Being successful in business takes a lot of hard work, not magic. However, for Jason Chessar, it’s both.
At an early age, Jason fought with the demons of low self-confidence and taunting from other kids. During that time, he became intrigued with magic and decided he wanted to be a magician. It was through that quest, where he learned to build self-confidence by being mentored by the best in the industry, It wasn’t an easy road for him. He faced many challenges initially that he ultimately overcame with his passion and sound mentorship. Eventually, he started his own entertainment agency, successfully taking his act to private parties and business events. But, over time, he realized he wanted to do more than entertain. He wanted to help others that were struggling with some of the same issues he had during his own personal journey. Now, he’s using everything he has learned about conquering fear and self-doubt and building a successful business to serve others as a business coach, helping people around the world to achieve the best version of themselves for greater success and happiness.
He’s also a valuable asset to my team as a level 2 certified coach — part of an elite group of people who have completed the Blair Singer Certified Trainer Program. Currently, he lives in Ontario, Canada with his wife and newborn daughter. Through his training and his coaching business, he’s still got some tricks up his sleeve. I’m excited to introduce him to you in this interview below.
The following interview, conducted by a member of my team, is edited for brevity and clarity.
Q: Where did you first learn about Blair Singer?
Jason: About 6 years ago, I found myself with my entertainment agency, and I was mentally struggling. I was having a hard time running my business, and I needed some inspiration.
I then came across and went to T. Harv Eker’s Millionaire Mind Intensive, and Blair was speaking there. I decided to then go to his Train the Trainer event, even though at the time I wasn’t training, nor did I think about being a trainer. But it was during that event that I knew I was meant for something more than just being a performer.
Q: How did you start your business?
Jason: When I was about 12, my father took me to a magic show, and I instantly fell in love. I was a very shy kid, so it didn’t seem to necessarily make sense that I would want to pursue magic. But, after training with some local magicians, I learned confidence, stage presence, and performance.
Once I felt comfortable in my craft, I started my entertainment agency, selling my acts locally and then eventually across state lines. I performed at birthday parties, weddings, even business events.
Q: What did you find particularly hard about running a business? How did you overcome those challenges?
Jason: I loved magic. I had, and still have, a very strong passion for the craft. But that alone isn’t enough to run a business.
I’m used to overcoming challenges. It wasn’t easy becoming a performer. I had bad social anxiety when I was younger. I’m partially deaf, and that affected my speech, too. I went through a lot of therapy and training to learn how to work with this, and I used magic to build my confidence, leading me to where I am today. I didn’t let those things prevent me from succeeding, and I wasn’t going to give up on my business, too.
But just like in magic, I needed mentors to motivate and train me in business. I attended Blair’s events, participated in his programs, read lots of books, and met lots of others who were facing the same challenges I was facing… all of that helped me to push through the challenges of being an entrepreneur.
Q: What made you decide to become a coach and mentor? Why choose that route in life?
Jason: I always knew I was meant for something more. I felt it myself, and in everything I did.
I learned a lot through magic and starting my own business. When I was learning to become a performer, I created templates to help me speak in public. I created flowcharts to help me respond quickly to whatever happened around me, whether it’s someone reacting to my performance, or when something unexpected happens during my acts. That same thought process actually works in business and networking, too.
I decided to take what I’ve learned and help others with it. When I saw that what I was teaching was helping others achieve their goals and dreams, I knew this is what I was destined to do. The selfless act of supporting others with knowledge gained through my own experience and from other mentors gives me happiness.
Q: What books do you recommend?
Jason: Influence by Robert Cialdini has been very beneficial to me, and I recommend that everyone read this book. With Blair and our team, we are reading through Big Potential by Shawn Achor and The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday, both of which are great books as well.
If anyone wants to join my book club, you can read along with me Law of Success by Napolean Hill. I’m learning a lot from this book, and know that others will too, no matter where they are in business.
Q: What’s a personal motto you live by?
Jason: If I never quit, I’ll never fail, and it’s nice knowing that I’ll never fail in life!
Learn more about Jason Chessar and his business Network Like a Magician on this website here. To inquire about his book club and to follow his social media, connect on LinkedIn and follow Jason’s Instagram @jason_chessar.