Marcel Schwantes calls this episode “one of the most authentic and real and raw conversations” he has ever had. His guest, JT McCormick, is the CEO of Scribe Media, a multimillion-dollar publishing company that has been ranked the number one Top Company Culture in America by Entrepreneur magazine, and number two Best Place to Work in Texas. JT is the author of I Got There: How a Mixed Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty and Abuse to Arrive at The American Dream. He joins Marcel to chat about his amazing life story - his journey from scrubbing toilets at a restaurant to becoming President of a million-dollar software company, and now CEO of Scribe Media - and to share the lessons he learned along the way. JT says, “If you wake up in the morning and your feet hit the ground, you’ve got to be excellent… Anything that’s not excellent in my life I’m the only one that can change it, so there’s no need to complain about it, just get to work.” [3:45] “My why is to be a phenomenal husband, a phenomenal father, a phenomenal CEO. And then I would say fourth on the list is to give back to the communities which I came from.” [5:07] Marcel asks JT how he overcame all the adversity of his early life. He replies that he refused to be a victim. He decided, at age eight, not to spend his time trying to get everyone to like him, because some people just would not. This early lesson spared him years of grief. Another fundamental lesson he learned was to believe in himself. [8:38] “I just tend to look at things from a positive standpoint… I choose to figure out, How can we make a positive out of a negative situation?” [10:20] JT shares his journey from scrubbing toilets to President of a software company. Two lessons he learned were to be the best at whatever he did, and the magic of compound interest. [12:22] When JT was promoted to President, it struck him that he was only as good as the people he surrounded himself with. As such, his focus shifted to finding the greatest people to surround the company and himself with. [17:03] “If you are in a leadership position, you're only a leader if you serve,” JT argues. He describes how the principle of putting people first is lived out at Scribe Media. [18:05] Marcel asks, “How does a company become number one in the category of culture?” JT responds that it’s a matter of the little actions taken every day to live out your principles. At Scribe Media, they work with each other, not for JT. They bring their whole selves to work: he doesn’t believe in a work self vs a home self. He shares several practices they adopt at the company that build the culture. [22:37] JT and Marcel discuss Scribe Media’s Culture Bible, which is freely accessible to the public. They talk about three of the principles listed in the Culture Bible: Do right by people; Bring your whole self to work; Ask questions. [26:46] “A lot of times you can eliminate questions in transparency,” JT points out. [33:21] JT explains why he disagrees with the remote work trend. [35:37] “What’s your best advice for business owners trying to stay resilient during these crazy stressful times?” Marcel asks. JT advises leaders to put their people first, be transparent, be visible and let people know where they stand. Let people feel safe, he adds, and if you have to pivot or make other tough decisions, make them early and let people know so that you can set their expectations. [39:35] JT teaches through sharing his mistakes. [44:19] “I can't become something that I don't even know exists,” JT says. “...I believe if people just know what's possible they can strive to achieve that.” [46:19] “I live by a formula: Mindset, choices and hard work equals success.” [48:48] ResourcesJT McCormick on LinkedInJT@ScribeMedia.comI Got There: How a Mixed Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty and Abuse to Arrive at The American Dream
The Game Changing Attorney Podcast with Michael Mogill
"The phrase 'fail fast' is complete bullshit. The goal is to learn faster. You only fail if you stop trying." - JT McCormick How did JT McCormick use unimaginable darkness to shine a light on his true potential? Why is maintaining perspective a game changer in entrepreneurship? How can failure become a character-building force for good? Why is gratitude a tool for grounding that every leader should use? Overcoming Adversity And ChallengeJT McCormick, CEO of Scribe Media, has a unique perspective on adversity. Despite the challenging circumstances in which he grew up, JT has established himself in the entrepreneurial world and become an inspirational leader to many.In this episode, JT shares his unbelievable story and the triumphs and setbacks he experienced along the way. He explains how he leverages adversity for growth, works through personal and professional challenges, and how you can use dark moments to become the person you're meant to be.Maintain Perspective And Amplify GratitudeThrough life-shaping experiences, JT has shown a remarkable aptitude for maintaining perspective, particularly in regards to failure both in business and in life.For any entrepreneur, failure and success are in the eye of the beholder. JT explains his empathetic mindset founded on a daily dose of gratitude and explains why he believes true failure only happens when you quit.How To Cultivate The #1 