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By The Tao of Jun

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#150 - For the Love of Dogs: Amanda Sabet

The Tao of JunOct 11, 2021

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Be of Good Cheer 👊

Be of Good Cheer 👊

We all go through difficult times. But we can choose to either go through them, or to grow through them. The Bible says to “be of good cheer.” I don’t think it’s talking about being of good cheer during good times. Because that’s not even worth mentioning. I believe the author was talking about difficult times. Be of good cheer during the bad times when things aren’t working out, and challenges seem insurmountable. That’s the time to be of good cheer. That shows courage, and strength of character. We can either go through difficult times or we can grow through them. Remember, with each new level comes a new Devil. You’re leveling up! So be of good cheer, my fellow adventurers 👊
Mar 27, 202321:23
Self Image is Everything

Self Image is Everything

I watched a movie recently called Unknown, starring Liam Neeson. It was in my opinion, a perfect illustration of how powerful our self image is, and how everything can change, just by changing the way we see ourselves.
Feb 17, 202322:58
Ooga-Booga or Death?

Ooga-Booga or Death?

When you only do what’s easy, your life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, your life will be easy

“Successful people do what unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The obvious question is, what is it that unsuccessful people don’t like to do? Turns out, it’s the same thing that successful people don’t like doing either. The only difference is, they do it anyways.” Brian Tracy
Dec 23, 202247:32
How I’m Changing My Life

How I’m Changing My Life

I’ve been a loser, and overweight, my whole life. I’ve been broke, and have been dealing with financial trouble, my whole life. I’ve been through a divorce, failed businesses, and I have experienced several bouts of depression.

At 41 years old, I am now in the best shape of my life! I feel healthy and strong! I’m feeling happy and hopeful for the future! My finances are finally in order, and I no longer have anxiety about my financial future.

It was a gradual change over the past few months. But by following 3 simple rules that I made for myself, every single day, I now see the positive results. I hope by sharing my 3 rules, it will inspire you to come up with your own 3 rules.

You don’t have to use mine, but I am happy to share them if you’d like to use them for yourself. I hope they serve you as well as they have me. I honor the light in you, that is also in me 🙏🏼 Namaste 🙏🏼
Dec 15, 202225:33
Checking in 😁

Checking in 😁

I totally meant to record a serious and helpful podcast episode. But maybe it’s the excitement of being back… because this was a rambling mess 🤦🏻‍♂️😅🤷🏻‍♂️ Oh well. Maybe next episode will be better. What can I say… I’m rusty! 😂🤣🤣
Nov 29, 202216:39
It’s Ok to Not Fit In

It’s Ok to Not Fit In

I’d like to share a dream I had that really helped illustrate my need to feel accepted. Craving the good opinion of others. And why I need to let it go. 🙏🏼
Jun 26, 202220:59
Don’t Complain

Don’t Complain

If you do a favor for someone and you tell them the difficulty you experienced in helping them, the favor is now ruined. It’s like giving a gift with the price tag still on it. If you help someone, do it because you want to do it. Not because you want the recognition. Do it, or don’t do it. But don’t complain. It ruins the gift 👍🏼
May 12, 202228:03
Winning Arguments = Losing Relationships

Winning Arguments = Losing Relationships

Arguments happen in every relationship. The important thing to focus on is “why are we arguing?” What are we trying to accomplish by winning the argument? When we argue simply to win, we usually end up losing that relationship. When we argue to try to understand each other better, the relationship becomes stronger and more meaningful. I’m not arguing that we should never argue. I believe that arguments can be very healthy to a relationship. It really depends on HOW we argue and WHY we argue.
Mar 07, 202220:48
41 and Broke 😅

41 and Broke 😅

Not having enough money is one of my greatest fears.

Maybe because I grew up being poor, but it’s the kind of fear that cripples me. Yesterday was my birthday. My daughters are in town staying with me, and I’m completely broke! I felt depressed, scared and ashamed of myself. But then I realized that this is just a test that life has set up for me. It was a wonderful opportunity to face my greatest fear and confront it head on! What I came to realize at the end of the day is that regardless of how much or how little I may have, I always have everything I need to be happy.

Yesterday turned out to be a great day! I don’t have to be great, or do great things. I just have to do my best to have a great day, and that’s enough. There’s so much value in having a great day, no matter what your situation may be. We all have it in us to change our perspective. “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Dr Wayne Dyer
Feb 09, 202235:15
Happy New Year!!! 🥳

Happy New Year!!! 🥳

It’s 2022, can you believe it?! I just wanted to check in with everyone, and see how your new year is going so far. This year, 2022, feels different… Doesn’t it?
Jan 21, 202236:05
Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!!!

I thought it would be a good idea to go fishing today on Lake Lanier. So I took my canoe and almost got stuck out there in a wind storm!!! This was supposed to be relaxing! 🤦🏻‍♂️😅🤣 In the end though, it worked out better than I could’ve imagined 🙏🏼 Merry Christmas, everyone!!! 🎄
Dec 25, 202126:59
The Donkeys & Elephants

The Donkeys & Elephants

In my opinion, the only way we avoid destroying each other and the planet is to work together on problems that are affecting the planet 🌎🤗🙏🏼 🙅🏻‍♂️🐴🆚🐘❌
Dec 22, 202117:04
What’s the Purpose of Our Existence?

What’s the Purpose of Our Existence?

“I believe that the purpose of life is to experience it.” Annabelle Yun (10 Years Old)
Dec 20, 202123:44
A Rude Awakening

A Rude Awakening

On Monday, October 25th, I fell asleep behind the wheel and slammed into an empty SUV at 70 mph on my way home from Tennessee. I don’t know how or why, but I walked away from that accident with no injuries. I feel so incredibly lucky and grateful to be alive 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼
Nov 13, 202137:38
Episode 151: Continuing My Quest

Episode 151: Continuing My Quest

I’m going on a 3-Day hunting trip over the Halloween weekend!!! 🎃👻🌲 I’m going to try to catch a wild boar 🐗 with my bow and arrow 🏹🙌🏼👊🏼

All alone for 2 nights, and 3 days at the Redlands Wildlife Management Area (WMA). I’m so excited and scared at the same time! It’s beautiful out there, but it’s also difficult and dangerous. It’s possible that I may get seriously injured out there, or even possibly die. But it’s also possible that I might just have the experience of a lifetime, and actually catch a wild boar!!!

It’s all possible! I don’t want to allow the fear of what could happen stop me from having the experience of what will actually happen!

What is your personal Quest? What hobby or activity gets you excited? Perhaps it’s time to slay that dragon that you’ve avoided all your life. 👊🏼
Oct 20, 202124:50
#150 - For the Love of Dogs: Amanda Sabet

#150 - For the Love of Dogs: Amanda Sabet

In this episode I wanted to make it special because this is the 150th episode of The Tao of Jun!!! 👏🥳🙌🏼 So I invited a special guest, Amanda Sabet.

Amanda is one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever met; tirelessly working to help pet groomers become more respected in the public eye. She’s already done so much to help elevate the dog grooming industry’s standards - along with it’s public perception - by creating the GA Professional Pet Groomers Association (GPPGA, a nonprofit organization).

I got a chance to speak with her, and learn what drives her and keeps her motivated to keep going even when things seem hopeless. When it seems like not only does nobody care, everyone hates me for trying. How do you keep going? What motivates you to continue on and keep fighting the good fight?

It turns out, she is motivated by love. The Love that Amanda has for each individual dog that she grooms is what has kept her so motivated to make a positive change in our industry all these years.

I’m so grateful that I got a chance to hear a little bit of her story, and I’m so happy to share it with you. “Changing her world one dog at a time.” 🙏🏼
Oct 11, 202140:16
I Almost Died!

I Almost Died!

