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Productivity, Lifestyle, Personal Development, Entrepreneurship, Relationships and Transformation are just a few of the topics you’ll find on the Front Row Factor. Listen in as Jon Vroman chats with top performers and entrepreneurs from various industries on how they've transformed their personal and professional lives. This show is filled with powerful questions and real-life examples that will help you strengthen your mindset, relationships and environment so you can excel in every area of life. If you want to maximize your potential and make the most of your time, welcome home! \o/
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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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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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Apr 3, 2017

''There’s something that you can only learn about yourself when you’re out there by yourself.'' - Angie Macdougall

It’s easy to sit back and watch from afar. But the experience is different when you choose to live life in the front row. How are you participating in your own life? Who are you surrounding yourself with? How do they push you beyond what you thought was possible?

On today’s episode of the Front Row Factor, I interview my longtime friend and one of the best examples of someone who is living life in the front row, Angie Macdougall.

Since 1994, Angie started selling CUTCO® while she was a student at the University of Calgary. After graduation, Angie moved to Victoria, B.C. to open up a District Office. As Vector Marketing Canada grew, Angie was promoted to Division Manager and relocated to Calgary, Alberta. Angie achieved distinction in that role and was promoted to Western Canada Area as Manager in 2014. In 2016, Angie was named National Sales Manager of Canada.

Angie is a remarkable human that I look up to and admire. We’ve worked together, we’ve traveled together and she is a powerful moment maker! Angie is also an Ironman triathlete, President of Front Row Canada, has been happily married for 15 years, is a Mother to 2 amazing kids and resides in beautiful BC, Canada.

During today’s conversation, Angie shares her story, including how training for endurance sports has challenged her to push herself well beyond what she ever imagined was possible. We also talk about the spillover effects this has had on her career and how it’s impacted the lives of people around her.

This interview has so much great information. Angie will inspire you to push beyond your own limits, overcome your biggest fears, and choose how you show up for yourself and for others!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [11:40] Angie takes us back and gives us a peek into her childhood and what it was like growing up in a small town.
  • [12:50] Find out how endurance sports changed what she thought was possible AND what it taught her about overcoming fear, testing her limits and strengthening her mindset.
  • [19:30] When things get hard, that’s ok!
  • [21:45] Jon shares a fun story that demonstrates the anticipation principle and the power of hope.
  • [25:47] Angie shares some recipient stories about uniting as a team and pushing the limits for someone else.
  • [31:55] Why Angie chooses to support the Front Row Foundation and what makes it such an incredible charity to be a part of.
  • [36:56] The correlation between business success and giving back.
  • [42:36] Angie shares examples of how you can choose to make any moment a better experience.
  • [48:04] Angie provides a powerful explanation as to what it means to live life in the front row.
  • [54:02] Learning to capture and share the simple moments.
  • [58:24] The importance of authentically showing up as yourself.

''Having a front row moment is feeling fear and doing it anyway.'' - Angie Macdougall

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Mar 27, 2017

''Tomorrow is guaranteed to nobody'' - Jon Vroman

When you get to the end of your life, will you look back and ask:

Did I live life to the fullest?

Did my life matter?

Did I use my gifts and talents to make a difference?

If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, then you definitely won’t want to miss this interview!

In today’s episode of the Front Row Factor podcast, we’re doing something a little different. A few weeks ago I was interviewed by my good friend Jon Berghoff on Hal Elrod’s Achieve Your Goals podcast about the launch of my new book. There was a ton of positive feedback and JB pulled so much valuable information out of this conversation, that I wanted to release it to the Front Row Factor community.

For those who don’t already know, my new book Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making has been in the making for many years and it’s finally about to launch. The book is a collection of inspiring stories, compelling science, and life strategies that will challenge you to explore your values, establish priorities and reconnect to a higher purpose and deeper meaning within your life.

In our conversation, you’ll hear all about the collaborative process that went into publishing the book AND why I’m terrified to finally release it to the world!

We talk about the power of proximity, what the past and future can teach us about living in the present, how your physical environment impacts your success, and some incredibly powerful stories from Front Row Foundation recipients who have had to fight for their life.

