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“I would love to see a positivity movement that shifts people’s mindsets.” Dr. Ely Weinschneider & Joshua Hebert

I would love to see a positivity movement that shifts people’s mindsets. Being kind can really change people’s perspectives. I believe health and happiness is so much more important than money. I would love to see a movement where the focus was on people being kind to one another and feeling comfortable saying hello to […]

I would love to see a positivity movement that shifts people’s mindsets. Being kind can really change people’s perspectives. I believe health and happiness is so much more important than money. I would love to see a movement where the focus was on people being kind to one another and feeling comfortable saying hello to each other. I want more people to open doors for each other, offer their seat to an elderly person on the train and to be cognizant of each other and empathetic toward each other. What goes around comes around, and, ultimately, being kind to each other makes the world a better place.


As a part of my series about the things we can do to remain hopeful and support each other during anxious times, I had the pleasure of interviewing Joshua Hebert, Founder and C.E.O of Magellan Jets.

Joshua Hebert founded Magellan Jets in 2008 with 25 years of experience in finance, marketing, and aviation. His expertise in business start-ups, transformations, search engine optimization, and marketing has enabled him to grow Magellan Jets into the brand it is today. In founding Magellan Jets, Hebert melded his passion for aviation with his knowledge and financial savvy, which he gleaned from starting his career on Wall Street at Paine Webber and Shearson Lehman Brothers.

Hebert went from the investment banking world to the advertising world where he led the marketing team to increased success at America City Business Journals. He then started in the aviation business in 2000, when he founded Jets International and paved the way to customer success and revenue in operations.

As Founder and CEO of Magellan Jets, Hebert is the visionary behind an incredibly successful team that the executive leaders have diligently crafted over the past decade. Hebert’s expertise in business start-ups and transformations, combined with his extensive track record in growing businesses through creative new solutions, has culminated a team that has increased sales at Magellan Jets by 35% a year for almost a decade.

Magellan has been recognized for its growing success several years in a row on Boston Business Journal’s Pacesetters (now Fast 50) list, as one of SmartCEO’s Future 50 and on the Inc. 5000 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies in America, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. Making the list for an unprecedented 6th time, Magellan Jets find themselves in elite company. Not only does that put them in the Inc Hall of Fame, but only 193 of the 5000 companies on the 2018 list have made it 6 times, which is roughly 3%.

Hebert currently serves as Chairman on the Magellan Jets board, the Vice Chairman of the Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), and as Founding Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board for Raising a Reader Massachusetts. He is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and has been a finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year. He is quoted in Barron’s, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, and The Economist among other major publications; and has contributed articles to Fortune.


Can you share with us the backstory about what brought you to your specific career path?

What drives me is grit, hard work and continuously trying to conquer fears. I’ve conquered a lot of fears in business. Every time I have a fear, I just figure out how to conquer it. I got into this in 2000, when I was in the advertising world and a client of mine asked me to help him build a company, which was scary at the time because I was an employee making good money and had a family. I made a decision to be an entrepreneur and take my life’s savings and start a new company. I always was an entrepreneur in my thinking — I had a car detailing business in high school and college. But in co-founding Jets International, I fell in love with private aviation. Then, in founding Magellan Jets in 2008, I was able to combine my passions, merging my love for aviation with my financial knowledge stemming from my time on Wall Street.

Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you?

There was a recent book called Elevate by Robert Glazer that sticks out for me. In the book, he spoke a lot about how important relationships are. I also really enjoyed the recent work of Ray Dalio, how he explains the economy and how businesses are run.

Fears related to the coronavirus pandemic have heightened a sense of uncertainty, fear, and loneliness. From your perspective can you help our readers to see the “Light at the End of the Tunnel”?

While it’s not a good situation, there is some good to be found. First, I’m with my family like I’ve never been to before. I’m usually working, doing errands, out at the gym or on my bike. I love being out, because of coronavirus, I’m in my house with my family — and I’m loving. I never would’ve otherwise had the opportunity to do something like that. It’s sad to think about how much we are away from our loved ones.

Also, right now, things have never changed this fast. My life and everyone’s life has literally changed more in one month than it ever has in history. it’s forcing us to be more receptive to learning. I’ve read more than I’ve ever read. I’ve watched the video more than I’ve ever watched. I love to learn, you love to learn, everyone loves to learn. We’re all in this situation now where we have to learn. My mother, she uses an old flip phone and she promised me she’d never get anything other than that flip phone. The other day, she bought an iPhone.

I think that when we go back, business is going to be different. I don’t think that any business will be the same after this. I don’t mean that in a bad way. I mean we’re all making dramatic changes for the good. I think that we’ll all be much more efficient when we come out of this. We’ll also have a different perspective on life. Finally, our entire world’s focus has changed, for our business, for our kids, for our grandkids.

From your experience or research what are five steps that each of us can take to effectively offer support to those around us who are feeling anxious? Can you explain?

One thing that is obvious that everyone is talking about is getting some exercise. Another, in that vein, is eating healthy. Also, I do think following the rules should bring people’s anxiety down. People laugh at me because I’m really adhering to the social distancing rules, but I don’t have the same anxiety as some other people because I’m adhering to the rules 100%.

Beyond that, people who are feeling anxious due to social isolation should try FaceTiming — connecting as much as possible through face-to-face video chats. The other night, we had dinner with friends and sent food to their homes, and we got on a call altogether and we had dinner virtually. Everyone had their computer at the end of their dining room table. I thought it was a success.

And explore your hobbies and passions instead of binge-watching. This binge-watching may be stressing people out. Depending on what you’re watching, it could stress you out more than you think. People that love to binge, they need to read. People that love to play video games, they need to exercise more. We all have to make change. And if we’re making change, I think our level of anxiety will go down in our lives.

What are the best resources you would suggest to a person who is feeling anxious?

For people interested in video chat services, I’ve been using several. I have RingCentral, I have Teams, I have Zoom, I have Apple FaceTime and I have Skype. Today, I’ve had video conferences on all five of those. Something I would suggest is that people learn how to really use them because you don’t want to be the person on that call who doesn’t know how to use it. These are amazing technologies, so, really understanding how to use it, that would be my suggestion.

You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be?

I would love to see a positivity movement that shifts people’s mindsets. Being kind can really change people’s perspectives. I believe health and happiness is so much more important than money. I would love to see a movement where the focus was on people being kind to one another and feeling comfortable saying hello to each other. I want more people to open doors for each other, offer their seat to an elderly person on the train and to be cognizant of each other and empathetic toward each other. What goes around comes around, and, ultimately, being kind to each other makes the world a better place.

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Readers can stay up to date by following Magellan Jets on Instagram and LinkedIn. You can also learn more about us at magellanjets.com.

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