People are Attracted to Joyful People with Jonathan Horton

Jonathan Horton is an Olympic Gymnast, author and keynote speaker. In this interview you’ll learn about how his parents harnessed his high energy to help him focus. You’ll also learn how Jon pivoted his speaking career into the corporate insurance industry because of Covid-19.

The energy that Jonathan brings to the conversation is amazing. If you have any questions about what you heard and want to go deeper just let me know.


  • What Jonathan is grateful for.
  • How he used ADHD to his advantage.
  • What stressful event spurred his parents to put him in gymnastics.
  • Did not have success for 10 years of his gymnastics career.
  • Finding people that want to ride to the top with you.
  • What do you go “all in” on?
  • Not everyone finds things they are passionate about at a young age. It’s important to keep looking.
  • Keeping yourself balanced so you don’t allow the rollercoaster ride to push you around.
  • Understanding your why is important to finish a project.
  • How to keep your foot on the gas pedal.
  • Doing small incremental adjustments to keep growing.
  • The story of how he won silver in the olympics on the high bar.
  • The difficulty of working hard when you don’t see the progress that you expected.
  • The importance of celebration to keep yourself on track.
  • How he viewed his silver medal when he didn’t get the gold medal.
  • How Covid-19 decimated his speaking career.
  • How he adjusted his career and grew from the country shutting down.
  • Pivoting his career to spend more time with his family.
  • Reviewing your day to help yourself grow.
  • What to do when you’ve had a bad day.
  • How to find something that keeps you moving forward.
  • Why thinking about how short our lives are can help us with motivation.
  • How his faith has helped me stay focused on what matters.
  • How people are similar to trees.
  • The importance of having loving conversations instead of angry ones.
  • Not taking things personally.
  • Forgiveness is an underutilized tool.
  • People are attracted to joyful people.
  • Why we hire people we feel comfortable with.
  • Cultivating our awareness around the use of our phones, so we create a balance.
  • Great Book – Success Principles by Jack Canfield
  • Amazing speaker – Jesse Itzler 
  • Important question – How bad do you want it?
  • Do what other people aren’t willing to do.

You can learn more about Jonathan Horton over at his website and his book on Amazon Falling Forward: How An Ordinary Kid Failed His Way to His Olympic Dream.

And as always if you have any questions or want to submit a guest for the podcast that you think would be amazing just reach out on Dig to Fly and I’ll do my best to get them on.

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