FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

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FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

CLICK THE RIGHT BLUE ARROW TO SEE GALLERY. Author of "Elevate," JOSEPH DEITCH is the founder and chairman of COMMONWEALTH FINANCIAL NETWORK, the largest privately held independent broker/dealer and RIA in the United States, with over $ 150 billion in assets under management... And don’t forget this is but one of his many achievements. Keep scrolling!

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Do not miss our beautiful conversation in Malibu, California. Wise and humble, we can learn a lot from the amazing life of JOE DEITCH in our interview. Please read!

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

The three moments that changed his life: "One would be discovering Eastern philosophy... All of a sudden, so much finally made sense to me. Another one was meeting and marrying my wife. To join with another human being is always a profound experience. Fortunately for me, Robbie was the embodiment of love and empathy. She was also a brilliant clinical psychologist, and that helped me enormously. And one more, the birth of my son."

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

"The only difference between people seems to be how broad and how deep their love for others (and beyond) goes. This connection need not be left to chance. We can cultivate it just as we can cultivate any other skill. It begins with a desire to let more love into our lives. Then we set about to nourish others… as well as ourselves. Love begets love." says Joseph during our interview.

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

"When my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it was a huge blow. But we decided to fight it, and we did. We also vowed to make that journey into something wonderful, and it turned out to be the most loving period in our relationship. But I wasn’t prepared for the enormous void that is created when we lose a life partner." Read our interview to find out Mr. Deitch"s beautiful advice to mend a broken heart.

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

The author of ELEVATE and CEO of Commonwealth spends a beautiful afternoon with us in Malibu before the release of his book.

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Elevate indeed! Joseph Deitch is charming and playful in front of our cameras.

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

"I was definitely jazzed when Elevate was finally finished! And then, when it turned out it resonated for others, more than I could have ever hoped for, that was amazing!"

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Free advise from a top winner: "Technically, a winner is someone who excels in a particular event. Therefore individuals tend to participate in areas where they can do well and hold their heads high – we play to our strengths. This of course is fine, but we should always remember that it’s just a game. Otherwise, we fall prey to belittling those who don’t perform well, or denigrating ourselves when we don’t score as desired."

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Money is not the answer... "In my eyes, a winner is someone who is loving, caring, helpful, and a positive addition to the community of man (and of course woman!). And… is happy and fulfilled." Wise words by Joseph Deitch.

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Joseph is connected to his spiritual journey: "I suspect that our mission is to elevate our consciousness as best we can (to open our hearts and minds) and to find and give love wherever we can. In that respect, we’re like young children, and this life is but one grade in school. I also feel that we are drawn toward something bigger – what we call the divine. Whether we call this a yearning to evolve, unite, or reunite, as some believe, it’s pretty much all the same."

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

Are you ready to read his book? You should! And this is why: "We’re all looking for practical solutions to our common objectives – like success, happiness, health and wellness, energy, love, relationships, and so on. The underlying question is how do we best achieve these objectives if we haven’t so far. The best questions beget the best answers. And I discovered so, so much along the way. Elevate weaves together transformational insights to help increase our awareness, along with powerful skills that facilitate everything that we desire and aspire to. Knowing is not enough! Only by knowing and doing can we grow."

FINANCIAL INDUSTRY ICON JOE DEITCH REMIND US TO “ELEVATE”

It was so much fun shooting with Joe! Thanks so much for sharing your precious time with us in el BLOG DE LOS ANGELES. Please, come back soon!

Not too long ago, my friend Valentina Castellani told me she was planning the upcoming west coast release party for ELEVATE at Malibu, a book written by a certain gentleman from Boston, Joseph Deitch, and asked me if I would be willing to take a few portraits the day before the event and then do the interview at a later date. Luckily, I took the photos before I read his biography; it is so beautiful to meet people without preconceived notions of who they are or what they have or have not have accomplished! I’m happy it worked out that way, otherwise, I might have been intimidated and possibly would have not been my usual self. The amazing entrepreneur Joseph Deitch has conquered an overwhelming number of achievements, both in the academic and business worlds. Too many wins to list here, since this interview is already quite extensive. I will be very succinct in the introduction so hopefully you, our friends at Blog de Los Angeles, will read it all the way to the end. Believe me, it is so worth it! For starters, Joe Deitch is the founder and chairman of COMMONWEALTH FINANCIAL NETWORK, the largest privately held independent broker/dealer and RIA in the United States, with over $ 150 billion in assets under management… And don’t forget this is but one of his many achievements.

I must say that we shared some good laughs during the shoot.  He has an acute sense of humor and made a very positive impression on me.  I immediately notice Joe is very humble, has impeccable manners, superbly nice and somehow paternalistic in his every gesture with everything and everyone around him.   To top it all off, the next day, during his speech at the book release party, Mr. Deitch climbed on top of a chair and shouted my name to make a toast to thank me… Really?? Not only did I not deserve it… If you know me, that would be my biggest nightmare, as I much prefer to go unnoticed. Thank God I was somewhere in the back, trying to get some more of that delicious and cold rosé served at the party. I can say for once that drinking saved my day!

