In this picture, …

you see my feet hanging through my ceiling. I was attempting to do work at my house without a friend to help me. I have found that when I try to do work on my house or my car without a friend, I end up in trouble. In 2014, I found myself in trouble at work. I was put on a 90-day personal improvement plan. The circumstances are not important right now; however, it was a big challenge to my job at the time.

During the year of 2014, I would wake up with nightmares of my boss coming to my home at 7 AM and firing me before I could go to work. Still to this day, I can clearly see his car at the time, and him walking up the sidewalk to that house. What happened after I was written up, is that an upper-level manager pulled me aside and offered to coach me.

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Shrek makes progress on becoming a better Ogre



the Shrek movie is fun and has a lesson in self-leadership!

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Quality, Quality, Quality

Something that I have long (3 decades) practiced is the value of a great product over multiple cheaper products. When I was about 12 to 14 years old, I realized that I was really hard on clothing, shoes, and other gear. I started working around that time and willing spent money on things that were a little nicer.

When I was 16, I bought my first pair of Nike high top shoes. They were around 80$. A family friend really ribbed me over those shoes. I remember him saying, “are you going to eat those if you run out food?”

It didn’t bother me and that pair of sneakers lasted a good while. Later in high school, I started wearing jump boots and I even wore them for a few years after I graduated. they weren’t as expensive as some sneakers and they lasted longer than the sneakers I was buying.

As I got older, I continued to switch brands when I saw a better quality product over what I had. So, while I may spend more on what I have, I know they will last. This all came to mind because of this pair of oxfords I retired today after I collapsed the footbed. I think I have had these shoes for 4 or 5 years. I think they ran about 120$ when I got them and only in the last week the footbed collapsed and then I realized that the tread on one sole was really thin … see through thin.

I liken this to our lives. what are we filling them with? what influences are we allowing? Are you willing to give up some good or better things for the things that are the best? I know that for me, that is always the play!

Make the best choice you can with the information you have; then, go to work on educating yourself and gaining experience and a mentor that has proof of success by their associations and bank account.

a worn out well loved and used pair of shoes