Successful people do ordinary things with extraordinary consistency, commitment and focus.— Jon Gordon
The most sensitive Jon Gordon quotes that will inspire your inner self
When you believe, the impossible becomes possible.
What you believe will become what is true. Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow. Don’t look at your challenges; look up and look out into the future. Don’t focus on your circumstances. Focus on the right beliefs that will help you build your success.
The best legacy you could leave is not some building that is names after you or a piece of jewelry but rather a world that has been impacted and touched by your presence, your joy, and your positive actions.
Purpose is the ultimate fuel for our journey through life.
When we drive with purpose we don't get tired or bored and our engines don't burn out.
Adversity is not a dead end but a detour to a better outcome than you can imagine!
Every person and every team will be tested on their journey.
It is part of the curriculum of life. It's just like riding a bicycle. In the beginning you're going to fall off and get knocked down but the important thing is to get back on, stay strong, and after a while once you master it you'll ride with the confidence of a champion.
No challenge can stop you if you have the courage to keep moving forward in the face of your greatest fears and biggest challenges. Be courageous.
My life is a gift not an obligation and I Get To make the most of it.
Your optimism today will determine your level of success tomorrow.
If you think your best days are behind you, they are.
If you think your best days are ahead of you, they are.
Challenges ONLY make you STRONGER!!!
Remember, you have only one ride through life so give it all you got and enjoy the ride.
You are not a true success unless you are helping others be successful.
Instead of being disappointed about where you are, be optimistic about where you are going.
Don't let negative people drain your energy.
Focus on your positive energy and kill them with kindness. Energy vampires are no match for your positive energy.
Don't waste your energy on those who don't get on your bus.
Only through service and sacrifice can you become great.
Every morning you have a choice. Are you going to be a positive thinker or a negative thinker? Positive thinking will energize you.
Everyone wants to do what the great ones do;
but very few are willing to do what they did to become great
The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.
The first CD I had, that I think had had any redeeming qualities to it, I did when I was 25 with a relatively small label called Chiarascuro.
Failure is not meant to be final and fatal.
... It is meant to refine you to be all that you are meant to be.
Optimism is a competitive advantage.
When you experience resistance, you find the lessons that you are meant to learn
Everybody wants the quick fix, but it doesn't happen overnight.
You have to be willing to put it out there. I call it 'the secret to being an overnight success,' which means there really isn't a such thing as an overnight success. ! The secret is you work really hard for 10 years, and then you become an overnight success.
I was commuting three to four hours a day, I had jobs for much of it.
But I was always involved in going to some ensemble someplace. Taking my lessons at the local Jewish community center on Staten Island.
Thoughts are magnetic. What we think about we attract.
I think what frustrated me more than anything else in my formative years was that I just had to work. I had to have a job. Like twenty to thirty hours a week, a lot of times in high school and college. And that was hard.
It's not easy to deal with the negativity in the world but it's something that's got to be done. Your success and life are so important that you must surround yourself with a positive support team.
If I could have picked two guys on the planet, to have some exposure to at that age, those were the two right guys [Phil Woods and Charles McPherson].
We still talk about [school band]. Almost 40 years later. It's like people are talking about, "Man we need to have a morning band reunion".
Joe Henderson with Ron Carter and Al Foster at the Vanguard was just wow.
And the energy of the three of them.
Another classical music teacher from Performing Arts that I've stayed in contact with is Jonathan Strasser.
Phil [Wood] said to me in the car going back, he said, "Look man, you better know why you're playing this music. Because I've known too many who lived and died for it. And if you're not trying to change the world, I'm not interested."
A true leader doesn't lead to gain power. They lead to empower and give power away.
You fuel your life with trust and love instead of fear and doubt.
There's a lot of good people out here that want to help you grow and to help the music to continue to grow and evolve and go find those folks and be around them and carry it on... carrying the tradition on in the way with what it is that you have to offer. Find some good people in the music that will believe in you and they'll help you do that.
I'm very gratified that I had my little 15 minutes,or whatever [at the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition]. It certainly didn't make me rich and famous. But it helped a little bit for a while.
I would sit in at a jazz brunch [at sweet Basil] with Eddie Chamblee, who was a great tenor player. Really a kind man. The whole band was great.
I finally got to junior high and I got to start saxophone.
There were a few of us that were in the beginner band in sixth grade that made it to the advanced band, which was called the morning band at our junior high school in Staten Island.
We had a great educator [in the school band], a man named Larry Laurenzano.
He was tough, but we knew that he loved us. And that was the beginning of playing music with people and really being inspired and having fun and being in a community.
The streets weren't paved with gold and Rose petals [when I was young].
"Do I have a horn to sell this month to pay my rent, or what am I going to do?" It was what it was.
Walk down Forest Ave to Joey's Pizza like we used to do after performances, which doesn't exist anymore. We had a sense of community [in the school band].
It's very unlikely you're a genius, but, if you're ready to work at it hard and you want to listen to music all the time and you want to learn about it and you want to be around the people who do it, you'll find your own way.
I have to say, music was always my self preservation survival technique.
This sort of sacred space in my life and in my mind.
I was studying with Joe Allard, which was great, as a saxophone student.
Being able to study with Joe Allard was an incredible experience.
I never got discouraged for long, but we all got our butts kicked musically.
We listened [with my mother] to [Frank] Sinatra and Glen Campbell and we had some Beatles records that I liked. This was in the '70s.
Alan [Ferber] is a great trombonist and composer.
I'm thankful that I got some associations like that through peers and former students. That's kind of what it is.
Definitely I had a lot of times where I was really hard on myself.
Really frustrated. But I never felt like I had someplace else to go. Just had to stay here and deal with this.