This episode is part of our special webinar series on Using Your Platform For Good In Crisis.
Success is often driven by pain.
The pain of feeling like we could never measure up to someone’s expectations. The pain of a difficult childhood. The pain of the loss of a loved one. Any of these circumstances or many others may have caused you to bury your pain in performance.
Success can become a drug of choice to cope with the hurt.
If you find yourself in a season of exploring what’s next, and looking back you see that you were often driven by success, this conversation will help you explore how the pain of your past might be driving you, and how that can be transformed into purpose.
Jon Sundt, Board Chair, Founder, and Chief Visionary Officer of Natural High, is a Halftime Alum who experienced deep pain through childhood, then built a large, successful investment firm only to discover that his core passion is helping millions of students across America avoid the drugs that took his two brothers’ lives.
In this 30-minute webinar Jon shared with us:
- How to identify what is driving your success.
- How to acknowledge the pain of your past as a path to freedom.
- How to turn that pain into purpose.
CLICK HERE to watch or listen to the recording of our conversation.
Jon recently joined Lloyd Reeb and Doug Piper to discuss how to move from burying pain in performance, to leveraging pain for a greater purpose. Here’s what he shared:
1. Identify what is driving your success:
When both of Jon’s younger brothers lost their lives to drugs, it was a tremendously painful season. The aftermath of addiction left a tragic hole in his family. As a result, Jon took all of his focus and drive and buried himself in work. He was great at doing what he did, but underneath the success, there was pain and a bigger story. This story has been the key factor to the impact he is making today.
2. Acknowledge the pain of your past as a path to freedom:
At first, Jon was angry and upset with God. The spiritual and emotional wounds had to be dealt with. Wounds that are buried will eventually come out in relationships, communication styles, and unhealthy behaviors. Just like indigenous warriors, who would sit around the fire and show each other their wounds, talking about the scars, pain, and suffering of battles, Jon found healing in sharing his scars with others. He found that the biggest bonds and greatest learnings came from conversations with those who knew his scars. Wisdom is usually displayed in battle scars. Part of Jon’s healing was to understand his scars and approach them with an eternal perspective. Through his experiences, he had become an expert on addiction which led to the creation of Natural High, a preventative platform where he could share this expertise with others.
3. Turn pain into purpose:
Through hardships, you realize quickly that you’re not in control. Jon explains that he had to surrender the bitterness, resentment, and anger, turning to God for guidance and grace. With the pain, God brought healing and multiple platforms for families facing addiction and mental health challenges. Jon’s pain uniquely qualified him to step in to the hurt of a broken world. Today, over 8 million kids have been shown a new norm by stories shared from popular cultural icons through the work of Natural High. Similarly, Care Solace works with school systems to plug students into outside community support for help that is often difficult to come by. Jon reminded us that addiction is not a moral issue and chemistry does not signify character. There is power and healing in bringing these topics to the light.
“The hard things that you’ve been through in life have qualified you for greater work in the kingdom.”