Podcaster and coach Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson

Matt Johnson runs Runner Academy where he trains and teaches runners of all abilities. He also hosts the #1 running podcast on iTunes, Runner Academy. We discuss his corporate to entrepreneur journey in the running world.

Below is a summary of our interview:


Make no little plans for they have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably themselves will not be realized. Make big plans, aim high, and hope and work. or Make no small plans. – Daniel Burnham

His Journey

Matt tries a reconcile corporate and entrepreneurial parents while running a pirate radio station and eventually getting into marketing. 

Low Point

Matt talks about tough times trying get noticed when he started Runner Academy

Matt’s work 

Matt discusses Runner Academy and tells the story of people he helped with his training

What’s Exciting Matt Now 

Matt is in the midst of creating a new running course.

Lightning Round

Book Matt Recommends: Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Helpful Habit: Batching – doing one thing in batches

Internet Resource: Trello – Organizing App

Helpful Person: Wife, Pat Flynn, and all the people from the sum of his experiences

What’s His Purpose: Help other people be successful

How to follow Matt

Runner Academy Website

Twitter: @RunnerAcademy

Parting Words

Go to some roots. What really excites you? What keeps you awake at night? Figure that out, start taking action, and put yourself out there.

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One More Thing

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Derrick Duplessy

Executive Director at Duplessy Foundation
Derrick has coached 500+ executives in 10 years as an executive coach. He runs Duplessy Foundation which is dedicated to creating meaningful careers for everyone. He also hosts Purpose Rockstar, a daily show on iTunes where he shares the career stories of a variety of guests.

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