Jon Morrow – Entrepreneur

jon_morrow

Before you watch Johnny’s interview with Jon, here’s what you should know about Jon…

By most standards, going to work at the office — which also doubles as your residential 8th floor balcony overlooking the ocean in coastal Mexico — is pretty badass.  But what makes it even more remarkable is knowing how Jon Morrow arrived there in the first place.

Jon was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a degenerative neuromuscular disease that progressively weakens the body to the point of complete atrophy, and eventual death.  For most families, it would be an excuse to throw in the towel and give in before ever giving life a shot.  Not for the Morrows.

“I was really lucky to have two incredible parents,” Jon says.  “It’s one of the reasons why I’ve survived this disease.  But it’s also one of the reasons I’m able to do these things.”

Those things that he refers to are accomplishments that most able-bodied people would not believe possible even for themselves, much less for someone unable to move from the neck down.  Things like graduating high school at 16, starting three businesses by 18, graduating college magna cum laude with a 3.9 GPA by 21, and buying and selling millions of dollars in luxury real estate at 22 without ever being able to see the inside of a single property.

Having left real estate behind, today Jon Morrow goes to work in that beachside “office” as Associate Editor of Copyblogger.com, is a creator of a guest blogging course, and licensed his Partnering Profits course to Lateral Action.  The key to success for him, he says, and anyone else for that matter, is discovering what’s really important to you, deciding that you’re willing to pay the price, and then fighting for your ideas.  Anything else is living a life of disability.

“I would rather die doing what I want to do then die in a nursing home bed somewhere watching TV for 15 hours a day surrounded by other people waiting to die,” he says.  “To me that is the scariest thing imaginable.”

Below is the video of Johnny interviewing Jon. (In future videos, Johnny will be in a window at the bottom left, but the bandwidth in Mexico, where Jon is, isn’t great – which is why you’ll hear an occasional audio stutter. We turned off Johnny’s video to make the internet connection work more smoothly.)


.
Download audio MP3 file (Right-click and choose “Save Target As…” or “Save File As…”)

.

Download the transcript of this interview (PDF)

Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Damn, that was hands down the best interview video I’ve ever seen.

    Johnny, thank you for interviewing Jon.

    Jon, thank you for the simplification of life: “Fight or lay down to die.”
    Chris Guillebeau describes those laying down as “sleepwalking through life.”
    Lastly and a bit more poetic, Henry David Thoreau said “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.”

    Jon, thank you, thank you, thank you.

    -Jeff

  2. Dave says:

    Thanks for sharing Jon’s inspiring words and story! That was awesome, and there were lots of points I could relate to about how to live your life on your own terms.

    I thought it was especially poignant when he talked about all the retired Americans who go down to Mexico under the guise of retirement, but really they’re just finding a pretty place to pass the time until death comes a knockin.

    Wholeheartedly agree with the idea that it’s better to die doing something you love (for me that’s traveling and living abroad…while blogging about).

  3. Johnny says:

    Thanks, guys. I listened to this again today in the gym and for me, one of the most amazing bits is about how the world doesn’t end after what most people think is a tragedy. If you lose all your money, life goes on. So many people think that’s the end, but as long as you’re breathing, there’s not a ton that can truly knock you down in the big picture, in the long term.

  4. What an amazing video! I am watching it for the second time now. I am now taking notes!

    Thanks!

    - Masha

  5. Johnny-cat! Love this video and the overall series. Thanks for sharing these powerful and important stories with the world. My favorite line from Jon, “Everyone is disabled. We all have something we can’t do like someone else.” Word up.

  6. Eugen Oprea says:

    Excellent interview, just excellent! Jon, thanks for sharing these wonderful insights.

    This interview sums up important things that we should think of and also things that we should avoid.

    It’s inspiring for me and I am sure that it is for other people, too. I am just going and look for a gun to put it at my head.

    Thanks for making it happen Johnny!

    • Johnny says:

      Ha, just so that everyone is clear on Eugen’s intentions here, “a gun to the head” is one of Jon’s metaphors meaning something that forces you to act because you’re fucked if you don’t or if you fail. :)

  7. Rick LaPoint says:

    This is the kind of thing that makes me stop everything and just sit in silence.

    Thank you, Johnny.

    Rick

  8. Sarah says:

    That interview changed my life. Thank you so much Johnny and Jon…wow…..

  9. ESM says:

    I like the idea that Jon thinks there is something wrong with the US healthcare and insurance system. One doctor vist in the states would pay for a month of private service in Mexico.
    What a great outlook on life Jon has and the added ability to offer advice to others that really makes sense.

    I will listen to the MP3 file weekly.
    Jon started following me on Twitter. What luck, I really feel privalaged and thankful.