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The Front Row Factor: Transform Your LIfe with the Art of Moment Making

One of iTunes top rated podcasts, this show is filled with incredible stories that will motivate and inspire you. It's fun -- we laugh. It's deep -- we feel. It's insightful -- we learn. It's authentic -- we share. This show is for people who have an insatiable appetite for learning, growing and making a difference in the world. Hey. I'm Jon, your host. In 2005, I co-founded a charity called Front Row Foundation, which helps kids and adults with life threatening illnesses to have a front row experience at the live event of their dreams. We then provide the tools to live EVERYDAY in the front row, which is one of the reasons we host this show. We believe... - You can learn a lot about living life from people fighting for it - Your ability to make the most of little moments can lead to larger movements in your life and for those you impact. On this show, each week, you'll learn with and from authors, elite athletes, film makers, business owners and anyone else choosing to live big and give big. I'm on a mission to show you how to Live Life In The Front Row™ through the transformative art of moment making. I'm ahusband, father of two energetic boys, and social entrepreneur. I'm proud of our #1 bestselling book The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with The Art of Moment Making. The book is a collection of inspiring stories, compelling science, and life strategies that challenge you to explore your values, establish priorities and reconnect to a higher purpose and deeper meaning within your life. Let's do this!
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Sep 22, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Aaron Amuchastegui.

Sep 18, 2017

''When we have purpose, we find power.'' - Jon Vroman

What started as an organization to help people brave life-threatening illnesses, has grown into something much bigger than I ever imagined.

If you’re brand new to the show, The Front Row Foundation is like Make-a-Wish meets Tony Robbins. We create life changing experiences for kids and adults who are fighting for their lives by putting them in the front row of their dream event.

Today, we want to celebrate a major milestone! We’ve recently surpassed a decade of creating these experiences, which has resulted in over 100 magical moments for Front Row recipients!

But what amazes me even more, is how this foundation has evolved over the years. It’s not just a wish organization, it’s a philosophy for life. We have built a community and culture that continues to ask the question:

how do we live every day in the front row fully engaged, closer to the things that make us come alive and make us feel like every moment of our life is meaningful?

To celebrate, I wanted to get together with some of the people who have been there from the beginning. Which brings us to today’s special conversation...

In today’s roundtable discussion, 5 best friends—myself, Hal Elrod (International Bestselling Author of The Miracle Morning and #1 donor to The Front Row Foundation), Jon Berghoff (Managing Partner of the Flourishing Leadership Institute), John Ruhlin (Author of Giftology), and John Kane (Director of Sales at Cutco and first person to ever get the Front Row tatoo!)—revisit how The Front Row Foundation has brought us together and share stories of how we’ve supported each other over the years.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [12:15] The power of relationships—5 best friends express their gratitude for being a part of a company culture that brought them together.
  • [14:40] When the best things in life come from the most unexpected places—John Kane demonstrates this with one of his favorite John Ruhlin stories.
  • [19:00] Why nobody “makes it” on their own—You’ll hear how a willingness to serve and support one another allowed 5 friends to succeed beyond their wildest dreams.
  • [20:10] Find out what the Front Row Foundation means to each of the 5 friends and how an organization that started off as a way to help people fight life threatening illnesses, has grown into something much bigger!
  • [23:10] An incredibly touching story of Front Row recipient Sophie and the moment she got to meet Kelly Clarkson—this story will really help you appreciate how precious life truly is!
  • [31:36]Big lessons from The Front Row Factor: Transform Your Life with the Art of Moment Making—including how to empower your life by tapping into the past, present and future.
  • [41:10] How a partnership was born between The Best Year Ever Blueprint and The Front Row Foundation and why it’s giving attendees a higher sense of purpose.
  • [51:55] Why fundraising can align with the things you love to do—Learn how to give back with your time, talent and/or treasure!
  • [01:13:16] Smiling in the midst of adversity—What Hal’s battle with cancer can teach us about making the most out of difficult situations.

''Nobody succeeds alone.'' - Hal Elrod

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Sep 11, 2017

''Hire great people and make sure they have everything they need to be successful.'' - Charles Carroll

What’s one of your all-time favorite dishes? I bet you can think of at least a few! For most of us, food plays a big role in our lives. Not only does it fuel us, but it can enrich our lives, bring us closer together and give us memories to cherish for years to come.

But what can food teach us about living a successful life?   

Today, I get the chance to speak with eight-time Culinary Olympian Chef, Charles Carroll, who serves up an inspiring recipe for personal greatness and shares some of the incredible life lessons that food can teach us!

