This conversation is with Army Major Mike Erwin.
Mike served in the US Army for 13 years, including 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
He is the Founder and President of The Positivity Project, a non-profit strengthening leadership and relationships through a deeper understanding of character.
Mike is also the board chair of Team Red, White, and Blue, providing a network that helps veterans to combat their tendency to isolate themselves as they go through a difficult transition from soldier to civilian.
When Mike was nearing the end of his deployment, he looked for a way to continue making a difference, and decided to help veterans returning from war.
He’s on an endless quest to do good for our country and the world.
This conversation is not a military conversation — it’s about relationships and the commitment to help others transition in life.
It’s about finding purpose across multiple professions and staying true to what matters most to you.
In This Episode:
- What inspired him to attend West Point Academy and eventually became an Army officer
- The high stakes decisions he encountered serving 3 terms overseas, one in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan where he gathered intelligence to support the Green Berets
- His belief in positive psychology (the study of strengths and virtues that enable individuals, communities and organizations to thrive) and how it led him to helping veterans post military career
- His purpose – to help people see the good in one another – through family, communities or faith, and make the country a better place
- The impact of social media on authentic relationships
- Tactics for responding to situations in a calm and unemotional manner
- Present moment awareness
On Philosophy: “My northern star is how can I make our communities and country better through a deeper sense of understanding, appreciation, and respect for each other.”
On Purpose: “Why create an organization if the need isn’t crystal clear?”
On Recovery: “Getting more sleep allows you to bring more of yourself and a more creative self to the table.”
On Control: “You can always control your effort and your attitude.”
On Character: “Positive psychology can be summed up in 3 words: other people matter.”
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