Jim Levine

Chapter 34: Literary superagent Jim Levine on picking priorities to perform at peak potential

I flew to New York City and hung out with Jim Levine.

I flew to New York City and hung out with Jim Levine.

Jim Levine is a literary superagent.

He and his agency LGR Literary represent everyone from Tom Brady to Ray Dalio to Dan Ariely to Allie Brosch to Gillian Flynn to *cough* Neil Pasricha.

Jim Levine is an incredibly thoughtful and intentional guy who I’ve come to look up to in many ways. He has a wise calm mode of operating with a strategic lens that helps authors navigate the publishing world.

I totally forgot to take a selfie of us so I had to go with Google instead. Booooo, me.

I totally forgot to take a selfie of us so I had to go with Google instead. Booooo, me.

In his own words, Jim helps people “explode potential.”

Before establishing his own agency, he taught at Wellesley College and spent almost a decade as Vice President at the Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Jim’s written over seven books himself and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, and Oprah.

And, as you may have guessed, Jim is a voracious reader.

Welcome to Chapter 34 of 3 Books.

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What You'll Learn:

  • How can you squeeze in more time for exercise and meditation?

  • What’s a simple way to remedy any argument in order to find a solution?

  • How can jazz musicians help us improve our listening and negotiation skills?

  • What’s a fun relationship game you can play with your partner so you can make decisions faster and share your opinions more openly?

  • How can we balance our focus on both the inner journey and the outer journey?

  • What’s the easiest way to figure out the perfect job for you to pursue?

Ideas Worth SHARING:

“Good jazz musicians listen very carefully to what their bandmates are playing or saying with their instrument. I think the work of people who are really good at negotiation is to listen and be attuned to what the other person is saying.” Jim Levine of @LGRLiterary #3bookspodcast

“If you learn to trust in the process, you realize that if you’re patient and persistent and have an optimistic and a good intent about things, you reach the point that things somehow do get into focus.” Jim Levine of @LGRLiterary #3bookspodcast

“Being at peace with oneself is really important and not easy to do--just to stay still and focused.” Jim Levine of @LGRLiterary #3bookspodcast

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