Under A Lot of Pressure

Written by: Jonathan
At work your boss is constantly riding you. At home, your spouse is constantly nagging you. Seems like everywhere you look, everyone is expecting too much from you. It feels like you're at the bottom of the pool and you're about to drown. You’re under a lot of pressure. Truth be told, you wish it […]
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Work Life Balance

Written by: Jonathan
Work/Life Balance is a Scam. Seems like most people hate their job. Seems like most people hate their life. And it seems like they're trying to find happiness by finding a balance point between the two. In this way of thinking, however, this hypothetical person is constantly stuck between two weights that are pulling them […]
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The Cost of Saying Yes

Written by: Jonathan
Why Saying No Really Matters Most of my life has been lived as an adventure. "Whatever makes for a better story" has been my go-to mantra for as long as I can remember. And I let it destroy my life. Opportunity Cost When we talk about decision making, there's a lot of ink spent on deciding […]
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Most Interesting Man at 30,000 Feet

Written by: Jonathan
On any plane, at any networking event, or any cocktail party I’m usually the most interesting person in the room. I used to think it was because I travel the world, have great tour stories, worked on multiple TV projects, or have famous friends. Nope. Couldn’t be more wrong. Here’s how it happens. Someone asks […]
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New Jobs

Written by: Jonathan
Old Game♟ Imagine you've spent your whole life getting good at playing chess. Everyone you know plays chess. Your family plays chess. Your dad & his dad before him played chess as far back as you can imagine. Then you hear about a new game, Go. It's completely unlike chess. The rules are different. It […]
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'Tis the season to be Jolly Overwhelmed

Written by: Jonathan
With Thanksgiving around the corner, you know what time of year it is! Holiday season! Seems like there's one party after another, and before you know it the season of gratitude feels more like the season for being grumpy. It's easy to get overwhelmed in the holiday season, so here's a checklist to see how […]
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Words Are Magic

Written by: Jonathan
Just now I was looking out the window letting my mind wander as I do quite often, and a weird thought popped into my head. Put the right words in the right order and you can get someone to give you money, fall in love, or even start a war. That's magic. Persuasive writing is […]
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How I Got A Company $100,000 of New Business In A Week

Written by: Jonathan
Case Study Let me walk you through how I got a company more than $100,000+ in new business, and then show you exactly how you can use the same techniques for yourself (even if you're not a big agency). A while ago I was hired on at the company as a graphic designer, and over […]
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Persuasion Is Dangerous

Written by: Jonathan
"...Persuasion is dangerous, particularly in an advertising and capitalistic world. You are persuading people to do things that may not be in their interest. In the last 10 years or so, I’ve become conscious of the difference between informing and persuading. It’s a moral question for anyone involved in communication." -Milton Glaser
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An Election of Blame

Written by: Jonathan
Oftentimes, when we're going through a difficult time (like a break up, a business failure, downsizing, etc), we try to figure out who is responsible for what so we can cut up the "blame pie," hoping that the other guy's slice is bigger than yours. "You're responsible for 51% of this problem, therefore the results […]
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