Keep Your ‘Why’ Alive 

As the days turn into weeks, weeks into months, and months into years we all find ourselves in a constant state of evolution and hopefully growth for the better. Most days I rise early, find myself going about my business and contemplating things in life that I have typically pondered before. One thing that I humbly accept as part of my life is that I am in a position where people ask for my ‘advice’. This isn’t a position in life that I take lightly. I truly always want to help better people’s paths, ease their burdens, and hopefully somewhere in the crossroads there is something from my experience that they can learn from and assist them in their journey.

A particular subject comes to me more frequently than others for whatever reason, whether it be destiny or just plain old common sense, I often find myself pondering purpose, passion and reason…or better known as a ‘why’. My why has served me throughout my life and continues to be the reason I strive to be a better father, husband, brother, and friend. It is my why that has propelled me forward when nothing else held the power to do so; which is the reason I want to help you find your hearts desire or your why. I have had people seek advice around a “why” and I want to share some thoughts that have been bouncing around in my head. As I continue to grow I hope that I can help you navigate finding your why, so that it becomes such a force nothing can stop you from achieving your goals. It’s easy to say things like, “write it down”, “place it in spots that are constant reminders”, and these things are valuable, but I want your why to be something so big that it becomes a feeling within you, that it defines you.

Your why should be worth fighting for and allow you to have fearlessness to explore new territory. Envision yourself on the most amazing destination family vacation then times it by one hundred, fuel your why with a monsoon of visualization. Let your why be powerful enough that it allows you to help others feel safe, that you literally remove fear from their life and let your why shine through helping to light their way. Let your why be even bigger than a dream, and have fun doing it. The power of your why should fill you with joy. And remember everyone is watching you so let them see you filled with a sense of purpose that exposes your intellectual muscle that is building the brand that you are selling the world. Consider that your why should be able to overpower any insecurities that might be holding you back. Those people that you feel like are judging you really shouldn’t matter, don’t forget that no one is thinking about your insecurities as much as you are, and if they should be thinking about your insecurities—their thoughts are really none of your business. Really ponder your why and plant it in fertile soil where it will continue to grow, develop and drive you. 

This little exercise for continuing to fight for your why is what I continue to do to this day. It may evolve and experience some periods of metamorphosis, but it still compels me to move forward in the world doing my best to do good; and that is exactly what I want for you. A purpose and reason so strong that nothing can rob you of your why. For most of you a why is maybe something you have always known, for many of you it might be something you are working on. No matter where you are at in the evolution of your why don’t stop short of letting it propel you forward, with gratitude in your heart and a good reason why it is there. This debt-free, stay-at-home dad has come a long way on this journey to let you know that your WHY is worth it, hold it tightly in your grasp and near your heart

Jeremy Fouts Faith Over Fear
By |2020-10-09T02:28:21+00:00September 24th, 2020|Corvive, General, Jeremy Fouts, Jeremy Fouts Corvive, Leadership|0 Comments

