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Blue Collar Executive

Achieve your destiny and be successful at any level by staying rooted in a strong work ethic, determination, and integrity. My Mom and Dad were factory workers and generations before them were farmers or coal miners. My path took me in a business direction, but it was still the work ethics and values of my blue collar roots that helped me reach top executive levels. My Dad was a man of few words, but as I navigated through my career I could always find the answers I needed in the subtle things he said or did. I believe these nuggets can help anyone achieve any level of success they desire and I want to share them. I have written many of these in an unpublished book, but my gift is talking and not writing. So I am going to share them in this weekly podcast in hopes someone finds them valuable or at least entertaining. It doesn't matter what color your collar is. We all have gifts and a purpose. None more important than the other. The important thing is that we all reach our full potential and be the best we can be. 

Tracks

Old Dogs Can Teach Us New Tricks
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  However, we can learn alot from old dogs.  In Loving Memory of Chevy 
12:19 5/7/24
A Simpler Life
We all seek advancing technology yet we also all share a yearning for a simpler life.  Technology can help us be more efficient and effective, but it can also rob us from inner peace at the same time.  It is important to disconnect sometimes and enjoy the simplicities of life.  It's simple to be happy, but it is becoming more and more difficult to be simple.  
09:04 4/24/24
The Bible
Fictional novel or inspired word of God?  In this episode I share the facts and why I choose the Bible as my instruction book for lifes journey.  
05:52 4/18/24
The Greater Power Within
The spirit of mankind is like a kite which rises by means of the very forces that seem to oppose its rise.
07:58 4/12/24
Always Go For The WOW
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06:37 4/2/24
Now Hiring
There is a growing epidemic of poor customer service.  Many leaders will tell you that it is a result of the inability to staff quality employees.  There is some truth to this, but they need to look in the mirror for the solution.  The issue is not the employee, rather the employer.  There are plenty of dedicated, hard working people to fill any company's needs.  However, they have a choice and no one wants to give their loyalty and dedication where they are unappreciated and feel like what they do doesn’t matter.  How can fast food chains sit next door to each other and one be fully staffed with great customer service and the other struggle to keep the doors open?  I don't know the ingredients of a great chicken sandwich, but I do know the secret sauce for providing great customer service.  I share that in this episode.  Systems and processes cannot replace the human element.  Lewis Taulbee Jr.
08:50 3/5/24
Don't Half Ass It
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08:42 2/16/24
YOU HAVE THE WRONG PIG BY THE EAR
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06:24 2/13/24
What Exists In The Absence
If God is omnipotent, all loving, and all knowing why does he allow evil to exist?  Tough question with a simple answer.  I break it down in this episode. "Darkness can only exist in the absence of light.  Light can only exist in the presence of darkness."
07:52 2/9/24
Unwrap Yourself
There is no smaller package than someone wrapped up in themself.  Unwrap yourself and be the gift that keeps on giving!  
10:29 2/2/24
You Have Never Walked in Their Shoes
There is no smaller package than a man wrapped up in himself.  We have become a society of self absorbed people.  We are quick to complain or criticize others if it disrupts our agenda.  However, we don't always know what that person may be going through.  We are all in this world together sharing the same struggles, so instead of being quick to point fingers we should be reaching a helping hand.   "And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" Jesus
11:21 1/23/24
The Hazard of Being Handy
They say when we first enter Heaven we will see a replay of our lives.  Well there will be a lot of laughing when they roll mine!  This is a 100% true story of one of my brilliant ideas gone bad!  "Laugh at yourself and at life. Not in the spirit of derision or whining self-pity, but as a remedy, a miracle drug, that will ease your pain, cure your depression, and help you to put in perspective that seemingly terrible defeat... Never take yourself too seriously."Og Mandino
07:47 1/18/24
Live Like A Tourist
We are all just tourists here in this big ole Airbnb we call Earth.  This is not a permanent residence for any of us, so we don't have time to stay in on cloudy days.  We need to make the best of everyday rain or shine!  
08:14 1/11/24
Day One or One Day
Two words that can be arranged to hold opposite meanings.  Making Resolutions and setting goals are important, but we must take action on Day One and not One Day.  "Today is only one day in all the days that ever be, but what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today" Ernest Hemingway
10:00 1/3/24
The Santa Experience (GONE WRONG)
Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house EVERY creature was stirring even the DOG!  In this episode I share a Santa attempt that went bad, VERY BAD, but in the end was a successful mission delivering joy on Christmas morning.  
07:46 12/26/23
Silent Night
Wishing you a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS filled with tidings of great joy and peace.  
08:13 12/22/23
Don't Blink
Money can always be made, material things can always be gotten, but lost time can never be recovered.  In 20 years the only one who will remember that you worked late is your family.  A company will use your livelihood to balance their books.  It is up to you to use your time to balance your life!
07:00 11/29/23
Bring the Seed - Not the Need