Charles Carroll is the Executive Chef at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas, which is among the top country clubs in the United States. He has received over seventy national and international awards, including three Presidential Medallions from the American Culinary Federation. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Carroll was the manager of the 2004 United States Regional Culinary Olympic Team, which won three gold medals and was ranked third internationally.

During our discussion, we dive into his most recent book—The Recipe: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Ingredients of Greatness—a parable about a boy who overcomes tragedy and carves out a life of excellence by learning lessons from the kitchen.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [07:55] Learn to achieve the seemingly impossible!—Charles shares his process for getting things done and his simple secret to success.
  • [14:23] How does being a dad help Chef Charles in the kitchen and how does being in the kitchen help him as a dad?
  • [17:39] Discover the values his parents instilled in him that attributed to his success as a chef!
  • [20:30] Learn how you can build a world-class team!—Take it from someone who has 3 restaurants, 6 kitchens, and 75 cooks who love what they do.  
  • [26:16] How can serving others lead to opportunities that you never even thought were possible?
  • [30:00] Chef Charles reveals his most enjoyable dishes from around the world.

''Worry about the small things, because the big things will take care of themselves.'' – Charles Carroll

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Sep 8, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Dr. Mark Trahan! 

Mark Trahan, PhD, LCSW, is an assistant professor of Social Work at Texas State University. Dr. Trahan has spent the last fifteen years working with individuals, families, and couples as a therapist, researcher, and teacher. His areas of research interest include the role of fathering confidence in father engagement and the use of technology, specifically virtual reality, to assist in creating more confidence in men and fathers. Dr. Trahan is currently working on research projects with incarcerated men and returning combat soldiers, with future plans to use virtual reality for parenting and communication skills training. Dr. Trahan enjoys teaching and is passionately engaged in educating social work students. He loves spending time with his family, mountain biking, fly-fishing, and watching college football.

Sep 4, 2017

''I am 100% convinced that we can stop and reverse climate change.'' - Josh Tickell

Do you ever wonder how the choices we make impact the future of our planet? What if I told you, we could grow enough food to feed all of humanity, while at the same time, reverse climate change?

You may be thinking, “OK Jon, that sounds nice, but is there really anything I can do about it?”

Yes, there is! And in today’s conversation with Josh Tickell, you’re going to find out why.

Josh Tickell is a Sundance award winning film director and bestselling author. His films and books focus on critical, “big picture” social issues including alternative energy, conscious capitalism and reversing climate change.

Josh co-directed the 2017 Lionsgate release, GOOD FORTUNE, the rags to riches biopic of Paul Mitchell and Patron cofounder, John Paul DeJoria. His first movie, FUEL, won the Sundance Audience Award for Best Documentary and to theatres globally. He regularly films and interviews luminaries such as Elon Musk, Dan Aykroyd, Woody Harrelson, Sheryl Crow, and Shailene Woodley.  

Tickell’s movies have won more than 40 major awards, been selected as a NYTimes Critics’ Pick and shortlisted for an Oscar and shown in the White House. He has spoken at more than 100 colleges and Fortune 500 businesses globally. He is a guest on shows such as The Tonight Show, Good Morning America, Morning Joe and on the Today Show.

Tickell’s new book, Kiss the Ground – How The Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Save the World with a forward by Whole Foods Founder, John Mackey, is being turned into a movie from executive producer Leonardo DiCapprio also entitled KISS THE GROUND.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [09:07] 2 books, 2 movies, and 1 kid — How Josh and other extremely busy people manage to get it all done!
  • [11:44] Josh describes what it was like growing up, from Australia’s outback to Louisiana’s poor and polluted and how this inspired a successful career as a film director.
  • [15:20] A powerful vision for the future of our planet and the positive reality that humans can co-create.
  • [18:32] A wild story about how Josh and Ryland Englehart met and the partnership that followed!
  • [24:24] Kiss the Ground — How The Food You Eat Can Reverse Climate Change, Heal Your Body and Save the World.
  • [31:26] Learn how you can shop smarter and reengineer your food choices.
  • [45:39] Why should millennials start farming?
  • [54:40] The Regenerative Revolution that will change your body and the world through food.

''If you can visualize something, you can make it happen.'' – Josh Tickell

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Sep 1, 2017

This episode is for Front Row Dads! Over the next several months, we're going to be releasing an episode every Friday that will help you deepen your sense of purpose as a father. Today, I bring you Josh Shipp. 

Josh Shipp is an author, global youth empowerment expert, and acclaimed speaker. A former at-risk foster kid turned youth advocate, he is renowned for his documentary TV series (A&E), that followed his ground-breaking work with teens.

