A few days ago, Phil Helmuth won his historic 15th World Series of Poker gold bracelet. A few days after that, we aired our recent interview with Phil for the When to Jump podcast, where Phil talks about making bets in more than just cards. In a conversation from his living room, Phil takes what he learns from poker and applies it to how anyone can jump. “You are always in the right place at the right time”, Phil says on the episode.
And it turns out, he’s right. Phil is all about a growth mentality, which research has recently shown is more important than knowing exactly what your “passion” is. “Showing up is half the battle”, says Phil. “Think that you can do great things, and you will do great things.”
One of the most common cliches around is how “everything is 20/20 in hindsight”. But how can you make the right decision in real time? Is there a way to connect the dots as they drop? When you jump, you don’t always get to see the forest from the trees. Oregon Gov joined the podcast this week to talk about using all your dots to benefit your next one- helping see the forest while still in the trees.
When our Jump Club member festival heads to Boston this September 7th and 8th, it’ll mark our third Jump Club (following NYC last year and SF in 2016). Which is crazy to say out loud and even crazier to plan for, since every new Jump Club has new everything: new food vendors, live performers, keynotes—the whole programming lineup turns over and a new cast of jumpers are celebrated.
For all our readers Stateside, our team here at When to Jump hopes you all got in some good family time, grilling time, and any other time you make special for the Fourth of July holiday.
Shout outs to….
Jenny in Cypress, Texas, for just now signing the lease on her yoga studio and making her jump to starting Shaka Power Yoga! Jenny will be teaching a special yoga class for all those headed to Jump Club Boston—early bird All-Access Passes on sale now. And a second shout out to the jumpers behind Rad Business Collective in Greenville, South Carolina, who are starting up their company this week! One final shout out to Shelly in British Columbia, who said the book she’s reading to her 3 year-old about a walrus and a baseball player and is the perfect jump story, and that she’s about to jump into a self-employed procurement consultancy owner herself. Awesome, and good luck!! We love hearing about jumps in our community—feel free to share through our site or on Instagram.
Connect. Learn. Enjoy.
I called it “Jump Club” because that what it would be: a festival that celebrates the decision to do what you love—whatever that may be. Fresh food. Live music. World class keynotes. Group workouts. All types of people passionate about all types of things—from baking cakes to brewing beers, from mixing music to making movies, from starting companies to forming non-profits.
Connect. Eat. Drink. Learn. Talk. Enjoy. In one place, at one time, in real life. For jumpers, soon to be jumpers, or someday jumpers.
Quick kudos to Devin who tagged @whentojump Insta on his latest jump:
“Last month I made a decision to quit my 9 to 5 and to pursue my own entrepreneurial endeavor. I may work longer hours or harder than I used to but I am doing something I love: turning an idea to a business. It is the best decision of my life and I am enjoying every single moment of it. Thanks for the inspiration When to Jump."
Way to go Devin and when you jump, share it with us!
One other note: we've got one BIG, AWESOME announcement coming next week, where we will share details for this year's Jump Club member festival. Jump Club is our annual ‘Super Bowl’ for the When to Jump community to come together—in real life!—to share good food, live music, and ideas on jumping (see highlights from SF in ’16 and NYC in ’17). Stay tuned!
OK, now straight to it: I’m a big Seth Godin fan. For those who don’t know him, Seth is a marketing whiz and author of 17 books on the subject. Most of his work, as you may guess, overlaps nicely with our community and focus on making jumps.
Making the jump meaningful
People often talk about the jumps they are forced to take—getting laid off or fired, being dumped, or some other action item something happen to them rather than by them. And while I think any of these actions certainly can start a jump, they should never get full credit for the rest of the story. That credit goes to the person who jumps (or who perhaps is pushed).
We’ve all been told—and likely re-told—the virtues of goal setting. If you’re like me, the concept of “goal setting” may feel akin to long walks on the beach or hugging a tree for a really long time while listening to Paul Simon. BUT, as a newly reformed goal-setter myself, I can say it is worth doing.
And, it’s not hard to start
"Mom's a good designer." My six-year-old niece told me at the kitchen table on Sunday. It was Mother’s Day, and her mom (and my sister) Molly was celebrating a few things. One, her heroic work as a mom. And two, her two year anniversary of jumping into the world of interior design.
Today, another mom takes on another big life adventure: our very own Amy VanHaren, the do-all marketing director for When to Jump, embarks on a side jump: crossing 10,000 miles around the States to promote visibility and awareness for breastfeeding moms in the workplace. The “Breast Express” will hit 30 American cities as Amy and a few co-captains (including our other marketing whiz Ally!!) rally together content, support, and resources to moms everywhere—all while Amy and her co-pilots continue holding down their jobs and family responsibilities.
Elizabeth failed. Then started again. She loved photography, but found a different path forward to tell stories. Nate slept in his car and then an air mattress, to push through on his jump. First backpacks, before launching a gym. Steve edited magazine articles, but adored miniature golf. Mid career, he rolled the dice to design his dream course.
These three folks are just some of the many, many, many small business owners with a jump story behind their establishments. While it’s fun to romanticize the famous rags-to-riches, “overnight” (though nothing is ever overnight) success stories of well known jumpers, what I think makes the When to Jump community fabric real is that it’s real people. Faced with real challenges: failed first (and second..and sometimes third and fourth!) attempts, cash constraints, and twenty (or more) years down the wrong line of work.
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