This one is for my dedicated and supportive listeners 🙈😅👊🏼
Sep 03, 202141:31
I’ve Decided To Stay

I’ve Decided To Stay

After having an insightful conversation with my friend Andre, I’ve decided not to move to Alaska next year. I’m going to stay… and deal with my problems. I don’t want to run away from them anymore.
Aug 12, 202132:19
Time to reinvent myself 💪🏼

Time to reinvent myself 💪🏼

“Recipes are just descriptions of one person’s take on one moment in time. They’re not rules. People think they are.” “As you cook up your own life, never let anyone else’s recipe for success intimidate you or get in your way. Know your own truth, and live by it.” Mario Batali: Celebrity Chef & Restauranteur ~ “Life is Not a Recipe”
Aug 03, 202117:55
It’s Ok to be Broke - Not Poor

It’s Ok to be Broke - Not Poor

“There is a difference between being broke and being poor. Being broke is a temporary economic situation, but being poor is disabling frame of mind, and a depressed condition of one's spirit, and we must all vow to never, ever be poor again.”
John Hope Bryant
Jul 28, 202126:43
Letting Go is Harder Than You Think

Letting Go is Harder Than You Think

I’m driving up to Tennessee to camp with my dogs this weekend. My daughter is turning 13, and I wanted to make sure our dogs are there to help her celebrate 🎉
Jul 08, 202144:15
Who are you, really?

Who are you, really?

“If I want to be free, I’ve got to be me. Not the me you think I should be, not the me I think my wife thinks I should be, not the me I think my kids think I should be. If I want to be free, I’ve got to be me so I better know who me is.” Bill Gove
Jul 06, 202136:40
I am the great clown Pagliacci

I am the great clown Pagliacci

You gotta do it for you in order to effectively help others.
Jun 25, 202127:52
Just Checking In

Just Checking In

It’s a privilege and a pleasure to check in with you all 🙏🏼
Jun 17, 202119:12
Good Lesson from a Bad Dream

Good Lesson from a Bad Dream

Always do the right thing... even if it’s done reluctantly.
Jun 16, 202110:35
Do the Difficult Thing

Do the Difficult Thing

By developing the habit of not avoiding difficult things, my life has changed in ways I could’ve never imagined. Don’t avoid the difficult things in life. Lean into them! Accept them! Embrace them! They will forge your character into an unstoppable force that commands the respect of others. Because you will have earned your own Self-Respect. It’s the only way. Do the Difficult Thing. 👊🏼💪🏼🙌🏼
Jun 15, 202117:03
Forever Young

Forever Young

In this episode I’m trying something new. Something I’ve never tried before. I am sharing an idea that I have for a short story that I’ve been meaning to write. I’ve been tossing the idea around in my head for about four years now. I’ve told it to a few people, and they all seemed to really like it. So here it goes... I hope you like it too 🙏🏼
Jun 11, 202154:24
Be Real

Be Real

“Be impeccable with your word” Don Miguel Ruiz
Jun 08, 202113:50
I’m Okay Guys 🙏🏼🤗🥰

I’m Okay Guys 🙏🏼🤗🥰

I’m on Alexander’s Lake at Panola Mountain State Park, directly across from the archery range. Everything is just fine 💯👌🙏🏼
Jun 02, 202138:01
Be Yourself

Be Yourself

Let’s be real.
Jun 01, 202120:09
Dare to Live!

Dare to Live!

I spent the day hiking with my dogs at Fort Yargo State Park yesterday, and slept with them in a tent last night. Then I groomed them in front of the lake, right beside our campfire. We played at the dog park this afternoon, and now I'm headed to the archery range at Panola Mountain Archery Range 🏹 Live YOUR life the way YOU want to live it. Without apology, fear or comparison. 💯🙌👊
Apr 05, 202127:06
Life Still Rips 💯🔥👊

Life Still Rips 💯🔥👊

"No matter what, my babies... life STILL RIPS!" 🤘🔥👊 Chris "Canceled" D'elia
Mar 29, 202116:58
Lost in the Woods

Lost in the Woods

Sitting on my couch in my room, after a nice warm meal, never felt so good!!! I've never felt so scared in my life!!! My hands started to shake, and my knees felt weak. Even after I found my car and I was able to relax, I felt like I had to throw up. Probably bc of the stress - both physical and mental - that feeling lost in the woods had on my body. It was terrifying, but at the same time it was the most exciting experience I've had in awhile! I felt ALIVE!!! It really makes me appreciate the boring, safe life I have. I do appreciate this nice, warm bed to sleep in. But I also can't wait to get back out there!!! 🙌👊👍
Mar 29, 202139:09
The Best Advice I Ever Got

The Best Advice I Ever Got

"Life is not a recipe. Recipes are just descriptions of one person’s take on one moment in time. They’re not rules. People think they are. They look as if they are. They say, 'Do this, not this. Add this, not that.' But, really, recipes are just suggestions that got written down...
As you cook up your own life, never let anyone else's recipe for success intimidate you or get in your way. Know your own truth, and live by it."
Mario Batali

Mar 28, 202131:30
I Feel So Alive!!!

I Feel So Alive!!!

I'm on my way to go scouting on public lands for the first time in my life!!! I just purchased my hunting license, and can now legally enter any of the amazing Wildlife Management Areas (WMA's) here in GA. Turkey season just opened (March 20th), so I decided to go to the Broad River WMA to scout for signs of Turkeys in the area. I'm so excited I can barely contain myself!!! You don't have to take up hunting, but I would strongly encourage you to find something that excites you!!! Something that you feel gives your life purpose and meaning. Just pick something and go after it!!! If it turns out to be the wrong thing, than you can always change your mind and try something else. But to waste your time here on Earth doing things out of routine, obligations, and even worse - doing things out of guilt, in my opinion, is to waste the most precious gift we've been given: Time. "The wear and tear of living is not worth the price we pay for it, unless we're really going for it! Unless we're working toward a worthy goal!" I imagine that you were sent here for a reason. You have a purpose for being here, and that purpose is to live the life you would feel proud of living! So that you can leave this Earth with your head held high, and your heart full of gratitude. 💖 #liveyourlife #experiencebeingyou #doitforthestory
Mar 21, 202121:36
Jun the Conservationist

Jun the Conservationist

I'm driving home from an ALLLLL DAYYYYYYY Hunter Safety Certification Course in South GA. It took me almost 2 hours to get here this morning!!! But it was worth every mile!!! I learned so much today, and more importantly 😝, I passed the test!!! I can now get my hunting license here in GA!!! 🙌🏹👊 I know this is going to upset many people who are against hunting. I understand 💯🙏👊 I felt the same way. In this episode, I try to articulate why and how I've come to this decision. I hope you understand 🙏
Mar 14, 202138:30
Little Decisions Can Lead to Big Disasters

Little Decisions Can Lead to Big Disasters

The lesson of David and Bathsheba.
Mar 09, 202114:43
November 13th, 2020

November 13th, 2020

I like to avoid politics as much as possible, for obvious reasons. That's why I didn't publish this episode, when I originally recorded it. But after thinking about it, and seeing how everything played out, I think it's interesting to see what i was thinking at that time about wha was going on in our country. In the end, everything will be alright. 👍😁👊
Feb 12, 202125:51
Lessons at 40

Lessons at 40

If I had a time machine, and I had the opportunity to stop myself before making some of the biggest mistakes of my life, I wouldn't do it. I'd sit back and watch... and I'd say, "He deserves it." 🤣
Feb 09, 202118:30
Embrace Uncertainty

Embrace Uncertainty

"Uncertainty and expectation are the joys of life. Security is an insipid thing, though the overtaking and possessing of a wish discovers the folly of the chase. " William Congreve

Oct 12, 202028:59
Your Existence is Necessary

Your Existence is Necessary

Sometimes it's easy to think to ourselves that we don't really matter. It's natural to wonder if our lives really mean anything.

"What's the purpose of our existence? Why are we here?"

