The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making

One of iTunes top rated podcasts, this show is filled with incredible stories that will motivate and inspire you. It's fun -- we laugh. It's deep -- we feel. It's insightful -- we learn. It's authentic -- we share. This show is for people who have an insatiable appetite for learning, growing and making a difference in the world. Hey. I'm Jon, your host. In 2005, I co-founded a charity called Front Row Foundation, which helps kids and adults with life threatening illnesses to have a front row experience at the live event of their dreams. We then provide the tools to live EVERYDAY in the front row, which is one of the reasons we host this show. We believe... - You can learn a lot about living life from people fighting for it - Your ability to make the most of little moments can lead to larger movements in your life and for those you impact. On this show, each week, you'll learn with and from authors, elite athletes, film makers, business owners and anyone else choosing to live big and give big. I'm on a mission to show you how to Live Life In The Front Row™ through the transformative art of moment making. I'm ahusband, father of two energetic boys, and social entrepreneur. I'm proud of our #1 bestselling book The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with The Art of Moment Making. The book is a collection of inspiring stories, compelling science, and life strategies that challenge you to explore your values, establish priorities and reconnect to a higher purpose and deeper meaning within your life. Let's do this!
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Feb 20, 2018

Welcome to the Community Questions episode. This is a part 2 follow up to our Monday main interview with Jay Papasan, where we ask questions from dedicated listeners and members of our Front Row Family community.

To become a part of our community, head over to Facebook and type in "Front Row Family" so you can join the conversation of people who want to live life in the front row, and help others do the same.

Enjoy today's bonus questions! 


Feb 19, 2018

Do you feel overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that you need to do? Did you know that with a few simple strategies, you can achieve more than you ever thought possible?

Today, I’m talking with my friend, Jay Papasan. Jay is a best-selling author who is also the Vice President and Executive Editor at Keller Williams International. His book, The ONE Thing with co-author Gary Keller, has sold more than 8 million copies and is on my top 10 favorite books shelf.

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Feb 13, 2018

Welcome to the Community Questions episode. This is a part 2 follow up to our Monday main interview with Carolyn Colleen Bostrack, where we ask questions from dedicated listeners and members of our Front Row Family community.

To become a part of our community, head over to Facebook and type in "Front Row Family" so you can join the conversation of people who want to live life in the front row, and help others do the same.

Enjoy today's bonus questions! 

Feb 12, 2018

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by your circumstances that it’s difficult to keep going? If so, then you are sure to find hope and inspiration from today’s guest.

In this episode, I’m talking with my friend, Carolyn Colleen Bostrack. Carolyn is a mother, author, speaker, coach, and Ph.D. But before achieving these incredible things, Carolyn found herself standing in a food line at the Salvation Army – scared and desperate.

Today she will share her story with us, including strategies she used to push past some of the most difficult challenges in life - moment by moment.

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Feb 6, 2018

Welcome to the Community Questions episode. This is a part 2 follow up to our Monday main interview with Chris Taylor, where we ask questions from dedicated listeners and members of our Front Row Family community.

To become a part of our community, head over to Facebook and type in "Front Row Family" so you can join the conversation of people who want to live life in the front row, and help others do the same.

Enjoy today's bonus questions! 

Feb 5, 2018

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your own goals? Do you get discouraged if you don’t meet them on time?

Today, I’m talking with my long-time buddy, Chris Taylor. Chris runs the extremely successful business, Actionable, which helps companies create a better workplace environment for their employees. He’s also a husband and new father who is very intent on finding the right balance with his personal and professional life.

In this episode, Chris shows us how to take seemingly ordinary steps to create an exceptional life.

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Jan 29, 2018

Is your family life everything you hoped and dreamed it would be? Or do you find it difficult to balance your work and home? What could you do to change it?

Today, I’m talking with my dear friend and fellow Front Row Dad, Aaron Amuchastegui. Aaron and his family are the epitome of what it means to live life in the front row. In 2017, Aaron traveled three weeks each month with his wife and family sharing amazing experiences - all while running a successful business.

