Hi, my name is Gerald Paul, but my friends call me G—hopefully my enemies don’t call me at all.
Where did that unusual nickname come from? Actually, it has a certain sentimental significance for me. My given name is Gerald, but that name has long fallen by the wayside. My mom calls me Gerry, my sis calls me Ger, and everyone else calls me “G”. How did this happen? Many years ago I was speaking at a youth leadership retreat where there was a lot of opportunity for interaction. One of the young leaders started calling me G. The nickname stuck for the whole conference and probably for life—I never did like the name “Gerald.”
I am a Professional Motivational Keynote Speaker (that’s a mouthful…for Google’s benefit not necessarily yours), Success Life Coach, Speaking and Presentation Coach, Leadership Facilitator, and Author.
25+ Years of Speaking & Coaching Experience
120+ Presentations Yearly | Unique Groups of All Sizes
My goal is to help you achieve your ultimate level of success and happiness in life. To do this I developed a framework of thought called “Human Optimization™”, along with a system of growth strategies called “G Strategies™”. Using these two avenues I seek to help you achieve “Next Level Success™.”
I am available to help your teams, businesses, and organizations to achieve their greatest potential by optimizing their greatest assets—people. Thus paving the way for your success.
You have so much to offer this world, and I have dedicated my life to helping people, like you, become the best that they can possibly be. My greatest joy comes from watching people exceed their self imposed limitations, or the limitations imposed on them by others, to become the people they were born to be.
I want to help you optimize yourself so that you can have a positive and significant impact on your family, friends, co-workers, business partners, associates, teams, community, and even the world you enjoy.
The best way to really know a person is to know what they value. With that in mind, here are the things I value most. In other words, this is what “G the man” is all about:
I Value Success . . . Achievement & Accomplishment
I value success. To put it another way, I value achievement and accomplishment. I want to achieve great things in my life, the greatest of which is to help you accomplish great things. In other words, I want to succeed, but more than that I want to help you succeed. In fact, my success is tied to your success. Success is a value for me not only because I want to achieve personal goals, but because my life purpose is to help you to achieve your greatest potential, accomplish your dreams, and fulfill your destiny.
I talk a lot about success on this site, and in my speaking and coaching. This can be problematic because the term “success” is riddled with misperception.
Success is more than the attainment of wealth, though it has been reduced to this in western culture. If you acquire wealth but are not fulfilled, then you are not a success. If you acquire wealth but are not happy, then you are not a success. If you acquire wealth but do not experience health and wellness, then you are not a success. When we limit success to the attainment of wealth we sabotage our ability to be truly successful.
Realizing the true nature of success is crucial to attaining success. True success is the harmonious attainment of many things that are important in life; such as relationships, personal growth, health, and character development. The attainment of success requires a holistic, harmonious, and balance approach to life. It is not the achievement of wealth at all cost, regardless of how much you may accumulate.
I Value Passion
Passion is a powerful or compelling sense of excitement or enthusiasm. It will drive you forward more quickly than you imagined possible. Passion will enable you to accomplish goals and succeed at an accelerated rate.
Passion will provide an elevated sense of motivation. People who are not passionate about something will not be very motivated. People who are passionate about something, however, will move mountains to accomplish their task or objective. They will stay up late, and get up early to accomplish their goals and achieve their dreams.
Passion makes life and work exciting. Without passion you will simply exist in a state of lethargic apathy—that’s definitely not for me, and I know it is not for you.
What am I passionate about? My passion is to help you become the best that you can be by providing tools and strategies that will increase your potential, productivity, and performance, while enhancing your experience of peace or well-being. In short, I want to enable you to achieve the highest level of success and happiness imaginable.
I Value Love
Love is the guiding principle of life. At least it should be. Although, this in not always evident in our world and the way people treat one another. When love is the foundation of life, then life takes on new meaning.
It is important to me that all my actions and interactions are guided by the foundational principle of love. This holds true in both my personal and business life. I will always treat you, your people, and your teams with utmost respect, appreciation, and friendship.
