You can read what’s below, but truth is, that image above, that’s all you really need to know…
It was taken while I was on stage, presenting the final keynote at World Domination Summit in 2011. I don’t script my talks. I just write down a few key concepts and stories, then share my truth.
On that day, I was nervous. Though I’ve spoken in front of much bigger audiences since then, it was my first time standing before 500 people. Eyes and hearts staring back at me, yearning for something good. Something real.
I was the closing speaker, entrusted me to bring everyone home. I felt an immense sense of legacy and responsibility. Not just to do well, but to do good. Similar to the overwhelming call to deliver I’d experienced earlier that year when presenting at TEDxCMU in the same hall Randy Pausch gave his famed last lecture.
As I walked up onto the stage, I brought a small picture that had been hastily drawn by my then 10-year-old daughter and tucked into my backpack before I left. A series of colored hearts to wish me luck and remind me how much I was loved. That’s all I needed. I knew that at any given moment, no matter what happened on that stage, I could look down and know everything was going to be okay.
After my talk, a few of the speakers joined me for a final audience Q&A. Someone asked each of us “who inspires you?” As each person answered, I kept gazing back at the hearts. I went last. But, instead of speaking, I walked over picked up the piece of paper, held it in the air for all to see and said, “This. My daughter.” I couldn’t say more, or I’d have burst into tears.
So, feel free to read the yadda, yadda, bio-stuff below. It’s fun. But, in the end, all you really need to know is that I’m a father, a husband, a maker and a man who cares deeply about, loves and admires those closest to him and is humbled and grateful for the opportunity to create, to connect and to serve.
That’s what it’s all about for me….
Fancy-pants Version: Jonathan Fields is a dad, husband, serial entrepreneur, growth strategist and bestselling author. 800-CEO-READ named his last book Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance, the #1 personal development book of 2011. His next book, due out in 2016, explores science-based strategies for a life well-lived.
Jonathan currently runs mission-driven media and education venture, Good Life Project®, where he and his team lead a global community in the quest to live more meaningful, connected and vital lives, produce a top-rated podcast channel, video-series, and a growing catalog of events, trainings and courses that range from summer camp for entrepreneurs to organizational training on mindset, community-building and innovation.
Along the way, Jonathan has built a number of community-driven ventures or, as he calls them, Businesses of Belonging™, taught everything from yoga and mindfulness to entrepreneurship and innovation to thousands, from moms to moguls and makers to movie-stars.
Jonathan has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, FastCompany, Inc., Entrepreneur, USA Today, Real Simple, HOW, O Magazine, Self, Outside, Slate, Vogue, Elle, Allure, SELF, Yoga Journal, CNBC, Fox News, Today Show, PBS Nightly Business Report and thousands of other places that sound cool, but don’t impress his daughter all that much. And, he regularly speaks for organizations and events of all sizes.
When not building ventures, writing and producing, he can be found dancing around his living room with his wife and daughter, writing in the third person and listening to “real music.” #AirSupply. #KissFanClub.