Some stuff you might like to know about our business.
This is Brian, your friendly Philosopher + CEO over here at en*theos. We appreciate you taking the time to learn more about what we’re up to and we’re looking forward to growing together in the months and years and decades ahead! Here’s a quick look at our biz. :)
Let’s start with our name: en*theos. Two little Greek words. Put ‘em together and you’ve got enthusiasm—or “God within”—the secret sauce to an authentically awesome life.
(My wife, Alexandra, and I are passionate about plugging into the highest within ourselves more and more consistently and we thought creating a business all about helping *you* do that as well would be pretty cool. :)
We’re passionate about creating cool stuff to help you optimize your life. We’re also passionate about creating a cool company that demonstrates how businesses can be a force for good.
Specifically, our purpose is to change the world by inspiring and empowering people to optimize their lives so they can live with more health, happiness, meaning and mojo while making a positive contribution to their families, communities and world.
To achieve that, we believe we need to start with virtue.
Short version: Our business is founded on the timeless virtues of en*thusiasm, generosity and integrity. (+ fun! :)
Longer version: The classic Greek philosophers (think: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle) tell us that if we want happiness we’ve gotta live with what they called Areté—which directly translates as “excellence” or “virtue” but has a deeper meaning—something closer to: “living at your highest potential moment to moment to moment.” (Mini-manifesto here.)
Modern day scientists echo this wisdom. In fact, leaders of the Positive Psychology movement tell us that if we want to flourish, we need to put our virtues into action—embodying what they call “character strengths” ranging from wisdom, courage, and gratitude to love, creativity and kindness. (Take the VIA Character Strengths test here and discover your strengths!)
We figure that if we want to help you flourish, our *business* needs to be grounded in virtue. So, here are our top virtues—the qualities we strive to embody as we serve you and create cool stuff:
- en*thusiasm. We named our business en*theos for a reason. As individuals actualizing within the context of our business, our highest goal—our ultimate purpose—is to more and more consistently connect to the highest within ourselves as we inspire and empower you to do the same.
We know that if we want to most fully serve you, the most important meetings we have every day are with ourselves as we rock our fundamentals like meditation, exercise, good nutrition, practicing gratitude and other stuff that keeps us plugged in and shining with radiant enthusiasm.
- Generosity. Did you know the word “generosity” comes from the Latin word generosus which means “of noble birth.” Yep. (Thanks to Tim Sanders for that love.)
We strive to be noble, giving generously in everything we do—from our “Pick Your Price” model and scholarship offerings to our generous deals with our partners and our 5-star service.
We give because we like to. It feels really good. :)
- Integrity. From our perspective, we’re either integrated or we’re dis-integrating.
For us, integrity shows up in the little things. We honor our commitments. We one-touch emails and go for efficient completions on tasks and projects.
We know that theory and talking about high ideals is rudimentary training. The advanced stuff? LIVING the wisdom we know to be true. We’re committed to being in integrity by translating what we know into who we are and what we do.
Our SPICEy Stakeholders
One of the key differences between a typical business and a Conscious (or, as we like to say “Optimal”) Business is the fact that, whereas a normal business focuses pretty much exclusively on maximizing profits for its shareholders, a conscious biz strives to maximize the benefit of all of its stakeholders.
Leading thinkers (thx Raj, Jag and David!) tell us that we want to get SPICEy, making sure we’re serving all of these stakeholders really well:
Here’s how we approach our SPICEy stakeholders:
- Society. We’re changing the world by inspiring and empowering people to be the change they want to see.
- Partners. We’re committed to helping our partners amplify their wisdom while building their businesses. (And, hopefully, telling us: “That’s the best experience I’ve ever had in business!”)
- Investors. We’re committed to creating wealth for our investors as we demonstrate that doing the right thing is good for business. (We’re pretty much a family-owned biz with a few small, close investors!)
- Customers. We’re committed to helping our Philosophers optimize their lives and live with more happiness, meaning, mojo and en*thusiasm!
- Employees. We’re committed to creating the greatest place to work as we help our team members actualize as they have fun making a positive contribution to the world.
Brian Johnson, Philosopher + CEO
Brian leads the team as the Philosopher + CEO of en*theos. He also wrote a little book called A Philosopher's Notes, has a monthly "Big Ideas" column in Experience Life magazine and was featured in the documentary Finding Joe. Plus, he enjoys spooning with his Goddess, Alexandra. In his past lives, Brian raised $8 million to finance the creation of eteamz + Zaadz after graduating Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA (where he studied Psychology + Business).
Brian teaches Optimal Living 101 at the Academy.
Favorite Quote: “I believe that a life of integrity is the most fundamental source of personal worth. I do not agree with the popular success literature that says that self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude—that you can psych yourself into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with true principles and values and in no other way.” — Stephen Covey
Alexandra Jaye Johnson, Chief Goddess
Alexandra is the Chief Goddess & co-founder (with her husband, Brian) of en*theos. She loves studying life and living out loud as she inspires and empowers peeps to rock their most authentically awesome lives.
Favorite Quote: “Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” — Joseph Campbell
Ryan Gendron, Tech Guy
Ryan was one of the lead developers at Zaadz and has been the main tech guy at en*theos for over a year and a half now. What you see on our sites is thanks to him. As per the Bodhisattvic vow, Ryan holds that while there are no sentient beings, they can all be saved—with a little help from en*theos. He's also a very proud dad!! :)
Favorite Quote: “The most important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.” — Charles Dubois
John Carey, Wisdom Development Manager
John Carey has been with en*theos from the start and has worn many hats within the organization. He is affectionately known as "John-of-all-trades" due to his wide-ranging interests and abilities. John is a heart-centered leader, and is passionate about building an incubator for self and team-actualization in the context of business.
Favorite Quote: “We’re at the point in our evolution that we all have to become conscious. This is a time of revolution. There’s no holding back. So I’m about tearing down the monastery walls and seeing the whole world as the monastery, as the practice, as the spiritual temple. What we’re all working on is this very being, this very life. This is the temple, it has no walls.” — Genpo Roshi
Casey Carey, Wisdom Development Manager
Casey Carey is a communicator and love bug at heart. :) She studied communications and public relations in college, but knew the corporate world wasn't for her. She love love loves to connect with people and help them succeed in projects and personal growth.
Favorite Quote: “Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at this moment.” — Eckhart Tolle
Mozart Guerrier, Customer Happiness Manager
Mozart is a poet and do-gooder living in Syracuse, NY. He loves applesauce, guacamole, and basketball, but not all at once. He’s committed to providing a wow experience for everyone who checks out en*theos! He loves sharing ideas+ spending time with family+friends!
Favorite Quote: “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” — Arundhati Roy