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Author Jason Pinchoff: “Time away brings calmness to your life”

We are a product of how we were raised. You must be able to look at situations with different eyes. I am still trying to learn the value of a vacation. Every year I say that I will take some time off to go on vacation. Well, it’s been close to a decade and I […]


We are a product of how we were raised. You must be able to look at situations with different eyes. I am still trying to learn the value of a vacation. Every year I say that I will take some time off to go on vacation. Well, it’s been close to a decade and I haven’t gone on one yet. I did, however, have an epiphany this year and I finally understand why I don’t make vacation a priority. It’s not healthy. I know in my heart of hearts that time off is needed. Time away brings calmness to your life, which I understand we all need. Just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and it took G-d six days to create the world. So go hard, but on Sunday take the day off.


As a part of my series about the 5 things you should do to become a thought leader in your industry, I had the pleasure to interview Jason Pinchoff. Originally from Hollywood, Florida, Jason knew from an early age that through his passion for style and dedication to hard work, an ethic developed from watching his father, he was going to make a difference. Jason harnessed the power of his mother’s life-affirming approach to adversity and began to change his future. In his 20s, Jason began his career at HQ Creative, an advertising and content marketing-company, where he developed a knack for events, budget management, client relations and multimedia producer and post-production supervisor. His career escalated to playing key roles on campaigns for such major brands as iHeartRadio, the Walt Disney Company and The McGraw Hill Corporation. His unique mix of business savvy and street smarts, coupled with his determination to spread the positive outlook that saved him, indicated his next step was that of entrepreneur where he founded A PINCH LIFE a boutique fashion company. A PINCH LIFE’s “I Don’t Do Ugly” anti-bullying campaign combines his love of design and giving back.


Thank you so much for doing this with us! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you briefly share with our readers why you are an authority on the topic of thought leadership?

Those who know me know that I was raised with a “shirt off my back” mindset. I have literally given my last dollar without thinking twice to friends who were in need. I believe we all have a purpose. Because I have cheated death and also have overcome failure, I feel that anything is possible. I have a leadership mindset. No matter what life handed to me, I never took a handout. I never asked for favors knowing I can do things on my own.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?

Launching any company or nonprofit has its interesting moments. When I finally stopped listening to the people around me and started to listen to my gut, I realized that my vision is my own which can be developed and launched. This belief enabled me to develop A PINCH LIFE presents #IDontDoUgly, a social awareness fashion brand using YOUR style as a voice for anyone battling an ugly situation.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

I don’t know if your readers will count this story as funny. I am definitely not one to shut up and just let someone think they own me because they may possess big egos. The first time I was a producer on a set doing what I felt was a million tasks, a client approached me and said with a straight face, “Hey you…water!” I turned to one of my producers with a look on my face that said, “like who, me?” You can see the tears of laughter being formed on his face. I ignored this young person’s demands. She walked over to me and again yelled “water.” I told her to help herself. I continued to smile. You could feel everyone wanted to laugh. She thought she could be rude. A good thought leader knows that this is something no one should engage in. Never treat anyone disrespectfully. You never know when you may be working for that person. Kindness counts.

Ok, thank you for that. Let’s now jump to the main focus of our interview. In a nutshell, how would you define what a ‘Thought Leader’ is. How is a thought leader different than a typical leader? How is a thought leader different than an influencer?

I believe a thought leader is someone who understands the difference between being a leader over being a boss. Anyone can be a boss who barks orders at people. It takes heart to want to give your time to others to make sure they grow even if it doesn’t help your bottom line. The act of giving without expecting anything in return is what a true thought leader possesses. I strongly believe we are only as strong as the teams of people who surround us.

An influencer does whatever he can to be seen for his own self-interest. This shows selfishness, not selflessness. A true thought leader gives away a piece of himself or herself to help others. It’s that simple.

Can you talk to our readers a bit about the benefits of becoming a thought leader? Why do you think it is worthwhile to invest resources and energy into this?

There’s a Jewish saying: “The task of a leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been.” Helping those around you to grow in their own greatness is what life is about. It is what separates thought leaders from bosses. There is no greater investment than getting individuals to grow into what you know they can be. They might not be able to know their own potential. Those who respect you, honor you and are thankful for your time and energy will always give back tenfold. I always say that I am building a family, not a business.

