Reboot Podcast Episode #56 – Participate in Your Own Rescue – with John Guydon

The Reboot podcast showcases the heart and soul, the wins and losses, the ups and downs of startup leadership. On the show, Entrepreneurs, CEO’s, and Startup Leaders discuss with Jerry Colonna the emotional and psychological challenges they face daily as leaders.

Episode 56// March 9, 2017

But little by little,
as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn
through the sheets of clouds,
and there was a new voice
which you slowly
recognized as your own,
that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper
into the world,
determined to do
the only thing you could do–
determined to save
the only life you could save.


John Guydon

John Guydon

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Episode Description

John Guydon first appeared on the podcast in Episode #41: Are You Afraid of Your Own Power. It has been just under a year since that episode and a lot has changed for John. The company he discussed on that episode, Lassy Project, has come to close and he is diving head first into two new projects– a documentary film and a new company, Master The Book. John’s exuberance for these new endeavors is palpable, but in this discussion he and Jerry notice a fear underneath the charisma. In this session, Jerry and John build on the idea of embracing your super power, discuss the fear in being labeled and how John’s purpose continues to undergird all he does, including his new projects.

John Guydon on Twitter | The Dark Dollar | Master the Book |

Related episodes:

#41 – Are you afraid of your own power? – with John Guydon

#43 – The Dharma of Inclusivity – with Konda Mason


Show Highlights

Top Quotes

We all have some sort of superpower because we’re all fucking mutants – @jerrycolonna

Nobody can label you. – @jerrycolonna

Have I been labeled before? Yeah. I’ve been labeled a thief before. – @IamJohnGuydon

You gots to kiss this particular dragon because when you kiss the dragon, it’s just a princess waiting to be loved. – @jerrycolonna

When we own our superpowers we’re superheroes, and then we have our tasks. – @jerrycolonna

People ask me who my hero is. It’s me, 10 years from now. – @IamJohnGuydon

[The Dark Dollar] is about showing people that they have the capacity to save themselves. – @IamJohnGuydon

I am just a mirror for you. That’s my superpower. – @jerrycolonna

The path that we choose to follow that purpose has to evolve, because life changes. – @jerrycolonna

It’s powerful to find your inner compass, isn’t it? – @jerrycolonna

Key Takeaways

John first appeared on the podcast last year in episode 41. In the time since that recording his company has closed and he has started two new projects; a documentary and a company, Master the Book.

The Dark Dollar is a documentary John is producing on black economic power.

In John and Jerry’s first conversation on the podcast Jerry challenged John to embrace his own superhero–to let go of apprehensions and own his super powers.

John is now working on a project called Master the Book, where he creates engaging short video synopsis of books he reads. He finds the project both energizing, but is apprehensive about putting himself out there.

John has felt labeled and judged in the past, specifically as an aggressive person. This fear of being judged again has caused John to hold himself back from putting himself out there. When it comes to this fear, Jerry reminds John of something he said at the CEO bootcamp he attended, “What do you gots to do?”. Jerry tells John that in this circumstance, he has to kiss this particular dragon, because when you kiss the dragon, it’s just a princess waiting to be loved. The dragon is fear of someone misjudging him. No one fears being judged well. Most people don’t even fear being judged accurately. What we fear, is being misunderstood, because our sense of love, safety and belonging is threatened. Jerry reminds John of the Rilke quote, “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”

To truly harness our super powers, we must be willing to look at our fears, our shadows and deal with them.

Jerry suggests that The Dark Dollar is also about showing people that they have the capacity to save themselves. Dark Dollar, isn’t just a story about what happened in the past, and it’s not just painting what the opportunity for various communities are to seize their own economic power. It’s about showing people ways in which they can save themselves, or participate in their own rescue. It’s about actually taking the power back, and John’s sacred superpower task is to do that, whether it’s by showing people the power that’s implicit in a book, or a set of knowledge, or the story of the Dark Dollar.

John echoes that all his endeavors, even selling candy to other kids in school, has been about actively participating in saving himself.

Jerry explains to John that this is his purpose. He reminds him that an easy litmus test by which to judge the random ideas he comes up with is to ask, “Does it further the purpose or not? Does it take me away from my north star, or not?”