While working with teens struggling with addiction, John Kim discovered a common thread shared by the people he worked with: no one had a dad. As he put it, “We live in a fatherless nation.” From there, he developed a passion for creating dialogue with other men and started a blog called The Angry Therapist, where his blunt and authentic insights quickly built him a cult following. He practiced transparency and shared his personal story, which was extremely counter-cultural in the therapist space. He made a name for himself by seeing his clients out in the real world—at coffee shops, on hikes, or at the gym—places where life happens. He quickly built a coaching team of his own and launched a sister company called JRNI to change the way people change their lives. He shares how, through several iterations, he found the direction his voice had always told him to go, and how he turned that into a platform that allows him to be himself and help others.
What Brett asks:
[02:24] How did your early childhood shape you?
[07:12] How did pop culture help you find yourself?
[17:01] How did your striving for attention start to unfold in your life?
[20:08] What happened at the end of your marriage?
[30:57] Did you ever get addicted to success in the same way you were seeking it out as a kid?
[34:32] What is the difference between coaching and therapy from your perspective?
[46:12] What’s fueling you right now?
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