Hope You Live a Good One

Everyone has those days when they reflect on life and wonder: has my life been a good one? Have I done the right things? Did I love others the way I wanted to? Will Jeremy Fouts be recognized as a man who kept his word; loved, served and cared about others? I humbly hope these ideals will echo through the halls of time, because it is who I want to be and how I want to be remembered. I want to squeeze so much out of this life that there is nothing left in the end. And I want to help as many people as I can do the same. I wish to support others in becoming the type of people they want to be as they fill their lives with meaningful attributes that will carry on their legacy.
One of the most moving conversations I ever experienced was a conversation that featured Warren Buffett. This is a man that I have respected on so many levels in life and many things he has spoken of has influenced the way I live my life. There isn’t a lot of business icons that are also good examples of lives well lived.
Warren Buffett: “When you’re nearing your end of life, your only measure of success should be the number of people you want to have love you that actually do love you.”
This comment strikes a chord in my soul. He went on to say, “I know people who have a lot of money, and they get testimonial dinners and they get hospital wings named after them. But the truth is that nobody in the world loves them. If you get to my age in life and nobody thinks well of you, I don’t care how big your bank account is, your life is a disaster.”
This really summarizes how we all should live our lives. I would like to think when you ask people about Jeremy Foutsthey would say he was a generous man. I may not always do things perfect, but I was raised by wonderful, God fearing parents that taught me the golden rule and I truly try to live by that rule each and every day.
Warren Buffet: “Love is one of the most powerful emotions a human being can feel, and yet, we still live in an individualistic society of keeping up with the Jones’s: We forge ahead with our business ventures and strategically plan our career paths in hopes of finding fame and fortune. We feel we’ve finally arrived at the top when we’re able to vacation twice a year to exotic islands and drop a European luxury car (or two) in the garage. We dream about having all of these things, love be damned. The problem with love is that it’s not for sale. The only way to get love is to be lovable. It’s very irritating if you have a lot of money. You’d like to think you could write a check: I’ll buy a million dollars’ worth of love. But it doesn’t work that way. The more you give love away, the more you get.”
So with that said, I’m sure you can see how CorVive’s principles line up very closely with some of the values that Warren Buffett held true. Now how do we keep those principles growing within our own way of living?
1) Serve: Be selfless and don’t expect anything in return. The laws of love are reciprocal.
“When we choose to love someone unconditionally by encouraging and believing in them, love comes back in full force through respect, admiration, trust and loyalty.”- Warren Buffett
2) Love: Part of love is empathy. Empathy is one of most common traits of likable (or, as Buffett prefers to say, “lovable”) people. True empathy occurs when you’re able to step into someone else’s shoes and see their perspective. In a study of more than 15,000 leaders across 20 industries, researchers found that the ability to listen and respond with empathy was the most critical attribute of a team’s overall performance.
3) Care: Treat others the way they would want to be treated. As children, we’re often taught this Golden Rule. But the Platinum Rule takes it to a whole new level: “Treat others the way  they want to be treated.” When we follow the Platinum Rule, we can be more certain that we’re respecting what they want, instead of projecting our own values and preferences. That doesn’t mean we should ignore the Golden Rule altogether, but we should realize its limitations given that every person and every situation is so different.
Additionally, when the team and I sat down and discussed what would be CorVive’s main moral code, fun, became a main focus point. We didn’t want to be just another company, we wanted people to experience joy just by being part of us. It is beginning to happen in a big way and I couldn’t be more excited. One of the major miles stones that Warren Buffet mentions is making work “enjoyable and fun”. When you enjoy work, you enjoy life, and you tap dance your way to work. I love every day. I mean, I tap dance in here and work with but people I like. There is no job in the world that is more fun than running Berkshire, and I count myself lucky to be where I am.”
I feel the same way, I have specifically hand selected a team that love being around each other and that Candice and I enjoy. We have taken our time in aligning with leaders who we love to serve and care for. It is a mission for us to find those that have a passion for helping others and helping to cultivate that character quality in any way possible.
The evidence here is clear: In positive and uplifting cultures, where people share the same values, beliefs and norms, you’ll find a high-performing group of people who attract folks of the same kind.
In closing, I hope that you understand that I work hard because I love and care about people, and how I treat people I truly hope represents those values. In the end following your passion will be what ultimately will have the unbreakable bond necessary to keep all your dreams alive and accelerate your drive to achieve them. Many of us take our cushy paychecks and job security for granted, even though we might hate our jobs and would rather be doing something else — something we  actually love.
In signing off, Warren Buffet once said—“As humans, doing what we love is a major contributor to true happiness in life. So if you don’t know what your passion is, it’s time to figure that out.”
I’m here and standing ready to help you all do just that. Let’s find your ‘why’ and your ‘passion’ and reach others.
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By |2020-07-23T16:13:58+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Good. Good. Good.