Those great moments paved the way for our honest and profound conversation to take place. At a certain point, it moved me to tears.  I hope that it inspires you as much as it has inspired me.  Life is very short and there is so much to learn…  Thank you Joe for writing your book.  Thank you Valentina Castellani for making this article possible for the BLOG DE LOS ANGELES.

– Joseph, what are your favorite childhood memories?

– Playing outside with the other kids and feeling totally carefree…And reading the new volume of the encyclopedia. Back then, our supermarket offered it as a give-away and my parents would bring home the new chapter every Saturday. I would devour it!

-Knowing all you know now… If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to the ten-year-old young Joseph ready to face your own life?

– There were so many younger versions of me at different stages of development. I’d give the 10 year old me a lot of hugs, and explain that he should sing even though his teacher said he had a voice like a frog… – remembers laughing.- As for the teenage Joey (that’s what I was called then), I’d explain that our perceptions are just that… and that I’d learn a lot more by listening than arguing.

– Would you mention the three most important events that changed your life upside down and made you learn and grow?

– One would be discovering Eastern philosophy… All of a sudden, so much finally made sense to me. Another one was meeting and marrying my wife. To join with another human being is always a profound experience. Fortunately for me, Robbie was the embodiment of love and empathy. She was also a brilliant clinical psychologist, and that helped me enormously (even though I argued a lot). And one more, the birth of my son. OMG – I wasn’t prepared for how much my heart could open and the unconditional love that was within me.

– Looking back, what would you think was the saddest moment of your past? How do you mend a broken heart?

When my wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, it was a huge blow. But we decided to fight it, and we did. We also vowed to make that journey into something wonderful, and it turned out to be the most loving period in our relationship. But I wasn’t prepared for the enormous void that is created when we lose a life partner. That was a shock, and it has provided me with enormous empathy for others who lose anything dear to them. As for mending a broken heart, I have found what so many others have also discovered – that the universe fills a vacuum… if you let it.

– Considering you are a spiritual soul … How, when and where do you find the connection with that aspect of life within yourself and out there?

– I feel that we’re all spiritual people. The problem is that dogma has created confusion and sides. If we’ve loved little children, or another human being, we’ve experienced love outside of ourselves. The only difference between people seems to be how broad and how deep their love for others (and beyond) goes.

This connection need not be left to chance. We can cultivate it just as we can cultivate any other skill. It begins with a desire to let more love into our lives. Then we set about to nourish others… as well as ourselves. Love begets love.

– What has been the single happiest moment of your life so far and what do you think led you to it?

– Sorry, but I can’t limit it to just one… – He assures. – Certainly, the birth of my son was one of them. What’s notable is that the happiness came from letting go of my death grip on my own well-being, and completely opening to another. My love for him was immediate and unconditional – I had never experienced anything like it. There have also been innumerable other moments of great happiness and ecstasy. And like the birth of my son, they either involved letting go of my ego and totally welcoming another, or quite the opposite, they marked the successful completion of some great challenge. My business partners and I are always pinching ourselves with our various milestone achievements… And I was definitely jazzed when Elevate was finally finished! And then, when it turned out that it resonated with others more than I could have ever hoped for, that was amazing!

– Many people see you as a winner. To your eyes… What makes a person a winner?

– In terms of “achievements”, while my so-called successes may be a bit higher profile than some people, I think it’s all relative. Sure, I can think big and periodically execute well, but is that any more special or important than the school teacher who inspires and elevates hundreds and hundreds of young minds? Or the mother or father who creates (literally) a family and then devotes their life to nurturing and loving them? Or the scientists who toil behind the scenes and advance this modern world that we all enjoy. Or even the ditch diggers and construction workers (I used to dig ditches and build homes) who build the roads and buildings that house us? Technically, a winner is someone who excels in a particular event. Therefore, individuals tend to participate in areas where they can do well and hold their heads high – we play to our strengths. This of course is fine, but we should always remember that it’s just a game. Otherwise, we fall prey to belittling those who don’t perform well, or denigrating ourselves when we don’t score as desired. But in my eyes, a winner is someone who is loving, caring, helpful, and a positive addition to the community of man (and of course woman!). And… is happy and fulfilled.

– Some believe we come to this world to fulfill a mission in life… If so, what do you think yours would be?

– I suspect that our mission is to elevate our consciousness as best we can (to open our hearts and minds) and to find and give love wherever we can. In that respect, we’re like young children, and this life is but one grade in school. I also feel that we are drawn toward something bigger – what we call the divine. Whether we call this a yearning to evolve, unite, or reunite, as some believe, it’s pretty much all the same. I just know that it’s a strong urge that most of us have, and we should listen to that. Beyond that, we all seem to choose a slightly different path, and perhaps that too is baked into our DNA and hard coding. Interestingly, we tend to cover all the needs of a society (e.g., all different types of planners, workers, nurturers, and artists) when a group of humans come together to form a community.

– What would you say are your best three qualities?

– First, my optimistic outlook; second, my inquisitive mind; third, perseverance… and fourth, appreciation… Yes, I know, that’s four! – Adds with a smile.

– We all have our character flaws ready to derail us… Would you dare to mention your top three personality thorns that you are aware of? How do you fight them daily?