In this episode of The Tao of Jun, I explain my philosophy on life and why we're here. I'm not saying that I have the definitive answers to those questions. But I do believe that I have a perspective worth sharing. 😊

I really hope you enjoy this episode 🙏, and please let me know what you think. Whether you agree or disagree, I'm interested in hearing your thoughts and ideas. 👍
Oct 03, 202017:37
What is Toastmasters? (Special Guest: Papa John)

What is Toastmasters? (Special Guest: Papa John)

Join me and my special guest, Papa John, as we explain what Toastmasters is and the personal benefits we've experienced from joining the organization. As John puts it, "It's like joining a gym to work on your public speaking muscles." I hope that after listening to this conversation, you will feel inspired to find a local club to visit just to see if it's right for you. As a guest your free to visit as many clubs as many times as you like. There's no pressure to join at any time. However, I'm willing to bet that after a few visits, you'll be inspired to join Toastmasters as well. I honor the light in you, that is also in me: Namaste 🙏
Sep 19, 202038:06
An Honest Review of Mulan 2020

An Honest Review of Mulan 2020

My girls and I LOVE Mulan. The original Mulan, not the new live action remake. We ordered Mulan 2020 on Disney+ over Labor day weekend, and boy were we disappointed 😞 I hope our honest review helps you if you're on the fence, thinking about ordering the movie for an extra $35 on top of the Disney+ subscription. Don't get me wrong, it would totally have been worth it if we actually enjoyed the movie. But we hated it! It felt like Disney took the heart and soul out of the movie and replaced it with a bunch of unnecessarily complicated drama that made the movie BORING. This is just our opinion. But maybe if you go into it knowing that it's just a Chinese action movie that happens to be called Mulan, you may actually be able to enjoy it. I hope this helps. Perhaps it will save someone the money, but more importantly your time. My youngest was smart enough to stop watching it less than halfway into the movie. She said, "This sucks," and went upstairs! 🤣🤣🤣
Sep 12, 202024:53
Riding with my Girls

Riding with my Girls

Ride along with us as i drive down to Atlanta from Tennessee with my daughters ❤
Sep 05, 202045:43
Relationship Advice with Lee Rowley

Relationship Advice with Lee Rowley

In this podcast my friend, Lee, and I try to tackle the difficult subject of RELATIONSHIPS. I must warn you, we get very honest and vulnerable in this episode. It is not for the faint of heart. If you are easily offended, please do not listen to this! But if you're having difficulty in your relationships, or experiencing a difficult separation, this is meant for you. I truly hope this episode helps you in your relationships both now, and in the future 🙏 "When you walk around with a broken heart 💔, you end up breaking other people's hearts." Lee Rowley
Sep 05, 202002:00:01
Current Events with Lee Rowley
Aug 17, 202002:00:00
The Elephant in the Room

The Elephant in the Room

In this episode, I invite my friend and fellow philosopher, Daniel, to share his thoughts on Racism, Personal Development, Spirituality, and other topics that we find interesting to explore. This episode is raw, unedited and not for those who are easily offended. We tackle the difficult topics. The giant elephant in the room. I hope you enjoy our conversation! 🙏 (You can follow Daniel on Instagram @fr33truth, and his podcast called The Elephant in the Room)
Jul 11, 202003:28:53
Chris D'elia is Canceled

Chris D'elia is Canceled

Watching Chris D'Elia getting canceled is the saddest shit ever 😢

I was a fan of his comedy, and his podcast. I know he's innocent until proven guilty, but damn... some of the DM's that came out are pretty bad... I hope he can make it through this, and maybe even redeem himself in the future.

As a father of two young girls, pedophiles make my blood boil. 🤬 But I want to believe that he didn't knowingly pursue underage girls. I want to believe he's not the predator people are making him out to be. I hope he's not. It would be so devastating. It's already super disappointing. 😔

He just had a child with his partner recently. I know that after my first daughter was born I was the most emotional I've ever felt in my entire life. I would cry for no reason that I was aware of at times. I just hope that at a time like this, just having his first baby and having his life torn apart at the same time, he has some true friends and family to be there for him. I'm genuinely worried about him. I hope he pulls through this 🙏
Jul 01, 202043:46
Real Talk

Real Talk

This is probably not going to sit well with my listeners. I drop the bullshit in this episode and just share my honest thoughts and feelings on what's going on in the world right now. It's raw, it was unplanned, unscripted and totally raw. But it's how I genuinely feel right now.
Jun 30, 202038:29
The Weekend Racist

The Weekend Racist

I'm so over labels. All they do is separate us as a society. Divide and conquer. What if we gave up our labels and connect as human beings instead?
Jun 19, 202020:58
Grooming With Jeanine

Grooming With Jeanine

Literally rambling and spilling my thoughts while driving to and from South Carolina. I had such a great time today making a YouTube collaboration video with Jeanine. Jeanine is a mobile groomer here it Williamston South Carolina. Her YouTube channel is Grooms by Jeanine, and that's her Instagram handle as well. She's more active on Instagram than she is on YouTube, but she stays pretty active on YouTube as well. However, if you're wanting to contact her, or to ask questions about anything specific, her Instagram is usually the best way to get in touch with her. So this is just me sharing my thoughts on my way to and from South Carolina back down to Georgia. Thank you so much for your time, I hope you enjoy it!
Jun 09, 202001:08:09
Another Crazy Dream

Another Crazy Dream

I had a dream a couple of nights ago that made a profound impact on me. Here's the lesson I learned: I am Enough, and so are you. 🙏
May 19, 202009:51
Thinking Out Loud

Thinking Out Loud

Just sharing some random ideas that have been swirling around my head. 😁
May 12, 202022:53
Don't Ruin the Joke

Don't Ruin the Joke

I'd like to share my "Racist Dad" joke. There's a lesson in it that I think will help those of us who are experiencing racism, or dealing with other forms of ignorance. 🙏
May 01, 202009:16
Grooming During a Pandemic

Grooming During a Pandemic

Just unloading my thoughts while driving to work this morning. I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
Apr 27, 202025:15
The Deadly Disease of Complaining

The Deadly Disease of Complaining

If there's one thing that has held me back, and prevented me from growing, it's COMPLAINING. Here's why it's so dangerous, and how I try to keep myself from indulging in this deadly habit.
Feb 07, 202019:53
Reverse Engineer Your Life

Reverse Engineer Your Life

There was a question that I had to answer last night at my Toastmasters club that I thought was such a great question to think about. "When you're 80 years old, what do you think will matter the most?"
Feb 05, 202017:06
"That's Why We're Here"

"That's Why We're Here"

After getting off a rollercoaster I rushed over to my younger daughter and asked, "Annabelle, weren't you scared?!"
She just shrugged and responded nonchalantly,
"Yeah, but that's why we ride the rides, right? So we can get scared."

Exactly! Sometimes life can be so scary, and you may feel like you're about to die. But don't worry. That's why we are here. That's why we ride the terrifying rollercoaster of life. So hold on tight, and enjoy your ride! Welcome to Planet Earth! I hope you enjoy your time here 🙏
Feb 01, 202036:41
The 5 Stages of Grief

The 5 Stages of Grief

Understanding the 5 stages of grief is having such a positive impact on me! It doesn't make the pain I feel go away, but it does help me navigate through it with more clarity and awareness. I'm still in the depressed, sad stage - and I find myself still bargaining. Trying to get back that which I've lost. But now that I understand why I'm feeling these strong emotions, and why they can feel so unbearable at times, it helps me to know that there is healing after the pain. And we all go through it. So I can get through it too. I'm hopeful now, knowing that I'm almost at the acceptance stage, and there's no need to rush it.
Oct 25, 201935:15
Doing My Best 👍

Doing My Best 👍

I'm getting ready to drive up to TN to give an all-day hands-on training at a grooming salon in Gallatin, TN tomorrow. I'm driving home to let my dogs out and pack my bags for the trip. I'm excited and nervous all at the same time. I'm sure everything will work out though... it always does. Or it won't, but that's ok too 👍😁🙌
Oct 24, 201932:48
Setting Off an Alarm

Setting Off an Alarm

I'm so upset with myself! I was at my client's house finishing up my groom, and after I was done I had to use the restroom. I was working in their garage so I had no idea that no one was home. I realized that no one was home when I opened the door and heard a loud beeping sound, and saw the red light flashing on their alarm system keypad. I panicked!! I shut the door and called my client, but she didn't answer. So I sent a couple of panicked, overly apologetic texts back to back!! You know, like an idiot. Then the siren went off... for a while... I thought to myself, "Now I'm screwed!!" 🤦🏻‍♂️😂🤣
Oct 23, 201921:11
Change is Inevitable

Change is Inevitable

I think the best thing for me to do now is to adapt to the changes happening in my life rather than resist it.
Oct 23, 201928:08
Living a Meaningful Life

Living a Meaningful Life

What makes life worth living? Why are we really here? What makes our time here worthwhile? I share my thoughts on these important questions in this episode.
Oct 19, 201945:36
Life's a Trip!

