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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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Feb 27, 2017

''Somebody at some point has to get across that ocean from land to land. Why not me?'' - Charlie Martell

When life takes a turn for the worst, how do you react? More importantly, how do you prepare?

Today, Charlie Martell joins us from Baghdad, Iraq to talk about his 2012 attempt to row the North Pacific Ocean and how he survived an unexpected typhoon that capsized his boat during his journey.

A double Guinness World Record holder, Royal Engineer Charlie Martell is no stranger to adventure. Active service in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland led to a post-Army career in the humanitarian sector, where he specialized in post-conflict resolution. Working in mine-affected countries such as Cambodia, Angola and the Republic of Georgia opened his eyes to what specialists like him could do for communities living amongst mines, bombs and other debris of war.

Charlie’s previous expeditions include a 300-mile ski-trek to the Magnetic North Pole and a four-man row across the North Atlantic Ocean. Together these expeditions raised more than £250,000 for charity.

In this episode, Charlie shares his inspiring story and talks about the importance of planning for the unexpected. You’ll find out how he manages his mindset during adversity, the importance of visualizing your goals, the Kelly Clarkson song that helped him survive a Typhoon, and why he’s willing to put his life at risk again in a 2nd attempt to cross the North Pacific.

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

  • [06:47] Charlie shares some of the incredible records he’s set and his dream to become the 1st person ever to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean.
  • [09:30] Find out where Charlie’s driving force for winning came from!
  • [11:15] Hear about the life-threatening typhoon that capsized his boat during his 1st attempt traversing the Pacific Ocean.
  • [18:20] Lessons on how to manage your mindset and emotions in the midst of adversity.
  • [23:40] Facing fear and the role that faith plays in Charlie’s life.
  • [26:15] The charitable element of Charlie’s adventures and efforts.
  • [28:20] Charlie’s unexpected yet spectacular “recovery” by a Russian ship.
  • [33:00] Why it’s critical to plan for the unexpected.
  • [35:40] The impact visualization has on achieving your goals.
  • [48:37] Find out why a lifelong adventure with countless world records wants to be remembered for his sense of humanity

''No act of human kindness is ever wasted.'' - Charlie Martell

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Feb 20, 2017

''There is no waste in nature. We invented the idea of waste.'' - Ryland Engelhart

Do you feel hopeless about climate change and the damage we are doing to the planet?

In today’s conversation, Ryland Engelhart shares a proactive approach for how we can shift our behavior to reduce, restore, regenerate and rebuild a healthy ecosystem on the planet.

Ryland is a Co-Owner and Mission Fulfillment Officer of Café Gratitude, and the Co-Founder of Kiss The Ground, a non-profit that inspires and educates the public about the connection between soil, human and planetary health. 

He is is an activist, inspirational speaker and life coach, dedicated to culture, love, building community and demonstrating sustainability in business.  

Ryland is also the co-creator of an award-winning, transformational documentary film, called “May I Be Frank.”  

We chat about all sorts of fun stuff in today’s episode, including why soil is the key to saving the world, the importance of algae in the ocean, and how “Sacred Commerce” can make a difference to your working environment. We also talk about Café Gratitude, Kiss The Ground, investing in your team, and being grateful for what you get. This conversation is high level thinking with practical steps we can all take right now to care for each other and for our planet.

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

  • [09:10] Find out how Ryland uses the presence of love to make a difference and contribute to the world!
  • [12:15] The simple act of being present.
  • [17:55] Ryland shares his mission to feed the world and cool the planet through Regenerative Agriculture. Find out how you can make an impact!
  • [26:08] What’s the difference between conventional, organic, and biodynamic agriculture and why is soil like the gut health of the planet?
  • [30:57] What are the true consequences if we don’t take action and what does algae have to do with the oxygen we breath?
  • [36:48] What is the mission and vision for Kiss The Ground?
  • [39:38] Awaken the community of love in your working environment with Sacred Commerce.
  • [45:00] Honoring the people in our lives that have passed.
  • [46:16] Investing in your team and the 10 tools for building a grateful community.

