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107: Carey Azzara: It threw my family into a collective depression

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107: Carey Azzara: It threw my family into a collective depression

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Carey Azzara Show Notes

Carey Azzara was filled with grief as a youth. His sister passed away at a young age and Carey was deeply affected by the loss and from witnessing the grief of his parents. Fortunately for Carey he had an amazing grandmother that helped him to get over the hump.

Carey started life in Bellville NJ, by the time he was three he was spending as much time in Newark with a grandmother and two Aunts as he was at home. His newborn sister had been diagnosed with a rare blood disease – Thalassemia. It changed his life dramatically.

Carey often says life is not a straight path. His life has had many a twist and turn. Losing his only sister when he was sixteen he struggled to regain direction. Withdrawn he focused on schoolwork and was an honor student through his four years of high school.

He entered Rutgers University, joined a fraternity, and thought about a career in medicine, but it was not to be. His only motivation to be in college was to avoid going to war. However, even that was not enough to sustain his interest in academia.

Luckily, for him the war ended before he was drafted. It would be a couple of years before he found a path back to completing his education. Since then he has accomplished goals such as the pursuit of two graduate degrees, a career in public health, VP of market research, and President of a marketing company AtHeath, LLC. During his career in marketing research and as an internet marketer he published numerous articles, reports, and books.

Along the way, an unhappy marriage ended in divorce and he met and married his current wife of nearly twenty-five years. He and his wife Patrice raised a blended family. They also rescued a few dogs.

A few years back as he contemplated retirement. He downsized his collection of classic cars and began writing short stories about the cars he’s owned. His life experiences have inspired him to continue writing broadening his story plots well beyond cars.

Carey is the author of The Lottery Curse, a book of literary fiction that shines bright lights on the dangers that can befall even the best-intentioned lottery winner.

Carey current lives in a suburb of Boston MA where he and his family have resided for over twenty years. He works everyday on his writing and the marketing of his books. He’s happy in his work and says that becoming a writer not only brings him joy, but solves the worry he had about becoming useless.

Tweetable Quotes and Mentions

Listen to @Carey_Azzara to get over the hump on the @FastLeaderShow Click to Tweet

“When you create a customer persona think about their motivation.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet

“Find people that are smarter than you to work with.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“If you’re an A performer, don’t hire B performers.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“Always try to find somebody that can teach you things.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“We have a notion that we’re expected to know everything when put in a leadership role.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“You have to grow into a leadership role.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“Talk to people that are in the position that you’re going to assume.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“Ask successful people what they attribute their success to.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“Learn what you can from someone who’s gone through the steps that you are going to take.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“You’re not going to get there tomorrow – start today with one foot in front of the other.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

“Reputation can save the day.” -Carey Azzara Click to Tweet 

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Hump to Get Over

Carey Azzara was filled with grief as a youth. His sister passed away at a young age and Carey was deeply affected by the loss and from witnessing the grief of his parents. Fortunately for Carey he had an amazing grandmother that helped him to get over the hump.

Advice for others

Go talk to people that have been in or are in the position that you are going to assume.

Holding him back from being an even better leader

Being the CEO of my own career worrying about the current political climate.

Best Leadership Advice Received

Hire people that are smarter than you.

Secret to Success

Be a plugger. Just plug away.

Best tools that helps in Business or Life

The relationships I have with my family.

Recommended Reading

The Lottery Curse

The 48 Laws of Power

Contacting Carey

Email: cazzara [at] gmail.com

Amazon author page: http://amzn.to/2kG4onP

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/careyvazzara

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Carey_Azzara

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Your Fast Leader Show host is Jim Rembach. Jim is a panel expert with the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) and spent many years in contact center operations and leverages this to help others. He is a certified Emotional Intelligence (EQ) practitioner, Certified Employee Retention Specialist, Certified Better Place to Work Expert, and frequently quoted industry expert.