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Who am I?

Who Am I?

How much thought have you given to who you really are?

Who am I? Have you ever seriously asked yourself this question? How much thought did you actually give to it? What did you come up with? Most people don’t give it near enough thought and effort.

You Only Live Once

What a liberation to realize that the "voice in my head" is not who I am. "Who am I, then?" The one who sees that. ~ Eckhart Tolle
What a liberation to realize that the “voice in my head” is not who I am. “Who am I, then?” The one who sees that. ~ Eckhart Tolle

We are only walking through this lifetime for a very short time and the years seemingly continue to click off faster and faster with every birthday we celebrate. Unfortunately, many people never realize this and end up doing something they hate for their entire career so they can provide a roof over the heads of their family and put food on their table. This is absolutely commendable but also not necessary. Not necessary long-term anyway. 

Take some time and give it some serious thought. Come back to it often. It’s your life. You should be doing what you really enjoy. Life’s way too short not to. Perhaps you can’t see how to do that at first glance. How much thought have you REALLY given it? 

Think About It

When I was in college, the professor gave us a class assignment that had a profound impact on me. The entire class was told to work together for one hour. The assignment: You were the CEO of a pipe cleaner factory and pipes had been outlawed. Therefore, you now had all of these pipe cleaners on hand and were not able to sell them for their intended use. The professor told us to come up with 500 alternative uses as a group within that hour. It didn’t matter how silly or how stupid they may seem. Each answer was worth a point. 

As you may imagine, we came up with some really stupid and really silly answers. We also came up with some really good ones. We didn’t get anywhere close to the 500 mark but we did come up with viable alternatives to sell them. 

My point is, there are ways to achieve whatever you want to achieve. Just because you can’t see them at first glance, doesn’t mean you should just give up on them altogether. We are talking about your life here. Your livelihood. Position yourself. Figure it out and go get it! Make shit happen!

Forward Thinker

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi
Be the change that you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

Are you a forward thinker? I have been a forward thinker for as long as I can remember. I enjoy playing chess. The Carnival Cruise Ships have a super-huge chess set with pieces that are three feet tall. Always a lot of fun! 

But, I digress. In a game of chess, the person who can “see” several moves ahead is usually the winner. 

Forward thinking is also sometimes referred to as strategic thinking. My entire life, I have always been thinking about my next move. Actually, my next several moves. 

The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have." ~Dr. David J. Schwartz - The Magic of Thinking Big
The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have.” ~Dr. David J. Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big

You enjoy more success when you do this because you are preparing for what can and what will happen. There will always be unknowns but a little preparation can go a long way too. I try to employ forward thinking in everything I do. Even something as simple as driving. If I’m coming up to a red light with two lanes and one has a car stopped and the other is open, I am moving to the open lane. What if that guy is fumbling with his phone when the light turns green? I sure as hell don’t want to be behind him when I could have positioned myself better in the open lane. 

Topics such as how you create your income are obviously much more important and deserve every bit of your effort to forward think them as well. 

When My Redhead and I first got together, I quit my job(s) and moved to a town I had never been to so I could be with her. She had wanted to move there because her sister lived there at the time. I quickly found myself in a situation of unemployment in a town where I knew no one. I had rolled into town with my little Ford Ranger pickup packed with everything I owned and was in search of a house we had just rented, sight-unseen. The year was 1990. The Internet was not a thing and neither were cellphones. It took a little work to locate our new digs and get moved in. 

My mom had taken me on vacation shortly before this move. Our vacation destination had been Las Vegas. Also known as the City of Lost Wages. Fortunately for me, I had come back to Kansas $400 richer than when we had left. That $400 bucks was all I had in my pocket. I needed to find a job quickly or this new adventure was going to end up being curtains in no short order. 

Think about things differently.
Think about things differently.

My strategic thinking kicked in immediately. In addition to searching the classifieds for jobs like every other Tom, Dick and Harry did back then, I also opted for a little proactive guerilla warfare in my job search as well. First of all, I shot over to the local thrift store and bought a used suit for five bucks. It didn’t fit perfectly but it fit well enough to get me a job that my jeans and t-shirt could not. I hit that (kind-of) new suit with the iron, threw some copies of my resume’ in a cheap naugahyde briefcase and was out the door with a positive attitude and not much else.

My plan was to go to what appeared to be the end of one of the busiest streets in town and just begin working my way down the street, passing out resumes and shaking hands until someone said they would give me a shot.  

Can I Help You?

As luck would have it, I hit paydirt at my first stop. It was the local Pizza Hut. I walked in and stood at the register until the guy in the white shirt asked if he could help me. I smiled, extended my hand, introduced myself and handed him a copy of my resume’. He smiled and quickly told me he didn’t have any openings. He paused in thought for a moment and followed that up with, “Go sit in that corner booth. I still want to talk with you.” 

