I’m Jeremiah Miller.
I’ve been a leadership coach since 2009. In March of 2010, I took the leap and quit my job to do this full-time.
I love the work. If I had enough money that I didn’t have to work another day in my life, I would still do this.
There is nothing more satisfying than watching someone finally overcome a struggle that has kept them stuck, maybe for years. I also love helping clients figure out solutions to really difficult problems, especially people problems.
I’ve been involved in wrestling or mixed martial arts in some capacity since I was in high school. In fact, I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on a full-ride wrestling scholarship. That’s where I met my wife; we got married in 2001. No kids yet, but ask me again in a year.
I’m fascinated by human psychology. I love studying how people make decisions, and why some people are able to overcome all odds and find success while others get distracted or discouraged and settle for something less. A big part of my work as a coach is applying what I’ve learned in my study of behavioral economics, social economics, and psychology. Some of my favorite books on these topics are Decisive, by the Heath brothers, Drive, by Dan Pink, and The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield.
I grew up without a dad in the house. My mom raised me and my younger brother mostly on her own. When I was 11, she enrolled me in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. I got matched up with a Big Brother named Jonathan. Jonathan made a big impact on me, so about ten years ago, I decided to become a Big Brother for some other kid. That kid, Jeremy, is now 19 years and is going away to college this year.
Last year, I swam Alcatraz to raise money for an organization called Shoulder To Shoulder. They provide male mentors to fatherless inner-city kids in the Sacramento area. In April of 2015, I went through the training to become a mentor myself. So, now I have a Shoulder To Shoulder mentee. His name is Jonathan. Full-circle.
I believe that our purpose in life is tied to our biggest personal struggle. So for me, growing up without a dad or a male role model, that struggle was leadership. I see the work I’m doing through Forging Leaders as a way to redeem all of the tough things I went through and all the failures I had while I was finding my way.
I believe that my purpose in life is to show others that fear doesn’t have to hold them back from the life they want.
If you could use a coach to help you become a more intentional leader and live a more remarkable life, don’t hesitate to reach out.