Essential Discourse With Bruce Smith

Essential Discourse With Bruce Smith

This is the podcast that addresses various aspects of life from a Relevant, Restorative, and Reliable point of view. Additionally, I believe the deployment of Facts in conjunction with Faith-based knowledge is ESSENTIAL for establishing, maturing, and maintaining both healthy intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. I seek to address all topics head-on, honestly, and thoughtfully, without any hidden agendas, with the intent to engage, encourage, and enlighten listeners through public DISCOURSE.


August 21, 2023 36 mins

Welcome back to Essential Discourse with Bruce Smith, the podcast that dives deep into the complexities of real life and offers transformative dialogue. I'm your host, Bruce Smith, and today we have a special guest joining us, 16-year-old high school junior, Braeden Smith. In this episode, a prequel to the episode in our series, we tackle the intriguing question: "What is a man?" from his perspective.  We explore the...

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In this episode of Essential Discourse Podcast, host Bruce Smith takes a personal and engaging approach to exploring the question of what defines a man from the aspect of the origin of man.  He highlights the dangers of modeling ourselves after celebrities and other popular people's public personas, warning against the destructive behaviors and consequences they can lead to. Bruce emphasizes that each individual has the potent...

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June 20, 2023 8 mins

Beyond the Provider, Protector, and Producer: A Holistic View of Manhood

On this episode of Essential Discourse Podcast, host Bruce Smith seeks to answer the age-old question: "What is a Man?" Despite receiving fewer responses than he expected, Bruce delves deep into the subject matter through personal study, including reading various books and articles. He acknowledges that people will have different definitions...

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March 9, 2023 27 mins

As professionals and collective people, we all are taught conflict resolution. You can conduct a Google Search for conflict resolution and find a plethora of articles, self-education courses, etcetera concerning the subject matter by world-renowned experts.

Hardly anyone receives a thorough education in reference to Internal Conflict. Why is that? When you consider that all people will at some point have to contend with a...

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February 17, 2023 24 mins

It never ceases to amaze me how older people, particularly "church folk" with vast experiential knowledge act as if they've always been as mature as they are currently. As if they've always been PERFECT

Obviously, better stated, hopefully, the 24-year-old version of you wouldn't behave, dress, speak, think, etc. like the 14-year-old version of you. However, the 30, 40, and so on versions of ourse...

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This one thing is certain, he, her, them, they, you, and I will eventually die. There's no escaping this fact. Have you prepared for this appointment? Have you prepared to ensure that your spouse/partner and immediate family will be financially taken care of?

With the passing of each day, you become more difficult to ensure. Do you know the different types of Life Insurance? If you have Life Insurance, are you under ...

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November 16, 2022 47 mins

The Mid-Term Election is nearly over.    

Excluding Georgia's Senate runoff, the control of the Legislative Branch of the Federal Government has been decided. Many states' leadership positions, governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, and others have been decided. 

What role did you play? Were you an active participant? Were you one of the millions of citizens who choose to sit this one out? These are a...

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October 26, 2022 67 mins

One of the biggest hindrances to establishing and maintaining healthy relationships is "Misconceptions".  A misconception is defined as a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding. 

If "Misconceptions" hinder ordinary relationships, what are their effects on marriages, parent-child, and other intimate relationships? 

Many people who enter these re...

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October 19, 2022 17 mins

So often, we tend to overlook acts of kindness. Acts that meet a specific need in our lives. A kind word, a smile, the sharing of information, and etcetera are a few examples of this.  

The danger in this is,  if we continue to discount the seemingly small things, we may come to have a decreased appreciation for the not-so-small things that our brothers and sister do to meet our needs. We refer to this as "Entitlement...

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October 12, 2022 29 mins

Disappointment is an unavoidable adversary to every human being. Disappointment, unchecked, clouds one’s judgment, attitude, and perspective of not only his/her life but also limits his/her ability to fellowship with other humans. 

Few people immediately look for the opportunities that disappointment offers. What if I told you that disappointment is an agent of growth and maturity? No, being disappointed isn’t pleasurable or desirab...

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The cost of education has increased by as much as 19% over the last ten years. A Bachelor's Degree is as helpful as a High School Diploma. Everyone knows at least three people who attended and graduated college who aren't working in their field of study. It seems the only thing attending college assures you of is debit. 

So, remind me of why I should attend college again....

As a parent, you want the abs...

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September 21, 2022 25 mins

Words have meanings. Unfortunately, many of us give no thought to the words that fall off our lips. Specifically, the titles we place upon people. Titles given and not earned. 

One such word is #Friend. 

What do you actually know about your "friend"? Do you really know your "friend"? What qualifies this person as a "friend"? Has this "friend" proven that he or she is in the ...

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September 14, 2022 16 mins

In the day and age we currently live in, some would have you believe TRUTH can be altered. Almost no one has an issue with their personalized versions of the truth. However, nearly everyone takes exception to the complete and in-context truth. 

Many, from the white house to the outhouse, have subscribed to the notion of alternative facts and partial truth. The truth about absolute truth is that it is uncompromising, immuta...

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March 8, 2022 48 mins

In this episode of the Essential Discourse, we complete our two-part series. As you can see by the Episode Title, our Discourse is about money. Specifically, how each of us can be better stewards of this resource. 

We define two key definitions and provide five steps to practically develop great habits that will not only enhance your appropriation of money but will also put you on the pathway to thriving with the quantity ...

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This is part 1 of a 2-part series, we want to address two resources that seem to be in short supply for many of us. For the purposes of today’s episode, Time is the resource we are focusing on.  

Time as a resource is of a limited quantity and is in high demand. Yet, most people waste a significant portation of this commodity.  Let's identify and examine the how, and the why of "Time Wasted". Hopefully, we c...

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The 2022 election cycle is upon us. And, Election  2024 will be here momentarily.  Are you ready? Do you know what the candidates' platforms are? There is too much on the line for you not to know. A  position of political maturity ensures that our needs are and will continue to be met.

Our, (Black, White, Male, Female, and any other descriptive you identify as or with)   progression as an ethnic, social-economic clas...

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February 7, 2022 38 mins

We had the pleasure of interviewing Monroe Louisiana radio personality Damian "Grave Digga" Harris. Grave Digga shared some of the highs and lows of his 25-year career with us. Grave Digga gave us insight into the music industry, pitfalls, relationships, and future plans.  

This was in many aspects a trip down memory lane. We hope you enjoy Episode 0. Please provide your feedback on that platform of your choice. ...

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An insightful and reflective review of the content presented in Episode 1 "Parenting Adult Children". Here, in Episode 2, we hear from the  Adult Children's Perspectives. Let me tell you, I'm a better person and father as a result of this conversation. 

As parents we make mistakes. Those mistakes should never include not being able to admit that we've made mistakes. Therefore, we all have room to g...

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January 25, 2022 32 mins

Just as no one provided you with an instruction manual specific to your baby, toddler, tween, and or teen, no one taught us how to parent our individual adult children. This has been a daunting task for many of us. A task we really do not discuss with our peers or family in an enlightening way. Most of our communication with other parents who are in this unique situation amount to a venting session at best.  

And, for thos...

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Happy Birthday to The Essential Podcast Show. This is our 1st Podcast Show...Ever. 
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