Life's a Trip!

Getting ready to make the drive down to Orlando, FL to groom a dangerously aggressive Shih Tzu. This is my second time. The first time was back in July, and a part of me was worried that it would be impossible. But anything is possible, and this time I'm going to stream it live on YouTube to show that nothing is impossible. The word itself spells "I'm Possible!"
Oct 18, 201933:08
Grateful For Difficult Times

Grateful For Difficult Times

Changing my inner dialogue. No matter how difficult the situation is, no matter how heavy the burden, we all have the ability to get through one more day. Instead of feeling despair, I can feel determined and make the most of this opportunities that I have today. "When we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change." Dr Wayne Dyer
Oct 13, 201920:16
Accepting the Worst Case Scenario

Accepting the Worst Case Scenario

"Only after disaster can we be resurrected. It's only after you've lost everything that you're free to do anything. Nothing is static, everything is evolving, everything is falling apart."
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
Oct 04, 201927:34
Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

Yesterday I was overwhelmed with sadness and depression. I tried to talk myself out of it like I usually do, but it didn't help... at all. I tried breathing techniques but that didn't help either. I felt overwhelmed with the feelings of despair and deep depression. I usually don't reach out to anyone for help because I don't want to bring anyone down. But in a state of desperation I reached out to my friend, Andre. After my conversation with Andre, I was able to feel a little better and decided to go walk my dogs at the park. Then I met an attorney at the dog park who deals with divorce and custody battles. After my conversation with him I felt a lot better. I was able to sleep last night without much difficulty. Then this morning I called the national suicide hotline and spoke with a man named Carl. I'm so glad I did because the conversation helped me immensely! The reason I'm sharing this is to encourage anyone who is struggling with depression or anxiety, and may be having suicidal thoughts, to please reach out to someone. I know its hard... and I know how difficult it is to talk about it with someone. It feels like it would be better to just hide it. Act like everything is fine, and put on a fake smile for everyone. But it's not. If you cannot reach out to anyone, please consider calling the suicide hotline. It's easier than I expected it to be, and it was a lot more helpful than I thought it would be. Give it a try before going through with something you can never undo. You are needed, and your life has value. Never give up!!
Oct 01, 201918:14
Be Your Own Advocate!

Be Your Own Advocate!

I had a dream last night that really bothered me. I was invited to a dinner party at one of my client's house, and I was surrounded by wealthy people inside a huge mansion. I felt so out of place and more than a bit insecure. When dinner was finally served, I very meekly asked a well dressed man if I could sit in an open seat next to him. He completely ignored me! So I asked again in a very submissive tone of voice, and this time he just glared at me. So I sheepishly sat on the floor and began eating my food. Then I heard people snickering and laughing behind me. When I woke up, I felt so upset and disappointed with myself. I realized that I need to stop behaving so sheepishly, and be more confident in myself! Be my own advocate, and speak up for myself. We all paid the same price of admission to exist here on earth! No one deserves to be here more than anyone else, and nobody has more value as a human being than you or I. Let's start valuing ourselves and stop acting so insecure. You have value, and you deserve to enjoy your time here on earth. And so do I 🙏
Sep 21, 201909:17
What to do When Feeling Sad

What to do When Feeling Sad

I was feeling super sad this morning and it was starting to affect me physically. It was triggered by looking at a cat's tail plant during my walk this morning. It reminded me of when I would pluck one of the stalks for my daughter, Ava, while I would push her in her stroller when she was little girl.

I remembered when my younger daughter, Annabelle, would tell me, "Daddy, don't step on the lines!" Which made me feel even more sad missing those times I'd walk with her and play the "don't step on the lines" game.

When I got back home from the walk, I saw their baby pictures all over the house which made me feel even more sad! Later, while driving to my client's house this morning, the feeling of sadness started to overwhelm me! I started to feel extremely tired, weak, and sleepy.

That was when I remembered a concept that I learned from John Kabat-Zinn, the author of The Full Catastrophe Living. He says that we should become an observer to our own feelings rather than fall victim to them. He points out that if we're going to feel them anyways we might as well really feel them.

Once you begin to take notice and observe the feelings like a scientist would, the overwhelming emotions lose their grip on you. They don't feel so strong and all-consuming anymore, and you begin to feel better. So I tried this while driving to work this morning, and now I really do feel better. I hope this concept helps you as much as it helps me.
Sep 19, 201911:08
Doing Things That Matter

Doing Things That Matter

I had a day off yesterday, and I originally planned on changing my engine oil, working on emails, running a few errands, the gym, walking my dogs in the evening and then finally getting some rest because I have a very busy week ahead of me. Instead I decided to go up and spend some time with my daughters in Tennessee. And I am so glad I did!! We met at a library near their house so that I could work on my emails while they worked on their schoolwork. Then we had a delicious meal at Chic-Fil-A before heading over to Opry Mills to play the Escape Room Game. I honestly didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did!! We had such a great time, and it was such a great experience!! It was so challenging and difficult!! My younger daughter, Annabelle, got scared at the end and wanted to quit. The music was scaring her, and she asked several times if we could stop. I kept reassuring her, and told her everything was going to be ok. My older daughter was feeling the pressure of the clock as the 60 minute time limit was quickly running out!! But we made it!! With only 2 seconds to spare!! We got through it together as a family and overcame the difficult challenges! Now my daughters have this memory to look back on whenever they're facing a challenging or scary situation that may feel is too difficult to overcome. It's a priceless experience and such a wonderful memory that we now have forever. Even though I'm now working on just a few hours of sleep, it was so worth it in order to create that memory with my daughters. Had I not been willing to make the drive, I would be well rested today but I would've missed out on that incredible experience that my daughters will remember for the rest of their lives. It was so worth it!!
Sep 18, 201926:24
The Past Does Not Want You

The Past Does Not Want You

There's an episode of the Twilight Zone called The Trouble with Templeton.

It's about a man who can't let go of his past. Then one day he is suddenly transported back to his past. But is wife and best friend, both of whom he missed dearly, treated him so badly.

They were dismissive, mean, and extremely rude to him. Then he comes back to his original time and realizes that they were all just acting in order to get him to come back to the present moment. To live his life fully. To stop living in the past. Stop wishing things were the way they used to be. So that he could take full ownership of his life right now, and live it to the best of his ability. He learned that the past does not want him there. But the present moment needs him here.

This was exactly the lesson that I needed last night. While I was walking my dogs, I started to feel sad reminiscing about my daughters. Remembering the times we had and missing them so much. Then I remembered this lesson, and brought myself back to the present moment. I stood up tall, acknowledged my dogs, admired the forest all around me, listened to the sounds of Nature and really took in the beauty of that moment.