You’ll also hear what it means to create a Front Row moment and how to make more of them so you can transform your own life!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [07:20] The collaborative creation of The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making
  • [10:00] Living in the present and appreciating life’s precious moments.
  • [12:50] How to recognize a Front Row moment and create more of them in your own life.
  • [17:00] Jon shares the transformational moments leading up to the creation of the Front Row Foundation.
  • [19:00] Learn why proximity equals power!
  • [26:00] How to use hope to bring power to the present moment.
  • [28:30] My realization that people can pull strength from past experiences.
  • [33:50] The 3 areas of focus that you should pay attention to if you want to become a moment maker.
  • [41:00] What does your physical environment have to do with achieving greatness?
  • [49:15] A recipient story that demonstrates the power of the mind.

''Your mindset determines how to make the most of every moment that you’re given'' - Jon Vroman

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Mar 20, 2017

''How do I become wealthy and healthy in all areas of my life?'' - Matt Aitchison

Do you ever feel like you’re living unintentionally? Are your actions in line with your values? Maybe you’re wealthy in one area of life, but completely bankrupt in another?

These are the big questions that today’s guest, Matt Aitchison was faced with before he found purpose, redefined wealth, and created a life beyond what he ever thought was possible.

Today, Matt is a millennial entrepreneur, 7-figure real estate investor, and wealth building mentor who has had great success following his turbulent start. After being expelled his senior year of high school, to later facing felony charges in college - when all hope seemed to be lost - Matt decided that his past would not equal his future. 

He committed to personal development and leading an intentional life, and since graduating from UC Santa Barbara has gone on to found and participate in multiple companies within the real estate, construction, and education spaces. 

Matt has been ranked in the Wall Street Journal Top 1000 for real estate teams nationwide, personally flipped over 100+ houses in 5 years, hosts a top ranked motivational podcast called Millionaire Mindcast, and now passionately mentors others on increasing their income, impact, and influence through both one-on-one coaching and his real estate flipping course, 6 Figure Flipper.

During this energetic convo, you'll get to hear my good buddy "Matty A." share his journey and the defining moments leading up to his success. We talk about all kinds of cool topics, including building a legacy, redefining what it means to be wealthy, why finding your purpose is an evolutionary process, the mindset tool that allowed him to level up, and A LOT more! 

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [08:15] Find out how Matt is helping other people, just like you, build wealth through real estate investing!
  • [12:42] What legacy means to Matt and why it’s not just about the tangible assets he leaves behind.
  • [13:43] The defining moment that led to his success AND how it’s completely prepared him to face anything that life throws his way.
  • [23:40] Wealth beyond dollars and finding true happiness by redefining what it means to be rich!
  • [28:31] Why is money important to you and how much is really enough? 
  • [34:26] The importance of determining your intentions before you go after any goal.
  • [39:00] Unpacking the disciplines, habits, and principles from the world’s most successful Millionaires.
  • [42:53] The life-long pursuit of finding your purpose.
  • [48:31] Discover the millionaire mindset tool that has allowed Matt and other busy entrepreneurs to level up in life!
  • [54:56] Giving yourself permission to unplug, disconnect… and maybe even binge watch a little Netflix.

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Mar 13, 2017

''However much time you think you have left, you have less.'' - Greg McKeown

What’s important to you right now? How are you being intentional with your time and who are you giving it to?

In today’s episode, Greg McKeown is here to empower you to reclaim control of your choices and decide where you spend life’s precious time and energy.  

Originally from London, England, Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and the founder of McKeown, Inc., a company with a mission to teach Essentialism to millions of people around the world. His clients include Adobe, Apple, Airbnb, Cisco, Google, Facebook, Pixar, SalesForce, Symantec, Twitter, VMware and Yahoo!.

Greg is an accomplished public speaker and has spoken to hundreds of audiences in countries around the world, including Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, England, Holland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

In 2012 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Greg now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children.

I can personally say that Greg’s book had a profound impact on the way I see life, which we’ll get into during today’s conversation.

