I’m Jonathan Wells and this is My Story

Master Coach Jonathan WellsMy name is Jonathan Wells and I’m the guy behind Advanced Life Skills. If you’ve ever wondered about my story and background, well here it is. After all why should you let me into your personal life if you don’t know anything about mine?

I guess my tendency is, not to talk very much about myself. The truth is, I’m more interested in you than I am in me. But fair is fair, so here’s my story or at least part of it.

As I think back, I recognize that I owe my parents a great deal of gratitude. From the time I was very small I was taught that I could accomplish anything I wanted to in life. What an advantage that one teaching has proved to be. Because of it, I have viewed my entire life as a great adventure full of promise and opportunity.

Many people spend their lifetime coping with the dis-empowering beliefs they were taught as children. As I work with these people to help them break those limiting thought patterns, I am constantly grateful for my own beginnings. Parents please take note; make a choice to empower your children from a very early age.

All my life I’ve been passionate about health and fitness, and exploring the limits of human potential. From a young age, I noticed that people’s emotions and accomplishments varied greatly according to how they viewed any situation.

Here’s an example from my own life: When I was seven, my parents told me I was adopted and explained exactly what that meant. I analyzed the situation and decided that it was an advantage. Why? Because I reasoned that my parents had a choice, and I was the beneficiary of that choice. Many who find themselves in a similar situation feel a big void in their life. To me it felt like a blessing.

Another advantage I had as a young person was that my mother was a self taught nutritionist. So while other kids were eating Sugar Pops, we were eating whole grains and taking vitamins every day. As a teenager, I formed an affinity for working out and eating right, which continues to this day. Again, I consider my nutritional awareness to be a gift from my childhood.

By the time I was 21 years old I had escaped Southern California (no offense if you choose to live there), purchased a large tract of land (25 acres) in rural Southern Oregon, and set about building the life of my dreams. I felt that it was time for Jonathan Wells to write a new life story, starting with a brand new beginning.

How could I do all this at such a young age? Because I believed then as I do now, that nothing is impossible, and I constantly acted on that belief. That was more than 35 years ago and to this day, I still believe that life is a great adventure full of promise and opportunity.

In the course of those 35+ years I met and married the woman of my dreams, raised children, and explored personal growth and development on every level.

Through my Breakthrough Strategy Coaching practice I have had the joy and privilege of working one-on-one with an international client base and helping them overcome a wide range of personal and professional challenges. This blog gives me the opportunity to share what I have learned with everyone and to make a genuine contribution to the lives of millions who might not be in a position to hire a coach

Well, now you probably know more about me than I do about you. So I guess it’s your turn. Please, leave some feedback. Let’s do this personal growth and development thing together. If you want to send me a private message, please use the contact form. If it’s too long for the form just say so in your message and I will email you back so we can talk about it.

Here’s to developing Advanced Life Skills together,
Jonathan Wells


Articles from my personal life experiences

The Power of Intention – A Personal Quest
28 Things You Never Knew About Jonathan Wells
When Your Inner Voice Speaks Do You Listen?
Seeking Wisdom from Outside the Box
Fear Lessons from a Bear, Rattlesnake, & New Yorker
Is Your Integrity For Sale?
Deep Insight on Life from My Grandpa
How to Avoid Insanity and Stay On Course
Is There Opportunity Outside the Comfort Zone?
Personal Development – Is Your Ego Getting In the Way?
Do You Truly Value Your Closest Relationships?
Let Nature Unwind Your Stress
7 Minutes on the Garden Isle of Kauai

P.S. If you want to Google me use mrjWells. As it turns out, there are a lot of other people named Jonathan Wells so to avoid confusion I have adopted the online user name: mrjWells

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Very motivational and inspirational writings. I’ll be back often. Thanks, Karen


Ruth Hegarty

Hi, great to see more and more people doing this work. I like your confidence building article.




i got your article in face book . thank you for writting positive things!!


