Dr. Jason Carthen knows versatility. He knows heart, he knows teamwork and he is the embodiment of passion. Known as The Leadership Linebacker™ he is a former professional football player with the New England Patriots, and a highly sought-after speaker in the areas of Leadership, Sales and identifying your purpose in life. Dr. Carthen formed The Leaders of Tomorrow Initiative to mentor youth & young adults. He is a past board president of Protem Healthcare and a board member for Kent State University. He is the past host of the television show “Joy in our Town” which highlights social issues that impact our world. He’s been featured on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Christian Leadership Today, and Vim & Vigor Magazine for his commitment to youth and education.
- Jason Carthen, did you always know that you wanted to serve others and help today’s youth?
No. Initially I didn’t always know what I was going to do. But, I knew I had a passion for helping others. I wanted to help our youth be successful. I wanted to give back. I did know that I wanted our youth to have it better than I did. So, with that, it just kind of evolved into me helping our youth live better lives.
- Can you walk us through how you first got started in your career path?
In college I knew I wanted to be successful and not have to go back to abject poverty. Professional football gave me a real chance in obtaining that success, but then I received a knee injury. I needed a fall back plan. Here I realized that I wasn’t prepared for life or to help people. So I went back to school. Went to Harvard. Then went on to get a PhD. Now I help people and organizations develop. I have to say that school really helped me a lot to get ready for this life I now live.
- How did you handle the bumps in the road? Were there any moments when you wondered if all your hard work was worth it?
A lot of resilience Dan. I knew if I just stayed the course I’d be successful. Never looked back. Sometimes I did wonder if it was worth all the hard work. But, in the end, I refused to give up. It goes back to the resilience piece again. The more I experience challenges, the more I remembered that I have been here before and somehow still succeeded. We’re all going to experience adversity. So, just stay the course and don’t give up; it will be worth it, and you’ll have a real chance of making it big.
- I’m wondering if you can help us understand what you attribute your success to.
Again that resilience piece, but also my faith. I came to my faith early. My faith has really helped me. I’m not perfect, but I have tried to stay within the boundaries of my faith and that has had a lot to do with my success. Chaos and drama has been all around me. But my faith has allowed me stay the path because I know God has orchestrated things around me. Also, my desire to help other people has made a huge difference.
- What do teens need today more than anything else?
Guidance! They need guidance and help in somehow being able deal with and balance some of the negative things that society is trying to get them to believe in like fast cars, fast women, drugs and a host of other things. They see others embracing these things, so they think maybe they should too. Those with internal struggles also need guidance. They may not be acting out, but regardless, they too need someone to be consistent and set boundaries with them because that will help them to reach maturity sooner.
- What would you tell a teen who was struggling?
At the end of the day, I probably wouldn’t tell them so much; I would probably demonstrate with my own life instead of just telling them. I will provide them the answers for the questions they ask me, rather than telling them. If I tell them, then they think I’m like everyone else and that I’m just trying to control them. So telling them is not the best way. Instead, let’s just do our best to be supportive and let them know that if they have any questions or feel an onslaught of emotions to just let us know and ask us whatever they want to ask us.
- Jason Carthen, what else do you want to tell us about what you do and what you want to eventually be doing?
I am here to serve people and have created programs to carry out that service, programs like “Speak Life University” www.SpeakLifeUniversity.com Programs like the “I Speak Life Academy” www.ISpeakLifeAcademy.com I help professionals and businesses, as well as individuals develop. Written several books. Working on my next book right now called, Destiny Focus Leadership. I’m really excited about this latest book that helps leaders focus on the long term. Helps them focus on their legacy.
- Can you please share with all of us something else that I should have asked you?
The value of family! I love my bride Mireidy and our children. We have a newborn baby girl who is five months old. I couldn’t ask for more.
- How can people get in touch with you if they have additional questions?
I’m on social media.
People can get in touch with me by sending an e-mail toquestions@JasonCarthen.com “For those who want to take a deeper dive, I lead break-through coaching sessions that lead to coaching opportunities check out my website at: https://jasoncarthen.com/ and just click on the work with me button.
Thanks for your time Dr. Jason Carthen and keep up the good work! Our youth needs more people like you!
Author and Speaker of the Granddaddy’s Secrets teen leadership book series.