Finding The Will To Live Through Adversity

October 8, 2018

Cystic fibrosis is an often life-threatening illness that affects the lungs and pancreas. Laura Zellmer was diagnosed with the disease at only 16 months old. Despite the staggering 80% infant mortality rate at the time, Laura defied the odds and survived. Laura is 43 years old, married with a child of her own, and received a double lung transplant last year.

In this amazing conversation, you with learn:

  • How Laura psychologically dealt with her diagnosis
  • What inspires her to take chances in spite of her illness
  • How she has learned to appreciate what many take for granted
  • What it was like to wait for her double lung transplant
  • How she stays motivated in maintaining her health everyday.

Laura’s story has been a source of inspiration during my own health struggles with ulcerative colitis. Her determination to live life to the fullest is a lesson we all could benefit from.

I'm so excited to share this with you! 



  • Where did your propensity to risk come from?
  • How often do you think about the lung donor who saved your life?
  • Do you think you would be here today if your son didn’t give you a sense of purpose?



I'd love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Who was your inspiration for following Passion & Purpose?

Thanks so much for listening!


The 7 Magical Words That Inspired This Podcast.

October 8, 2018

This podcast series has been a year in the making. I sat down with my first guest on Aug 17th, 2017. 418 days have passed since that moment of hitting record for the first time and hitting publish to send episodes 1,2, and 3 to iTunes and the various other podcast distributors. 

Why so long? Well as with anything new it has taken me time to understand how I want to play in this medium. Over the last eight years running Fanology I've been involved in a number of enormously successful podcasts so understanding the process and strategy was easy to pick up but those first podcasts didn't sound like me. There was no Richard Janes stamp on the story. And that's understandable, right? Whenever we try something new we are going to fumble with are going to get things wrong, we are going to be tempted to try on the voice of other successful podcasts. That's the learning process.

Some people urged me just to hit publish and develop on the 'fly' but that reasoning is based on the assumption that I was creating this podcast in order for my voice to be heard. That, in part, is of course correct. But before that, the purpose was and still is, to find my voice. 


Trailer: The Passion & Purpose Podcast

September 27, 2018

A big gorgeous hello and welcome to The Passion & Purpose Podcast.

Here's a sneak peek at what we have in store for the Podcast as we sit down to discuss Passion & Purpose with a wide range of guests. As the trailer says, some have made millions, some have gone broke, but all have to one degree or another, had the courage to stand tall and embrace that which makes their soul sing. 

Thank you for listening.  Be sure to like, subscribe, and share.  As well as letting me know your thoughts in the comments and leaving me a review in iTunes.

I look forward to spending time with you,


Richard Janes

Emmy winning Personal Brand Expert & Host of The Passion & Purpose Podcast