I know there are some out there that can get overwhelmed by positivity, like it’s going to wear off on them and they are going to become a better person. You’ve heard them say it, “I’m going to go crazy if that person gets any happier.” Obviously I say that with a pinch of sarcasm, but it is true that there are some people that get stuck in “negative gear” and can’t shift their thoughts any other way—the world is out to get them everyday.
There is not a greater force on the planet than the power of positivity. Its ranges from how you treat people to how you approach every situation, finding the good in life always beats finding the bad. Sometimes it even happens when you look back on memories, even though everything in your life wasn’t perfect you have the ability to look back with fondness. However, there are those people that look back and still begrudgingly can only see the ugly of a situation. I feel for them. I had an employee that approached each day with this positive attitude, every day was “awesome.” How you doing today Brad*? “Awesome!” Brad, how is that project coming along? “Awesome.” To Brad everything was “awesome”. Living is awesome. Somewhere along the way in Brad’s life, he had learned the secret to life—The Power of Positivity. This is one of the most powerful ways to get the most out of your life and really make a change in the lives of others. Please, if you’re reading this find a way to find the power of positivity in your life, as it will shield you throughout your life whenever there is stormy weather.
We are always going to face things in life that aren’t easy, nothing is perfect. However, how we choose to react to different situations will influence how quickly we overcome these unpleasant challenges. More than that, we will have the ability to influence others to see how living in the light of positivity is a much better place to stand than wallowing in the dark waiting for someone to come rescue you, which by the way, is unlikely to happen.  So start each day off knowing you have a choice to choose positivity; because everything is good, good, good.
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By |2020-07-08T16:49:33+00:00July 8th, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Exercise

As we all know life is full of stressors, from starting a new job, losing a job, getting married, moving, financial obligations, etc. etc. Don’t get me wrong, a little bit of stress can be okay and can even help us perform better. However, many of us tend to deal with an unhealthy level of stress. What many people don’t realize is how effective exercise can be in helping decrease our stress levels.  

What happens when we get stressed is our brain releases the natural-occurring chemical, cortisol. What “fights” the cortisol, if you will, are endorphins. Right now, you are probably wondering, “How does knowing this help me?” Well, it is because when we exercise endorphins are released into our brain, thus reducing stress levels, anxiety, tension, and even depression. If you have ever been stressed to the max and decided to go on a heart-pumping run, you probably know what I mean. 

Long-term effects of the primary stress hormone, cortisol, will eventually take a toll on your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar, heart rate, heart, immune system, digestive system, and the list goes on. For centuries though, yogis and others have understood how proper breathing and physical activity can decrease our cortisol levels and create a calm for ourselves. 

So next time you’re stressed, instead of picking up a bad habit such as binge eating, binging on TV, sleeping too much or too little, or binge drinking, pick up your favorite physical activity and let your body do the work and recalibrate naturally! If you’re going to be stressed you might as well get fit! 

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By |2020-06-25T18:18:00+00:00June 25th, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership, Legislation|0 Comments

Change – Jeremy Fouts

Change is constant
As we take the time to acknowledge the world around us, we can clearly see how things have been changing over the past few months. It seems as though 2020 has brought more change than many of us have experienced in a long time. Although these changes can seem intimidating, they will inevitably bring about good outcomes.
One thing I know to be a fact is that change is constant – it is something we can always count on. When faced with change we have two options; see the positive and roll with it or get caught up in the fear and negativity of it all. Oftentimes, I notice individuals tend to deal with the latter.
People tend to look over all the benefits change can bring about. The main benefit being personal growth. Anytime I have dealt with change, big or small, I always notice personal growth. However, the benefits don’t stop here – change also brings about new opportunities, new people, new environments, and fresh perspectives.
Many of us like to try and have everything figured out and be in perfect control of our lives, but the reality of it is, we can’t – no matter how hard we try. Change doesn’t care what our plans are or how in control we wish to be, it’s coming and it’s probably going to be beyond our control. Our mindset and how we view change will determine how we respond to it, and our response will be what makes or breaks us.
A quote I would like to leave you with is by Dan Millman. He said, “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”  I want to encourage you all to be present, embrace change, and then build upon it.
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By |2020-06-08T21:56:08+00:00June 8th, 2020|Corvive, General, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership, Legislation|0 Comments

The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity  

Every morning when we wake up, we are faced with a decision – are we going to have a good attitude and be positive or have a bad attitude and be negative? This seemingly simple decision has the power to have a significant effect on almost every area of our lives.  

