Happy New Years Eve y'all! We wanted to kick off 2011 right with a TGIF interview of one of the most successful guys we know -- our friend and former business partner, Paul Carrick Brunson. If your goal is to be in a successful, healthy relationship this time next year, this is a man you NEED to know. He's a new dad (congrats!), so be sure to follow him on twitter to get the latest relationship advice as well as adorable pictures of baby Kingston. He hosts a weekly round of matchmaking (follow twitter hashtag #MDMW) and also flow dating (speed dating with a twist) events quarterly around the United States.
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Unlike many other relationship coaches and matchmakers who are single, I have been happily married to my beautiful wife for eight years. Not only does my knowledge of what it takes to have a happy marriage influence my matchmaking, but I'm also able to leverage my professional network to enhance the matches of my clients. Like all of my clients, I consider myself to be cultured, well-traveled, and well-educated--I hold a graduate degree from Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and am a certified life and relationship coach. My professional career started as an investment banker and most recently included a senior position with a top international investment firm.
You can find me online on my website and on Facebook, Twitter (@onedegreefromme), and YouTube.
My goal was to sign a television/talent deal with a top production company, which I achieved within six months of setting my goal with arguably the top production company in the world.
The first step I took was to [speak] the fact that I would achieve this goal into existence.
The top obstacle is the "hater" - who I have realized is someone that truly adores you but is simply intimidated. I have had MANY of these in my lifetime. My outlook on how to deal with the hater is this: it is all well and good if your "hater" is attempting to bemuse you from the sidelines, but the moment they step in your way, run them over!
I have never had an issue with motivation. It's internal for me--perhaps it's the Jamaican in me.
Family and friends...everyone in my 'circle' tirelessly helps me. I believe that we are the average of the closest people to us. Something I learned a long time ago is that it is critical to surround yourself with people much smarter than you are.
My wife took a picture of me signing the deal, I smiled, and then started working on my next goal!
Screw what everyone else thinks. If you believe in it, relentlessly pursue it.
Currently I am working on writing and publishing a New York Times Bestselling book by 2012.