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Episode 42 When Your at A Fork in the Road



We have been there, life happens. What do you do when you get to that Fork in the Road. Change is often very hard, but it is inevitable. We all have to make decisions. If you never make a decision you cannot Surging Forward. Join me today as I provide the 3 most Important steps to take when coming to the Fork in the Road.

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Leading From Where You Are Episode 41


Hope you are having a great start to the week. If you have noticed this episode came out a little later. I have chosen to change to Mondays to help you to be able to Start your week Surging Forward, instead of ending the week. This week is a great episode where I will be talking about how you can start leading from where ever you are. I will be going over the seven steps that you can implement no matter where you are on the career ladder. I am going to help you to take that step and take a risk. Once done you will find that the risk was not that bad but the rewards can cause you to begin to start Surging Forward. So go ahead and click on the link to listen or down load this episode on your favorite podcast app. Dont forget to subscribe you can click below for stitche of ITunes or search on your phone from your favorite podcast ap. If you dont happen to see us let me know I will make sure we are there to help you to Keep Surging Forward.  Leave a comment below and tell me which app you are using and feel free to share your success story. I may ask you if I can share your experience with someone else and you will be helping others to Surge Forward. Thank you for allowing me to serve you. You can check out web site at www.surgingforward.com

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Using Social Media to Help You Succeed Episode 40



This weeks Episode I am talking about how you can use social media to help you succeed.  There are so many ways in which you can learn more about the work that you do or even learn about a new career.  I am going to be talking of some of the basics of how you can grow and start the path to success just by learning how to listen by reading and using differnt types of social media.  Join be today as I talk about the benefits to help you to Keep Surging Forward.

Links to Facebook Groups

  1. Electrical Tricks & Tips
  2. Electricians Lair
  3. Electrical Wizardry
  4. Electrical Code Discussion
  5. Electrical Safety
  6. Plumbers talk group
  7. HVAC technician group
  8. HVAC Pro Talk

Some good free Podcast Apps for your phone

  1. Itunes of course but good only on Iphone at this time
  2. Stitcher a free app on Android phone
  3. Podbean
  4. Tunein
  5. Podcast Addict

Great Podcasts to listen to

  1. Awaken the leader
  2. 48 day to the work you love
  3. The Surging Forward Podcast of course

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If it was Easy it Would not be called Work Episode 39


Is your work too hard? This week I am talking about becoming a success. Success is not something you can just say I want to be successful. You have to put in a little bit of hard work. Being an Instructor for the Apprenticeship I get the privilege of see many that graduate go on to be very successful in the trades. They are not always the smartest either, but they did know how to work hard and ask questions. They also have become respected in their field and are still learning, Many time those that claim to know it all are still in the same position years later and have not advanced much.  I can also tell you that though some claim to know it all, they really don’t. They just want everyone to think they do, which is way they are so hard to work with. You never get to a point where you have nothing to learn. Understand this simple statement and you will always be able to step into the opportunity that may come your way.  You can spend a lot of time listening on how to be successful, or you can just wish to be successful, but success is not always about the money. Either way it will not happen with some good old elbow grease and hard work.  Are you looking to be successful in the trades. You can make a good living but it does not happen over night.  Start hanging around those that influence others not those that are always tearing others down. The positive  attitude will take you a long way. Do you want to succeed than join me today as I talk about If it was Easy it Would not be Called Work Episode 39

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Don’t get Thrown to the Wolves Episode 38A



Being prepared is something we hear about but many times dont take action until we are in the middle of the battle. So when that right opportunity comes around and you are offered that promotion or new job. First comes the excitement than comes the fear. Training to be a leader should start way before you actually become a leader.  I was at a conference one time and heard John Maxwell speak. He made a very profound statement that I will never forget. He was talking to a person that was very intested in what John had to say and it went something like this:

Individual: “wow John great word when I get to be a leader I am going to buy one of your books”

John:Looked and him confused and said: ” Why don’t you buy one of my books and learn to be a leader”

Interesting statement but hopefully you see the point. Those of you that have never heard of John Maxwell any of his books are a great read 360 leadership is a good one to start with. Hopefully you get the point don’t wait to get thrown to the wolves before you learn how to get away. Enjoy this weeks podcast Episode 38 Don’t get Thrown to the Wolves.

