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His Awesome Journey Will Make You A Better Leader

Thank you Jennifer McFarland, MPA for taking the time to interview our very own Tim McCain!

You can read all about their interview, and then listen to the podcast here, or continue reading below.

 

His Awesome Journey Will Make You A Better Leader

by Jennifer McFarland, MPA

I laid back on my rack. I looked at the wall. I had this moment of clarity where I was like, “Why am I here?” It’s not because my parents left me. This was my shift out of the victim mindset. — Tim McCain

14 years old. Homeless. Parents out of the picture.

You might think this was when Tim McCain became a man.

But you would be wrong.

Homelessness made Tim an alcoholic, an addict, and an entrepreneur.

But not a man.

In fact, his creative, criminal entrepreneurial activities are what landed him in a California state prison. He did what he thought he had to do to survive.

A disagreement and a gun landed him in prison. He went in with a man’s body, a victim’s mindset, and the intention of being a ‘good convict.’

Tim will tell you that ‘good convicts’ are great for prison; bad for society.

The California state prison system. That’s where I learned to be a man. It’s where I learned to respect people, and where I learned honor, as odd as that sounds. Not through the guards and not through any curriculum that was set up, through introspection and through talking with mentors. — Tim McCain

Tim did the crime. He also served his time. It’s how he used his time that’s remarkable. Instead of reading Louis L’Amour, he read books like As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. Rather than plan his next caper, he learned to meditate.

Seven years and eight months later, Tim left prison a man. A man ready to be a good citizen.

After prison, Tim started as a ditch digger making $7.25/hr. in San Diego. Photo by jesse orrico on Unsplash.

‘My Ass Followed My Mind’ from Ditch Digging to CEO

I have these things that I call nonnegotiables. One of my nonnegotiables was I was not going to break any laws. I was not going to do anything that would land me back in prison, period. End of story. — Tim McCain

When Tim got out of prison, he knew he couldn’t go back to dealing drugs. Nonnegotiable.

He took a job for $7.25/hr digging ditches in San Diego.

His boss was an asshole, but Tim was a man with a plan.

Despite what society said Tim knew he wasn’t making a career out of digging ditches.

Every night he would practice visioning. Reviewing the day — what happened, what went well, what didn’t go well. Where did he fall short? How can he course correct?

Then he’d create a vision for the next day — conversations, situations — a perfect day through a hopeful lens. That ideal day included rectifying situations he’d created the day before.

Every day he’d follow through on building positive relationships. Course corrections. He did good work. He followed his vision.

Tim credits that relentless pursuit of a vision for meeting his wife, having a family, and making considerably more than $7.25/hr.

He leads three software companies — each in different stages.

He also gives back, “helping those in need to break through the walls of limitation and develop personal empowerment” as a facilitator and member of the Board of Directors for Community Catharsis Solutions, a nonprofit he founded with his best friend (and former cellmate), Brian Fowlie.

Photo by Fab Lentz on Unsplash

Your Success Depends on Staying Grounded

When you start doing your own business, you’ll see you’re also the janitor. — Tim McCain

Tim is obsessed with growth. He knows what it’s like to be hungry and he’s never going back. Not him. Not his family. Not his companies.

His leadership style is part visioning, part boots on the ground. Frequently he’s taking customer service calls alongside his employees because he believes you’ve got to be willing to do the work you’d ask someone else to do.

The visioning never stops. Well, almost never.

Tim and his partner set a goal for $1 million in gross revenues. When they hit $1 million for the second year in a row, Tim realized they hadn’t created a clear vision for what would happen next.

Time for a course correction.

Now, every time the company hits a big goal, Tim meets with his partner to create a new vision and update goals.

It’s not all big thinking for Tim. He loves helping people and getting better. Always getting better.

He’s created a path to leadership for his employees. Unsurprisingly, his curriculum revolves around reading, introspection, and mentorship.

Eventually, he’d like to hand the day-to-day off to his leadership team. Why? So he can spend more time helping fringe communities — drug addicts, people from broken homes, alcoholics, convicts — know there’s another way.

A better way. Today.

Ready to listen to Tim’s story?

Hear it in Tim’s own words! Listen to “Tim’s Transformational Journey Will Make You A Better Leader” on the Third Paddle Podcast.

Want to measure your growth hacking success?

I’ve created a guide to help you measure your growth hacking efforts.

How to Release Yourself from Limitations with Brian Fowlie

We want to give special thanks to Jennifer McFarland for taking the time to interview Brian Fowlie.  Brian talked with Jen about releasing yourself from limitations and developing personal empowerment.

In this podcast, Brian talks about how the prison system helped him see and break through his limitations. You’ll also learn the business mindset benefits of meditation.

Topics of the Podcast Include:

  • Brian’s nonprofit, Community Catharsis Solutions
  • The Prophet, by Khalil Gibran
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankel
  • Close Your Eyes, Open Your Mind: a Practical Guide to Spiritual Meditation

To Listen to the Podcast and read the entire transcript, please visit the Foster Growth Website at:

https://fostergrowth.tech/how-to-release-yourself-from-limitations-with-brian-fowlie/

 

About Brian Fowlie

Brian Fowlie left home at 14 years old, becoming a homeless youth. Brian experienced drug and alcohol abuse combined with violence on the streets and soon became part of the juvenile justice system. By the time Brian was 21 years old, he had earned himself a 17-year to life sentence in California’s Department of Corrections. He walked into San Quentin fully expecting to die a convict death.

Brian did not get better in prison, he got worse. He spent the first 9 years building a reputation based on violence, volatility, and prison credibility in order to build what he believed to be walls of protection, keeping him safe and helping him survive in prison.

In 1997 a couple of significant events took place that combined to create the desire for change.

