Me, Robbie LeonardHi. I’m Robbie. Welcome to the Determined Soul Blog.

I write about finding the wisdom in our struggles.

Question I try to answer:

“How do we unleash our greatest potential to change the world?”

Reawaken our curiosity

The goal of this blog is to spark the passion and enthusiasm within us that we had as kids. To learn, discover, and explore the world around us. We would question everything about the world as children. Somewhere along the line we start closing off our minds to different ideas. We stop asking questions.

I believe that awakening the Spartan curiosity and strength can unleash our greatest potential.

Are you a Spartan truth seeker? Are you ready to challenge your mind?

Join me on this journey to become the best version ourselves to make a difference in this world.

I usually post a new article once a week.

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My Story

I’ve been a Californian my entire life. I hail from the small, laid-back beach town of Carpinteria, California. I now live in the blazing heat of the San Fernando Valley.

From the beginning, overcoming obstacles is a part of who I am. At birth, my umbilical cord is a coiled snake around my neck. At 5-years old, I’m diagnosed with DMD (Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy). It’s a progressive muscle disorder.

I learned that my struggles strengthened the determination within my soul. I’m determined to encourage people to find the wisdom in their own struggles.

I studied Graphic Design in college. After college, I would reminisce about my high school English teacher, Mr. Baird. He awoke the strong passion within me for literature and writing.

My calling to become a writer grasped me with a vengeance. It was time to embrace this calling with my entire heart and soul.


  • I’m very happy I stumbled upon your blog. What a true inspiration you are, Robbie!! All the best, Sara

    • RobLeonard

      Thanks Sara! I’m glad you stopped by and look forward to have you join me on my journey! Take care, Robbie

  • Hey Robbie, I found you on Miss Minimalism! You are a true inspiration! Hugs to you! ~Cathleen

    • RobLeonard

      Hi Cathleen, thanks! I’m glad you stopped by and look forward to hearing from you again soon. Three bear hugs back at you! Take care!

  • diana

    hi robbie i came across your web on reading miss minualism ,, you are really an amazing young man a true inspiration to us all ,, and realize just how much we should be so grateful for in life love how you view life yes you are a very old soul in a young mans body lots of love light and special blessings keep up your writing diana xxxx

    • RobLeonard

      Hi Diana, thanks for the kind words. I look forward to have you join me on my journey through Determinedsol!

  • Lucie

    “Determined Soul” is certainly the best name for your blog – may you impart much to others.

  • Judie

    Hey Kid,
    Obviously you have found your voice as a writer………You make me ashamed that I haven’t kept up with my writing except for an occasional letter to Coastal View (Carp paper.) Take care and will talk to you soon………..

    • RobLeonard

      Hey Judge, good to see you on my blog! Maybe I found some of my voice as a writer but I need to unleash more. I’m looking forward to seeing you around here more often.

  • Bob

    You are my inspiration, too. I’ll keep watching for your blogs.

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  • Chuck Daukas

    So glad I came across your post on Tribewriters. Have a similar blog idea related to empowerment when coping with physical issues. I need all the inspiration I can get right now…. I just found a source! Thanks, Robbie! Looking forward to more!

    • Robbie Leonard

      Thanks, Chuck! I really appreciate the encouragement. I’ll do my best to continue to be a good source of inspiration. Good luck with your empowerment blog piece! I’m looking forward to reading it.