When I look back on my life, I believe I’ll be most proud of the ‘work’ I’ve done within my family. The Front Row Dads retreat has unquestionably helped me be a better father and husband, which in the end will help every generation of Elrods for years to come.
A few years ago, someone asked, “What do you do Jon?” I replied, “I’m a speaker, coach, and founder of Front Row Foundation.” Then I paused…
Wait… let me try that again… “I’m a father and husband, and when I’m not doing that, I speak, coach, etc.” Parenting wasn’t something I did when I was off work. It was my primary work.
I used to have folders on my desktop for every area of my life and business, but nothing for my family. I wasn’t approaching what I felt was a critical mission with the same intensity that I approached everything else — my business, charity, fitness, finances, etc.
Over the past 20 years, I’ve invested huge to grow personally and professionally. My first big investment was $10,000 in 2003 to train with Tony Robbins. I recently invested $18,000 to take my speaking business to the next level.
But, what about my kids? I’ve spent lots of money on our home, food, trips, etc… Yeah, I’ve invested for sure.
When I started investing in books and coaches to help me be a better parent, I saw an immediate result.
But something was still missing. It was the immersion experience. I’ve learned over the years, that I often get more from a 3-day live event, than working on something for 2 hours each month over the year. Personally, I love learning in live environments with other like-minded people.
Recently, I invested $8,000 to be part of Mastermind Talks. It’s 150 incredible people. The value is in the relationships formed with awesome people.