Author: Eric Jordan

Publisher’s Note: Speak a Powerful 2018 Into Existence

While preparing for our final issue of 2017, I was faced with a daunting challenge: With Deepak Chopra as our previous cover story, how was I going to make this one as special? It seems appropriate that this issue of The Connect magazine is focused on the subject of faith, considering all the recent attention given to purposeful living. As the magazine enters its fourth year of publication, I cannot help but reflect on the wide variety of events and developments there have been along the way, including the opportunity to start Stay Connected! Knowledge Academies, which is our...

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Publisher’s Note: Motivational Reasons for Being a Strong “Soul Player” in a Startup

If you’re looking to start your own business in 2017, you need to be great at listening. This may sound harsh, but it’s true. The ability to build a passionate, resourceful, and committed team is paramount to the success of your new company. It’s the first step in fulfilling your vision, which is why it’s so important. For me, I pray for “soul players” or what I describe as people who are passionate about the work they do. Selling a vision (to investors, employees, customers, etc.) requires true passion and faith in what you’re doing. While it’s possible to...

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Publisher’s Note: I Hate You

Ha! Now that I have boldly gotten your attention… I was raised by a loving, single parent. My mother always tried to teach my siblings and me right from wrong. One of her lessons that has always stuck with me is, “ If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I’m pretty sure that many people have heard this saying before; however, since launching this publication, I now totally disagree with this notion. The hardest part about starting a business is trying to persuade people through word and deed that you have a great...

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Publisher’s Note: My Season of Hope

With every article—in print and online—our goal is to provide the most inspiring and worthwhile information possible. For this issue, I feel inclined to focus on positive behavior. Every day, we have a choice to be positive or to allow the circumstances of life to weigh us down. When we reflect upon our lives, we often realize how certain situations led us where we are today. Perhaps you remember praying for the things you have now. I know I do. Becoming a successful entrepreneur has been an emotional rollercoaster. I recently had a conversation with a good friend, discussing...

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Publisher’s Note: Trust the Process!

When I began my tenure as publisher of The Connect Magazine nearly three years ago, my biggest challenge—or so I thought at the time—was to get advertising agencies to pay more attention to the ideas and vision entrusted to my care. I never considered a fundamental question: Why did a magazine of excellence, faith, and reporting inspiring stories need to serve as a sales medium between advertisers and readers; why should advertising be our principal means of support? Not that I didn’t want advertising or have respect for our advertisers, some of whom were genuinely civic-minded. In 2017, we...

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Publisher’s Note: Do You Have a Healthy Support System?

When I began my tenure as publisher of The Connect magazine several years ago, my biggest challenge—or so I thought at the time—was to get advertising agencies to pay more attention to the ideas and vision entrusted to my care. I never considered a fundamental question: Why did a magazine of excellence, faith, and reporting inspiring stories need to serve as a sales medium between advertisers and readers; why should advertising be our principal means of support? Not that I didn’t want advertising or have respect for our advertisers, some of whom were genuinely civic-minded. In 2016, we are...

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