Success through passion as an entrepreneur

“Becoming an entrepreneur is about living a few years of your life like most won’t so that you can live the rest like most can’t.”

Jon Mroz, one of Empower Network’s highest earners, considers this his “business mantra.”

Recently, Empower Network did a spotlight on our highest earners to celebrate not only their business accomplishments, but also their incredible stories. Jon, one of those featured, talked about his life, successes and failures, and he offered some advice to other entrepreneurs.

I wanted to be sure that you guys also knew about Jon, his experiences and his insight. Read on.

Jon has been with Empower Network from the start. As a close friend of Dave Wood, the two discussed Empower Network before it even launched. He says that the instant he connected with Dave’s vision, he knew Empower Network would be a success and couldn’t wait to get on board. He joined in November 2011 and his life has never been the same since.

Jon told us, “Before you can be successful with anything in life, you have to be in the right frame of mind.” He says Empower Network helped him develop that right frame of mind and now he succeeds in ventures that he wouldn’t have otherwise.

Jon recently reached the million-dollar mark, but to him (and many others), it’s not about the money:

“I have found that what truly makes me happy is impacting the lives of others, so if I can help others achieve their dreams and goals, and they can move on to help even more people, I feel that I have accomplished my aspirations.”

Like many of us here at Empower Network, empowering others to become all that they can motivates him. He draws inspiration from looking at others and what they’re accomplishing in their lives, and enjoys being a part of that success.

Jon doesn’t just help others succeed in business endeavors, he also gives back to his community, which is a phenomenal commitment. He pursues all sorts of philanthropic initiatives, something he and I both consider a great privilege.

“I have always been a huge music enthusiast but previously hadn’t been able to contribute to our scene the way that I wanted to. Since my success with Empower Network, I’ve opened a recording studio to help local artists get the recognition and experience they need to take their skills to the next level.”

He also donates to several charities to help feed the homeless during the holiday seasons. He and his girlfriend, Christa, sponsor a Tibetan monk, and they plan on spending more of their free time volunteering at hospitals and soup kitchens.

A few words of advice from Jon

It’s important for you all to note that no one handed Jon the keys to success. It’s his determination to never give up that led him to where he is today.

“I found success when I lost all my excuses.”

I was stoked to learn that Jon and I are solidly on the same page when it comes to advocating blogging. He says that blogging about what he learned, when he learned it, had a big impact on his success. It forced him to delve deeper into the questions he had about specific marketing strategies and then cement those strategies into his daily marketing practices. He advises blogging on an Empower Network blog or a personal blog, as well as gaining knowledge by reading other blogs. Sound familiar? Like I’ve been telling you, Empower Network makes these resources available to you!

While recognizing that this next piece of advice may be difficult at times, Jon advises against pitching people. In his words, “No one likes to be sold anything. Instead, find it within yourself to truly come from a place of pure giving. Rather than doing whatever you can to make a buck, take a step back and ask yourself: ‘What can I do to provide more value in other people’s lives?’ It’s going to be tough, but it’s going to be worth it.” This is a fantastic piece of advice, and so important to keep in mind.

Jon doesn’t think of the hardships he’s encountered as failures, but rather as learning experiences. His greatest setbacks, he says, came from looking for shortcuts to monetary success, like buying traffic from traffic brokers, doing traffic exchanges or buying the “next hottest software that automates the world.” After he stopped searching for shortcuts and chasing money, and started putting the time in and pursuing his true goals, he found success.

“Go after your goals. Find what you enjoy and make a living out of it. Be sure to have a strong answer to why you’re doing what you’re doing. DON’T include any monetary reasoning in your ‘why.’ It must be deeper.”

Jon has had a career that most people can’t even dream of, but he didn’t always live life as a successful entrepreneur. He actually started out as a pro skateboarder and, when he retired from that due to too many injuries, he became the marketing director for several nightclubs and toured the world as a disc jockey until he was 27. He currently lives with his aerialist girlfriend, Christa, who steadfastly supports his dreams and goals. After he became involved with Empower Network, his parents, sister and girlfriend never had to worry about financial concerns again, and now enjoy doing what they like, when they like, “while maintaining a strong sense of responsibility and discipline.”

Time to Empower

Jon thinks it’s important for everyone to have fun developing and pursuing goals and to discover a passion and make a career out of it. As he puts it, don’t force yourself into the cookie-cutter version of what everyone thinks you should be. Do what makes you happy, maintain a sense of ethics, and the rest will fall into place. Remember that what you’re doing is important, and remember why you’re doing it.

One last pearl of wisdom from Jon: “The beauty about marketing is that marketing in general is an art form. So as an artist, my question to you is, how will you choose to create your future?”

It’s important to note that income results like Jon’s are not typical. Empower Network’s income disclosure is available here.

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