– Only three?! haha I feel I am a mediocre delegator and a great rationalizer. I’m rarely ever satisfied, although that might be a double-edged sword… and I’m always tempted by the shiny object du jour (people, ideas, food, anything.) It’s not that I fight them; rather I try to be aware of them. The more we’re deeply aware of something, the less pull and power it has over us. The more we understand, the easier it is to take corrective action.

– What would you say is your essence? Where, when and how can we find Joseph at his happiest, most fulfilled soulful moment throughout all these years?

– Basically, I’m my happiest when going either all out or the opposite, totally relaxing. When I’m totally into something or someone (e.g., athletic, intellectual, emotional… or food-related), my endorphins are spiking, I’ve got a big smile, and I’m totally engaged. And when I’m totally mellow (napping, massage, strolling), I’m likewise very present and content.

– At a business meeting or contemplating an idea you are ready to develop… What do you follow more, intellect or intuition?

– I pay tremendous attention to both! And if at all possible, I don’t act until both are in accord. That’s when I “know” it’s time to proceed. That said, if I have to act and I’m torn, I’ve learned to trust my judgment. But there’s one caveat – we need to learn to differentiate between that divine still voice within vs. our internalized fears, desires, and programming. This ability improves with awareness and experience.

– Checking out the balance of your achievements in life… Would you say you are satisfied?

– Yes and no. While I delight in every aspect of every accomplishment (both mine and everyone else in my life), fortunately, I still a have a long list of things I want to do. Someday I’d love to play boogie-woogie piano like Bill Murry at the end of Groundhog Day… -He laughs.

– If you could do something different, what would it be?

– Play boogie-woogie piano… Or any kind of musical instrument in a way that excites a crowd. It would also be nice to go back in time knowing what I know now… Some other things: being a tai chi master, a school teacher, own the best restaurant in town (or in many towns) where the food and service are amazing and everyone feels at home there… Be a talented, and happy, artist. I am forever swooning over the genius of Picasso.

– What inspires you TODAY?

– Pretty much everything. I’m very fortunate in that respect. I find life utterly fascinating… and the future even more so.

– Writing a book is a very powerful experience… How did you feel along the process?

– The beginning was easy because there was no process, or deadlines or expectations. I was just exploring and trying to organize and articulate what I was discovering. Fortunately, I had a day job! Plus, the subject matter of Elevate is utterly fascinating —  it was an ongoing process of opening new doors to higher levels of awareness and more practical applications. So even if the book had never been finished, or published, the amount of knowledge and growth I experienced was extraordinary… and every area of my life benefitted… But then it got hard. At some point, I realized just how long the exploration had dragged on, and it was time to craft these insights into a cohesive whole that would entertain and enlighten. The thought of possibly creating a mediocre book was frightening. I was determined to make it great… And that of course served to increase my anxiety. Then again, it propelled me to deliver. Towards that end, I enlisted an army of editors and beta readers.

 – What is the biggest satisfaction “Elevate” has brought to your life up to now?       

– In addition to my own personal and professional growth along the way, being able to now help others is profoundly wonderful. Plus… it’s done! — The waiting and wondering are behind me!

– I am sure reading some books changed your life for better or worse… Which ones are they and how did they shape your life?

While we learn from virtually every experience, many years ago I hit a rough spot in growing my business and was in desperate need of understanding and advice. Performance Management by Aubrey Daniels was my salvation.  And while that book was a bit dense, The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Trout and Ries is a quick and invaluable read. Also, I would be remiss in not mentioning anything by Lisa Genova who wrote Still Alice (for which Julianne Moore won the Oscar for best actress) and many others. Lisa is my significant other, and aside from her being utterly brilliant, I’ve benefitted from being a fly on the wall as she wrote her most recent book, Every Note Played.  The book Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari is the utterly amazing account of the probable future of mankind as technology and AI become more powerful and prevalent. I’ve yet to come across anyone as knowledgeable and articulate as Harari in this realm. And one more, Measure What Matters by John Doerr is a great reminder and tutorial of the primary importance of having clear objectives and then identifying the key results that need to be measured and acted upon to achieve those objectives. John is one of the pioneers of the VC world, but it applies to all of life, not just business.

– Why do you think people should read your book?

 – While it is technically my book, it’s actually our wisdom. My quest over a twenty-year period was to understand, organize, and articulate the wisdom that has been passed down to us as well as scientific information that is readily available (on the web and elsewhere). While it’s easy to Google the answer to virtually any question, the reality is that we don’t. Nor do we always do what we know to be right. So that begs a number of questions! We’re all looking for practical solutions to our common objectives – like success, happiness, health and wellness, energy, love, relationships, and so on. The underlying question is how do we best achieve these objectives if we haven’t so far. The best questions beget the best answers.  And I discovered so, so much along the way. Then the challenge was to connect and organize it all. That, I believe, is my greatest achievement –Elevate weaves together transformational insights to help increase our awareness, along with powerful skills that facilitate everything that we desire and aspire to. Knowing is not enough! Only by knowing and doing can we grow… See! I’m already getting excited!!

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