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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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Sep 22, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Aaron Amuchastegui.

Sep 18, 2017

''When we have purpose, we find power.'' - Jon Vroman

What started as an organization to help people brave life-threatening illnesses, has grown into something much bigger than I ever imagined.

If you’re brand new to the show, The Front Row Foundation is like Make-a-Wish meets Tony Robbins. We create life changing experiences for kids and adults who are fighting for their lives by putting them in the front row of their dream event.

Today, we want to celebrate a major milestone! We’ve recently surpassed a decade of creating these experiences, which has resulted in over 100 magical moments for Front Row recipients!

But what amazes me even more, is how this foundation has evolved over the years. It’s not just a wish organization, it’s a philosophy for life. We have built a community and culture that continues to ask the question:

how do we live every day in the front row fully engaged, closer to the things that make us come alive and make us feel like every moment of our life is meaningful?

To celebrate, I wanted to get together with some of the people who have been there from the beginning. Which brings us to today’s special conversation...

In today’s roundtable discussion, 5 best friends—myself, Hal Elrod (International Bestselling Author of The Miracle Morning and #1 donor to The Front Row Foundation), Jon Berghoff (Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute), John Ruhlin (Author of Giftology), and John Kane (Director of Sales at Cutco and first person to ever get the Front Row tatoo!)—revisit how The Front Row Foundation has brought us together and share stories of how we’ve supported each other over the years.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [12:15] The power of relationships—5 best friends express their gratitude for being a part of a company culture that brought them together.
  • [14:40] When the best things in life come from the most unexpected places—John Kane demonstrates this with one of his favorite John Ruhlin stories.
  • [19:00] Why nobody “makes it” on their own—You’ll hear how a willingness to serve and support one another allowed 5 friends to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
  • [20:10] Find out what the Front Row Foundation means to each of the 5 friends and how an organization that started off as a way to help people fight life threatening illnesses, has grown into something much bigger!
  • [23:10] An incredibly touching story of Front Row recipient Sophie and the moment she got to meet Kelly Clarkson—this story will really help you appreciate how precious life truly is!
  • [31:36]Big lessons from The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making—including how to empower your life by tapping into the past, present and future.
  • [41:10] How a partnership was born between The Best Year Ever Blueprint and The Front Row Foundation and why it’s giving attendees a higher sense of purpose.
  • [51:55] Why fundraising can align with the things you love to do—Learn how to give back with your time, talent and/or treasure!
  • [01:13:16] Smiling in the midst of adversity—What Hal’s battle with cancer can teach us about making the most out of difficult situations.

''Nobody succeeds alone.'' - Hal Elrod

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Sep 15, 2017

Tuan Nguyen is a philanthropist and entrepreneur who began his life with a simple goal of always making a positive difference in people's lives. Surviving death during his escape after the fall of Vietnam in 1975, he sees the world from a lens of gratitude and has been the foundation for all his hopes, dreams, and vision. His story demonstrates how volunteerism is the best platform for professional and personal development.

As a serial entrepreneur, Tuan has ran several multi-million dollar Internet companies and business advisory practices and has delivered over 300 speaking engagements including 3 TEDxTalks (within 20 months). 

Sep 11, 2017

''Hire great people and make sure they have everything they need to be successful.'' - Charles Carroll

What’s one of your all-time favorite dishes? I bet you can think of at least a few! For most of us, food plays a big role in our lives. Not only does it fuel us, but it can enrich our lives, bring us closer together and give us memories to cherish for years to come.

But what can food teach us about living a successful life?   

Today, I get the chance to speak with eight-time Culinary Olympian Chef, Charles Carroll, who serves up an inspiring recipe for personal greatness and shares some of the incredible life lessons that food can teach us!

Charles Carroll is the Executive Chef at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, which is among the top country clubs in the United States. He has received over seventy national and international awards, including three Presidential Medallions from the American Culinary Federation. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Carroll was the manager of the 2004 United States Regional Culinary Olympic Team, which won three gold medals and was ranked third internationally.

During our discussion, we dive into his most recent book—The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness—a parable about a boy who overcomes tragedy and carves out a life of excellence by learning lessons from the kitchen.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [07:55] Learn to achieve the seemingly impossible!—Charles shares his process for getting things done and his simple secret to success.
  • [14:23] How does being a dad help Chef Charles in the kitchen and how does being in the kitchen help him as a dad?
  • [17:39] Discover the values his parents instilled in him that attributed to his success as a chef!
  • [20:30] Learn how you can build a world-class team!—Take it from someone who has 3 restaurants, 6 kitchens, and 75 cooks who love what they do.  
  • [26:16] How can serving others lead to opportunities that you never even thought were possible?
  • [30:00] Chef Charles reveals his most enjoyable dishes from around the world.

''Worry about the small things, because the big things will take care of themselves.'' – Charles Carroll

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Sep 8, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Dr. Mark Trahan! 

Mark Trahan, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor of Social Work at Texas State University. Dr. Trahan has spent the last fifteen years working with individuals, families, and couples as a therapist, researcher, and teacher. His areas of research interest include the role of fathering confidence in father engagement and the use of technology, specifically virtual reality, to assist in creating more confidence in men and fathers. Dr. Trahan is currently working on research projects with incarcerated men and returning combat soldiers, with future plans to use virtual reality for parenting and communication skills training. Dr. Trahan enjoys teaching and is passionately engaged in educating social work students. He loves spending time with his family, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and watching college football.

Sep 4, 2017

''I am 100% convinced that we can stop and reverse climate change.'' - Josh Tickell

Do you ever wonder how the choices we make impact the future of our planet? What if I told you, we could grow enough food to feed all of humanity, while at the same time, reverse climate change?

