Johnathon Jones // Perseverance, Goal Setting & Rejecting Alternatives
Johnathon Jones is a machine when it comes to hard work, focus and perseverance. He is an American professional basketball player, who last played for KK Igokea of the Bosnian League and Adriatic League. Before that, and at the beginning of his collegiate career, John was already topping the NCAA in assists. By his junior season, he lead the nation in assists.
And that's just the basketball side of Johnathon Jones. Currently, John is pulling double-duty, working at FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles) while pursuing his MBA.
Fun fact to kick this one off, Johnathon and I were both new students when we first met each other. I believe it was right before 7th grade. That said, I’ll let you debut the city name. Where were we raised?
Raised in Okemos, MI
So, what’s next for you? Is there a current goal you are working towards in your career, or a specific vision ahead?
Currently working at FCA, where I am in the Manufacturing Leadership Development Program, while I am pursing my MBA. My vision is to keep climbing the ranks in the manufacturing business and become a director.
Busy, busy, busy. A lot of juggling per se, which probably comes natural with the basketball career you pursued for so long. Tell us about that. What fuels you to push forward? Was there an event, or personal moment that triggered it all?
Growing up playing basketball I fell in love with the game. The comradery with my teammates and competitiveness fueled me. Over the summer, heading into my junior year of high school, I was playing summer basketball on the top team in the state. We headed out to the largest tournament of the summer in Las Vegas, where every college coach attends. When we arrived in Las Vegas our team was warming up, and the coach pulls me aside and tells me that I am not starting this game. I wasn’t bothered by the move because I knew I would still play a lot of minutes. But what I didn’t see coming that weekend was not playing a single minute in our five games. The coach had a hidden agenda that he wanted to put the spotlight on a different player.
That situation fueled me for the rest of my career. I never wanted someone to be in control of my success.
So often we are faced with rejection, especially in sports, but what we do in the face of it allows us to grow as human beings. How have you overcome rejection? How did you feel?
Rejection is a part of life, especially in the sports world. Learning from your situation and using it to fuel yourself to get better is what makes you successful. Not allowing your obstacles to stop you only makes you a stronger individual.
If you could offer a piece of wisdom/advice to someone who is ready to break their own boundaries, what would you tell them?
Set a goal, out work your competition and don’t let anything stop you from achieving your goal. In high school my goal was to play college basketball, I was fortunate to play Division 1. When I got to college, I was one of the assist leaders in the NCAA. I set a goal that I wanted to lead the NCAA, my junior season I lead the nation in assist. Continue to set goals that will keep pushing you.
What mantra do you want the world to remember you by?
Strive to succeed.
What does it mean to you to be fueled by choice?
Being fueled by choice means that I am in control of my future. You don’t let others determine your outcome and you stay the course of your goals.
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