You’ll also learn how eliminating everything that is not essential, can allow you to make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter the most.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [5:17] Why Greg removed the shackles of traditional schooling and is educating his kids through adventure!
  • [09:30] Greg explains what Essentialism is.
  • [10:15] Greg shares 2 incredibly profound insights that Essentialism has taught him.
  • [18:00] Find out how Greg’s book changed Steve Harvey’s life and how it can change yours too!
  • [22:20] What is important to you right now?
  • [26:30] Learn how to talk to your kids about Essentialism.  
  • [28:30] How Essentialism can help reshape the educational system.
  • [36:52] Greg shares a Front Row moment where he showed up BIG for his best friend!
  • [40:30] Why getting back on track is so much more important than falling off.

''The things that matter are not what I thought mattered at the time.” - Greg McKeown

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Mar 6, 2017

''Whatever it is that you want to do in life, don’t be afraid to do it. Don’t be afraid to fly. - Brianna Greenspan

Has anyone ever told you that you can’t do something? Did you choose to listen or did you decide to prove them wrong?

In today’s conversation, Brianna Greenspan shares how she was able to turn her most difficult adversities into her strongest superpower!

Brianna has been using the power of positive affirmations for the past 10 years to overcome the physical challenges that being born with a chronic invisible illness brings about. When Brianna decided that the labels and limitations of her medical team did not align with what she believed to be possible for her life, everything began to change. From back and neck braces, surgeries, and too many doctors' visits to count to competing in her first 10k and hiking Half Dome at Yosemite National Park, Brianna is living proof that the power of positive affirmations coupled with extraordinary faith and immense effort really can overcome the biggest obstacles.

Brianna is a Chronic illness advocate, mentor for teens and young adults with chronic illnesses, marketing consultant at FamilyTreeDna.com, author, Front Row Foundation ambassador and has been a great personal friend for years. Brianna is passionate about nature, sustainability, wellness, her advocacy work, and inspiring others to achieve their goals.

Brianna is hands down one of the most positive people I know and you’ll see why in today’s interview! Brianna discusses her incredible journey and explains how she’s been able to turn her limitations into strengths. You’ll find out why building bridges and making connections is so important to her and how helping others in their achievements can also lead to your own success. We also talk about the recipient story that changed her life, the power of environment, moment making, what a dream box is, her book “The Miracle Morning Art of Affirmations” and a whole lot more!

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

  • [02:40] Brianna talks about her gratifying trip to Australia AND how helping others can help you achieve a better life!
  • [08:21] Find out about the challenges Brianna faces every day living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the lessons it has taught her about taking consistent action.
  • [13:03] Find out what Brianna’s superpower is!
  • [15:11] Find out what the Front Row Foundation means to Brianna and the recipient story that changed her life.
  • [21:30] Brianna talks about her book, The Miracle Morning Art of Affirmations: A Positive Coloring Book for Adults and Kids.
  • [31:10] The power of shaping your environment intentionally.
  • [36:10] The importance of building community, making connections and empowering your kids to follow their dreams.
  • [37:23] Find out how Brianna’s Dad became the “Father of genetic genealogy” and what his story can teach you about following your dreams.
  • [42:36] Hear about Brianna’s exciting quest this year!
  • [44:60] Two of Brianna’s favorite Front Row Moments.

''I hope I’ll be remembered as the girl that did it anyway, despite all the naysayers.'' - Brianna Greenspan

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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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Jan 30, 2017

''It’s about changing the way the entire family looks at the materials and the resources.'' - Matt Duncan

Do you ever feel like your ability to impact the sustainability of our planet is insignificant? What if there was a way to collectively decrease our ecological footprint while also educating kids for generations to come?

During today’s show, Matt Duncan shares his inspiring vision for how we can begin to think differently about the environment and the resources we use on a daily basis.

Matt Duncan, MAEd is an outdoor experiential educator, author, and entrepreneur whose focus is on teaching families the importance of protecting and preserving our environment. Along with his partner Brianna Greenspan, he co-founded Earth-Centric Innovations, a company which creates educational opportunities around green technologies that help to protect the planet.

Matt is also the co-author of The Upcycled Toys Club, which is an upcycling activity book intended to spark your child’s creativity by allowing parents and children to work together to create new toys, utilizing resources that are free, easily obtained, and readily available in your home.

Matt’s passion for the environment was sparked at a young age as a Boy Scout, and ever since he has always been fascinated by the wonders of nature, and is constantly on the lookout for new and innovative ways to instill the love of nature to his students. Matt’s other passions include camping, rock climbing, and any other activities that bring him closer to the Earth!

