What cause can you get behind?
April is Autism Awareness Month and ever since the J-Mac game 11 years ago, I have been very passionate about supporting the autism movement and spreading awareness through AutismUp, a local organization here in Rochester, NY. Do you have a cause that you are passionate about? I strongly suggest that you find a cause and become passionate about helping out any way you can. If you are searching for a cause to get behind (which I strongly suggest), here are some tips to help you out. Enjoy.
- Find something you are passionate about. For me, my heart was touched after the J-Mac game in 2006. Autism soon became something that I had a personal connection to and my passion followed shortly after. What are you passionate about?
- What fits your purpose? This is very similar to asking a business about their mission. What is your purpose in life? Is there a cause remotely close to what you would define as your purpose? The closer the cause is aligned with your life purpose, the more personal joy it will bring you.
- Support your family and friends. If you are struggling to find something you feel really passionate about, ask your friends and family members. They might be able to point you in the right direction or bring you along to a fundraiser/event and transform their passion on to you. Sharing your passion can be very powerful.
- Share with others. Once you have your cause chosen and you get behind it, make sure you share it with others. Not only can they help support, but it will help spread the word and awareness as well.
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson and J-Mac are attending a Zappos Autism Awareness event in Las Vegas next week.
Life Tip #84: Leave a legacy by leaving the world a better place by how you live your life
What are your favorite financial development books?
Reading books is a great way to grow your mind. For me, I try to read at least 30 minutes each day. I have already given you my list of top leadership and inspirational books that I have read. This week in my #CJJblog I am going to give you my list of top Financial Development books. What are your favorites?
- Millionaire Success Secrets – James Malinchak
- The Road to Wealth – Suze Orman
- What Your Financial Advisor isn’t Telling You – Liz Davidson
- Richest Man in Babylon – George S. Clason
- The One Minute Millionaire – Mark Victor Hansen
- Money Matters – Tony Robbins
- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing – John C. Bogle
- The Millionaire Next Door – Thomas Stanley
Having read the books above, I have gathered some commonalities amongst them. Here are a few thoughts I have when it comes to personal finance and achieving financial independence:
- Pay yourself first
- Stay out of debt
- Increase your value to the marketplace (industry) to in order to increase your income
Did You Know?: Coach is now talking to college students around the country about financial independence and goal setting.
“The students were highly motivated and inspired to make changes to their lives after listening to Coach Johnson’s informative and enlightening talk on financial independence… I believe, now more than ever, the institutions and students should proactively start the discussion on financial independence that will lead them to better manage their life.”
-Rehnuma Karim, Ph.D, Professor, SUNY Brockport –
Life Tip #5: Tithe at least 10% of your income to worthy causes (charities, non-profits, etc.)
How are you becoming a better leader?
Becoming a better leader requires an abnormal amount of effort. Consistent, relentless effort is what it takes to become an outstanding leader. This week in my #CJJblog leadership series, we continue to talk about how to become a better leader and how we can improve every day. Below are some more tips I have compiled throughout my years as a leader. Enjoy.
- Effective communication. How well do you communicate your thoughts to others? Are you able to effectively portray your thoughts and opinions in a concise, direct manner? Always remember to be a role model for others, especially your team.
- Lead by example. Walk your talk and talk your walk. Always remember that you are on stage no matter what you are doing, who you are with, or where you are. Show your team you care with your actions, not your words. Do you lead by your words or your actions?
- Leaving a profit. Live your life with the mindset of everything I touch turns to gold. Always leave (the area, your job, a relationship, etc.) in better condition than when you arrived. Your mindset is key in this aspect as you consistently develop into a better leader. What is the profit that you are leaving?
- Be a servant leader. Develop leaders for after you are gone. Setting up others for success should be a large part of your leading strategy. Leaving your footprint for others can leave a lasting legacy desired by many.
For those of you who missed it, my man, Jason “J-Mac” McElwain ran in the Boston Marathon and finished with a time a touch over three hours. We are very proud of him. If you haven’t yet, make sure you congratulate him on this wonderful accomplishment. Have a great week, everyone!
Life Tip #40: Add more disciplines to your life to become a more attractive person
How successful are you?
I recently completed a wonderful book written by John C. Maxwell, entitled 3 Things Successful People Do. While there was some fantastic information inside, it got me thinking about myself and my life. Am I doing things that are on par with what the truly successful people do? Am I living my life to its true potential? Below are some tips that I learned from this wonderful book on how the successful people in this world live their lives. Enjoy.
- Know your purpose. What is your personal mission statement? What are you all about? These are two questions that you must answer and live your life according to what you believe you stand for. Capture this life journey and every once in a while, look back and review your activity to make sure you are still on track.
- Grow to your maximum potential. Be happy and celebrate your successes, but never be satisfied. Continue to grow your mind and never stop improving. Stay open to opportunities and capitalize on them when they present themselves. How are you growing your mind?
- Sew seeds that benefit others. When we think about being a leader, it’s very important to leave a legacy. True leaders put others in the best position to succeed. Get into the proper mindset that allows you to put others first. Are you preparing others for success?
It’s March Madness time and while Syracuse was able to make the field of 68, it will be very interesting to see how the rest of the bracket unfolds. Who do you have in your Final Four? Let me know in the comments below! Have a great week, everyone! May your brackets not get busted too soon.
Life Tip #100: Always ask yourself: “What can I learn from this?”
How do you give back to others?
Giving back is something that not only can help your professional career, but improve your mental state as well. I try to make a habit to giving back to others on a consistent basis. The more I learn about my favorite causes to give to (ex: Autism Up – autismup.org), the more I feel compelled to help out. Here are some tips to consider when giving back to others and considering its importance. Enjoy.
- Find a cause. There are many different causes out there that you can get behind and support. Pick something that has personal meaning to you and learn about it. You can give other things than money as well (time, effort, resources, etc.). Helping to raise money for the cause is great, but there are many other ways you can give back. What is your cause that you feel strongly about?
- Give for the right reasons. Many people give while expecting something in return. This creates a sense of anxiety that may affect your ability to give. Do not expect the spotlight in any way. You must learn to give for the sole benefit to others. It is then, and only then, that you will establish a true sense of accomplishment from giving to others. What is the main reason why you give back to others?
- Limit expectations. It’s also important to let your actions unfold as they may. Having expectations of how things should happen only set you up for disappointment. It’s crucial that you open your mind up to helping others and not expecting anything in return.
I am very proud of my team as we beat the second-ranked team in the state over the weekend, improving our record to 17-1. With the next few weeks being crucial to our season, I am stressing the importance of teamwork. Check back in next week for a Super Bowl edition of #CJJblog. Until then, how are you giving back to others?
Life Tip #27: Go the extra mile consistently. There are no traffic jams on the extra mile.