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….
A New York City dad, husband, and former SEC and mega-firm lawyer turned award-winning author, serial entrepreneur and expert in applied personal development and human potential, Jonathan has founded a number of transformational wellness-companies, taught everything from yoga and mindfulness to entrepreneurship and innovation, and led workshops, events and retreats around the world for thousands.
His newest book, How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom, was a USA Today bestseller, and serves as an operating manual for a life well-lived. His prior book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance, was named #1 Personal Development Book of the year by 800-CEO-READ.
In addition, Jonathan currently leads mission-driven media and education venture, Good Life Project®, and is the executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, an audio juggernaut that is consistently ranked as one of the top podcasts in the world with more than 1,000,000 downloads/month and large global audience. The Wall Street Journal recently hailed it one of the best self-development podcasts, and The Guardian featured it in their Top-25 Episodes of the Year line-up.
On the education side, Fields and his Good Life Project team produce events, trainings and retreats with the mission of empowering conscious business and better lives, and run a renowned annual adult summer camp, hosting more than 400 people at a 130-acre sleep-away camp, where attendees from around the world live, learn, play and connect for 3 ½ transformational days.
Jonathan has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, Inc., Entrepreneur, The Guardian, USA Today, People, O Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Yoga Journal, SELF, Allure and thousands of other places that sound cool, but don’t impress his daughter all that much.
He also speaks globally for organizations and events of all sizes, from keynoting private meetings for clients like Deloitte, Paypal, GE, Novartis and twitter to taking the stage at mega-events like SXSW, World Domination Summit and many others.
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.