''We are the source of love that we’re looking for'' - Ryland Engelhart

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Feb 13, 2017

''You get to decide how you go through life.'' - Grant Baldwin

How do you show up in your life? Do you let your past dictate how you live today? There’s no doubt that some of us are dealt worse hands than others, but how you live and experience every day of your journey is completely up to you.

YOU get to decide if life is great. YOU get to say whether or not today is going to be a good one. YOU get to choose how to wake up and make a difference. Are you ready to take control? Are you ready to live life in the Front Row?

In today’s conversation, Grant Baldwin is here to inspire you to live life on your terms and decide for yourself how you go through life. He also teaches you what it takes to get into a career as a professional speaker.

Grant is the creator of the Booked And Paid To Speak training program, a nationally known keynote speaker and author. His podcast and training site “The Speaker Lab” provides weekly training to speakers at all levels of their business.

As a speaker, Grant has given hundreds of presentations and has spoken to over 400,000 people in 45 different states through leadership conferences, conventions, and other events. His book and curriculum for students, “Reality Check”, is taught in 400 schools around the country.

In today’s episode, you’ll learn about how Grant went from a youth pastor to starting his career as a professional speaker. Grant shares his top tips for achieving success in the speaking industry and lays out the steps you can take for landing your first paid gig!

You’ll also hear about what it takes to build a successful marriage and family, the importance of relationships, the role that environment plays in your success, and why who you are is much more important than what you do.

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

  • [03:55] Find out the key to a happy marriage!
  • [07:45] Grant shares stories from his early life as a youth pastor and his humble beginnings starting a career as a professional speaker.
  • [14:26] The dreams that make Grant come alive and how he’s helping new speakers land their first paid gig.
  • [17:05] Discover S.P.E.A.K - your road map to a successful speaking career.  
  • [22:25] Why YOU are the decision maker when it comes to how you experience life.
  • [25:50] How Grant passes on important lessons to his kids.
  • [27:10] The importance of relationships and shaping your environment.
  • [33:22] Grant shares an important mantra that he lives by every day.  

''Who you are is more important than what you do.'' - Grant Baldwin

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Feb 6, 2017

''Health is a continuous journey of improvement'' - Megan Lyons

Have you ever struggled to maintain a healthy lifestyle, while trying to balance work, family, and everyday life? Have you let your health take a back seat to other priorities? Maybe you recognize the importance of living a healthy life, but you lack the support or you’re confused by all the conflicting information.

Well, there’s an easier way! In today’s conversation, I’m talking with health and wellness coach, Megan Lyons, who is going to inspire you to reach your health goals and feel better about your body.

Megan has shared her game-changing approach to wellness with thousands of people through personalized health coaching, health and wellness blogging, and motivational and educational speaking. As founder and owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness she’s deeply passionate about inspiring others to feel their healthiest and happiest.

 Megan is the author of “Start Here: 7 Easy, Diet-Free Steps to Achieve Your Ultimate Health and Happiness,” a Top 10 Amazon Bestseller in Nutrition, which cuts through the mass media's conflicting and confusing promises, and instead spells out the most important nutrition information.

Megan holds degrees and certifications from Harvard University, Northwestern University, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and is a candidate for a Masters in Holistic Nutrition. She also  lectures widely at hospitals, corporations, and organizations.  

During today’s show, Megan recounts stories of the lives she’s been able to impact, as well as the Front Row moments from her own journey to achieving better health. We also talk about why water is so important, when to hire a health coach, the importance of celebrating successes and her realistic approach to achieving a happier and healthier life.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [04:20] Focusing on the positive and appreciating family.
  • [05:40] Find out how Megan helps people achieve their ultimate health and happiness.
  • [07:00] Megan shares 2 inspiring stories of people she’s helped make life-changing transformations.  
  • [10:00] Megan shares her realistic approach to health.  
  • [11:15] Why water is so important to your health AND how to create better water sources in your own home.
  • [19:27] Why your approach to health needs to change as your body does.
  • [22:54] When should you hire a health coach and how it will help you get to the next level.
  • [24:56] The importance of celebrating successes.
  • [30:35] Find out what part contribution plays in Megan’s life
  • [33:25] Why do we as humans feel the need to knock others down in order to lift ourselves up?

''I truly thrive on seeing other people excel.'' - Megan Lyons

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