Hi, I’m Jack Heald. According to one friend, I am “an enigma inside a black box crossed with a flibbertygib with a healthy dose of rage-against-the-machine-howlin’wolf.”
I’ll take that.
I grew up in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Music Composition.
Corporate recruiters weren’t impressed, so I got busy learning more commercially marketable skills.
Thus began an eclectic career that included stints as a telephone technician, house painter, computer salesman, chauffeur, musician, software developer, project manager, futures trader, systems analyst, webmaster, business process consultant, teacher, author and stage actor.
I was the 11th employee at Dell Computer but left too soon to get rich. I taught myself to program, started and built a software company and eventually sold it to a competitor.
While at JDA Software, I ran software implementations for some of the biggest retailers in the US and Europe. My road-warrior lifestyle cost me my health, so I quit JDA and taught myself to day trade stocks and commodities.
I discovered that new traders need a lot of help, so I wrote and published the definitive guide for beginning traders: Buy High, Sell Low – Lessons and Warning for Beginning Traders.
The stock market crash of 2008 alarmed me, and the flash crash of 2010 convinced me that there had to be better way to make a living. So I turned my back on day trading and returned at last to my first love: writing.
Writing led to copywriting, which led to studying the science of persuasion. And that led to the development of Cult Your Brand.
I married young, raised four brilliant, beautiful children, survived a nasty divorce and lived to tell about it. I’m an accomplished musician, history enthusiast, recovering amateur economist, promiscuous reader and passionate learner. I enjoy the writings of C.S. Lewis, P.G. Wodehouse, Winston Churchill, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. (Yes, they’re all British.)
I love loud motorcycles, Black Adder, single-malt scotch, expensive cigars, hot jazz, gritty blues, classic rock and the extraordinary love of a very good woman.
And yes, I tend to Question Everything.