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June 12, 2023

John Strelecky: Finding Life’s Purpose at The Cafe on the Edge of the World

John Strelecky

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Each day, we all have a variety of things we do that fill up our time. We sleep, we eat, we take care of ourselves, we take care of family, we work, we take care of household responsibilities and so much more. 

At a certain point in time, we may ask ourselves … what am I doing all of this for? What is my purpose?  And am I really pursuing that purpose to the best of my ability?

To help us answer these difficult questions, I’ve invited Author John Strelecky on the show today. John is the #1 Bestselling inspirational author of many books including one that I recently loved called The Cafe on the Edge of the World. His works have been translated into forty-three languages and sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.

Overview: Finding Life's Purpose w/ John Strelecky

John Strelecky reviews the following:

  • How he found his life's purpose
  • Why taking a leap of faith may be the best decision of your life
  • The steps to take to find your purpose for existing (PFE)


Key Takeaways

Here are my top three takeaways from my conversation with John Strelecky.

Find Your PFE

Your PFE is your “Purpose for Existing”. Why you’re here. Why you want to get up in the morning. If you don’t know what your PFE is yet, that’s okay. 

Take some time to think about what gets you excited, what motivates you and what inspires you. 

Find Examples to Encourage You

A lot of us really don’t know what we want out of life. We don’t know our PFE. And, again, that’s okay!

What can help is finding an example of someone you admire. Or a lifestyle you think is interesting and intriguing. 

You don’t have to copy that person or their lifestyle. Instead, find a way to craft your own version of it. 

I did this with podcasting!

Having listened to dozens of shows, I found someone (Scott Alan Turner – the Financial Rockstar) that I admired. With his example, I started my own podcast – and I put my own spin on it. I even had the chance to interview Scott on my podcast as my first guest and eventually thank him in person at a conference. Here's that interview!

7 years later, my podcast has allowed me to leave my corporate 9-to-5 lifestyle behind and it’s a way for me to connect with interesting people like John!

I’m not telling you to start a podcast (if you are considering it, here are 5 reasons why you should)! Find someone you admire and use their example to get you motivated to improve your life. 

Take Intentional Steps

John shared the quote, “Are the steps you’re taking today getting you one step closer to where you want to be tomorrow?” I like that a lot. 

By asking ourselves that question, we need to first analyze what steps we’re taking. 

  • Is this purchase getting me closer to where I want to go?
  • Is this time commitment getting me closer to where I want to go?
  • This decision I’m making right now … is it getting me closer to where I want to go?

Now you might not be able to answer all of those questions right away, but if you start to check in with yourself more, you can slowly start taking intentional steps that lead you to your PFE.

Guest Bio – John Strelecky

John Strelecky

John Strelecky is the #1 Bestselling inspirational author of many books including; The Cafe on the Edge of the World, Return to the Why Cafe, What I've Learned, The Big Five for Life, The Big Five for Life – Continued, Life Safari, and Ahas!- Moments of Inspired Thought.

His works have been translated into forty-three languages and sold more than 9 million copies worldwide.

Following a life-changing event when he was thirty-three years old, John was inspired to sit down and tell the story of The Cafe on the Edge of the World, his first book.

Within a year after its release, word-of-mouth support from readers had spread the book across the globe–inspiring people on every continent, including Antarctica. It went on to win Bestseller of the Year 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, & 2022 in Europe and became a #1 bestseller in North America.

Through his writings and appearances on television and radio, John's messages have inspired millions of people to live life on their terms. He has been honored alongside Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, and Deepak Chopra as one of the one hundred most inspirational thought leaders in the field of leadership and personal development. All of this continues to humble and amaze him.

When he isn't writing or speaking, John spends extensive time backpacking around the world. He has taken extended trips to Africa, Australia, the Amazon Basin, SE Asia, Europe, and China.

Guest Resources

John Strelecky (Website)

The Cafe on the Edge of the World (Book)

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Carpe Diem Quote:

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. 

– Henry David Thoreau

What do you think of the advice from John Strelecky? Do you know your Purpose for Existing (PFE)?

Please let us know in the comments below.

Andy Hill

Andy Hill, AFC® is the award-winning family finance coach behind Marriage Kids and Money - a platform dedicated to helping families build wealth and happiness. With millions of podcast downloads and video views, Andy’s message of family financial empowerment has resonated with listeners, readers and viewers across the world. When he's not "talking money", Andy enjoys being a Soccer Dad, singing karaoke with his wife and relaxing on his hammock.

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