Some benefits of being positive include having better overall health, a better ability to deal with stressors, being a happier person overall, helping you build skills and develop resources, becoming a better leader, opening your mind, and so on. Whereas being negative actually narrows your mind and thoughts. 

I want to be clear; being positive does not mean you become oblivious and ignore all of the tough situations surrounding you. It means that, when faced with one of these tough situations, you have a more positive way of looking at it. In turn, you are able to be resilient and face these situations headon and come out on top.  

What I have realized over the years is the first step in becoming more positive is being aware of how you talk to yourself. This may seem silly to some, but trust me, this is huge. We all have our internal dialogues and thought processes and, often, these are automatic.  

When you start to become aware of your internal dialogue, you will begin to realize if you tend to have positive or negative responses to situations. From here, you can begin to alter these thoughts. Meaning, if you have negative responses, they can eventually become automatically positive. 

For example, if you are faced with something new and automatically think, “This is new, I’ve never done it before, so I’m scared.” You can change this to “This is an opportunity to learn something new. I could actually be good at this.”  

 Another key is to find something positive in every situation – even if it seems to be a negative one. If you tried something and failed or made some small mistake, try to figure out an area you did well in, something you learned, or an opportunity you found in the situation.  

I want to encourage all of you to hone your ability to be positive. Once you accomplish this, almost every area of your life will change for the better. Not only this, but so will the lives of people around you because, as most of us know, attitudes are contagious 

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By |2020-06-03T17:27:13+00:00June 3rd, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Timidity

Timidity by Jeremy Fouts

Awkward, shy, backward, introvert, there are a hundred different ways to describe the feelings of being timid. It is sometimes a painful experience for people to address the restrictions that come with being overly timid; ultimately robbing us of our opportunities in life to be bold and shine. 

Being timid may ultimately limit your leadership and life. However, a unique fact is that timidity is one of the most demonstrable traits that you can excel at and overcome. Each of us, with a little strength training, can defeat the feelings of timidity. It is literally like exercising, overcoming timidity is similar in establishing fitness goals and practicing until it’s a muscle. By doing this as often as we can, our limitations of timidity are quickly turned into strengths. 

Usually being timid comes with the fear of speaking to others, so how would you turn that into strength? Do your best to talk to everyone–practice talking, at the grocery store, at the gym, at sporting events, life is short who cares if someone rejects you, they won’t give a second thought so neither should you. You’ll be surprised how quickly you can overcome being timid. Don’t let being timid rob you of a lifetime of new friends, amazing opportunities, and unlimited rewards. We will never be able to be a blessing to someone else’s life or our own if we can’t reverse the negative side effects of timidity. 

It’s important that we allow ourselves to be brave and confident throughout our life, it allows us to thrive. When we operate within the constraints of timidity we sacrifice so many opportunities. Life changing positive benefits for all fall through the cracks when we are too timid to act. It is always my hope that you will see the greatness that is inside of you and harness that confidence to overcome timidity; it will serve you and others throughout your life, affording you the success that you deserve.

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By |2020-05-20T16:07:21+00:00May 20th, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Worry – Make a choice

We worry about our families, we worry about our world, and sometimes we end up worrying just to worry. It’s a dance we all end up doing more than we need to, mostly because being worried is a vast misuse of energies and time. You can only worry about those things you directly have control over. Our problems in life are all that we can directly influence and sometimes even these closely related troubles are still things that might be beyond our direct control. This is where worrying seriously deprives us of our ability to do good in the world. 

Everyday we can examine a worry and quickly decide if it is something our actions can have a direct impact on. If it’s something we can’t impact then we need to let this worry go and focus on what it is we can influence. One of the things I believe is an immediate remedy to worry is gratitude, service and hard work. These actions can swiftly help you combat the troubling spots in your life that can cause you to worry. 

