Jay Deutsch and Secret Millionaire
I've only met Jay once in passing, and interviewed him a handful of times, but he's one of my favorite people in the promotional industry. He's someone who I've found to not only be quite clever, but also incredibly sincere and kind. Years ago, Jay gave me one of my favorite interview quotes ever, which has stuck with me vividly to this day:
"I think the worst business advice I've ever got is, 'It's not personal, it just business.' I don't buy it—we're human, it is always personal. Make good business decisions, absolutely, but there is a correct way to treat people with respect and honesty."
That might not seem like much to some of you, but in my years and years of writing sales and marketing articles, I can't ever remember anyone expressing such a sentiment so honestly and directly. It's advice I hope I live by forever, and I hope I carry the lessons from his Secret Millionaire episode just as well.
Jay's episode is currently available in full on Hulu.com, and you can read my follow-up interview with Jay here.
Thanks for reading guys, and see you all next week!
MONDAY MIKE FACT: It feels weird to put a joke or something flip here after writing about something so serious. So, I'm not going to! Nyah-nyah!