Life was not designed to give us what we need.  It was designed to give us what we deserve.  We don’t reap a harvest in the fall because we want it, we reap a harvest in the fall because we plant the seeds in the spring and work diligently to grow it.  “We reap what we sow”
08:19 11/16/23
Flight NDE
Ever have a near death experience?  Bet you have and didn't even know it!  That's the best kind to have.  Think of the sleepless nights, heart palpitations and antacids we avoided.  Most of the stress and anxiety in our lives comes from things outside of our control, but in reality we are not really in control of most things.  We all have guardian Angels watching over us 24/7.  Most of the time, they have a thankless job because we don't even know when they take action to protect us.  Think about how great life would be if we could have the same faith about stresses we see or imagine in front of us that we have for the dangers we never see.  
08:46 10/31/23
The Heart of a Dandelion
Have you ever wondered why a dandelion is considered an annoyance to a well kept lawn?  They are the brightest spot of a yard, but it doesn't fit in with the million blades of grass so we consider them a nuisance and try to eliminate them everytime they pop up.  Many people do the same thing in society and criticize anyone who doesn't fit the mold or goes outside of the lines.  We expect everyone to fit in as blades of grass, but beneath the curtain we are all as unique as a dandelion.  “Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.” Margaret Mead
08:50 10/16/23
A Letter To Younger Me
If you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say?  Would you offer caution and give directions for detours around the tough times?  I would not because it is those challenging times that made us who we are and built our character.  If we knew all of the difficulties and heartbreaks that lie in our paths ahead, we would never make the journey.  Life is hard, but worth living!Listen to full episode at:  https://bluecollarexecutive.buzzsprout.com/
03:50 8/22/23
A Letter To Younger FULL VERSION
If you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say?  Would you offer caution and give directions for detours around the tough times?  I would not because it is those challenging times that made us who we are and built our character.  If we knew all of the difficulties and heartbreaks that lie in our paths ahead, we would never make the journey.  Life is hard, but worth living!
07:05 8/22/23
A Moon Pie and RC Cola
3 years, 75 episodes, 6,440,000 plays, 890 US cities, 55 counties and we’re just getting started!  Please join me in this episode as I celebrate with an RC Cola, Moon Pie, and some life perspectives.  
10:23 5/17/23
Better To Be Sorry Than Safe
Most people tiptoe through life to make it safely to death. The sad reality is that they will never reach their true destiny or achieve their dreams. Therefore by not taking risks we are risking more.  "Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."   T. S. Eliot
10:50 4/28/23
12 Inches Away
Many spend their entire life searching for the answers never realizing they were always just 12 inches away."At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."  Lao Tzu
08:39 3/21/23
The Internal Identity and External Image Conflict
Many who achieved fame have struggled with maintaining an image that is not their true being at heart.  This creates an inner conflict that has led to drug abuse, mental illness, and even death.  It's not only the famous.  With the inception of social media it is becoming more of an issue.  This is a major contributor to the increase in anxiety, depression, and drug use in our young generation.  Trying to be anything other than who God made us to be will cause struggle and rob us from the great joys of life.“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson
09:02 3/7/23
I Am There
I often receive requests to read poems, letters, and even eulogies.  However, I have never received one that touched me as this poem did.  It was sent to me anonymously and was exactly what I personally needed.  I did my very best to honor the beautiful words and hope it fills your heart as it did mine.  No matter what your beliefs are, none can deny there is a greater power within us, around us, and beyond us.  When asked who he was, Jesus simply answered "I am".  Not I was, or I will be, but I am.  Because he is the same yesterday, today and forever.   This assurance of knowing that I am not in this journey alone gives me great comfort and joy.  On August 7, 1971, the poem “I Am There” was famously carried to the moon by Apollo 15 astronauts James B. Irwin, David R. Scott, and Alfred M. Worden. Stored in a microfilm file, the poem was intended to be left there for future space explorations.
06:04 2/22/23
Chase Your Headlights
Many people will go to a job that they don't like tomorrow because it's what they did yesterday.  The only difference is that they will be two days older and have two days less to achieve their dreams.  Yesterday ended last night.  Make a move today that will put you a step closer to your goals tomorrow.  
06:26 1/25/23
Enjoy Every Sandwich
 Many people use New Year's Day as a new beginning for improving areas of their life.  The sad fact is 43%  fail before February, and almost one out of four quit within the first week of setting their New Year’s resolution. Most people quit before the end of January, and only 9% see their resolutions through until succession.  So, why do we set these lofty annual goals for ourselves?  We should make every day New "Day" Day!  We don't know what tomorrow holds, but we have an opportunity to improve the quality of our lives everyday that we wake up.  If we focus more on the beauty of today and worry less about the troubles of tomorrow we will achieve our resolutions 100%.HAPPY NEW YEAR! 
08:18 1/6/23
The Feeling of Christmas
Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!  May your days be Merry and Bright!!!
05:42 12/23/22

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