Lessons from an Underdog

Jon Acton
3 min readOct 4, 2023

I recently had a VIP “Rockstar” experience at a Jelly Roll concert in Indianapolis due to the generosity of a longtime friend. Over 25 thousand people crowded the arena to listen to this modern-day Rock/Rap/Country Star. Fresh off his 2023 People’s Choice Award for Male Artist of the Year, with hits like “Need a favor,” “Son of a Sinner,” and “Save Me,” this young man and his band crushed their performance, leaving the entire audience in awe.

Jelly Roll’s colorful background has been well documented, and I will not elaborate to point out specific challenges in his life. He has been…

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Jon Acton

Husband, Father, Former School Superintendent, National Blue Ribbon School Principal, Teacher, Coach, Author in progress