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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 I have written many of these in an unpublished book, but my gift is talking and not writing.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.


Agree to Disagree
We all have different opinions, thoughts, and ideas of how to get from point A to point B.  In the end, the only thing that matters is that we get there.  It is okay to be passionate about our perspective, but it is not okay to judge or be critical of those with opposing views.  In the words of the great Charlie Brown can’t we all just get along?!!!“We can agree to disagree, but we don’t need to be disagreeable.”  John WoodenThe only thing about a man that is a man is his mind.  Everything else can be found in a pig or a horse.  Archibald Mcleash
08:38 10/13/2022
GROW Through What You GO Through
Life can be challenging and to succeed we must get a little dirt on us sometimes.  The determining factor between success and failure is whether we allow the dirt to bury us or provide nutrients for us to grow.  
07:47 09/21/2022
When You're Going Through Hell Grab a Cab
 “If you’re going through hell, keep going,” is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill that has wisdom beyond its short appearance. Recognizing that it might currently feel like hell, but there is a future beyond it, helps us remember that pain is fleeting. It won’t be here forever, but neither will we, so keep going.  Unfortunately, many of us extend our stay because our we continue to struggle for control of things that are not within our power.  It is when we are in our lowest valleys that we are better to let go and put our faith in the hands of someone who can drive us out.   
10:08 08/01/2022
A Tornado Can Tear Apart and Bring Together
 On July 6, 2022 to a tornado ripped through my hometown and left a devastating aftermath in it's wake.  It tore apart structures, but it also brought the hearts of a community together.  I have seen the human spirt rally like I have never seen before.  People didn’t cry victim, rather they immediately rolled up their sleeves and went to work.  Reaching out and helping one another.   There were no judgements or discrimination, just a genuine outpouring of care and love for the fellow human being.    The storm was dark and strong, but it could not extinguish the light in the heart of GOSHEN OHIO!  
08:04 07/15/2022
Pledge Of Allegiance
We live in the greatest nation on earth, but she can only retain that greatness if we continue the things that made her great:  Trusting God for guidance, staying true to the constitution that our forefathers gave us, and always pledging our allegiance.HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!
03:17 07/04/2022
Don't Quit Your Day Dream
We all have dreams and they are as unique to us as our fingerprints and DNA.  We are born with them in our heart and will die with them.  God placed them there, but the choice to manifest them and share with the world is ours.  Be a day dream believer and chase your dreams!  We are all chasing something in this life, so it might as well be our dreams!  “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”  Harriet Tubman
09:04 06/30/2022
Attitude Adjustment = Altitude Adjustment
Life is full of circumstances outside of our control, but how we handle those circumstances is always 100% within our control.  We are not affected by what we know or what happens to us, rather we are affected by how we feel about what we know and how we choose to handle it.  If we live our life with great expectations that is what we will get.  If we live our life in despair that is what we will get.  Every aspect of our life is gauged by our attitude.  Choose to be happy in spite of life's challenges!“It isn't what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”   Dale Carnegie
10:59 06/07/2022
Stay Humble - Don't Be Humble
Growing up I was always confused when I heard the pastor talk about staying humble and striving to be all God created us to be.  Seemed to be a contradiction.  However, I have learned that staying humble doesn’t mean staying poor, weak, or meek.  Actually, it has nothing to do with the amount of success or wealth one achieves, rather it has everything to do with modesty that comes from understanding our place in the larger order of things.  Always knowing that no amount of success or riches could ever make us more or less than our fellow women and man.  "The most difficult thing about being humble is not being able to brag about it"  George Patton Jr.
08:44 04/27/2022
God Said, I Need a Farmer
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02:56 04/15/2022
A Dead Fish Can Float Down Stream
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, not a lack of resources, but rather lack of will.  We have a growing culture in which a sense of entitlement is being instilled instead of a strong work ethic.   We were all created to be productive for one another.  Being lazy is not only the key ingredient for personal failure, but it is also disrespectful to those around you.  Life is too short to be lazy!  
10:52 04/14/2022
Greatness Within Average
Greatness is not a rare magical thing that is only given to a chosen few.  Greatness exists in all of us!  Unfortunately, we often suppress it because we either don’t recognize it or we allow our environment to convince us that we cannot achieve it.  If we seek greatness, it will find us, and we just need to open the door and BE GREAT!  “Surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself” Zig Ziglar
09:40 03/15/2022
Til You Can't
The essence of life cannot be found in the minutes, hours, or days that we have. We all have a different amount of time and it isn't given to us for consumption, but for contribution.  As we look back at our journey, we will not see time, rather only the moments that we made along the way.  These are the steppingstones along our path that we leave for others to remember us by and follow.  Life is series of moments and the quality of attention we give each one determines the quality of our lives.  We often miss cherished moments due to the fast pace of daily living.  It is important to slow down and remember how precious it is to live and love.  