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Don’t get Thrown to the Wolves Episode 38


Being prepared is something we hear about but many times dont take action until we are in the middle of the battle. So when that right opportunity comes around and you are offered that promotion or new job. First comes the excitement than comes the fear. Training to be a leader should start way before you actually become a leader.  I was at a conference one time and heard John Maxwell speak. He made a very profound statement that I will never forget. He was talking to a person that was very intested in what John had to say and it went something like this:

Individual: “wow John great word when I get to be a leader I am going to buy one of your books”

John:Looked and him confused and said: ” Why don’t you buy one of my books and learn to be a leader”

Interesting statement but hopefully you see the point. Those of you that have never heard of John Maxwell any of his books are a great read 360 leadership is a good one to start with. Hopefully you get the point don’t wait to get thrown to the wolves before you learn how to get away. Enjoy this weeks podcast Episode 38 Don’t get Thrown to the Wolves.

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Only You can Take the First Step Episode 37

We all have to start somewhere.  This Episode talks about taking the first step. The decision is up to you. Yes it is tough out there. Yes you may not have someone beating your door down to give you a high priced job. With that said I have great news for you, you can succeed in anything you put your mind to.  Are you waiting for someone to do it for you? Most people are out trying to make their own way, and if they don’t have the right attitude you may be in their way.  Surging Forward is here to help you to make it through, We can help you take the first steps , but you have take actual take the leap. I think you are going to enjoy this episode as I share some of the struggles I had during my career, but as you will see there have more successes than failures. So join me as We learn from failure and Keep Surging Forward.

Here is the link for some of the online courses for you  I talk about in the show if you are looking for Electrical, HVAC, Plumbing,  Engineering, Water Operators, even a few OSHA courses .  These course are tailored toward your State and most cunt toward any CEU’s or PDH’s for you License renewal. There are many course to help you pass the test and get you license for whichever State you are in.

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You can succeed in Business Episode 36

Are you looking to start your own business Are you looking just to have a successful Career than you are going to love this podcast as I Interview a very successful friend of mine, that is not only successful in the trade but also in his own business. He is truly Surging Forward in his career. Join me in today’s episode as I talk with Mike Gesick from My Three Sons or MTS HVAC His website is www.mtsrefrigeration.com Also if you need tradesman code update courses check out these two great sites www.affordablecodeupdate.com and www.surgingforward.com  Until next week Stay safe and Keep Surging Forward

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How to Stand Above the Crowd Episode 35

I was talking with a young man this week that is trying to move ahead in the field and is struggling because he says that not one listens to him. Listen to this weeks podcast to find out how you can stand above the crowd. If you like this podcast click the subscribe buttons below and please feel free to share your comments or drop us a line by going to the contacts page above.

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One Day at a Time Episode 34

Hello and welcome to the surging forward podcast where we are creating a positive you in a negative world. I want to give a special welcome to you if this is your first time listening. This is a show that provides workforce training and tips to help you excel as we continue to stay positive in this negative world

I would like to recommend a few other podcasts for you to listen to the first one is a great podcast called 48 days to the work you love with Dan Miller. This was one of the first podcast I started listening to and the motivation and education you receive is priceless again check out 48 days to the work you love. You can listen at http://www.48days.com/ Another great podcast is called awaken the leader inside with David Rubalcava he talks about what it takes to be a leader and he doesn’t know it yet but he is really inspiring me to get some videos on I just need to find a few more hours in the day anyhow. You can listen at https://awakentheleaderinside.com  Make sure you add these to your list of podcasts, I know you wont regret it

