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The Adversity Advantage

Sep 23, 2021

Today’s guest is Jonathan Fields. Jonathan is the best selling author of multiple books as well as the host/executive producer of the extremely popular podcast, The Good Life Project. Jonathan’s work has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, FastCompany, The Wall Street Journal, Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, Oprah Magazine, Elle, Allure, The Guardian, and many others.


Much of our discussion in this episode revolves around his latest book “SPARKED: Discover Your Unique Imprint for Work That Makes You Come Alive” which is designed to help you discover what actually lights you up personally and professionally. The book is largely based on Jonathan’s revolutionary “Sparketype” assessment that has helped over 500,000 people experience meaning, joy, purpose and fulfillment in the work that they do.  Our chat begins unpacking a few pivotal moments of adversity for Jonathan that have led to where he is today. Early in his life, he was forced to leave his financially stable job as an attorney after he literally nearly worked himself to death. He then went on to work in the health and wellness space and ended up opening a yoga studio the day before 9/11 in NYC. We talk about how Jonathan got through these unfortunate situations and how they shaped what he’s doing today. We get into certain ideas from his latest book including why it’s not always smart to leave your job and pursue a passion project and how to discover what drives and challenges you the most. Jonathan shares his thoughts on why experiencing the full spectrum of both good and bad emotions is actually beneficial to living a happy life. We also chat about the most common and least common Sparketypes and how each of them can have a dark side. Jonathan also shares how he deals with overthinking and impatience which is part of the dark side of his Sparketype. This episode is going to leave you feeling both inspired and empowered to embrace self-discovery and unpack what drives you to be your best.


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