Generosity First

Generosity First

Collectively, we have the resources to solve the biggest challenges our communities are facing (poverty, homelessness, disparity in opportunity, etc.). What we need is focus. Generosity First has a simple goal: Inspire professionals to become charitable leaders within...
Am I making a positive difference?

Am I making a positive difference?

As I advise leaders who are building their businesses, setting goals, and envisioning their futures, a pattern emerges. No matter what goal they achieve, it never delivers what they actually crave – contentment, joy and satisfaction. There are millions of...
Before you set that goal…

Before you set that goal…

Every year around this time, I start to focus on the future and watch as the current year slowly slides into the background. Sound familiar? While the day might be different, I’d bet most are feeling these same emotions and wondering – “What goals should I set for...
“I have no idea.”

“I have no idea.”

Do you remember the last time you answered a question with that phrase? It’s rare for overachievers to admit that we don’t have a solution. We crave certainty. The idea that we’re no more than a search/book/podcast/webinar/etc. away from addressing a challenge...
Chasing recognition

Chasing recognition

There was a time when most of my daily activity was designed to impress someone else. For years (decades?), I chased bigger and better goals assuming every achievement made me more “amazing” in the eyes of my clients, peers, family, etc. Looking back, guess what is...
Pattern Interrupt

Pattern Interrupt

This Thanksgiving, most of us will express our gratitude surrounded by food, family, and football. Unfortunately, most of these grateful feelings will disappear as we rush back into life focused on all that we lack. Which begs the question… “How can I keep my...
Who makes your life worth living?

Who makes your life worth living?

When my son was about 8, I started having those, “Am I doing a good job as a dad?” thoughts. (I still have them. I assume I always will.) I stared reading books on parenting and decided that it was a good idea to create memories that would shape the kind of man he...
What person would you be?

What person would you be?

As a creature of habit (truthfully, it’s a bit of an issue, I could use some therapy), I spend most Saturdays eating breakfast by myself at a local restaurant. Typically, I sit at a U-shaped countertop with a handful of guys who all know one another. I keep to myself...
Silence is golden

Silence is golden

Silence is golden. You’ve heard this phrase before, but few understand its meaning and even fewer live by it. Our society is convinced that every moment needs to be filled with something. Whether it’s our opinion, TV in the background, music, or scrolling through...
I only have a strong opinion on a handful of matters.

I only have a strong opinion on a handful of matters.

(Life’s too short to become an expert in everything and no one wants to hear the views of someone whose only research on a topic comes from Twitter.) As a result, I only take a stand when I’ve done my research and fairly certain it’s true. Having said that… I think we...
The Molecule of More with Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman

The Molecule of More with Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman

Dr. Daniel Z. Lieberman, co-author of the international bestseller of The Molecule of More joins CJ to understand exactly why we believe a Yeti cooler keeps our drink that much colder. Join them to learn the impact of dopamine on your decisions and the tangible ways...
Energy is a limited resource

Energy is a limited resource

There’s nothing wrong with human emotions. Feeling and expressing them in a healthy way helps us deal with life’s ups and downs. But… sometimes, we allow a specific emotion to have far too much influence in our life – take anger, for example. While anger is helpful to...
I don’t believe in destiny or fate.

I don’t believe in destiny or fate.

I trust that life unfolds moment by moment… delivering some good, some bad and an occasional kick to the groin. As a result, every morning I face a simple question: “What do I do with these circumstances?” My response is heavily influenced by the perspective through...
It turns out that…

It turns out that…

Believe it or not, I’m flawed. My body language screams, “I can’t wait to leave” once I get bored with a conversation. The “yelling at my kids vs. other team members” ratio is at least 15:1 when I coach them in youth sports. I have a short attention span and...
Don’t be “that guy.”

Don’t be “that guy.”

You know the type. You’re in the middle of making a point and its clear the other person can’t wait to respond with their brilliance. Guess who enjoys a conversation with this type of “know it all”? Nobody. If you’re struggling with this affliction, try this approach...
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