Hi, I’m Jon Guerrera. As a result of a difficult time in my life (see “My Story” below), I created this blog to discuss ideas tied to success, happiness, productivity and mastering the self.
At The Present
I recently moved from New York to San Francisco to work for Google (a dream of mine since my freshman year of college). Some of my interests and hobbies include nutrition, weightlifting, tech entrepreneurship, mixing music, writing, drinking way too much coffee and trying new cuisines. The child in me enjoys Dance Dance Revolution, Halo 3, and Harry Potter.
My Story – Why This Blog Exists
The event in my life that first challenged me to take responsibility for my circumstances came about at an early age as a result of a chronic illness that doctors could not solve. My diet was poor, I rarely exercised, and my body seemed to increasingly reject the foods I ate with each passing day. I suffered through most of high school as the multitude of drugs I was given did nothing but deliver unpleasant side effects.
At the height of my frustration at the doctors’ inability to help me, I consulted with someone outside of the set of doctors I normally visited. Rather than prescribing me another drug, he insisted (rather bluntly) that I take a critical look at my lifestyle choices, which, he said, is something I have almost total control over, yet have completely neglected.
That doctor delivered a much-needed reality check. I felt stupid and lazy for not thinking (nor wanting) to take a critical look at my lifestyle. I was so distraught, I made a resolution later that day to do everything I could to take my health into my own hands. As soon as I got home from the doctor, I began to do research on what other people had done when faced with a similar situation as mine.
I did research on food intolerances, herbal supplementation, rotation diets, whole-food nutrition, deep breathing exercises, fitness and more. Eventually, I was able to cure myself of my illness, albeit after almost a year of experimenting and testing. It turned out to be a combination of food sensitivities, poor nutrition, and a weakened digestive system (which was made worse by all the drugs I was given). After seeing such success in improving my health, I changed my dietary and lifestyle standards and never looked back.
Once I realized that I had just overcome one of the biggest challenges in my life to date, it made me wonder, what other areas of my life could I improve by doing research and taking responsibility into my own hands? Thus began my journey to learn, experience and document methods of personal development that have given me more enjoyment out of life and have helped me to define and reach my goals. Because of certain individuals who chose to document their experiences through blogs, articles and forums, I was able to educate myself and become healthy. In that spirit, I choose to dedicate my time to continuing the cycle by giving my experiences and knowledge to those who may have similar challenges in life.
The Obligatory Disclaimer
I’m a fairly opinionated guy. It probably goes without saying, but I just want to make sure you know that everything I write on this blog is the product of my personal experiences, opinions, and beliefs. While I may draw upon experiences from companies I’ve worked with, past or present, keep in mind that I’m interpreting those experiences through the lens of personal development, and forming my own thoughts from that. Unless specifically mentioned otherwise, I’m never speaking on behalf of anyone else, whether it be a person or a corporate entity. (Besides, I doubt anyone would let me do that for them anyways.) Sorry for this brief interruption – you may now resume your regularly scheduled programming.