You may be thinking, “OK Jon, that sounds nice, but is there really anything I can do about it?”

Yes, there is! And in today’s conversation with Josh Tickell, you’re going to find out why.

Josh Tickell is a Sundance award winning film director and bestselling author. His films and books focus on critical, “big picture” social issues including alternative energy, conscious capitalism and reversing climate change.

Josh co-directed the 2017 Lionsgate release, GOOD FORTUNE, the rags to riches biopic of Paul Mitchell and Patron cofounder, John Paul DeJoria. His first movie, FUEL, won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary and to theatres globally. He regularly films and interviews luminaries such as Elon Musk, Dan Aykroyd, Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, and Shailene Woodley.  

Tickell’s movies have won more than 40 major awards, been selected as a NYTimes Critics’ Pick and shortlisted for an Oscar and shown in the White House. He has spoken at more than 100 colleges and Fortune 500 businesses globally. He is a guest on shows such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Morning Joe and on the Today Show.

Tickell’s new book, Kiss the Ground – How The Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Save the World with a forward by Whole Foods Founder, John Mackey, is being turned into a movie from executive producer Leonardo DiCapprio also entitled KISS THE GROUND.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [09:07] 2 books, 2 movies, and 1 kid — How Josh and other extremely busy people manage to get it all done!
  • [11:44] Josh describes what it was like growing up, from Australia’s outback to Louisiana’s poor and polluted and how this inspired a successful career as a film director.
  • [15:20] A powerful vision for the future of our planet and the positive reality that humans can co-create.
  • [18:32] A wild story about how Josh and Ryland Englehart met and the partnership that followed!
  • [24:24] Kiss the Ground — How The Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Save the World.
  • [31:26] Learn how you can shop smarter and reengineer your food choices.
  • [45:39] Why should millennials start farming?
  • [54:40] The Regenerative Revolution that will change your body and the world through food.

''If you can visualize something, you can make it happen.'' – Josh Tickell

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Sep 1, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Josh Shipp. 

Josh Shipp is an author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series (A&E), that followed his ground-breaking work with teens.

He is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

He’s worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens live.

Josh's ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University and his online mentoring program for teens A Year of Awesomeness has a world-wide reach. His free newsletter offers exclusive strategies to parents, educators, and youth workers.

Aug 21, 2017

''Be the pebble that causes the ripple'' - Karen Briscoe 

If you look at the most revered people on the planet, it may seem like they are somehow different than the rest of us. How do they become so successful? What’s their big secret?

Yes, some are born with unique talents and gifts, but believe me, the vast majority of people who change the world, are no different from you and I.

In today’s conversation, Karen Briscoe shares her wisdom around succeeding with habits and reminds us that we all have the ability to uncover excellence, make a difference, and change the world… If we choose to!

Karen Briscoe is Principal of the Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group (HBC) and author of “Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day”. Karen and her team have been recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the 250 Top Realtor® teams in the United States, and they have sold more than 1,500 homes valued at over $1.5 billion. 

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [07:52] What was life like growing up for Karen?—Find out exactly where her entrepreneurial spirit and negotiating skills came from.
  • [11:12] Getting into the world of residential real estate—Why you can start at any time!
  • [15:17] Find out how she’s making an impact with her transformational book Real Estate Success in 5 Minutes a Day.
  • [20:18] Karen reveals the 3-part process to kicking excuses to the curb and seizing major opportunities that the Universe presents to you!
  • [25:40] Take your business to an entirely new level by landing game changing partnerships.
  • [30:10] Discover the many ways to harness the power of mentorship.
  • [35:23] Learn how to be the pebble the causes the ripple!
  • [42:00] How to see contribution as an opportunity to change the world.

''If I can do it, so can you.'' - Karen Briscoe 

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Aug 14, 2017

''I realized I am much stronger mentally and physically then I gave myself credit for.'' - Lisa Thompson

Finding the absolute edge of our limits is never an easy task, but is a critical part of achieving any kind of greatness in life. How then, can we push beyond what we believe is possible without going too far? Where is the line and how can we realize our true potential, even with goals that may be uncomfortable, extremely difficult, or seemingly out of reach?

Today, I get to talk with my friend Lisa Thompson, who is going to show you how to get one step closer to accomplishing your toughest goals and taking life to entirely new heights!

Lisa Thompson is an accomplished mountaineer who has stood on top of six of the world's highest mountains, including, as you will hear, Mt. Everest.

Throughout her life, she has become adept at gracefully overcoming challenges in order to accomplish unexpected things.  She is a cancer survivor, and she is still the only person in her entire family to graduate from college. Afterwards, she grew her career from a field service engineer to the leader of a $25m organization.  

When she isn’t in the mountains, she spends her time traveling and sharing her story with other motivated people.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [12:58] Find out what life was like for Lisa growing up and how she came to love mountaineering.
  • [14:35] How the simple statement — one more step — can help you push beyond life’s biggest obstacles, build momentum, and accomplish more than you ever thought was possible.
  • [19:30] How did spite drive Lisa into a life of mountaineering and what can her experiences teach us about building self-confidence, overcoming adversity, ignoring the naysayers, and strengthening the mind?
  • [24:55] Why being diagnosed with Cancer never stopped her from accomplishing her toughest goal (at that time) of climbing The Himalayas.
  • [30:40] Lisa shares the critical factors to winning her fight against cancer.
  • [32:45] How to get and give the most out of every moment and the ‘See, Hear, Feel’ technique to intentionally feeling present.
  • [38:83] Lisa’s shares her Mt. Everest moments and why we are all capable of so much more than we think!
  • [53:00] What death can teach us about how to better appreciate life today.

