Habits, Seven Takeaways

Weekly Seven – January 4th


Watch the CNN Films presentation of its #SteveJobsDoc. Here is an article to give you more perspective, but whether you are one of those people who has not read Jobs’ bio or you have, this documentary goes beyond anything I’ve seen in showing you real footage and interviews with everyone involved in the movement that has us using the devices we are using today.

WIIFM? The motivating knowledge of what it took to make the computer a personal computer, will inspire you in the industry you’re in, to think different and innovate more than you do today. I am convinced of this.

Watch the new season of The Profit on CNBC starting Tuesday, January 5th. This show features the genius, Marcus Lemonis, who visits businesses and for some, invests as a managing partner to fix their bottom line.

WIIFM? Watch real world examples of businesses in a plethora of different industries, get evaluated and [for some] transformed by three categories of initiatives that Lemonis ensures he focuses on; People, Process and Product. And yes, you can guarantee that nothing is more important than People.

Read an old blog of mine, which features a podcast interview on the topic of goal setting and productivity with Rory Vaden, best-selling author of Take The Stairs and his newest work Procrastinate On Purpose.

WIIFM? This is a great piece to listen to as you prepare your plan for 2016. You’ll learn tips you can apply to execute your goals and end the year ahead of where you are now!

Read this article from Bill Murphy, Jr., of Inc. Magazine, about an Uber driver who built a $2B company.

WIIFM? Doing research and asking questions is a must-do, for those who want to grow. This story shows the humility of a guy who has built something quite big, to become a part-time Uber driver for research, something I’ve already considered myself!

Read David Platt’s blog on Three Soul-Critical Reasons to Read the Bible, which the guys at Multiply shared this past weak from David’ Radical.net blog.

WIIFM? More purpose for all of us when it comes to why we should take the time to read the word and know it for ourselves.

Listen to EntreLeadership’s 2015 Year-In-Review podcast.

Watch the NFL Playoffs starting Saturday, January 9th.

Habits, Seven Takeaways

Weekly Seven – 12.28.15

1. In my freshest blog, you can checkout my exclusive podcast interview with Robb Wolf, the thought leader behind the Paleolithic Nutrition revolution that has swept our nation over the past decade.

What’s In It For Me (WIIFM)? You will be motivated by Robb’s story of becoming a nutritional evangelist, while learning more about the basis of his fitness and nutritional philosophies, so that you can apply them in your own life.

2. From scripture, listen to the Christmas Eve sermon from my pastor, Matt Mason, who delivered a brief yet extremely contextual sermon on the entire Old Testament prequel that set the stage for Jesus Christ to be born on this earth.

WIIFM? You’ll get incredible perspective to add to the gift we all received on Christmas and why it was necessary that God sent His son in the fashion He did.

3. Some chill music to tune into, with this track from SG Lewis.

WIIFM? Get yourself in the zone to conquer all, with SG’s amazing sound combined with his original voice.

4. Listen to my good friend and CEO of H.U.M.A.N. Healthy Markets, Sean Kelly, on his featured interview with Entrepreneur On Fire.

WIIFM? Sean’s story is one of immense inspiration and offers guidance to leaders looking to find their groove and grow their company or team to new heights. Sean will provide some great advice on how to start your day, manage your team and ultimately reach your max potential.

5. Read this article from FOX Baseball Analyst Ken Rosenthal, on why he is giving Hall of Fame votes to guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens this year, despite the fact that they used PEDs.

WIIFM? Insight on just how unsure we are on how level [or not] the playing field was in Major League Baseball in the late 90s and early 2000s.

6. Read The Big Short.

WIIFM? It will make the move even better. See it!

7. Watch “Chasing Tyson” on ESPN’s 30 For 30 Series.

WIIFM? Learn the true sports story of Evander Holyfield. A story of faith in God and perseverance over the American sports fan community, who never believed in his talent until a decade later when he finally gets his shot against the villain they loved, in Mike Tyson.

Habits, Seven Takeaways

Weekly Seven – 12.20.15

1. My Freshest Blog… Be/Feel More Productive By Scripting Your Day 

Click Here –> http://jimcavale.me/2015/12/20/abctaskmgmt/

I tackle the tactical topic of task and project management, with this blog that illustrates my Evernote, cloud-based task/project management system in a step-by-step fashion.

