Personal

How do you get to know someone by reading a few paragraphs? I’m not sure you can, but I’ll do my best. There is a handful of values and guiding principles I live by. Living by design, not default, is one of them. So, I will share my design with you and a few words of explanation.

Personal responsibility and the Golden Rule are two of the most important values in my life. I believe we are all responsible for our own thinking, actions, decisions and their consequences. I believe we should treat others as we would like them to treat us. If I succeed at living only these two values, it will be a good start.

I feel an innate obligation to share my gifts and talents with the world, to put them to good use. I believe that the greatest power on earth is the collective power that is within each one of us – our minds, our imaginations, our creativity, our passion, our capacity to work, our perseverance and drive, our ability to motivate ourselves and others, our ability to dream with the belief and expectation that we can realize our dreams if we choose. One of the greatest wastes and tragedies to me is oppressed human potential. Having been around the world some, having witnessed this oppression first hand, makes me so grateful to live in America. The American Dream is real to me and I want to help others achieve their version of it.

Time and people are two of the most important things in life to me. There is a cliché that says “If you want to know about a person, look at their calendar and their checkbook, because what they spend their time and money on are what is important to them.” I believe it is far more telling to see how they spend their time and with whom they spend their free time. I believe we all do our very best work when we are engaged with people we enjoy and respect. I strive to spend my time, personally and professionally, with loved ones and others that bring out the best in me. I have no time to spend producing inferior work for people who are a better fit for someone else.

I believe giving back is truly magical for everyone involved. There is something that happens to a person when they give of themselves with absolutely no expectation of anything in return. In today’s busy world, this can easily be lost. The time I have donated for the benefit of others has been some of the most personally rewarding in my life. To feel a tiny fraction of this potential, all you have to do is randomly pay for the person’s coffee who is line behind you at the coffee shop drive up window and drive away before they know about it. Then imagine how it will feel to give a piece of your time and your talents, rather that little bit of money, to genuinely help another person in need.  My current focus is Kiwanis and the Homeless Youth Connection. Whatever it is, it’s always about kids for me.

On a more mundane note, my wife Elizabeth and I enjoy the outdoors, particularly road bicycling, mountain bicycling and hiking in the mountains. Motorcycling has been a passion since childhood. I competitively roadraced superbikes all over the country for many years and still love to attend track days. I'm also an avid golfer, partly because golf mimics life. You never master it. My philosophy, in golf and in life, is to do your very best every swing, to have patience and faith that you will achieve your goals, and to accept the results – for now!

John Chionchio

Financial Advisor

 

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