''If you want me to do something, tell me I can’t and watch me prove you wrong.'' - Lisa Thompson

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Aug 7, 2017

''our calendar is an expression of your priorities.'' - Adam Stock

Are you spending time in ways that reflect your values and priorities? Are you in touch with the things that bring you the most joy in life?

Today, I talk with Adam Stock, who reminds us all how to live with more intention, leverage the power of curiosity, and appreciate the little things in life that make us happiest.

For nearly two decades Adam Stock has been helping clients navigate the many financial challenges in the PRESENT, so they can experience a more meaningful and joyful financial FUTURE.   

Dedicated to honing the craft of financial planning, Adam has obtained his CFP and the exclusive Masters' of Science Degree in Financial Planning.  

He is the President and Founder of The Next Level Planning Group, a team of 10 dedicated to solving an acute structural problem that exists in the financial services industry. Adam and his team go way beyond "better than" tactics to discover optimal strategies.

He is married to his wife of nearly 18 years, Melinda, and Father to 4 amazing children, ages 10, 7, 4, and 1.    

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [07:41] The entrepreneurial “Struggle to Juggle” —How to prioritize and balance between your personal and professional life.
  • [16:33] Learn how to excel exponentially by intentionally booby-trapping your success!
  • [20:19] Bring more joy into your life by learning to appreciate the micro moments.
  • [27:03] The power of both positive and negative role models.  
  • [28:45] How quickly can you get to curiosity? Adam explains why being curious is so important to his legacy.
  • [29:50] Why it’s never too late to transform a relationship.
  • [32:49] Making the world a better place and helping people who need help.

''Don’t rush to judgment, rush to curiosity.'' - Adam Stock

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Jul 31, 2017

''You are only a good teacher if you learn.'' - Azul Terronez

Have you ever thought about writing a book, but didn't know where to start? You probably have a million ideas rolling around in your head, but can’t exactly figure out how to process all the information and present it in a way that makes sense for your intended audience.

Maybe you’ve already committed to the process of writing a book, but you are constantly asking yourself ‘why am I writing this?’ or ‘who am I writing this for?’

These hurdles are very normal when it comes to learning how to write a book, which is why I wanted to invite my good friend Azul Terronez to join me on the podcast.

Azul is an educator, TEDx speaker and the author of of the best selling book The Art of Apprenticeship: How to Hack Your Way into Any Industry, Land a Kick-Ass Mentor and Make a Killing Doing What You Love. He is the Co-Founder of Authors Writing Academy and coaches authors like Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income and Dana Malstaff, of Boss-Mom.com.

Azul also coached me through the writing process for The Front Row Factor book, which would never have been possible without his encouragement, guidance, wisdom, and ongoing support!

Be sure to listen to the entire episode, as Azul shares an incredible offer that you won’t want to miss!

To find out more about Azul and his coaching services, visit his website at  CoachAzul.com.  

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [08:30] Find out how Azul created a new life for himself by deciding to coach online influencers and thought leaders through the book writing process.
  • [13:00] The most important question to ask yourself if you’re considering writing a book.
  • [17:10] Learn how to speak to your intended audience and make a clear connection with your reader.
  • [21:50] Ok, you know you want to write a book, but what now? Azul breaks down the step-by-step process he uses to help clients gain clarity and go from idea to execution.
  • [32:23] When is it time to hire a coach to help you write your book?
  • [41:12] Azul recounts some of the most transformational moments of his life.
  • [46:45] What makes a good teacher great? Azul shares his tips and the awesome piece advice that he got from Seth Godin

''Ask the question ‘what is this for?’ and then really listen.'' - Azul Terronez

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Jul 24, 2017

''Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.'' - Rachel Adams Lee

We all want to lead happy and successful lives, but sometimes in the pursuit of success, we lose sight of what matters most.

So, do your actions line up with the person you really want to be? What could you eliminate that would add something to your life? What could you say “no” to that would bring more “yes’s” into your world?

Today I’m talking Rachel Adams Lee who is here to share how she transformed her life and found true happiness.

Rachel is the CEO & founder of Rachel Adams Group at Keller Williams Realty.  She is currently ranked in the top 1% of all Realtors in Placer and Sacramento counties. In 2015 and 2016 she was named “Wall Street Journal’s Top 1000 Agents” in the US.

Her team is anticipated to close $50 million in sales for the year 2017.  When not actively selling homes, Rachel can be found traveling the US, coaching others on how to build a successful real estate team with a winning mindset.  

She has a love for public speaking and enjoys seeing the positive affect her experience brings to others lives. While real estate is in her blood, her greatest joy comes from encouraging others to lead their best lives.  

Rachel’s love for inspiring others, combined with her own unique and powerful journey, led her to create the "Lost to Found in 90 Days" book and program.  

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [07:00] Despite building a “successful” real estate business, she was completely miserable on the inside. Discover the mantra that shifted her thinking and allowed her to find true happiness.
  • [12:20] Learn how to bounce back and find opportunity in life's most difficult moments.
  • [16:20] Are your actions in line with who you really want to become? Rachel shares her tips for leading a more intentional life!
  • [24:20] Are you a self-proclaimed people pleaser? Rachel was, but not anymore! Learn the secret to balancing the “yes’s” and “no’s”.
  • [30:50] Who are you surrounding yourself with? Rachel shares a friendly approach to editing your peer group and making sure the people you hang out with fully support your journey!  
  • [39:10] How to silence the noise, take a tech timeout and set clear work boundaries with your clients.
  • [47:30] Catapult the life of your dreams with Rachel’s book Lost to Found in 90 Days.

''I never knew what I wanted until I silenced the noise.'' – Rachel Adams

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Jul 17, 2017

''Oftentimes people think disability is inability, which it’s not.'' – Mary Verdi-Fletcher

When was the last time you felt fully alive, free to express yourself fully and completely?

