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Positive inspiration and encouragement to help you overcome your challenges and make a greater impact! Hosted by bestselling author, Jon Gordon.
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On this episode Jon Gordon is joined by David Nurse. Besides being a stellar human with massive positive energy, David is an NBA life and optimization coach, celebrated author, and worldwide motivational speaker. During this conversation Jon and David talk about the strategies David uses to help high performers achieve optimal success. A big part of that is learning how to pivot and go while creating a mindset to thrive vs just survive.  Grab a copy of David's new book, Pivot and Go, here. If you enjoy this episode, don't keep it to yourself. These podcast are 100% free, we just ask that you share it and tell a friend so they too can benefit from what David and Jon share. Be sure to also subscribe to Positive U wherever you're listening so that you get notified of new episodes as we release them each week. Our featured resource today is from our Lead Positive Conference. It happened LIVE recently but you can access the replay right now! So much valuable content on becoming a better leader, team and individual. You can get replay access for a limited time for only $49. Just go to and click the REPLAY button. You'll get full access to all 12 speaker sessions, each about 15 minutes in length, 4 hours of messages from Jon Gordon, Coach PJ Fleck, Kevin Carroll, Damon West and more. 
Welcome to Jon Gordon’s Positive University Podcast. Today, Jon is joined by Anya Fernald. Anya is the co-founder and CEO of Belcampo. Belcampo was founded with a purpose to create meat that’s good for people, the planet and animals. What started as one mom's desire to feed her family the healthiest meat possible became a mission to revolutionize the industry from the inside out. And that's exactly what she’s doing. This is a fascinating conversation that not only reveals a ton about the meat industry but also how grass fed and finished meat impacts your overall health. During the convo Anya shared how a typical commercial burger at a popular fast food chain has been found to have meat from over 100 cows! One burger with meet from over 100 cows in it!! That's staggering, not just from the sheer number but the inability to trace where it comes from. Traceability is one of Anya's big points. But you’ll hear more about that as you listen. Take advantage of Anya's 20% OFF offer for Belcampo products by entering JONGORDON20 at checkout Like always, if you enjoy this podcast, let us know by leaving a review and sharing on social. Our featured resource this week is Coffee Bean for Kids. It's a beautifully illustrated short story to help kids realize that their circumstances don’t have to define them. That they can help create change from the inside out. Go to to order it now. Alright, let’s join Jon and Anya.
Have you heard of hyperbaric oxygen therapies to heal all types of conditions from burns to traumatic brain injuries? That's what we’re talking about on this episode of The Positive University Podcast. Jon Gordon is joined by Dr. Daphne Denham. Dr. Denham is a general surgeon with more than 20 years of practice who current specializes in hyperbaric oxygen treatments. During this episode you'll learn what it is, how it works, what benefits there are and how it is dramatically healing many. This is a bit of a double header episode. While Dr. Denham really goes deep on hyperbaric treatments, it’s also a topic of discussion with regard to overall health in a previous episode of the Positive U Podcast with Dr. Joseph Maroon. Be sure to check that episode out too. If you enjoy what you hear, let us know. Leave a review wherever you’re listening and be sure to share this podcast with a friend. Our featured resource today is our upcoming Lead Positive Conference. It’s a FREE online leadership event on November 18th featuring Jon Gordon, Erwin McManus, Coach PF Fleck, Kevin Carroll, Damon West and more. Don't miss out on this free opportunity to get equipped with leadership lessons that will help you and your team excel. Sign up at
Jon is joined by Dr. Jospeh Maroon. He's a clinical professor and vice chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. In addition to being a renowned neurosurgeon, he is a sports medicine expert, the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the author of multiple books and an Ironman triathlete. In fact, at 80 years old he just finished another ironman where he placed first in his class. Funny story about that which you’ll hear in the episode. This episode is all about improving your health… from increasing longevity, to reducing inflammation, how you can heal your body and your brain, and much more. It's fascinating because Dr. Maroon doesn’t just talk about the concepts, he shares much of what he himself does and recommends based on the latest research. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to share it with a friend or post on social. Our featured resource today is Daily Positive. It’s a free daily email with a short message of encouragement to help you take on the day with more energy, optimism and belief. Sign up for free at
