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Episode 90 Taking a Break

Sometimes in life things happen that we have no control over. We have to take a break to meet the issue head on. Many times this means making the hard choices so that we can have a victory and come out stronger. If we just put our heads in the sand and ignore the facts than you may risk losing everything you have worked for. In this weeks podcast I address some hard issues that many don't want to talk about. Join me as I discuss Facing the Facts and Still Keep Surging Forward. Enjoy and...


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Episode 89 Seize The Opportunity

Seize the Opportunity The opportunities are there you just need to seize them. You can be successful in the trades based on the right choices you make. You have to make choices of what you want to do to become successful. Becoming successful is not always about money. It is about being able to provide a great living for your family. Success is about making a difference. It is about being a leader. Leadership is not about power. Often people in leadership think they deserve respect, but...


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Episode 88 Priorties

Priorities To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecclesiastes 3 In order for us to be successful we need to set-up priorities in our life. During my time as an Instructor I have seen many students that go on to be very successful in the trades and others that seem to...


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Episode 87 You Can Do It

If you are thinking of or in business for your self than this is a must listen podcast as I share a great interview with Kent Crook from KC Rhino. Kent is an expert marketer and can show you how you can take your business to the next level. Even if you don't have a desire to start your own business now once you listen to this you will want to have the freedom to be able to make it on your own. I look forward to your comments Find out more about Kent at his Website www.KCrhino.com Stay Safe...


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Episode 86 You Can Succeed in Business

Welcome to this weeks episode of the Surging Forward podcast. This weeks episode is a rebroadcast of episode number 36 where I talk to Mike Gesick from my Three sons HVAC. his website is http://www.mts757.com/ he talks about how to start you own business I think you will enjoy this weeks episode as a prelude to next weeks that you don't want to miss as I will be talking with a very successful businessman that can help you to go to that next level. Make sure you subscribe today so you don't...


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What is Your Why Episode 85

What is Your Why? (What does this even mean?) Being successful in the trades require skills. It requires that you learn the physics involved in how things work and what is going on. But before even attempting to learn these skills you need to understand “your why”. Most people never really stop to think about their “why”. This is the reason that many people are not Surging Forward in their life. They just go about living day to day going where the wind blows. These people have no goals....


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Don't Wait to be Trained Episode 84

Pursuing Your Dream or Just Following the Crowd Many people are pursuing someone else’s dream. They have not even thought about their own dream and don’t have anyone to talk to or guide them. These people just jump into going to college because that is what everyone is doing and may even be expected of them. They go to college without even having any idea of what they want to study and are told just to start taking courses and they can decide along the way. But many are finding this even...


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Learning to Fail so You Can Succeed Episode 83

What does it mean to fail? Many people deem failing at a task or not achieving a dream in twenty-four hours as a sign of being a failure. They think that they are washed up and can never recover. Often they are looking around at others and comparing their lives to them. They think that those people must have the golden touch because everything they do is perfect. Often people do not share their struggles and put on a facade that everything is great, but deep down they are struggling. We...


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Three Steps to Success Episode 82

Welcome to the Surging Forward Podcast The 3 steps for success Episode 82 I have been in construction many years and have attend many a safety talk. Today I want to address there very important points about how understanding how to stay safe and alert on the job can also help you find that opportunity that can bring success to your career. Point #1 Being alert: being alert on a jobsite is critical as there are many moving parts to a large and even a small construction site. One must always...


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Learning to Succeed Episode 81

This week's episode is an encouraging word for those that want to succeed in the trades or their careers. Last week was labeled as "Honoring Women in Construction Week ". I did an interview with Ashley Rayburn, a young woman in her 4th year of the Electrical Apprenticeship program. It was an honor for me that she was able to take a few minutes to share her ideas of how to succeed in the trades. I hope that this interview will show how you can work to achieve your goals. Education is...