In an effort to protect ourselves from harm or being exposed to what we aren’t comfortable with, we often will create mental barriers that can hold us back. What would life look like if we decided to knock those barriers down? What then would be possible?

Today I’m talking with my inspirational friend Mary Verdi-Fletcher. She’s here to discuss how she’s using dance to educate and inspire the disabled and able bodied alike to believe our disabilities don’t define us.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher is a true pioneer. She is America’s first professional wheelchair dancer and has taken a field where disabilities were not accepted and worked endlessly to shatter stereotypes, change attitudes, bring hope, advocate for inclusion, and essentially be an agent of change.

Despite being born with spina bifida, Mari has worked tirelessly to open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities who wanted to pursue their goals on an equal ground with their non-disabled peers. This determination ultimately led her to found The Dancing Wheels Company in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, which was specifically formed to employ professionally trained dancers, with and without disabilities.

The Dancing Wheels Company has reached audiences of over 5 million people with awe-inspiring school assembly programs, workshops, residencies, and main stage concert performances worldwide.  

If you’ve ever had moments of doubt or convinced yourself that you couldn't do something, I can promise this conversation will show you what’s possible when you believe in yourself.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [10:30] Mary discusses her Dancing Wheels School and Company, its mission and how one encouraging phrase from her mother made it all possible.
  • [16:25] Mary’s definition of dancing and how she uses this interpretation as inspiration to achieve any goal.
  • [18:50] Learn how the lives of Mary’s able bodied students are positively affected due to their close interaction with their disabled dance partners.
  • [21:05] The single biggest obstacle Mary would have to overcome in her early 20s and how that decision would open the door for everything to follow.
  • [28:05] Listen as Mary recounts her favorite Dancing Wheels success stories and the one story which will bring a tear to your eye.
  • [35:08] Learn Mary’s advice to live by and how she uses it to turn any obstacle into an opportunity.

''The arts are an avocation that chooses you. You don’t choose it.'' – Mary Verdi-Fletcher

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Jul 10, 2017

''Peace is about not having stress and relaxing in the moment.'' - Christine Khetarpal

When was the last time you had to face a really difficult decision? One that you knew could change the trajectory of your life.

If you’ve ever struggled to find the answers, trust me, you’re not alone. But there’s good news! Where you are today, does not have to be where you are tomorrow. Ready to find the clarity you’ve been searching for?

For over 25 years, my friend and today’s guest, Christine Khetarpal, has been passionate about helping her clients make clear, confident choices that emerge them into a life they love and deserve.   

As a Certified Life Coach, Christine’s practice, Emerge Now Coaching focuses on guiding men and women through the process of deciding, “Should I stay or leave my marriage?”

Christine personally knows the impact of putting off a difficult decision. After spending over 5 years living in fear of making the “wrong” decision, experiencing stress-related health issues like shingles and continuing to hang on to hope that things will eventually get better on their own, she now realizes that hope by itself is wonderful, but the real key is making powerful choices and taking courageous action.  

Christine’s message to you is “Peace is a choice. And by standing in your power to choose, you can start to make choices that will guide you towards living your life in the front row.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [07:50] Why peace is a choice, even during life’s most challenging moments.
  • [13:32] Christine shares her story and explains how she used peace to find happiness in her own life.
  • [17:39] What does peace really mean?
  • [22:46] Learn what E.M.E.R.G.E stands for, so you can gain new perspective and positively transform your life.
  • [25:42] Need to overcome an incredibly hard decision? Find out when it may be time to hire a coach who can lead you through life’s most challenging moments.
  • [28:00] Discover 3 questions you can ask to become a better communicator in any relationship.
  • [33:18] What to do when you’re contemplating your commitment to something important in life.

''Am I really living a life that I want?'' - Christine Khetarpal

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Jul 3, 2017

''Anything of any magnitude starts with a micro movement.'' - Jon Berghoff

Your entire life is made up of countless moments, and each one carries an opportunity to experience joy, fulfill your sense of purpose, and make a difference. That is the art of moment making!

What if there was a way for you to recognize and create more of these moments, not only in your life, but in the lives of those who matter the most? That’s what today’s conversation with my good friend Jon Berghoff is all about!

We want to invite you to participate in our upcoming event, The Front Row Summit, which is happening July 24-26, inside Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This is a 3-day, in-person event, limited to an intimate group of 50 individuals.

It’s a tremendous opportunity for anybody who wants to find deeper purpose and transform their life through the art of moment making. Whether you’re a parent, an entrepreneur, or someone who just wants to make the most of every moment, this event was made for you. You can learn more and apply by clicking here.

The Front Row Summit also gives you a chance to make a difference by co-creating the future of the Front Row Foundation. You’ll be encouraged to bring your ideas and insights to the table, to help support the evolution of the organization.  

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [09:51] What is a moment maker and why does it matter?
  • [17:51] How do micro moments lead to macro movements?
  • [25:08] What to expect at the The Front Row Summit, including reconnecting with nature, finding your purpose and the future of leadership!
  • [33:42] Why nothing is impossible when you can master the art of asking great questions.
  • [43:20] Stories that demonstrate the power of capturing front row moments.
  • Want to hang out with Jon & Jon at the Front Row Summit? Apply here!  

''The way you show up in the world, is one moment at a time.'' - Jon Vroman

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Jun 26, 2017

''It’s not happy people that are grateful, it’s grateful people that are happy.'' - Preston Smiles

What actions are you not taking because of fear? What’s holding you back from making bold moves, taking action, and creating the reality of your dreams?

In today’s conversation, I’m delighted to be speaking with Preston Smiles. Preston is a motivational messenger whose mission is to  empower, inspire and ignite a multi-generational movement of radical growth through conscious, creative content, acts of love and living boldly.

