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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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Nov 28, 2016

''You can do today what others won’t, so you can have tomorrow where others don’t.'' - Stephen Scoggins

Today I’m talking with Stephen Scoggins about how to fully surrender so you can G.R.O.W. in all areas of your life!  

While sleeping in his car, Stephen started Custom Home Exteriors, which is now a multi-million dollar business. He then went on to became a top-selling author and speaker with a huge heart for helping others. He founded the Journey Principles Institute, whose team is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of serving others by helping them grow past life’s obstacles and allowing them to fulfill their true life-giving purpose and passion.

During today’s interview, Stephen shares his incredible journey, including a battle with depression, homelessness, and being on the brink of suicide. Find out how he transformed his life and why he’s now on a path to serving others overcome their own life struggles.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat...

  • [09:54] Learn how your team can develop a “whatever it takes” mentality in order to hit ANY deadline.
  • [19:57] Become the hero of your own journey with The Ultimate Life Kit!
  • [22:55] The value of life and understanding what’s most important.  
  • [25:22] 2 messages from 2 mentors that helped him steer the ship away from disaster and into an adventure of uncharted territory.
  • [56:21] Discover the 3 breakthroughs of life.
  • [57:30] The power of grace and surrender.
  • [58:14] What is prides prison and how could this be holding you back?
  • [59:19] Learn to surrender so you can G.R.O.W. in every aspect of your life.

''I surrender myself to something stronger than myself and in that I find renewed strength.'' - Stephen Scoggins

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Nov 25, 2016

What does your best year ever look like?  In 12 month from now, if things were exactly as you wish, what would be different?  How can we accelerate our individual and collective evolution? How can we manage our emotions and develop mental resilience? My guest today says, “Our questions are fateful” and we ask some HUGE questions that can shape the future in some very exciting ways.

For those who don’t already know who Jonny B is…

Jon serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute. He previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenues grew by 400% in less than 4 years, and their team expanded from 175 to 600+ members. His work on Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiating and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.

Jon also serves on the Board for the Front Row Foundation, is my partner with the Dads Retreat and Speaker Trainer Experience.  He along with our friend Hal Elrod, co-hosts the Best Year Ever Blueprint.  Over the past 3 years, I’ve watched people from all over the world make massive shifts in their lives as a result of being at this event (myself included).   I asked Jon if we could take a look behind the scenes at how he designs this event and why people are so impacted after just 3 days.

If you are going to BYEB, you’ll love this call — consider it a preview/training call!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [11:30] What questions did Jon ask and what guiding principles were used to create such an experiential event? *you can use as a guide for your own personal and business planning
  • [22:40] Jon shares two powerful stories which provide perfect examples for you to model
  • [26:43] How can your business do GOOD and do WELL?  (ie.  Be profitable & give to the world in huge positive ways)
  • [32:15] What does it mean to say, “the truest value comes from the unknown relationships that are yet to be formed”?
  • [34:42] An effective strategy to get the most out of the Best Year Ever Blueprint event or ANY event you attend
  • [38:01] How Jon answers my question “What are the images (ie. vision) you see for the event?”  If you’re going or have not idea what BYEB is, his answer will still melt your face off 
  • [41:48] Discover one small step you can take TODAY to start creating your best year ever

 

Nov 21, 2016

''Every time you see me you’re going to see a better version of me'' - Andrew Smallwood

Today I’m talking with Andrew Smallwood about serving others and making a difference!

Andrew is the Chairman of the board of directors for Front Row Foundation and is helping grow the charity to have its biggest year in revenue to date. He is also the founding gastronaut and president of Eatership Inc. which delivers products and services to connect people with enhanced, exceptional dining experiences.

He is passionate about finding the best fine dining restaurant experiences in every city, state, country, and continent he visits as well as the best cheeseburger.

Andrew is a member and mentor at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and invested his undergraduate years becoming the first ever Organizational Sciences major at The George Washington University.

During today’s interview, Andrew explains his role with the Front Row Foundation and how it’s helped him and the people around him, live a fully engaged life. We get a chance to talk about The Front Row philosophy, the power of feeling together, how to show up BIG for others, a challenge to make bold moves, radical generosity, and so much more!   

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat...

