I've known about Jonathan Fields for about five years now. We have tons of mutual friends and we even wracked our brains when we first got on Skype to do this interview, "Is it really possible we haven't met in real life?" So this was a fun time getting to know each other and geeking out on topics we're both really into like love of learning, creativity, the complexity of life in the 21st century, the humble pursuit of simplicity and more. We also get into some good stuff from his new book How To Live A Good Life, and talk about personality tests, strengths, and weaknesses. This conversation is more than good. Enjoy!
About Jonathan Fields:
Jonathan Fields inspires possibility. A New York City dad, husband, award-winning author, serial entrepreneur, teacher and strategist, he founded a number of game-changing wellness-companies, taught thousands of students and led workshops around the world on everything from yoga and mindfulness to conscious entrepreneurship and innovation.
His new book, How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom, offers a gateway to a life of meaning, connection and vitality. To celebrate the book’s release and inspire early interest, Jonathan is doing something pretty extraordinary. In addition to offering fantastic pre-order bonuses, he’s teamed with the One Tree Planted foundation to plant a 10,000 tree “Good Life Forest!” When you pre-order your copy of the book before the October 18th publication date, you’ll also be sponsoring a tree and doing good for the planet (and for you). You can get all the details at GoodLifeProject.com/book.
Now, working with his wife and a world-class faculty, he runs mission-driven media and education venture, Good Life Project®, where they produce a top-rated podcast channel and video-series with hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of views and downloads. Good Life Project also offers in-person and online events and trainings, including their annual 400+ person Camp GLP gathering.
Jonathan regularly keynotes at events and has been featured widely in the media, including The New York Times, USA Today, People, O Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Yoga Journal, SELF, Allure, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, FastCompany, Inc., Entrepreneur and thousands of other places that sound cool, but don’t impress his daughter all that much.
When not writing, teaching, building things or telling stories, he can be found dancing around his living room with his wife and daughter.
In this episode, Jonathan shares:
1. How pop psychology and self-knowledge interface with each other when we're seeking.
2. Living by default rather than design.
3. Daily rituals and the three buckets he uses to simplify life