Setbacks Help You Find Who You Are with Jason Connolly (Episode #65)

Jason Connolly’s story of success didn’t start in a life of luxury or privilege. From the very beginning, he learned how to struggle until he found success within the setbacks. 

Jason is now the founder and CEO of JMC. Jason launched his company in 2016 and has since led the agency into the #1 ranking legal recruitment agency on Google! JMC is one of England’s most highly regarded legal recruitment agencies and was started with the vision of having a refreshingly friendly agency with a consultative approach.

Jason was named as one of the Top 40 business people of 2019 and 2020 in the South West of England by Insider Magazine and has been interviewed by; Bloomberg, Law gazette, ITV News, Channel 4 News, Sky News, BBC radio, Insider magazine, and Modern Law magazine.

He also speaks regularly for the Law Society on matters involving legal careers, diversity, and opportunities in the legal profession. He is a mentor to business and recruitment leaders and host of The Career Success Podcast.

A fabulous storyteller and great entrepreneur, I can’t wait for you to dive into Jason’s action-packed episode and learn how setbacks help you find who you are!

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[00:01 – 6:20] Opening Segment
  • I introduce Jason Connolly
    • Bio 
  • Jason shares a bit about himself
    • Growing up in a low economic area 
    • Jason talks about his past in education and his upbringing 
    • When you don’t know that you are in a state of lack 
    • Acting as a parent even as a child 
[06:21 – 18:29] Seeing a New Opportunity and Taking It
  • Jason’s early life – the raw materials of an entrepreneur
    • The struggle with getting good grades 
    • How Jason was always good at making money 
      • Performing magic on the streets 
    • Getting an offer for an audition to take on big gigs
  • Getting good a transitions 
    • Jason’s experience scaling his performances 
    • Getting hired by Virgin Airlines
    • Performing on the side while being an attendant 
    • Funny stories from Jason’s experience juggling the two jobs
  • Jason talks about the lessons learned from his early experiences 
    • The passion was always to make people smile 
    • Finding a love for travel 
    • Learning the art of communication through exposure 
    • Transitioning into policing 
[18:30 –  45:30] Setbacks Help You Find Who You Are
  • Jason shares about his venture into a new opportunity
    • Leaving the police
    • Transitioning into sales recruitment 
    • Jason’s adventures in spray tanning 
      • Creating a premium experience 
    • Learning to get a higher ranking on Google 
    • Funny experiences with “Spray Tan Fairies” 
  • Jason talks about getting good at starting over after falling down 
    • “The Marshmallow Game” 
    • Mistakes are just lessons to learn 
    • Using power statements to build yourself up 
      • “I AM the best recruiter in London!” 
      • “I AM going to be successful” 
    • You create your own luck 
    • Take a chance on yourself 
  • The art of learning from your failures 
    • Fail enough times to find success
    • How to handle and manage Anxiety 
      • What anxiety is 
      • “Is this real, or hypothetical?”
      • Letting it go 
    • Stop being hard on yourself 
    • The power of rest 
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[45:31 – 51:21] Closing Segment
  • How to connect with Jason’s work
    • Hear even more stories from interesting people – The Career Success Podcast
    • Links below 
  • Stay tuned to having Jason back with us to talk more 
  • “If you can love yourself then other people can love you” 
  • Final announcements 

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