However, Aaron’s life wasn’t always this way. In this episode, Aaron shares with us the steps he took to turn his life around – steps that anyone can take to start building a life in the front row.

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Jan 22, 2018

Today, I’m talking my friend and fantastic musician, Brotha James. Brotha James left a lucrative corporate job to pursue his love of music a few years back. Using his keen business sense and transformative habits, he has not only honed his craft of music, but also turned it into a profitable passion.

In this episode, you’ll hear how he did it, plus you’ll get to enjoy some of the incredible music from his upcoming album titled ABRACADABRA. 

If you love what you hear today, you can support Brotha James and the production of his upcoming album by clicking here.

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Jan 15, 2018

Do you see yourself as awesome? Or do you tend to doubt your own abilities? Whether you realize it or not, you are strong. And recognizing your unique strengths can take you to a whole new level of awesomeness.

Today, I’m talking with my friend, Alissa Daire Nelson. She is a strengths-based coach, speaker, author, and podcaster. And she is here to share her valuable insights into our unique strengths and how we can utilize them to build a life of value and authenticity.  

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Jan 8, 2018

Do you live each moment to its fullest? If you chose to approach your life this way, what would you change right now?

Today, Steve Cannon, shares his incredible journey that you won’t want to miss. Not only has Steve completed some of the toughest endurance races in the world, but he’s also raised nearly $700,000 for cancer research in the process.

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Jan 1, 2018

Today, I’m talking with my hero and inspiration for starting the Front Row Factor, Dean Karnazes. Recognized by Men’s Fitness as one of the fittest men on the planet, Dean has accomplished more in the running world, and in life, than most of us could even conceive as possible.

Dean is also a best-selling author, speaker, an entrepreneur. This is one episode you won’t want to miss.

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Dec 25, 2017

In this conversation, I’m talking with my long-time friend, Cathy Christen. Cathy has been a sales and entrepreneurship coach for the past 15 years. She’s also the co-founder of an energy and lifestyle company called Elevated Fitness and Nutrition. Today, we talk about why you’re here, what moves you, how to plan out your best year ever, the big picture of life, and so much more!

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Dec 18, 2017

Fear can either hold us back or it can propel us forward. And while it’s a choice to overcome the things that terrify us the most, that’s always easier said than done!

What if you had a better understanding for how to turn fear into something that makes you come alive?

In this episode, my friend Kristen Waby shares how she conquered her fear of drowning head on by swimming 1.2 miles in a half-ironman race.

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Dec 11, 2017

Are you trying to build your business in a meaningful and financially rewarding way? Do you know how to start conversations, network, and take the right steps to get your name and/or brand out into the world? 

Today, I’m talking with my friend Dana Malstaff. As the CEO and founder of Boss Mom™, Dana is passionate and committed to teaching other moms how to grow their businesses and raise families at the same time. And even if you’re not raising kids, I promise you’re still going to gain a ton of wisdom from this conversation.

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Dec 4, 2017

Tagged by Success Magazine as a "One-Woman Brand" and “Creativity and Innovation Guru”, a leading "Serial Entrepreneur" by Entrepreneur Magazine and having drawn comparisons to Walt Disney and Benjamin Franklin, Jen Groover's name has quickly become synonymous with innovation, entrepreneurship and evolution. She has gone from guest-hosting spots on QVC to inking deals with some of the industry’s biggest heavyweights.

In today's episode, Jen will teach you how to take all your life experiences – the good and the bad – and use them to develop a new, heightened sense of self-awareness.

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Nov 27, 2017

What would you do if you were told that your child has a life-threatening illness? How would you stay strong and hold your family together through it all?

In this episode, Deborah Eddy, mother of Front Row recipient Jackson, walks us through her family’s journey – from the discovery that their son had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, to the many months of treatment, to how he is doing now – Deborah gives a real, honest picture of what life looks like when your family is battling cancer.

Would you like to create a Front Row experience for someone braving a life-threatening illness?