He is the author of the national bestseller “The Teen’s Guide to World Domination“, and was listed on Inc. Magazine’s 30 under 30 list.

He’s worked with groups of parents, educators & mental health professionals plus has spoken to more than TWO Million teens live.

Josh's ultimate goal is to help as many young people as possible. He trains other speakers through Youth Speaker University and his online mentoring program for teens A Year of Awesomeness has a world-wide reach. His free newsletter offers exclusive strategies to parents, educators, and youth workers.

Jul 17, 2017

''Oftentimes people think disability is inability, which it’s not.'' – Mary Verdi-Fletcher

When was the last time you felt fully alive, free to express yourself fully and completely?

In an effort to protect ourselves from harm or being exposed to what we aren’t comfortable with, we often will create mental barriers that can hold us back. What would life look like if we decided to knock those barriers down? What then would be possible?

Today I’m talking with my inspirational friend Mary Verdi-Fletcher. She’s here to discuss how she’s using dance to educate and inspire the disabled and able bodied alike to believe our disabilities don’t define us.

Mary Verdi-Fletcher is a true pioneer. She is America’s first professional wheelchair dancer and has taken a field where disabilities were not accepted and worked endlessly to shatter stereotypes, change attitudes, bring hope, advocate for inclusion, and essentially be an agent of change.

Despite being born with spina bifida, Mari has worked tirelessly to open the doors of opportunity for people with disabilities who wanted to pursue their goals on an equal ground with their non-disabled peers. This determination ultimately led her to found The Dancing Wheels Company in 1980 in Cleveland, Ohio, which was specifically formed to employ professionally trained dancers, with and without disabilities.

The Dancing Wheels Company has reached audiences of over 5 million people with awe-inspiring school assembly programs, workshops, residencies, and main stage concert performances worldwide.  

If you’ve ever had moments of doubt or convinced yourself that you couldn't do something, I can promise this conversation will show you what’s possible when you believe in yourself.

Here’s a Quick Breakdown of Our Chat…

  • [10:30] Mary discusses her Dancing Wheels School and Company, its mission and how one encouraging phrase from her mother made it all possible.
  • [16:25] Mary’s definition of dancing and how she uses this interpretation as inspiration to achieve any goal.
  • [18:50] Learn how the lives of Mary’s able bodied students are positively affected due to their close interaction with their disabled dance partners.
  • [21:05] The single biggest obstacle Mary would have to overcome in her early 20s and how that decision would open the door for everything to follow.
  • [28:05] Listen as Mary recounts her favorite Dancing Wheels success stories and the one story which will bring a tear to your eye.
  • [35:08] Learn Mary’s advice to live by and how she uses it to turn any obstacle into an opportunity.

''The arts are an avocation that chooses you. You don’t choose it.'' – Mary Verdi-Fletcher

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Jul 10, 2017

''Peace is about not having stress and relaxing in the moment.'' - Christine Khetarpal

When was the last time you had to face a really difficult decision? One that you knew could change the trajectory of your life.

If you’ve ever struggled to find the answers, trust me, you’re not alone. But there’s good news! Where you are today, does not have to be where you are tomorrow. Ready to find the clarity you’ve been searching for?

For over 25 years, my friend and today’s guest, Christine Khetarpal, has been passionate about helping her clients make clear, confident choices that emerge them into a life they love and deserve.   

As a Certified Life Coach, Christine’s practice, Emerge Now Coaching focuses on guiding men and women through the process of deciding, “Should I stay or leave my marriage?”

Christine personally knows the impact of putting off a difficult decision. After spending over 5 years living in fear of making the “wrong” decision, experiencing stress-related health issues like shingles and continuing to hang on to hope that things will eventually get better on their own, she now realizes that hope by itself is wonderful, but the real key is making powerful choices and taking courageous action.  

Christine’s message to you is “Peace is a choice. And by standing in your power to choose, you can start to make choices that will guide you towards living your life in the front row.

Here’s a quick breakdown of our chat…

  • [07:50] Why peace is a choice, even during life’s most challenging moments.
  • [13:32] Christine shares her story and explains how she used peace to find happiness in her own life.
  • [17:39] What does peace really mean?
  • [22:46] Learn what E.M.E.R.G.E stands for, so you can gain new perspective and positively transform your life.
  • [25:42] Need to overcome an incredibly hard decision? Find out when it may be time to hire a coach who can lead you through life’s most challenging moments.
  • [28:00] Discover 3 questions you can ask to become a better communicator in any relationship.
  • [33:18] What to do when you’re contemplating your commitment to something important in life.

