MW061 — Former Drummer and Addiction Counselor, Charlie Mills: A Rock n’ Roll Journey to Meaning

Happiness is an inside job. Scientific research indicates that over time, we can build lasting habits that increase our resilience and improve our happiness levels. And if there was any doubt, listen to Charlie Mills, drummer-turned-addiction counselor, as he shares his epic journey of finding fulfillment in success in life no matter what comes your way.

Starting at age 13, Charlie had visions of becoming a world-traveled drummer, making music and performing live for hundreds of thousands of fans. By age 32 Charlie’s dreams became reality. Around that time he also created a teaching program that continues to positively impact young drummers in the New Jersey area. However, his internal struggles were getting the best of him and after years of battling the ups and hard downs of addiction, Charlie recovered from his illness and became a primary therapist specializing in drug and alcohol addiction. His story’s one of fame, recovery, and internal happiness.

The road to happiness isn’t always clear, but the destination is never too far.

Key Takeaways:

You have a dream and you can see it become reality. The path looks clear. The vision becomes the dangled carrot– motivating you forward as the world pulls you towards your dream. But what comes next is more than fame and glory…[09:01].

You’ve hit rock bottom and you’re on your way to recovery, but it’s a full-time job. One that makes you reevaluate the sense of normalcy and your role in it. The one thing you need to keep going, no matter what, is…[20:20].

Addiction can be anything that we feel we crave because we can’t be where we are. Perhaps we feel empty, unconnected, or that there’s something missing from within. But there’s a light at the end of the dark tunnel. The ONE thing that’s at the heart of addiction AND recovery is…[29:06].

Tune in and turn the volume up for a dose of inspiration and life lessons. That’s how we Live Lead and Play! 

Meet the host, Luke Iorio
All you really need to know is this: Luke Iorio is a dad, a spouse, an entrepreneur, a conscious growth strategist, coach, blogger, podcaster, a wide-angled observer, and enthusiastic participant in the game of life who seeks to ask and answer, “What’s truly possible?”
So where does that all come from? Well, for that we need to answer this: How does a shy kid from the suburbs of New Jersey grow up to become a conscious strategist, sought-after coach and speaker, and disrupter of life’s “good enough” status quo?
In a nutshell, Luke intentionally pushed through some of his most palpable moments, or what he calls inflection points. These moments included standing on stage, gripping a microphone, and getting totally out of his comfort zone. This repeated intention to “choose different” has catapulted Luke toward stellar success.
So, what happens AFTER you choose…when you start to take meaningful action? That’s when an inflection point becomes an open road — a pathway to living your intended purpose.
Luke’s path looks something like this…he became President of The Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching at age 32, and has since graduated more than 11,000 coaches, leaders, athletes, and professionals across 44 countries, all of whom share his vision and desire for expanding our human potential and creating lasting, conscious change.
You could say Luke’s manifesto reads something like an everyday philosopher and spirited entrepreneur having been inspired early on by the likes of Napoleon Hill and Og Mandino. Nowadays, his intrinsic curiosity and wisdom is paying off as a media personality quoted on The Huffington Post, Fox Business, and Next Avenue, and most recently taking to the airwaves to entertain life’s pivotal questions with the help of celebrated thought leaders, mentors, and everyday unsung heroes.

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