UG 000 – CNBC’s Jake Novak on Luck, Humility, and How to Navigate the World of Media

    Welcome to Unlocking Greatness, the podcast that analyzes the success of leaders, entrepreneurs, experts and influencers to identify the skills they utilized to achieve their success and how we can apply them to our lives. Today’s guest is Jake Novak, the supervising producer at CNBC’s “Power Lunch”. In the show, we discuss his journey from producing news at a small television station in Bangor, Maine to the coveted halls of CNBC. Jake shares with us his thoughts about the most important ingredients for staying on top of his field, in the broadcasting world in general and how each of us can make a difference in the world of media tomorrow.


    • How Jake got started in his career (2:05)
    • The concept of “getting lucky” and turning lemons into lemonade (8:50)
    • How to handle life when you do not see success immediately (10:30)
    • The value of humility (11:08)
    • How CNBC stays away from indictable offenses (14:00)
    • The two things you need to be successful in broadcasting (15:55)
    • The moment when jake almost quit his job (16:55)
    • The question jake asked himself when it was time to move in his career (21:17)
    • The typical morning show schedule (23:32)
    • The actual prep time for news shows on the air (27:03)
    • Putting the viewer first in broadcast journalism (29:55)
    • Jake’s ability to pick winning topics and ideas (32:40)
    • Supporting Israel in the media (36:43)
    • Why Israel is the greatest example of human achievement against the odds in the past 100 years (40:00)
    • Advice to anyone looking to get into journalism (49:58)


    CNBC: Power Lunch
    The Israel Test by George Gilder Book
    Youtube Clip
    Albert Einstein quote: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.”
    MIT Tech Review: Megascale Desalination (Israel’s Water Purification System)

    Jake Novak joined CNBC in September 2012 as the supervising producer of “The Kudlow Report.” In 2015, he became supervising producer of “Power Lunch.” Prior to joining CNBC, Novak co-created and oversaw the “Varney and Company” program on FOX Business Network along with anchor Stuart Varney. He also spent seven years at CNN, producing financial news programs including launching the successful “In the Money” show with anchor Jack Cafferty. Novak has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University and a masters degree from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

    Connect with Jake Novak:
    Jake Novak on Facebook
    Jake Novak on Twitter

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