We had the good fortune of connecting with Jonathan Gabriel and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jonathan, what role has risk played in your life or career?
High risk, high reward, definitely. Almost every positive thing that has happened in my life are the direct result of me having to push through my own limiting beliefs, cognitive biases, and comfort zones. Whenever I look back and tally some of the scariest things that I went for, despite the possibility of failure, embarrassment, or starting over, and getting through with my intended results, I always get a boost of confidence and a reminder that I can move towards bigger things and be fine, no matter what the outcome.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My affinity in the arts came from my Father, who is an Architect and Engineer, and also a Musician. He taught me the very basics of pencilling and line sketching when I was little and I slowly developed my own style growing up. It has always been a fun journey for me, and I would say that the only challenges would be finding time to do it while also being a full-time Pharmacy Technician and Musician, and also overcoming daily life’s distractions in order to remain in a productive, creative state for as long as possible. Having a proper work-life balance is also something I am striving towards. I have learned that appreciating and observing different styles and methods of 2-D art could help me implement new and effective ideas for my own work. I have always dreamed about my style of work resonating with different minds around the world, no matter what backgrounds people have.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In a perfect day, I would say that I’d possibly take them out during the day for a hike to the top of Squaw Peak, and then cap the night at any bar in Scottsdale. Nothing really fancy comes to mind at the moment.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Mary Speranza, she has been my source of strength and inspiration, and has given me tremendous amounts of support and encouragement in all o my endeavors and other areas of my life. I have also drawn some inspiration on tactical, real-world skills by listening to the likes of Tom Bilyeu, Dr. Andrew Huberman, David Goggins, Gary Vaynerchuk, Darren Hardy, Jim Kwik, and others.
Other: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/66ltoa8QscPCTC7idxTniw?si=3aVpF9_SQsqv5wIwzCo0HA