I Wish I Knew
By Jonathan A. Graham
I Wish I KnewAug 02, 2022
The Art of The Ask
Fault vs. Responsibility
I recently was reminded of this concept: Fault vs. Responsibility when a contractor dropped the ball and was unprofessional with me; it cost me a lot of money as a result.
In this episode I talk about this recent event and the importance of not getting caught up on Fault vs. Responsibility
Three questions that I asked myself:
- What can I do immediately (Immediate Solutions Focused)
- What role did I play in contributing to this outcome (Reflective Focus)
- What am I willing to do about this going forward to prevent this from happening again? (Long Term Adaptation or Behavior Change)
Book: Extreme Ownership
Identifying and Eliminating Trojan Horses
The Two Golden Rules
The Golden Rule is one of the most valuable and timeless precepts to live by. But did you know there is another Golden Rule?
Finding Your Lane and Staying In It
To maximize your hand in life, it's important to know your strengths, find your lane, and stay in it. In this episode we talk about the epiphany that Jeff Bezos had that led to him switching lanes, and the 3 things I think about to know if I'm on to the right track.
Alignment, Purpose, and Loving Yourself with Top 1% Podcast Host Danny Miranda
In this episode, Danny talks about how he got started with podcasting, his motivations and routines, his definition of a good day, and how writing ‘I love myself ' every day transformed his life. He also discussed his twitter post about alignment and why it feels effortless to be aligned with your purpose in life.
Danny Miranda is a podcaster and youtube content creator on a mission to help 1 million people build better habits. With over 200 episodes on his podcast, Danny Miranda touches on topics about self-development, meditation, fitness, writing, spirituality, high performance, NFTs, and content creation.
Learn more about Danny Miranda:
Books, Self-awareness, and Discipline with Juvoni Beckford
In this episode, Juvoni talks about his background, his passion, and his path to becoming a software engineer. How he went from business school to working in wall street while teaching himself how to code on the side. He discusses how to position yourself for opportunities during immense changes, publishing annual self-reviews, and talks about his achievement of reading 450 books and what inspired him to read.
Juvoni Beckford is a Software Engineer at Google, a Blogger that writes on areas around productivity, personal finance, and personal development. He is also a community builder, currently running a large personal development community and software engineering mastermind group to help black software engineers break into the industry.
Check out these books at Amazon:
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Selling Hypnotically: The Art Of Suggestion by Richard Barker
The Art Of War by Sun Tzu
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
Juvoni’s tweet on reading 450 books:
The Importance of Running To vs. Running From
In this 5 min episode I reflect on a recent conversation I had with a friend who was considering a job change. It reminded me of a similar decision that I've made in the past.
Livin' Rent Free with Mark Jones
In this episode Mark Jones talks about how he got started House Hacking and why he believes that it is one of the best ways to build wealth in America, he also talks about strategies to staying productive and organized, and why owning assets will give wealth to you and the next generations of your family.
Mark Jones is a Realtor and Real Estate Investor in Los Angeles, founder of the Livin' Rent Free Academy where he teaches thousands of people across the nation how to invest in and build wealth through real estate.
Check out these books at Amazon:
Nothing Down for the 2000s by: Robert G. Allen
Real Estate Investing for Dummies
Deep Work by: Cal Newport
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by: Dan S. Kennedy
Getting Things Done by: David Allen
Betting On Yourself with TikTok Star Josh Ogundu
In this episode Joshua talks about how he bet on himself, taking up a job for $12 an hour, moving to LA, his previous job on TikTok, and becoming a CEO for a dating app. He also discussed the value of education and how to be lucky and the things that can influence it.
Joshua Ogundu is the co-founder and CEO of 'Heart to Heart', an audio first dating app that allows users to hear the story behind the photos on a profile. He is also a former TikTok product operations lead and has created TikTok videos about the reality versus expectation of working in tech.
Find out more of Joshua at:
Using Metrics, Ratios, and Comps for Building Wealth, Accountability and Progress!
This episode is about the importance of using ratios, metrics and comps for making better decisions and tracking progress in your personal life. Whether building wealth, or taking care of your health, using quantitative metrics can be very useful for accountability and progress.
