Enjoying the journey even when it’s rocky

Our Stories are the Same

My name is John Gamades, and my story probably isn’t that different from yours. I’m a leader and partner in a successful marketing firm, OrangeBall Creative. I’m a husband to my beautiful wife Cristina, and the proud dad to two fantastic kids. I’m the son to an amazing mom. I’m a brother and a brother-in-law. I’m blessed with a tight-knit circle of close friends. I’m a mentor and a volunteer.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to be everything to everyone, personally and professionally. That attempt to be all things to all people is grueling. Allowing this pursuit to take hold creates a life where we settle more often than we should. It leaves us in a spot where there’s no time or energy left to chase greatness. Good enough ends up being good enough because that’s all we have the energy for.

Our circle of influence expands, but it has no depth. We end up being good at some things, but we don’t excel at any of them. Success eludes us because we never give anything the attention it deserves to go deep and achieve real results, professionally or at home.

Sound familiar? You’re not alone. I spend my days helping clients understand their businesses and their customers, creating strategies and messages that connect the two. In that process, I hear the stories of leaders and entrepreneurs who are stretched thin, just like you and I. I also gain access to some of the ways they’re creating depth in their businesses and homes.

This blog is focused on this journey, where we’re all trying to create real depth in our lives. My goal is simple – to share the stories and insights I am picking up along the way, to start conversations, and to stimulate the thinking that will help each of us go deep personally and professionally. These posts are as much for me as they are for you. I am on this path as well, still wrestling with the same challenges as you.

Together, we’ll chase greatness.

– John