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What’s Your North Star? Jon Gordon On The Primacy of Vision & Why Positivity Is Paramount

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“We don’t get burned out by what we do… We get burned out because we forget why we’re doing it.”

 Jon Gordon 

It’s never too late to transform your life.

I didn’t find my place in the world until my mid-40’s.

Similarly, this week’s guest risked his successful but deeply unfulfilling business to pursue his truth as a speaker and author.

I’m glad I took that leap of faith. In truth, I can’t imagine my life otherwise.

Jon Gordon not only feels the same, he believes everyone holds the power to transcend their circumstances and blaze a purposeful life of meaning.

This week I sit down the celebrated bestselling author and prolific keynote speaker to discuss what it takes to cultivate that vision and the commitment required to manifest untapped reservoirs of human potential. What holds most people back. And the specific steps required to break the glass ceiling on performance and potential in career, sport and life.


A graduate of Cornell University with a masters in teaching from Emory, Jon Gordon has inspired millions of readers and audiences around the world with highly instructive teachings on the themes of leadership, human potential, teamwork and positivity – principles that have been beneficial to many a Fortune 500 company — such as GE, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Campbell Soup, Dell, Publix, and Southwest Airlines — and a litany of professional and collegiate sports teams, including The Los Angeles Dodgers, The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, Clemson Football and more. Jon also impacts thousands of teachers and students each year through his work with schools, universities like West Point, hospitals and non-profit organizations.

Jon has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends, in numerous magazines and newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and he is the author of an astounding 17 books, including 5 bestsellers: The Energy Bus*, The Carpenter*, Training Camp*, You Win in the Locker Room First* and The Power of Positive Leadership*. 

This isn’t just a conversation about success — it’s about finding fulfillment and purpose in every hour of every day.

It’s about how he cultivates, nurtures and practices the prolific creativity required to write 17 books.

It’s about the core leadership and teamwork principles he teaches that have positively impacted a litany of professional athletes, coaches, organizations, students, teachers, schools, corporations, and non-profits.

It’s a conversation about the primacy of positivity – how to confront negativity (“Energy Vampires”) and convert it to positivity.

It’s about commitment, service, and the importance of culture within an organization.

And it’s a conversation about the importance of discovering your North Star — defining what motivates you and summoning the commitment to execute on that vision.

It was an absolute delight to spend a couple hours with this extraordinary man and I think our exchange reflects my enthusiasm.

I sincerely hope you enjoy the discussion. More importantly, my hope is that you implement the many takeaways into your life in a meaningful way.

Because it’s never too late to transform your life.

Peace + Plants,


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Thanks to Jason Camiolo for production, audio engineering, show notes and interstitial music; Shawn Patterson for graphics. Theme music by Ana Leimma.

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