Company Culture In AmericaIn 2018, under JT's watch, Scribe was named by Entrepreneur.com as the #1 company in America for company culture. Every company wants to attract and retain the most engaged team members, so what's JT's secret?We discuss the sense of belonging that keeps the tribes of Scribe accountable, happy, aligned on shared objectives, and always asking questions. Plus the three Ps that rule JT's CEO leadership style: people, process, and profit — in that order!Key takeaways: Take ownership of your story. Through sharing his story of overcoming adversity, JT demonstrates how endurance and hard work allowed him to take control of his destiny and become the leader he is today. For him, that meant not being afraid to ask for what he wants, and having the conviction to see every ambition through. Know thyself. During challenging financial situations, it's easy to play the blame game with external forces. According to JT, by turning the focus on yourself and your character, you can emerge from the fire stronger, a better person, and with a solid ethos of personal pillars to carry you forward in your personal and professional life. The best leaders teach. While cultivating his winning company culture, JT's goal was to fill the room with people smarter than himself — and he meant it. He explains why focusing his efforts on teaching, mentoring, and training his people allows Scribe to grow, improve, and lead the market. Links And Resources The Game Changing Attorney Podcast Michael Mogill Facebook Michael Mogill Twitter Michael Mogill Instagram Michael Mogill LinkedIn Crisp Video Website Crisp Video Facebook Crisp Video Group Twitter Crisp Video Instagram Crisp Video LinkedIn JT McCormick Website JT McCormick LinkedIn JT McCormick book: "I Got There" Scribe Media Website AuthorMichael Mogill, Crisp Video Group, and JT McCormick
Episode 52: Overcoming All Odds With Scribe Media CEO JT McCormick (Part 2)
Have you ever hoped for your dreams to come true or wished that you were luckier in life? Well, if you want to succeed, then you must eliminate the words “hope,” “luck,” and “wish” from your vocabulary. That’s the message from JT McCormick whose inspiring story will convince you to follow his sage advice. In part two of this episode special, JT shares his leadership principles, his core values and his belief that no obstacle is too difficult to conquer, and that the game can be won by anyone from anywhere. Against all odds, JT overcame racism, poverty and abuse to achieve the American Dream, becoming a very successful businessman leading multimillion-dollar companies. Highlights: [04:39] JT’s leadership style [09:24] About Scribe Media [11:06] The role of a leader [18:22] Sharing your story matters [23:46] Recognize your worth [27:47] Why believing in your message matters [34:02] Formula for success [41:48] Don’t let social media define your success Quotes: “If one person owns culture, nobody owns culture. Culture is the responsibility of the entire organization.” – JT McCormick “No one works for me. People work with me. I'm no more important than anyone else in our tribe.” – JT McCormick “My role in leadership is to serve, support, and be the foundation for the organization.” – JT McCormick “My formula is mindset, choices and hard work equals success.” - JT McCormick “Negativity has never done anything for anyone, but positivity has moved mountains.” – JT McCormick “If a company or institution, environment, individual spouse, partner, is not honoring your self-worth, you first, aren't honoring your self-worth because you're allowing that person to not honor your self-worth.” - JT McCormick “Everyone has a story and everyone should share that story.” – JT McCormick “Don't let social media define success for you. Only you can define what success is.” – JT McCormick “I have five pillars that I live by: God, health, family, business and investing. If it doesn't fall within those five pillars, I don't do it.” – JT McCormick “Do yourself one of the greatest favors and accept that, especially if you’re wanting to be an entrepreneur, move up the corporate ladder, or be an influencer in any way, that you're never going to make everyone happy.” – JT McCormick About JT McCormick: JT McCormick now serves as the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps you write, publish and market your book. The company has worked with more than 1,600 authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Scribe as having the #1 Top Company Culture in America. Previously, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar, 100-plus person company that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas. JT is also the author of I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream. His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies. In addition to his role at Scribe Media, JT has mentored at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities. JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace. Links: Website: https://jtmccormick.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtmccormick/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jtscribe
Episode 51: Overcoming All Odds With Scribe Media CEO JT McCormick (Part 1)
