We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Cardiello and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jay, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success comes from a quote that my father stated to me at an early age. He said: – 5% of the people in this world make things happen
– 15% of the people in this world watch things happen;
– And 80% of the world doesn’t know what the heck is going on

He then concluded by asking what percent of this world do you plan on being?

It took a long time, however, his words would permeate themselves throughout my mind later in life. I live each day like it is my last and always remind myself never to gi e myself the ask the question “What if?” As we 5%’s don’t ever end the day with a what if? We end the day exhausted, knowing that we gave 100% of ourselves to all that we do.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Getting to where I am today was a tough road. There are three things that I have to work through throughout my career that has made me the man I am today and allowed me to create a fast rapport with my clients and those that I talk to…

The three biggest points in my life which have transformed my career are:
– Sexual ABuse: I was abused throughout the ages of 6-9
– Broken Spine: In 1996, I broke my spine in practice at the University of Arkansas while competing on the University’s Track and Field Team. I was a long jumper and came down wrong in practice. I fell to the ground and needed several surgeries and two spinal fusions to put myself back together again.
– Bankruptcy: During the height of my career, I received notice that my wife of 5 years was leaving me. This left me financially broke and homeless. This was so hard with a son and trying to take my career to the next level.

Strength and tenacity are what have made me the man I am today.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If you were visiting me in NYC, I would first take you on a long walk through Central Park. – Walk Through Central Park
– Take a boat out on the Central Park Lake
– Have Lunch at Tavern on the Green
– Visit MOMA
– Ride the Speed Boat “Beast” on the East River
– Have an early Dinner at the Dumbo House
– Take in a Knick, Nets, or a Local Team Game at night.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this article to two books that forever changed my life. These books are: – Think and Grow Rich, by Napolean Hill
– Breaking the Habit of Being Ourselves, by Dr. Joe Dispenza

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