I will not allow myself to be motivated from selfish desire. Behavior that is motivated by selfishness sums up everything that is wrong with the world. Love in action sums up everything that is right with the world. Let all get it right.
I Value People
I value all people because all people have value. People matter! You matter! Every person on this great planet we call home matters and has value. We are all part of the same family that we refer to as humanity. We are in this together. The sooner we realize this, the sooner we can make the world a better place to live, work, and play.
There is no question that I want to achieve my goals and succeed. But I believe and recognize that there are billions of people in this world who also desire and deserve success (you among them). All are equally deserving of success.
Because I value people I want to use my life and my success to help as many people as possible to live a successful, fulfilled, and happy life.
I Value Growth | Learning | Development
Growth is the foundation upon which success is built. When “you” grow “you” succeed, when your people grow the organization succeeds. It’s really not that complicated.
I have spent my life learning and growing. I’ve read hundreds of books and attended more seminars and conferences than I can count. And yet I still believe I can learn much more, in fact, I can learn something from anyone.
A person should never stop growing, learning, or developing. The moment we think we have “arrived” or have no need to “learn” is the moment we sabotage our journey to success.
I Value Integrity & Honesty
I highly value integrity and honesty in others, and I demand it in myself. Living with solid character traits, and allowing your character to shine through in everything you do is of great importance to me.
Quality people are a breath of fresh air in a world that often (usually?) seems dominated by people who only look out for number one, and who don’t care how they impact other people or who they step on to succeed.
John Wooden highlighted the importance of character when he said,
“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” – John Wooden
I allow every action and interaction to be guided by integrity and honesty.
I Value Discipline
I believe that discipline is a mandatory quality on the journey to success. Without discipline success is not possible. Successful people maintain a high level of discipline. They have learned the importance of cultivating daily success habits.
Lack of discipline will result in lack of success. That’s the simple reality. Unfortunately, we live in an undisciplined culture. When a person is undisciplined it becomes impossible to accomplish great things, to grow and develop, to reach one’s potential, to persevere through challenges, and to do many things that lead to success and make life worth living.
An undisciplined life is a mediocre life. A disciplined life will lead you to success. I choose the latter.
I Value Perseverance & Determination
The importance of perseverance and determination on the journey to success cannot be overstated. Without them a person will continually fall short of success—and many do. Ross Perot hit the mark when he said,
“Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last-minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.” – H. Ross Perot
Perseverance and determination will enable you to navigate productively through challenges and disappointments that threaten to hinder your progress. With these qualities you simply will not quit, which is essential for success. Without perseverance and determination you will consistently give up when the going gets tough. The only failure that is fatal or final is the failure to endure, progress, and move forward.
Successful people have learned to persevere through whatever challenges come their way. They are determined to accomplish their goals and achieve their destiny. They know that success is only a matter of time and directed effort.
I Value Creativity
Creativity is simply the ability to be creative or imaginative when approaching or considering an idea, task, concept, or event. Dictionary.com defines creativity as “the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships,or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, interpretations, etc.; originality, progressiveness, or imagination.”
The world needs more creativity. I’m not suggesting it is not present, but that it is both needed and appreciated. Creativity adds flavor to life, work, and play; and we can all use more flavor.
If something is worth doing it is worth doing well, with a fresh edge, innovative originality, and inspired imagination. Same old same old is, well, just old and boring. I don’t do boring. There may be nothing new under the sun, but there are many imaginative ways to create meaningful new ideas and to express thoughts with progressiveness originality.
I Value Confident Humility
Confidence and humility are not usually united as a single value, but I believe they compliment each other well.
Healthy confidence in yourself and your ability is vital to your success.
- Confidence will allow you to challenge yourself with new opportunities.
- Confidence will allow you to overcome the fear that will threaten to sabotage all you do.
- Confidence will give you the ability to “act in confidence” even though you have not succeeded at something before.