Have you ever hoped for your dreams to come true or wished that you were luckier in life? Well, if you want to succeed, then you must eliminate the words “hope,” “luck,” and “wish” from your vocabulary. That’s the message from JT McCormick whose inspiring story will convince you to follow his sage advice. JT was born the mixed-race son of a drug-dealing pimp father and a struggling single mother. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio. He suffered incredible abuse and racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree. No one expected him to succeed. Against all odds, JT overcame racism, poverty and abuse to achieve the American Dream becoming a very successful businessman leading multimillion-dollar companies. Highlights: [03:02] JT’s story [08:14] Overcoming the odds [16:35] Being grateful [20:04] Refuse to use the word fail [23:59] Don’t let shame get in your way [32:24] Belief forces execution Quotes: “We all make mistakes in life and in business. The goal is to learn, grow and not repeat those mistakes.” – JT McCormick “Refuse to use the word fail. You only fail if you stop trying.” – JT McCormick “Don't focus on your weaknesses, focus on your strengths. If you double-down on your strengths, you can be impeccable. ” – JT McCormick “Ask yourself who do you want to be going forward from here?” – JT McCormick “Remove the words hope, wish and luck from your vocabulary. Replace those with “believe”. If you truly believe in something, then you know in your mind, you've got to execute.” - JT McCormick “You can't expect someone to love or believe in you if you don't love and believe in yourself.” – JT McCormick About JT McCormick: JT McCormick now serves as the President and CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company that helps you write, publish and market your book. The company has worked with more than 1,600 authors and Entrepreneur Magazine recently ranked Scribe as having the #1 Top Company Culture in America. Previously, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar, 100-plus person company that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas. JT is also the author of I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream. His book tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with his career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple companies. In addition to his role at Scribe Media, JT has mentored at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system, as well as youth in low economic communities. JT’s work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace. Links: Website: https://jtmccormick.com/ Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtmccormick/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jtscribe
Building a Winning Culture - With JT McCormick, President & CEO of Scribe Media, Ranked #1 Top Company Culture in America by Entrepreneur Magazine
Scale Up Your Business Podcast
Nick’s special guest this week is JT McCormick, the CEO Of Scribe Media, ranked #1 in Top Company Culture In America by Entrepreneur Magazine! There’s no one in the world more qualified (officially) to tell you how, and why, you should be building a world-beating culture in your business today. KEY TAKEAWAYS Challenges and barriers in early life were taken not as roadblocks, but as lessons that helped JT to grow stronger. Sometimes the things that beat us down make us more determined. JT has always led by three principles: People, processes, profits. Good people will swiftly enable the following two principles. We need to be constantly questioning everything. Those who inquire, discover. There’s no such thing as a stupid question. There’s no such thing as failure. You only fail when you stop trying. The goal is to learn, not-repeat, and grow from the mistakes. Great companies are never built by one person. They are the cumulative product of the collaborative efforts of great people. BEST MOMENTS ’That chaos has actually helped me in business’ ‘With great people we can build great processes and make great profits’ ‘I never want to be the smartest person in the room’ ‘You only fail if you stop trying’ VALUABLE RESOURCES JT McCormick LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtmccormick/ JT McCormick - https://jtmccormick.comScribe Media - Scale Up Your Business - https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/scale-up-your-business-podcast/id1453523566 Join the free Scale Up Your Business community: https://buff.ly/2JR1cTF Generate 20 New Leads in 20 Days - download your free 5-step guide to put in place my top-performing customer creation strategies: https://buff.ly/2ZiN26Y ABOUT THE HOST My name is Nick Bradley. I’m an entrepreneur, author, speaker and investor. My background is in growing and scaling VC and Private Equity backed businesses. Having successfully built, bought and sold a number of companies, and removed myself from day-to-day operations, my focus now is on helping entrepreneurs get to where they want to be, in business and in life. As well as investing in growth businesses and backing turnarounds - with the ultimate aim of creating value from significant capital events. I’m passionate about personal and professional development - showing up and being the best version of myself ... every day. My bigger vision is to help bring entrepreneurial skills, experience and mindset to people in developing nations - so they can follow their dreams, live life more on their terms - utilising entrepreneurship as a global force for good. CONTACT METHOD Nick Bradley’s Facebook Page: https://bit.ly/3f1btLgNick’s Bradley’s LinkedIn: https://bit.ly/2xYQbO2Nick Bradley’s website: https://bit.ly/2zxSPKQScale Up Your Business website: https://bit.ly/35aU6TUSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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JT McCormick, A Pimp's Son on Overcoming and Reaching The American Dream
