Quitting & Happiness

Today, for the first time in my life, I turned down a career changing opportunity. The money, the people, the company, the potential connections, and the overall position looked great. However, I couldn’t seem to convince myself to jump into the position. I know turning it down will definitely hurt my career in a big way because the company’s network affects every person in my industry: the world is very small.

But, it had to be done.

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How To Hire, Teach, And Work With GREAT Interns

I was about to title this post, “how to get people to follow you & work with you… for free.” But, I realized that sounded as if I was profoundly teaching you how to exploit others to do your bidding… for free. This isn’t the case because I, in retrospect, have paid many of the interns who have worked with me in the past. However, this isn’t my good ole’ days where money flows out of my ass like a Taco-Bell burrito. Therefore, the interns I do have must work for free.

I guess the post should be “How To Manage Interns – For Free?” You get the idea. 

Before I begin with my post, here’s my experience with managing interns.

(in college I once managed 17 interns at once). 

Since starting my entrepreneurial journey in 2011, I’ve had a total of twenty-seven interns. I’ve fired sixteen, three of them quit, two of them went awol, four of them will always stay in my heart forever, and two of them are currently working with me at this moment. I’ve disappointed a few, I’ve overspent money with a couple, I’ve out-shined my own expectations with some, I’ve gotten taken advantage of, and I’ve also been surprised in the most amazing ways.

It’s because of these experiences that I now have a better sense of what it takes to i) find the right intern(s) for the right job(s) and ii) how to get these intern(s) to give you their best all awhile working with you for free (something that fits your budget).

Let’s begin.

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10,000 Hours

Last night my 16 year old brother and I got into a fight. There was this misunderstanding, which led him to believe that I was ordering him to help me with my projects. “Jonathan, I’m really busy, I have so many things to do, and now I’m stressed.”

I wasn’t trying to stress him out. I was rather probing him to see if he had the time to help me film my projects. To give you some context, my 16 year old brother is also a filmmaker: many of his shorts have gone on to win awards, be broadcasted at the LA film festival, and now he will be directing the biggest project ever given to him (for his school).

The fight occurred because he wanted to help me, but the idea of juggling his projects with mine began to overwhelm him. I cannot blame him, my language would make it seem that I was pressuring him to help me with my projects. In the end, we came to the conclusion that he doesn’t need to help me as I need to help myself. This wasn’t what was said, but I felt that the undertone of it all was I shouldn’t rely on him to help me…

I’m getting off topic…

I’m writing today because it dawned at me that my brother, at 16, is way ahead of the ball game in terms of what he wants to do (directing / filmmaking). Therefore, by the time he’s my age (26/27) he’ll be ready to sit at the table of the big leagues. Why? Because he’s been crafting his art for 10 years.

In ten years he would have crafted his art for more than 10,000 hours. In ten years he would’ve developed a habit that the only thing he must do every single day is to film… is to create.

This idea humbled me. I couldn’t sleep because I realized that I’m not even close to 10,000 hours. I’m at 30 hours. Am I too old? Am I too late to start?

Here’s my answer…

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New To The “Game”

It’s been 3 months and 22 days since my (ex)-girlfriend and I parted ways. It was a wonderful breakup, which I won’t go into right now. I hope to write a script and make a short film about the experience as I believe it’s a very heartfelt breakup. She’s wonderful.

Anyway, I digress…

I’m new to the “game.” Let me be clear, I’m not looking for anyone at the moment. I don’t have any dating apps on my phone nor do I find myself actively talking to other ladies. I’m focused on my career at this moment: from playtable.xyz, to fun music videos, to late nights dreaming about when I’ll be out of debt.

I’m focused. I find myself working 70-80 hours per week and I LOVE IT!

However, I do want to share a blunder I recently made.

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How To Accomplish Your Goals: Work Backwards

“This may seem too magical, but you must start at BELIEVING that you can do what you want… and then you work backwards.”

All five of us were sitting in the self-made living room we constructed in our office when our CEO spouted those words above. Our CEO said what he said because he was trying to guide our lead engineer into making a sound decision about whether he (the engineer) should stay with the company or not.

This doesn’t move the story forward, but the lead engineer is at a better place. Anyway, regardless if our CEO meant to be inspirational or not, I found his words to resonate with me in a special way.

It brought me back to a time where I used to BELIEVE in the impossible & BELIEVE that I could do anything. I believed I could be a superhero, I believed I could be a saint, I believed I could be a writer, I believed I could be a director / an actor, I believed I could be an entrepreneur, I believed I could be a karate master… Then, it was these memories that brought me to rethink of all the successes and failures I’ve had in pursuing these beliefs.

I’m not going to focus on the failures because focusing on an article of “what not to do” is unproductive to the prospect of actually learning something. Rather, I’m going to tell you how I was able to succeed in some of these beliefs. These successful beliefs became a reality because I took the time to work backwards.

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