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Episode 80 Proud to be in the Trades

Join us this week as we discuss being proud of the skills you have because they allow you to do things that others can’t. The Trades are Very Important Throughout history a person would seek out a master in a trade like blacksmithing, stone masonry etc. and ask to be an apprentice. As an apprentice the person would learn the skill so that they could provide for their family. Today we have schools for learning our trades, but the concept is the same. It is the tradesman that keep our cities...


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Keeping Your Focus Episode 79

Join us this week as we talk about focusing on your goals and not on the struggles that may be holding you back. One of my goals when I started Surging Forward was to make a difference and to help others especially young tradesman coming up in the trades. One of the struggles of tradesman is that they are not getting the training at the workman level. Most of all the training comes at the management level. I also wanted to be a positive influence in this negative world. But no matter how...


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Episode 78 Life's Hurdles

A friend emailed me this week with some of the struggles that he has been going through. As I was helping him; I found that I was also helping myself. Join us today as we talk about overcoming life’s hurdles. The answer may not be as hard as you think. A Friend's Struggles One of the members of Surging Forward, I will call him “Freddy”, emailed me saying that every time he tries to get ahead something always happens. He is having issues with his truck and then his job sends him to a job...


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The 3 Rs to success Episode 4

We are continuing to look at the word “SURGING”. S – Surging – Surging or moving forward. You do not want to be sitting still. U – Understanding – Understanding the game R – Respect, Reliability and Responsibility – Can you have one without the other? G – Guarantee – Guarantee to do a great job I – Integrity – Your reputation N – Never Quit or Give Up – If you give up; the game is over. Keep pressing forward. G – Genuine – Do you lie to everyone around you, of who you really are? Respect,...


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Myths of Leadership Episode 77

Join us today as we discuss 5 leadership myths that just might be holding you back from Surging Forward. Myth Number One – Leaders Are Born, Not Made. You make think that in order to be a leader you have to have a lot of money, or have attended all the right schools, but all of this is a myth. Look at Abraham Lincoln. His father worked odd jobs and then leased some farm land. Most of Abraham Lincoln’s education was largely self-taught, but yet he became the Sixteenth President of the...


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Your Time is Your Money in Episode 76

We all know that there are 24 hours in a day. We sleep for 6-8 of these hours so that only leaves 16-18 hours to get something accomplished. With these remaining hours we need to find a balance. How we divide up our time with these remaining hours plays a huge role in our success. We can not spend all of our time sitting on the couch playing video games or watching football or Game of Thrones though it is important to have some down time to just relax. We can not just spend 16 hours working...


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Relationships Episode75

How you handle your relationships can either take you to the next level or bring you down. Lately it seems that relationships are keeping people down. They either have had a bad relationship or they think have a good relationship, yet they have no one to talk to. They feel alone and that nobody cares. Just because you have likes on your Facebook Page does not mean that you have true relationships. People walk around acting as if life is good and that they do not have a care in the world, but...


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Dealing with Authority/Inspectors Episode 74

Dealing with authority or inspectors is not something that we always like to do. When we are dealing with someone in authority we can feel intimidated or feel like they are out to get us. When dealing with those in authority we need to show them respect. You do not have to like or even respect that person, but you still need to know how to deal with that inspector or boss. You may disagree with something that they are requiring you to fix, but you still have to abide by their authority in...


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Taking a Risk Episode 73

Many people spend time making goals while many people just spend time doing nothing. They feel taking a chance is to Risky. What if doing nothing at all was actually what had the most risk? Making a choice to be better off is not really taking a risk, it is being ready for the unknown things in life that will happen. It is all about choice. Join me today as I talk about making a choice to take a risk. If you enjoy this podcast please feel free to leave a comment below, share with a friend...


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What is your Outlook? Episode 72

What is you outlook on your job, life, or those around you? Join me as I continue to discuss some of the biggest Hurdles that you feel keep you from succeeding in the Trades or on your job. How to you see things around you and how do you feel about yourself. What is the biggest thing that is needed to succeed? Each day, each week, each month and even each year provides you with an opportunity to make a choice. Decide today what you will do to Keep Surging Forward. As usual I look forward to...