A few minutes later, he sat down and introduced himself as Greg, the manager of that Hut. He went on to say he didn’t have any openings but he had never had someone apply who was wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase of resumes. He knew I was serious about finding a source of income. 

During that meeting, Greg asked me if I would be willing to start as a part-time dishwasher if he promised me the first real position that came available. Of course I said yes. I was unemployed and my pocket full of cash was dwindling quickly. 

Greg created that $5 per hour, part-time dishwasher position for me that day because I had strategically thought my way through finding a job and put forth the extra effort that would make the difference. 

I showed up to begin washing dishes that next morning at 10:00am. It wasn’t long at all before I had moved into a 40-hour-per-week cook position. From there, I was quickly promoted through the ranks to Shift Leader, Assistant Manager and eventually Manager of that Hut. I worked 80 and 90 hour weeks back then but it was a decent wage and it was taking care of my new little family. 

Then, one day, I got the call no one ever wants to get. My mom had a heart attack. She was still alive but it quickly became apparent, we needed to move back so I could be closer to her. I’m her only child. I didn’t want to be a fast-food restaurant manager my entire life anyway. It was a good job. I was making $27,000 per year in the early 90’s. That was good money back then. But it wasn’t what I wanted to do for a career either. Even if it had been the perfect job, I still needed to go back home and be closer to mom. A few weeks later, we were living back in Dodge City again.  

Moving On Up!

We moved back home and I began working my way up that proverbial ladder there too. I held several positions there. I was promoted twice and earned an Associate of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management and a Master of Science in Management during that time. Moms health improved and we ended moving again. This time, I was moving on up to a federal job that would eventually become the job of my dreams and provide my family and I with a six-figure income. 

Change For The Better

Are you who you want to be?
Are you who you want to be?

My, how times had changed! Why? Forward thinking. That’s why. I had never settled. And, I still don’t. You shouldn’t either. You should always be working toward improving your lot in life. This thought process increased my income four-fold back then. I could have easily decided that being the Top Dog at that pizza joint was a pretty good gig and not continued to work toward making additional improvements in my source of income and my happiness. 

Many people do this and never give it any more thought. YOU. MUST. THINK! This is your life. No one else is responsible for what happens in your life but you. Sure, others have certain impacts on it but ultimately, everything happens based upon your thoughts and actions. You must take responsibility for what happens in your life. Both good and bad. 

Self Confidence

Confidence is an interesting thing. Many go through life lacking the level of confidence they need to achieve their goals. Some go through life with way too much confidence. More than they should have and definitely enough to annoy the hell out of everyone else around them. And, some go through life with a very low level of confidence but put on a facade in an attempt to mask it to those around them. This last group can be dangerous. They make poor decisions in an attempt to continue their facade. In professions that require life or death decisions, this can be extremely dangerous for all involved. 

A healthy level of confidence is absolutely necessary in order to be able to continue to rise to new heights. 

Build Confidence

The good news is that if your confidence level isn’t quite where it needs to be, there are things you can do to help you get it where it needs to be. 

It has been said, you are the sum of the five people you spend the most time with. Choose wisely. If those five are Advance Dynamix, Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Dr. David J. Schwartz, and Napoleon Hill, you are going to be just fine. If they are Beavis, Butthead, Bozo, Bill Maher and Bill Cosby, you probably need to re-evaluate. 

Some pursue happiness. Some create it.
Some pursue happiness. Some create it.

If you have read some of my other writings, you know I am a high-quality content sponge. I don’t care if it’s a book, blog, podcast, Youtube video or any other form of content delivery. If I’m learning new things that will help me increase the Advance Dynamix of my life, I’m a happy camper. 

The United States Army says, “Be The Best You Can Be.” I couldn’t agree more. What you put in is what you get out. Sometimes ten-fold. 

Do you struggle with going through your life with a positive attitude and Advance Dynamix state of mind? Just this one little blog post from Tony Robbins could end up having a quite profound impact on the rest of your entire life if you read it, take it to heart and apply it. I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. Tony Robbins is an absolute badass when it comes to improving your mindset. If you haven’t read Awaken The Giant Within yet, you owe it to yourself to do so sooner rather than later. Don’t like to read books? That’s cool. It’s available on Audible. Listen to it while you commute back and forth to your J-O-B (Just Over Broke). 

Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. Active beats passive all day long. That’s why I always say “Get out there and make shit happen!” Consume more high quality content and make a conscious effort to actually apply what you learn and continue to do so even after you begin to lose interest. It’s really just that simple. Just Rock It! 

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