May 19, 2023

Reinventing Yourself In The Age Of AI

My friends at the Filemaker Developers in Southern California group invited me to give a talk on May 12th, 2023. Here’s the description from the FMDiSC event:

How To Be An Old Dog And Still Learn New Tricks: Reinventing Yourself In The Age Of AI – Jonathan Stark has been a professional musician (okay, waiter), a FileMaker developer, a web developer, a mobile consultant, and a business coach. Find the seeds of your next act as Jonathan shares his Eureka moments, strategic pivots, business model transitions, major milestones, and identity struggles from three decades spent reinventing himself and his business.

In preparation for the talk, I scrutinized my own personal reinventions, business pivots, and identity shifts over the past 30 years. I was able to group my timeline pretty cleanly into four decade-long phases:

As my outline for the presentation evolved, it became clear that it was less about the AI part and more about the reinvention part. Specifically:

  1. Knowing when to make a big change, and
  2. Knowing what big change to make.

If you’re curious, you can check it out on Youtube:


(My bit starts around 58 minutes in.)

PLMK what you think! If enough people are interested, I’d be happy to do an updated encore presentation.