Jonathan Horton: The Most Successful Failure In The History Of Men’s Gymnastics In The United States

This episode of the podcast features the Two-time Olympic Medalist, American Ninja Warrior, and now author, Jonathan Horton!

For 28 years, Jonathan dedicated his life to the sport of gymnastics. Although he wasn’t the most talented child to ever walk through the doors of a training facility, he battled his way to becoming a champion on the collegiate, national, world, and Olympic stages, winning two Olympic medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games. Recently, Jonathan wrote his first published book titled “If I had known,” which is geared toward young people with ambitious athletic and entrepreneurial goals.

Trevor and Jonathan touch on Jonathan’s journey to becoming an Olympian. Some major takeaways from his story are not to give up and that success isn’t about how we start, but how strong we finish.

Listen and learn why Jonathan says that he is “the most successful failure in the history of men’s gymnastics in the United States.” Tune in!

Episode Highlights:

●      Journey to Becoming an Olympian (3:48)

●      Jonathan’s Claim to Fame (11:17)

●      A Peek on Jonathan’s Second Book, Falling Forward (13:40)

●      Jonathan’s Journey to the Olympics (14:55)

●      On Being an Athlete and Entrepreneur (20:02)

●      Behind the Scenes of American Ninja Warrior (21:45)

●      How to Stay Fit? (25:20)

●      Tips on Building Faith and Confidence in Yourself (29:35)

●      Book Recommendations (34:00)


Resources Mentioned In This Episode:

●      If you are a future or aspiring business leader who wants to achieve the next level of success in your profession, get started by getting my FREE video short course: The Secret to Unleashing Your Top 1 Percent.

●      Learn more about Jonathan through his website:

●      Get a copy of Jonathan’s book, If I Had Known: Life Lessons from an Olympic Pro Athlete. This is the perfect read for anyone wanting to see what it takes to be one of the best in the world.

●      Jonathan’s second book, Falling Forward, is about his entire journey to the Olympics. Grab a copy now!

●      Connect with Jonathan:

o   Facebook

o   Twitter

o    Instagram

●      Book recommendations:

o   Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson

o   How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie


“Unfortunately, there’s a lot of people that think their talent will carry them to the finish line, and they don’t have a work ethic. So, they kinda phase-out.”

“Often, you’d find people making it to the top, whether it is athletics or business, because of the time that they put in.”

“Competitive athletics has a way of teaching you valuable lessons.”

“Switch things up, or you’ll get burnt out, and you won’t work out anymore.”

“It’s really hard to get into a routine and build confidence and faith in yourself if you can’t set a routine and commit to it every single day.”