Chris Cade is a digital marketing expert who is proficient in SEO, social media marketing, email marketing, Facebook ads, strategic business partnerships and networking, HTML, project management, and customer support. He is the owner of The Miracles Store, an online shopping website that offers products such as shirts, coffee mugs, hoodies, hats, and laptop sleeves printed with inspirational and positive quotes. Cade is also a spiritual teacher, lecturer, second-degree black belt, and martial arts champion.

Where did you grow up and what was your childhood like? Did you have any particular experiences/stories that shaped your adult life?

I grew up in the suburbs of San Jose, CA, and was fortunate to have many neighborhood friends to play with. Starting in 3rd grade, we rode our bikes everywhere… to school, to each other’s houses, and of course the local ice cream shop.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of bullies in my life. At 9 years old, I decided I wanted to learn martial arts to defend myself. Little did I know, that choice would later lead me to earn two black belts, a National Champion Title, and place 3rd at the World Games. While I never had to physically defend myself, not even against bullies, the discipline and respect I learned have helped me succeed in just about anything I choose.

What is something you wish you would’ve realized earlier in your life?

I wish I had truly understood how powerful it really is to reduce expenses and invest wisely. So many people don’t realize that saving a few dollars here, and therefore wisely investing those dollars, can create financial independence in the future. I love the story of Ronald Read. He was a WW2 veteran who returned to Vermont and became a gas station attendant and a JV Penney janitor. When he died at age 92, he had amassed a fortune of over $8 million… most of which he donated upon his passing.

What are bad recommendations you hear in your profession or area of expertise?

Grind and hustle as hard as you can, 150%. When other people are sleeping, be working. When other people are having fun, work harder.

This advice is not sustainable, and ultimately, it creates burnout and we find ourselves living to work instead of working to live. While it’s fine to occasionally have short bursts of intense periods of productivity, humans aren’t wired to stay that way forever. We need connection, rejuvenation, passion, and above all: We need reminders of why we’re working. It’s not enough to work hard towards a goal. We need to live our lives in the process.

Tell me about one of the darker periods you’ve experienced in life. How you came out of it and what you learned from it?

I’ve had several dark periods in my life, the most difficult of which I am still not legally allowed to discuss to this day. I can share, however, that coming out of it required tremendous support from friends and family, a steadfast commitment to meditation and visualization, and finding ways to intentionally counteract the physiological effects of insomnia and loss of appetite due to paralyzing fear and anxiety.

I learned that the habits we create truly shape our lives. If it weren’t for habits that grounded me back in my physical body, I very well might have lost my mind… and with it, any chance of bringing myself back into the light.

What is one thing that you do that you feel has been the biggest contributor to your success so far?

Being coachable is the #1 success factor. We all have blind spots in our awareness, our knowledge, and our experience. When we get support from people who have been where we want to go, from people who are who we want to become, then we shortcut our path to success. Being coachable empowers us to succeed faster, bigger, better, and easier than if we try to do it alone.

What is your morning routine?

My morning routine is simple, yet powerful. First, I drink a glass of water before getting out of bed. This rehydrates the brain (which loses a tremendous amount of water at night) and also kickstarts our internal metabolic clocks for wakefulness and digestion. Next, I use the restroom and take a very short cool shower (only about a minute or two). Most people make the mistake of having a warm shower in the morning, and unfortunately, that’s the opposite of what actually brings us energy and vitality. The cool shower sends the message to our body: “I’m cold. Warm up the core. Wake up and get ready to burn some fuel!” Of course, then we also want some fuel to burn and that helps kickstart our digestive hormones. A cool shower also releases a short and healthy burst of cortisol which our body needs to help us wake up in the morning. After that, I exercise for 20-30 minutes and eat breakfast.

What habit or behavior that you have pursued for a few years has most improved your life?

Candidly speaking, that entire morning routine has changed my life. That, and getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. It’s so easy as an entrepreneur to “burn the candle at both ends” and stay up late and wake early (especially since I’m a single full-time father). However, as I mentioned above… that simply doesn’t work and isn’t sustainable.

Anyway, at one point, my naturopath said my cardiovascular health was so bad that she was going to recommend I see a cardiologist if I didn’t improve fast. She was very concerned. Can you imagine that? A naturopath recommending a cardiologist?

Shortly thereafter, I adopted the morning routine I shared with you. At my checkup six-months later, my naturopath did my bloodwork again. It was near perfect. She was shocked at how quickly I had turned my health around… and with just a few simple habits.

What are your strategies for being productive and using your time most efficiently?

The morning routine I use is essential for productivity. Few people pay attention to their natural circadian rhythms and hormone cycles. However, the book The Power of When by Dr. Michael Breus is what really showed me how important it is to get enough sleep, take cool showers, and exercise. Those three habits as part of my routine have changed my life, and as I shared before, probably saved my life.

What book(s) have influenced your life the most? Why?

Diamond Heart: Book 1 by A.H. Almaas was the first book that changed my life. Specifically, the chapter on “Truth” challenged me to re-evaluate everything I thought I wanted. It helped me realize that what I wanted was not money, a great relationship, or even happiness or inner peace. What I wanted most was to know the truth about these things. What makes me happy? What brings me peace? What does the present moment have to offer me?

The Power of When by Dr. Michael Breus fundamentally changed how I few sleep, my circadian rhythm, and when the optimal time is for me to do things. As I’ll share later in this interview, it also saved my life.

Do you have any quotes you live by or think of often?

“The past is but a memory. The future is but a vision. And the good deeds of today can make the past, a memory of happiness and the future a vision of hope.”

“Do All Things With Love”