24 Questions with Jason Vander Griendt

Jason Vander Griendt runs a business that generates over $1 million in revenue per year, and he’s the only employee! About Jason¬†JasonVanderGriendt.com

1. What does thriving mean to you?

Having a life where you feel very high levels of happiness and bliss most of the time. If one feels these emotions it means they have good family & friend relationships, they’re comfortable financially and are doing something they enjoy for work and they are healthy mentally and physically. I think most people have the option to improve these areas of life and if they do they will feel happiness and bliss more and more often.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?

Balancing money making activities I enjoy/family & friends/heath on an ongoing basis. The longer it’s balanced the better I feel and the more I thrive.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?

Procrastination. Putting off small things for too long makes them turn into big things. Big things become paralyzing or catastrophic to ones life. By dealing with problems immediately they never turn into a catastrophe.

4. How do you deal with challenging times? 

Face them immediately and solve them immediately. Again, by dealing with problems before they have time to grow keeps my problems small enough to not lose sleep over.

5. What was an embarrassing/painful moment you can share?

About 20 years ago taking a company to small claims court and thinking when I win this they will hand me the cash. I won but this didn’t happen and I learned a lot about how the legal system works.

6. What did you learn recently?

This isn’t recent but I’m reminded that it’s 100% true all the time and it’s that most people focus on making more money. What they don’t realize is that chasing money doesn’t make you more money. Chasing knowledge and skills makes you more money. So, read books, learn things and develop yourself into a smarter better person and more money becomes inevitable.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

I was in college and had no idea what life may bring but I was excited about it!

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

Reading books 100%. I started reading a lot more 5-10 years ago and that changed my life faster than anything else. There is no downside to reading what someone has spent decades learning and passing on the best nuggets of knowledge to you in a $10 manual. I commit to reading 2-3 books per week which to most people sounds like a lot but is actually only about 10 hours of total reading time per week. You don’t have 10 hours to spare in a week? How many hours do you spend binge watching Netflix? Does that exponentially improve your life like reading does? Do you really not have enough time to read or do you not make time to read?

9. Whats the one resource you would recommend?

Books

10. What is your favourite quote or motto?

The more things you own, the more they own you.

11. What are your top VALUES?

Honesty, respecting others and standing up for what is right.

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

Enjoying my life.

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

Commit to honesty early in life to have a good life. Making deep connections with other people takes years or even decades. By being honest consistently, others will want to stay around you and they will refer others to you. Your social circle will grow organically by being honest to people and you will have a nice life around people you can trust.

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?

Julius Cesar. He would have an interesting brain to pick.

15. What are you thankful for?

My parents

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?

Read books about stable people, they will rub off on you and give you perspective of how life can be and give you ideas about what you can change in your life to make it better.

17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?

Working on a balcony in Positano, Italy.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?

This is funny, in Italy about 12 years ago I was just newly dating an Italian girl and I was just learning how to speak Italian. We were taking a walk on a very nice sunny day having gelato both enjoying the early stages of a romantic relationship, smiling, holding hands etc. I wanted to ask her if she was happy (happy in Italian = felice) because she looked very happy and I said “tu sei facile” (facile = easy in Italian). Facile/felice are very similar sounding words but it didn’t even register that I said the wrong word so her reaction told me she wasn’t happy at all and I was like “what’s your problem?” We laughed pretty hard after we figured out the miscommunication.

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?

Dishonest people

20. What rule should we be breaking?

You don’t need to grind and hustle harder. This is a myth. Balancing your life will make success come sooner.

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

I’ve done everything I want to do. If I do more, great! Having too many wants in life makes for a miserable life because it’s living in constant lack. I have everything I want. I’ve gone everywhere I want to go. I’ve done everything I’ve wanted to do. Everything else that comes into my life is just bonus.

22. What is a step you would recommend one take to improve their life?

Read more books

23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?

Nick Singh @nicksangg

24. How can people connect with you?

IG @jasonvandergriendt