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Episode 85 – Trunis Goggins – Transformative Moments and Finding Purpose: The Journey of Trunnis Goggins

  1. Episode 85 - Trunis Goggins - Transformative Moments and Finding Purpose: The Journey of Trunnis Goggins Drew Deraney 30:12

This episode:  Transformative Moments and Finding Purpose: The Journey of Trunnis Goggins. 


Here’s what you’ll learn about:

Personal growth and defining moments with Trunnis Goggins, who shares a transformative moment from his past. (0:11)

  • Trunnis Goggins reflects on parents’ sacrifices and vows to provide better life for children.

Personal growth and success, with a focus on painting a picture of desired outcomes. (4:07)

  • Trunnis Goggins defines success as painting a picture of his desired future, including his father and grandfather.
  • Trunnis reflects on success as leaving a positive impact on future generations.
  • His conversation with a chief sparks anger and motivation to pursue higher education.

The impact of a mentor’s kind words on a person’s life. (10:18)

  • Trunnis shares his personal journey of pursuing higher education while raising a family, culminating in his successful defense of a dissertation.
  • He credits a sentence from a mentor for inspiring his book on telling people how they’ve impacted one’s life.

Purpose, passion, and persistence in life. (14:35)

  • Trunnis teaches prison inmates, and he emphasizes the importance of having a clear purpose and plan for life after prison.
  • Trunnis shares a personal experience of teaching inmates about the importance of purpose and planning for their future.
  • Trunnis Goggins: We put ourselves in our own prison, need purpose and passion.
  • Trunnis Goggins: Find purpose, planning, passion, and persistence for happiness.
  • Trunnis shares personal experience with the incarceration of his daughter’s murderer (whose father was also incarcerated) and its impact on family.

Finding purpose and living intentionally with a focus on self-awareness and passion. (21:08)

  • Trunnis shares a personal story of pain and Resilience, inspiring others to find their purpose.
  • He emphasizes the importance of persistence and living intentionally, with purpose.
  • Trunnis offers advice to young entrepreneurs: “Stick to what you’re good at and do it well.”
  • He shares personal experience of failing in business by imitating others, emphasizing the importance of finding one’s unique strengths and passions.


To learn more about Trunnis’ mission, go to his LinkedIn profile at 

Or his website at  


Trunnis’ Bio: Trunnis Goggins

Trunnis Goggins is an educator, author, and consultant for both small business and higher-rated institutions. Dr. Goggins born and raised in Buffalo New York and veteran of the United States Navy. Dr. Goggins currently lives in Asheville, North Carolina, his wife and eldest grandson. Trunnis is the father of five sons, and four daughters (one deceased). Trunnis is also the proud grandfather of two other grandsons that live in Indianapolis Indiana.

Key Accomplishments: Trunnis Goggins is a decorated Navy Veteran earning five Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for his legal and recruiting work. Trunnis is a member of the several organizations including the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) (an organization in which he received honors as a distinguished graduate in 2016), National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) (earning educator of the year in 2017), Down Syndrome Indiana, and SCORE of Asheville North Carolina. Trunnis has consulted numerous small businesses throughout the United States in start-up and strategic planning. Trunnis has also provided consultation and training for higher education institutions in areas of business program accreditation, online course implementation, and self-directed learning techniques. 

Professional Background: In addition to serving in the military and business and higher education consulting, Dr. Goggins has over 16 years of higher education experience. He is served as a professor, Department Chair in the College of Business at Harrison College and Ivy Tech Community College. He served as Director of Workforce Development of Ivy Tech Community College Columbus, IN. Trunnis is currently a lead instructor in the College of Business at Western Governors University.


About your host: I’m Drew Deraney, the proud father of three children. For most of my life I’ve been concerned with what people thought of me and how I was supposed to act. I learned not to be my authentic self and instead became a people pleaser, a man wearing a mask.

In a 9-month span a few years ago, I endured four faith-shaking life events that caused me to question my existence.

I became determined to find a better way to live. Through intense self-reflection and awareness, I realized that in order to be happy, I must adhere to my standards of honesty, integrity and truth and needed to break free from the belief system that was anchored in me for close to 50 years.

I found my purpose and my mission in life. I’ve now become the man I know I am meant to be. My mission is empowering men ready to make a change to do the same.

My men’s group and one-on-one Coaching provide a safe space for men to share, without judgement, and transform. My male clients learn to release their inner greatness and stop self-sabotage, the #1 roadblock keeping them from reaching their goals.




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Drew Deraney now travels the world both to Live and Virtual Events showing mostly men the steps needed to strengthen self-identity and self-worth, to overcome self-limiting beliefs, and to build confidence while being authentic, maintaining boundaries and to transcend people pleasing skills to become the person they are destined to be. Drew challenges them to reach deep inside and make a lasting impact.

In a 9-month span, Drew experienced a grueling divorce, job loss, his son’s suicidal ideations, and his father’s death which devastated Drew emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually. It is a commonality for men to consider any challenge as a weakness as well as to show emotion and ask for help. While writing his book, Drew realized he was not the only man suffering in silence. With more clarity of purpose than ever, he began asking for help. Drew Deraney’s mission is to help especially men, release their inner greatness by showing vulnerability, keeping in integrity of their power, and making a great impact on the people in their lives both personally and professionally.

Drew Deraney was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ where he still lives to this day caring for his elderly mom and his 3 adult children Matthew, Nicholas, and Emma. Drew earned his B.A. in Psychology, M.A. in Applied Psychology, and two psychology research publications while at Fairfield University; a scholarship from the Healthcare Financial Management Association; and his M.B.A. in Health Care Administration from Baruch College / Mount Sinai School of Medicine in NY. His hospital career spanned 24 years where he was co-chair of the Leadership Institute, spoke at JD Power, was one of three leaders interviewed by The Commonwealth Fund, received his Communicating with Empathy Trainer certification and is a Certified Patient Experience Professional. Four years ago, Drew founded Profit Compassion LLC, an entity to coach and empower mostly men to create resiliency and authenticity as Chief Resilience Officer. Drew is the podcast host of ‘From Caving in to Crushing It’ and recently became a best-selling author with his book ‘I’ll Have What She’s Having’ - Memoir of a reformed People Pleaser.

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