Because the past does not want me there. But this present moment needs me here.
Sep 13, 201914:14
A Life Changing Decision to Make

A Life Changing Decision to Make

I'm currently facing a very difficult decision that will potentially change my life! No matter what I choose, both options will have a huge impact on my future. While keeping my end goal of starting a dog grooming school in mind, I really need to decide which experience will be the most valuable and beneficial to my future students.
Sep 12, 201934:55
Weathering the Storm of Life

Weathering the Storm of Life

I'm finally beginning to feel better about myself and my current situation. I remember hearing an analogy about a ship in the ocean. As long as there are no holes in the ship, and the water cannot get inside, the ship will not sink. I've been hit with the winds of divorce, and the storm of sadness. My ship has been damaged. But instead of focusing my energy and attention on repairing my ship, I've been wasting my time blaming the ocean of life. Shaking my fist at the sky in anger and resentment. Blaming the waves instead of repairing the damage within myself. Now that I've found the real source of my pain, I'm now feeling so much better! It's empowering to know that I have the power to repair my broken heart, and still make something beautiful out of my shattered dreams. Like Dr Wayne Dyer used to say, "When you refuse to go within, you will always go without."
Sep 08, 201935:06
Talking Myself Out of a Meltdown

Talking Myself Out of a Meltdown

Today was especially tough for me. I'm battling demons that seem so scary! Fighting feelings of despair and anguish. Feeling trapped and hopeless. But I got through it. Speaking my thoughts out loud during my walk with my dogs this evening really helped bring me back from that deep dark place. I hope by sharing this, and by hearing my thought process, it might help someone else who may be feeling the way I felt today. #staystrong #thingscangetbetter #takecontrolofyourmind
Sep 05, 201928:56
Overcoming Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

Overcoming Depression and Suicidal Thoughts

This is probably one of the most meaningful conversations I've ever had. My friend Lee has graciously offered her time, and courageously shared some of the most difficult experiences a human being can ever go through. She has dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts for most of her life. In this conversation Lee shares with me practical ways, and helpful ideas that can help anyone who is struggling with depression and/or thoughts of suicide. These are real world tips and strategies given by someone who has gone through it herself. For that reason alone, I believe that they are truly applicable for others who are going through it as well. If you or anyone you know is struggling through the darkest of times, please encourage them to listen to this podcast episode. I honestly believe it will help. I am so incredibly grateful for Lee's courage and willingness to share her experiences in order to help someone else.
Sep 04, 201901:07:17
It's All Hard Work

It's All Hard Work

Sometimes new groomers, or people who are thinking about changing careers into grooming, are disappointed when they contact me. I'm usually very encouraging, and I love to help inspire and motivate my fellow groomers. But the reason why I sometimes discourage people from grooming is because they're in it for the wrong reason. I can tell by the questions they ask: "How quickly can I become a groomer?"; "How much money can I make?", etc. If you're doing it because you think it'll be a fun way to make money - no matter what line of work it is - you're in it for the wrong reason, and it will never end well. If anything, I'm trying to save them from years of frustration.
Sep 03, 201953:28
Dealing with Depression

Dealing with Depression

I'd like to share some ideas and strategies that I've been using that have really been helping me through this tough time in my life. No one is immune to the difficulties and hardships in life. If you find yourself on the edge, contemplating the worst, I'd like to share how I've managed to pull myself back from the edge of the cliff. I hope this helps 🙏
Sep 03, 201926:25
Maybe This is Heaven

Maybe This is Heaven

I got through another day! It wasn't pretty, but it was my best. I'm really starting to understand that I'm not perfect, and maybe that's perfect. Just like a diamond is precious because of it's flaws and imperfections, maybe it's the difficult times in our lives that makes it so beautiful and precious. Maybe if everything was perfect it would be boring as hell! Maybe what feels like hell is actually heaven.
Sep 03, 201915:07
I'm Messed Up

I'm Messed Up

I'm going through the most difficult time of my life right now. I feel like my heart is being ripped out of my chest. It takes everything to just get out of bed... and then at night it's so difficult to fall asleep. But I must go on and try to look to the future with hope. Right? What other choice do I have? I must face each day with purpose, and continue to try to be a better person than I used to be.
Sep 02, 201918:04
Work Your Land

Work Your Land

“Believe in the great opportunities that are right here not over in New York or Boston, but here — for business, for everything that is worth living for on earth. There was never an opportunity greater.” Russell Conwell
Aug 21, 201917:59
Free to be Me

Free to be Me

"If you knew who you really are, you would no longer worry about other people’s opinion of you. And you wouldn’t worry about how you’re going to move from Point A to Point Z.
The truth is, you wouldn’t worry about anything at all." Bob Procter
Aug 14, 201914:02
I'm a Mistake Maker

I'm a Mistake Maker

"True nobility is not about being better than anyone else, it's about being better than you used to be." - Wayne Dyer
Aug 02, 201914:09
Life Would Be No Fun in God Mode

Life Would Be No Fun in God Mode

Why I believe it's better not to live life in God mode. 😁🙏

We think we want life to be easy.

But would we really enjoy life? Would it feel rewarding? Could we still feel the exhilaration that comes from overcoming the difficult challenges that we all face in our lives.
Jul 17, 201912:39
I Can Go The Distance

I Can Go The Distance

I've always dreamed of doing things that would help others, and feeling like I mattered to someone. That's why driving down to Orlando, FL to help a kind and caring couple with their adopted Shih Tzu means so much to me. "I know every mile will be worth my while. I will go most anywhere to find where I belong!"
Jun 28, 201929:37
Life is so fun when you are aware!

Life is so fun when you are aware!

I've been reevaluating my belief systems that have been running my life for so long without me ever realizing it. Beliefs that were passed down to me by others that are completely false! Yet I've been allowing these false beliefs to run my life. Now that I'm becoming more aware, and examining my beliefs, life has taken on a whole new meaning!
Jun 12, 201916:22
Why We All Must Suffer Sometimes

Why We All Must Suffer Sometimes

I believe it's our heartache and pains that connect us. By suffering through hardships, we gain empathy and compassion. Through every difficulty, through every failure, we inevitably grow.
Jun 03, 201909:03
Coming Home a Changed Man

Coming Home a Changed Man

5 am... Almost home... exhausted and exhilarated at the same time! I'm returning home a changed man!

Bring on the challenges! Bring on the difficulties! I can take it!!

I can weather any storm. Unless it kills me, I will never give up. Because I'm no longer afraid of trying my best but failing anyways.

"Let the storm rage on" #thecoldneverbotheredmeanyways
Jun 03, 201941:06
Driving to TN to visit my daughters

Driving to TN to visit my daughters

Learning to let go.
Jun 02, 201949:06
Riding with David T (My Favorite Dog Dad)

Riding with David T (My Favorite Dog Dad)

I decided to record a conversation David, a fellow Youtuber and dog enthusiast, were having during our car ride to Stone Mountain, Ga. It was about the importance of rest and recovery, and whether or not there's a difference.
May 21, 201918:43
I Must Be My Best

I Must Be My Best

I've been dealing with a lot of sadness and loneliness lately... and like an idiot, I would go live on Facebook and vent. Rant is probably a more accurate word. But I have to remind myself that there are a few people who do look up to me. Like it or not, I do lead a smal tribe now. As leader of this ship, I no longer have the luxury of presenting myself as anything less than my best. There are people counting on me. I cannot let them down. I must do my very best!!
May 14, 201912:09
We Are All Drops of God

We Are All Drops of God

I'd like to remind you of who you are. Who you REALLY are!!! 🙏
May 09, 201906:49
The Recipe for Success

The Recipe for Success

Success is attainable no matter who you are or what your circumstances may be. You just have to know the recipe for success, and follow it.

Fortunately, it’s simple and there’s only 4 ingredients:
1) Show Up
2) Do Your Best
3) Genuinely Care
4) Be of Service
May 02, 201919:14
A song that helps me

A song that helps me

Hold Me Jesus, by Rich Mullins
Apr 22, 201908:51
Why I avoided the gym

Why I avoided the gym

There is an old African proverb, “ if there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do no harm.”
Apr 18, 201912:46
Finding her voice again

Finding her voice again

I met a lady named Mia tonight at our Brookhaven Toastmasters at St. James UMC meeting. She said she came because she has lost her voice.

