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The birth of JCAA

It has been a long time coming… after Legacy Status Investments… after the start of our software firm… after the start of the foundry, a new fund had to be formed. Jason Criddle and Associates was ready to face the world for quite some time. Not because we wanted it to, but because the world needed it. The world needs a paradigm shift when it comes to investing.

People have some extreme misconceptions about what a startup is, and how to properly turn an idea into a company. Everyone wants money for ideas, but that just isn’t the way the world works anymore. We know business, and business is good. If you are ready to get a company launched, or need further help with an existing company, JCAA is hear to stay.

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Creating a Billion Dollar Company is not all it’s cracked up to be.

1,612,842 paces around the house, backyard, and garage. I completely made that number up, but it doesn’t matter anyway. A couple of million steps is exactly how all of this felt. Or a couple of billion rather. I knew after my first vision I was going to do something huge… unfortunately, no one told me how bad life sucks when you decide to go against the status quo and follow through on a dream.

No one told me I would have to worry or stress in order to be an entrepreneur. No one told me I would have to deal with so much change. No one told me I was going to grow stronger, wiser, and better in the process. No one told me I was going to cry myself to sleep night after night. No one told me I would ever have to contemplate not being able to pay bills, just to keep a project going. People stand on stage, or turn on a camera, and talk trash about how YOU are not trying hard enough. They will “teach” you about “the grind,” but will not offer any real help or solutions. Try this, try that… Well, “TRYING” is not the answer. Not giving up, is. Your actions; your doing, must stomp all over “trying.”

For the final stretch of building the software – I purposely turned myself into a hermit. I wrote books like there was no tomorrow. I stocked the pantry with “back-up ramen.” I put on weight, lost it, found it again, and repeated the cycle. I stopped speaking at events, stopped prospecting sales clients, and stopped asking for help. I stayed focused on my goal, and prayed as much as I could.

I let go of everyone in my life who I would have considered a friend – once they showed me their true colors. I learned that friends and family are the first ones to criticize you, or offer up bad advice… or try to stomp all over your dreams. I decided once and for all, I would never let a person who has done jack shit with their life, tell me how to do a damn thing with mine.

If you want to create something huge, you have to bring value to other people’s lives. It really is that simple. I wanted to create a billion dollar company… So, to pull it off – I had to figure out how to give 99% of that money back to the people who helped me create it. You.

People spend too long “practicing manifestation and the law of attraction” while not realizing… money comes from people. It doesn’t matter how successful you are trying to be… if you do not create something which attracts people to you, you surely will not create a money trail with it. No amount or prayer or meditation will make a sustainable company fall into your lap… making the decision to build one does.

Sales sucks. MLM sucks. I spent years trying to figure out some sort of break-through way to allow the average person to build assets. To me, closing a sale was no harder than walking up to a stranger and having a 2 minute conversation. So, I took that concept, and turned it into an app; an investment tool. You’re welcome.

The Smartr App is truly a path to freedom. I just want people to download it and pass it around. People don’t have to cry, or starve, or worry any longer. I did enough of it for everyone. I created an industry that will disrupt a lot of old business practices. Yeah, it’s cool… but the process in created it is not all it’s cracked up to be – especially if you are not willing to work your ass off for it.

If you really want to be an entrepreneur – you should ask yourself why first. It’s one of the dumbest and most rewarding decisions you could ever make.

 

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Ceo Disease

Do you suffer from Ceo Disease?

A syndrome all too often confronted in management and executive positions where positive information is shared with the person in charge but the negative information is withheld. This is usually due to an employee or representative not wishing to fall by the wayside of another syndrome we like to call, “shooting the messenger.”

Symptoms of Ceo Disease often include:

  • missed deadlines
  • customer retention dropping like crazy
  • poor customer satisfaction ratings
  • employee moral is not up to par
  • lack of leadership among your top executives
  • yes men
  • yes women
  • a box being placed on your desk, with a note that reads, “you have five minutes to fill this, then leave.”

If you are falling victim of Ceo Disease… do not worry, you are not alone. It is usually do to poor performance as a leader, not necessarily anything personal about you. If we can work together to make the disease about actions, instead of being about you, your company still has a fighting chance.

 

Don’t take any of this seriously lol… just free-writing some ideas for The Automated MarketKing. Ciao!

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It feels good being back. Tips for getting healthy this year.

