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Chris Brady
North Carolina
CEO of Life Leadership, Author, Speaker, Father, Adventurer, Rascal
Interests: I write about living a life that is not only successful, but significant. This includes topics that cover the range of "Having Fun, Making Money, and Making a Difference." I enjoy humor, history, business, travel, sports, music, my family and friends, motorized adventure, reading, and sharing my faith in Jesus Christ. I have been married to Terri for 22 years, and we have four wonderful children ages 18, 15, 10, and 11. Favorite Quote: "Our greatest fear shouldn't be that we won't succeed, but rather, that we'll succeed at something that doesn't matter!" (attributed to D. L. Moody) Some of my own (as far as I know!): "It's not as important to succeed as it is to matter, and you'll likely accomplish the former if you shoot for the latter." "The only way to BE happy is to GIVE happy." "Our privileges are not for our pleasure, but for our purpose." Enjoy the blog!
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1. Being Boring. Speaking in front of a group of people is as much about entertaining as it is about informing, sharing facts, or explaining. For some reason, most public speakers are entirely oblivious to this truth. They seem to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
HuntingTarg: What a comment! Your last statement gave me chills! (" . . . who is the user and who is the tool.") Wow. Well said. It's creepy how something so invasive has totally crept into our lives in just under a decade. Our society will never be the same, in some ways this is good, but in many ways it's bad. CB
Rebecca: Your daughter is my hero! Please tell her I said so! Of all the ailments I noted in this article, it seems they are all amplified among those of her generation. For her to make such a move is truly courageous and exemplifying of all that good leadership is! I salute her for her strength to run against the herd! May her tribe increase! On an interesting note: for Memorial Day we had several guests at our lake house, and the adults agreed to ban cell phone usage by the many teenagers running the property. It was unbelievable! No ignoring each other, no obsessive group texting, no bent heads and busy thumbs, no multi-tasking, etc. etc. We actually had conversations, looked into each others' eyes when talking, played water sports, etc. all without the endless interruption of unnecessary distractions. Oh, how I wish we could go back to a life like that, where such human interaction was normal. But I know I am fighting a losing war. Your daughter is 1 in 10 million. CB
It's not that often that I use this blog for a rant, but today I just can't help it. After noticing the marked increase in the terrible affliction known as Left Lane Driving (LLD), and quickly discovering its cause, I... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
1. Debt is Stupid 2. You're a Victim 3. There's a Way Out! In essence, this is the message of NY Times best selling author Orrin Woodward's latest book (to be released this month), entitled The Financial Matrix. Cleverly relating... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
John Mossner: I think you're absolutely right! Deeper is harder than Wider. Good insight. CB
In a recent article in Fortune Magazine (January 22, 2015 by Geoff Colvin), Alcoa CEO Klaus Kleinfeld presented a very simple model for what they as a company look for in leadership development. Klein stated: "There is a T-shaped model.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Inadequacy How many times in life have you felt inadequate? How often have you sensed deep down that you didn't really have what it took to make it? How frequently have you found yourself short of confidence? We can probably... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Consider the simple four letter word "fine." Based upon how you utter that little word to your wife when she asks you how she looks that evening can have drastically differing results. This is just one example of the nuances... Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Here is the third and final installment in this video series which seeks to dig into the success of the world famous artist, Thomas Kinkaide. I hope you find it illuminating. Sincerely, Chris Brady Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2015 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
(For those who missed Part I, you can view it here.) Sincerely, Chris Brady Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
With just about the lowest amount of fanfare possible, my new book Leadership Lessons from the Age of Fighting Sail was released this month. I have been so busy with my duties at Life Leadership that I was able to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
There is much to learn from everyone. In particular, when someone has achieved phenomenal results in life, much can be gained from a study of their triumphs and tragedies. Over the course of the past 18 months, I have been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Excellence is beautiful in any genre, and what could be more illustrative of the concept than motorsports? I'm not sure if the driving, filming, or creative course are my favorite part of this, because I love it all. But let... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Adam: Thanks for your kind comments. The idea is that we shouldn't worry so much about making right decisions as we should to make sure we're in the right mindset when doing so, and this mindset is the product of a passionate pursuit of a worthwhile dream or vision. Such a target automatically pulls us through the obstacles and challenges that are sure to assault anyone in pursuit of excellence. There is a fine line between what I'm trying to say and the false doctrine of obtaining anything you can think of as long as you believe enough. We can never be sure of God's plans for us, nor the twists and turns in our story along the way, however, if we truly are pulled in the direction of a meaningful calling/purpose, our efforts and decisions in an attempt to get there will be largely fruitful in helping us fulfill our destiny, however modified it might be from our original conception of it. I hope this makes sense. CB
Cathy: I was trying to be a little cute with the wording there, lining up weekend with world's end. As I understand it, Bezos has the desire to populate/colonize other planets in preparation for when/if we destroy this one. I, of course, as a Christian, do not believe we will destroy this one, as the Bible clearly shows a normally functioning earth in Revelation when Christ comes to end it all Himself and initiate judgment. (Of course, this doesn't mean it's not a cool idea to colonize other planets, nor that we shouldn't strive to take care of this planet). Hope that helps! CB
Success leaves clues. For that reason, I've long been interested in studying individuals who have managed to make something of their lives and contribute value in this big complicated world. Whether it's historical figures or contemporary business celebrities, I never... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Sincerely, Chris Brady (Click here to subscribe to my youtube channel) Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Never conform to please your critics, perform to thrill your fans! It's FOR whom it's FOR!! Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
"Interconnectivity" seems to be the category in which most technological advancement is directly impacting our lives. There appears to be an over-abundance of companies, methods, and means by which we can communicate. All this advancement has changed things - radically... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Antonio: I would like nothing more! CB
Toggle Commented Jun 19, 2014 on An Old Man in Italy at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Ideas are funny things, and everyone seems to have some sort of idea about ideas. For instance, one famous quote (usually attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, but which is actually a misquote of an earlier statement by him) goes like... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
When I am an old man I want to sit in Italy On a bench in the sun, With a view behind me And the town before, The reverse of my life. I will watch it all: The birds and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Time spread too thinly across too many activities is a killer for anyone truly seeking mastery. There simply isn't enough time to become a master at more than one or two things in life. Time doesn't wait forever. Health doesn't... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at Author Chris Brady's Blog
Jason: I appreciate that, but alas, my sons are all fantastic writers, too! I am seriously thinking about kicking back and becoming the encourager for all the REAL writers in our household. Maybe I could just live off their royalties! God bless. CB
Toggle Commented Mar 17, 2014 on The Eclipse at Author Chris Brady's Blog