2. Powerful Biblical Perspective… Four Truths About God’s Provision 

Click Here –> http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/four-truths-about-god-s-provision

This is a great piece from John Piper’s content platform, Desiring God, regarding the four truths that we need not forget, especially in this season where we aspire for so much more, yet God has given us so much already. How can we be thankful for what we’ve been blessed with and still yearn for more? This piece addresses that and much more.

3. Music That Will Never Fade… The Ultimate Frank Sinatra Collection

Click Here –> https://open.spotify.com/album/7gmak9ZGm10y4PtZa9SBQn

I don’t care what type of music you prefer. America came up on the backbone of guys like Frank and you need to get into it, if you haven’t yet! This guy has one of the best voices of all-time and his music will make you feel happy and inspire you at the same time.

4. The Power of Being a Connector… Jamie Foxx on The Tim Ferriss Show 

Click Here –> http://fourhourworkweek.com/2015/12/06/jamie-foxx/

What a podcast. What a story. Jamie is a true talent, who made his bones networking and leveraging his connections to get his shot as a comedian, then as an actor and then as a musician. You can learn so much from his story and utilize it in your own life, as a connector trying to advance your influence.

5a. World Perspective… Elon Musk’s Plan To Save The World 

Click Here –> onforb.es/1I7RSa2 

Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, whether you’re big on Global Warming or not, please have an open mind and understand this guy is truly not a politician but is obsessed with advancing the human race. Awesome stuff, here.

5b. On Building Community… Why Zappos Operates More Like a City and Less Like a Corporation 

Click Here –> bit.ly/1lXGwf6 

Thinking this way with your business and/or organization, will allow you to build a community based on relationships and not just a transactional business.

6. I’m Reading… La Storia Italia

Download Here –> http://www.amazon.com/La-Storia-Centuries-American-Experience/dp/0060924411

Every nationality has their story of coming to America. All of them are stories of conflict overcome, risk with reward, and so much more. This book has given me a great deal of perspective on the Italian-American trek to the U.S., over a timeline of five generations.

7. Sports Inspiration… A Football Life on The NFL Network – Marshall Faulk (Wednesday 12/23 at 7p ET), Kenny Stabler (Friday 12/25 at 8p ET) and Kurt Warner (Monday 12/28 at 830p ET)

Each of these stories is inspiring, however, Kurt Warner’s is one that I’ll never ever forget. The guy had every reason to quit before he even got his first legitimate shot in the NFL, but he didn’t. The rest is history. He is a Hall of Famer, MVP and Super Bowl champ.

Habits, Seven Takeaways

Weekly Seven – 12.13.15

My Freshest Blog – Don’t Disregard The Turtle
Scripture Meditation – Luke Ch.16-20
Most Impactful Biz Article I’ve Read – Harvard Business Review – “How Leaders Create & Use Networks” – Click Here
Top Podcast Listen – “Tim Ferriss Interviews Kevin Costner” – Click Here
Book of Choice – “The Obstacle IS The Way” – I’ve attached the summary
Music To Try – Calvin Harris “How Deep Is Your Love? [Remix]”Spotify Link Here
Sports Suggestion  Monday Night Football Dec. 14th – Giants v. Dolphins – 7p ET on ESPN – Pre-Game Show will feature former college teammates Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry doing a “one-handed catch show”.
Habits, Seven Takeaways

“I am better today, than I was yesterday.”

Each day, when I rise, I say my affirmations. Sometimes I say them aloud… sometimes I say them in the shower… sometimes I just write them down… But each day, I’m best, if I begin with my daily affirmations and then prayer time based on each affirmation statement I make, or a specific Psalm I am praying through.


My second-to-last affirmation is I am excellent, I am transparent, I am coachable, I am aware – I am better today than I was yesterday.


I love this statement, because it is not only what I live by personally, but it is also my “WHY statement” for my existence here on earth. I want others to be the best versions of themselves, through being the best version of myself. I want to grow myself each day, so that I can impact others, so that they can grow themselves and impact others!


A big part of this best version of myself that I long to be, is my daily consumption of continuing education in all genres, through multiple senses of intake – listening to audio, reading books and articles, watching videos, etc.


Another big part of becoming this best version of myself, is the network I’m always trying to expand and develop, as well as the people I choose to spend my time with.


While I could write further about the network I’m working to continue expanding, as well as the people I choose to spend my time with, I suggest that you check out this article I previously wrote on networking, until I address this topic again soon with an article I’m working up that I’m very excited about sharing!


However, in today’s article, I want to share seven of my favorite continuing education sources, for you to check out and follow, because I think you will benefit from each in a specific way that can only enhance your growth.

