Preston Smiles

Why You Need to Make Play a Priority

When he realized that his anger and rebelliousness were leading him down the wrong path, Preston Smiles asked his parents to send him away. He was welcomed in by a family friend in Pittsburgh and soon realized that destructive behavior was not limited to a certain geographical location. However, due to his desire to question everything the circumstances had a different result. Through insight and self-reflection he transformed his entire life from being a self-identified dumb kid to being the Chief Love Officer of his own company. Today Preston builds clean water wells, gives life-changing seminars, creates video content, and touches lives all over the world. Meet the man who Jack Canfield, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, calls unstoppable in this episode of Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu.

Preston Smiles on Impact Theory with Tom Bilyeu


  1. “We’re constantly creating stories. Most of the time, these stories are not facts.” [3:05]
  2. “We’re always creating our reality with our thoughts, our words, and our actions.” [3:59]
  3. “For me, play is highly important, so I schedule it in.” [8:49]
  4. “When my cup is full I can give from the overflow, and that overflow is a beautiful thing.” [9:12]
  5. “The beautiful thing about nightmares is you always wake up.” [19:06]
  6. “I slow down to the speed of wisdom and allow it to hit me.” [32:37]



Preston explains the difference between facts and stories. [2:48]

Preston talks about his transformation from being angry to playful. [6:49]

Preston describes the American nightmare and how to create what you want to experience. [10:07]

Tom and Preston discuss a lesson he learned from the velveteen rabbit. [13:27]

Preston shares methods he uses to build his worldview. [17:36]

Preston goes deep on the process that happens when building your dreams. [21:39]

Preston explains the difference between choosing and wanting. [26:47]

Tom and Preston discuss the process of becoming who you really are. [30:19]

Preston reveals how he helps his clients climb out of the emotional traps. [34:15]

Preston talks about different levels of consciousness surrounding societal norms. [35:00]

Preston expounds on why he believes that everything is neutral. [36:50]

Preston defines the impact that he wants to have on the world. [38:26]




Love Louder: 33 Ways to Amplify Your Life – [1:51]

Now or Never: Your Epic Life in 5 Steps – [1:52]

Chicken Soup For the Soul – [2:05]



Love Mob – [1:29]

The Bridge Experience – [2:01]



Jack Canfield – [2:03]









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