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I spent most of last year writing and not lifting. It’s so funny that I used to tell my clients they had to make time for the gym and I found myself not making time. I still worked out with my buddy (and old client) Kent twice a week… but my two to three times a day, seven days a week disappeared from the moment I stopped teaching Crossfit at Camp Hero Fitness. Soon after I went back to my old Rec Center to train, I decided to stop training all together and started pursuing writing and speaking, and building my companies.

Of course, New Years always brings on those feelings and desires for change. So, I did what any 31 year old man would do… I got a gym membership. I did workout at my old apartment gym, but it wasn’t the same as being in a gym. Not for me at least. Not at this time of my life. I realized I would go to my apartment gym and do as little as possible to work up a sweat. Psychology teaches us, we perform better at something we are good at when we have a crowd. We perform worse at something we do not have knowledge in when we have a crowd. This could explain why people without gym knowledge feel “naked” when they first step into one. One thing I can assure you is, no one is watching and no one cares that you are there UNLESS you believe they do.

I felt so alive during the middle of a WOD, and I feel that feeling again. I pretend the crowd is mine, and it keeps me fired up and motivated. Thanks to muscle memory, within the next 30 to 60 days, I can be in better shape than I was before. I miss the atmosphere of Camp Hero Fitness… where we were almost forced to get better. Everyone was watching you. Change wasn’t necessarily expected, but it was encouraged. If they weren’t so far from me now, I would definitely go back. I can’t wait to see their new location by the way. If you do stop in, say hi to Justin, Darius, Adam, Jayme, Kyle… all of the old crew. I believe Brett and Lance are still training in the area as well.

A few tips I can give someone for the new year…

 

  • Eat for your muscle. – So many people are afraid of gaining muscle or “getting big.” I can assure you, Arnold didn’t get that way on his Bowflex for 15 minutes, 3 days a week. Take in an adequate amount of protein so your muscle can grow. Every single calorie you burn on a daily basis is dependent upon the amount of muscle you have on your body. If you aren’t building muscle, you are burning muscle. Period.

 

  • Drink a lot of water. – I used to be able to tell when my clients didn’t get enough water in the day… simply because they weren’t performing at their peak. Water carries nutrients, water  keeps you limber, water gives you the energy to keep going. Most of us blame lack of food for lack of energy. It is usually lack of water.

 

  • Energy comes from decisions, not food or water. – If you are feeling tired or worn down, go to the gym. Your decision will work up the motivation to workout, and you will feel great while you are there and after you leave. Often times, we find ourselves laying in bed in the morning, trying to get a few more minutes of sleep. If we would just put our feet on the floor, we would have ample energy to get up and start our day. Did that new found energy come from food? Or did that new found energy come from making a decision?

 

  • Learn what you are doing, or hire professional help. – I have a video available in my university, as well as a couple of chapters I have written in books called, Go After Proven Results. Don’t hurt yourself in the gym, and don’t waste time in there either. Baby steps are just that, baby steps… if you want to make real changes, know what you are doing. If you don’t know what you are doing, get help. I have seen way too many people go to the gym for a year and not get half of the results of someone going for 30 days that either has help or knowledge. Do not hire a trainer based on their cost… hire a trainer that is able to get you results. How do you know if they can get you results? Easy… have they gotten anyone else results before?

 

  • Get a partner or join a team. – If you are looking for real motivation, surround yourself with people that won’t allow you to give up. If your friends or family aren’t doing anything to change their health, you will usually hear nothing but negativity from them. Who cares? Just find someone who will keep you positive. This will usually be your trainer. Join Crossfit, get a partner with similar goals, or even join a basketball or softball team, or a spin class. People with the same goals typically won’t allow you to quit. And, since you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with, your life will probably change for the better all the way around anyway.

 

  • Don’t give up. – Just about anything with consistency will change your body, regardless if it is weight training or eating cheeseburgers everyday. Most people give up too soon… on EVERYTHING. I even had a lady tell me the other day that she tried positive affirmations for a whole week before she stopped. Why? “Because it didn’t work.” – her answer. I have spent my whole life working on myself and I sure do not plan on giving up yet. You could have very well found gold if you had only dug another inch or two… You are too special and too beautiful to give up on yourself, and your past doesn’t have to be your future. Make a decision and become who you want to be. It really is as simple as that. Remember, you are not fat… you just have fat on your body. You are love and God’s ultimate creation. Believe in yourself.

