Own Your Weird with Jason Zook

On this episode, I speak with my friend Jason Zook. Jason is the author of several books, including Own Your Weird: An Oddly Effective Way for Finding Happiness in Work, Life, and Love.

On this episode, I speak with my friend Jason Zook. Jason is the author of several books, including Own Your Weird: An Oddly Effective Way for Finding Happiness in Work, Life, and Love.

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Jason Zook is an unconventional entrepreneur. Tired of living a life that felt prescribed to him by society, Jason used his out-of-the-box thinking and ingenuity to create multiple profitable Internet-based businesses. From making $1m wearing sponsored t-shirts for a living with his IWearYourShirt business, to selling his last name twice and eventually even selling his future, Jason is all about owning his weird!

Talking Points
  • Why this book needed to come out now (3:33)
  • Jason and I discuss the resonance of the word "weird" over "different" (6:05)
  • What's difficult about adopting the mindset that being weird isn't just okay but how it can help you thrive (8:58)
  • What (and who) is this book really about? (10:27)
  • How do you pay attention to your "weird" above all of the other noise that's out there? (11:13)
  • We talk about testing assumptions and how Jason does that (14:47)
  • Why Jason can't work with a personal trainer to help him reach his fitness goals (17:09)
  • I reveal this episode's Productivityist Podcast Pick of The Week (19:41)
  • Why in the world did Jason decide to "sell his future" and how did it work out for him? (22:29)
  • Does Jason look for weirdness when deciding to pursue projects? (26:37)
  • This is what Jason said in his book that you can do right now to make your life better (28:30)
  • Does every aspect of an initiative Jason pursues have to hit all three of his values? (29:11)
  • Jason explains how challenging it was to write the "how to" aspect of the book (31:06)
"You cannot just go from 0 to 100 percent and be successful and have sustainability with it." - Jason Zook

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The big thing that you need to think about around "owning your weird" is that you should absolutely OWN IT. I've found that when I embrace my weirdness that it hasn't led me astray  - and has actually helped me forge a path that works even better for me. It's definitely worked for Jason and I'm certain it will do the same for you. (You've also got a book out there now that can help you out if you need it!)

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