Blue Collar Executive

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 I have written many of these in an unpublished book, but my gift is talking and not writing.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


December 6, 2022 7 min

I may never know the true meaning of success, but I do know that it cannot be bought.

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein

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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 Wooden

The on...

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September 21, 2022 7 min

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.  

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 “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 ...

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 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, ...

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July 4, 2022 3 min

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.


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June 30, 2022 9 min

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 t...

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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 g...

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April 27, 2022 8 min

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...

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April 15, 2022 2 min
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April 14, 2022 10 min

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...

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March 15, 2022 9 min

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”...

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February 21, 2022 9 min

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 quali...

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February 2, 2022 9 min

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, ...

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January 11, 2022 10 min

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 jo...

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December 9, 2021 10 min

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

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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 ...

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October 13, 2021 10 min

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 ep...

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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, p...

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September 9, 2021 9 min

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 forw...

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