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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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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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