Monday, January 15, 2018

People Struggling Is One Reason Why I Wrote “Coached to Greatness”

Friendships are declining, the middle class is shrinking, income potential is being passed to heirs, we need to be ‘smarter’ about personal decision making.

There is always a bittersweet feeling after releasing a book. During the writing process, I take comfort in the mental escape, the familiarity of having a project I enjoy working on. I like the creativity of the pre-production process where the book takes shape and all the effort from nurturing starts to show.

While it’s comforting to work on a project, it is very satisfying to say the project is complete. I am thrilled to announce that my third book Coached to Greatness is now available.

My focus during the writing process was to create a book that could help inspire, motivate, provide ideas and give concrete examples to help those people who might be struggling.

I’ve learned so much during the process, here are some of my findings.

Finding #1 - Research Concludes that High Salaries are Passed from Parents

One interesting finding is the ability of parents to pass high salaries on to their children.
“According to a Pew Research study, 50 percent of income advantage—the ability to command a high salary—can be passed on to children (Pablo A. Mitnik, 2015).” - CTG
Thinking about this logically it makes sense - children learn by example.
“Based on a survey, 76 percent of Americans believe the Middle class is no longer the economic majority.” And given  “the middle class has been declining, which means that more and more parents of children are making less and less money. Based on statistics, future generations will earn less money” - CTG
This is important, but consider the importance of the ‘American Dream.’
“For many Americans, the middle class is what the American dream is all about. You are relatively financially comfortable, you can see how far you’ve come, and through hard work, you can aspire to accomplish more and hopefully get to an upper-class spot.” - CTG
If income advantage is passed on and we continue to see a declining middle class, statistically we will have fewer people who can earn high wages.

The result could be that we end up with two main socioeconomic classes; the haves and the have-nots.

Finding # 2 -Studies Show People Now Have Fewer Friends

With all the ways to digitally connect, this next finding surprised me.
“Studies are showing that people’s personal and friendship networks have shrunk over the last thirty-five years (Miller, 2014). It’s not becoming any easier to grow relationships. “Forging platonic relationships isn’t always easy. [Cathryn Jakobson] Ramin’s situation appears to be increasingly common: According to a meta-analysis with more than 177,000 participants, people’s personal and friendship networks have shrunk over the last 35 years” (Psychological Bulletin, 2013).” - CTG
Having fewer friends is a fact that has stuck in my brain, I enjoy people and find that I can get lonely even after a few hours without any human interaction. With so many ways to connect, why is this the case?

Finding #3 - We forget that Engagement in life and accomplishments can help

Getting stuck in 'routine,' without having good examples, can distract us and lead us to the wrong path.
“We forget our goals and our purpose, and we end up compromising and settling. Initially, the constant activity of a busy schedule can make you feel like you are accomplishing something, but the reality is that you are spinning. Days turn into weeks, and weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. Pretty soon, you will feel like you are stuck.” - CTG
We need to be engaged in life, which translates to ‘keeping busy.’

Understanding the importance of keeping busy, and the positive effect it’s had on me drove me to my thesis.

My Thesis 

“The best athletes get to the top of their sports with the help of coaches, mentors, or others. Athletes don't find greatness in a day or overnight, and neither can we. I do believe that the more strategies you have to accomplish will put you in a better position to help others who are also seeking growth.” -CTG
I thought about the guidance I have received over the years, I researched motivation, human behavior, health, fitness and came up with strategies to help readers reflect on what motivates them, rediscover and assess core values, philosophies, and competencies. Also to find settings that allow them to be the most productive; and track progress towards accomplishing goals.
The Result of my Research is covered in my book “Coached to Greatness”
“If you know you can accomplish more, but change is slow to come; if you don't wake up excited and ready to achieve; and if you don't know what to do with your life, career, or business, you need this guide to success. By keeping an open mind, tuning into your senses, and being on the lookout for motivation, opportunities, and like-minded individuals who want to do more, you'll be coached to greatness.” - CTG
There you have it, three findings that I learned from writing this book. I hope the lessons I learned from this experience can help others in their quest for Greatness.

“Coached to Greatness” is now available on Amazon and at other book retailers around the world.

John M. Hawkins is an author, coach, and leader. He is the author of two other books: Building a Strategic Plan for Your Life and Business and Affinity. He graduated with a degree in business from the University of Portland.


CTG - Hawkins, John(2018, JAN), Coached to Greatness
Miller, A. (2014, Jan). Friends wanted. Retrieved March 25, 2017, from
Pablo A. Mitnik. (2015, July). Economic Mobility in the United States. Retrieved March 25, 2017, from

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Can you help? I'm looking for reviewers to review Coached to Greatness, Free Book & Starbucks Gift Card.

For a limited time, I am offering a FREE book & Starbucks gift card to anyone who will review my latest book "Coached to Greatness."

Coached to Greatness Book Description:
You don’t find greatness in a day or overnight.

Change takes time, and making too many changes in a short period of time creates chaos. But incremental, positive changes can help you find your purpose, hold yourself accountable, and achieve goals and objectives.