''Am I really living a life that I want?'' - Christine Khetarpal

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May 29, 2017

It’s no surprise that the quality of our lives can be directly tied to the quality of the conversations we have with the people we know, love and trust. Yet, so many of us struggle to create REAL relationships...

How do you show up for the people that matter the most? Have you lost sight of your true purpose?

Today, Scot Lowry is here to share his framework for mastering conversation and developing authentic relationships, so you can positively impact every area of your life!

Scot’s purpose is to lift people who are lifting the world. He is passionate about creating scalable, purpose-rich cultures that empower people and organizations to access their full capacity, love their work, manifest their dreams, and maximize positive contributions in the world.

He is currently the father to two teenage boys, a youth hockey coach, and the CEO of Fathom, an award-winning revenue acceleration marketing firm based in Cleveland, OH. Scot is also a Strategic Advisor to The Flourishing Leadership Institute (FLI).

Scot studied Finance and Entrepreneurship with degrees from the University of Florida (BS) and the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University (MBA), where he is also an associate instructor of entrepreneurship. In his free time, you can find him kiteboarding, playing or coaching ice hockey, or mountain biking.

In today’s conversation, Scot shares his inspiring journey, including how his original path to success only led to an empty and unfulfilling life. On the outside, he had it all. But beneath the surface, Scot was miserable. It turns out, he was completely misaligned with his “Why” and what matters the most.

You’ll find out why authentic relationships matter so much, how to better communicate with your spouse & kids, the importance of creating authentic dialogue in the workplace, and his incredible story of getting a Front Row tattoo!

''If we can talk about it, we can fix it.'' - Scot Lowry

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

  • [02:45] Why having authentic conversations with your kids can be the best form of support.
  • [06:20] Learn how you can improve company performance and create value for clients by embracing authentic dialogue in the workplace.
  • [10:15] Have you ever had an argument with a spouse or colleague that had spiralled out of control? Find out what you can ask yourself to get things back on track!
  • [13:30] Learn how to give your “lizard brain” a break so you can communicate more effectively during difficult conversations.
  • [16:00] How to cultivate a company culture with great communication by re-framing the questions you ask.
  • [19:39] Find out how Scot’s company, Fathom, is helping middle market CEO’s to solve problems and generate more revenue.
  • [24:00] Discover the 3 P’s to naturally bring out the best in your organization.
  • [28:17] Scot shares the story of when he committed to getting a tattoo to help raise an additional $20,000 in support of the Front Row Foundation. Find out why his decision goes far beyond the charity!  
  • [44:00] He had followed the typical script to achieving success… only to find out he was completely miserable. Find out why relationships with people really matter and how you can transform an empty and unfulfilling life into one that gives you purpose and positively impacts the world
  • [48:15] The difference between hope and optimism and how it affects your ability to get the results you want in life.

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May 22, 2017

''Pain is inevitable, suffering is a choice.'' - Rob Dial

How many times in your life have you found yourself saying “Life’s not fair” or allowed yourself to quit when things simply became too difficult?

What if you could bust through the emotional barriers and self-limiting beliefs? If nothing was holding you back, how would that transform your life?

Today’s conversation is with my good friend and Performance Coach, Rob Dial. He’s here to inspire and instruct you to overcome life’s many adversities along the path to true self-fulfillment and happiness.

Rob is a leader in the business and personal growth space and the Founder of MWF Motivation. He is passionate about "hacking" the human mind to unlock parts of ourselves that we never knew existed.

Rob is also a published author, podcast host, blogger and speaker that engages with people all over the world to help them become the best version of themselves.

In this personal and inspiring discussion, Rob details how he managed to overcome the debilitating effects of an emotionally absent, alcoholic father, en route to finding his path of helping people change their lives for the better.

If you’re ready to stop making excuses and start living a life that makes you feel complete, regardless of the hand you were dealt, you definitely won’t want to miss this conversation.

Here’s a breakdown of our chat…

  • [7:35] Find out how Rob overcame the uncertainty associated with a troubled childhood and confronted his demons face on.
  • [15:15] Learn what ‘acting like the CEO of your life’ entails and how doing so can unlock the door to your personal growth.
  • [21:30] Learn to be present, feel significant and find true happiness.
  • [27:45] How to guarantee your success forever, no matter what happens to you financially.   
  • [33:45] How to bust through fear and overcome self-limiting beliefs so you can accomplish ANYTHING.
  • [41:25] Rob’s step-by-step approach to finding your “Why” and uncovering your deepest motivations.
  • [50:30] Find out what drives Rob to wake up every day and why we all have a responsibility to create a more peaceful world.

''You’re already enough… there’s nothing else you need.'' - Rob Dial

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