Professional Skills

Whether you are out to make money, earn prestige, help others, or any other endeavor, there are skills that go along with your profession. The surgeon’s expertise in the operating room could be significant, yet what people will remember is the bedside manner. The salesman may know everything about his product. However, his real job is understanding people. There are more examples than I could possibly tell you, the real worth of any professional is knowing the intricacies of their trade.

Learning those intricacies used to be something that took decades to accomplish. Yet now, with worldwide connections that our new technologies bring us, we can learn so much more in far less time. With this ability to share knowledge comes a much higher chance to innovate and collaborate on real breakthroughs within the profession. Yet wisdom is not always gained through knowing, it is achieved through doing.

You actually have to apply your trade, whatever it may be. Whatever you learn through study is only useful after you have tried that knowledge and used it until you thoroughly understand it. Only then are those new skills a real asset.

As you study and learn and attempt to use new ideas, you will find that there are many opinions with many protocols, and you are going to have to discover which ones will work best for you, and which ideas just do not hold water. It is through this hands-on trial and error that you’re going to understand what works for you and what does not. This may seem tedious and time-consuming, yet it is the only way to become the best that you can be.

Does this mean you will study more, learn more, test more, and try more things to help those whom you work for and with? Yes. What do you get in return for all this? If you do this right, you may know more, help more, earn more, gain more prestige, and more respect. In this trade-off, please remember to take time to enjoy your surroundings, cherish the ones you love, and respect your coworkers.

Thank you for being with me today. I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Puzzles and Tools

I love to solve puzzles. Wooden puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, escape the room puzzles, sudoku, and crossword puzzles. I like to work on all kinds of problems. It keeps my mind sharper, there is a feeling of euphoria when solving a hard puzzle, and I find insights into some of my other concerns that I might’ve missed otherwise.

Some people hate puzzles, and I understand why. Many times, the person working the problem is looking for an easy solution or something with just a few steps in it. Failing to find an immediate answer, the would-be puzzle solver gives a shrug of the shoulders and says that the puzzle could not be solved. The next time the particular puzzle style comes around, the person merely says, ‘I can never solve those, it just can’t be done.’

When I was younger, I also used to get frustrated and give up puzzles. Then, I learned and started practicing with a couple of rudimentary mental tools which made solving the puzzle much easier. And later I discovered these mental tools have far greater uses. These tools can actually help us in many other areas of our lives.

I learned that solving puzzles and gaining knowledge in business and life had to start with the belief that the problems could be solved.  This is probably the most important of all the tools. Not believing that something is possible results in never putting forth the effort to actually accomplish it. We may give it lip service, yet most efforts are only halfhearted at best.

My next tool is knowledge. If I believe the puzzle can be solved, then I believe that, in most cases, someone somewhere has done this before. If they can do it, then I should be able to do it. I just need to take some time to explore the possibilities.

My third tool is understanding the possibilities. You need to look at all problems based on possible inputs and possible results. Don’t think about the impossible because more and more the impossible, is becoming probable, and might be able to be purchased within the next five years. Remember, the only thing impossible in technology are some of the folks you’ll meet along the way.

So today I give you three tools, belief, knowledge, and understanding the possibilities. Like any tool, these work best when used often and treated with care. There’s nothing worse than going out to the garden to use a tool and having to brush off all the cobwebs and take time to sharpen it before it becomes useful again.

Well, there’s the mean old master sergeant’s thought again. Thanks for being with me, I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

Keeping My Promise

I launched a course last week. And I promised I would put out the workbook to that course today. That workbook is attached. After looking at it, I realized that I should probably send you another book also to explain everything. I will send that book out next Tuesday. 

If you need this course or want this course and you cannot afford it, I will work to give it to you in one form or another. I do have to tell you that any training is work. You must work to find the time to take the course. You must work to do the research required. You must grab an honest look forward and plan. And you must keep contact and accountability so as questions come up and thoughts appear you have someone you can write to, ask questions, and get reasonable answers. I will do my best to be there for you if needed.

So why am I doing this?

I believe in keeping my promises. A significant vow of mine was to help others do better. I have been a trainer and educator for most of my life. To convince people they could learn and do, I have been something akin to an unofficial coach. I help people to understand that they can do things and they can learn.

Now, I’m a coach and an educator. It is my job to take people who don’t believe they can do something and help them prove to themselves that they can. Anybody can grow, anybody can learn, anybody can earn, as long as they want to and believe that they can. If I had to give one idea to describe myself, I’m the cheerleader and the mean old master sergeant all in one.

I have mentors and teachers the tell me if I don’t charge thousands of dollars for the course no one will think that the course is worth anything. I think I appreciate what they’re trying to do. However, I remember times when I carried a debt load so harsh that I was struggling just to give my family the bare minimums.  I want to ensure the people who could best use my products are able to access them.

During my Masters of Education studies, I was taught that the world will be 14 million teachers short by 2020. Most of those shortages are in places where teachers can either not get to or cannot survive in. To compensate for this, I agree, our best bet in education is long distance learning. It is the easiest way to teach over long distances and is on the Internet which stretches to most places in the world. That is why my work and blogs, books, and courses are on the Internet.

Building courses that people need are easy. Finding those courses is sometimes much more difficult. Even if I don’t charge the thousands of dollars which I am being encouraged to do, some people end up left behind because they legitimately cannot afford the course at any price. I want to close that gap.

Granted, I am new at this, yet I wish to have nobody left behind because of something that I could’ve helped them learn. If you would like this course and are willing to work at it and cannot afford it, write me, and we will look at what we can do together to help you get the training you need.

I do have to tell you that a course like this will take work on your part. It turns out most things worth really having, takes a level of effort. Yet if you really want it, it is almost always doable. If I can help you, please email me at

Here is the workbook for you:

Mapping Your Future Free Workbook 102

Please do not forget to download the workbook and check in next Tuesday for the companion book that explains everything.

Thanks for being here and I hope to be with you again tomorrow.


Certified or Expert?

It would be great to be a certified expert in that which you love to do. And looking at it from the consumer’s point of view, with all things being equal, an accredited expert would be the best deal. Sometimes, though, the best people are not always certified. And sometimes those who are certified are not the best at what they do.

I know this sounds strange, yet I have seen this so many times in so many ways. People who have the money to pay for certifications and merely scrape by on the academics. They are too busy in other areas of their lives or don’t see the need for extensive training. Therefore, they end up buying expensive certificates while putting in only minimum work.

On the other hand, I have seen people who have put in a lot of work with a genuine passion for the subject they are studying. They become totally immersed in the subject matter. They learn everything they can about it. And they come out of the experience with vast knowledge. They are the go-to people, yet finances or other concerns put them in a position not to have the expensive certificate.

My question is an easy one. To whom do you want to turn when you need the help? Do you want to go to the person with the certificate? Or, do you turn to the person with knowledge?

Please weigh in on this question. Please send in your comments, and unless you asked me not to, I’ll share them on the blog. If there is interest, I will find a way that we could have a good discussion on this subject.

Thanks for reading and I hope to be with you again tomorrow.

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