Matt was raised in Southern California, and now frequently travels to wherever adventure and nature’s beauty lie!

In this episode, Matt shares his vision for the way people look at trash. We also talk about instilling green values as a family, The Upcycled Toys Club, the value of making things better, and how we can shift our mindsets about the resources we consume.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [05:33] Matt takes a moment to recognize his Dad and how forward thinking of a man he was.
  • [07:11] Matt shares his 2017 vision to change the way people look at trash
  • [11:33] The path to instilling green values as a family.
  • [12:37] What is The Upcycled Toys Club and how is it protecting the earth?
  • [16:18] Find out what happens when a child is involved in the process of creating their own toys.
  • [22:10] Matt shares some of his favorite upcycling stories from around the world! [HINT: You’ll discover a cool trick to amplify your iPhone speaker!]
  • [26:30] The value of taking something in the world and making it better.
  • [34:39] Changing the way we live our lives and thinking differently about how the resources we use are impacting the world.

''30 years from now I’d like every child to know how precious the resources that we have are.'' - Matt Duncan

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Jan 23, 2017

''Opportunities are everywhere, we just have to have the mind to seize them.''  - Justin Ledford

What is your vision for making your dreams come true? Do you believe you’re worthy of pursuing a front row seat to life?

During today’s show, Justin Ledford shares his powerful step-by-step approach to creating a compelling vision and being intentional about stepping up and accomplishing your biggest goals!  

Justin is an all around fun guy who loves living for the moment while planning for the future. He truly lives life to fullest and works smart so he can play hard.

His book Visions To The Top is a bestseller and teaches people how to use visualization as a daily habit to catapult themselves towards their best life ever.

He also has an online course called Self Publishing Pro which teaches people how to go from no idea to bestseller in 90 days.

In this episode, Justin shares actionable tips for visualizing your future and guides you through his powerful approach. We talk about The Daily V.I.S.I.O.N.S. Method, rewiring your subconscious mind, bringing past power into the NOW, seizing opportunity, and how all of this plays into reaching your dreams.

“You can have whatever you want in life as long as you know what you want, you have a plan for it, you intend it, and then you go out and get it.” - Justin Ledford

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [07:15] Jon and Justin talk about the “Brag Session” and Justin shares his!
  • [08:56] Find out about Justin’s Costa Rica dream and how he actually made it happen.
  • [13:30] Find out what The Daily V.I.S.I.O.N.S. Method is and how it can help YOUR dreams come to life!
  • [16:10] Justin talks about energy and what it means to be a spiritual being.
  • [17:40] How to trigger your mind to BELIEVE using Justin’s 5 Steps to Visualization.
  • [29:00] Why visualization works, the importance of programming your subconscious mind and The Story of the Ant & the Elephant.
  • [36:60]  Justin recounts when he cut his hand off and why this became his Front Row moment.
  • [42:40] How to seize opportunity each and every day!
  • [47:18] How Justin wants to be remembered and the legacy he wants to leave.

''Our brain will believe what we program it to believe.'' - Justin Ledford

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Jan 16, 2017

''Appreciate the little steps and know that the little steps are the victory'' - Brad Weimert

Do you know what really makes you happy? What are your core values? How did your past choices impact your life? Is it possible to wake up each day loving what you do with the people that you love?

In this episode, we have adventurer and entrepreneur Brad Weimert here to talk about being deliberate with your path, making value-based decisions, and finding fulfillment in what you do.

A mountain climber, adventurer and entrepreneur at heart, Brad Weimert developed his entrepreneurial and marketing spirit from rich life experiences.

At the age of 20, Brad began breaking national sales records as the #1 sales representative in a company of more than 30,000 and continued to do so year after year.  In 2007, Brad crossed the country by bicycle, giving speeches to at-risk youth.

With a sound basis in sales and entrepreneurship, Brad founded Easy Pay Direct; a payment gateway that has since been touted as the most critical tool on the market to facilitate high-level eCommerce and currently serves more than 60,000 merchants.

In today’s conversation, Brad shares valuable insights on building relationships through unique experiences, how structure facilitates flexibility, and the complexity of people. We talk about his adventures, the path to Easy Pay Direct, and the power of witnessing people. You’ll also learn tips on journaling from Brad himself!  