Let’s talk about business opportunities specifically. Can you share a few examples of how thought leadership can help a business grow or create lucrative opportunities?

There are many moving parts in a growing company. These parts come from all directions and move at different speeds. The men and women of your company are the core to your success. Be compassionate and understanding with your staff for this will eventually make your business stronger. This will translate into more opportunities for growth and improve the personal development of your employees. The value of respect is far greater than any amount of money. Understanding where others stand and come from makes you thoughtful. A positive work environment can bring more opportunities as your business grows. A good leader knows this.

Ok. Now that we have that behind us, we’d love to hear your thoughts about how to eventually become a thought leader. Can you share 5 strategies that a person should implement to become known as a thought leader in their industry? Please tell us a story or example (ideally from your own experience) for each.

  • To be a leader you must have an understanding as to who you are and what you are doing. To be thoughtful you need to know your own behavior and never let your ego get out of control.
  • You need to have worked the job from the bottom up.
  • Never miss that middle ground. That’s where you developed yourself.
  • Never think you are above anyone else.
  • Once a month get back on that floor with your team and roll up your sleeves.
  • Always treat everyone equally — “I was raised to treat the janitor with the same respect as the president.”

In your opinion, who is an example of someone who has done a fantastic job as a thought leader? Which specific things have impressed you about that person? What lessons can we learn from this person’s approach?

I think Bill Gates and his wife give back in ways that will hopefully change the world over the course of time. They are developing ways to educate, teach and inspire and hope others will do so as well.

We see a lot of billionaires and multimillionaires make money and not really invest their money to make society better. But they will invest if there is a profitable return for themselves and press. I think the Gates are inspiring future generations to find cures to diseases to teaching children that being a little different… is a beautiful thing.

I think we all can be motivated by their acts of kindness.

I have seen some discussion that the term “thought leader” is trite, overused, and should be avoided. What is your feeling about this?

I think it is a term that encompasses an interesting use of ideas by an individual. It is not necessary to use this term to describe yourself to others.

What advice would you give to other leaders to thrive and avoid burnout?

We are a product of how we were raised. You must be able to look at situations with different eyes. I am still trying to learn the value of a vacation. Every year I say that I will take some time off to go on vacation. Well, it’s been close to a decade and I haven’t gone on one yet. I did, however, have an epiphany this year and I finally understand why I don’t make vacation a priority. It’s not healthy. I know in my heart of hearts that time off is needed. Time away brings calmness to your life, which I understand we all need. Just remember Rome wasn’t built in a day and it took G-d six days to create the world. So go hard, but on Sunday take the day off.

You are a person of enormous influence. If you could inspire a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger.

I’m in the middle of a grassroots social media challenge that’s part of my fashion brand. It challenges people to step up and be kind, especially when faced with ugly situations.

We are getting people from all corners of the world to join in and share their stories. I think it is very important for people to know and realize that they are not alone even when the world around them feels empty. WE ALL HAVE A VOICE USE YOUR VOICE TO MATTER #IDontDoUgly Movement.

My goal is to create a lifestyle brand that starts conversations for change in our schools and daily lives.

Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Fear is my greatest strength. Without it I couldn’t exist.” It’s actually my personal quote I created after the loss of my whole family. People used to look at me and see only a poor orphan.

I launched the Linda B. Pinchoff Foundation www.bringavoice.org and use this quote when speaking with families who are going through difficulties. The quote is self-empowering. Life may not go as planned, but you have the power to make yourself strong.

We are blessed that very prominent leaders in business and entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world with whom you would like to have a lunch or breakfast with? He or she might just see this, especially if we tag them.

There’s definitely more than one. I am a fan of those who stir up the social norm and challenge individuals to be a better version of themselves, like Sir Richard Branson, Joanne “J.K.” Rowling, Elon Musk and Sara Blakely. These are minds that never listened to “I can’t do this” and they are very philanthropic. It would not only be an honor, but also the greatest moment I would ever have to be blessed to listen to them and have wildly creative conversations on everything from branding to food.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

https://www.jasonpinchoff.com

IG: jpinchoff

Living With Life the beginning

http://www.LivingWithLifeSeries.com

IG: LivingWithLifeSeries

I DON’T DO UGLY Fashion Movement

https://www.idontdougly.com

IG: IDontDoUgly #IDontDoUgly

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