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The Front Row Factor: Everything You Can Learn About Life From Those Fighting For It

Welcome to the Front Row Factor show! Here you'll learn "Everything you want to know about living life from those fighting for it." I'm so grateful you're here. Nice to meet you. I'm your host Jon Vroman, and 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. The metaphor of the Front Row is about getting close to the people, places, things, and thoughts that make us come alive. We want to teach everyone in our community how to maximize their moments, because we never know how many we're going to have.
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Sep 29, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! As a part of a mini-series, we've been releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Jon Berghoff. 

Jon serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute, where it's his job to use the power of strategically designed questions to facilitate rapid, strengths-based, whole system transformation for organizations and communities.

Jon also serves on the Board for the Front Row Foundation, is my partner with the Dads Retreat and Speaker Trainer Experience, part-time host of the Achieve Your Goals podcast with Hal Elrod, and co-founder of the Best Year Ever Blueprint.

Sep 25, 2017

''You owe it to the people you love to know yourself well.'' - Ian Cron

Do you ever wish you had a deeper understanding for who you are? What about a deeper love, compassion, and appreciation for others?

It’s easy to fall into that trap of thinking that we know everything there is to know about something—that there’s nothing left to learn about ourselves or the people around us. From a guy who has taken pretty much every personality test you can imagine, I didn’t think there was much more to discover about myself... But I was wrong!   

Today, I’m joined by Ian Cron, who is here to explain the power of the Enneagram and to talk about his latest book—The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery.

Ian Cron is a popular and critically acclaimed bestselling author, Enneagram teacher, nationally recognized speaker, psychotherapist, and Episcopal priest.

He draws on an array of disciplines and resources—from art, music and poetry,  psychology, Christian spirituality—to awaken others to what it means to be fully human.  

Known for his transparency, humor, and spiritual insightfulness, Ian has presented at conferences, churches, seminaries, retreats, and universities around the world.  

Today we are unpacking a unique and wildly awesome tool for personal growth—the Enneagram. Not only did it help me learn more about who I am, but it made a huge difference in my relationship with my wife and my ability to be a great dad.

Ready to see the world in a totally different way?

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [05:32] How important is it to go through pain in order to find your purpose?
  • [08:45] Why you never know when a moment you create will completely change someone else's world.
  • [14:45] The power of the Enneagram—the tool that will help you better understand who you really are.  
  • [22:00] What makes the Enneagram so much different from personality tests like Myers Briggs, DISC & Strength Finders?
  • [24:45] Ian shares the big takeaways he learned from writing his book The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery.
  • [29:37] Learn how the Enneagram saved Ian’s marriage and the positive difference it can make in any relationship!
  • [32:50] Learn to amplify your strengths without being ignorant to your weaknesses.

''It’s really important to get a front row seat to your own life. That’s the best show in town.'' - Ian Cron

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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.

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