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

  • [03:25] How to develop an American Ninja Warrior mindset so you can push through life’s biggest obstacles!
  • [08:07] Pulling adventure into business and how this helps build relationships.
  • [10:00] Discover the path to deeper relationships through difficult conversations.
  • [17:25] How Brad built Easy Pay Direct by listening to his customers and making value based decisions.
  • [24:50] How to find alignment and create structure so you can wake up and love what you do every day.  
  • [25:50] The journaling technique for creating magic moments and patterns of what’s most valuable.  
  • [31:16] The power of being witnessed!
  • [34:12] Find out how Brad’s Front Row moment with middle school kids in Phoenix crushed his preconceived ideas about how people behave.  
  • [43:00] “What do you do?” vs. “How do you spend your time?”

''When you fall on your face the first time, that’s one of the most difficult times to keep going.'' - Brad Weimert

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Jan 9, 2017

''Freedom is the weakest goal you can have. That’s a goal for prisoners.'' - Eric Davis

Who do you ultimately want to become in this life? Are you making the most of every moment? Are you willing to do anything in order to pursue your biggest goals?

Today I’m talking with former Navy SEAL Eric Davis, who believes your freedom is the weakest goal you can have. As he puts it, “It’s the little patch of dirt that stands between you and the REAL goal. What would life look like if you were already free… because you are!”

Eric Davis is a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has been recognized as one of the premier sniper instructors in the U.S. military and has served as a Master Training Specialist at the SEAL sniper school in Coronado, CA.

Eric has spent years developing, writing and executing curriculum for the SEAL Teams. He trained Marcus Luttrell of Lone survivor and Chris Kyle of American Sniper.

Since departing from the SEAL teams, Eric has worked in corporate performance, sales and leadership training, bringing an unprecedented amount of innovation, efficiency and structure to the domain of business and personal performance.

Eric is also the author of "Raising Men: Lessons Navy SEALs learned from their training and taught to their sons".

In today’s session, Eric shares his background and the lessons he learned as a Navy SEAL, including how to never give up on your dreams. We also talk about the Sniper Stock Formula, the power of environment, the secret to better performance, and the importance of making every moment count, so you can take control of your life and impact the world around you.

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

  • [07:45] Why freedom may be the weakest goal you can have.
  • [10:26] How to never give up on your dreams so you can live the life you want your kids to live.
  • [17:52] The secret formula to performing beyond your perceived limit and how he used it to drop the failure rate at sniper training school!
  • [21:11] Discover the Sniper Stock Formula to becoming an expert at becoming an expert.
  • [31:56] The importance of making every moment count.
  • [35:17] Why brotherhood is so important to your success.
  • [38:03] How process leads to performance and structure determines behavior.
  • [43:45] What is the meaning of life to you? Find out what Jon and Eric both think!

''I train people to perform beyond their perceived limits.'' Eric Davis

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Jan 2, 2017

''I can’t stop now. I’ve got to keep pushing, I’ve got to go faster, I’ve got to go stronger.'' - Drew Frank

How do you react when you come face to face with the most challenging moments of your life? Do you have the mental fortitude to push forward or do you crumble at the first sight of adversity?

Today I’m talking with my long-time friend Drew Frank, who is here to share his process for overcoming defeat and conquering life’s biggest challenges!

Drew started selling CUTCO in the summer of 2003 just after he graduated high school. After graduating from Penn State, he was promoted to run an office in Denver, Colorado. Since then, Drew and his office have won seven national championships and have sold over $48 million worth of Cutco knives. He and his team hold the national record for most CUTCO sold in one year and he has won 16 silver cups, which is the Cutco equivalent to winning the Super Bowl!

Despite Drew’s EPIC success as a sales professional, he’s also had to cope with life’s many adversities, including a personal failure when competing during an Ironman Triathlon. In our chat, Drew shares the biggest lessons he learned from this failure and the mindset shift he made in order to crush his second attempt!

Our convo is a nice reminder that every problem and every challenge, no matter how difficult, can always be put in perspective. Consider that your worst day, may be everyday for somebody else. Gratitude then, offers up an opportunity to look at life from a different angle so that you can conquer any challenge that life throws your way.

