About

JasonConnell

You are far more powerful than you’ve been led to believe. My goal is to help you realize that.

Over the past decade, I’ve helped thousands of people develop authentic confidence, self-compassion, self-love, and new levels of personal integrity.

I’ve worked with:

  • Professional athletes, artists, and entertainers
  • Senior White House officials in the Bush and Obama administrations
  • Many of the elite colleges and universities across North America
  • Fortune 500 executives
  • Psychologists, therapists, and coaches
  • Entrepreneurs of all types

My story…

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As a child, I was obsessed with studying perception, behavior, psychology, and sleight of hand. My obsession did something strange. It turned me into a successful child entertainer; I performed over 300 live magic shows around the US before my 18th birthday.

And then, right before I finished high school, I quit.

The truth is this: magic was never authentically me. I was a decent magician, but nothing about it spoke to me at my core.

I fell into the trap of confusing working hard at something, with actually loving it.

These days I have an unusual obsession with honesty and integrity. Looking back, I realize that this stemmed from discovering just how easy (and counterproductive) it is to deceive people.

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I managed to spend three semesters at a small liberal arts college in Florida before I got fed up and dropped out to travel. I wanted to see the world for myself rather than reading about it.

I spent three years traveling. A lot of that time was dedicated to volunteering with grassroots organizations in poor countries. I didn’t have any money, so I managed to convince corporations to sponsor my volunteer work. To this day, these sponsorships remain one of the best business moves I’ve ever made.

Eventually I went back to school in Montreal, QC, and graduated with a degree in Political Science.

The two most important things I learned from traveling the world:

  1. Those limitations that seem to be holding you back from your dreams? They aren’t real. They are the result of mass delusions, a faulty education system, a predatory media culture, and quirks of the human mind.
  1. We are all deeply connected to one another. It seems like we are separate and autonomous, but that’s an illusion.

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I was 22 and very confident that I would make at least $100,000 in my first year as a professional speaker.

Instead, I lost all the money I ever had and took out loans.

I had 5 clients that first year. I ate pasta and red sauce almost every night because it was cheap and delicious. When my friends invited me out, I lied and said I was busy; really, I was just broke.

I stuck with it. Over time, things started to change. A mentor taught me to grow the business by exceeding my client’s and audience’s expectations.

The crowds started getting larger and larger. I started getting standing ovations. My client base expanded from local, to national, to global. Important people started asking me for advice. It was surreal. Friends told me I was “successful.”

The five most important things I learned from failing and then succeeding as an entrepreneur…

  1. Success and happiness are two very different things. There is a correlation, but it’s much weaker than you’ve been led to believe.
  1. Overnight success isn’t a thing. What looks like overnight success is the result of consistent action compounded over time.
  1. Following the latest business trends is a losing game. Making your work a reflection of you is a winning game.
  1. Your age, education, and experience matter far less than you think. What really matters is your ability to get results.
  1. Most people who chase their dreams quit too early. Persistence and patience are underrated. Commit to making it work. In some ways, it’s as easy as that.

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My mid 20’s were dark. First, my former manager from my time as a magician died of lung cancer. Then one of my friends drowned while we were on a camping trip. That same year, a friend took his own life. Then I went through a painful breakup with the woman I thought I’d marry. Two weeks after the breakup, a third friend died. His heart stopped out of the blue.

While all of this was happening, my business continued to grow. I was living a very strange dual reality. Professionally, I was one of the most in demand speakers on the market. Personally, I kept collapsing.

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All the loss in my life inspired me to work on my relationship with myself. I started with daily practices designed to improve mental and physical health. I moved on to doing the deep work of healing old wounds. I changed my business so that my work supported my life, not vice versa. I took on the challenge of learning to trust my intuition and myself.

My life became exponentially better. My relationships were more joyous, my business made more money, and I was happier than I had ever been before.

I started talking about my experience with learning to love myself and dealing with the disappointments of success. I noticed it resonated with a lot of people.

Today, I help people develop confidence, authenticity, self-compassion, and self-love. I focus on these issues because the singular most important relationship you will ever have, is your relationship with yourself.

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Currently, I am….

  • Doing my best to beat Bonnie and Massoud at the board game Ticket to Ride, but against the odds (or at least against my expectations) I never can.
  • Focusing on writing great content for this blog. If there is something you’d really like me to write about, please let me know. Once I get in the habit of writing and posting frequently, I will begin focusing on promotion.
  • Writing, testing, and recording a course for people who want to become professional speakers. It’s slated for release in the Winter of 2016/2017. For those of you who check this section periodically, you’ll notice that I’ve been working on this for nearly a year. I’m taking my time to make it as good as I possibly can.
  • Planning my first retreat that will be open to the public (details coming soon).

(Updated September 2016)

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Work with Jason

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Every year, I work one-on-one with a limited number of leaders, artists, athletes, entrepreneurs, executives, and trail blazers to help them maximize their power and happiness by harnessing their gifts.

My clients discover untapped wellsprings of confidence, charisma, compassion, love, and power resting within. In most, cases the people I work with sense those abilities, but they don’t know how to access them, which is where I come in.

I blend psychology, wisdom traditions, intuition, and direct experience to help my clients step fully into their lives.

If any of the following apply to you, and you’re interested in speeding up your success, we should talk.

You are…

  • Unusually smart with high levels of emotional and social fluency, but you feel lost in life, work, or love
  • Successful on paper, admired by friends and family, but you’re quietly struggling to get the results or contentment you’re looking for
  • The parent of either a child prodigy or an extremely high performing teenager
  • An entrepreneur, artist, athlete, or leader who is feeling stuck and needs help overcoming barriers to growth
  • Working to access your innate confidence or develop self-love and self-compassion, and you want help on your path
  • Struggling to trust yourself or your intuition

I work with my clients to help them see themselves and their truth. More than that, I help my clients start living that truth. Often times, the first step is the hardest.

Together, we will strip away the psychological, existential, and spiritual blocks that have been holding you back. Most people are surprised to see how quickly they can step into their true power. Most people are surprised to uncover large blind spots in their lives (and I promise you that the blind spots are there – you wouldn’t be reading this if they weren’t).

Full disclosure: My approach to coaching is not for everyone. One of my gifts is that I can see people clearly. I am not distracted by charisma, success, fame, or money. That means that when we talk, I’m going to prioritize the conversations you need to have over the ones you want to have.

I will focus on helping you step fully into your life and your power.

If you want to schedule a single coaching session, you may apply here.

If you’re interested in more intensive mentoring, please fill out the form below. Let me know what you’re working on and how you’d like me to help. I’ll be in touch shortly.

 

What if I can’t currently afford coaching or consulting?

I’ve been there.

While working one-on-one with a coach or a mentor is the fastest way to success, it’s not for everyone.

You may be facing extreme internal resistance, you may not have the resources, or maybe it’s just the wrong time.

There are a few books and practices that I consistently recommend to people.

Many people have found the following two interviews I gave useful: