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 the obstacles of trying to monetize value while encouraging complete strangers to become the best versions of themselves. I took a minute to ponder the different challenges presented while trying to grow the presence of The Connect Magazine in eight states. My first thought was: What is successful living?

Quitting my previous career to launch this publication has been extremely challenging. During the worst times of overdue payments, cash flow problems, nearing deadlines, negative energy and doubts from those closest to me, I never allowed that to taint my positive outlook on my vision of The Connect Magazine. I ponder no longer, for this I know: Successful living is the actual journey of changing lives, hearts, and souls of complete strangers.

As I look back over the previous three years, the constants are faith, family (my support system) and a positive attitude. People who know me as a person will tell you that my motto is “Trust the Process!” I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. Mostly, I encourage all eyes taking in this message to remain steadfastly positive despite the obstacles life presents.

“Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”
— Harvey Mackay

The Connect Magazine will inspire thousands of individuals throughout the world. Each person reading these words has already been given a gift. We are all here for a reason, believe it or not. Trust me when I say that strong positive habits can and will carry you far in life – to heights you cannot imagine.

The Connect Magazine is not the secret tool to change your life. However, it is a positive platform to assist you in viewing the world more abundantly. I made up my mind several years ago that I will serve and help others while maneuvering through this mystery we call life. I challenge you to be intentional about helping others while remaining positive – regardless of unwanted outcomes.

Make an effort to be a blessing to a stranger. That feeling deep inside after being a blessing is the first step to living successfully. Listen to the voice inside your heart while making every decision. For those reading this with a negative spirit, please take five minutes to close your eyes and be still to hear that whisper in your mind. It is there if you listen beyond the fearful chatter.

In closing, I declare this my Season of Hope for one reason only: The whisper inside of me is speaking to individuals right now.

To Be Continued…

Eric Jordan
CEO/Publisher