Millennial Spotlight, Jonathan Jones
What inspires you?
The next generation, seeing youth and millennials living their lives on purpose and intentionally! Making sure that I provide them with the tools that they need to afford them the freedom to speak their success believe in their greatness and create the life and business of their dreams.”
Social Media Handles:
Anything concerning me can be found on my website:
Your favorite song currently and the artist:
Jekalyn Carr – Young People’s Cry
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Favorite food spot in your city:
Anybody who knows me knows that I love Kona Grill (Spicy Tuna roll with spicy mayo on the side and fried calamari are my go to’s)
Sweet Tea or Lemonade (it’s a Southern thing):
Sweet Tea all day (McDonald’s, Chick-fil-a or Golden Chick brands for sure)
Describe yourself in one word:
If you attended University/College, where did you graduate:
Richland College where I received my Associate Degree, University of Texas at Tyler where I received my Bachelors, and Southern Methodist University where I am a year away from receiving my Master’s Degree.
Favorite place to visit/vacation:
Washington D.C. having the opportunity to take in the history and enjoy their culture.
We’re a generation born before the ebook and now we see everything is shifting towards technology. We are difference makers and culture shifters just by the information that we have access to. Now we just have to begin to apply what we know and leverage it to help ourselves and others ultimately.
Where are you from?
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and raised in Atlanta.
What do you do?
I’m a soft skills specialist. I help students and millennials master soft skills making them more marketable for the career they desire.
How did this “role” come about?
Always seeing my mother volunteering with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department where she worked as a volunteer serving on the fundraising board to help create funds to facilitate activities and services for the youth. After seeing her efforts, I began to realize that I have some life experience that I feel could add value to their lives in the future.
How are you best known by others?
Others would say they know me best as a speaker simply because I love to encourage people to live their lives on purpose by doing what they are passionate about.
Did you attend college and/or have formal training in your respective field or industry? If so, please elaborate on the year you graduated and from what institution.
Yes, I attended college from 2006-2012. Which includes the following institutions: Richland College graduated 2009, University of Texas at Tyler graduated 2012 & Currently Southern Methodist University.
What factors of your upbringing influenced your career goals?
My mother and father both have their own businesses and both having higher educational degrees as well. By seeing the effort that they put forth I felt, “Why can’t I have my own business?” Which ultimately has brought me to start my own business, Jonathan Jones Speaks. I began to realize that working for others companies wasn’t necessarily the lane for me at this stage in my life. I began to feel that I was meant for much more than the jobs that I was holding.
How long have you been in this career? What did you do previously?
What long-term goals do you have?
Impacting as many lives as I possibly can. I am seeking to do this by utilizing the medium of my podcast the Speak Your Success Podcast. In addition to having my own nonprofit to equip students with the tangible tools and soft skills that they need to be successful. Also, I would like to take my message to a larger platform such as conferences, potentially coaching/consulting and adding value to others by writing more books.
What steps are you currently taking in this direction?
Investing in my brand by having a coach who helps me stay on track. Also listening to other’s stories and accepting information and seeing how I can apply it to my life. Lastly, I have been getting mentored by CEOs in the business sector. Lastly, Toastmasters International has been a place where I work with seasoned teachers, speakers, and educators that challenge me to learn week after week.
Tell us about your social media presence. Do you use it in your line of work? Why or why not, is it important in your day-to-day responsibilities, platform or career? I use it daily and heavily. Across the major platforms, you will find me. It is extremely important because Americans collectively check their smartphones upwards of 8 billion times per day. Knowing that I utilize social media as my largest marketing strategy asset I intentionally use it to share my message with others.
Which public figures, role models and or historical figure shaped your goals as a child and in adulthood? Any that embodies your personal values?
I briefly touch on this in my book but as a child, I looked up to Jamie Foxx just seeing how talented he was and the way he leveraged his gift (Music, Acting & Comedy). In addition to Kevin Durant, who I always admired for him being open in his faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. However, Inky Johnson would be an individual that embodies my personal values and he is one of my biggest inspirations the way he speaks, his faith and just the values that he consistently operates in day after day.
What does it mean to you to be a millennial? How do you share that with others in your life, those you meet and with your peers?
It means to be one of the biggest slept on secrets. We’re a generation born before the ebook and now we see everything is shifting towards technology. We are difference makers and culture shifters just by the information that we have access to. Now we just have to begin to apply what we know and leverage it to help ourselves and others ultimately.
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