#8: Get started! A Journey of a 1,000 Miles Begins With a Step with Jason Magidson

Matthew Levy interviews Jason Magidson

In this Summon Courage, Change Everything podcast, I interview Jason Magidson, Ph.D.

Jason Magidson writes on and is passionate about workplaces where people feel truly alive. These are workplaces where employees can create something great together, feel valued, and love coming to work.

To share his learnings, Jason has authored three books to date. The most recent is Engaged: Creating a Great Organization through Extraordinary Emmployee and User Engagement.

Jason has helped companies including IKEA, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, AmeriHealth Caritas, SAP, and Jones Lang LaSalle with transformation and user/employee engagement.

Questions asked and answered in the podcast:

How do you avoid getting discouraged?

What prompted you to go for and complete your Ph.D.?

Did you have an epiphany which led you down your career path?

What do you think about the importance of goal setting?

Did you use a specific goal setting process to write your books?

With all that you do, how do you keep your energy levels up?

Is it important to have a positive attitude and a growth mindset?

What books would you recommend to our audience?

If you could buy a billboard, what phrase or statement would you want to pass along to as many people as possible?

What is the best advice your parents gave you?

Podcast show notes:

2:00  Jason tells us how he launched his writing career.

2:50  How Jason managed to summon courage.

4:00  Jason discusses his latest book.

6:00  How to start writing a book.

8:57  “The secret of getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain

10:30  Jason’s education background.

11:52   The article that sparked Jason’s  path.

15:35  The moment Jason realized what he wanted to do with his life.

17:25  ‘”You need to start where you want to be and work backwards’.”

19:00  Viktor Frankl’s teachings.

20:18 The importance of having a purpose in life.

20:30  Logotherapy

22:02  “He who has a why in life can bear any how.’”- Friedrich Nietzsche

22:50  The Dream Action Plan.

23:40  The importance of goal setting.

24:07  Jason tells us it is important to have small projects and goals.  

24:48  Research regarding small goal setting.

25:30  Another Mark Twain insight.

25:57  Jason’s informal process for writing his book.

27:10  How music helps Jason maintain his energy.

28:40  The concept of Flow.

31:22  The importance of having a positive attitude.

32:45  Jason’s book recommendations.

36:00  The quote Jason would like to see on a billboard.

36:32  The quotes Matt would like to see on a billboard.

37:25  Jason talks about his parents and their support.

38:30  Courage learnings from The Wizard of Oz.

39:37  Jason’s personal courage story.

You can contact Jason at:

Email: [email protected]

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/jasonmagidson


Engaged: Creating a Great Organization through Extraordinary Employee and User Engagement by Jason Magidson

Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to Building a Great Business– Ari Weinzweig

Delivering Happiness: A path to Profits, Passion and Purpose – Tony Hsieh

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