Jeremy Johnson

I enjoyed reading your biography, Jonathan. In a way, you are a future representation of what I hope to accomplish – I am 32 years of age presently, with an almost 3 year old daughter and a 1 month old daughter and a family I cherish very much. Thanks for sharing this information. I’ll be looking around your website more and hope to find some videos of you as well to learn from :)


Farnoosh ~ Prolific Living

Loved this bio, Jonathan. The power of choice, never to be forgotten or taken lightly. NOTHING is impossible if we set our minds to achieve….!



hi jonathan,

such an inspiring life you have! i am all the more inspired to plant only beautiful seeds to the fertile mind of my 5-year old son so that he will grow up with that sense of connection and identity to his true self. you are a very beautiful spirit and blessing to us who are in the path of discovering our true potential. thank you so much.



I like what you wrote about yourself . it seems that your parents played a huge rule in your success .. and that’s what I believe in .. parents have a very big & importent rule in building up their kids

I like your saying ” Parents please take note; make a choice to empower your children. ”
I posted it as my status on facebook and I listed it in my Quotes’ list

I really admired you . you’re such a positive person you really inspire me thank you for that I will follow you from now :)



Hi Jonathan,
Thanks so much for sharing your story – I really loved reading it! It was just so heartwarming and inspirational. Plus, the beginning feels very similar to my own story, as my mom has always been super supportive and encouraging as well. It really does make all the difference in the world. :)



Love your articles and insights. It is also wonderful that you are using the gift your parents gave you (belief in yourself) to help others replace their negative programming.



I like your article man, you motivate me as i am going through challenges you give me strength to be positive about my life.



Hi Jonathan,

I am glad to hear your inspiring story. As I bring my two toddlers up, I will bear in mind what you said about the importance of us parents imparting a great mindset of abundance and unlimited power to them. I did not have that privilege but am glad to be part of this great personal development tribe now.

Will be making regular visit to your site often from now on as I find the content really relevant to what I am doing as well.




Jonathan, what a lovely ‘about you’ intro! I really resonated with the fact you looked at your adoption as a blessing.

I have a couple of friends who are adopted and “choose” to focus on the fact they were ‘given up’… and “choose” not to look at how special and blessed they are to have been chosen by their current parents. (despite my best efforts to persuade them otherwise).

It seem to me you had an excellent set of examples to lead by. It is plain to see why you turned out such a fine young man! :-)




It was so good to read your story thank you so much for being so honest and genuine. I am up late tonight because of decisions that stress me out. I came across your web site and now i feel I may be able to get back into bed and actually fall to sleep.



I really like the information about self-esteem. I have most of my life have felt capable of doing what ever I set out to do. With the positive input I get from Advanced Life Skills, it helps me to keep the balance that you mention. Thank you. Lynette



Hey Jon:

I was fortunate in being raised in a 70′s Leave It To Beaver type atmosphere and have always known that i can do anything…well, not plasma physics or anything, but you get the gist. I have recently married and my wife is frequently tormented by her horrific childhood and cannot seem to stop dwelling in the past and projecting negativity. This is completely understandable and she has been in therapy for years, but it seems that the scared little girl who has learned to expect the worst from experience and life can’t leave her comfort zone of misery for long. Any suggestions?


Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills

Hi Joe, your wife has programmed response patterns and limiting beliefs that are not serving her. She needs to go through a specific process to dismantle these beliefs and response patterns. My book outlines this process and I can promise you that this technique is not something her therapist is familiar with. If she needs more intense one-on-one assistance, consider Breakthrough Strategy Coaching. But by all means, give the book a try first.



I can’t remember how I found your site (I was feeling down and looking for encouragement over the internet but I can’t remember my exact google search) but I am SO glad I did. Thank you so much for taking the time to write these articles.



Thank you so much for sharing your insights, so very much needed in our scrambled up world.



Hi Jonathan,

Thanks for sharing your story! I was greatly inspired by the fact that at 21yrs of age you had already taken a major step towards the life of your dreams. God bless you!



Very inspiring to hear how passionate you are about hour work. I am already a big fan and look forward to learning more. Thank you.


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