The Driven Entrepreneur with Matt Brauning
Ep #209 - JT McCormick, the President and CEO of Scribe Media, joins me on the show this week to share one of the most incredible life stories I've ever heard. His company, Scribe Media, is a publishing company that helps people to write, publish and market their books. The company has worked with more than 1,500 authors and was recently ranked the #1 Top Company Culture in America by Entrepreneur Magazine. Prior to Scribe Media, JT served as the President of Headspring Software, which he helped grow to a multi-million dollar company with over 100 employees that was repeatedly ranked as one of the best places to work in all of Texas. JT is also the best-selling author of "I Got There: How a Mixed-Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty, and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream." In his book, he tells the story of how he worked his way out of poverty, starting with a career cleaning toilets and eventually becoming the President of multiple top companies. Beyond his role at Scribe Media, JT mentors at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system and youth living in low economic communities. His work has been featured on CNBC, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc, and many others. JT currently resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Megan, and their four children Ava, Jaxon, Elle and Jace. In today's interview, we dive into JT's incredible backstory along with the hardships of his past and his journey to success. It's truly one of the most fascinating and powerful interviews I've had on the show and you won't want to miss it. Learn More JT McCormick and Scribe Media: Visit JT McCormick's website at: https://JTMcCormick.com Visit Scribe Media at: https://ScribeMedia.com Get JT McCormick's book, "I Got There: How a Mixed Race Kid Overcame Racism, Poverty and Abuse to Achieve the American Dream," on Amazon at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MZ6HJG8/ Follow JT McCormick on Social Media: LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jtmccormick/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/realjtmccormick Whether you are new to The Driven Entrepreneur Podcast or are a fan, please don't forget to rate, review and subscribe to the show. Your support and your reviews help this show to attract prolific guests and to provide the best listening experience possible. Also, I love to hear from the fans and listeners. Please share your feedback, guest suggestions, or ideas for show topics with me on social media. Follow Matt Brauning on Social Media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mattbrauning Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mattbrauning/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mattbrauning Visit Matt Brauning's Websites: www.mattbrauningpodcast.com www.fireboxbook.com Get a copy of my brand new book, "The Firebox Principle," on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Firebox-Principle-Drives-Every-Entrepreneur-ebook/dp/B07FDKK9QW
JT McCormick who was born the mixed-race son of a negligent, drug-dealing pimp father and a struggling single mother. He was raised in the slums of Dayton, Ohio, suffered incredible abuse, racism, and had multiple stints in the juvenile justice system. He barely graduated high school and has no college degree. No one expected him to succeed.But he’s been President of two multimillion-dollar companies and is currently the president and CEO of Scribe Media. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and four children. Journaling Prompts:What are my core pillars in life?How do I define success for me?What am I grateful for? 🙏 If you're enjoying the podcast - please leave a review! 🙏Thanks as always for listening and have the best day yet!⠀ ++Special props 👇Producer & Editor - John BalderstonMusic: Clouds - Joakim Karud
030 – How a Son of a Pimp Became Beloved CEO of Scribe with JT McCormick
Learn to Win with Derek Lundsten and Todd Staples
If you did not learn a specific task, how can you be expected to know it? You can’t! The same goes for opportunities. If you are not aware of an opportunity, then you cannot go... The post 030 – How a Son of a Pimp Became Beloved CEO of Scribe with JT McCormick appeared first on Learn to Win | The Scrimmage Podcast.
JT McCormick | Why You Need to Get the Hell Out of the Hood and How to Write a Book Why Writing a Book Can Change the Game for Your Business
Thrivetime Show | Business School without the BS
Scribe Media has published books for David Goggins, Tiffany Haddish and other best-selling authors. Today, the founder of Scribe Media shares why you need to be intentional about the environment you live in, who you spend your time with and why you need to write that book you’ve been thinking about.