Tim Ferriss

His book, The Four Hour Work Week, put him on the map, leading to other New York Time Best-Selling books in the “Four Hour Series”, such as The Four Hour Body and The Four Hour Chef.
You can buy those books at www.FourHourWorkWeek.com, along with reading some awesome pieces he has written and listening to his podcast (iTunes download link here), that I highly recommend you follow and consume weekly.
When you visit his blog, opt-in with your email address so that you can receive his awesome “Five-Bullet Friday” emails, to learn the five new tricks, tools, apps or tips he is sharing from his experiences in each given week!
I listen to his podcast every Monday and Friday, on my 25-minute commute to the office and my 25-minute commute back to my neighborhood. These episodes are usually 90 to 150 minute in length and quite meaty, but it’s a great learning tool.
My favorite part about Tim is that, even though I don’t agree with some of his viewpoints, is that he will bring on all types of minds from all types of backgrounds, to figure out what he refers to as their “brain hacks to achieve such a high level of success.” These guests include Glenn Beck, Arnold Schwarzenneger, Jon Favreau, Robert Rodriguez, and a plethora of Silicon Valley CEOs, executives and investment bankers.
These “brain hacks” are exposed for you and I to hear and apply in our own lives. Tim also takes phenomenal notes, which he then posts on his blog for you to read after or during listening.


This is a podcast born out of financial guru Dave Ramsey’s organization, Ramsey Solutions (formerly The Lampo Group). It’s directly born out of Dave’s book EntreLeadership, which now has a series of educational and networking events that you can attend, from their annual Summit in May, to their annual Performance Series and Masters Series in November.
This podcast (iTunes download link here) has had such an impact on me, that we’ve sent our management team to the Performance Series, my business partner and I are taking our wives with us to the Masters Series, and I’ve even been a guest on the actual podcast!
If you want to hear from the best leaders, both from business (ie. Jack Welch) and from other realms like sports (ie. Mark Cuban) and television (ie. Mike Rowe), to once again steal their “brain hacks of success” and apply them to your own life, than I highly recommend you listen to this show weekly!
I listen on Tuesday of each week, as it’s short enough for me to consume on a car-ride to and from work in one given day.

Darren Hardy

Read his book The Compound Effect (amazon link here) to understand why I love my daily affirmations, and how we all can be more intentional with each action and action plan we put in place, to create massive results in our life.
Also, I highly recommend you subscribe to his SUCCESS magazine, where you not only receive a great monthly set of articles in print (yes, a printed out magazine), but also receive a CD (yes, a CD) with phenomenal audio interviews between Darren and his monthly features from each respective SUCCESS magazine issue. His guests range from entrepreneur to Hollywood celebrities (ie. Magic Johnson, John Maxwell, Jamie Foxx, Ryan Secrest, Martha Stewart, etc..).
For me, this is weekend consumption material, both from a magazine reading and CD listening standpoint.

Tim Keller

This guy is absolutely the best communicator of The Gospel of Jesus Christ that I’ve ever heard or seen. I recently had the pleasure of attending three of his church campuses in Manhattan, to hear a sermon, and it was just as good of an experience as I anticipated.
His sermons are always around 30 minutes, with a unique mix of the truth that lies in The Bible, and secular stories, history or analogies that will resonate with both believers and non-believers in The Bible.
If you’re like me, a faithful follower of Christ and His Gospel, yearning to grow closer in your relationship with Him… OR…  you are a skeptic, atheist or agnostic… Regardless, I highly recommend you check out Tim’s sermon library (click here to check it out).
From a book perspective, this guy has authored so many that I couldn’t list them all. Some of my favorites, however, are The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (amazon link here), Counterfeit Gods (amazon link), Every Good Endeavor (amazon link here), and The Reason For God (amazon link here).

David Platt

Four years ago, my wife and I decided to switch our Birmingham church home from Briarwood Presbyterian to The Church at Brook Hills. While Pastor David Platt was not the reason for the switch, it was pretty rewarding to be lead as a church by this guy, until recently when he left to take the President role over 50,000 churches nationwide, for the International Missions Board (IMB).
His web site Radical.net is based on his New York Times best-selling book Radical. In addition to encouraging you to check out David’s web site, his books (Radical, Follow Me and Counter Culture), I highly recommend his Radical podcast (iTunes download link here).