So I asked, “When was the last time you remember seeing it? Let’s treat it like a lost set of keys.”

She responded, “Back in 2014.” 😯 Allow me to share her story. But the story is not over. In fact, you’ll see that this is only the beginning!
Apr 17, 201921:11
Upgrade Your Software: Upgrade Your Mind

Upgrade Your Software: Upgrade Your Mind

I’d like to share an idea that I got from Dr. Rhonda Kaufman during my flight back to Atlanta this past weekend. It literally blew my mind! I hope it has some value for you as well 🙏
Apr 02, 201909:06
Time to go hide under a rock 🦞

Time to go hide under a rock 🦞

I’ve been feeling myself pulling away lately. Withdrawing, and not really knowing why. I was unaware of why I was even feeling this way. But I think I know what’s going on now. Just like a lobster must take time to go harden it’s new shell whenever it grows, I must take some time to harden my new shell. Or run the risk of getting eaten alive because of my impatience, and my inability to control my eagerness.
Mar 23, 201910:39
There Is No Hero Coming to Save You

There Is No Hero Coming to Save You

Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t meet your heroes because they’ll only let you down”? Well, I hate to break it to you... but it’s true.

But instead of avoiding your heroes for fear of disappointment, I believe that we should meet our heroes. For the same reason we think it's not good to meet them. So that we do get let down. Because the moment after the disappointment comes inspiration! The thought, “they’re only human too. Just like me. If they can do it, maybe I can do it!”

Mar 22, 201909:16
Enough is Enough, Right?

Enough is Enough, Right?

Many say that life is a mountain to climb. But what if unexpectedly, and quite suddenly, you find yourself at the top of your personal mountain? Do you set up residence there? Or do you keep going on to the next mountain? Because the next mountain looks even more challenging, but much more beautiful and more rewarding! Do you stay, or do you go? What would you do?
Mar 19, 201929:08
Your Friends & Family Will Never Erupt in Applause For You

Your Friends & Family Will Never Erupt in Applause For You

This idea hit me after watching a YouTube video of the 2015 Toastmasters World Champion, Mohammed Qahtani: The Power of Words- youtu.be/Iqq1roF4C8s

When he received the award at the end of the video, the audience erupted in applause!! 👏 They clapped and cheered so loud it sounded like some of them were roaring!

I suddenly realized it was because he was in a room full of like-minded people making progress towards their dreams and goals. Not a room full of his close friends and family members... think about that 🤔
Mar 17, 201913:32
It’s possible ... for you! 👊

It’s possible ... for you! 👊

After meeting two of my favorite groomers, that I really look up to in this industry, I realized that all three of us share some things in common that I believe is responsible for our success. Even though we’re so different, we all have something in common. I’d like to share what those common traits are in this podcast. I hope you enjoy it, and namaste 🙏
Mar 11, 201916:19
This Little Light of Mine...

This Little Light of Mine...

We are all born with something very special inside of us. I call it the light. We all have it inside of us. I want to encourage you to keep shining your light. Even if others have convinced you that your light is wrong. It’s the wrong color. It’s the wrong shape. It’s not bright enough - it will never be bright enough. Don’t believe them! Your light is your own, and it is unique for a reason. No matter what, keep shining. Keep smiling. Knowing that you are meant to shine, and you will always be enough 🙏🤗
Mar 07, 201905:07
3 Ideas That Changed My Life

3 Ideas That Changed My Life

I’ve done a lot of thinking recently about how exactly I went from a failing business owner to now a successful entrepreneur. After spending a lot of time meditating on this, I believe that I have defined the three ideas that made the most impact on my life. Tonight as I drive home I’d like to share the 3 life-changing ideas with you. I hope they serve you as well as they have served me. Namaste 🙏
Mar 05, 201921:39
The Law Of Sowing & Reaping

The Law Of Sowing & Reaping

You are currently REAPING what you have SOWN up until now. So if you don’t like what you’re reaping, you’ve got to start sowing better seed. “The soil says, ‘Don’t bring me your needs. Bring me your seeds!’” Jim Rohn
Mar 03, 201921:16
The day I became a millionaire

The day I became a millionaire

This morning I would like to tell you about the moment that I became a millionaire!!
Feb 27, 201924:57
You Are Obliviously Rich!!

You Are Obliviously Rich!!

You have something that is priceless, and precious beyond compare. More precious than diamonds, more valuable than gold. It’s called your soul, and don’t ever sell it for anyone or anything!

Everyone is so beautifully precious, and rich beyond compare! All of us! 🤗 I know this to be true in my heart ♥️. I can recognize it. Because I am too 🙏 Namaste 🙏
Feb 27, 201915:26
We are all suffering from a condition called Life

We are all suffering from a condition called Life

What if I told you that you're going to die? What if I told you that you've got an inescapable, incurable condition called Life?

How differently would we live each day if we realized we are all suffering from this fatal condition? Would knowing that our time here is very limited change how we approach each day?

This condition called Life will knock you down over and over again until it finally clocks you out for good. No one knows how long you have. Life affects everyone differently. But make no mistake, life is going to get you. When we truly realize this, I believe that each day becomes precious. We will no longer want to waste them doing things we’d rather not do.
Feb 07, 201912:29
Why We Must Go Through The Fire 🔥

Why We Must Go Through The Fire 🔥

No matter how beautifully sculpted, or how intricately designed, there is not a single piece of pottery that would be useful to anyone until it goes into the furnace. I love to use this as an analogy to explain why we must all go into the furnace. Why life puts us under so much pressure sometimes. Because it hardens us. It puts a beautiful, protective glaze around us so that our inner confidence shines out brilliantly. Until we go through hard times, experience difficulties - go into the furnace of life, we will never be useful to anyone. Especially to ourselves!
Feb 04, 201924:31
What I’ve Been Up To These Days

What I’ve Been Up To These Days

Life is definitely a journey. With twists and turns, and unexpected obstacles. Sometimes you’re flying high, and sometimes you’re down in the mud. That’s life. Right now I’m in the process of getting myself out of the mud. Wherever you find yourself at this moment, I hope you never give up on yourself! Always remember that you have greatness within you! Unlimited potential, and unique gifts and talents to offer the world. Believe in yourself! And always value yourself... because if you don’t, you’ll have to depend on others to value you... and they won’t. I promise you, they won’t. You must learn to value yourself! You are worth it!! I promise you!!! You’re worth it!!
Feb 04, 201929:40
How to Become a Superhero

How to Become a Superhero

We are all born with unlimited potential. That is a fact.

Given enough time and effort, there’s no telling where someone could end up in life. But what if you’re not born with any noticeable gifts or talents? What if you’re not super smart, or tall, or strong? What if you’re not physically attractive? None of these things matter. Even the least likely person can become a Superhero, even if everyone else believes that it’s impossible.

All you have to do is understand this simple formula: Great Power = Great Responsibility.

Which also means: Great Responsibility = Great Power

All you have to do is take a great level of responsibility for your own life. Own it! All of it! The good and the bad. Stop blaming others or allowing yourself to be the victim. Take charge of your own life!

By taking personal responsibility, you become powerful! With Great Responsibility comes Great Power!
Jan 19, 201906:33
The Time I Met Mark Cuban

The Time I Met Mark Cuban

I never actually met Mark Cuban. 😔

This was just a dream that I had that was REALLY intense! It was such a vivid dream, and it felt so real.

I’m sharing this dream with you because the advice that my imaginary Mark Cuban gave me totally changed my mind set. I hope it helps you too 🙏❤️
Jan 17, 201918:56
The Butterfly Analogy

The Butterfly Analogy

I love the butterfly analogy!

The symbolism is powerful! We retreat from the world and struggle within, then return transformed into a beautiful new being. How beautiful is that? But there were a couple things that I missed about the butterfly analogy that would’ve really helped me had I understood them.

