#46: who do you want to be a hero to?

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In this issue:

🎙 Who do you want to be a hero to?

💼 Stage of company, not name of company

💭 How much is enough

💬 How hard feedback changed my life

🎙 Who do you want to be a hero to?

Jesse Desjardins radiates good vibes!

Throughout his career, he’s led the social media team at Tourism Australia, helped entrepreneurs and corporate leaders on business model innovation with Strategyzer, and built The Guest Experience Map.

On this episode, Jesse shares his unorthodox path around the world to serve the brightest minds using storytelling as a way to connect. The Hero's Journey has undoubtedly played a large role in his life as a way to focus on the audience he can best serve.

He also touches on his Slideshare skills, especially "You Suck at Powerpoint" that’s got almost 7 million views!

☕️ + 🎧

💼 Stage of company, not name of company

When choosing your next company, first determine which stage (pre-product fit, post-product fit, growth, or scale) is the best match.

Usually only 1 or 2 stages make sense for any given job search.

It’s not just where you are in your career, but also where each company is in its development that could make or break this leap for you.

{4-min read}

💭 How much is enough

There’s a lot of research out there that suggests that money can, in fact, buy you happiness. But only to a certain point.

Beyond that point, it actually seems to make people sadder, more depressed, and more anxious.

What’s that precise point?

{2-min read}

💬 How hard feedback changed my life

  1. Intent is at the center. Our own intent is clear to us, but others can’t see it.

  2. Behavior is in the middle. What others see is what we say and do, and that is often all the information they have.

  3. Perception is the outer ring. How someone interprets our behavior is beyond our immediate control. They can’t know our intent, so they are processing only what they can observe in light of their experience.

Feedback only comes from perception, but often it unknowingly presumes intent. Unpacking the feedback you’re receiving to understand what about your behavior prompted it will help you decide what to do with the information.

{6-min read}

the most widespread affliction

that people suffer from is a lack

of belief in their own power

to be so broken

to have


so deeply

that the only thing

you can do is


into a new you

—yung pueblo

Until next week,




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