Beautifully Human / Jonathan Allan

As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread strength, love, and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to New York, New York with Jon Allan to hear his incredible story...

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I have known Jon since he was a very young man. Our mom's were super close friends so we were at their house a lot.

I always felt like he was a little brother to me.

I remember one time I was calling my mom at school and she asked if I wanted to talk to Jon and he got on the phone and it was a man on the line! His voice had gotten so deep!

He quickly became taller than me as well.

We have seen less of each other as we have gotten older but I still love him like a brother.

We had a chat not too long ago and it was as if we hadn't missed a beat. What an awesome dude. I am so happy to have him in my life, all these years later.

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Tell me a story that shaped your life…

- There are many stories and people that have shaped and enriched my life, it’s hard to choose just one. My grandfather, a college science professor, taught me from a very young age that learning is fun and there is always something new to explore if you look for it. My college tennis coach taught me the benefit of pushing yourself to the limit and giving 100% in everything you do. My parents gave me a great home to grow up in and two incredible role models living out how important family and faith are.

I also think of how much of an impact Nik had me growing up (have to take advantage of this to brag on him a little). Nik was the age of my older sister, five years my senior, and by all rights one would have expected him to just be a friend of the family, but in many ways I came to think of him as the older brother I never had. He was always kind and looked out for me even though I often thought of myself as the oddball kid who I am sure pestered him at all the wrong times and wasn’t the coolest kid for him to include with his friends. I also remember countless times when he was there to run to as I grew up, both when I was in trouble and when I just needed a friend. Because of Nik’s friendship and being the older brother I never had, I’ve always tried to mimic his kindness, inclusive attitude and undeserved love and care towards others.

Tell me a story that almost ruined your life… / Tell me a story of hope… 

- It’s surprising the things that have a way of getting out of hand in life. For me it was work and the idea that being good at my job and “having it all together” was the most important thing for me. I’ve always set the highest expectations for myself, so I threw myself into my first job after law school working for a big law firm in NYC doing corporate transactions. Unfortunately, I found that there is a lot of truth to the reputation firms like this have for being sweat shops and taking more from you than you can ever hope to give if you aren’t careful. Subtly, work became the most important thing—the only thi