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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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Dec 26, 2016

''The universe will only give you the opportunity if you’re ready for it.'' - Jenna Bayne

What if you had the courage to be yourself? What would life be like if you focused on your value, rather than your flaws? What if you could appreciate what you have before you you strive to get more?

On this episode, I’m talking with one-of-a-kind author, Life Strategist and Master of Hugs, Jenna Bayne, about how to celebrate the magic moments, live in the present and seize life’s biggest opportunities!

Jenna is the size of a mouse but has the heart of a lion. She is a genuine and loving friend to those who come into her world and her passion for maximizing human potential is the basis for everything that she does.

Jenna is the author and creator of Bayne Books which is a books series that combines an educational component of personal growth and development with the entertaining component of poetry. She is known for being the "Next Dr. Seuss" and expects to live up to this label in the near future.

Her most recent work - I am Part of Nature - is an affirmation book intended to appreciate the magnificence of the body and how to show up for it the way it shows up for you.

In today’s inspiring conversation, Jenna relives the obstacles she had to overcome with her own body image and how she is now helping others do the same. We talk about overcoming criticism, building mental resilience, how your brain learns, and why it’s essential to love the lag time between the not yet and the no longer.

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

  • [04:49] How to celebrate the magic moments, live in the present and seize life’s biggest opportunities!
  • [10:05] The 3 life-guiding principles to maximizing your full potential.
  • [13:34] How your brain learns and why this is so important to your personal growth and development.  
  • [14:37] Loving the lag time between the not yet and the no longer.
  • [16:46] The single most important question you can ask to move past criticism and overcome any obstacle.
  • [19:00] Jenna shares some inspiring stories and explains what it’s like being a life strategist for teens.
  • [29:39] A powerful strategy for building mental resilience.
  • [35:47] Jenna relives her Front Row moment with Hal Elrod.
  • [46:12] What is it that makes you feel cared for?
  • [48:45] Jenna shares a poem that will help you conquer your biggest fears!

''When we teach each other, we lift each other up.'' - Jenna Bayne

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Dec 19, 2016

''No matter what happens, I’ll survive. No matter what happens, I’ll find a way.'' - Josh Painter

When was the last time you said no to something you felt was undeserving of your time? Have you ever thought of what might happen if you said YES more often?

On this episode, I’m talking with Josh Painter, a Front Row Foundation donor whose experience saying yes completely changed the trajectory of his entire life!  

Josh Painter is a top selling real estate broker who thrives by building lifetime relationships with his clients. Since launching Pacific Lifestyles Realty to serve Temecula, California and its surrounding region in 2010, Josh has built a powerhouse roster of 40 agents and personally sold over 500 homes. Of course, his success didn’t happen overnight. You can check out his full story here.

Creating a wildly successful business isn’t the only thing that matters to Josh. In fact, he believes his company is simply the vehicle to making a bigger difference in the world. As one example, he and his team have generously donated over $16,000 to the Front Row Foundation which allowed Front Row recipient, Jayden Avilla, a chance to experience an unforgettable Front Row moment.

During today’s interview, you’ll see what else makes Josh such an incredible human being, including the Impact Club, an organization that is creating massive change with small donations. You’ll also see Josh’s approach to setting short term goals, overcoming rock bottom moments, the power of saying “Yes”, and living life fully and authentically.

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

  • [12:49] Find out about Josh’s outrageous goal to meet Eddie Vedder and how he actually fulfilled it.
  • [19:39] How the Impact Club is leveraging small donations to make a big difference.
  • [27:33] Discover why there’s no glory in mediocrity.
  • [28:48] Overcoming epic failures and rock bottom moments.
  • [32:09] How saying yes to a cup of coffee transformed Josh’s entire life.
  • [38:58] The secret to saying it like it is and being your authentic self.
  • [41:30] The importance of living in the NOW.
  • [44:48] The purpose of life and making the most of every moment.
  • [50:42] Knowing when to say “I quit” vs. having the fortitude to push on.