Preston believes, as I do, that we’re here to leave the planet better than we found it, and he’s committed to motivating you to join him on that mission, so you too can live your best life NOW.

Today we’re going to vibe higher, talk about gifts and gratitude, discuss stories of listening to your “first voice”, learn what it means to show up BIG for others, hear some of Preston’s life changing moments, and a whole lot more! 

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [08:00] Preston kicks things off by sharing a super fun exercise that will help you vibe higher and positively impact the people around you!
  • [10:45] Turn the volume up on your life by turning the volume up on love!
  • [13:09] Discover true happiness with the gift of gratitude.
  • [18:44] Preston shares a heartfelt story that demonstrates the power of showing up for people when it matters the most.
  • [29:18] Preston shares his incredible journey from being shamed for learning differently as a kid to the life changing moments that pushed him towards an abundant life full of love.
  • [41:20] Giving yourself permission to level up your life.

''You get in life what you give to life.'' - Preston Smiles

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Jun 19, 2017

''I believe we are all capable of great things.'' - Amber Vilhauer

If you had the opportunity to change your life, would you? How would the story unfold if you had the strength to face your biggest fears and maximize your true potential?

Today I’m talking with my good friend and trusted business coach, Amber Vilhauer. She’s here to shed light on the process she’s used to create a highly successful and sought after online business, while also sharing her best tips for busting through self-imposed limitations and unlocking extraordinary results in your life.

Amber is an online business growth mentor who supports authors, speakers and coaches to establish a powerful, integrated online presence that gets results and empowers them to make a difference in their industry.

Since starting her multi-six-figure company NGNG Enterprises (standing for No Guts No Glory) in 2007, she has spent her career impacting her community and building strong strategic alliances with industry leaders and game-changers across the web.

Amber has supported thousands of entrepreneurs on six continents to get results. She is the launch manager behind several #1 bestselling books including those for Mark Victor Hansen, Brendon Burchard, Lisa Nichols and Les Brown.

If you’re an aspiring author, speaker, life coach with a message or just someone wanting to increase your online presence and turn your passion into profit, you’ll definitely want to hear what Amber has to say.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [14:20] Learn what you need to do to build momentum and become more efficient at time management.
  • [16:40] The must-have project management system and other task management tools utilized by Amber for maximizing productivity.
  • [22:45] Amber shares how she hit rock bottom at 16-years-old and the decision making process that completely transformed her life.
  • [35:37] Are you prepared to push beyond fear and maximize your true potential? Find out why anyone is capable of creating extraordinary success!
  • [41:43] The single most important factor to succeeding as a coach, speaker, and/or author.
  • [47:45] Amber breaks down her thought process for helping someone earn more money in their business and create more freedom in their life.
  • [53:15] Discover one of the most effective methods for building your team and growing a results-driven business.

''I’m here to make sure that other people feel heard, empowered and loved'' – Amber Vilhauer

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May 29, 2017

It’s no surprise that the quality of our lives can be directly tied to the quality of the conversations we have with the people we know, love and trust. Yet, so many of us struggle to create REAL relationships...

How do you show up for the people that matter the most? Have you lost sight of your true purpose?

Today, Scot Lowry is here to share his framework for mastering conversation and developing authentic relationships, so you can positively impact every area of your life!

Scot’s purpose is to lift people who are lifting the world. He is passionate about creating scalable, purpose-rich cultures that empower people and organizations to access their full capacity, love their work, manifest their dreams, and maximize positive contributions in the world.

He is currently the father to two teenage boys, a youth hockey coach, and the CEO of Fathom, an award-winning revenue acceleration marketing firm based in Cleveland, OH. Scot is also a Strategic Advisor to The Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI).

Scot studied Finance and Entrepreneurship with degrees from the University of Florida (BS) and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (MBA), where he is also an associate instructor of entrepreneurship. In his free time, you can find him kiteboarding, playing or coaching ice hockey, or mountain biking.

In today’s conversation, Scot shares his inspiring journey, including how his original path to success only led to an empty and unfulfilling life. On the outside, he had it all. But beneath the surface, Scot was miserable. It turns out, he was completely misaligned with his “Why” and what matters the most.

You’ll find out why authentic relationships matter so much, how to better communicate with your spouse & kids, the importance of creating authentic dialogue in the workplace, and his incredible story of getting a Front Row tattoo!

''If we can talk about it, we can fix it.'' - Scot Lowry

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

  • [02:45] Why having authentic conversations with your kids can be the best form of support.
  • [06:20] Learn how you can improve company performance and create value for clients by embracing authentic dialogue in the workplace.
  • [10:15] Have you ever had an argument with a spouse or colleague that had spiralled out of control? Find out what you can ask yourself to get things back on track!
  • [13:30] Learn how to give your “lizard brain” a break so you can communicate more effectively during difficult conversations.
  • [16:00] How to cultivate a company culture with great communication by re-framing the questions you ask.
  • [19:39] Find out how Scot’s company, Fathom, is helping middle market CEO’s to solve problems and generate more revenue.
  • [24:00] Discover the 3 P’s to naturally bring out the best in your organization.
  • [28:17] Scot shares the story of when he committed to getting a tattoo to help raise an additional $20,000 in support of the Front Row Foundation. Find out why his decision goes far beyond the charity!  
  • [44:00] He had followed the typical script to achieving success… only to find out he was completely miserable. Find out why relationships with people really matter and how you can transform an empty and unfulfilling life into one that gives you purpose and positively impacts the world
  • [48:15] The difference between hope and optimism and how it affects your ability to get the results you want in life.

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May 22, 2017

''Pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice.'' - Rob Dial

How many times in your life have you found yourself saying “Life’s not fair” or allowed yourself to quit when things simply became too difficult?