09:51 02/21/2022
A Lesson from Farmers and Old Dogs
The true definition of success is happiness and contentment.  This is what we all seek and it is right under our nose in every moment.  We struggle to find it because we have been conditioned to subconsciously always be in the next moment and discrediting the present one.  As if the next moment is more important than the one we are in.  The secret to achieving this can be learned from farmers and old dogs.......  If you are angry, you are focused on yesterday.  If you are worried, you are focused on tomorrow.  If you want true peace and contentment focus on today.
09:09 02/02/2022
Mindsight Over Eyesight
God gave every one of us gifts, hopes, and desires.  However, he left it up to us to open and use them.  He didn’t hide them.  They are right there in plain mindsight.  Our minds are the most powerful tools we have.  We can achieve great success if we put our mind to it or we can accomplish nothing if we put our mind to it.  The choice is ours!  I choose to unwrap every gift and pursue my dreams until I reach the last step of my journey.    "I may not be able to change the world I see around me, but I can change what I see within me."  John C. Maxwell
10:32 01/11/2022
Show Them Your Brokenness
It’s okay to be broken!  We all have brokenness, but we sometimes create more distress, sadness, and hurt for ourselves trying to hide it.  It’s okay to show others the chinks in our armor.  When we do we will not only help ourselves but may be surprised how we help others around us.  Let the world know the true you with your light shining through all the broken pieces.  “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi
10:04 12/09/2021
When You Smell A Weasel, Lock Up Your Chickens
If you have chickens, you know that a critter in the area is a literal real concern.  However, this can also be true metaphorically for every aspect of life.  My Dad taught me this at a young age.  We didn’t have chickens and I had never seen (or smelled) a weasel.  However, I knew exactly what he was talking about and this parable has helped me throughout my journey.  Our instinct is one of our greatest gifts, but also one of the easiest things to ignore.  When we really want something or someone we often suppress what our heart is telling us and when we do this it ends in regret 100% of the time!  So, when we smell or feel something isn’t right, IT'S NOT and we should lock up our chickens!   "The best advice you will ever get comes from your instinct "
09:33 10/28/2021
An RC Cola and A Moon Pie
50 episodes!  WOW!  I have learned so much doing these and the responses I receive truly touch my heart. This was intended to be about business success, but that changed during the first episode.  I just share experiences that I have had along my journey and it is such an awesome feeling when someone says they were inspired or it helped them in some way.  I have never done anything more rewarding in my life!  I can sum up all 50 episodes in four words:  Hard work – Faith – Gratefulness – Grace.  That is the guaranteed formula to be successful in business or any aspect of your life. For this episode I thought it would be fun to reflect on some of the messages and answer a few questions that I receive.  If you look closely at the podcast cover photo you will see a moon pie.  When I started these, I said I would eat that pie at 50 episodes.  Well it’s a little crumbly now, but I opened it up and accompanied it with an RC Cola (of course) and turned on the mic.   Lets go!  
10:52 10/13/2021
Why Be A Ham When You Can Be The Whole Pig!
We have always been taught to put others first and to never be the center of attention.  That is good advice, but we should not suppress our true selves to do so.  We now have a generation that is being taught to choose one side and hate the other.  In doing this we create an avatar for what we feel we need to be successful or accepted.  However, our need for acceptance can actually make us invisible.We will never find true love, peace, and happiness until we step out from behind the character we portray.   It is scary to take our shield down and allow others to see us for who we are because we fear rejection.  Some may reject us, but our true friends and family will love us just the way we are.  The most daring and most meaningful approach to life is being who we truly are!  Dare to let your true light shine!  Don't change so people to like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love you.
09:41 09/21/2021
Stop Watering Dead Plants
Sometimes the most difficult part of moving forward is letting go of what is behind us.  This can be a loved one, a job we lost, or a home we thought we would live in forever.  As we go throughout our life we will encounter people, places, and things that are necessary for a part of our path and others that will be with us for the entire journey.  While we may not understand the reason for the ones we lose, we must keep moving forward.  We can never reach our destiny if we keep looking for what is behind us.  It is difficult to let go sometimes, but we cannot grow new roses if we use all of our water on dead plants.  So, let go of the past and focus on the garden you are growing today!  “Don’t worry about people from your past there’s a reason why they didn’t make it to your future”  Adam Lindsay Gordon
09:59 09/09/2021
Life IS Fair When You Don't Compare
A mountain goat and an elk were in a forest with many Aspen trees.  The elk was eating the fresh delicious leaves to its heart's content, but the goat was too short to reach the lowest branches and had to settle for whatever fell to the ground.  The goat thought to himself "lifes not fair".  That evening a bad storm blew in and the goat sought shelter in a nearby cave.  The elk was too large for the cave and had to stand out and endure the cold pounding rain and wind.   As it looked at  the goat cozied up in the dry cave it thought "life is not fair".  As humans it is sometimes easy to feel that we are not getting a fair shake compared to others around us.  We can always look around and find someone with seemingly more than us and others with seemingly more struggles than us.   The fact is, we were all created equal and given unique gifts and purposes.  However, if we waste time comparing our lives to others we can lose focus of our own journey and never reach our full potential.   Life is fair if we focus on what is within us and not our environment.    “If life is unfair with everyone, doesn’t that make life fair?” — Thabang Gideon Magaola
09:54 08/06/2021
There Once Was A Girl Who Stole My Heart.......She Calls Me Dad!