Try it out. When you begin to experience anxiety that accompanies worry, quickly run through a gratitude checklist. It is amazing to see how worry can be dispelled by gratitude. Couple this exercise with service. When you begin to serve those people in your life that are worthy of your time and energy, you will soon realize that your problems are somewhat less significant. If you begin to replace worst case scenarios in your mind with those of service and gratitude it is almost impossible not to feel your worries ease. 

Worry is something that you will deal with daily, but it is critical that you balance worries and stress with meaningful attitude and service. Keep in mind there is a choice associated with worry. It is either something you can change or something that you cannot, recognize the difference and it will save yourself a lot of worry. 

Jeremy Fouts

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By |2020-05-15T21:09:04+00:00May 15th, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Doubt

We have all experienced it, that feeling of uncertainty, especially in the form of self-doubt. As we grow as leaders, how we overcome doubt is one of the most fundamental truths that I want everyone to experience. It is natural to not believe everything we hear, see or read as we were made to be truth seekers and ask questions.  However, it’s when we allow uncertainty to take over our decision-making processes that it becomes an issue. Life would be so easy if we always knew the outcome of our actions, but there would be no risk, which yields no reward. It would be a humdrum way of living to never experience the satisfaction of growth, development, and progress. 

We all have struggles in life that can lead us down a road of doubt. It can be especially daunting to go through a losing streak and be left with the inner fear of not knowing what to do next. This is where you can begin to look at the path of growth and development to project your breakthrough. To overcome the hurdle of doubt and remind yourself that your next move can be the most rewarding move of your life. 

I love being around optimistic people.  These are the people who fight inner struggles daily, and realize the importance of continuing to look up and towards the future. The most interesting, influential, and inspiring people I know are those that face doubt every day, stare it down with determination and keep traveling their road.  It all goes back to choice. Can you bet on yourself every day? Overcoming the doubt, you might feel inside is an exercise that might require some practice. Eventually you will be able to identify those feelings of doubt that can creep in and what the source of those doubts really are. You would be surprised to find out how many people would bet on you, so it is worth betting on yourself and overcoming yourself each day.  

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By |2020-05-11T22:03:08+00:00May 11th, 2020|Corvive, General, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments

Fouts Fishing Trip

“Pray for eyes that see the best, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad and never loses faith.”-Jeremy Fouts, CorVive Founder 

Small and simple realizations.   

It is amazing what small attitude adjustments in your daily life will do for your overall well being and your ability to love, serve and care for others.   

Love. 

One thing I have tried to do in life is to never try to change people; just love them. Love is what changes people along with having the power to change all of us. 

Integrity. 

The most important persuasion tool you have in your entire arsenal is integrity.  People are tired of all the indecisiveness.  They want to know you stand for something and that you’re an honest person who can admit when you’re wrong.   

Personal Productivity. 

Use your time and energy for accomplishing things important to you, your family and others around you. Make a daily plan, a weekly plan and monthly plan.  Most importantly write them down and assess them daily.  This allows you to prioritize, stay on track and stay accountable.  Along with the written you must show daily action.  Not everyday will go as you want, but without any daily action there will be no progression. 

Awareness. 

The great compromises we make in our lives are not like in the movies, centered around huge vexing life decisions. No, the great compromises in your life usually come when you’re too busy to pay attention. It was the small things that accumulated in the ultimate betrayal of true character. The harder we work on noticing the small moments each day, help us become more aware of our actions, not just our hopeful intentions. This also helps us to see when our actions are bullish and self centered and to make the needed personal corrections and rise above it. Decide to live a different kind of life, more centered, aware, loving, true, kind and bold. 

Final Thoughts. 

“Instead of cringing at character regrets–we shall say I forged it, intentionally, joyously, lovingly, day-by-day, moment-by-moment.  Let us release the old excuses, and take the high road building our ideal selves.  

 #WeAreAllInThisTogether #ForgiveAndRiseAbove #LoveIsAllWeNeed #CorViveFounderJeremyFouts 

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By |2020-05-05T21:51:36+00:00May 5th, 2020|Corvive, Jeremy Fouts, Leadership|0 Comments
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