We had the good fortune of connecting with Jim Cathcart and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jim, what do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be known as a person who lived his creed. My own life should be an example of the concepts that I promote for others. Lead by example is a simplistic way to say this, but it’s more than that. We should prove our ideas through personal use of them. Then when we give advice, it is with conviction based in actual personal experience.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My core belief is that each of us was created by a Loving Creator. Which religion you choose isn’t important to me but realizing that we aren’t a genetic coincidence is essential. That means that we have a purpose for existing. I believe that my role is to make life better because I was here. I’m capable of helping people, solving problems, inspiring others, bringing happiness, doing work, correcting errors, improving circumstances, showing respect, being loving and more. None of these depends on position, power, authority, credentials, appearance, intellectual advantage, or physical abilities. All people can make the world better daily even when facing great difficulties. When we do good others are inspired to do likewise.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I now live in Austin, Texas. The first place I want people to see is Lake Travis, from the balcony of The Oasis restaurant. The view is stunning and big, sunsets are overpowering and the scope of “Texas-sized” takes on new meaning. Then I’ll show them the Hill Country and perhaps Fredericksburg, an old west town in the wine country, and Luckenbach, the famous country music venue. In downtown Austin, we will visit the Four Seasons Hotel on Lake Austin (the river) and watch the 1,500,000 bats emerge each evening to devour insects all along the river. Next we can stroll the bars and clubs along Sixth Street and then sample half a dozen of the best Barbecue restaurants on earth. In every location there will be live music, because Austin is the “Live Music Capitol of the World.”
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Earl Nightingale and the National Speakers Association have been major influences in my life. Also, the United States Jaycees helped shape me into the person I am today. I spent 4 years of intense involvement in the Jaycees, doing community service projects, conducting meetings, making decisions, and leading others. With over 400 meetings in just 2 years I was reshaped profoundly by this experience. Their Leadership Training emphasis taught me how to take control of my life and help others do the same.