What kind of legacy will you leave behind? In this personal and motivating talk, Jim Cavale modifies a tried and true formula for intensity to build the case for living a life of intent, so that we can all leave behind a lasting legacy.

A technologist and entrepreneur of many passions, Jim is the COO at IronTribe Fitness, devoted to scaling the client experience during their rapid franchise growth. http://irontribefitness.com

TEDxBirmingham 2014 – “Rediscover the Magic” – was held on March 1, 2014 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center in Birmingham, Alabama. 15 speakers plus several artistic performers spread their ideas with cross-disciplinary mix of attendees from the Magic City, ranging from civic and business leaders to professionals, educators, technologists, and artists. TEDxBirmingham — like all TEDx events — is an independent, volunteer effort. It is not organized for political reasons, monetary reward, or personal gain. Everyone associated with TEDxBirmingham does so because they believe in the power of ideas to change the world. http://www.tedxbirmingham.org

This TEDxBirmingham talk is shared with you by Baker Donelson. http://www.bakerdonelson.com

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


I just finished reading [and then listening] to the book “A Million Miles In A Thousand Years”, by Donald Miller, the New York Times Bestselling Author of his memoirs “Blue Like Jazz.”

Whether you know it or not, the power of your story can be something very special. Getting to unlock it and become comfortable with telling it, however, is a big challenge that most people simply cannot overcome.

Ironically, the main principal that makes up a great story, is “overcoming conflict”, so my best advice from reading and then listening to this Donald Miller classic, overcome your fear of telling your story and instead, use it as a tool to engage with new friends or even develop a bigger network for your business.

Miller’s journey goes from figuring out how to tell his story in an interesting plot that people would care enough about to listen to… To instead, editing his own story (basically, editing his life!) so that it is simply more interesting altogether.

I remember sitting at The Sky Bar in Los Angeles in 2006, just after graduating college, and meeting an executive from Sony Pictures.

He had a private table and I somehow finagled my way to sit with him and his guests. Anyways, as I entered a web of conversation that he was also heavily engaged into, I asked him what his number one piece of advice is for me.

Knowing I was a New Yorker living in Alabama, aspiring to make an entrepreneurial impact [from previous interaction we had that night], he told me to write down one new sentence of my ongoing story (my life esssentially), each day when I woke up… FOREVER.

I’m not going to sit here and act like I’ve followed his advice radically, but I have done it enough that I can always tell my story in an updated manner. Using my journal and my memory, I’ve been able to really create a solid tool in my story.

My story has helped me do a lot socially and in business, which in turn, builds my story even further! It’s an incredible notion that everyone should follow!

Another thing my story has done for me, is to make me more comfortable with accepting the happenings I may not like, because I know they are just another part of… you guessed it, MY STORY.

For me, my story is just another phrase for “God’s Plan.” His sovereignty over me and my path in life, is so evident, whenever I reflect on my story.

Go out and make your story interesting. Be diverse. Stay open to new ideas, activities, groups of friends, careers, etc.

Study both ends of the spectrum in every realm of your life.

It’s amazing what just one degree of change today can mean for your life, just a couple years from now.

Robert McKee, THE Storytelling Guru, has THE TOP workshop out there on this topic, while also accomplishing a career as an award winning screenwriter.

Check out some thoughts he has on story in this video and I hope to hear your story next time we meet!

PS – If you don’t know my full story, feel free to pick through a menu of content about me, by CLICKING HERE.

I recently prayed and worshiped to this rendition from Aaron Keyes, and felt compelled to share it on my blog wire.

To simply state that “I trust” versus me actually connecting with Christ in worship, knowing “I truly do trust Him,” are two different things.

For me, it took the loss of somebody who was closest to me here on earth to provide the ultimate test of trust, which I am positive is NOT my final ultimate test/battle in this war here on earth.

However, if I really “consider it all joy, when various trials come about”, just as James 1:2 so clearly tells me to do, my trust will stengthen. It’s a muscle. It gets stronger, just like James 1:4 proclaims;

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

That’s what I’m talking about!

I can’t imagine a life without Him. The hole would be so large, trying to fill it would seem impossible.

I can’t wait to see where they take the show, after five plot-rich seasons where the firm and its characters have been spread all over the place, in regard to their relationships with each other and the opposite sex.

The show is a rich example of how cinema can truly take an era and bring it back to life, much like Boardwalk Empire has done such an efficient job of doing, amongst several others.

If you haven’t watched Mad Men, check it out!