Episode 4

Published on:

7th Dec 2021

Jim Wilkinson | The Art Of Intensive Ambiguity

You would assume that someone whose career history includes such entries as Chairman and CEO of TrailRunner International, SVP Head of International Corporate affairs for Alibaba Group, EVP of communications for PepsiCo, Chief of Staff to the US Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, AND Senior Advisor to US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, would have some interesting insights to share wouldn't you? And you'd be right!

In today's episode of The Higher Standard, Chris sits down with Jim Wilkinson, whose resume contains all of the above and much more. Jim shares some of the wisdom and experiences he's accumulated throughout his career.

You'll learn a little about Jim's extensive background, from his time at Yale in the Global Executive Leadership program to leading TrailRunner International.

You'll discover the concept of "intensive ambiguity" - the idea that you can never truly predict where your life or career will go, and why you need to focus on daily wins more than detailed, long-term plans.

You'll also learn why being in business is surprisingly similar to being a mixed martial arts fighter.

This is a show you do not want to miss! Join Chris and Jim as they unpack a wealth of insights and advice about business and life.


What You’ll Learn in this Show:

  • A little about Jim's extensive background and his philosophy around working harder than everyone else.
  • Why he believes that you can never truly predict where your life or career will go, and why you need to focus on daily wins more than detailed, long-term plans.
  • The surprising similarities between being in business and being a mixed martial arts fighter.
  • And so much more...


TrailRunner International

Jim's LinkedIn

Black Crown



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About the Podcast

The Higher Standard
This isn’t a different standard, it’s the higher standard.
Welcome to the Higher Standard Podcast, where we give you ultra-premium, unfiltered truth when it comes to building your wealth and curating the lifestyle of your dreams. Your host; Chris Naghibi is here to help you distill the immense amount of information and disinformation out there on the interwebs and give you the opportunity to choose a higher standard for yourself. Sit back, relax your mind and get ready for a different kind of podcast where we elevate your baseline with crispy high-resolution audio. This isn't a different standard. It's the higher standard.

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Christopher Naghibi

Christopher M. Naghibi is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Black Crown Inc. and Black Crown Law APC, a disruptive collective of attorneys, property managers, real estate agents and contractors who handle home sales and purchases, commercial and multifamily real estate brokerage, primarily for high net-worth and celebrity clients.

His team has over 20 years of experience, 1000+ satisfied clients, $10 million in recovered costs for clients, and in excess of $20 billion dollars in closed transactions.

As a licensed attorney, real estate broker, general contractor, and now Top 100 podcast host, Chris aims to provide free financial education that allows people to take control and democratize fear in the financial world.