How you feel about yourself will have a direct impact on what you are able to accomplish. Without confidence most people will not even make the effort, and so they will fail before they begin. Confidence, however, need not degenerate into arrogance, and this is why I speak of “confident humility.”
I value confidence, and I also value humility.
Humility is an important but misunderstood concept. People often associate humility with being a doormat. That just isn’t true. A person can be humble and strong at the same time. Humility must also be disassociated with “false humility.” People who say they are nothing, or that they are not very skilled or intelligent, are not humble. They simply have a poor self-perspective. That is not humility. A truly humble person is usually a very confident person, with a healthy perspective of who they are and what they can do. That is what allows them to exude humility.
An individual with true humility, or what I refer to as “confident humility,” has an accurate perception of who they are, what they can do, and who they want to become.
- They recognize and appreciate their skills, talents, and personal style.
- They are confident in who they are.
- They know what they can do and what they can’t do.
- They recognize there strengths, but also their weaknesses.
- They have an “accurate” (not bloated) view of who they are and what they can do.
People with confident humility recognize how gifted they are. They know how to use their skills not only to make their own life better, but also to contribute to others. They value all people, and they recognize that other people have equal and sometimes greater skills in certain areas.
I know who I am and I know what I bring to the table. But I also value people, and I know you have much to contribute to the world. In fact, you possess skill I will never call my strengths. I also recognize I have no greater inherent value than you. We are equals with unique abilities and qualities to contribute to this world. And we are equally responsible to use them to make the world a better place to live, work, and play.
I Value Health & Vitality
A healthy lifestyle is an important piece of the success puzzle. Health and vitality supply the foundation for a winning attitude, the fuel for perseverance and discipline, and the energy for success. Consistent exercise and healthy eating will help sustain your emotional, mental, and physical health. These will all contribute to your success. Personal health is a necessary, though often overlooked, building block for a successful life.
If you don’t take care of your body it is more difficult to experience healthy emotions, to have the energy to sustain effort, or to deal with negative challenges. Everything is harder when you don’t live a healthy life.
Health and vitality have always been an important part of my life. I work out regularly and eat well consistently, and I encourage you to do the same. I believe and teach that these are important factors in your success. Ignore them at your own peril.
I Value Happiness & Fun
Life is too short to be miserable, depressed, or perpetually bummed—and yet this describes the state so many people who cross our path each day. It is much better to savor life, to experience joy despite circumstances, and to experience contentment with who you are, what you do, and how you impact others.
I want to experience happiness every day, and live with anticipation of the fun that is just around the corner.
I bring this with me into every talk, every meeting, and every interaction. I may not hit every talk about of the park—though I will give it my very best shot—but I will have fun doing it.
I Value Contribution | Making A Difference
It is my privilege and responsibility to contribute to humanity, and to make a positive difference in our world.
I believe that all people have an important role to play in making the world a better place to live, work, and play. We are all responsible to use our skills and energy to make a difference in the lives of other people.
Most people have not learned the value of giving or making a contribution to others. If you want to really live, you have to give. Giving allows you to realize that your life matters, and that you have made a difference in the world. This will give you a greater sense of connection with people, as well as a sense of well-being that money can’t buy.
A life of scarcity is one that is lived for oneself. A life of abundance is one that is lived for others. Make your life count for something bigger than yourself.
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These values guide everything I do, every action I take, every behavior I exhibit, every decision I make, and every relationship I establish—both personal and business.
I encourage you to establish your own values to live by. Your values will enable you to become the person you want to be—the person you were meant to be. They will guide your direction in life, and introduce an element of consistency to what you say and do. They will influence every decision you make, and help you accomplish all your heart desires.
Without values to guide you, your actions will be random and inconsistent. It’s impossible to find happiness if you are not acting consistently in accordance with your values. Your life will be riddled with inner conflict and external contradictions.
Develop clear and strong values. They are the compass that guides you to your ultimate destiny.
Value your Values. They will serve you well.
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