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Chris Sparks Official Bio

Official Bio

As founder of The Forcing Function, Chris is the right-hand man to dozens of successful entrepreneurs, giving them the systems they need to multiply their productivity and maximize their effectiveness.  After years of deconstructing and distilling the habits of top performers, Chris wrote Inflection Point, his guide to generating a complete shift in life trajectory.  In his days as a professional poker player, Chris was ranked one of the top 20 online poker players in the world.

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What I’m Up to Now

  • I work with a select number of digital entrepreneurs, helping them build systems and remove bottlenecks to improve personal productivity.  My current clients treat sleep disorders, build software, create documentary films, make products for kids with special needs, and fight climate change.
  • I am publishing “Inflection Point”, my book where I share everything I have learned about productivity and personal growth.  New chapters are made available on my blog. Sign up for my newsletter below to receive my latest posts.
  • I read… a lot.  Primary areas of study include psychology, sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, complexity, philosophy, and emerging technology.  I update books completed on my Reading List page.
  • I lead workshops for businesses and organizations about productivity.  Past workshop topics have included habit building, decision making, prioritization, workflow design, and day structuring.
  • My next event is Founder Summit, an invite-only workshop on October 6th in NYC, giving the tools for effectiveness and leadership required to transition from Founder to CEO.
  • If you are interested in having me as a speaker, you can reach out via my contact page.
  • My goal is to guest on 25 podcasts this year.  If you have an engaged audience of entrepreneurs and are looking for an interesting and insightful guest, I would love to hear from you.  See my media page for recordings and transcripts of previous shows I have done.
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Graduated from Ohio State, studied consumer behavior. I obsess over how humans form beliefs and how these beliefs affect decision-making in subtle and surprising ways.

For a long time, my career goal was to make television commercials which led me to work in brand advertising on both the client and account management sides.

After realizing I was a poor fit for the slow-paced and risk-averse corporate world, I turned my attention to startups where I worked in three marketing roles and consulted in my spare time for several more.

I loved accelerating the search for elusive product-market fit through building out custom analytics to better understand the customer, testing various acquisition channels to gain their attention, and constantly attempting to improve their on-site experience.

Online Poker Pro

Played poker professionally for four years. What started as a lucrative hobby during university became my full-time focus as I moved from small buy-in tournaments to playing against the best players in the world at the highest limits available both online and in person all around the world.

All told, I played over one million hands in my career (regularly over 1000 hands per hour in simultaneous online games) and was ranked in the top 20 all-time winners in online poker cash game history.

Meanwhile, I built a thriving poker coaching business where I worked extensively with over 100 players and was widely considered the leading coach within my market. I was constantly on the lookout for up and coming talent and directly invested in 25 players to help them reach the next level in their careers, with a 85% success rate.


After I retired from poker, I decided to tackle many of the items on my “bucket list” through an around the world backpacking trip, visiting 50 different countries over two years. I climbed glaciers, trekked mountains, explored the Amazon, traversed deserts, and cycled between rural villages. I participated in dozens of festivals of all shapes and sizes.

It was the time of my life and the fastest I have ever grown. I came back a different person — wiser, humbler, and more resilient. I now have a much better understanding of what constitutes humanity (although I learn more every day) and what truly matters in this world.