The Mindset to Change Your Life’s Direction, w/ John Brontsema

My whole life was dedicated to baseball from an early time. People say, “Don’t put your identity,” or “You’re not a baseball player. That’s not your identity.” It really is though. While it’s not, it feels like it, because every decision I made, everything I was passionate about was baseball and achieving the next level.



Paper Clouds Apparel Founder Robert Thornton – Doing More For Those In Need | Episode 11 #theSKYLERIRVINEshow

Robert Thornton was born and raised in Northern California, and had a passion and drive for baseball all his life. His plan was to become a Major League Baseball player and according to him there was simply no other option. At 27, his body would no longer support his passion for baseball, and he was at a loss. His identity was shattered and he felt he had nowhere to turn. Fast forward years later, and Robert is the CEO of two companies. His story is incredibly inspiring and his generosity is contagious throughout the community.

He started Paper Clouds Apparel a few years after he lost baseball. Inspired by a drawing from a child, and the thought of a cool looking T-Shirt, Thornton launched the company and has since been able to utilize the art work of people with special needs, and create jobs for them in the community.

He also runs Cloud Covered Streets, a nonprofit that is working to provide better care for the homeless. With this company, Robert has handed out over 1300 new shirts, socks, shoes, food, water, backpacks and more to the homeless community. He is also working to provide safe mobile shower facilities in Phoenix and around the country for individuals living on the streets. Robert and his service in the community is contagious and groups of people from all over the valley are coming together to help in any way they can. You can read more about this on his website listed below. In this episode, Robert and Skyler go into entrepreneurship, grit, and how to be a more present and caring person.

You can find Robert on social media at:

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Instagram – @thorny20

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