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.
The event was created by a close friend, Chris Guillebeau, and I was the closing speaker. He’d 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….
Short Version: Jonathan makes stuff that makes people smile. Including him. And his wife. And his kid. He loves to speak, but hates working a room. #introvertsrule. He likes people, but better in small groups. He loves to write, design and build. #AndNap! He once painted a Molly Hatchet album cover on a denim jacket. #Once #AndItDidntSuck.
Jonathan would sell nearly everything he owns, including his bootcut Luckys (#trappedinthe80s) for a pound of organic dark chocolate and a Wayne Henderson guitar. His wife is the coolest grown-up on the planet. #SorryOtherPeopleWithWives #DealWithIt. And his kid is the coolest kid on the planet. #Duh #MiddleSchoolBaby! Despite this, astonishingly, he remains decidedly unhip (though he secretly doubles for Imagine Dragons’ lead singer on tour. #AtLeastHeWouldIfHeHadHair #AndCouldSing).
Long Version: Jonathan Fields is a New York City dad, husband and lawyer turned award-winning author, media-producer and entrepreneur. His last book, Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel For Brilliance was named the top personal development book in 2011 by 800-CEO-READ.
It’s important to note that Jonathan’s mom does not, in fact, own 800-CEO-READ, though she may have inadvertently coded a script that hacked their system during the selection process. #Hearsay. #NotAdmissibleInCourt.
Jonathan’s current focus, Good Life Project, is a global movement that inspires, educates, connects and supports mission-driven individuals in the quest to live better, more engaged, connected and aligned lives. #WakeUpPeople.
Fueling this quest is a rapidly-expanding digital media, community-building and education venture that produces a top-rated podcast, a broadcast-quality web-series seen in more than 150 countries and educational programs for mission-driven leaders, entrepreneurs, and makers. #HeSleepsReallyHeDoes
Jonathan also speaks globally on aligned entrepreneurship, movement-dynamics, mindful innovation and living a good life. #AndNapsButThoseTalksPayLess.
In 2013, Forbes named this website one of the top 100 websites in the world for entrepreneurs, and it named Jonathan one of 25 entrepreneurs to follow on twitter, along with Richard Branson, Mark Cuban and Randi Zuckerberg, an accolade he had inked on his lower-back to impress the hipsters at Brooklyn power yoga. #ItDidn’t
He has been featured widely in mainstream and online media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, FastCompany, Inc., Entrepreneur, USA Today, Real Simple, HOW, O Magazine, Self, Outside, Slate, Vogue, CNBC, Fox News, PBS Nightly Business Report and thousands of other places that sound cool, but don’t impress his daughter all that much. #UmLikeWhatsTVDad?
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.