From Magic to Mindfulness: The Evolution of an Entrepreneur

May 14, 2021

I’m so excited to introduce you today to a good friend of mine. Jason Connell is a licensed psychotherapist practising in the state of Colorado, with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from Fordham University. He works with a focus on Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), a therapeutic methodology that works toward healing trauma and expanding positive transformational experiences. He is also a certified meditation teacher and has advanced training in motivational enhancement. 

On this podcast, Jason and I talk about his personal and professional evolution, from entertaining the masses as a magician at the age of 6 to embracing his current role as a teacher and psychotherapist. He describes his young adult life of travelling and volunteering (and inspiring others to do the same), and becoming a public speaker as a “22-year old jackass.” Perhaps most valuable are Jason’s insights on entrepreneurism and the importance of authentic communication.

Here’s the outline of this interview with Jason Connell:

[00:01:32] Becoming a child magician.

[00:03:06] Book: Train Dreams: A Novella.

[00:06:39] Book: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success.

[00:12:09] Traveling, volunteering, and becoming a keynote speaker.

[00:16:07] Podcast: Free to Learn: Unleashing the Instinct to Play, with Peter Gray, PhD. 

[00:17:57] Charge way more than your competition.

[00:25:51] Teaching others to get speaking gigs.

[00:35:23] Healing psychological injuries.

[00:40:25] Becoming a licensed therapist.

[00:46:00] Thoughts on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

[00:50:23] Simon Marshall, PhD.

[00:50:49] Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

[00:51:22] Book: The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT, by Russ Harris.

[00:51:39] Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).

[00:54:23] Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

[00:54:51] Psychotherapist Jessica Fern; Podcast: Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy; Book: Polysecure: Attachment, Trauma and Consensual Nonmonogamy.

[01:02:04] Dr. Ken Ford; Podcast: Optimal Diet and Movement for Healthspan, Amplified Intelligence and More with Ken Ford.

[01:05:55] Jason’s website.

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