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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Jul 15, 2018

How aware are you of your own mindset? Do you believe that it can impact other aspects of your life? My next guest, Rob Harsh, is all about the adventure mindset – and this way of thinking has helped him conquer some pretty tough challenges. Rob is the Founder, Chief Adventurer and Coach for Awakened Adventures. And for the past 20 years he has lead people in business, outdoor adventures, and personal growth. However, in 2016, Rob was diagnosed with cancer. Listen in today to hear Rob’s incredible story of healing and transformation.

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Jul 1, 2018

What could you achieve if you really focused your energy on it? If what you want most feels a little out of reach, or you aren’t even sure where to begin, then my next guest is sure to inspire and motivate you.

On the show today, I’m speaking with my new friend, Colin O’Brady. Colin was a high school and college athlete who experienced a tragic accident. He was told he would never walk again. Despite this news, he set a goal for himself to compete in a triathlon.  And what happened next is beyond amazing!

Tune in to hear about Colin’s incredible experience, the records he has broken, and about his next quest to break a world record – it’s happening right now, and YOU can be a part of it.

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Jun 17, 2018

Would you like to gain new insights into your life? How would you like to discover ways to contribute to the lives of others? At this year’s Front Row Family Summit (July 23rd -25th in Ohio), you’ll have the opportunity to do both – all while enjoying organic fresh food, yoga, and even fantastic music in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Today I’m talking with my good friend, Jon Berghoff about the upcoming Summit. He is a founding member of the event and will be leading it this July. Facilitating change and discovery is something that Jon does best as he frequently works with large organizations and companies like BMW and Facebook.

Today, he and I will share more details about this amazing event. We’ll go over what you can expect and why you should join us. And in case you aren’t sure who this event is for - it’s open to any person or family who is interested in growth, transformation, and contribution. 

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Jun 10, 2018

Imagine a place where you could step into your deepest, most spiritual and creative self. A place where you discover parts of your being that, until now, were unknown. Sounds kind of mystical, right?

Today, I’m speaking with Harry Sherwood, my friend and co-founder of Harry cares deeply about wellness, passion, and purposeful living. He has traveled the world studying with yogis and monks. And he has spent countless hours studying and teaching others about meditation, holistic health, and learning to love life.

In this episode, we’ll explore Harry’s journey into living each day with a conscious awareness. Plus, he’ll share valuable steps we can all take to experience our own higher level of reality.

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Jun 3, 2018

What does living in the Front Row of life look like to you? If you aren’t there yet, what can you do to get there? For my next guest, putting on a bright yellow tux is a not-so-subtle daily reminder of his duty to make a mark on this world.

Today, I’m talking to my new friend, Jesse Cole (AKA the Yellow Tux Guy). Jesse is the owner of the unconventional and extremely popular baseball team, the Savannah Bananas. He works every day to create amazing experiences for fans and for his employees.

In this episode, Jesse gives us so many nuggets of wisdom on how to live life in the Front Row, treat others kindly, stay engaged in the moment, and so much more. According to Jesse, “Whoever you are – amplify yourself.

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May 27, 2018

If you could craft your ideal dream life, what would it look like – and why?  Have you ever thought about this? Almost inevitably as we work towards creating our lives, we encounter obstacles or setbacks. How you handle these challenges can play a big role in what’s next in your life.

Today, I’m talking with my friend and Front Row Factor supporter, Sean Douglas. Sean is Certified Master Resilience Trainer in the US Airforce. He is also a husband, father, Tedx speaker, and author. At one point, Sean’s life was so bad that he was abusing alcohol and on the brink of suicide, until he took steps to become resilient.

In this episode, Sean shares his journey to becoming an expert at resiliency plus he provides great strategies and actionable steps that you can take right now to start developing your own resiliency.


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May 20, 2018

Do you have big dreams, yet feel too “stuck” in your current situation to go for them? What if you could do something small each day to reach them? My next guest believes you can.

Today I am talking with Mitch Matthews. Mitch is recognized as one of the world’s top success coaches and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, executives and business leaders dream big and get results. He is a podcaster and author with a passion for teaching people how to turn their dreams into reality. He is also the co-founder of the Big Dream Gathering. And today, he’ll share some of his strategies with us.  

According to Mitch, “When you start to give yourself permission to experiment, it opens up the possibilities.

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May 13, 2018

Have you ever struggled with some form of addiction or been close to someone who has?

At 22 years old, Jesse Harless was looking at spending years of his life in federal prison due to his addiction to heroin, cocaine, and prescription opioids. Facing serious consequences for his actions, he started to change his daily habits. Eventually he invested in a life coach and began surrounding himself with mentors.

This inspired him to transform his life from one of addiction to fulfilling his purpose of becoming an entrepreneur in recovery and helping others to achieve their highest potential.

Today, Jesse is an author, speaker, life coach and Founder of Entrepreneurs In Recovery.

In this episode, Jesse joins the podcast to share his unbelievable story and what he is doing now to help others who are struggling with addiction. Not only is he determined to help people through this difficult challenge, he's on a mission to change the way the world looks at addiction altogether. 

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May 6, 2018

How do you feel about your children’s education? Do you truly believe that they are learning the information and tools that they’ll need as adults?

Today’s guest, and my new friend, is Laura Sandefer. She is the co-founder of Acton Academy and the author of a new, best-selling book about the unconventional ways that students are growing, learning, and developing at Acton. And this method is unlike anything that you are probably used to.

In this episode, Laura talks about the school, which she calls a human growth machine, and why she believes that education should be more about human transformation than making good grades. According to Laura, “Every child is a genius and deserves to find a calling and change the world.

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Apr 29, 2018

You work hard to attract new clients to your business, but what are you doing to keep them? Do you have a solid strategy for customer retention?

