Stop looking for the easy way out because it just becomes the harder way.
Jonathan Barshop is an illuminating example of how putting in the extra effort into your work builds success, as well as your confidence.
He is the Co-Founder and Head of talent relations at Be My Guest, a podcast booking agency. Their work is guided by the philosophy of “Care. Give a sh$t. Provide value.”
And I’ve experienced their philosophy in action. When Jonathan emailed me for the first time with a guest suggestion, his email stood out because it showed he put in the extra effort. He made specific references to my podcast to show he actually listened to it and even left me a review on iTunes.
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why the secret to success is putting in the extra effort and not looking for a shortcut.
- The vetting process Jonathan used through to find his co-founder.
- How he turned his passion for podcasts into a new career opportunity.
- When he knew the time was right to leave his previous job to go all into podcasting.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Build your community
- Align your habits
- Self-direct your learning
- Embrace discomfort
How Jonathan Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:30 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Self-care. 2) Getting systems and processes down to allow for more work on the business rather than in the business. 3) Doubling down on self-care and treating yourself sometimes.
- Ideal work environment: In a well-lit co-working space.
- Superpower: Knowing how to approach people in an authentic way.
- 90-day goal: Building systems and processes to make the whole team’s lives easier.
“I was actually interested in the work and what we were doing and so it kind showed in the output.”
“That’s how life is, in general, you’re just curating best practices that work best for you.”
Jonathan shared these reminders when seeking the help of others:
1) Do: surround yourself with like-minded people and just have conversations with them to build a strong connection.
2) Don’t: come in to a situation with an ask straight away when you’re not offering value at all.
Resources + Bonus Materials
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