The island and the bridge.

Chasing a dream is like being on an island. You spend months, maybe even years working that geography. You know every palm tree, every rock, every flower of that small landscape. This is your baby, this is your dream!

And it’s an amazing island, I am proud of your island, I am, but I have to warn you about something.

Islands need bridges. Islands need boats. Islands need runways.

Even the best island will never be as awesome as it could be unless there are ways for other people to connect to it and in a lot of times, actually add to it. For example, I like to encourage people to chase their dreams. For about 6 years I did this by writing down ideas in my journal and grabbing coffee with friends. I had an island that I loved but was afraid to build a bridge to it.

So my ideas stayed pretty small. Until I got online. Suddenly there were a thousand possible bridges. Suddenly there were a million boats. Suddenly, I could put a runway on my island and allow amazing planes like the Dreamers & Builders Facebook group to land. The best part is that when you share your island, it grows bigger than you. The Dreamers & Builders group isn’t mine. It’s ours. That’s a huge difference.

The best dreams always transform from yours to ours.

I love finding new bridges. They can be people, platforms and sometimes companies. Doing this all on my own these last 6 months has honestly been pretty intimidating. I don’t have the awesome team around me that I once did. I felt like I was back on the island. But you guys brought your boats. And some amazing companies landed their planes. On Monday I’m opening the 30 Days of Hustle back up for sign up for the next round. And this time, I have a ridiculous email/internet/ninja company that is helping me do it. Talk about staying a small island, hundreds of people missed out last time because I screwed up the sign up the email sign up process.

Not anymore. The lonely island days are over.

Dreams are more fun when more people are part of them.

Thanks for the bridges and boats.

Here’s to more to come.

  • Nick
    Posted at 11:38h, 21 March Reply

    Wait… you’ve been sending e-mails for the first few rounds using an email company. Now that you’ve employed an email/internet/ninja company for this round will you be sending ninjas?!?!

    Because I could use a new ninja.

    • Rick Theule
      Posted at 14:09h, 21 March Reply

      Makes me wonder what happened to your last ninja….

    • Shanna
      Posted at 14:15h, 21 March Reply

      Yes. Do share the ninjas.

  • Theresa
    Posted at 12:28h, 21 March Reply


    Very inspiring post! It has been really impressive all the things you’ve been able to accomplish since stepping out. A whole group of us panicked when your site was down… it has been great to watch things grow on

  • David Mike
    Posted at 12:37h, 21 March Reply

    I am so glad you did that because I would just be standing around telling my story to one person at a time instead of the 18,000 or so views I have had on my blog. The blog started because of this group and all the support I received from #allthemembers.

  • Jen
    Posted at 14:05h, 21 March Reply

    As I posted in my DnBupdate yesterday, I wouldn’t be where I am with out this community. So grateful for all of the blessings. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Corie Clark
    Posted at 14:12h, 21 March Reply

    Jon! I am so glad that you opened up your island. I can’t imagine where I’d be if I hadn’t visited. The dreams and ideas are unending and I’ve learned so much from you. Now, because of you and all of the Dreamers & Builders, I will be launching a book in the next couple of months. I can’t thank you enough!

  • Rick Theule
    Posted at 14:12h, 21 March Reply

    Inflatable Floaties
    Whatever it takes my friend. I’m doing whatever it takes to reach your island. And, #allthedreamers are coming with me.

  • Camilla
    Posted at 14:17h, 21 March Reply

    I wouldn’t be near where I am today if it wasn’t for all the bridges, boats and more brought to my island. I would still be looking for ways to connect to the mainland. I couldn’t imagine my life now without the Dreamers & Builders, the 30 Days of Hustle and you, Jon and all you do. You shared your island and now our lives are full of laughter, connections, inspiration, truths, support and community! And all you did was to ask us to join an Adventure ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tammy Helfrich
    Posted at 14:28h, 21 March Reply

    Love being on this dreaming journey with you and Jenny and the awesome community. Such a great reminder to bring people along with us on our journey.

  • Sarah Hubbell
    Posted at 14:59h, 21 March Reply

    DnB represent! I’m so glad you built the bridges because my island is freaking AWESOME with #allthedreamers visiting and adding to it. They are a constant source of inspiration and encouragement.

  • Scott Cuzzo
    Posted at 15:07h, 21 March Reply

    So thankful for this community that you created!!! It’s helped me a ton! Great to meet you in S.D. too!

    Here’s to building bridges.

  • Rebecca Chapman
    Posted at 15:30h, 21 March Reply

    What do you do when you have been building bridges and it seems like no one wants to cross? How do you avoid the temptation to just want to tear the bridges down because not as many people are coming to the island has you hoped?

    • Chester
      Posted at 16:18h, 21 March Reply

      Good question. What happens when you’re island is in the best shape it can be in, the “open” sign has just been turned on….but no one shows? Or, better yet, how do you get people to come to YOUR island, when just a few miles away, someone else opened an almost identical island?

      • Chester
        Posted at 16:20h, 21 March Reply

        that should be *your* island in the second sentence…oops.

  • Tami Romani
    Posted at 16:32h, 21 March Reply

    Jon – you expanding the reach from your island has allowed so many of us to go beyond our own and dream bigger dreams than we thought possible. Thank you for that.

  • lwwarfel
    Posted at 17:46h, 21 March Reply

    So exciting to be part of the landing party! Your creativity and sticktoitiveness are off the island all the time, in my estimation.

  • Sally Rudkin
    Posted at 18:17h, 21 March Reply

    Oh thank you very much for inviting all of us onto this island with you!!! I might still be tilling my own island, slowly getting it ready, but at least it’s moving forward! I still am pulling the machete out often to clear my way, but I have been inspired not only by you and Jenny, but everyone else who’s been along for the ride!
    Keep it up! Can’t wait to see what’s next for you!!!

  • Colleen English
    Posted at 18:35h, 21 March Reply

    This post makes makes me so excited for all that is to come. SO glad that you shared your island with us. Dreaming has never been as fun as it has with this group! Can’t imagine the world without it.

  • Audra Rogers
    Posted at 23:57h, 21 March Reply

    So glad to be on this journey with you. If it weren’t for you and your emails I never would have made it past my own mental blocks to try and be brave. Blessings to you Jon! I look forward to seeing what’s next for you. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kristin
    Posted at 08:19h, 22 March Reply

    I can’t imagine where I would be right now had I not gotten in the boat. When you announced the first round hustle, my husband and I had just finished reading Start. We had no idea what you had planned but we jumped on board and have been hustling ever since.

    You really are changing lives. What I want to know is how we can help repay you for everything you’ve done for us.

  • Missi
    Posted at 09:18h, 22 March Reply

    These islands, bridges and boats along with the general awesomeness of the D&B and the Hustlers groups have allowed me to start dreaming again. While I am not 100% sure what my island will look like its starting to take shape thanks to you!

  • Sean Nisil
    Posted at 16:14h, 22 March Reply

    I could write pages and pages here, but I will simply say thank you. Thank you for taking a risk and inviting us on the journey.

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