Jon Dorenbos on Forgiveness and Choosing Happiness


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PLAY THE LONG GAME. The cover of a book never tells the entire story. People often assume that successful people have had an easy life. Many, though, have persevered through extremely painful life events. Sometimes it takes accepting your reality in order to move forward. Sometimes it takes forgiveness. You will face setbacks and some of those setbacks might be tragic. Preparation and process can get you far. But sometimes you need to dig even deeper and release yourself from trauma in order to truly move forward. You will be tested. But keep going. Face your reality, follow your dreams and live with purpose. On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about turning tragedy into triumph and living out your rock star dreams with an NFL superstar and elite magician: Jon Dorenbos. Jon Dorenbos is a former NFL long snapper football player. He played for the Buffalo Bills, the Tennessee Titans, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He also has a successful career as a magician. He has appeared on America’s Got Talent and on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Jon is open about the difficult situations he faced in his life. But by choosing happiness, he has come out on top and is living his ‘Rock Star’ life. So get ready to learn about forgiveness choosing happiness on Episode 872. Some Questions I Ask: Can you tell us about your emotional and powerful life story? (8:35) Have you spoken to your father since the tragic incident? (24:40) When did you find peace and forgiveness? (41:00) What was the biggest lesson you learned from your dad? (50:20) What was your goal at that point in your career? (01:08:00) How did you find out that you needed open-heart surgery? (01:14:45) In This Episode You Will Learn: How an alter-ego will help you get through challenging times. (4:25) About the power of finding peace during a difficult time. (20:00) How to practice forgiveness. (41:00) Why you need to make smarter decisions when you have a family. (50:20) How to set goals that help you plan your life. (01:08:00) Why you need to avoid self-pity. (01:19:00) If you enjoyed this episode, check out the video, show notes and more at and follow at

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