What if you could bust through the emotional barriers and self-limiting beliefs? If nothing was holding you back, how would that transform your life?

Today’s conversation is with my good friend and Performance Coach, Rob Dial. He’s here to inspire and instruct you to overcome life’s many adversities along the path to true self-fulfillment and happiness.

Rob is a leader in the business and personal growth space and the Founder of MWF Motivation. He is passionate about "hacking" the human mind to unlock parts of ourselves that we never knew existed.

Rob is also a published author, podcast host, blogger and speaker that engages with people all over the world to help them become the best version of themselves.

In this personal and inspiring discussion, Rob details how he managed to overcome the debilitating effects of an emotionally absent, alcoholic father, en route to finding his path of helping people change their lives for the better.

If you’re ready to stop making excuses and start living a life that makes you feel complete, regardless of the hand you were dealt, you definitely won’t want to miss this conversation.

Here’s a breakdown of our chat…

  • [7:35] Find out how Rob overcame the uncertainty associated with a troubled childhood and confronted his demons face on.
  • [15:15] Learn what ‘acting like the CEO of your life’ entails and how doing so can unlock the door to your personal growth.
  • [21:30] Learn to be present, feel significant and find true happiness.
  • [27:45] How to guarantee your success forever, no matter what happens to you financially.   
  • [33:45] How to bust through fear and overcome self-limiting beliefs so you can accomplish ANYTHING.
  • [41:25] Rob’s step-by-step approach to finding your “Why” and uncovering your deepest motivations.
  • [50:30] Find out what drives Rob to wake up every day and why we all have a responsibility to create a more peaceful world.

''You’re already enough… there’s nothing else you need.'' - Rob Dial

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May 15, 2017

''I literally knew that whatever I dreamed of I could do'' - Tommy Danger

Has there ever been a moment in your life when you thought “I could never do that in a million years!”?

What if instead, you believed that you could? What would be possible if you pushed past your self-limiting beliefs and decided to show up big in every aspect of your life?

Today’s conversation is with my good friend and adventure athlete, Tommy Danger, who will inspire you to push your life to the ultimate limit!

Tommy learned in his mid 20's that life wasn't about the money you make, but the lives you change. Through his love of adventure he founded a non-profit foundation called More Than Just Me that uses adventure projects to raise money and drive awareness for important causes around the world.

He is currently in the middle of his third project called More Than Just Mountains where he is climbing the Seven Summits (the highest peak on each continent) with two of his close friends to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

It's been almost 10 years since Tommy made a massive change to his lifestyle and since then he has biked from Los Angeles to Boston, ran from Seattle to Daytona Beach, and has completed four of the Seven Summits.

He currently lives in Park City, UT with his beautiful wife Alyx, their pup Boo, and a little Danger baby on the way.

In this exciting discussion, Tommy shares the lessons he’s learned through his many adventures and exactly how he’s using them to positively impact the world.

He walks us through his incredible trek through Papua, Indonesia and how he barely made it out alive. The journey included everything from hiking through tropical jungles and traversing through rivers, to climbing steep cliffs and negotiating with tribal chiefs.

If you want to learn how to turn your biggest dreams into reality, push your body to unimaginable limits, and make the most out of each and every moment that life has to offer, you definitely won’t want to miss this convo!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [08:22] Where did his incredible sense of adventure come from and what exactly is the story behind his nickname, Fat Tommy?
  • [12:20] Hear about his first big adventure, biking coast-to-coast from California to Boston, to raise money for at-risk teens.
  • [15:00] The importance of believing that YOU can turn your dreams into reality.
  • [16:30] Learn how More Than Just Me is using adventure to bring awareness to important causes.
  • [20:15] How to see the positive side of anything, find your internal happiness and change the world in the process!
  • [24:40] His crazy adventure to run across the US (20 miles per day for 6 months) and the single moment that made all the blood, sweat and tears 100% worth it.
  • [30:20] Find out how the More than just Mountains project is helping to drive awareness to those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.
  • [32:50] Learn how to tap into the power of your mind and push your body to the ultimate limit.
  • [40:20] The story of how he barely escaped from a remote location buried deep in the heart of Papua, Indonesia.

''We have birth and we have death. What happens between is up to us.'' - Tommy Danger

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May 8, 2017

''The quality of your life is 100% dependent on the quality of the people in it.'' - Jeff Hoffman

What can you do when the only people in your circle of influence don’t believe in you?

How could stepping out of your comfort zone change the trajectory of your life and give you new perspective on the world?

Have you ever wanted to scale your business, but don’t know where to start?

These are just a handful of the powerful questions that serial entrepreneur, Jeff Hoffman, answers during today’s powerful conversation on the Front Row Factor podcast.

Jeff Hoffman is a successful entrepreneur, proven CEO, worldwide motivational speaker, and published author. He has been the founder of multiple startups, CEO of both public and private companies, and senior executive in many capacities. Jeff has been part of a number of well-known companies, including Priceline.comuBid.com, ColorJar, and more.

Jeff is a frequent keynote speaker, co-author of the book SCALE, a teacher for innovation workshops to major corporations, and a featured business expert as seen on Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, CNN International, Bloomberg News, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and in publications including Forbes, Inc., Time, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, and more.

Jeff received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the national CEO council for his contributions to the field of entrepreneurship, and he received the Champion of Entrepreneurship Award from JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, and Rising Tide Capital, as well as receiving the George Brown Award for International Cooperation.

Outside of the world of technology, Jeff has produced movies, has produced musical events including concerts, tours, and charity events with such artists as Elton John, Britney Spears, NSYNC, and others, and serves on numerous charity and non-profit boards.    

