Entrepreneurship

Starting Before You're Ready: The Story of ThinkGrowProsper

I didn't start ThinkGrowProsper with the intention of turning it into a business. It began as a private Instagram page in 2014 that was meant to keep me inspired during a difficult time in my life. 

Fast forward a year, it had amassed an audience of about 100,000 followers. I starting receiving messages of gratitude from complete strangers. People were inspired and moved by my posts. 

I was enjoying creating this content that seemed to resonate with so many people and I wanted to keep doing it...but I also had to eat! If I wanted to continue, I knew I needed to figure out a way to start making some money to compensate myself for the time I was spending on this project, which was up to 5-6 hours a day...

Doing Meaningful Work and Understanding Yourself Better with Maker and Author Jonathan Fields

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Jonathan Fields (@jonathanfields) is an award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, and teacher. He's founded a number of game-changing wellness companies and has led workshops around the world on everything from yoga and mindfulness to conscious entrepreneurship and innovation. 

His most recent book is called How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science and Practical Wisdom. I highly recommend it -- super inspiring read. (You can read the first chapter for free at GoodLifeProject.com/book).

Currently, he runs the mission-driven media and education company, Good Life Project®, where he produces a top-rated podcast of the same name with millions of downloads. I've had the honor of appearing on his podcast, which happens to be how we first connected.

Jonathan regularly keynotes at events and has been featured in a variety of media outlets such as The New York Times, USA Today, People, O Magazine, Vogue, Wall Street Journal, FastCompany, and many others. 

But more importantly, he's one of the kindest, most genuine, and down-to-earth people you could ever meet. I'm extremely fortunate to call him a friend.


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We had a fun conversation and we cover topics such as: 

  • The value of psychological and personality frameworks (5:52)
     
  • Jonathan's career trajectory and its common themes (16:22)
     
  • Jonathan's approach to learning a new subject (19:07)
     
  • Jonathan's views on bridging the gap between science and spirituality (23:22)
     
  • Jonathan's philosophy on doing meaningful work (31:22)
     
  • The "Purpose/Flow/Expression" Venn diagram model (34:05)
     
  • The difference between doing what excites you and what distracts you (41:17)
     
  • The 5 Love Languages and how they can improve your life (45:37)

...and more!


Selected Links and Resources From the Episode:

See what Jonathan is up to at GoodLifeProject.com

Listen to his top-rated podcast, Good Life Project Podcast.

Grab his inspiring book, How To Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Big 5 Personality Model

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

Jonathan's upcoming podcast -- LoveFullStop.com


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If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.

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Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


Skills For Success They Don't Teach You In School With Lawyer & Serial Entrepreneur Steve Mehr

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Steve Mehr is the chairman of Jacoby & Meyers, one of the largest consumer law firms in the U.S. He is also the CEO of WebShark 360, a full-service media agency that caters to professionals. If that’s not enough, Steve is also an avid real estate investor with around 100 million dollars worth of transactions under his belt! 

But more important than any of that, Steve is a father and a husband with a beautiful family who I’ve had the privilege of meeting. And despite all his various ventures, he somehow makes it all work. We talk about how he makes it work in our conversation.

Something also worth noting is that Steve is someone who I’ve been fortunate enough to consider a mentor of mine for several years now. We initially connected through Instagram and over time, developed a real-life friendship, which I’ve been very grateful for.

In this conversation, we cover topics like:

  • How Steve structures his day for maximum effectiveness
     
  • The difference between being productive and being effective
     
  • How to attract a mentor and cultivate that relationship
     
  • Emotional intelligence and self-awareness
     
  • His advice to his younger self
     
  • A foundational belief that has enabled much of Steve's success

...and more.

You can connect with Steve on Instagram @stevemehr.

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Dominate Your Goals by Steven Mehr


If you enjoy this episode and find value in this podcast, I humbly ask you to please subscribe and/or leave me a review on iTunes. Or you can just share this podcast with a friend who you think might find value in it. If you’ve already done any of these, I want to take a moment to sincerely thank you. I truly appreciate your support.

If you have any suggestions for future guests or topics you’d like to hear covered, you can email podcast@thinkgrowprosper.org.


Ruben Chavez is a writer, personal development educator, and host of The Think Grow Podcast. His Instagram account, ThinkGrowProsper, has amassed over 3 million followers. Along with his blog, these platforms are his way of inspiring and connecting with thoughtful, creative, and ambitious people just like you.


The Art of Self-Expression with Illustrator and Author Mari Andrew

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If you are an artist or creator of any kind, this episode is for you. Mari Andrew (@bymariandrew on Instagram) is an author and illustrator who has built a massive and loyal following by sharing refreshingly honest illustrations about life, love, and vulnerability.

In our conversation, we talk about:

  • How she created a career as an illustrator despite not having any formal art training
     
  • What she contributes most to her success as an artist
     
  • Why you shouldn’t feel guilty for getting paid for your creative work
     
  • The benefit of not “fitting in”
     
  • How she deals with criticism and trolls
     
  • The power of stories

...and much more

Mari is also coming out with a book that expands upon some of her drawings with mini-essays about her journey: Am I There Yet? The Loop-de-loop, Ziggzagging Journey to Adulthood. We also talk about how that book came about. Mari is a delightful and intelligent woman who is not afraid to speak candidly about who she is and what she’s been through. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.

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