  • [05:14] Andrew explains how he became Chairman of the board of directors for the Front Row Foundation.
  • [07:37] Find out how Andrews family shaped who he is and the traditions they share around the table!
  • [14:31] Why he chooses to invest so much of his time to the Front Row Foundation AND how it’s led to living a fully engaged life for him and the people around him.
  • [19:10] The power of feeling together!
  • [25:17] Discover how Best Year Ever Live can completely change your life.
  • [31:35] Find out how a team of Ambassadors and $11 donations are moving mountains and making a difference.   
  • [35:42] How an Uber ride and a bottle of bourbon lead to thousands of dollars towards the foundation.
  • [49:33] Andrew shares how he sees the world and how to show up bigger and better for the people in your life.
  • [51:38] A challenge to make bold moves for radical generosity.
  • [55:21] The difficulty of striking a balance between positive and challenging emotions at the exact same time.

''I would love the message of my life to be one of kindness and generosity'' - Andrew Smallwood

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Nov 14, 2016

''As long as you’re acting in alignment with your positive core, you’re guaranteed success.'' - Mike Merriam

Today I’m talking with Mike Merriam about the values, strengths and priorities that make up your Positive Core!

Mike is a successful and dynamic business executive, author, keynote speaker, and the CEO of Evolving Enterprise, where he is committed to the mission of inspiring human systems to their highest and best form by encouraging the development of for-purpose and socially conscious individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Through his books, keynote speaking, leadership training, and whole-system Appreciative Inquiry Summits, Mike teaches people and entire systems of people in a company or community how to create the foundation and the framework to develop new configurations of strengths, talents, wisdom, experiences, and perspectives that render their weaknesses irrelevant.

He recently authored his first book, Closer Than You Think - Six Fundamental Questions to Ignite Your Personal Evolution, and is most interested in helping people and organizations discover and implement their Values, Strengths, and Priorities, which he calls, the “Positive Core”.

During today’s interview, Mike shares his story and the inspiring transformation that allowed him to leave a life of mediocrity. We get a chance to talk about his new book “Closer Than You Think”, the Positive Core concept, the A.V.I.D framework, acting in the face of fear, Appreciative Inquiry, and the fundamental questions you can ask to maximize life and unlock your true potential.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat...

  • [08:55] Find out how Mike left a mediocre life and uncovered his full potential.
  • [13:30] What makes up your “Positive Core” and how can it guarantee your success in anything you do.
  • [15:30] Mikes shares how he moved from a stressful life that he hated to living life in the Front Row.
  • [18:56] Discover the 6 fundamental questions to ignite your personal evolution.
  • [27:19] How to maximize your values, strengths and priorities so you can create a radical future.
  • [30:21] Conquer every day with the A.V.I.D framework!
  • [32:38] How to act in the face of fear and crush limiting beliefs.
  • [38:02] The importance of spending time with people that serve you the most.
  • [43:56] Mike explains why he supports The Front Row Foundation.
  • [45:54] Mike asks Jon the #1 question that will give you the biggest glimpse into someones life.

''Act in the face of fear... Feel the fear, but do it anyway.'' - Mike Merriam

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Nov 2, 2016

''It’s finding a moment where you have something to appreciate.'' - Nina Perez

Today I’m talking with Nina Perez about her inspiring daily commitment to live life in the Front Row!

Nina Perez, originally from Argentina, is widely recognized as one of Vancouver’s best salsa and tango dancers, instructors, and performers, and is known for her style and grace on the dance floor. As the Founder of DanceToday.TV, her focus is on providing high-quality and professional instruction in a positive and fun environment.

During today’s interview, Nina shares her story and the inspiring commitment that she and her son are making to document their favorite Front Row moments every day for an entire year. We talk about how this experience has impacted their lives and the lives of those around them.  

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat...

  • [07:02] Find out how a life long passion for dance led Nina to a professional career as a dance teacher.
  • [08:26] Discover Nina’s approach to becoming a great teacher, both in her professional life AND as a parent.
  • [13:31] Why Nina and her son Gavin are documenting living life in the Front Row.
  • [20:20] The importance of recognizing the full worth of life’s most precious moments.
  • [21:48] Where did this Front Row challenge all start and how has it inspired others to join in?
  • [29:30] Nina shares her strategy for consistently capturing and posting her Front Row moments.
  • [35:48] Investing in yourself and the trip Nina took that changed her life forever.
  • [41:43] How is Nina becoming the greatest version of herself? [HINT: She’s basically the female version of Jason Bourne!
  • [43:06] What dance can teach you about leading and following in your own relationships.

''It doesn’t have to take a long time for you to just put your hands up'' - Nina Perez

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