Sports Spectrum Magazine Summer 2021

NEW PODCAST: Jon Gordon, Author/Speaker "The Power of Positive Leadership"

Jon Gordon is the author of 17 books, including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and The Power of Positive Leadership.

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, The Atlanta Falcons, LA Clippers, Miami Heat, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Clemson Football.

In this episode of the podcast, Jon shares about his decision to quit the corporate world and follow God’s call to speak and write books. Jon shares about his story of faith and why he chose to follow Jesus. He also talks about his relationships with sports teams and how he got involved with some of the biggest teams and the most well-known coaches in football and baseball.

Jon’s book “The Carpenter” has been an inspiration to host Jason Romano and Jason and Jon talk about the principles in that book that have gone on to shape the way Romano thinks and lives.

Jon Gordon with Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney. – (Photo Courtesy: Jon Gordon)

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PODCAST NOTES:

1:55 – Writing 17 books in 13 years

4:10 – What exactly is a prayer walk?

6:03 – Ending up in the restaurant business

8:30 – Taking a leap of faith and saying Yes to God.

10:15 – Where his faith in God began

14:00 – Where the idea for “The Energy Bus” began

18:00 – “The Energy Bus” becomes a huge hit in Korea.

20:45 – On his wife letting him go on his first book tour

22:30 – Getting connected to the sports world

25:30 – Sharing his message to sports teams

27:10 – His unique relationship with Dabo Swinney

33:00 – On Clint Hurdle, Pirates Manager

33:30 – On Mark Richt, Miami Hurricanes Coach

36:15 – It’s not about winning games, it’s about lives being changed

36:55 – Dave Roberts, Dodgers Manager

39:00 – The success model from the book “The Carpenter”

41:30 – The Power of Positive Leadership

44:15 – Balancing work, life, and family

FAVORITE QUOTES:

“Every December I write a book. I take about 3 1/2 weeks.”

“God will give me the vision, give me the idea and I take a walk of prayer to clarify that idea before I write.”

“I have a holy ghost writer because God is the inspiration for everything I write.”

“Sometimes you have to lose a goal to find your destiny.”

“I had an encounter with God. It changed me from the inside out and changed who I was, who I am.”

“On a walk of gratitude and prayer, the idea of the Energy Bus came to me. I wrote it in 3 1/2 weeks. One of the most spiritual moments of my life.”

“It was very surreal. God, only you can do this. When you are doing his work and listen to him and obey him, he will put you and I where we are supposed to be.”

“It’s been one of the most special and rewarding things to happen in my life, my relationship with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.”

“He’s here to make you great. If you’re not striving to be your best, he’s going to push you.” (on Clemson coach Dabo Swinney)

“I want to go and make a difference in these coaches and player’s lives.”

“If you stay connected, you will be committed. Being a connected team is the key in sports. You have to be connected to be successful. And that’s where relationships are born.”

“Everyday show up, how can I love others, how can i be of service and how can i show them i care?”

“If coaches can focus on loving, serving and caring your players, they’ll help the team be the best that they can be.”

“When you are fear based, you’re focused on the fruit, but when you’re love based, you are focused on the root of the tree and that’s at the heart of what great leadership is all about.”

“Becoming a servant leader leads to true success.”

“I call it positive leadership. It’s driven by optimism, love, encouragement, not discouragement.”

“You’re not going to find balance everyday, but the key is to find balance every year.”

Jon Gordon speaking at an event in 2015. – (Photo Courtesy: Jon Gordon)

To purchase Jon’s new book The Power of Positive Leadership, click here.

For more on Jon, visit his website JonGordon.com or follow him on twitter @JonGordon11