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 I have written many of these in an unpublished book, but my gift is talking and not writing.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


November 29, 2023 7 mins

Money can always be made, material things can always be gotten, but lost time can never be recovered.  In 20 years the only one who will remember that you worked late is your family.  A company will use your livelihood to balance their books.  It is up to you to use your time to balance your life!

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Life was not designed to give us what we need.  It was designed to give us what we deserve.  We don’t reap a harvest in the fall because we want it, we reap a harvest in the fall because we plant the seeds in the spring and work diligently to grow it. 
“We reap what we sow”

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October 31, 2023 8 mins

Ever have a near death experience?  Bet you have and didn't even know it!  That's the best kind to have.  Think of the sleepless nights, heart palpitations and antacids we avoided.  Most of the stress and anxiety in our lives comes from things outside of our control, but in reality we are not really in control of most things.  We all have guardian Angels watching over us 24/7.  Most of the time, they have a thankless job ...

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October 16, 2023 8 mins

Have you ever wondered why a dandelion is considered an annoyance to a well kept lawn?  They are the brightest spot of a yard, but it doesn't fit in with the million blades of grass so we consider them a nuisance and try to eliminate them everytime they pop up.  Many people do the same thing in society and criticize anyone who doesn't fit the mold or goes outside of the lines.  We expect everyone to fit in as blades of gr...

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August 22, 2023 7 mins

If you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say?  Would you offer caution and give directions for detours around the tough times?  I would not because it is those challenging times that made us who we are and built our character.  If we knew all of the difficulties and heartbreaks that lie in our paths ahead, we would never make the journey.  Life is hard, but worth living!

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August 22, 2023 3 mins

If you could write a letter to your younger self what would you say?  Would you offer caution and give directions for detours around the tough times?  I would not because it is those challenging times that made us who we are and built our character.  If we knew all of the difficulties and heartbreaks that lie in our paths ahead, we would never make the journey.  Life is hard, but worth living!

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May 17, 2023 10 mins

3 years, 75 episodes, 6,440,000 plays, 890 US cities, 55 counties and we’re just getting started!  Please join me in this episode as I celebrate with an RC Cola, Moon Pie, and some life perspectives.  

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April 28, 2023 10 mins

Most people tiptoe through life to make it safely to death. The sad reality is that they will never reach their true destiny or achieve their dreams. Therefore by not taking risks we are risking more.  

"Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go."   T. S. Eliot

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March 21, 2023 8 mins

Many spend their entire life searching for the answers never realizing they were always just 12 inches away.

"At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want."  Lao Tzu

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Many who achieved fame have struggled with maintaining an image that is not their true being at heart.  This creates an inner conflict that has led to drug abuse, mental illness, and even death.  It's not only the famous.  With the inception of social media it is becoming more of an issue.  This is a major contributor to the increase in anxiety, depression, and drug use in our young generation.  

Trying to be anything other tha...

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February 22, 2023 6 mins

I often receive requests to read poems, letters, and even eulogies.  However, I have never received one that touched me as this poem did.  It was sent to me anonymously and was exactly what I personally needed.  I did my very best to honor the beautiful words and hope it fills your heart as it did mine.  

No matter what your beliefs are, none can deny there is a greater power within us, around us, and beyond us.  When asked who he w...

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January 25, 2023 6 mins

Many people will go to a job that they don't like tomorrow because it's what they did yesterday.  The only difference is that they will be two days older and have two days less to achieve their dreams.  

Yesterday ended last night.  Make a move today that will put you a step closer to your goals tomorrow.  

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January 6, 2023 8 mins

 Many people use New Year's Day as a new beginning for improving areas of their life.  The sad fact is 43%  fail before February, and almost one out of four quit within the first week of setting their New Year’s resolution. Most people quit before the end of January, and only 9% see their resolutions through until succession.  

So, why do we set these lofty annual goals for ourselves?  We should make every day New "Day&quo...

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December 23, 2022 5 mins

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas!  May your days be Merry and Bright!!!

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December 6, 2022 7 mins

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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October 13, 2022 8 mins

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 Wo...

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September 21, 2022 7 mins

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 mins

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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