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

  • [07:54] Drew shares his secret to lasting relationships.
  • [12:37] How his decision to compete in the Ironman Triathlon resulted in positive gains for his business!
  • [17:05] How to remove the fluff and prioritize what matters the most.
  • [23:24] The biggest lessons learned from a failed Ironman and the shifts he made to crush his second attempt!
  • [33:01] The power of gratitude.
  • [36:21] Drew’s process for dealing with failure and overcoming the most challenging times in life.
  • [42:51] Find out what role contribution and service play in Drew’s life and why he’s such a big supporter of the Front Row Foundation.
  • [51:49] How his team raised nearly $100,000 for the Front Row Foundation.
  • [57:00] Why every single thing you do in life gets you either closer or further away from your goals.
  • [58:36] What can you do to make 2017 the best year of your life?

''Surround yourself with positive people who support you, believe you and push you'' - Drew Frank

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Dec 26, 2016

''The universe will only give you the opportunity if you’re ready for it.'' - Jenna Bayne

What if you had the courage to be yourself? What would life be like if you focused on your value, rather than your flaws? What if you could appreciate what you have before you you strive to get more?

On this episode, I’m talking with one-of-a-kind author, Life Strategist and Master of Hugs, Jenna Bayne, about how to celebrate the magic moments, live in the present and seize life’s biggest opportunities!

Jenna is the size of a mouse but has the heart of a lion. She is a genuine and loving friend to those who come into her world and her passion for maximizing human potential is the basis for everything that she does.

Jenna is the author and creator of Bayne Books which is a books series that combines an educational component of personal growth and development with the entertaining component of poetry. She is known for being the "Next Dr. Seuss" and expects to live up to this label in the near future.

Her most recent work - I am Part of Nature - is an affirmation book intended to appreciate the magnificence of the body and how to show up for it the way it shows up for you.

In today’s inspiring conversation, Jenna relives the obstacles she had to overcome with her own body image and how she is now helping others do the same. We talk about overcoming criticism, building mental resilience, how your brain learns, and why it’s essential to love the lag time between the not yet and the no longer.

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

  • [04:49] How to celebrate the magic moments, live in the present and seize life’s biggest opportunities!
  • [10:05] The 3 life-guiding principles to maximizing your full potential.
  • [13:34] How your brain learns and why this is so important to your personal growth and development.  
  • [14:37] Loving the lag time between the not yet and the no longer.
  • [16:46] The single most important question you can ask to move past criticism and overcome any obstacle.
  • [19:00] Jenna shares some inspiring stories and explains what it’s like being a life strategist for teens.
  • [29:39] A powerful strategy for building mental resilience.
  • [35:47] Jenna relives her Front Row moment with Hal Elrod.
  • [46:12] What is it that makes you feel cared for?
  • [48:45] Jenna shares a poem that will help you conquer your biggest fears!

''When we teach each other, we lift each other up.'' - Jenna Bayne

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Dec 19, 2016

''No matter what happens, I’ll survive. No matter what happens, I’ll find a way.'' - Josh Painter

When was the last time you said no to something you felt was undeserving of your time? Have you ever thought of what might happen if you said YES more often?

On this episode, I’m talking with Josh Painter, a Front Row Foundation donor whose experience saying yes completely changed the trajectory of his entire life!  

Josh Painter is a top selling real estate broker who thrives by building lifetime relationships with his clients. Since launching Pacific Lifestyles Realty to serve Temecula, California and its surrounding region in 2010, Josh has built a powerhouse roster of 40 agents and personally sold over 500 homes. Of course, his success didn’t happen overnight. You can check out his full story here.

Creating a wildly successful business isn’t the only thing that matters to Josh. In fact, he believes his company is simply the vehicle to making a bigger difference in the world. As one example, he and his team have generously donated over $16,000 to the Front Row Foundation which allowed Front Row recipient, Jayden Avilla, a chance to experience an unforgettable Front Row moment.

During today’s interview, you’ll see what else makes Josh such an incredible human being, including the Impact Club, an organization that is creating massive change with small donations. You’ll also see Josh’s approach to setting short term goals, overcoming rock bottom moments, the power of saying “Yes”, and living life fully and authentically.

