In today’s episode, I’m talking with business advisor, Jonathan Zoucha. Jonathan is sharing his story of healing from growing up without a father in the home and chasing his dreams of swimming in the Olympics.
Discover how Jonathan has been able to slowly surrender the track he thought he was destined for and accept the gift he has to advise businesses in their strategic decision-making.
Jonathan Zoucha (Zoo-ha) is a Portland, OR native from a single-parent household. Jonathan was taught from a young age by his Grandma if you want something in life, it must be earned and the importance of our heavenly father.
A God-given talent for swimming grabbed the attention of coaches at the local swim club and he experienced great success rising through the ranks to state records, and national recognition. The time in the pool developed a strong work ethic and he began working at numerous jobs in addition to swimming at the age of 15. The 12 years of competitive swimming where he developed lifelong friendships and aspirations of the Olympics also led to a stint of pride and rebellion. Towards the end of high school, as the headlines were running and colleges around the country were calling, he began to put God on the sidelines while dabbling in partying and seeking love in all the wrong places.
While Jonathan lived this party life for the next four years he’s quick to acknowledge that God never left him! In his sophomore year, he was introduced to a woman that would change his life. She showed him love and acceptance through the mess of a life he was living while her parents discussed the bible on every occasion possible. This constant reminder of God’s love, brought him back to church, where he would eventually fall to his knees in repentance and surrender to be re-baptized in Louisville, KY.
Now at almost 25, Jonathan lives.in San Francisco is now advising companies on one of the most expensive decisions a business makes, It’s office space and real estate. He has been asked to speak at an SF BisNow event and has been featured in the SF Business Times cover story, and the list goes on.