Dave Ramsey

This guy is a legend when it comes to financial planning and true personal fiduciary responsibility. This is a place where I hope to spend a lot of time developing myself in my 30s, so that I can build a life for my kids that is limitless, while also putting myself in a position to give in an intentional way that impacts many different groups of people through God’s provision.
I’ve recently read his book The Total Money Makeover (amazon link here), but he has many others I have not read, that other people highly suggest to me frequently. I was recently at his Financial Peace Plaza offices in Nashville, only to visit the bookstore and see piles of new books I’m ready to check out and take massive action from reading!
Dave also has a highly successful radio show, which you can listen to through his iTunes podcast (download link here). It’s a daily show, so it’s tough to keep up with, but it’s worth having on your podcasts. His slogan is Live Like No One Else so that you can Live Like No One Else, which I love because that’s the way I want to think when I make decisions as a steward of God’s blessings.

Phil Jackson and Arnold Schwarzenegger

I’ve read more than 20 books this year, but Phil’s book Eleven Rings and Arnold’s book Total Recall, were two of the funnest and most motivating reads.
I firmly believe that, if you are out to be the best version of yourself, you not only need to learn from educational books and podcasts from people in MULTIPLE realms with MULTIPLE viewpoints [that your religion, culture of political party might not agree with], but you also have to read [auto]biographies from those who have lived incredibly impactful lives.
For me – it’s all about diversity – if I can create a diverse network of people that I surround myself with (age, race, religion, socioeconomic, etc.), and I can consume a set of educational material that comes from a diverse set of experts, I believe it will lead to a personally original approach that can impact a wider audience of people!
Habits, Journal

Goal Setting… At Your Fingertips!

My goal setting journey continued to develop in my late 20s, and now at 31 years old, I feel more equipped in 2014, than ever before, to crush my goals and have a productive year in each role that God has blessed me with.

That being said, I decided to create a .pdf, which you will see below, that is essentially a screenshot of my Evernote Goal Setting system, which contains the formula I am utilizing to be as intentional as possible this year.

Using the Evernote tool, I have created a notebook entitled “Roles & Goals”, with sub-notebook tabs for each role in my life – “Son of God”, “Husband & Father”, “Entrepreneur & Leader”, and “Friend”. From there, I created a note for each goal within that role, that I can update on a regular basis, as I work toward achieving it!

In addition to continuously updating the note (goal) within the sub-notebook (role), I can also create tags to organize these notes (goals) in many different ways, amongst the other notes within my Evernote account.

What might be the best part of this, is the fact that I can access it at my fingertips, anytime I want… Because it is on my iPhone via the Evernote iPhone app. Whether I update these notes (goals) on my phone or my laptop computer, it’s live and sync’d.

This is my plan for 2014, which I felt fine sharing with you. There are a few things blacked out, because of its private nature, but for the most part, you can see where my head is at, and relate in ways that will hopefully help you in your 2014 planning and achievement.

With Success In Mind,

Jim 🙂

Evernote Goals


You hear it all the time… “I want to change the world!”

But is there a formula behind it? How can you truly make a lasting impact? How can you leave a legacy, if you will, that will change things for others who live on this earth far after you’re gone?

This month’s essay quickly went from a written piece to a video diary. I simply couldn’t capture my thoughts as good in text, as I felt I would be able to on camera.

It’s the first in a series of essays and videos, coming your way in the next few months, on the topic of TIME. It is this topic that will be the centerpiece for my TEDxBirmingham in March 2014, when I am the final speaker at this day long event that will take place at the Alys Stephens Center, on the campus of the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB).

There are several components that make up the beginnings of the formula I share in this video.

Establishing YOUR purpose (Pu) – your ultimate reason for being here on earth, something that you can’t actually finish yourself, but what you hope to do that can live on after you’re long gone.

Creating a vision toward YOUR purpose (Vi) – what has to happen in the next years to come, to be closer toward your purpose before you leave this earth.

YOUR values (Va)  – these are non-negotiables that are at the heartbeat of who you are.

Setting YOUR goals (Go) – without the above, you cannot set goals within the context of what you actually want your life to stand for.

VARIABLE #1: PEOPLE (Pe) – who are you going to make an impact on, through your relationship with them? The more who you affect with your purpose, the more lasting effects you leave on this earth after you’re gone.

VARIBALE #2: TIME (Ti) – neither of us are promised tomorrow, let alone the 80 or so years we all expect to live on this earth. Thus, how can we steward the time we are given, in the wisest way possible?

The formula for maximum INTENTIONALITY is;

(Pu+Vi+Va+Go)Pe / Ti