I’d like to share the two points that I missed in hopes that you get the idea much sooner than I did, and it will save you much heartache. 🤗❤️
Jan 16, 201913:02
No espresso = No Kato & No Kato = No Green Hornet 🐝

No espresso = No Kato & No Kato = No Green Hornet 🐝

I would like to share an idea that I got while watching the new Green Hornet, with Seth Rogen and Jay Chou. The idea is, “how do you do anything is how you do everything. “ if there was no excellent espresso, there would be no Kato. If there was no Kato, there would be no Green Hornet. The magic all started with a cup of coffee. Because how you do anything is how you do everything.
Jan 12, 201915:45
The Law of Integrity 🙏

The Law of Integrity 🙏

When we understand The Law of Integrity, we help others with pure motives. With a genuine intention to help. Because we understand that it’s in our own best interest that others do well.
Jan 11, 201915:46
Living Fearlessly: I’m SO LATE!!

Living Fearlessly: I’m SO LATE!!

“Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself” Franklin D Roosevelt
Jan 09, 201908:55
Freaking Out: I lost my journal 📔

Freaking Out: I lost my journal 📔

After the Toastmasters meeting tonight, I was so excited that I streamed live on YouTube to share my experience. Then I called my wife, got in the car and drove off. Halfway home I realized I left my journal on top of the car and never got it before getting back in! So I drove back to retrace my steps, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. My journal is gone, I’m freaking out, but after talking about it I’m feeling much better about the whole situation.
Jan 09, 201921:48
My first Toastmasters Event

My first Toastmasters Event

Just sharing my thoughts while driving home to get ready for my very first Toastmasters meeting tonight in Brookhaven. I’m feeling so excited 😁
Jan 08, 201916:18
Don’t Fight Your Fears: Dance with Them

Don’t Fight Your Fears: Dance with Them

Rather than fight your fears, struggle with anxiety, learn to dance with them. Accept them as a necessary part of your story. Acceptance does not mean resignation - throwing your hands up in the air and giving up. Acceptance means understanding.
Jan 08, 201917:04
How I Deal with Depression

How I Deal with Depression

I’m so scared to release this podcast. I’m afraid of what people may think, or that their opinion of me may change. What if I lose all my fans? Or my clients? But something keeps telling me to publish this. No matter what the consequences are, I want to live more honestly.
Jan 07, 201927:04
Give the Lamp a Rub: The Lesson of Aladdin

Give the Lamp a Rub: The Lesson of Aladdin

This idea came up while doing a goal-setting session for a livestream on our YouTube channel. I gave the example of Aladdin and the genie 🧞‍♂️. He couldn’t make the princess fall in love with Aladdin ❤️

When making goals of your own, keep in mind, you can’t make anyone love you. Or treat you better - or treat you fairly. You cannot change or control people or circumstances. All we really have control over is ourselves, and how we respond to the people and circumstances in our lives.

However, just like Aladdin realized, you can’t change others, but you can change yourself. Become the kind of person who attracts the people and circumstances you wish you had in your life. Become the best version of yourself 🤗🙏
Jan 05, 201912:56
It’s so hard to say “Goodbye”

It’s so hard to say “Goodbye”

Today I had to say goodbye to my wife and daughters. They leave for Arizona to help and be with family out there. My father-in-law is lying in a hospital bed, not responding well to medication, and it looks like this may be their last chance to say “goodbye” 😭

Knowing what to do and actually doing it are two completely different worlds. We all know what we should do. That’s easy. It’s deciding to do what we know we should do that’s the challenge.
Dec 19, 201818:04
It’s not about what you do. It’s about who you are!

It’s not about what you do. It’s about who you are!

“Success is not something you pursue. It’s something you attract by the person you become.” Jim Rohn
Dec 15, 201806:57
Hard Work is Not Enough

Hard Work is Not Enough

In this episode I explain why I believe that hard work is not enough. The key is to care about the work you do. The more you care, the more rewarded you’ll feel and people will appreciate you more as well. I use the example of my time working at a liquor store. I understand now why I had such a bad experience, and how different it could’ve been if only I had cared more about the work I was doing. Working hard might pay the bills, but true fulfillment only comes by genuinely caring about the work you do for others.
Dec 13, 201816:15
Love Your Job or You Might Die!

Love Your Job or You Might Die!

Loving your job, your craft, the work you do is literally a matter of life and death! Brian Tracy says that if you don’t love your job, get out of it the way you would get out of a burning building! Because that’s what it’s doing to your life! Soon the job you hate will burn all the creativity and desire that’s always been in your heart. Love the work you do! It’s literally a matter of life and death!
Dec 13, 201812:42
The Real Lesson of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer

The Real Lesson of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer

I’ve been thinking about letting go of resentments recently. Letting go of the past, and allowing old wounds to heal - forgiving myself and others for past mistakes. So when I heard Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, it was like hearing it for the first time! I heard it differently this time. I asked myself, “What if Rudolph was bitter and resentful like me?” He wouldn’t have gone down in history, that’s for sure. At least not in a good way. It was because Rudolph was much wiser than me, he knew to let the past go and be willing to help when needed. “Then all the reindeer loved him! They even shouted out with glee! Rudolph the red-nose reindeer, you’ll go down in history!”
Dec 10, 201813:27
The Golden Buddha: Unique Talents Lie Hidden Inside of You

The Golden Buddha: Unique Talents Lie Hidden Inside of You

We are all like the Golden Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand. We are brilliant and priceless, but we’ve been convinced that we are not enough. We’ve been covered up with clay and made to believe that we are worthless. Sometimes the only way to discover, uncover, the greatness hidden inside is for life to break us. Only by falling out of the sky and having our outer shell removed can we reveal the brilliance that has been inside of you all along.
Dec 07, 201819:35
Welcome to Planet Earth: The Greatest Park in the Galaxy!

Welcome to Planet Earth: The Greatest Park in the Galaxy!

We love going to amusement parks as a family. My daughters love screaming as they feel their stomachs rising up out of their throats! 😂 That’s why the rides are so fun! The feeling that we’re going to die is why we go on the scariest rides, and we laugh afterwards. Some even go back in line! I like to think of planet earth that way. As a huge amusement park here in our galaxy. Some of the rides are safe and boring... and that’s fine if that’s your style. But for me, I’m here for the thrill!! For the laughs, the experiences, and the meaningful relationships that we create along the way.
Dec 01, 201810:50
The Willingness to Help Others is the Most Important Thing!

The Willingness to Help Others is the Most Important Thing!

The willingness to help others is what will motivate and inspire you to push yourself to learn more, try harder, and do the things that scare you. It’s what pulls you through the tough times when you fail or embarrass yourself. Like Alicia Keys says, “We are here. We are here for all of us, that’s why we are here.” 🎶
Nov 20, 201814:37
You Should’ve Sold the Cow!

You Should’ve Sold the Cow!

Focus on helping and serving others to the best of your ability. Not chasing the money. do it for what it will make of you, not for what can get, but who you will become! “Success is not something you pursue. Success is something you attract by the person you become.” Jim Rohn
Nov 08, 201819:27
How Failure Can Lead To Success

How Failure Can Lead To Success

Had I not failed my first business attempt, I would not be the person I am today. I say this with love, but I hope you have the privilege to fail 🤗
Oct 05, 201824:50
Life is not a recipe!

Life is not a recipe!

“As you cook up your own life, never allow anyone else’s recipe for success intimidate you or get in your way. Know your own truth and live by it.” Mario Batali
Sep 06, 201809:11
Comfort and Ease can lead to Annihilation

Comfort and Ease can lead to Annihilation

A lesson from the Stephen’s Island Wren: A life of comfort and ease can lead to extinction. Paradise is a nice place to visit on vacation, but stay there long enough and it can become your graveyard.
Aug 23, 201821:12
Do it For the Story!

Do it For the Story!

