Developing Grit, with Jon Gordon

Developing Grit, with Jon Gordon

Episode 281:

Jon Gordon's best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. His principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals, and nonprofits. He is the author of 23 books including 10 best sellers and 5 children’s books. His books include the timeless classic The Energy Bus which has sold over 2 million copies, The Carpenter which was a top 5 business book of the year, Training Camp, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team, The Coffee Bean, Stay Positive, and The Garden. Jon and his tips have been featured on The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, The Golf Channel, Fox and Friends and in numerous magazines and newspapers. His clients include The Los Angeles Dodgers, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Publix, Southwest Airlines, Miami Heat, The Los Angeles Rams, Snapchat, Truist Bank, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy and more.


Jon is a graduate of Cornell University and holds a Masters in Teaching from Emory University. He and his training/consulting company are passionate about developing positive leaders, organizations and teams.


What you’ll learn about in this episode:

  • How the dotcom crash left Jon miserable and overwhelmed, and how he began to look into the emerging field of “positive psychology” before becoming a speaker and author
  • How Jon and his family survived a number of difficult business challenges, and how he came up with the idea for his first book “The Energy Bus”
  • How “The Energy Bus” was rejected by more than 30 publishers, and how Jon's passion for helping others helped him in developing grit and determination to keep trying
  • Why when you choose a path you often see early success to indicate you're on the right path, then you're tested to see if you're serious and committed
  • Jon shares his powerful formula for developing grit, and he breaks down the individual parts of this formula and explains why each matters
  • Why loving what you do can serve as crucial motivation to keep you going even when things get difficult
  • Why Jon has turned working on his mindset into a daily habit, and why he believes it is important to work on developing your skill set and systems as well
  • How Jon has grown his coaching efforts, and which of Jon's high-profile clients made the greatest impression on him
  • Why the current global crisis we're facing is an opportunity to learn who you are, what you value, and what you believe
  • Why looking forward with optimism rather than looking backward with pessimism is the key to growth




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