On this episode Jon Gordon is joined by our good friend, Matthew Del Negro. Matthew is phenomenal actor having roles on The Sopranos, The West Wing and more. Today, Matthew talks about how to overcome rejection on the way to your YES. It's lessons from his life and new book, 10,000 NO’s (which is out now everywhere books are sold). This is a powerful message that every single one of us can benefit from. Let us know your key takeaways. Email or post on social. Be sure to tag Jon and Matthew. Our featured resource, in addition to Matthew's awesome new book, is our upcoming Lead Positive Conference. It's a free online event on November 18th with Jon Gordon, Coach PJ Fleck, Erwin McManus, Damon West and other tops leaders as they equipping you with proven principles and strategies to overcome challenges and change, transform negativity, build stronger teams, and create results and lasting success. You can sign up for free at Alright, let’s join Jon and Matthew...
On this episode Jon is joined by Sam Acho. Sam is an author, public speaker, humanitarian and NFL linebacker having spent the last 9 or so years playing for teams like the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears. Sam isn't just a star on the field, he’s a brilliant scholar who loves learning and helping others grow. This conversation revolves around Sam's new book "Let the World See You: How to Be Real in a World Full of Fakes." It's a powerful look at finding freedom in being the real you. You can grab Sam’s new book anywhere books are sold or at Let us know your greatest takeaways from this. Post and share on social. Tag @jongordon11 and @TheSamAcho Our featured resource today is our free Power of a Positive You 7 Step Action Plan. It’s a simple but effective plan to help you make positive changes in your life by taking zoom focused actions that get results. You can download this plan for free at
This episode is about moving FORWARD in life regardless of your circumstances, your age, your past failures or your current successes. It’s about expanding your dreams, getting unstuck and moving from where you are to where you have the potential to be. On this episode Jon is joined by Dr. David Jeremiah. Dr. David Jeremiah serves as senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in California. He is also the founder and host of Turning Point, a multimedia ministry that impacts millions of people each week. As you’ll hear, Dr. Jeremiah is a wise leader with a ton of practical insights to share. Be sure to grab a copy of his new book, titled FORWARD. It's like a step-by-step action guide to help you discover the best what’s next in your life. If you enjoy this episode, let us know. Post your takeaways on social and be sure to tag Jon and Dr. Jeremiah. Our featured resource today is Daily Positive. It’s a free daily inspiring quote or short encouraging message to fuel you up and help you take on the day. Sign up for free at
Our guest today for this episode is Donna Schneider. Donna is the Vice President of Corporate Compliance and Internal Audit at Lifespan who runs 4 hospitals, a large multiple disciplinary physician group and several behavior health group homes. Donna shares how practicing the power of positive leadership has helped their staff, organization and team thrive during a challenging time. This is a very practical discussion that will equip you with strategies you can use to infuse your life and work with positive solutions so that you can get better and help others get better too. If you find value in this episode, let us know! Share your takeaways on social and tag @jongordon11 Be sure to also subscribe to the Positive University Podcast wherever you listen so you can get notified of each new episode as they are released each week. Our featured resource today is STAY POSITIVE. It’s one of our latest Was Street Journal bestselling books that is packed with over 300 encouraging quotes and short messages to fuel your life with positivity. Get the book and download a free Stay Positive Action Plan at
This episode is an extremely important conversation between Jon, M. Quentin Williams - a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, and Steve Stowe of the Miami Heat. It's about a Pioneering Police Partnership between The Miami Heat, the Miami Police Department, and D2C (which Quentin is the founder of). It's a real, raw look at what is being done to bring the police and the community together to heal, create trust and work together for sustainable solutions and a better future. It’s a recipe for reconciliation that all communities can benefit from. Let's expand the conversation by sharing this podcast with others. Post on social and text or email a few friends encouraging them to listen. We have to step into this together in order to bring about change. Our future and the future of generations to come depends on it. Make sure you subscribe to the Positive University Podcast via Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify or wherever you listen so that you're notified of all future episodes. It’s 100% free and we release new episodes each week.
Q&A with Jon Gordon