Life is not about “getting it done” - accomplishing more than others or proving that you’re better. It’s about enjoying this experience we’re having called Life! So take the pressure off of yourself. The pressure to win, or to prove yourself to others. You’ve already won! So just breathe, enjoy this moment, and feel the relief come over you.
Aug 21, 201811:22
Personality vs Character

Personality vs Character

Most of us have heard the saying, “Personality opens doors, but character keeps them open.” I’d like to share my thoughts on what exactly that means. Thank you for listening :-)
Aug 16, 201806:02
Let Go of Anger and Resentments

Let Go of Anger and Resentments

“Holding a grudge & harboring anger/resentment is poison to the soul. Get even with people…but not those who have hurt us, forget them, instead get even with those who have helped us.” ― Steve Maraboli
Aug 01, 201811:36
Don’t Worry Who Gets the Credit For Your Work

Don’t Worry Who Gets the Credit For Your Work

Although trophies, certificates, plaques and ribbons may fade away after we’re gone; the experiences we share with others, and the impact we have on the lives of others will last forever. #doitforthestory
Jul 21, 201806:51
And Then What?

And Then What?

Many people are playing the lottery tonight. Hoping to win millions and finally live a problem free life. But how many of those people have ever considered this one question after they do win: “and then what?”
Jul 18, 201806:06
Don’t Get Mad At The Snake 🐍

Don’t Get Mad At The Snake 🐍

I realized while trying to save this little snakes life over the weekend, that I don’t get upset up a snake for acting like a snake because I understand how a snake is supposed to act. This made me ask myself, “what if i approached everything like that?”
Jul 10, 201811:25
Thank you, Crypto Kid!! 🤗🤜🤛

Thank you, Crypto Kid!! 🤗🤜🤛

A special shout out to Santino, who also has a podcast on Anchor called The Crypto Kid where he talks about crypto-currency like bitcoin. I really appreciate the voice message, and the encouragement 🙏🙏🙏 Thank you so much!
Jun 29, 201802:02
Divided We Fall

Divided We Fall

In this episode I share an fascinating insight from the book Influence: The Science of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini about what causes human conflict.
Jun 27, 201810:25
The Golden Rule

The Golden Rule

In this episode I share my experiences from the time we owned a grocery store in the West End. During the time we owned the grocery store, we never got robbed. But the owners before us and after us all got robbed. I believe the difference was in the way we treated people.
Jun 25, 201815:35
Life would be no fun in God Mode

Life would be no fun in God Mode

Life is about the challenges and the struggle to overcome insurmountable obstacles. Even if you had the code to activate GOD Mode, would you really want to? Isn’t the joy of winning sweeter when it’s difficult?
Jun 22, 201806:45
Nothing is Perfect, and That’s Perfect

Nothing is Perfect, and That’s Perfect

Life is not easy because it’s meant to be rewarding. And easy is never rewarding. If everything was perfect, there would be nothing to do and we would be bored.
Jun 19, 201808:41
How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

How Do You Want To Be Remembered?

On my tombstone I do not want it to say, “Here lies Jun. He was better than you.“
Jun 19, 201808:49
The Way to Feel Contentment & Less Stressed

The Way to Feel Contentment & Less Stressed

Dr. Bruce Lipton has proven scientifically that our thoughts affect our bodies. Jon Kabat Zinn teaches us how to be more aware of the moment by breathing. I believe that by combining these two concepts - being more mindful of our thoughts and paying attention to our breath, we can live more for filled lives. Lives that are not so dominated by feelings of anxiety, Fear, sadness or anger. Then life takes on a whole new meaning.
Jun 14, 201818:09
I don’t want to be a NPC

I don’t want to be a NPC

A weird little experience on a Tuesday afternoon 😁 I hope you all are well! 🙏😊
Jun 05, 201806:31
Lesson from the butterfly

Lesson from the butterfly

Just like a caterpillar becomes a butterfly, it takes time for us to achieve our goals. Be patient with yourself as you grow.
May 31, 201804:40
Life is a Road Trip, Not a Race

Life is a Road Trip, Not a Race

Lesson #1: Turn your blinkers on if things are not right. Lesson#2: It doesn't matter if the old lady dusts you.
May 26, 201815:28
We Need Your Piece of the Puzzle

We Need Your Piece of the Puzzle

I believe that everyone should start their own podcast, blog, or YouTube channel. You could even write a book! You're not doing it to try to get likes or subscribers, or to try to get rich & famous. You're doing it because we need your unique piece of the puzzle in order to get a clearer picture of what life is all about.
May 25, 201810:36
Run Towards Your Fears

Run Towards Your Fears

“If you want to sentence yourself to a life of fear, never do anything that scares you.” Taylor Clark, NERVE: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool
May 24, 201806:36
Misery vs Suffering

Misery vs Suffering

Misery loves company, but suffering hates it. We all have to suffer sometimes. That’s uncontrollable. What we can control is how we respond to the suffering. Misery is a choice, and it not only loves company it needs it. In this episode I offer my opinion on where misery comes from - why ppl feel miserable.
May 23, 201821:28
Appreciate Yourself

Appreciate Yourself

Sometimes it’s easy to feel down when others don’t give you the recognition you feel you deserve. People like your wife or your children or whoever it is you think you’re doing it for. Just remember the only thing that matters is how you feel about yourself. It’s so you can feel proud of yourself. Not so others can appreciate you. Because what if they don’t appreciate you the way you thought they would? It’s not for them it’s for you. When you do an outstanding job, you can feel good about yourself and proud of yourself.
May 22, 201828:18
They Hate Because They Care

They Hate Because They Care

The story of five monkeys in a cage perfectly illustrates why people behave the way they do when they see you going after your dreams. Don’t take it personal, don’t be offended, and don’t be surprised. It’s not because they hate you. Actually because they care. They’ve just been programmed by the generations before them.
May 22, 201807:39
What Are Friends For

What Are Friends For

When you’re in some serious trouble, who can you count on? Those are your friends, and the people you want to spend your time with the most. You don’t look to profit from them or look for benefits. Friendships are for our pleasure, not for our profit.
May 21, 201813:53
5 Second Moments
May 20, 201815:44
Jack And No Beanstalk

Jack And No Beanstalk

What if Jack decided to be a “good boy” and obey his mother’s command? We would have no story, there would be no magic, and no one would ever know that Jack ever existed.
May 18, 201813:60
Everything Happens For A Reason

Everything Happens For A Reason

When I got my DUI and I landed in jail for the first time, I thought my life was over. I thought I had completely ruined my chances of ever having a good life. Looking back now it was the best thing that could’ve ever happened to me!
May 17, 201818:37
Why Is Life So Hard?

Why Is Life So Hard?

Life is not easy because it’s meant to be rewarding... and easy is never rewarding.
May 17, 201813:55
Give the Wishbone a Tug!

Give the Wishbone a Tug!

Having a list of goals is the major key to a better life.
May 15, 201816:11
Choose Your Own Goals

Choose Your Own Goals

Decide what YOU want out of life, and have the faith in yourself to go for it! You can achieve your dreams. Just be sure they’re your own. “Before scrambling up the ladder of SUCCESS, make sure it’s leaning again the right wall.” Steven R Covey
May 14, 201816:53
Distance Yourself From Problems

Distance Yourself From Problems

When you stop focusing on problems, solutions seem to magically appear!
May 12, 201819:30
Wrong Way Wins the Race!

Wrong Way Wins the Race!

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle
May 10, 201826:24
Why Go The Extra Mile?

Why Go The Extra Mile?

In this episode I'd like to share my thoughts on why it's so important to go the extra mile. But once you've decided to go the extra mile, how do you get there?
May 07, 201817:01
You Do Matter: Be Proud!

You Do Matter: Be Proud!

Episode 2: Why it’s so important to feel proud of yourself.
May 05, 201808:03
Pride vs Arrogance

Pride vs Arrogance

This is my very first podcast! I hope you like it!
May 04, 201810:27