03 – How To Blast Through Challenges to Grow Your Creative Business with Jon Morrow [Podcast]

Show Summaryjon-photo

We all have difficulties in our efforts to build a successful business. It may simply(!) be a lack of confidence or it could be a physical or psychological condition that makes success an uphill battle.

But what if you could only move your face? Can you be an entrepreneur under those circumstances?


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Show Notes

Jon Morrow has spinal muscular atrophy and statistically should not have survived childhood. Jon can literally only move his facial muscles. Despite negative odds, he founded Boost Blog Traffic and garners over $1000 an hour as a consultant.

Listen to this inspirational message as Jon discusses breaking through constraints – whether you deal with a chronic illness, a physical challenge or are haunted by self-doubt – and learn to work with and around your particular obstacles.

1:00 How to deal with all kinds of life’s challenges.
1:50 Jon’s story and background.
5:35 How Jon grew Boost Blog Traffic to $100,000 a month and 7 employees, in 3 years, all from home – in a wheelchair!
7:20 What to do if you are on a limited income?
13:20 How to managing the unexpected.
14:00 How and why to set up systems that “put a gun to your head”.
16:35 What most people do when they have a bad day.
17:00 What successful people do when they have a bad day.
18:28 How to make success automatic.
19:00 What if you are too ill to work?
23:10 How and why to set up systems to stay healthy.
26:17 How do you keep from getting discouraged?
27:40 What to do when you can’t trust your own mind
32:02 How do you build a team when no one wants to be around a person with chronic illness?
34:33 Hiring virtual assistants.
37:03 For the person who doubts…
41:25 Finding the technology and tools that help you get things done.
46:34 Jon’s closing thoughts

Music featured on the podcast

“Dreaming of One Day” (c) 2011, written and performed by Leanne Regalla

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About Leanne Regalla

Leanne is a writer and musician and the founder of Make Creativity Pay. She's on a mission to help creatives of all types to pursue their art without going broke, living in their cars, or starving to death.


  1. Thanks Jon. Thanks Leanne. Great podcast! I appreciate all of the practical, actionable advice. (Bookmarked this one.)

    By the way, Leanne, I was originally introduced to your work when you wrote a fantastic guest post on Jon’s blog, Boost Blog Traffic. – http://boostblogtraffic.com/promote-your-art/

  2. Ash says:

    What a fantastic discussion.

    This interview with Jon Morrow really inspired me. If you haven’t already heard this episode I highly recommend it.

    I’ve listened to a LOT of podcasts and I can honestly say this third episode REALLY ROCKS! Especially the bit at the end where Jon talks about his first day at Kinder garten and how his mum reframes the term “disability”. Wow!

    Leanne’s also gone to the trouble of listing the various topics discussed with time stamps for easy access if you want to jump to bits that have a particular appeal.But personally I’d listen to the entire thing from start to end … A few times over!

    Jon offers some very practical and actionable tips on pushing through the down times. He communicates the value of “negative visualisation” and how it can be used as a mega motivator.

    Thanks Jon and Leanne. You really left me feeling inspired. Now I’m off to take some action!

  3. Justin Chaschowy says:

    Jon’s advice really resonated with me here.

    Procrastination stems from people having too much choice and not being able to buckle down on one thing. A lot of people depend on having an employer to solve this for them. We like having concise orders and steps laid out for us.

    As a self employed person this isn’t usually available, we’re always the ones ultimately choosing the paths we have to go down. I read this article: http://blog.bufferapp.com/are-you-too-tired-to-make-good-decisions-the-rise-of-decision-fatigue

    And I decided to make systems for myself using my crude coding skills. I came up with ways to randomly prompt myself to get things done. For example having a list of 15 things I can be working on. I use randomization to pick one and that becomes my only priority for the moment. I don’t have to make a choice, it’s like having a boss telling you what to do. This is the priority right now.

    A crude way to accomplish this if you have no programming skills would be casting a dice for yourself. If it lands on the sixth side, you’re going to start working on the sixth thing on your list.

    I have noticed a large boost in my productivity utilizing randomization like this. Removing the feeling of having too much to do. Feeling overwhelmed. Just trust the dice. Embrace the chaos.

    • Hi Justin,

      Somehow I missed this comment coming in (sorry!) but you are absolutely right. I’m working on making more and more of my daily routine simply habit, so that I’m not thinking about the things that have to get done, I just do them. One at a time, it helps. I like your randomization idea, for those days when you’re not facing a deadline and your priorities aren’t crystal clear. 😉


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