Streaks App: https://streaksapp.com/
"Who, Not How" with Mike Ayala
In this episode, Mike talks about his background, marrying at a young age, and how wanting to be a present father shaped his view on tackling his career. He also talks about what he gains from meditation, joining a group called Gobundance, and a deep dive on the book “Who not how” by Dan Sullivan.
When we want something done, we've been trained to ask ourselves: "How can I do this?" Well, there is a better question to ask. One that unlocks a whole new world of ease and accomplishment. Expert coach Dan Sullivan knows the question we should ask instead: "Who can do this for me?"
Mike Ayala is an investor, speaker, podcaster and founder of Investing for Freedom. Mike helps busy professionals and business owners find true freedom to live their best life. He’s also co-founder of Four Peaks Capital Partners, LLC. His scope includes operations, management teams, development, and chief people officer.
Learn more about Mike Ayala:
The Importance of Vision
Having a clear vision is important for avoiding distraction and achieving big goals.
The Importance of Reflection
Reflection is deliberate and structured thinking about choices. It is an integral step to improving our practice. The truth is that many of us are so busy trying to move forward with our lives that we rarely take a moment to slow down and be at one with our thoughts. Plus, we often don’t recognize the importance of self-reflection and the impact it can have on our lives.
What if we made self-reflection part of our everyday routine instead of a yearly thing?
In my opinion, self-reflection is one of the best ways that you can shift your mindset, increase positivity in your life, and grow.
Check out Dickie Bush's "21 Questions to Reflect on":
Viewing Feedback as a Gift
In this episode, Akash talks about his background, his journey from his role in data analytics to becoming a product manager, taking a gamble by leaving a prestigious job at Netflix in exchange for a lower paying job to pursue his dream role. He also talks about an incident while working in Netflix where it involves a lesson on how to handle feedback and why we should treat feedback as a gift
Akash Mukherjee is currently a Product Lead at Wayfair with an MBA at Kellogg, previously worked for Netflix as a data engineer, and Facebook as a Business Intelligence Analyst.
Gratitude: How Math and History Help Me Stay Grateful
Having an "attitude of gratitude" is scientifically proven to provide a number of health benefits. In this episode I talk about how math and history help give me context for the things I have to be grateful for.
Make Your Bed YouTube Clip (2 min): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgzLzbd-zT4
The Importance and Power of Consistency
Jonathan Graham links:
1:47 It took him a year to publish his podcast. He was inspired by a book titled Atomic Habits. Now he publishes his podcast with consistency. KEYNOTES:
0:00 Focus on small habits.
2:11 quality ends up being a function of quantity.
2:27 There is power in repetition. There is power in consistency.
2:31 Anything that is big starts as small.
2:41 There's a lot of efforts that go into the process of becoming great.
3:25 The key to being successful is consistency.
4:51 Over time you can kick down any goal if you're just consistent with it.
Book: Atomic Habits by James Clear -audible.com/pd/Atomic-Habits-Audiobook/1524779261-
Mentors Matter! with "The Mentorship Guy" Brian Keenan
In this episode, Brian talks about the importance of having a mentor and how it will open opportunities, create networks and expose you to the industry that you are interested in. He also talks about his own experience of having a mentor, how it helped him on his journey to his dream job, and how it inspired him to create his own company.
Brian Keenan is the founder and CEO of Join-Odyssey.com, an organization that aims to connect underrepresented students with inspiring professionals, Help them build meaningful relationships, and find their dream job. He is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charterholder.
Check out these books at Amazon:
The Years That Matter Most by Paul Tough
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
The Dangers of Dismissiveness with Andrew Yu
In this Episode, Andrew Yu Talks about his background from studying Politics and Philosophy to getting into Engineering and Product Management. He also discussed owning decisions in what to do with life, getting over yourself and not caring what other people are thinking. Going in depth with dismissiveness and the factors behind it, it’s effects from personal level to society as a whole.
Andrew Yu is the Director of Product Management Fellowship at On Deck, a continuous community for ambitious product leaders who want to maximize their career to its greatest potential through professional development and access to a trusted network of peers. He is also a Consultant, served as a coach for UC Berkeley's PM studio program, Instructor for the YouTube channel Product School, a musician and an artist.
