Q&A with Thomas “TJ” Jarvis

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What is the best advice you ever received?

You can not change the past or control the future, so focus in the moment.

Growing up, what did you aspire to be?


What fact about you or your talent would surprise people?

I can cook a little. When we were younger my parents assigned my two brothers and I each a designated weeknight, which was ours alone, to cook dinner for the family. We planned ahead and put our required food items on the grocery list to prepare for our night’s meal. My parents were always willing to help, but we found joy in researching new ideas in cookbooks or creating our own menus. I’ve evolved from the beginning days of hot dogs with mac & cheese, to nowadays cooking mesquite wood smoked salmon with flash-fried brussel sprouts type meals. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still cook mac & cheese, but it’s not the “out of the box” kind anymore…

What is your anthem or favorite song?

There is not one specific song, because depending on my mood or situation the anthem can change. Music in general is a huge passion of mine. I’ll listen to everything from Edith Piaf and The Beatles to Dr. Dre.

Describe a moment, turning point, or epiphany that made the difference in your life.

December 8th, 2013 was the day I stopped lying to myself about alcoholism and addiction. Learning about this disease helps balance my heart and mind. It’s a blessing from God and has positively impacted my life.

What is your favorite leadership quote/saying and why?

“To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart.” —Eleanor Roosevelt.

My best days are those where I helped someone else accomplish their goal.


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