“What an asshole.”

That’s what everyone said when we left class the first day.

Everyone who attended law school at the University of Houston with me will know exactly who I’m talking about.

He was our first professor.

Demanding. Strict. Critical. Focused.

I remember the first and only time he called me stupid.

To be fair, he didn’t actually say “you’re stupid” — but he didn’t have to. You just knew.

You knew you could do better. You knew you could be better.

Sure, he was an asshole. We were law school babies, fresh and new, with bold, innocent ideals…


“It just kind of happened.”

“It just fell into my lap.”

“Everything just fell into place.”

When a great opportunity presents itself out of nowhere, when unforeseen favorable circumstances arise out of thin air, when it seems like “this has to be a God thing” — it usually isn’t.

I don’t say that lightly. This is a lesson that has taken years for me to even fathom, let alone put into practice. I’m not sure I can even articulate it properly now.

First, I guess it’s important to know that I am a firm believer in the fact that God…


It’s 4:30am in Atlanta and I can’t sleep.

I’m sure that’s not earth-shattering news. Lots of business travelers find it hard to sleep in a strange bed, in a strange city, in a strange timezone.

But this is different. Maybe not earth-shattering, but it is definitely shaking something loose in my soul. Maybe some lost piece of knowledge. I’m not sure, but I know there is something not quite right this morning.

So I get up. I do the usual morning routine (shit, shower, shave…pick two).

I go to the hotel gym. I make some coffee. I turn on my…


get out of the books and into the real world

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”

- Ecclesiastes 4:9–10

It is one of the paradoxes of entrepreneurship. You can’t be successful alone, but being successful is extremely lonely.

When I opened my first business at age twenty-nine, I drastically underestimated just how solitary an existence it would be. …

Jonathon Kovar

CEO of GoodLooking

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