Coach and leader John M. Hawkins reveals strategies that will help you accomplish more and—most importantly—be in a better position to help others who are also seeking growth. Get the guidance you need to

reflect on what motivates you;
rediscover and assess your core values, philosophies, and competencies;
find settings that allow you to be the most productive; and
track your progress toward accomplishing goals.

If you know you can accomplish more but change is slow to come; if you don’t wake up excited and ready to achieve; and if you don’t know what to do with your life, career, or business, you need this guide to success.

By keeping an open mind, tuning into your senses, and being on the lookout for motivation, opportunities, and like-minded individuals who want to do more, you’ll be coached to greatness.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Choose the Cover to My New Book

Which cover option do you like? Option #1, #2, or #3? The cover is for my new book coming out later this year.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Could The Need for Human Connectivity be Driving the Age of Digital Transformation?

Regardless of the many drivers, adding billions of new devices will require automation to meet these connectivity requirements.

Gartner predicts that connected devices will increase 31% in 2017 from the number of devices in 2016. According to their calculations, the consumer segment should grow to 12.8 Billion. Consumer, plus business verticals are predicted to rise to 20 Billion. The projected increase from 2016 to 2018 is much greater, with devices expected to increase by almost 220%.
What’s driving the increase of IoT devices?

Healthcare - do you go to the Dr.?
According to a Sbwire report; “(IoT) in the healthcare market, which comprises systems and software, medical devices, and services, has had a significant impact on the overall healthcare sector.” The sector now heavily relies on remote monitoring to add value by; “lowering costs, improving efficiency, and bringing the focus back to quality patient care.” Healthcare is going Digital.

Security - been out in public lately?
On a daily basis you are likely to be recorded on video at least 75 times (if American) and up to 300 times (if from the UK) according to a crime feed report. Today, people have only a 5% chance of not being recorded on video. Security is going Digital, cameras, and sensors are at the forefront.

Human Connectivity - do you connect with others?
Pew research suggests that human connectivity is one of the biggest drivers of this digital age. In a Pew research study, one reason for the growth is; “People crave connection and convenience, and a tech-linked world serves both goals well.” The Human condition is pushing digital and is one of the most powerful drivers.
These are only a few of the industries and drivers of IoT that are fueling the digital movement. Just think about the other applications, and you will find more use-cases for IoT device growth. This high demand will create an interesting problem statement.

Problem statement: Can the cloud platforms scale enough to support exponential growth?
To enable digital transformation, we need to ask the question. What technically will it take for us to connect 20 Billion devices or more? If all devices were the same, then the answer is easier, but this is not the case. Just take a look at the various types of devices you might use or see on a daily basis, and more importantly all the hidden devices, that we don’t see.

Could growth of device be higher?
Given the drivers, I think it is possible that the number might be even greater than the projected 20 Billion. If there were 7.3B people in 2015 (when Gartner predicted the 20 Billion) then what might the number of future devices be? Wouldn't all people benefit from core services? Calculating future devices becomes a math problem, based on what the percent of the population that is currently connected, and the number of devices required per person. For argument’s sake; let’s say we grow to ten devices (per person on the planet) - then it's simple math; we can multiply 10 (projected devices/sensors) times 7.3 Billion (Number of individuals) this would be 73 Billion devices. I don’t know if 73 Billion is even realistic, but based on the power of the need for human connection and just core services like health care and security, we have enormous growth potential.

Regardless, Standardization and Automation are necessary to support the digital growth.
Based purely on mathematical and physics constructs we must accept that manual configuration and connectivity of these devices would require more resources and time effort than plausible. Archimedes, who lived from 287 to 212 BCE, was credited as saying;

“Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

History tells us Archimedes had limited access to technology, but his words still apply to this day. Today we use people, process, and technology to solve this larger problem. Technology and automation are our lever and fulcrum.

Technically it’s simpler to connect similar devices than connecting different platforms, assuming, of course, they all have interfaces. As the number of devices increases, we must rely more heavily on standardization of device interfaces, that can simplify the connectivity. We should also look to automation to help us meet the scale. Think about Archimedes lever and fulcrum.

The human need for connection is a big reason behind the need for digital information and in large part the driver for all these devices. Based on the laws of physics and mathematical principles, we must start thinking about the IoT ‘end state’ and accept that the only way to network and connect all the various permutations is by applying standardization of interfaces of the devices and implement automation to connect all these devices. Which may sound straightforward enough, the hard part is getting folks to agree on the ‘best technical direction,’ which isn’t always evident. But when we come together and agree on the future benefits, then debate, test, and agree on the optimal technical direction we can then move forward.

Please post comments below; I would love to get your perspective on IoT drivers and also your ideas for device growth projections.

John M. Hawkins is the author of Coached to Greatness (expected 2017), Building a Strategic Plan for Your Life and Business, and Affinity. John writes about strategy, goal setting, personal development, business, and technology. Follow him by subscribing, on twitter @hawkinsjohn.

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