How To

𝐋𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧. 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧. 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐟𝐢𝐭. Hala investigates a new self-improvement topic each week and interviews the brightest minds in the world―turning their wisdom into actionable advice you can use in your life no matter your age, profession or industry. YAP’s subject matter ranges from enhancing productivity, how to gain influence, the art of side hustles and more! If you’re smart and like to continually improve yourself, hit the subscribe button, because you’ll love it here at Young and Profiting Podcast.

April 26, 2021

#113: Look On The Bright Side with Jon Gordon

Get ready to think positive! 


In this episode, we are talking with Jon Gordon, a best-selling author and speaker. Jon’s best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. He is the author of 23 books including 10 best sellers and 5 children’s books. His books include the timeless classic The Energy Bus which has sold over 2 million copies, The Carpenter which was a top 5 business book of the year, Training Camp, The Power of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team, The Coffee Bean, Stay Positive, and The Garden. 


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, Campbell’s Soup, Dell, Southwest Airlines, Miami Heat, The Los Angeles Rams, Snapchat, Clemson Football, Northwestern Mutual, West Point Academy, and more.


In this episode, we talk about how Jon grew up around lots of negativity, how he is able to be positive every day, and his experience with Buddhism. We’ll also talk more about the beginnings of his writing career, advice for prospective authors, key principles from his best-seller ‘Energy Bus,’ and why you should ditch New Years’ Resolutions for Jon’s one-word version. There’s a lot of great insight about positivity and managing your environment in this episode - don’t miss out!


Sponsored by Linkedin Learning. Try free for 1 month at   


Social Media:


Follow YAP on IG:

Reach out to Hala directly at

Follow Hala on Linkedin:

Follow Hala on Instagram:

Follow Hala on ClubHouse: @halataha

Check out our website to meet the team, view show notes and transcripts:




03:05 - Jon’s Childhood and How He Struggled with Negativity

06:10 - How Jon Works Towards Being Positive Every Day

07:42 - Jon’s Experience with Buddhism

10:03 - Law School and Why It Wasn’t the Right Path for Jon

19:04 - The Beginnings of Jon’s Writing Career

19:57 - The Momentum After ‘Energy Bus’ Became Popular

25:05 - Advice for Prospective Authors in 2021

29:31 - The ‘Energy Bus’ Principles

32:15 - The Analogy of a Coffee Bean and its Environment

35:40 - Story of The Only Man Who Ran 6 Iron Mans at 59

42:09 - Connection Between Anxiety and Feeling Divided

44:04 - Jon’s Version of New Years Resolutions

46:23 - How Jon and His Wife Maintain Their Relationship

50:57 - Jon’s Secret to Profiting in Life


Mentioned in the Episode:


Jon’s Website:

Jon’s Twitter:

Jon’s Instagram:

Jon’s Free Resources:

More episodes

Load more

Podbean App

Play this podcast on Podbean App