Jon Vroman | Living Life In The Front Row (Episode 306)

“A day of pain is worth a lifetime of pride.”  – Jon Vronman

The Cheat Sheet:

  • How he invested his last $4k and how it motivated him. (10:00)
  • The 53-mile double marathon that changed Jon’s life. (12:50)
  • Do you have to be an extrovert to be in the front of your life? (25:00)
  • The 3 people you admire most: a life evaluation exercise. (35:00)
  • What is one of the most powerful questions on Earth? (38:15)
  • The reason most people don’t achieve their life’s purpose. (40:50)
  • And so much more…

If you imagined your life playing out like a concert, where would you want to live it: the front row or somewhere in the upper deck? The front row of course – that’s where the action, energy and enthusiasm is happening.

Jon Vroman has built a business and a life around teaching people to live like they’re in the front row and he’s our guest for episode 306 of The Art of Charm podcast. Join us as we talk about what it means to live life from the front row, how to reframe experiences in a positive way, why your networks are so important and how to be a contributor who makes every moment an awesome one.

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Jon Vroman wasn’t always a front-row kind of guy. In fact, in high school he admits his mindset and his life were about as big as his 4’10”, 85 pound frame. Until one day he found himself at a concert and had the revelation that he was living life at the same pitch as the section he was sitting in: the back rows of the show where everyone was checked out and low energy.

Decided he no longer wanted that for himself, he made a commitment to shift. He began studying the greats, the people who were high energy, front-row kind of people. And he found the courage to leave his corporate job to pursue something greater than his 9 to 5.

Within two years, he had $85,000 in credit card debt and was choosing whether to buy groceries or pay his mortgage. He was being paid to speak, but it wasn’t yet a thriving endeavor for him.

He made a front row decision to invest his last $4,000 into a mailing promoting his speaking services. He got no response from the mailing. But that didn’t stop him, he understood he needed to take care of his family and so he continued to dig, dig, and dig until he worked his way out of debt and into a whole new business: The Front Row.

Jon learned immeasurably valuable lessons along the way like how to treat everyone like a rock star and how to take any situation and find the positive.

When it comes to treating people like rock stars, Jon says to write a list of the top 10 people in our lives, those who matter the most and add the most to our lives, and then find out what their biggest dream or goal is for this year. Now write down what you can do to help them achieve that goal.

And when it comes to finding the good in a seemingly “bad” situation, always ask yourself: what else could this mean? When you habitually do that, you’ll see the positive a lot faster.

We also talk about legacy versus currency, and how to be a “moment-maker” versus an energy-taker. Jon was generous enough to detail a few actionable exercises to practice right now. Of course, there’s plenty more Jon and I discuss on this show. Tune in, I hope you enjoy listening!


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Resources from this episode:

Jon on Twitter

Connected, by Nicholas Christakis and James Fowler

Quiet: The Power of Introverts, by Susan Cain

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Jordan Harbinger has spent several years abroad in Europe and the developing world, including South America, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East, and speaks several languages. He has also worked for various governments and NGOs overseas, traveled through war zones, and been kidnapped -- twice. He’ll tell you the only reason he’s still alive and kicking is because of his ability to talk his way into (and out of) just about any type of situation. Here at The Art of Charm, Jordan shares that experience, and the system borne as a result, with students and clients.


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