Who is the last person you received advice from?
What would you ask a successful baby boomer if you had the chance to sit down with them and pick their brain? Would you ask them about their life choices? Any advice to become successful? One of my team members, Doug Potter (30-year old millennial with a wife and a five-month old son), did just that when he had the opportunity to ask me 14 questions about life, leadership, and motivation. The #CJJblog this week is Part One of this interview series. Enjoy!
Q1: What has been the biggest change in your outlook on life through the years?
I started to get clarity on my life in my early 30s. Why was I on the earth? What was my purpose here? It was in my early professional career that I started to study what mattered. The biggest change in my outlook on life came around the importance of being a good role model and focusing on my personal mission.
Q2: What are your biggest regrets up to this point in your life?
Up to this point in my life, my biggest regret came during my time in college. I regret not playing basketball and getting away from my passion. College was a great time, but it took me away from my personal life goals.
Q3: What is one piece of advice you would tell yourself 30 years ago?
I would tell myself to be clear with your wants, needs, and mission. Create value for others and don’t be selfish with your thoughts. If you want to be successful, help others become successful first.
Q4: What have you found to be your biggest challenge as you go through life?
My biggest challenge continues to be staying disciplined and sticking to my daily routines. It’s important to take care of myself consistently and as life changes, it’s sometimes easy to make the easy choice instead of the right choice. I try to focus on making the right decisions, no matter how difficult.
Q5: How do you stay motivated to achieve your goals?
The one thing that consistently helps motivate me is when I write out my goals and read them aloud each day. It helps give me clarity on what’s important in my life and what I need to focus on. Achieving my larger goals can seem daunting, so I start small and build off of every victory, no matter the size.
Q6: What drives your passion for Professional Speaking and motivating others?
The occurrence of the J-Mac game back in 2006 allowed me to discover my second calling, which is to leave a positive impact on others. I get great joy out of helping others and having this professional speaking platform to do so, allows me to stay motivated.
Q7: How do you measure success differently today than when you were younger?
When I was younger, I mainly thought about how I can help myself and advance my own career. Today, I always seek to help others first. I always ask myself “how can I add value to others?”
Did You Know? Coach Jim Johnson will be hosting another Leadership Webinar on May 14th with special guest, Jeff Butler. Register HERE.
Life Tip #3: Leave a profit everywhere you go. Everything you touch turns to gold, not garbage.