Visit to make a donation today! 

Nov 20, 2017

Picture your life the way you really want it to be. What would it look like? If you took a snapshot of your life right now, would it come anywhere close to this picture? What if you had the freedom to change it? Not everyone chooses freedom, but anyone can.

In this episode, professional photographer and author, Vincent Pugliese, talks about the freedom of living your best life, and how anyone can do it. He shares his own transformational story that began as a troubled youth confounded with the question of “what do you want to do with your life?” Vincent has since become someone who coaches others on how take control of their own lives.

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Nov 13, 2017

We all struggle with fear at some point or another. But when that feeling of fear goes unchecked, it can take on a life of it’s own and can dictate how we live our lives. What if there was a way to get past it, how might that change your life?

In this episode, I’m speaking with my best friend and best-selling author of the Miracle Morning book series, Hal Elrod. In our conversation, we discuss his own life-altering experiences (including his recent battle with Cancer), and how these incredible moments have shaped who he is and how he chooses to live life.

Hal reminds us that there is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail, you can only learn, grow and become better than you’ve ever been before.

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Nov 6, 2017

Have you ever really looked at yourself in the mirror? Do you like what you see? Are your thoughts filled with self-criticism or self-love?

On average, we have around 70,000 thoughts every day – what do yours say about you?

In this episode, Life Designer® Julie Reisler, shares her triumphant story of overcoming low self-esteem and addiction to discover her true self. She offers helpful tips and advice for connecting deeply to your own divine aspect to find your real life’s purpose.

According to Julie, “You are your own best resource.

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Oct 30, 2017

Have you ever wondered what defines greatness?  

As a thought starter, can you recall a performance that was less than great? Perhaps it was a musician, actor, athlete, public speaker, or someone else who—from a technical standpoint—was incredibly talented. Yet, their performance still fell flat.

Alternatively, a business could be making all the profit in the world, but that doesn’t necessarily make it great. What about the impact it has on others? Is it making the world a better place?

As today’s guest suggests, “excellence is not greatness, greatness is excellence plus honor”—which you’re going to learn all about during today’s discussion!

In this episode, I’m excited to be chatting with my friend and best-selling author, John David Mann who shares an intimate look at how he co-wrote his latest book The Recipe with award-winning chef, Charles Carroll. He takes us on an insightful journey from the origins of the book, to his writing process, to casting a line for big ideas!  

Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or someone who is trying to find a deeper meaning in your life, this conversation is for you. It’s filled with wisdom on a wide range of topics, from the technical side of writing to deeper subjects, such as love, loss, and living in the moment.

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Oct 23, 2017

If you had a goal – and you knew you couldn’t fail, you’d go for it, right? But what if you knew you would fail – would you still go for it?

In this episode, author and motivational speaker, Andrea Waltz, gives her insight on just how transformational rejection can be. Andrea shares her personal story of failure and success and challenges listeners to overcome their own fears with a few simple tools and strategies.

Is the fear of “NO” holding you back?

Here’s What You’ll Discover…

  • How to give yourself permission to fail – and the worst “NO” that Andrea ever had to overcome. 
  • Learn how Andrea and her husband, Richard, built their highly successful “Go For No!” empire. 
  • Discover valuable advice on writing your own book, no matter what industry or business you are in. 
  • Understand the impact of your attitude on your level of success in any situation.
  • Identify key tools for overcoming the fear of failure and rejection in your life right now.
  • Recognize why it is so important to live for today and break free of the autopilot mindset that so many of us have. 
  • And much more……

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Oct 16, 2017

Do you ever feel like you are going through the motions of life? Are your days filled with things you have to do rather than those that you get to do? What if you could reshape your life right now by taking little steps each day? 

In this episode, Ironman and fitness coach, Lance Carter, reveals how he transformed himself from a depressed busboy clearing tables at a restaurant to a nine-time Ironman triathlete. He offers simple strategies that are effective, inspirational, and most important – easy enough for anyone to follow.