Brian realized that he was miserable and put into action a program that led him to accountability, personal empowerment, spiritual devotion, and uplifting his fellow convicts.

The prison was his home; he was going to live out the rest of his life there and die there, so he set out on a daily path of creating a different culture than the one that had himself and his friends miserable, depressed, self-loathing, and hopeless. He set out to change his view of his world, choosing to practice living each day with personal accountability, love, hope, possibility, inclusion, and peace of mind.

Brian was granted parole by the California Board of Parole Hearings and was released after serving more than 22 years in prison. He was 21 when he committed his crime and he was 43 years old when he walked back out of State prison.

Soon after his release, Brian took a minimum wage job. He was stoked because $8.00 an hour was a huge raise from his prison job, which paid pennies. He continued to strive, finding a better paying job later that year and has continued to progress into a journeyman inside wireman electrician, a trade that he learned in prison.

Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a Human Services Focus. He has continued with his graduate studies working toward a Master’s Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

While working to provide for his family, going to school to further his education, Brian has also stayed busy serving his community by working with at-risk-youths, Keynote Speaker for the California Coalition for Youth Taking Action Conference 2012, and has even gone back into two prisons and a county jail to work with the prisoners he left behind, sharing his story, successes and challenges he has faced through his transition from a “Lifer” in prison to a citizen and community member in good standing.

The future is bright and the ride continues. As Brian says, “God’s got it, so buckle up”. Come key in on the details, tap into the success techniques, develop the mindset to overcome any obstacle, be it physical prisons or the prisons of your mind that hold you back. The energy is contagious, the movement is inevitable, change is not only possible, but it’s coming…open up to it and invite it in through intention and personal empowerment.

Meet Tim McCain

Tim McCain wants you to know he loves you!

Tim has battled addiction, jail time & being homeless at a young age, and is now is owner of several successful software companies. As a Youth he found himself on the streets and dealing with the perils of his situation. During this time, Tim had a moment of clarity, and he was able to overcome his situation, and succeed. He can now proudly say that he has been “on the right track” for over 20 years!

Tim has vowed not to allow his experiences to be in vain. He has spoken at many organizations such as hospice, local businesses, and does countless one on one counseling sessions to inspire others.

Tim is the current CEO and co owner of 2 software organisations, and serves on the Board of Directors for CCS. He is a graduate of Heath Kit, A plus computer studies, and a recent graduate of Bruchards High Performance Academy.
Tim is most proud of his beautiful wife and 3 fantastic kids, which he credits most of his drive to succeed to.

Tim got Lucky with a lot of this, and his mission now is to share that! He is trying to “bring the luck” to all he touches!!!

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You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another

As I wake up this Sunday morning I’m feeling blessed! I am so grateful for the life I live. The good, the bad, all of it. What ever is happening right now or has happened in the past will shape YOU. It doesn’t have to DEFINE you, but it shapes you. Proverbs says “You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another”

I feel like Brian and I live the above statement. I think together we push each other. Let’s ALL DO THAT FOR EACH OTHER.

As a community we are going to help a lot of people get peace !

Bring the “luck” to all you meet

Brian Fowlie’s Story

Brian Fowlie left home at 14 years old, becoming a homeless youth. Brian experienced drug and alcohol abuse combined with violence on the streets and soon became part of the juvenile justice system. By the time Brian was 21 years old he had earned himself a 17-year to life sentence in California’s Department of Corrections. He walked into San Quentin fully expecting to die a convict death.

Brian did not get better in prison, he got worse. He spent the first 9 years building a reputation based on violence, volatility, and prison credibility in order to build what he believed to be walls of protection, keeping him safe and helping him survive in prison.

In 1997 a couple of significant events took place that combined to create the desire for change. Brian realized that he was miserable and put into action a program that led him to accountability, personal empowerment, spiritual devotion, and uplifting his fellow convicts. Prison was his home; he was going to live out the rest of his life there and die there, so he set out on a daily path of creating a different culture than the one that had himself and his friends miserable, depressed, self-loathing, and hopeless. He set out to change his view of the his world, choosing to practice living each day with personal accountability, love, hope, possibility, inclusion, and peace of mind.

Brian was granted parole by the California Board of Parole Hearings and was released after serving more than 22 years in prison. He was 21 when he committed his crime and he was 43 years old when he walked back out of State prison.

Soon after his release, Brian took a minimum wage job. He was stoked, because $8.00 an hour was a huge raise from his prison job, which paid pennies. He continued to strive, finding a better paying job later that year and has continued to progress into a journeyman inside wireman electrician, a trade that he learned in prison.

Brian earned his Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration with a Human Services Focus. He has continued with his graduate studies working toward a Master’s Degree in Peacemaking and Conflict Studies.

While working to provide for his family, going to school to further his education, Brian has also stayed busy serving his community by working with at-risk-youths, Keynote Speaker for the California Coalition for Youth Taking Action Conference 2012, and has even gone back into two prisons and a county jail to work with the prisoners he left behind, sharing his story, successes and challenges he has faced through his transition from a “Lifer” in prison to a citizen and community member in good standing.

The future is bright and the ride continues.

As Brian says, “God’s got it, so buckle up”. Come key in on the details, tap into the success techniques, develop the mindset to overcome any obstacle, be it physical prisons or the prisons of your mind that hold you back. The energy is contagious, movement is inevitable, change is not only possible, but it’s coming…open up to it and invite it in through intention and personal empowerment with Community Catharsis Solutions.

 

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What is Catharsis?

Catharsis is the process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from strong or repressed emotions.  It comes from early 19th century Greece Katharsis, from Kathairein “cleanse”, from katharos “pure”.

 

At Community Catharsis solutions, we can assist and motivate to help relieve you from strong emotions that are holding you back from living a fulfilling life.  We want to help inspire positive changes in people’s lives.