When my daughter was approaching her teen years, I did a remake of a Jimmy Dean song and put it on her phone for her ears only.   That was many years and phones ago, so I am sure it is now lost in a cloud somewhere.  Today is my her birthday and I am out of town.  So since I can't be there to sing happy birthday to her, I did the only thing I knew to do.  I made a podcast for her!  Haha  If you have listened to any of my episodes you know that I just speak what is on my heart.  Well with my baby girl turning 23 today, this was certainly on my heart so I just poured it out.  She will probably think this is a cheesy "Dad move" to post my birthday wishes in a podcast and for me that is just one more reason to do it!  Aggravating her is still my favorite thing to do, but I really am so proud to be her Dad!  I hesitated to post it publicly, but felt it fits the podcast category of inspirational and I am sure many can relate.  Especially if you're a Dad.    
04:48 07/21/2021
This is the second episode that I have done on this subject and I could do many more because fear is one of the greatest motivators for success.  Fear also kills more dreams than failure does.  When we come face to face with what scares us we can choose to retreat to our safe place or rise up and conquer our ambitions.  Contrary to popular belief fear is not the absence of faith rather fear requires us to step up in our faith and push through.  That is the formula for success!  “Do one thing every day that scares you”  Eleanor Roosevelt 
09:48 07/13/2021
Fathers Day Special
There are no rules for being a Dad.  All we can do is offer our best advice, unconditional love, and LOTS of prayers!  In this episode I share a little reminiscing about my Dad and a little perspective from being a Dad. HAPPY FATHERS DAY!
10:34 06/18/2021
They Say......but Who They
 How many times do we hear the phrase "they say"?   It is used as a confirmation of facts or to demonstrate a point all the time.  However, the "they" in that phrase is no longer a reliable source.  When my Grandmother said "they say" to give advice about children she was referring to experienced Mothers or medical professionals.  Unfortunately, today the most common source for “they” is social media which is unreliable at best because the root is likely some athlete, celebrity, or politician that are clueless on the subject.    It is important for us to ensure our "they" is a reliable source before repeating it because when we say it we become the "they" for anyone listening.  “I no longer listen to what people say, I just watch what they do. Behavior never lies.”   Winston Churchill
10:17 06/07/2021
The Shadow Knows NOT What Is Next
It is easy to reflect on our life and see where we are or where we have been.  We can do that by simply looking at our shadow as it projects our every move.  However, it can never project our next move because that is only in our thoughts.  So if we don't like where our shadow sits we can change it, but it has to start in our mind.  A poor mind will give a poor life while a positive mind will give a rich life.  "You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you."  James Allen
08:39 04/15/2021
Pigs Get Fat and Hogs Get Slaughtered - An Easter Story
In life people will betray us.  The key is not allowing the betrayal to stop us, rather to grow from it and know that God will make everything a blessing if we believe. “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how a man could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.”― Abraham Lincoln
07:48 04/02/2021
Keep Splashing
In this episode I share a true story about a man named Bob.  While I only knew Bob for a few years and have not spoken to him in more than 25 years he had one of the biggest impacts in my career.  He believed in me when I didn’t and challenged me to always pursue new adventures.  I have shared this story with many young people over the year who are not sure what path they want to take.   It is okay to TRY new things.  It’s okay to be afraid and you don’t need to have everything figured out.  Jump in, mess up, start over or try something else.  Embrace the experience and have no regrets!    “It’s better to look back on life and say, “I can’t believe I did that.” than to look back and say: “I wish I did that.” – Unknown
11:49 03/26/2021
If You Want Better Neighbors, Be a Better Neighbor
Society defines neighbor as someone living next door just like Facebook defines a friend as someone your connected to.  However, just like a friendship is much more than "liking" each other status", being neighborly is more than keeping your dog out of the next door lawn.  The fact is a neighbor is not the person residing in the house next to ours, rather our neighbor is whoever is next to us in any moment.  This may be a friend, loved one, or stranger.    "When we look for what's best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we're doing what God does, so in appreciating our neighbor, we're participating in something truly sacred."    Fred Rogers
10:18 03/05/2021
An Eye For A Tooth
While the mask has taken away our ability to share a smile in passing, we can still allow our joy to shine through the windows of our soul.  Our eyes light our way and can never be deceiving.  A face can be carved into stone with any facial expression such as a smile, anger, or sadness, but only the eyes can emit our true inner feelings, emotions, and character.  We can fake a smile, but the eyes are not made of one way glass and can never lie. 
07:09 02/11/2021
Don't Be A Flashlight - Be A Lantern
This is a lesson I learned as a boy trying to keep up with Dad in the woods on a dark night while racoon hunting.  Whether you are leading, teaching, or helping a friend in need you cannot do it by walking in front or behind them.  You can only help them to see the path by walking along beside them.  "If you light a lantern for another, it will also brighten your own way"  Nichiren
09:19 01/27/2021