Setting Goals That Matter with Serial Entrepreneur Michael Nelson
Michael Nelson has been an entrepreneur since starting his first company at age 29. After losing his first company during the “Dot-Bomb”, he started his second company vowing to do it differently. This time he decided to do long-range planning, set goals and work toward accomplishing them. The business was successful and grew steadily. In this episode Michael talks about the importance of setting goals, reviewing them often, self-awareness, and having an accountability partner for every part of your life.
Michael is the author of Goals That Matter, owner of TLC tech, and Ultra-marathoner. Through trial and error, he realized that achieving his goals required regular review and high accountability, developing the system now known as Goals That Matter, and he’s excited to help others find their success.
Learn more about Michael Nelson:
Bouncing Back, Financial Freedom, Finding Purpose and Living an Intentional Life with John Marty
In this episode John talks about his experience owning a company and losing it, the things he learned from losing his job and money, and how he was able to navigate to bounce back in life. He also discussed true financial freedom, monotony in the corporate world and how it suppresses creativity, pursuing meaning and purpose, and his thoughts about retirement.
John Marty is on a mission to help people achieve financial freedom and pursue more fulfilling lives. At 31, he was penny-less, had a baby on the way, and zero job prospects, despite applying to 150 companies. John’s desperate situation led him to take a job at Best Buy for $12 an hour while reinventing himself through the completion of an MBA at the University of Colorado, and a 6-month software development boot camp. After graduation, John landed at American Express as a Senior Product Manager and then left for Amazon in 2017. His journey has led to a deep sense of perspective, humility, and purpose that he draws on to help shape the lives of others.
Learn more about John Marty:
Check out these books at Amazon:
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Rober T. Kiyosaki
Rich Dad's Cashflow Quadrant by Rober T. Kiyosaki
Find Your F*ckyeah by Alexis Rockley
Think Again by Adam Grant
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
Breaking The Habit of Being Yourself by Dr. Joe Dispenza
A Job to Love by The School of Life
Atomic Habits by James Clear
UNSCRIPTED by MJ DeMarco
Dealing with Anxiety with Vineet Pandey of Anxiety Asset
There are forty million Americans with anxiety. With a statistical record of one in five rating. There is a need to address this anxiety attacks and convert it into an asset. The negative effect of anxiety is suicide. In adult ages suicide is the second leading cause of death.
Vineet is an accomplished management consultant from Minnesota who work with executives and helping companies optimize strategize and monetize. A blogger. He created a website called Anxiety Asset which aims to help people with low levels of anxiety direct the energy into positive force.
- Gratitude is one of the most powerful help to increase quality life.
- Anxiety is like puberty you will never know when will it hit.
- “ Do it Scared”
- The power of being your authentic self is a real power.
- Don't care about other superficial ways of fitting in to try and attempt to appease people.
- A lot of anxiety comes from putting on a facade.
- “Be yourself”
- Insecurities contributes to anxiety
- Anxiety can be an asset not a liability
- Work on your positive habits
- “Proper planning, prevents poor performance.”
- “Confidence, isn't belief that people will like me. It's the belief that I'll be okay, whether they like me or not.”
- How you spend your day is how you spend your life.
Check out this book at Amazon:
Fail Until You Don’t by: Bobby Bones
Triple Net Leases, Understanding Yourself, and Keys to Success with Terrence Murphy
In this episode Terrence Murphy talks about his background, on getting drafted with the NFL Texas A&M, and a walk thru on how he got into the real estate business. He also talks about how to increase returns and the importance of continuous learning.
Terrence Murphy is a retired American football wide receiver and return specialist. He played college football at Texas A&M University and professionally in the National Football League (NFL) with the Green Bay Packers. He is also the CEO, Broker for TM5 Properties, a real estate company specializing in residential, land and investments in Brazos County, Texas.
Succeeding in Enterprise Software Sales w/ Google Cloud Sales Leader, David Kahn
Some analysts predict up to 30% of today's jobs will be automated by 2030. However not all jobs will face the same pressure. Demand for sales professionals, particularly, complex business-to-business sales continues to grow, as more and more of our economy becomes digitized and companies further invest in technology.