Q&A with Jon Gordon


Our episode today is a little something different. Instead of Jon Gordon interviewing someone else, you'll hear Jon answering a few questions from others. It's part of what we do each month in Jon's Mentor Coaching Program with LIVE Q&A sessions. Now, what you'll hear today is just a segment because most of our Q&A sessions go for an hour or sometimes more. You can join our Mentor Coaching Program by going to The first question Jon is answering is from someone who recently lost their job and wanted to know how to stay positive when faced with a challenge such as that. Jon shares the 2 questions you must ask yourself during difficult times. Let's dive in...
On this episode of The Positive University Podcast, Jon Gordon is joined by Danny Gokey. Danny is an award winning musician with a phenomenal story and message to share. He's achieved a great deal of success after being a 3rd place American Idol finalist from Season eight. But it wasn't an easy path. This message is going to encourage you in a big way. Danny shares so much truth about overcoming adversity, pursuing your dreams and living a life filled with vision and belief. If you enjoy this, make sure you share it with someone else. Post on social or text a friend and encourage them to listen. This podcast is 100% free and available to all. Let us know what impacts the most. Tag Jon and Danny on social. @jongordon11 | @dannygokey Our featured resource today is DAILY POSITIVE. It's a free daily message of encouragement delivered to your inbox. You can sign up for free
On this episode of the Positive University Podcast, Jon Gordon is joined by Kevin Carroll. Kevin is a guy who has big energy, as you'll hear from the interview. His enthusiasm for life and others is contagious. He's a bestselling author, was formerly a creative catalyst at Nike, has worked with countless organizations such as Disney, ESPN and more. There's even some surprising ninja like elements of Kevin that you'll hear that make him like the African American Jason Bourne! You're going to learn a lot from this one. Kevin's wisdom will not only help your career but also your life. If you enjoy it, let us know. Post your favorite insight on social and tag Jon (@jongordon11) and Kevin (@kckatalyst). And of course, share it with a friend. This podcast is 100% free. Don't keep these knowledge nuggets to yourself! Hit that subscribe button too, especially if you’re listening via Apple Podcasts so that you are alerted of new episodes as they drop each week. Last but not least, our featured resource today is Relationship Grit. It's Jon's newest book co-authored with his wife Kathryn. In it they share Lessons to Stay Together, Grow Together, and Thrive Together. You can grab a copy at
On this episode of the Positive University Podcast, Jon Gordon is joined by Chandler Bolt. Chandler is the CEO of Self Publishing School and an all around super guy. He's going to share the ins and outs of self publishing, the advantages and disadvantages of self publishing verse traditional publishing, why you need to write that book if you have an idea inside you and how to get started now!  If you enjoy this episode, let us know. Leave a review wherever you listen and share it with a friend. Our featured resource for this episode is Daily Positive. It's a free daily quote or short message of encouragement sent via email to help you win the day. You can sign up at Links mentioned:
On this episode of the Positive University Podcast, Jon Gordon is joined by Cori Close. Cori is the Head Coach of UCLA Women's Basketball. She's a phenomenal leader with amazing insights to share. During this conversation Cori talks about how she is keeping her team engaged virtually, how they are dealing with racism and challenging times as a team, how she's deepening the relationships on her team and so much more. You'll definitely have takeaways from this one!! Connect with Cori on Twitter / Instagram @CoachCloseUCLA If you enjoy this episode, let us know! Rate it and Leave a review on Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen. But most of all, tell a friend and encourage them to listen as well. Our featured resource today is our Power of Positive Leadership Self-Assessment. It's completely free and a great tool to help you discover your positive leadership score. By knowing your score you will be able to establish a baseline for growth. As an added bonus, after your assessment is complete You'll also receive Jon Gordon's 6 Quick Tips to Help Stop Negativity in It's Tracks. It’s a free download to help you take action now. 
On this episode Jon is joined by Max Lugavere. Max is a filmmaker, TV personality, health and science journalist and best selling author most notably known for his Genius Foods and Genius Life books. During this conversation, Max's shares how to live a longer and healthier life by strengthening your body and optimizing your brain health. It’s really a fascinating interview that covers a lot of ground on improving our quality of life. If you enjoy this, be sure to share it with others! Spread the word and post on social. Tag Jon and Max. @jongordon11 / @maxlugavere While what we feed our bodies is important to improve our health, so is what we feed our mind. Fuel up with positivity and neutralize the negativity. To help you, we created Daily Positive. It's a free daily email with a short encouraging quote or message to help you win today. You can sign up for free at