In this comprehensive discussion, Jeff describes his entrepreneurial journey, including the lessons he’s learned along the way and what it truly means to succeed. We talk about creating a vision and accomplishing big goals, how to make it as an entrepreneur, tips for scaling your business, the power of contribution, powerful front row moments, and a whole lot more!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [12:50] What can you do when the only world you know doesn’t believe in your biggest goals and dreams?
  • [15:00] Are we really all that different? Find out what Jeff discovered from traveling to 90+ countries, including the real truth about what connects and divides the human race.
  • [20:00] Learn how to embrace the beauty in others, surround yourself with amazing people and create unforgettable front row moments that can positively impact the world!
  • [25:50] What does it truly mean to be successful? Listen to Jeff’s surprising definition and the tool he used to design the ultimate life!
  • [31:09] Long-term plans get punched in the face! Learn how you can create a strong vision and successfully accomplish your toughest goals.
  • [34:20] Discover the 2 most important steps you can take in order to succeed as an entrepreneur.... And guess what? Money has nothing to do with it!
  • [36:08] Should you scale your business? If so, how? As the co-author of Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back, Jeff will tell you exactly what you need to know!
  • [40:39] The 3 most important questions to ask yourself that influence how people remember you when you die.
  • [43:03] Don’t miss this incredibly powerful recipient story that defines what it really means to live life in the front row.  
  • [53:39] Jeff’s advice to anyone who wants to give back but has no idea where to start.

''Every human being should have their own red carpet moment.'' - Jeff Hoffman

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May 1, 2017

''If I can’t move forward, then I’ll move in another direction.'' - Erik Weihenmayer

Have you ever been faced with a challenge that people told you was impossible? Did you let fear stop you from moving forward or did you persevere when nobody thought you could?  

In this inspiring conversation with Erik Weihenmayer, he’ll teach you how to harness the power of adversity, overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles, and live a life of purpose and impact!  

Erik Weihenmayer is one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in the world. In 2001, he became the only blind person in history to climb Mount Everest. When he stood on the top of Carstensz Pyramid in 2008, he completed his quest to climb all of the Seven Summits - the tallest peak on each of the seven continents.

In September 2014, Erik and blinded Navy veteran, Lonnie Bedwell, kayaked the entire 277-miles of the Grand Canyon on the Colorado River, considered one of the most formidable whitewater venues in the world. Erik continually seeks out new adventures, focusing his efforts on empowering people traditionally swept to the sidelines of life. He founded an organization called No Barriers, which helps people with challenges tap into the human spirit, break through barriers, and contribute to the world.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of their Everest ascent, Erik and his team founded a new No Barriers program, No Barriers Warriors, which uses teamwork and the mountains as a transformative force to help veterans reclaim their lives after devastating injuries.

Erik is the author of two best-selling books: his memoir, Touch the Top of the World and The Adversity Advantage, which offers lessons for turning challenges into greatness. He is an internationally recognized speaker and brings his message of living a No Barriers Life to audiences around the world.

What I love most about this conversation is Erik’s unique ability to step back and find new perspective and solutions to problems that allow him to keep moving forward. At the point when most people would decide to give up, Erik just finds another route.

This discussion is loaded with inspiring stories and proof that regardless of your abilities, what’s inside of you is stronger than what’s in the way.    

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [05:50] Learn about Erik’s “Open Heart Policy” and how it can help you find hope and possibility, even during life's most challenging moments.  
  • [07:43] Erik describes his first attempt at rock climbing as a blind kid and how it completely changed the trajectory of his life.
  • [09:00] Learn how to courageously overcome the naysayers, and turn judgement and ridicule into fuel for your toughest obstacles.
  • [14:00] Erik talks about summiting Mt. Everest, the moment that still brings tears to his eyes, and the role his incredible team played in the process.
  • [17:30] How to surround yourself with incredible people who will step up when you need them most.  
  • [19:42] Why you should stop rejecting your ego and start channeling it to do something great.
  • [23:00] Find out how Eric turned his past achievements into catalysts to push beyond his limits, learned to Kayak blind, traveled 277-miles of the Colorado River, got knocked over and beat down, and kept on moving forward!  
  • [33:00] How to manage fear and break through barriers when you’re way over your head!
  • [38:50] Erik describes why family is the greatest “no barriers” journey of them all and how he hopes to be remembered by his kids.
  • [53:30]Learn how you can rebuild and rediscover yourself in the midst of adversity.

''Your ego is the thing that makes you great.'' - Erik Weihenmayer

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Apr 24, 2017

''Flow are those enjoyable, wonderful, delightful moments of thorough engagement with the present.'' – Steven Kotler

What do the richest, happiest, and most revered people in the world know about success, that most people don’t? What if there was a way for you to tap into a higher level of consciousness and completely upgrade your life?

In today’s episode of the Front Row Factor podcast, Steven Kotler, is here to let you in on the secret formula that the uber successful are using to lead extraordinary lives.

Steven is a New York Times bestselling author, an award-winning journalist and the co-founder and director of research for the Flow Genome Project. He is one of the world’s leading experts on ultimate human performance.

His writings have been translated into over 40 languages and appeared in over 80 publications, including The New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, Forbes, Wired and TIME. He also writes “Far Frontiers,” a blog about science and culture for Forbes.com, appears frequently on television and radio, and lectures widely on technological, scientific and cultural issues, both to corporate and education institutions.

In this super entertaining conversation, Steven and I dive deep into his latest book, Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work.