In this episode with David Kahn, Head of Sales for Google Cloud, Nevada, shares his journey into sales, what it takes to succeed, what he looks for when hiring, compensation and earning potential, as well as the things he wish he knew when he was younger.
David's Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exploring the $1B Sync Music Licensing Industry with Jesse Josefsson
Ever wondered about the intro and background music in TV shows, movies, commercials, and video games? There's a whole BILLION dollar industry behind it! This is also known as "sync license" and refers to an agreement surrounding the use of recorded music in any product involving the simultaneous use of music and moving images. Getting successful placement can come with huge exposure and can generate significant revenue through sync license fees and performance royalties.
In this episode, Jesse Josefsson talks about his journey with his music career, how the industry works, the type of earning potential that exists, why you do not need to be a rockstar to make a lot of money, and what it takes to get started and be successful.
Jesse Josefsson is a Professional TV/Film Sync Licensing music producer with credits with ABC, NBC, CBS, Nike, Ford, Jack In The Box, Outback Steakhouse & more. He also created 'Sync My Music' to provide knowledge and resources for other producers.
You can learn more about Jesse by visiting:
Check out this book on Amazon:
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Persistence and Resilience with American Ninja Warrior Abel Gonzalez
In his seven years on the show, American Ninja Warrior, Abel approaches every course with something bigger than just buzzers on his mind. It could be his family, his students, or his community. In this episode, we discuss Abel's challenging childhood story that has helped him become the man and inspiration that he is today.
Abel Gonzalez is a seven-time competitor on American Ninja Warrior, first appearing on the show as a walk-on rookie who made it all the way to Stage Two of the National Finals. He is a personal trainer, public speaker, and owner of AXIOS Warrior Academy. In a short time, he has become one of the most beloved competitors due to his mission to make south Texas healthier with his motto "We Are All Abel.''
Find out more of Abel Gonzalez here:
Instagram: @abel_freeman_gonzalez, @axioswarrioracademy
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weareallabel, https://www.facebook.com/axioswarrioracademy
The Importance of Self-Awareness and Authentic Relationships with Brandon Smith
Socrates said "know thyself" thousands of years ago. Those words are still just as important today. Self-awareness is a superpower because it is a critical component for growth both personally and professionally. In this episode, Brandon Smith, Director of Content Operations, Creative Marketing at video game publisher, Electronic Arts, talks about his journey, his definition of self-awareness, things he does to become more self-aware, and what he looks for when hiring people on his team.
Brandon Smith is a Director of Marketing Operations and Technology at Electronics Arts(EA). He is also a coach and mentor for minority/underrepresented groups seeking to meaningfully impact socially influential organizations.
Why you shouldn't (or should) take the job that pays the most... with Sean Johnson
In this episode Sean discusses how he got from dreaming to become an Architect and professional basketball player to business consulting and entrepreneurship. He also tells us about his journey in design, becoming a professor, and a venture capitalist. He also talks about doing free work in order to develop the skills and to practice with real constraints that will help create a great portfolio.
Sean Johnson is a professor at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, teaching digital marketing in the Innovations and Entrepreneurship Department. He is also a founding partner for Manifold, a company that advises enterprise organizations on growth and innovation. And invests in early-stage startups.
To know more about Sean Johnson, check out:
Websites: https://www.sean-johnson.com/, https://www.manifold.group/
Check the website Dribble, which is the go-to resource for discovering and connecting with designers and creative talent around the globe.
Check out Sean's original tweet for context: https://twitter.com/intentionally/status/1286303083887198209?s=20
How to Deal with Different Types of Bosses with Author Mary Abbajay
In this episode, Mary talks about her book(Managing Up) which equips readers with blueprints and practical tools for increasing the odds of successfully working with different types of bosses we'll inevitably encounter.
Mary Abbajay is an organizational and leadership development consultant, trainer, author, and keynote speaker dedicated to helping people develop the strategies, skills, and sensibilities needed for success in the 21st century. She is also the president of Careerstone Group, LLC, a full-service organizational and leadership development consultancy that delivers leading-edge talent and organizational development solutions to business and government.
Find out more about Mary Abbajay:
Check out the book Managing Up by Mary Abbajay on Amazon:
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