EP45 - Author, Entrepreneur - Dan Johnston, ENJT meets ENFP


Dan Johnston is an entrepreneur, author of a dozen books, a coach, and a successful YouTube creator, and he opens up this episode of Get a Grip on Life with his thoughts on “human podcasting” – the art of being yourself and trying to have an honest conversation on mic without a ponderous amount of prep and planning between the hosts and guests.

Transitioning to the subject of Dan; he began his career as an author by accident, after being ghosted on a ghostwriting contract he turned the manuscript around to an acquaintance that helped him self-publish it as well as a follow-up book on the same topic. This let him dodge “The passion trap” of wasting time and effort on passion projects that can’t pay out. Subsequently, the conversation moves into career planning and how bad we are at teaching it to the young – encouragement seems to flow from parents and educators without being tempered by the realities of the careers or the training involved in these jobs.

While speaking of the future, Michael and Dan get on to the topic of the rapid erosion of political compromise in the world and how the news leaves everyone feeling dismal most of the time. More and more, hope is a revolutionary act and the cultivation of future-facing beliefs is becoming more important.

After that, the conversation moves between monogamy, marriage, masculinity, patriarchy, and how they all inter-relate throughout history. Afterwards, they also get into some odd corners of discriminatory behaviour, as well as selfish versus ideological voting habits.

Afterwards, Michael contrasts between the nature of power and competition in the political sphere and the business world which leads back to Dan’s career as a coach. When he was still a psychology major in university he realized that the aggressive style of negotiation and management being preached at the time was not suited to his personality, or the personalities of others. So he took his habit offering friendly advice to people and turned into a comprehensive series of talks, email courses and books about how to use Briggs-Myers types in a corporate environment. He’s also hit on a wonderful seminar method of dividing the workshop between a conference room and beer hall seeing how people learn and engage in different environments.