011 Productivity: When Things Work Out, Thoughts and Strategies

December 21, 2015

"When you wish up on a star makes no difference who you are" and prayer just to be sure then maybe you will be in the right frame of mind to endure a productive day. But seriously, with out getting to airy fairy and all it beats the gloom and doom for sure.

I had such a great day getting things done that had long been on my list that I thought I would share my perspective in hopes that it helps you in some way as well.

So while you are chewing on that elephant or throwing spaghetti against the wall maybe it couldn't hurt to hear a few of my take outs and thoughts as I describe how the day went and then offer up 6 strategies I used that seemed to work. 

Movies Mentioned

American Flyers (1985) - IMDb website. (My apologies to Kevin Bacon for saying he was a cast member in this movie. It was actually Kevin Costner. I was confused.)

Res Firma Mitescere Nescit - YouTube video of the exact scene in American Flyers where Res Firma Mitescere Nescit is described. (Translation: If You've Got It Up, Keep It Up!)

Quotes Mentioned

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
― Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.”
― Bruce Lee

“Whenever you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

6 Strategies to Productivity

  1. Good rest (R.E.M. Sleep if possible).
  2. Prepare as much as you can in advance.
  3. Be willing to make adjustments if it makes sense to.
  4. Look at adversity as a opportunity to make improvements.
  5. Once you are on a roll keep on a roll.
  6. Keep asking; what more can I do?

010 Personal Clarity : Lessons from Monkeys and Saint Paul

December 13, 2015
Recently I realized personal clarity is a misnomer where clarity seems to follow a path of uncertainty long before it ever renders value as a clear direction.  It’s more likely to recognize clarity after making several attempts to accomplish something where you figure out what works and disregard what doesn’t.

More likely you will find clarity is more reflective than predictive in its nature where experience is the result that delivers the expected outcome.
In this episode I share my thoughts on the subject after reflecting upon a statement I made nearly a year ago. Interestingly enough I am still on the journey for clarity where the answer still eludes me. 

Article Mentioned

7 Steps to Gaining Personal Clarity Through Strategic Abandonment - by Tony Teegarden

Scripture Mentioned

1 Corinthians 9:24-27  - NIV Translation, Bible.com

Related Stories

Struggling For Clarity - By Russ Hess


009 Outlining Changes For 2016 Using Workflowy

December 7, 2015
It’s all about getting organized in the year ahead and the way I plan to do this is using Workflowy.com to help me keep tabs on my thoughts and ideas.

In this episode I am using this tool to keep me focused but there are so many more practical ways you can use it.
The best feature of this tool as I see it is in its ability to be cross platform compatible so no matter where the idea strikes you the app is ready to serve your burst of thoughts. The app is available in iTunes and Google Play for free download. 

Then you are ready to jump on your Mac or PC you simply go to workflowy.com and login, again all free. They do have a paid option but most of what I use it for can be done under a free account.  

I think I will be using this app long term as its usefulness leads me to better organization. Simply said it works!

So there are many thoughts and suggestions you will want to hear in this episode as I lay out what is in my plans for 2016 and offer up my non-traditional thoughts on budgeting and forecasting, it’s almost a rant you could agree to. 

Resources Mentioned

Workflowy.com – Free online outlining website that allows you document your thoughts

Bill Keeper  – iPhone app to keep you aware of what bills are due and when. At a glance and automatic messages to keep you up to date.

Everydollar.com – Website designed to help you gain control of your budget to manage your money. Promoted by Dave Ramsey.

Article Mentioned

Stoicism 101: A Practical Guide for Entrepreneurs  - A brief description and overview of stoic philosophy by Tim Ferriss.


008 Greg Willits Interview – Life Changers Program

November 25, 2015

Interview with Greg Willits creator of the “Life Changers Program”. Greg and his wife have been a voice for good in radio and podcasting as for over four years Greg Willits and his wife Jennifer co-hosted “The Catholics Next Door” daily talk show on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel.

Greg has been named a leader in New Media by Franciscan University of Steubenville, he’s the co-founder of New Evangelizers, Rosary Army, That Catholic Show, Star Quest Production Network, and several other apostolates dedicated to helping people grow in their faith.

Regularly featured on EWTN, The Catholic Channel, CatholicTV, and elsewhere, he’s the author of “The New Evangelization and You: Be Not Afraid,” and co-author of “The Catholics Next Door: Adventures in Imperfect Living.”

He and Jennifer have been married since 1995 and are the parents of four sons and a daughter. Each Sunday they produce the “Adventured in Imperfect Living” podcast available at GregandJennifer.com

Our conversation covers a variety of topics centered around making incremental changes that can add up to monumental results. So join us as we throw some spaghetti at the wall and see what sticks.

