Today we’d like to introduce you to Jason Montoya.
Hi Jason, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Born and raised in Arizona, my wife and I left for Atlanta, Georgia after we got home from our honeymoon in Hawaii in June 2005. With big dreams and the boldness to make them happen, we started a new life away from everything and everyone we had know.
During this difficult transition, we finished our college degrees and launched a marketing business called Noodlehead Marketing. Unfortunately, my boldness didn’t match my maturity to face the reality of life and work in a new world away from home and the ups and downs spiraled into a slew of chaos across all areas of my life. Things were not working out how I had hope and planned and now I was broken and defeated wondering how to move forward. In a desperate prayer of surrender, I cried to God for help, which began a journey back from the valley of which I had gone down.
This shift, between 2009 and 2010, involved me moving from a persistent state of reaction to an intentional movement towards a defined vision for my life and business. The toxic people around me were slowly replaced with healthier mentors and friends helping me out of the ditch and onto a better future. And life and marriage got better. We transformed the business from being defined by these outside sources to an intentional organization reflecting excellence. We were making money, had a wonderful team, and serviced terrific clients — but something was missing. In many ways, I personally, and the business, collectively, became what we set out to become. What was ahead for us?
That led to another major shift in 20213 where I came to the conclusion to shut down my company, not knowing what would be my next step. It was a heartbreaking decision that led to me spiraling into anxiety, depression, and panic as I processed all of the highs and lows of my journey since I moved from Arizona to Atlanta.
Wanting to finish well and not knowing what was to come next, freelancing and consulting found me. As the company winded down, leaders and business owners reached out to me to consult with them on their business and digital marketing problems. I was a freelancer. After eight months of steady work, I decided at the end of 2014 to take the lessons learn from my business and apply them to my freelancing to truly master it. By the end of 2015, I had finished this task and was excelling at this vocational path.
Fellow freelancers asked for my advice and recommended I write a book. That was aligned with and reawoke my vocational desires so I spent the next few years writing the book while I freelanced, published Path of the Freelancer in 2017. I followed it up with a second book for small business owners called the Jump which was published in 2019. Now I’m working on my third book with plans to publish sometime in 2022.
With the freelance work I do now, I’m able to generate a generous income, write, podcast, and author books while also sustaining my relationship with my wife, five kids, and the local community. It’s been a rough journey with many twists and turns, but as difficult as its been, it’s also been vital for my own transformation and the benefits of others I love.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Most people move away from home, live in a place they’ve never been, go to college, work a job, and get married across many years. Since we decided to do all this in a weekend, it certainly made what was hard almost impossible.
My wife and I struggled in our marriage during the early years attempting to balancing all of these dynamics. We also came from dramatically different backgrounds and points of view, so our relationship was wrought with conflict.
While I was ambitious, ready to jump off cliffs to pursue what was below, I lacked the experience and maturity to do it honorably for myself and others who were affected. My ambition left to a wreckage of broken relationships and dreams.
Personally, I faced the crushing weight of reality and trouble that I was unprepared to wisely navigate. I drifted from my faith in Jesus, and was drawn by the desire to please others and the failure to say no and enforce boundaries. I was taken advantage of by workers, clients, and other leaders. And a the same time, I was also guilty of doing the same to others.
We’ve been impressed with Protheseos Inc., but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
While my business name is Protheseos (meaning intentional in Greek) I operate under the brand of my own name, Jason Scott Montoya.
I specialize in growing influence and sales for people-development-oriented (leadership, coaching, training, etc…) organizations. I’ll work with them to leverage a branded, informative, and comprehensive digital content library to drive interest, capture leads, and nurture loyal customers.
My experience and abilities allow me to jump into the trenches with my clients as a contract co-founder to strategically plan and tactically execute towards our desired outcome.
In addition to my consulting, I’m also blogging, podcast, and authoring books focusing on systems and stories that helps us live better and work smarter.
Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
For those interested in hiring me as a freelance consultant, I’d encourage them to pick up a copy of my second book, The Jump: From Chaos to Clarity for Your Striving Small Business. This provides the blueprint for how I operate and the approach I’m moving clients towards so they can flourish in their business.
For those interested in supporting me, I’d value any opportunity to share my story and message, whether it be for freelancers or small business owners, on podcasts, blogs, or live events.
- Contact me for pricing
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- Website: https://www.jasonscottmontoya.com/
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