Welcome to my blog (a brief introduction)

I am the author of several books and a globetrotting speaker. On this blog, I share my thoughts on motivation, life, and faith.

We all have personal excellence within us. It calls to us and makes us strive to be better than we think we are. So whether you are a Fortune 500 business owner of a middle school wallflower, my goal is to help you achieve your personal excellence.

Here’s the thing: you don’t need much to do it, just some time, a solid head on your shoulders, and a spark. I’m assuming you have the first two, let my work be the spark that helps ignite you to do yours.

If you want to get the best out of your life and change the world, then this is the place for you.

On average, I publish one new article or one video every week. If you don’t want to miss a thing, sign up for updates and my free eBook on how to live a fruitful life in the digital world.

Here’s what people are saying

“T.J. Burdick is smart, faithful, passionate, and a gifted teacher and blogger–precisely the sort of leader we need for the New Evangelization.”

Brandon Vogt, Content Director @ Word on Fire

“T.J. Burdick is a fresh voice in the New Evangelization—and one of the pioneering voices of a new generation of Christians. He is showing us exciting new ways to tell the Greatest Story Ever Told, and he’s doing it with an infectious and disarming kind of joy.”

-Greg Kandra, Aleteia.org

What does TJ stand for?

Literally, Timothy James.

Essentially though, I stand for personal excellence, both yours and mine.

Let me put it this way, have you ever heard of Michael Jordan? Steve Jobs? Jesus?

What do they all have in common? They achieved the fullest potential of their personal excellence.

They went above and beyond what they and everyone else thought they were capable of. They thrived.

But, they struggled to get there.

I too struggled to understand my own personal potential for excellence.

I grew up in a small, lakefront beach town called Grand Haven, Michigan. Not always sure of what I should do with my life, I concentrated on the thing I loved most in the world: basketball. From her, I learned discipline, perseverance, and grit.

I achieved success playing on the University and semi-professional levels both in the U.S. and abroad in Spain. That success, however, came to an end when I hurt my knees and had to give up competing.

I used the lessons basketball taught me to start my own business, become fluent in Spanish, serve as a missionary, marry my Mexican Queen, and raise our two princesses and two princes. 

Now, I write books on how to live a good life based on the my own experiences and the principles of those who have shown excellence in their own lives. My hope is to motivate you to achieve the fullness of YOUR potential for excellence.

I’m also a speaker, consultant, and a professor at the Dominican Institute. If you are interested in having me come speak or work with you, check out my speaking and consulting page.

Oh, and I wear my faith on my sleeve.

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