Greg and Jennifer Willits – Program & Support

Tools & Resources Mentioned

 Quotes offered in this episode
  • “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe”. ~ Abraham Lincoln
  • “Success is a pile of failure that you are standing on.” ~ Dave Ramsey
  • “Success is the progressive realization of predetermined, worthwhile, personal goals.” ~ Paul J. Meyer
  • “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” ~ Earl Nightingale

007 Hedging Against Depression

November 19, 2015

I am pod-casting in the middle of a storm which a perfect analogy for this episode, sirens, and loud mufflers included this show demonstrates the life mix of craziness we all find ourselves in. Yet the important thing to remember is that it all has a toll on our life and when discouragement and disappointment sets in we have the perfect storm for depression. I share my thoughts on the subject and hope it is helpful as I too am battling with depression as well.

This podcast is timely in hopes that wherever you are or whatever you are going through it will reach you in your time of need to know you are not alone and that others, like you, are seeking and reaching for answers as well.  I am not trained in mental illness but I do have a few tricks that keep me going where I can carry on with my life and yearn for progress even if it is small.


Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Opens Up About His Battle With Depression – Huffington Post

Depression: How You Label Determines How You Feel – Tim Farriss, The Four Hour Work Week Blog


Cast Away (2000) – with Tom Hanks

Forrest Gump (1994) – with Tom Hanks

Groundhog Day (1993) – with Bill Murray

Books & Authors

Viktor Frankl (1905 – 1997) – Wikipedia   Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl – Wikipedia

Corrie Ten Boom (1892 – 1983) – Wikipedia   The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom – Wikipedia

Hotline & Helpful Information

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – DBSA Website


006 Refocusing My Change Up

November 13, 2015

In my first review of this podcast it made me think I was just being a whiny butt. Yet mysteriously my perspective ends up delivering an unexpected value.

I start out asking you to reflect on your life in this episode and to think about what matters. I then sympathize with you in your journey as I travel on mine.

As I discuss, in part, where my journey is leading me next I have to remain bit silent with exact details simply because I have not been given permission to publish them yet.

However, I will tell you that it involves me discussing the current job market details of my local area in comparison with those of other metropolitan areas to briefly demonstrate how they may be different.

I also call you to reason with me upon building a community of dialogue where we can encourage and share lessons learned about our paths that help lead us to the next level.

You will also want to listen up when I start talking about relationships as I can tell you from experience you really don’t want to miss the majority of those special times that don’t ever come back around.

I go long in this episode but I am pretty sure you will relate to what is being said especially as I share with you authentically.



005 Corpus Christi Bound? (Part 2 of 2)

November 4, 2015
This episode is a continuation of episode 4. You may want to go back and listen to 4 first. However, if you like your listening order to be more like a crossword puzzle then be my guest by all means.

This episode, Part 2 of 2, is about having hope in your change up so I talk about the need to stabilize environments to free yourself up to do what you want instead of what you have to do. Really this means trimming the fat out of your life.  After reading “The Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Farriss I learned that you don't need all the things you think you need to live happily. Additionally, one of Tim's go-to books for this is by his recommendation, called "Vagabonding" by Rolf Potts.

I explain one of my longtime sayings that helps me to understand why some things seem to be clearer to those who are not a the center of the issue by discussing the "Forest for the Trees Effect" as well as why motivation seems evades most of us by describing "The One Man, One Leg Butt Kicking Contest Principle" where opportunity and change widely avoided by us as we seek to achieve a better life.


004 Corpus Christi Bound? (Part 1 of 2)

November 3, 2015
In this episode I there is a big question about the Corpus Christi change up. I kind get lost in thoughts in my decisions and journeys. Pieces of golden nuggets are scattered through out this episode which is why I split it in to two parts.

When breaking through with incremental action it is vital to be crystal clear on what want to accomplish. With experience, I discuss this matter. Committing to a goal is important and gaining traction on them is key. So being creative in your learning to enhance your speed of implementation is far better than traditional routes of knowledge engagements. In this, I define some poplar hacks to blast your mind full of knowledge saving you time and money so you can gain momentum and quick results.

003 Make a Difference Do Something

October 25, 2015

From delivering Chinese food to stagnating my  personal growth I discuss thoughts around being active in progressing forward.

Keep in mind my thoughts are somewhat forecasting and fore-reaching with a mix of being hopeful in advance and are probably what you are too afraid to admit in your own life. 

If you listen closely you will discover my "Why" and how I plan to help you make an impact in your life and mine.

Books & Resources

Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
Make It Happen by Merl Vandervort 
Positive Mental Attitude by Napoleon Hill & W. Clement Stone
The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino
The Greatest Miracle in the World by Og Mandino

Awaken the Giant by Anthony Robbins 
Personal Power II by Anthony Robbins
How to Start a Millionaire Journey by Russ Hess
Witness: A Story of Messengers, Mentors, and Miracles by Russ Hess

Below is the Bible verse I couldn't remember in this  episode:

Proverbs 11:3 (NIV)

The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.


Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. ~ Albert Einstein


002 Corpus Christi Trip and Del Mar College Interview

October 19, 2015

This episode is a pod-cumentary about my trip to Corpus Christi, Texas. My bags are packed, I catch my flight, and make it to Corpus Christi. Also I talk with Diane Hankins and watch the sunset on Padre Island.

Additionally I share an overview of the Interview at Delmar College and how it played out.


Padre Island Burger Company


Del Mar College


Texas A&M Corpus Christi

National Park:

Bird Island Basin