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Feb 15, 2024

Welcome back to the Main Thing Podcast. I’m your host Skip Lineberg.

Our special guest, J.B. Chaykowsky, is a designer and creative who leads a globally dispersed design team for Intuit, the storied silicon valley fin-tech company.

When the aroma of fresh coffee beans became J.B.’s ritual for grounding his creative spirit, it was evident that his approach to design was intertwined with staying firmly in the moment. Our conversation takes you on a journey through J.B.’s philosophy, where the essence of being present is not only a practice but a testament to the rich tapestry of life as a designer at creative professional. We explore the profound 'why' behind every stroke of creativity and how it breathes life into his work.

There's something magical about the crossroads of fate and decision-making. As we unravel stories of pivotal changes, such as JB’s leap across the pond to London, we uncover how every choice carves a step closer to the person we yearn to become. Settle in and relax. Over the next nine minutes, you will discover why J.B. Chaykowsky is one of the wisest people I know.

More About Our Guest

J.B. Chaykowsky’s personal mission is to make technology more poetic. He enjoys traveling with his wife and son. J.B. is enamored with the intersection of people, technology, and philosophy.

J.B. joins us from his home in London.



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Book recommended by J.B. in this episode:  Principles by Ray Dalio

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Episode Chapters

[0:03:02] - The art and social fabric of coffee

[0:04:50] - J.B. takes us inside the creative life; being a design professional

[0:05:51] - How Skip and J.B. are connected

[0:06:26] - The power of every decision

[0:07:35] - J.B. reveals his Main Thing

[0:09:23] - Gleaning wisdom from Ray Dalio and Dwight Schrute

[0:13:12] - Recognizing the need for wisdom; living with intent