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

  • [12:49] Find out about Josh’s outrageous goal to meet Eddie Vedder and how he actually fulfilled it.
  • [19:39] How the Impact Club is leveraging small donations to make a big difference.
  • [27:33] Discover why there’s no glory in mediocrity.
  • [28:48] Overcoming epic failures and rock bottom moments.
  • [32:09] How saying yes to a cup of coffee transformed Josh’s entire life.
  • [38:58] The secret to saying it like it is and being your authentic self.
  • [41:30] The importance of living in the NOW.
  • [44:48] The purpose of life and making the most of every moment.
  • [50:42] Knowing when to say “I quit” vs. having the fortitude to push on.

''If it can be done, then why not me?'' - Josh Painter

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Dec 12, 2016

''I knew that I could make my life whatever I wanted it to be'' - Darvece Monson"

Can you think of the most difficult time in your life and how you were able to battle through that hardship? Maybe that moment has yet to come? Or maybe you or someone you know is facing that moment right now and the uphill battle seems insurmountable. 

Today I’m talking to Front Row Foundation recipient Darvece Monson, a courageous human being who has overcome more than her fair share of life challenges and is here to give you the power to do just the same!

In 2015, at just 34 years old, Darvece Monson founded "More Than Your Kidneys" at her hospital bedside table with $50 and a refurbished computer. A lifelong "Health Nut", nurse of 18 years, model, writer, performer, personal trainer, fitness instructor, nutritional counselor, and now newly diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, among other health complications. In her continued pursuit to find a transplant candidate, Darvece was driven by the lack of services available to her and was thus compelled to make a difference.

This interview takes us through the ups and downs of the last 19 months when her life took a turn that was completely unexpected.  We talk about how today, she’s not only fighting for her life, but also helping others do the same. You'll find out how she finally became the person she always thought she was AND how she finds joy, even during the darkest times of her life. As a bonus, I also ask her to freestyle a little spoken word, as the front row team tipped me off that if you hand her the mic, you should prepare to be blown away.  They were right!

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

  • [04:02] How her battle with Chronic Kidney Disease completely disrupted the world she knew and how she became a Front Row recipient.
  • [12:25] How her search for helpful resources led to her life’s mission and the non-profit organization, More Than Your Kidneys.  
  • [14:51] Darvece shares her Front Row moment and the famous comedian that she was destined to meet!
  • [25:07] How she overcame an incredibly difficult childhood and became the courageous, bold, passionate woman that she is today.
  • [27:52] Darvece throws down an EPIC freestyle spoken word performance during our call that will blow you away!
  • [33:31] How to find the joy in everything, even when life gets tough!  
  • [43:03] What her Front Row experience taught her about dreaming BIG.
  • [51:25] Find out the process for donating a kidney and helping someone in need.
  • [01:06:21] Some powerful parting advice for anyone who is diagnosed with a life altering disease!

''Now is the time to become the person you already think you are.'' - Darvece Monson

Interested in supporting Darvece?

To find out more about getting tested and becoming her kidney donor contact:

Name: Kanisha, Donor Coordinator
Phone: 773-702-4500
Other info: explain you would like to get tested to be a donor for Darvece Monson, DOB 08/31/80

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Dec 5, 2016

''My experience as a wrestler was fail, fail, fail, before I finally succeeded.'' - Jim Harshaw

Today I’m talking with a Division 1 All-American wrestler and all around great guy, Jim Harshaw, about success through failure.  

Jim Harshaw has learned many life lessons on the wrestling mat. Having been a Division I All-American and won three Championships for the University of Virginia, trained at the Olympic Training Center and competed overseas for Team USA, he has experienced significant triumph and devastating defeat.

He relates those powerful lessons of failure, struggle and setback to empower his audiences to overcome their own challenges and achieve success despite their inevitable failures. Jim is a speaker, executive coach and host of the Success Through Failure podcast.

This interview is packed with so many gold nuggets of wisdom! In our discussion, Jim will open your eyes to the power of failure and how it can be an awesome teacher for anyone who wants to succeed in life. We also talk about overcoming self-limiting beliefs around public speaking, the productive pause method, discovering your core values, the ultimate toy room, Jake the Snake, and a lot more!  

