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COME HELL OR HIGH WATER.

“A ship is always safe at the shore, but that is not what it is built for.”

– Albert Einstein

Something happened years ago that I forgot over time. At the age of 19, I was mistakenly invited into an exclusive leadership group of men – “mistakenly” because I had no business being there. A group of eight men met weekly to discuss a current book, memorize Scripture, and hold each other accountable to a code of living. Each held leadership positions in their campus fraternities.

Our bond grew strong. We helped each other through difficulties and rejoiced in individual victories. Our mentor (who would later get his PhD in philosophy) made sure we stayed consistent. In later years, our little group would leave an impact on the entire campus, and I would share my story in front of an overflowing auditorium of 1800 people.

When I left college, I struggled to find a community that fueled me the same way. As time passed, I eventually categorized it as a unique experience and figured I wouldn’t find it again. But I never gave up hope on living with that same level of passion. I tried about a hundred other ways to do it myself. It didn’t work. That’s why I’m committed to making real, unwavering support available to anyone.

I conducted my first interview for the show in 2016 – with someone you might know. It took me two years to actually produce the podcast you hear today…yeah, that’s not normal. I went through my own personal hell during that time (as you hear on the show). Inside The Rise is part of my passion to push myself further and give you a framework to do the same.

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Most people go through life only halfway experiencing the abundance for which they were created. I know because I was one of them – at times, I still am one of them. I’ve never felt more fully alive than when I’m surrounded and supported by people who call out my best. Everyone needs community like that, and they shouldn’t have to spend years trying to find it.

THE THREE-PART PLAN.

These make up the critical path steps to the ultimate goal of building a network of closely-allied groups – each one committed to the success of each member.

STEP 1

Constructing a CULTURE.

CULTURE

Our culture determines what we value and how we behave. It’s imperative to take ownership of the messages around us.

STEP 2

Creating a COMMUNITY.

COMMUNITY

We are hard-wired for relationships. Fortunately, we have more opportunity than ever to align ourselves with the right tribe.

STEP 3

Cultivating COMMITMENT.

COMMITMENT

Only with the undying support of people who believe in you will you ever reach your greatest potential.

IT’S ABOUT TIME.

Time is the one asset you lose and can never get back. Don’t waste it going alone. Leverage the collective wisdom of a peer group. Build bonds that may last a lifetime. And have a heck of a lot more fun. Science even shows you’ll have a longer, healthier life.

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THIS IS US.

Our paths first crossed at a networking event. After lots of stories and a few hundred miles cycling, we opted to do this thing together.

JC CROSS
JC CROSSHost, Co-Founder of Matter Of Pact
CALEB VAN DEMAN
CALEB VAN DEMANCo-Founder of Matter Of Pact

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