Am I missing anything? Oh yes…

  • Cardio burns calories, not fat. – All of that cardio you are doing can go against your goals. There is nothing wrong with cardio, but you have to ask yourself what your goals are. If you are trying to get fit, lift. If you are trying to become a better runner, lift and run.

2015 will be different. I plan to be in better shape than I ever was last year… or in my whole life. If you want some motivation or a trainer, get in touch with me and I will get you the best of the best DFW has to offer. Thanks for reading… and you should check out Breaking Through… a 99 cent ebook that could give you a little more insight and motivation.

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Can you explain?

When is the last time I was able to comprehend not existing? Can I imagine what it would be like to not exist? To not live? Can I imagine what it would be like to burn for all eternity? Can I imagine eternity? Physics will explain to me how I cannot occupy two places at the same time… but can physics explain how I came into existence? Can physics explain time? Can physics explain physics? Or the existence of the man that theorized physics? Or the synapses of his brain which created the hormonal imbalance which created such a thought that he should theorize anything? What is a theory?

We don’t need to research an explanation. And if we do not find an explanation, will we try to create an explanation for the explanation? What about the explanation for the explanation for the explanation? Or the explanation for the explanation for the explanation for the explanation. One cannot possibly comprehend life from another’s existence. In essence, we are all 100% correct in everything we believe. Our choices make up who we are, what books we read, how we treat others. But, what if i made a choice to never read that book? Is there an explanation for that explanation?

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The squirrel…

There is a squirrel outside my patio door right now. We were staring at one another for about 4 minutes or so. I wonder if the squirrel was trying to figure out the infinite wisdom I hold within my mind in comparison to himself. I wonder if the squirrel has ever questioned its own existence in comparison to that of man. I wonder if squirrels have a book that they worship and hold dear… and tell other squirrels their beliefs about how man has created the world around them. I wonder if squirrels jump out in front of cars to try and get closer to man… or believe they will be surrounded by 72 virgin squirrels, and an array of acorns if they sacrifice themselves for the betterment of their own existence.

Or, would it be completely impossible for the squirrel to possibly comprehend what goes on in the mind of man? The squirrel can try to understand. The squirrel can bicker with its friends… but it will never walk in knowing or understanding. It is just a squirrel. I am just a man. God is just God. The squirrel can only think about the time a nice man gave him a piece of bread… or the time he saw a man pick up one of his injured brethren from the street… but for the squirrel to think it understands man… well, that would almost be as silly as me thinking I understand God. What I do remember though, is the time my family was hungry, and food and money somehow found its way into my home.

What I do remember, is laying injured on a hospital bed, and being able to walk again. I remember about 10 years ago when I was bitten by a squirrel… to this day, I would never wish a fiery eternal existence placed upon all squirrels… especially just because a squirrel didn’t understand who I was. I believe he bit me because he made a choice. But who am I to harm something that did not understand me? Choice or not…

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Working with Jason forces perceptual change…

Transcribing for Jason Criddle feels like I’m on the fast track or at the honor’s class on spirituality. When he showed me the videos to be written, I felt tingling chills surging from my head’s occipital area down to my nape — the feeling I get whenever I’m creatively and intellectually inspired. At that moment, I was overwhelmed by the luck conspired by the universe to pile on me that in one go, I am being handed multiple things I consciously and subconsciously want: income off the job; entertainment and answers from the videos; and a mentor/coach/driver. I barely knew Jason, but I was at ease and wide open; I felt like I’m speaking to a 5-years-from-now version of myself. Did he find me or did I find him? Did our mutual spiritual needs collide to produce this event, just like how atoms collide to manifest matter? Whatever unseen causing force that is, it’s a good nudge into the right direction.  Read more

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What are you thinking about?

Since our mind works in pictures, tv fills our subconscious mind up with more images. Images that have nothing to do with us our lives. They are merely distractions, which hold you back from envisioning your own life. Your subconscious mind does not know the difference in this behavior. It is non linear and lives in the moment, meaning it all happens at once. Right now. Read more

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How we earn a living.

A wage is offered when a task can be completed by someone who can be trained to do that particular job. This job can be complicated or simple, but the worth is based on the competency of the difficulty to perform the task over and over again divided by the amount of people who are actually willing to do the task. Read more