According to my next guest, Joey Coleman, this is an area where many businesses fall short. Joey is an entrepreneur, author, and keynote speaker who has helped startups and small businesses, non-profits, government entities, and even fortune 500 companies build loyal, lifelong customers.

In this episode, Joey shares his insights into how customer turnover impacts a company. Plus, he gives us tips from his new book that you can begin implementing right now to improve the experience of your own customers.

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Apr 15, 2018

Charlie Hoehn is an amazing guy who has worked with such names as Tim Ferriss and Ramit Sethi. He is a keynote speaker, four time TED X speaker, and has even been featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour. Plus, Charlie’s blog article on his own struggle with anxiety is the #1 search result on Google for “anxiety cure”.

In this episode, Charlie shares his journey, the struggles he faced along the way, and how learning to “play” has improved his life in so many ways.

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Mar 21, 2018

Welcome to the Community Questions episode. This is a part 2 follow up to our Sunday main interview with Dr. Peter Titlebaum, where we ask questions from dedicated listeners and members of our Front Row Family community.

To become a part of our community, head over to Facebook and type in "Front Row Family" so you can join the conversation of people who want to live life in the front row, and help others do the same.

Enjoy today's bonus questions!

Mar 4, 2018

Have you ever felt like life didn’t deal you a fair hand? Perhaps it has been full of difficult challenges, or you lost someone you loved way too soon. How do you take these experiences and turn them into something beautiful?

Today, I’m talking with my new friend, Matt Cubbler. Matt has spent his entire life in service to others – protecting his disabled brother when he was young, fighting for our country after 911, and working as a veteran in law enforcement for the past 25 years. He is also an author, speaker, and tireless entrepreneur.

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Jan 22, 2018

Today, I’m talking my friend and fantastic musician, Brotha James. Brotha James left a lucrative corporate job to pursue his love of music a few years back. Using his keen business sense and transformative habits, he has not only honed his craft of music, but also turned it into a profitable passion.

In this episode, you’ll hear how he did it, plus you’ll get to enjoy some of the incredible music from his upcoming album titled ABRACADABRA. 

If you love what you hear today, you can support Brotha James and the production of his upcoming album by clicking here.

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Dec 25, 2017

In this conversation, I’m talking with my long-time friend, Cathy Christen. Cathy has been a sales and entrepreneurship coach for the past 15 years. She’s also the co-founder of an energy and lifestyle company called Elevated Fitness and Nutrition. Today, we talk about why you’re here, what moves you, how to plan out your best year ever, the big picture of life, and so much more!

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Dec 11, 2017

Are you trying to build your business in a meaningful and financially rewarding way? Do you know how to start conversations, network, and take the right steps to get your name and/or brand out into the world? 

Today, I’m talking with my friend Dana Malstaff. As the CEO and founder of Boss Mom™, Dana is passionate and committed to teaching other moms how to grow their businesses and raise families at the same time. And even if you’re not raising kids, I promise you’re still going to gain a ton of wisdom from this conversation.

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Nov 20, 2017

Picture your life the way you really want it to be. What would it look like? If you took a snapshot of your life right now, would it come anywhere close to this picture? What if you had the freedom to change it? Not everyone chooses freedom, but anyone can.

In this episode, professional photographer and author, Vincent Pugliese, talks about the freedom of living your best life, and how anyone can do it. He shares his own transformational story that began as a troubled youth confounded with the question of “what do you want to do with your life?” Vincent has since become someone who coaches others on how take control of their own lives.

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Nov 13, 2017

We all struggle with fear at some point or another. But when that feeling of fear goes unchecked, it can take on a life of it’s own and can dictate how we live our lives. What if there was a way to get past it, how might that change your life?

In this episode, I’m speaking with my best friend and best-selling author of the Miracle Morning book series, Hal Elrod. In our conversation, we discuss his own life-altering experiences (including his recent battle with Cancer), and how these incredible moments have shaped who he is and how he chooses to live life.

Hal reminds us that there is nothing to fear, because you cannot fail, you can only learn, grow and become better than you’ve ever been before.

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Nov 6, 2017

Have you ever really looked at yourself in the mirror? Do you like what you see? Are your thoughts filled with self-criticism or self-love?

On average, we have around 70,000 thoughts every day – what do yours say about you?

In this episode, Life Designer® Julie Reisler, shares her triumphant story of overcoming low self-esteem and addiction to discover her true self. She offers helpful tips and advice for connecting deeply to your own divine aspect to find your real life’s purpose.

According to Julie, “You are your own best resource.

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Oct 2, 2017

For many of us, lack of confidence leaves us stressed out, anxious, and unable—not to mention unwilling—to go after our dreams. What if you could stop questioning yourself, leave regrets and anxiety behind and move further towards accomplishing your biggest goals?

In this episode, positive psychology expert Louisa Jewell shows you how to use the principles of positive psychology to overcome harmful chronic self-doubt. Her tips and strategies will make a real difference in your day-to-day life—at work and at home.

As Louisa puts it, “Happiness is really having the confidence to show up in the world as your true authentic self and to live your true authentic life.”

Here's What You'll Discover 

  • The importance of celebrating your accomplishments and the surprising thing it can reveal about your life. [07:58]
  • A strategy for writing your first book and tackling any other major project—especially if you struggle with perfectionism. [10:20]
  • Why you’ll never eliminate all your self-doubt and why that’s actually a good thing. [20:15]
  • The reason working hard and being good at what you do doesn’t build confidence—and how to use the power of self-efficacy to get there! [32:10]
  • How to fail and get back up quickly—Louisa shares her simple strategy! [40:49]
  • And much more...

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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). 

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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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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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 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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