
perspectives in understanding and working through difficult trauma and adversity. Lee learned at an early age what child abuse and neglect felt like and spent 17 years living through experiences most have never known. Once
he turned 18, he joined the Navy and moved to Oahu, Hawaii and while serving there started looking for more meaning in life, something he had never thought possible.
Through his brand, The BAMF Edition, Lee knows he is meant to inspire and empower others to see their trauma and tragedy through his heart felt story-telling of his own journey. Lee uses his humor, his spirituality and his brand to show you that you can be the Hero or Heroine in your own story. To see how the “Resto-Mod Process” can help you to see the value of change, one part at a time. When not speaking or coaching, Lee can be found in his Alpine, Utah home with his wife, Marty, his 2 dogs, Kaos and Chili, smoking meat on his patio for friends and family and laying by the pool. He has 8 children, and 4 grandchildren who keep him busy! Or he might be working on his 1966 GTO or his 1980 Trans Am.
“Everybody’s gone through some type of trauma, anxiety and, and the BAMF is about people rising from the ashes. Understanding how important it is that they share their story.” – Lee Johnson
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