''If it can be done, then why not me?'' - Josh Painter

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Dec 12, 2016

''I knew that I could make my life whatever I wanted it to be'' - Darvece Monson"

Can you think of the most difficult time in your life and how you were able to battle through that hardship? Maybe that moment has yet to come? Or maybe you or someone you know is facing that moment right now and the uphill battle seems insurmountable. 

Today I’m talking to Front Row Foundation recipient Darvece Monson, a courageous human being who has overcome more than her fair share of life challenges and is here to give you the power to do just the same!

In 2015, at just 34 years old, Darvece Monson founded "More Than Your Kidneys" at her hospital bedside table with $50 and a refurbished computer. A lifelong "Health Nut", nurse of 18 years, model, writer, performer, personal trainer, fitness instructor, nutritional counselor, and now newly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, among other health complications. In her continued pursuit to find a transplant candidate, Darvece was driven by the lack of services available to her and was thus compelled to make a difference.

This interview takes us through the ups and downs of the last 19 months when her life took a turn that was completely unexpected.  We talk about how today, she’s not only fighting for her life, but also helping others do the same. You'll find out how she finally became the person she always thought she was AND how she finds joy, even during the darkest times of her life. As a bonus, I also ask her to freestyle a little spoken word, as the front row team tipped me off that if you hand her the mic, you should prepare to be blown away.  They were right!

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

  • [04:02] How her battle with Chronic Kidney Disease completely disrupted the world she knew and how she became a Front Row recipient.
  • [12:25] How her search for helpful resources led to her life’s mission and the non-profit organization, More Than Your Kidneys.  
  • [14:51] Darvece shares her Front Row moment and the famous comedian that she was destined to meet!
  • [25:07] How she overcame an incredibly difficult childhood and became the courageous, bold, passionate woman that she is today.
  • [27:52] Darvece throws down an EPIC freestyle spoken word performance during our call that will blow you away!
  • [33:31] How to find the joy in everything, even when life gets tough!  
  • [43:03] What her Front Row experience taught her about dreaming BIG.
  • [51:25] Find out the process for donating a kidney and helping someone in need.
  • [01:06:21] Some powerful parting advice for anyone who is diagnosed with a life altering disease!

''Now is the time to become the person you already think you are.'' - Darvece Monson

Interested in supporting Darvece?

To find out more about getting tested and becoming her kidney donor contact:

Name: Kanisha, Donor Coordinator
Phone: 773-702-4500
Other info: explain you would like to get tested to be a donor for Darvece Monson, DOB 08/31/80

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Dec 5, 2016

''My experience as a wrestler was fail, fail, fail, before I finally succeeded.'' - Jim Harshaw

Today I’m talking with a Division 1 All-American wrestler and all around great guy, Jim Harshaw, about success through failure.  

Jim Harshaw has learned many life lessons on the wrestling mat. Having been a Division I All-American and won three Championships for the University of Virginia, trained at the Olympic Training Center and competed overseas for Team USA, he has experienced significant triumph and devastating defeat.

He relates those powerful lessons of failure, struggle and setback to empower his audiences to overcome their own challenges and achieve success despite their inevitable failures. Jim is a speaker, executive coach and host of the Success Through Failure podcast.

This interview is packed with so many gold nuggets of wisdom! In our discussion, Jim will open your eyes to the power of failure and how it can be an awesome teacher for anyone who wants to succeed in life. We also talk about overcoming self-limiting beliefs around public speaking, the productive pause method, discovering your core values, the ultimate toy room, Jake the Snake, and a lot more!  

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

  • [07:49] Being thankful for family and coping with the moments that are out of your control.
  • [12:29] Discover the 4 part framework that allowed Jim to create an environment of excellence and overcome his greatest failures in life.
  • [23:47] What can we learn from the pain of failure and how can we leverage it to lead better lives?
  • [28:06] How he went from bombing as a self-doubting speaker to rocking the TEDx stage.    
  • [35:35] How to find clarity of action and peace of mind through Jim’s productive pause method.
  • [42:54] What are the 3 areas of your life that you want to improve the most? [HINT: Jon shares his and you won’t want to miss it!]
  • [49:56] What does Jake the Snake have to do with you hitting your biggest dreams and goals in life?

''It’s not about me, it’s about the message that I’m sharing.'' - Jim Harshaw

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