While most weeks the TiLT Parenting Podcast features parenting experts and coaches doing work specifically relating to raising children or differently wired, my guest today is an expert on life…specifically how to live a good life. I’m talking about Jonathan Fields, a mega-firm lawyer turned award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, and expert in applied personal development and human potential. Jonathan is also the man behind the Good Life Project podcast, which is consistently ranked as one of the top podcasts in the world with more than 1,000,000 downloads/month and large global audience. I am one of those million listeners, and it was through listening to Jonathan’s podcast many years ago that I got connected to his books and a program he ran called Revolution U. Rev U was actually a significant support in helping me when I was first developing what would become TiLT Parenting.
Jonathan’s most recent book is How To Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom, and so today I asked him to talk with us about his book and what we as parents raising different wired kids can learn about creating more purpose and meaning in our daily lives, even when we may sometimes feel as though we don’t have the bandwidth or energy or wherewithal to do so. I hope you enjoy our conversation!
About Jonathan: 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 Fields 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. 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.
THINGS YOU’LL LEARN FROM THIS EPISODE:
- The impetus for Jonathan’s book How to Live a Good Life
- Why the 3 main “buckets” for living a good life are connection, contribution, and vitality
- Why nurturing ourselves and connecting with our purpose is a key part of being able to show up for our kids
- How learning how to “own the unknown” can eliminate much personal suffering
- Why early intervention with differently wired kids is so critical
- The power of cultivating more compassion in our lives
- What parents can expert in their journey of supporting their kids
- How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom by Jonathan Fields
- Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields
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