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HUMAN INTE R E S T

MEET
JON GORDON ...
5 Ways Effective Leaders Inspire Through Positivity
A QUICK INTRODUCTION TO JON GORDON
Jon Gordon is a husband, father, and author. His
best-selling books and talks have inspired readers and
audiences around the world. He is the author of The
Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, The Power
of Positive Leadership, The Power of a Positive Team
and his latest The Coffee Bean. When he is not running
through airports or speaking to businesses, hospitals,
or schools, you can find him spending time with his
family and taking long walks which are when he gets
most of his ideas. Jon believes in keeping his introductions short because his past accomplishments are
meaningless. What matters most is that he says something today that will inspire you to take action tomorrow. FixedOps Magazine is proud to take this opportunity to present to you ... Jon Gordon!

MEET JON GORDON ...
I'm not naturally a positive person. People think I am
because of my books and talks, but the truth is that I
have to work hard to be positive. 

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I grew up in Long Island, New York, in a Jewish-Italian
family; with a lot of food and a lot of guilt; a lot of
wine and a lot of whining. My dad was a New York City
police officer who worked in undercover narcotics. He
fought crime every day and wasn't a big fan of positivity. I remember waking up in the morning and saying,
" Good morning, Dad. " He would say in his thick New
York accent, " What's so good about it? " My dad was Al
Bundy before Al Bundy was Al Bundy. 		
By the age of 31, I was a fearful, negative, stressedout, and miserable husband and father to two young
children. My wife had had enough. She gave me an
ultimatum: Change or our marriage was over. I knew
she was right that I needed to change. 
I told my wife I would change and began researching
ways I could be more positive. At the time, positive
psychology was an emerging field, and I read everything I could about it. I began to practice positivity and
write about the things I was doing. 



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