Clarence Caldwell here with a powerful knockout message for you. Resulting from being interviewed by The Power House Podcast host Candy Barone. Rising from homeless and poverty to become a senior executive, My work now is to show other leaders how to become high performers in business and in life. Starting with underprivileged youth in juvenile halls, I now take leaders to higher levels of success with the ultimate motive of having them give back to these struggling youth. Learn the 5 Immutable Laws that will help you rise above and Escape From Average
Turning Point: homelessness to power
Clarence describes his watershed moment like this: Have you ever been lying in bed, trying to sleep and you hear this noise? Perhaps a faucet is leaking or toilet is constantly running, and you just lay there and say, “I’m going to ignore this and it will go away.” But it doesn’t go away. Then, after enough sleeplessness, you decide to get up and do something about it. Clarence had such thoughts when he came to the realization that he was not supposed to be homeless. He was not supposed to be sleeping in the back of his car every night.
Choice & Courage
Often time’s people are afraid to address their “leaky faucets” or “running toilets” because they have fear or anxiety of that unknown space, of taking action. Clarence understands this and how to overcome it. He looks at life through a lens of 5 immutable laws of life – one being the law of courage. But before you get there you have to handle the first two; choice and commitment. Not pulling any punches, Clarence knows that where we are in our life is a result of the choices we’ve made. You have to develop the skills to realize and own this truth before building up the courage to tackle those persistent limiting issues in your life.
A key component to making the right choices is getting in touch with your Emotional Intelligence. If you can do that then decisions you make are made on that bedrock, giving you a clarity to see the direction to move or choice to make.
You may be asking yourself, “Well how do I find that emotional maturity and recognize it?” Emotions can be placed along a scale, with the highest frequency emotion being love and fear being the lowest. Being able to determine where you currently are on that scale of hundreds of emotions is critical to figuring out your current baseline. And guess what, you aren’t always in the same spot. The key is to always be moving in the direction of love. Say you’re in a good mood and someone cuts you off in traffic. Are you going to slide down to disappointment? Anger? Or are you going to make the choice to move your feelings in the other direction?