Jay Coughlan | Five Bold Choices That Will Change Your Life

Rise above your circumstances


Jay is a CEO and a mentor to aspiring business leaders, but before he became successful, he experienced the worst nightmare of his life. In 1998, Jay was critically injured and his Dad died when the car he was driving collided with a train while Jay was driving drunk. The consequences of that fateful day were numerous and overwhelming: physical pain following several operations, fear of losing his job and family, and the anxiety of being put in prison. What brought him to his knees was actually the catalyst for a whole new life with God at the center.

In this podcast, Jay opens us to the ways and exercises he has discovered to get unstuck from our own terrifying moments. He teaches us that it is crucial to have a clear understanding of what is really important. He says that we must be accountable to mentors and be open to how much we’re going to go through to adapt.

“If you don’t have a foundation you can fall pretty far…” – Jay Coughlan

Jay has found out that his strongest foundation is God. It would have been very difficult for him to survive that tragedy if not for that beautiful moment when he surrendered everything to the Lord. And it’s true, if we cast all of our burdens unto Him, He will take care of everything.

“I think probably the biggest mistake that men make is that they isolate themselves and they try to do it on their own.” – Jay Coughlan

He teaches us that in our journey, we have to take people with us and that we should not try to do it all alone. We will find our burdens are lighter when we share a meaningful dialogue with the people we trust. Rising above our circumstances will not be so burdensome if we choose to invite God and others to walk the road with us.

What you will learn:

  • What it takes to surrender everything to God
  • What forgiveness can do
  • How to get unstuck from your circumstances
  • The importance of allowing people to help us and to come with us in our journey
  • The importance of being transparent
  • The questions to ask to turn your failure into a learning experience


BIOJay Coughlin

Jay Coughlan has been a CEO, a national keynote speaker, and a mentor to aspiring business leaders. He is also a convicted felon, and has spent time in prison. During this dark part of his life, he began developing a framework for dealing with the troubles that life inevitably brings. Jay uses lessons gleaned from his own missteps to help change the paths of individuals and organizations. He has captured the energy from his true passion and combined it with his experience as a chief executive, creating TruBalanced™: Building Better Business Leaders.

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