I’ll never forget the day Jon Brooks saved my life.

White-water rafting in Costa Rica last year, we suddenly found ourselves in a fucked up situation

In the frothing rapids our raft collided with one of many huge boulders, sending three of us flying into the water.

Jon managed to stay on the raft. I wasn’t so lucky…

As fate would have it, I found myself sucked underwater by the current, then pinned beneath the massive raft, against a large boulder…

I was probably underwater for 5-10 seconds total…

But the seconds were suddenly passing in slow motion

As I looked around, disoriented…

Desperately wondering if I was going to die down here…

Feeling like, “Fuck, I really did it this time. I went too far…

Finally the raft shifted, and I was able to surge back up above water, gasping for breath and scanning wildly for a way to get back on the raft…

That was the moment Jon saw me.

He said the look in my eyes was one of pure terror and primal desperation

I clawed my way toward the raft, and in an instant, Jon had lunged across the raft to help me…

He grabbed my life jacket with one arm, and in a rush of superhuman adrenaline-fueled strength, ripped my ~180lb soaking wet body out of the river and back into the raft.

I honestly just started crying while writing this, revisiting the intensity of that moment…

Maybe I wouldn’t have died in that river, but in that moment it felt like Jon had saved my life. 

My love and gratitude for my brother knew no bounds…

14 Months Later…

As many of you know, Jon is the primary Creator and Instructor for The Stoic Quest, the course we just launched this week at HighExistence.

Jon has been my colleague at HighExistence for over four years now…

And there’s a reason why, in that time, I have come to consider him one of my heroes and all-time best friends.

Jon is, hands down, one of the wisest human beings I have ever met.

He’s a man of true character, dignity, and integrity.

I’ve referred to him as a ‘sage in-training’ and an ‘undercover Carl Jung.’

In this life, Jon has truly “seen some shit“…

He’s seen the depths of darkness and returned to tell the tale, giving him an extraordinary level of insight into the nature of human life.

Jon’s deep groundedness and compassion have been a rock for me over the years.

He’s inspired me to go much deeper with meditation than I thought I would, and his incisive questions have substantially increased my self-awareness.

As it happens, Jon also knows far more about Stoicism than anyone else in my life.

And for him, ‘Stoicism’ is far more than some trendy modern life hack…

In the past couple years, Jon went through some of the most challenging shit I’ve ever heard of.

I don’t want to go into too much detail, but suffice to say that lesser men would not be standing after some of the shit Jon dealt with…

I spoke with Jon often as he navigated the most challenging chapter of his life.

When asking him how things were going, I recall him telling me on multiple occasions things like:

“Yeah, it’s challenging, but I’m reading about Stoicism daily and using the situation as a chance to practice Stoicism…”

Through a kind of philosophical alchemy, Jon used Stoicism to turn the most difficult experience of his life into a training ground for his mind and soul…

He used it to strengthen himself, and I watched him gain new capacities and a new level of quiet centeredness — a subtle ‘don’t fuck with me’ sort of aura — that I hadn’t seen in him before…

I watched him gain new layers of spiritual armor that could only be gained by walking through Hell like a warrior…



Where many would have been destroyed or become chronically resentful, Jon used Stoicism to let his personal Hell re-forge him into a mightier version of himself.

And in the midst of all this, he stepped into the role of a new father with uncommon grace, dedication, strength, tenderness, and selflessness…

Witnessing all this made a deep impression on me…

My deep respect for Jon expanded further.

Then he surprised me yet again…

Taking things to the next level, Jon took his new hard-won wisdom and energy and poured it into creating a life-altering obstacle course: The Stoic Quest.

I’m fucking amazed Jon was able to do this…

And I feel honored to be part of the HighExistence team that helped bring it to life and launch it into the world…

Just… wow.

I’m deeply grateful.

Jon designed this transformational experience to help you embody ancient Stoic wisdom and armor your mind and soul.

It’s a growth accelerator meant to jailbreak your routine, melt fear, and propel you into a state of confidence, inner calm, and uncommon courage

You now have about 10 hours left to enroll in The Stoic Quest and get 70% off + $1100 worth of bonuses

It feels great to be able to recommend this experience without hesitation, knowing that it is infused with the great wisdom of my brother, Jon Brooks.

I love you, Jon.

Thank you for sharing your gifts with all of us.

Sincerely,
Jordan Bates