You’ll quickly learn that stepping into an altered state of mind isn’t just for drug induced dancing bears and dead head gatherings. There is a wide spectrum of altered states of consciousness, including flow, which you can harness to improve performance, optimize your health, and achieve the impossible!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [09:12] Ever wonder where information actually comes from? Find out what Steven thinks and what your intuition has to do with it!
  • [11:20] Steven’s unconventional and surefire method for making any project a success.
  • [14:30] Find out why everything Steven does is organized around creating “flow.”
  • [16:14] What exactly is flow and how can it be used to optimize your mental and physical well-being?  
  • [19:00] Learn the science behind flow and it’s proven ability to fight against autoimmune conditions and life threatening illnesses.  
  • [20:20] What Stealing Fire can teach you about tapping into a heightened state of mind so you can live an extraordinary life.
  • [28:30] Steven reveals the 4 powerful forces of extasis that can improve your human performance, including the most addictive state on earth!
  • [34:00] Why isn’t everybody talking about this high performance success formula and how are these altered states of consciousness now proving to create authentic mystical experiences?
  • [43:30] Is it  possible to hunt for flow and intentionally program you're self-conscious mind?
  • [50:30] The dangers of tapping into altered states of consciousness and why we need to use these techniques wisely.

''Everything I do, is done to generate flow.'' - Steven Kotler

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Apr 17, 2017

''You never know until you do it.'' - Tim Conners

What preconceived notions and limiting beliefs are holding you back from dreaming big and living life fully? When was the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone and did something courageous?

In this powerful conversation, my friend Tim Conners, will challenge you to see life from a whole new perspective!

At the young age of 15 Tim’s life was thrown upside-down after receiving a diagnosis of t-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. For about three months Tim would find himself in remission from the cancer, but before he had time to catch his breath it was back. Not only was it back, but this time it was attacking his optic nerves in his eyes. In approximately 48 hours Tim would lose his sight, but the real concern was how to keep him alive.

Tim would go on to receive a bone marrow transplant. What was supposed to save his life almost took him in the process. He experienced heart, lung, and kidney failure. Against all odds including doctors who prepared his family for their last goodbyes, he would make it.

Tim has chosen to use this life changing experience to gain a positive perspective and says it has "opened up his eyes to everything that was in front of him”.  Although he still faces complications today, he continues to persevere through them, and work toward his mission of living life fully, making a difference, and redefining possible.

Tim is attending his senior year at Ithaca College, studying "Communications Studies" in New York and has already taken a path as a motivational speaker, a blind adventurer, and released his first book It’s Impossible Until You Do It.

He believes people can move mountains if they move them together, and on May 22nd he is embarking on his latest endeavor called “MounTimPossible” to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. His goal is to raise money for the organizations that not only saved his life, but gave him the strength to start living again so they can provide the same services to other children like him as well.

I got the pleasure of meeting Tim a few years ago, while giving a speech at Ithaca College. His story and outlook on life completely inspired me and I’ve been fortunate to call him my friend ever since.

Today, Tim is here to share his story with the Front Row Factor community. His sense of adventure, desire to live big, and his profound ability to see the world, despite being blind, is truly inspiring. Tim will show you that anything in life is possible if you willing to put your mind to it.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [10:09] Why nothing is impossible if you’re willing to set your mind to it.
  • [14:38] Find out how Tim beat Cancer, pushed through the adversity of losing his vision, and why he’s now taking on the challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro.   
  • [23:30] How to prioritize what matters the most, live life fully and never take no for an answer.
  • [27:19] America’s Ambassador of Hope shares his 5 principles to becoming successful.
  • [31:50] Find out how Tim’s commitment to adventure has raised over $10,000 and is positively impacting the world.
  • [33:22] Why Tim said “YES” to Mt. Kilimanjaro and what it can teach you about capitalizing on the present moment.
  • [37:29] Learn how you can help yourself by serving others.
  • [43:46] Why it’s so important to surround yourself with the right people.
  • [47:10] How to structure a challenging environment that brings out the best in you.
  • [56:42] Tim shares a powerful memory that will teach you about what it means to truly see the world!

''I believe we can move mountains if we move them together.'' - Tim Conners

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Apr 10, 2017

''What you appreciate, appreciates.'' - John Israel

What would happen if you decided to express a higher level of gratitude for the people that impact your life? And I’m not just referring to your closest friends and family. Think about the Uber driver, the grocery clerk, your children's teachers, or even your garbage man! How could acknowledging them transform your life and shape the world we all live in?

Purveyor of Gratefulness, John Israel, is a writer, speaker, business owner and Founder of The Year of Thank You project. His mission is to elevate the level of gratitude on the planet… one card at a time.

What does that even mean? Well, in this episode you’ll find out why my good friend John is on a mission to write 5 thank you cards a day, for 365 days and how it’s completely changing his life.

In addition to John’s inspiring mission, you’ll learn how to change your emotional state of mind, how to turn resentment into gratitude, why it’s so important to receive gratitude graciously, how to express it, and a whole more!

Although we often talk about gratitude, how well do we really understand the impact it can have on us? This powerful episode will demonstrate the ripple effect that gratitude is capable of creating and will leave you inspired to acknowledge and appreciate the people in your own life.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [06:05] John expresses what he loves the most about his wife AND the family values that show up the most for team Israel!
  • [12:34] How an abundance of thank you cards led to unexpected and transformative moments for John and his wife.
  • [17:11] How he’s elevating his level of gratitude for the planet... one card at a time.
  • [23:10] How to positively impact the world through the act of expression.
  • [27:57] How to change your emotional state of mind so you can show your true gratitude towards others.
  • [31:00] John explains the wide spectrum of people that he loves to acknowledge and how he does it, from friends, family and people he works with, to the unexpected garbage men, waiters, pilots and more!  
  • [38:18] Find out why it’s so important to receive gratitude graciously!
  • [43:59] How do you write a thank you card to someone that you hurt?
  • [47:46] Why gratitude is a choice.
  • [51:49] The peace that comes with sharing your love and gratitude.

''If you can tell them you love them, you should.'' - John Israel

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