24 Questions with JOSEPH MALDONADO

Joseph Maldonado is a compassionate leader and visionary.
He has been a full-time Instructor of Communications for the Department of Culture and Communications (later renamed The School of Education) at New York University, during which time he completed his Master of Arts Degree in Human Communication and a year and a half of study toward his Humanities PhD. He later joined corporate America, utilizing his communication and training skills in the field of strategic planning, management and customer service. At the end of 2000 he returned to his passion and began a personal life consulting practice, known today as IAM Center.

1. What does thriving mean to you?

Expansion; the process of becoming more than you were yesterday.

2. What’s the one domino that moves you toward thriving?

A sense of responsibility to the greater good of all.

3. What was or is your favourite way to sabotage yourself?

I’ve sabotaged myself in the past through Obsessions and fixations.

4. What are the biggest lessons you’ve learned from the coronavirus experience?

It became apparent to me from the start that as people went into survival mode their deeper routed wounds were bound to surface. I believe that is the silver lining of those favors. For society to Shift, this Millatti to tap into our route at issues is essential. And I believe it’s going to lead to a shift in consciousness for the masses.

5. What was an embarrassing / painful moment you can share?

If you live long enough you’ll find that embarrassing and painful situations are plentiful. One particular embarrassing moment was when I became aware, halfway through teaching a class, that my zipper was open.

6. What did you learn recently?

Not a major lockdown is not the end of the world.

7. Divide your age by half , who were you then?

I was a highly motivated, single parent who was about to graduate from college.

8. Think back 5-10 years, what moved the needle in your success?

My endless need to create keeps me constantly moving.

9. Is there a book(s) you have read multiple times or a resource you keep going back to?

Yes there are several, I’ve read illusions by Richard Bach multiple times, Seth speaks by Jane Roberts couple of times, Jonathan Livingston Siegel by Richard Bach, and multiple books by OSHO.

10. What is your favourite quote or motto?

It’s by Meister Eckhar. To paraphrase “when you are afraid of dying it feels like there’s thousands of demons trying to rip your life from you. But when you’ve made peace with it, you realize they were nothing more than angels leading you to the other side.” I feel like this quote applies to more than just death or the fear of death.

11. What are your top VALUES?

I value love, loyalty, compassion, self compassion and gratitude to name a few.

12. What is your focus over the next 12 months?

To find a way to help people en mass grieving and struggling with the effects of the coronavirus while in New York.

13. You write a book for your grandkids / next generation, what principles do you want to pass on?

I’ve written two books so I will definitely pass those on. But if I were to write another it would be in the power of forgiveness. About that actually explains HOW to forgive.

14. You start a podcast, who is your first guest? If you have a podcast who would you love to have on?

My first guess would be a Neil Degrasse Tyson or someone of that nature and I would love to have Oprah Winfrey on.

15. What are you thankful for?

The time I’ve spent on this earth and the love I’ve been able to Share and receive.

16. If someone grew up in a dysfunctional home what advice would you give them going forward?

I would tell them that there are no true functional families. They are just varying degrees of it.  I will also tell him that their dysfunction is an actual road and path to freedom.

17. What is your favourite memory of the last 12 months?

My favorite memory of the past 12 months is all the love and support I’ve received from my friends and clients.

18. Do you have a favourite joke or a funny moment?

How do you pick one? One funny moment that sticks out was when I was doing a family seminar and one of my presentations got mixed up with my sex seminar presentations. I’ll let you imagine the rest.

19. What do you need to have LESS of in your life?

Any lingering resentment.

20. What rule should we be breaking?

Any lingering resentment.

21 . What’s the one thing you want to do before you die?

Any societal rule that limits self-expression on a consistent basis.

22. There are 12 step programs for addiction recovery. If you had to come up with a program for THRIVING what would the steps be?

If you’re asking me off the top of my head I would begin with

1. Find your support/source 2. Find your internal direction-compass 3. Seek a cause 4. Set short and long-term goals 5. Then take the first step 6. Repeat

23. Who is the PERSON you would love to acknowledge by nominating them to be showcased @ THRIVEMASTERS?

Michael Rosker. His email is: michael.rosker@gmail.com right and left

24. How can people connect with you?

Through my website www.iamcenter.com by email: iam@iamcenter.com and phone: 737–210–0987.