After completing his first Ironman race, Lance realized: ''If I just did that—what else am I capable of?''

Ready to find out what you're capable of?

Here's What You'll Discover 

  • Eliminating self-limiting beliefs and recognizing the subtle ways that you may be sabotaging your own success. [07:09]
  • How to reshape your attitude into one of gratitude, and why this is important. [20:30]
  • Identify the key mindsets that will help you accomplish your big dreams. [23:21] 
  • Why it’s vital to nurture your personal growth and development and what happens when you don’t. [25:05]
  • Harness the power of micro-goals so you can create macro-movements in your life! [26:50]
  • Jon & Lance discuss the ripple effect of micro moments and the impact they can have on the world [37:55]
  • And much more……

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Oct 9, 2017

Think of the last time you accomplished a major goal in your life. In what way did that experience shape who you are now?

Setting a big goal with a strong ‘why’ has the power to push us forward—even when we don’t want to—and can lead us towards achieving our ultimate potential.

Which is why I’m excited to be talking with my buddy Brad Weimert today. With only 45 days to train, Brad has set an ambitious challenge to hike the equivalent of climbing Mt. Everest twice. His goal is to raise $58,058 for Explore Austin—an organization that helps mold the youth of Austin into amazing, well rounded adults by teaching them life skills through adventure.

Brad’s adventures never cease to amaze me, but what truly inspires me is the the message and meaning behind each of his goals. He reminds us that if there’s something you’re not doing because you’re uncomfortable or afraid, that’s probably your cue for moving towards it. The ripples that are created as a result, have the power to completely transform your world.

In our conversation, we talk about the power of mentorship, his training routine, preparation techniques, mindset and much more.

Here’s What You’ll Discover…

  • [06:00] Everesting (x2) for Charity—Find out why Brad’s pushing his physical limits to raise $58,058 for underprivileged youth in Austin. (click here to support Brad's mission)
  • [11:20] Brad explains why mentorship combined with adventure can be an extremely powerful tool for shaping the minds of youth.
  • [15:30] A physical training routine for elite endurance athletes—Brad shares the tools and techniques he uses to prepare his body, along with the gear, supplements, and the single most important aspect for faster recovery.
  • [34:48] Physically pushing your body to the ultimate limit requires an incredibly strong mindset—Brad shares the quote that keeps pushing him forward.
  • [36:15] Using the power of a strong “why” to stick to your goals no matter what.

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Oct 2, 2017

For many of us, lack of confidence leaves us stressed out, anxious, and unable—not to mention unwilling—to go after our dreams. What if you could stop questioning yourself, leave regrets and anxiety behind and move further towards accomplishing your biggest goals?

In this episode, positive psychology expert Louisa Jewell shows you how to use the principles of positive psychology to overcome harmful chronic self-doubt. Her tips and strategies will make a real difference in your day-to-day life—at work and at home.

As Louisa puts it, “Happiness is really having the confidence to show up in the world as your true authentic self and to live your true authentic life.”

Here's What You'll Discover 

  • The importance of celebrating your accomplishments and the surprising thing it can reveal about your life. [07:58]
  • A strategy for writing your first book and tackling any other major project—especially if you struggle with perfectionism. [10:20]
  • Why you’ll never eliminate all your self-doubt and why that’s actually a good thing. [20:15]
  • The reason working hard and being good at what you do doesn’t build confidence—and how to use the power of self-efficacy to get there! [32:10]
  • How to fail and get back up quickly—Louisa shares her simple strategy! [40:49]
  • And much more...

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Sep 29, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! As a part of a mini-series, we've been releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Jon Berghoff. 

Jon serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute, where it's his job to use the power of strategically designed questions to facilitate rapid, strengths-based, whole system transformation for organizations and communities.

Jon also serves on the Board for the Front Row Foundation, is my partner with the Dads Retreat and Speaker Trainer Experience, part-time host of the Achieve Your Goals podcast with Hal Elrod, and co-founder of the Best Year Ever Blueprint.

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