We are now on episode 34 One day at a Time Today I want to talk about things that happen in our lives that we have no control over. If you really stop and think about it we take so many things for granted and we don’t think twice about it. Unless it has ever really happen to you it is hard to realize that a circumstance or carelessness on someone else’s part can change everything about your life in a split second. Many of us know someone that this has happen to or it may have happen to you also. How we react to these life changing events will determine how well you will be able to recover from the set back. Things can happen in our lives that change our goals or a least may put them on hold. You may have to even change direction in your life to adjust to different responsibilities that have arose or even a physical disability that is the result of a life changing event. May times it is hard to adjust as people will often ask why is this happening to me I just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and now my whole life is changed due to some else being at fault or what ever the reason. These are just some of the hard questions one may be asking and I just wanted to take a moment and talk about. The reason it comes to mind is because A young man that I know that has been working very hard to get his tradesman license was in a car wreak a few weeks ago. The accident has not his fault yet he is dealing with injuries and pain which is causing him to have difficulty doing even simple tasks. With that said I have to say that through all of this he is persevering through and continuing to work to get all of his assignments done. His dedication is inspiring and he is not using the negative situation to allow him to get down on himself or on life. You see here is the hard truth I was talking with him and wanted to offer some encouraging word or help in his situation and he ended up encouraging me. As I listen to him share that his goals of getting his license have not changed, the views he gave on a potential negative situation was one of the most positive things I have heard in a while.  He went on to explain that though he is in a lot of pain he did not want to have sympathy nor special treatment. The whole ordeal has taught him a very valuable lesson.  He went on to tell me that so many of the things that we take for granted are things that we should say thank you for every day. Being able to get up and walk without pain, being able to drive a car, being able enjoy fun times with family and friends. These are things that as he goes through his recovery he looks forward to each day now, it also puts his goals in perspective and has shown him that we need to seize the moment each and every day to not just chase our dreams but to enjoy the things in life that we take for granted. I was set back as I thought to myself how many times I tend to complain about things that don’t go my way. How much control do I really have on things that happen in my life? Again it goes back to serving others if your only goal you have is to serve yourself than you have no joy over someone else’s success and you cant get drawn into the self pity of poor me. Why do all the bad things happen to me? I do not believe anybody has been singled out in life to say he or she will be a success or that he or she will be a failure. I think that the way we look at every situation that comes along in our lives is what makes you a stronger person. I struggled for many years because I never finished school and was not able to get me electrical degree. I tried many times but things always seem to come up in life, I did not have the money, I had to work out of town to take of family, on and on it goes but bottom line is that life happens. It happens to you and it happens to me. We all have to go through tough times in our lives that are no fault of our own. Those are the times that will make us stronger. They are also the experiences that we gain so that we can share with someone else when they are going through a tough time. You never know because of what you are going through you may be the only one that will be able to encourage someone down the road as you will be the only one that fully understands how they may feel. So yes make sure you are pursuing your goals but also take the time to enjoy life, be flexible with your goals and make sure you can adjust with the winds of life. If you look at an old tree that blows in the high winds of life if the branch sways in the wind it is not likely to break but if it is ridged and solid it will snap and fall off never again to be repaired. Oh and by the way I still never finished my degree but I work for an engineering firm and do designs, and I teach the electrical apprenticeship program. Just saying I may still go back and get my degree but I am still completing my goals one step at a time. Remember Life happens sometimes we just have to deal with it.

Let me know you thoughts or your experiences. Send you questions to dave@surgingforward.com I am also excited about my first book which I hope to get out this summer if you would like to reserve a copy for $5 simply send me an email and when it comes out I will contact you and offer it to you for the introductory price. If you would like to take a code update course for you tradesman license visit our new website at Affordablecodeupdate .com we also have prep courses for helping you get your tradesman or your Contractors license.

Thank you for listening and follow us on Twitter or Facebook at Surging Forward. Until next week stay safe and Keep Surging Forward.

 

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