The Magic of a Simple Business

Written by: Jonathan
Here's something super cool about my life: Steve Martin and I are on the same career trajectory. Sure, he's 30 years ahead of me, but I'm close on his heels. Little known fact about him is he got his start working at a magic shop in Disneyland in California. One of my favorite weird jobs I've […]
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Recognition & Recall

Written by: Jonathan
If I asked you to look at a list of words, wait 5 minutes, and then write down as many as you could remember this would be an exercise in recall. If I asked you to look at a list of words, wait 5 minutes, and then tell me which ones look familiar on a […]
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Like vs Trust

Written by: Jonathan
If I'm going to have surgery done, the single most important factor in deciding who my surgeon is (besides what insurance I have), is whether or not I trust they can get the job done right. I don't care how terse they are in the consultation. I don't care that they didn't ask about my […]
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Stage Name

Written by: Jonathan
What I Learned About Personal Branding When I Picked My Stage Name Maybe you don't need a stage name. Maybe you don't have thousands of fans who want to track down where you live. Maybe you don't want to create an entirely fictitious persona for fun & profit. But here's why you should still care about […]
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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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