On this episode Jon Gordon is joined by Kate Leavell. Kate is the author of 4 books including her popular transformation story titled, Confessions of an Imperfect Coach. She is sought after speaker, coach and consultant on building stronger, positive teams and creating a culture of greatness. She is also a member of our Jon Gordon Team and teaches organizations, leaders and teams through dynamic workshops and trainings. In fact, Kate alongside Jon Gordon, is leading our upcoming Positive Leadership Workshop for Teens Online. You can learn more and sign up at - It’s a interactive learning opportunity to help teens deal with uncertainty, challenges and change, while discovering how to better lead themselves and others. During this episode Kate shares a ton of actionable insights that will help you improve yourself and your team!  Connect with Kate at 
Welcome to Jon Gordon's Positive University Podcast. Today we're joined by Doug Ellin. Doug is a screenwriter and director best known for creating the hit HBO series, Entourage. You'll hear how Doug went from being a standup comic to finding success in film, selling multiple screenplays to basically unemployment… only to rise again and find the massive success we know him for today. It’s a fascinating behind the scenes look at his journey and will encourage you on your own. Our featured resource is Jon’s Mentor Coaching Program. When you join, you'll get access to a LIVE interactive teaching and Q&A session with Jon each month online. Jon will break down a particular success principle, how you can take action and he'll answer any questions you have. Our next LIVE session is on September 9th with Jon and his wife Kathryn sharing strategies to strengthen your relationship. You can sign up at - If you’re listening to this after September 9th, you can access the replay to this session and others when you join. All the details are at
Welcome to Jon Gordon's Positive University Podcast! Today we have a very special episode for you. It's with Jon and his amazing wife Kathryn. This episode is revealing. Kathryn shares things about her past that not many have heard. Things that may surprise you but that will also encourage you as you see how she overcame to become who she is today. This is part 1 in a multi part series where Jon and Kathryn will share lessons to stay together, grow together and thrive together from their new book Relationship Grit (which is available now anywhere books are sold). If you order the book this week, you can also download a free Action Plan to help you turn ideas from the book into actions and results. Details are at 
Welcome to Jon Gordon’s Positive University Podcast. Our guest today is Max Lucado. Max is an exceptional leader, world changing influencer and prolific writer having written multiple bestsellers with over 140 million copies in print. This is episode is going to nourish your soul! Max shares so much wisdom and hope that we all need during these challenging times about faith, hope and trust moving forward. Be sure to grab a copy of Max’s new book YOU ARE NEVER ALONE. It's a profound resource for anyone who feels overwhelmed, isolated, or experiencing an emotional quarantine. If you enjoy this episode, be sure to share it with others. There is someone you know who needs this message today. If you don’t share it, they can’t benefit from it. When you share, be sure to tag Jon and Max. Our featured resource today is Daily Positive. It’s a free daily boost of positivity to help you overcome your challenges and take on the day. You can sign up at
In this episode Jon Gordon is joined his our good friend, Dr. Michael Gervais. Michael is a high performance psychologist working with some of the best in the world. His clients include world record holders, Olympians, internationally acclaimed artists and musicians, MVPs from every major sport and Fortune 100 CEOs. During this conversation Michael reveals his ground-breaking mindset training and culture building platform called COMPETE TO CREATE which he co-founded with NFL coach Pete Carroll. It's a powerful blueprint to unlock your authentic self, explore the edges of your potential, and live a life of purpose and meaning. So grab that pen and paper or fire up your notes up because there are a lot of great takeaways in this one! If you enjoy this episode, be sure to share it with others. While you’re at it, leave us a review on iTunes or wherever you listen. We read every one. Our featured resource this week is Daily Positive. It’s a free daily email with a short message or encouraging quote to help you take on the day. You can sign up at
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Started the day with a Jon Gordon Zoom call. Ending it catching up on a few podcast episodes. Jon gives me inspiration to keep moving forward, especially in todays times where its easy to dwell on all the negative around.

Aug 29th



May 3rd

Katherine Fager

Love listening to all of Jon Gordon's Podcasts. His podcast with Patrick Lencioni was very enlightening about workplace health!

Oct 27th
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Chris Sippel Hunking

love this podcast. more companies need to do this.

Oct 27th
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