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

  • [07:49] Being thankful for family and coping with the moments that are out of your control.
  • [12:29] Discover the 4 part framework that allowed Jim to create an environment of excellence and overcome his greatest failures in life.
  • [23:47] What can we learn from the pain of failure and how can we leverage it to lead better lives?
  • [28:06] How he went from bombing as a self-doubting speaker to rocking the TEDx stage.    
  • [35:35] How to find clarity of action and peace of mind through Jim’s productive pause method.
  • [42:54] What are the 3 areas of your life that you want to improve the most? [HINT: Jon shares his and you won’t want to miss it!]
  • [49:56] What does Jake the Snake have to do with you hitting your biggest dreams and goals in life?

''It’s not about me, it’s about the message that I’m sharing.'' - Jim Harshaw

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Nov 28, 2016

''You can do today what others won’t, so you can have tomorrow where others don’t.'' - Stephen Scoggins

Today I’m talking with Stephen Scoggins about how to fully surrender so you can G.R.O.W. in all areas of your life!  

While sleeping in his car, Stephen started Custom Home Exteriors, which is now a multi-million dollar business. He then went on to became a top-selling author and speaker with a huge heart for helping others. He founded the Journey Principles Institute, whose team is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of serving others by helping them grow past life’s obstacles and allowing them to fulfill their true life-giving purpose and passion.

During today’s interview, Stephen shares his incredible journey, including a battle with depression, homelessness, and being on the brink of suicide. Find out how he transformed his life and why he’s now on a path to serving others overcome their own life struggles.

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

  • [09:54] Learn how your team can develop a “whatever it takes” mentality in order to hit ANY deadline.
  • [19:57] Become the hero of your own journey with The Ultimate Life Kit!
  • [22:55] The value of life and understanding what’s most important.  
  • [25:22] 2 messages from 2 mentors that helped him steer the ship away from disaster and into an adventure of uncharted territory.
  • [56:21] Discover the 3 breakthroughs of life.
  • [57:30] The power of grace and surrender.
  • [58:14] What is prides prison and how could this be holding you back?
  • [59:19] Learn to surrender so you can G.R.O.W. in every aspect of your life.

''I surrender myself to something stronger than myself and in that I find renewed strength.'' - Stephen Scoggins

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Nov 25, 2016

What does your best year ever look like?  In 12 month from now, if things were exactly as you wish, what would be different?  How can we accelerate our individual and collective evolution? How can we manage our emotions and develop mental resilience? My guest today says, “Our questions are fateful” and we ask some HUGE questions that can shape the future in some very exciting ways.

For those who don’t already know who Jonny B is…

Jon serves as co-founder and Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute. He previously served as the head of sales for the direct sales team at Vitamix Corporation, where revenues grew by 400% in less than 4 years, and their team expanded from 175 to 600+ members. His work on Appreciative Leadership, Emotionally Intelligent Negotiating and Influence has brought him to Australia, Japan, UK, and South America. Jon is in high demand, known for his authenticity and highly engaging style of creating powerful learning experiences for participants.

Jon also serves on the Board for the Front Row Foundation, is my partner with the Dads Retreat and Speaker Trainer Experience.  He along with our friend Hal Elrod, co-hosts the Best Year Ever Blueprint.  Over the past 3 years, I’ve watched people from all over the world make massive shifts in their lives as a result of being at this event (myself included).   I asked Jon if we could take a look behind the scenes at how he designs this event and why people are so impacted after just 3 days.

If you are going to BYEB, you’ll love this call — consider it a preview/training call!

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [11:30] What questions did Jon ask and what guiding principles were used to create such an experiential event? *you can use as a guide for your own personal and business planning
  • [22:40] Jon shares two powerful stories which provide perfect examples for you to model
  • [26:43] How can your business do GOOD and do WELL?  (ie.  Be profitable & give to the world in huge positive ways)
  • [32:15] What does it mean to say, “the truest value comes from the unknown relationships that are yet to be formed”?
  • [34:42] An effective strategy to get the most out of the Best Year Ever Blueprint event or ANY event you attend
  • [38:01] How Jon answers my question “What are the images (ie. vision) you see for the event?”  If you’re going or have not idea what BYEB is, his answer will still melt your face off 
  • [41:48] Discover one small step you can take TODAY to start creating your best year ever

 

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