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Dealing with Authority/Inspectors Episode 74


Many time those in authority tell us to do things that may cost you time, money or worst yet cause you to be embarrassed due to being called out in public. How do you deal with those times where you and the person in authority or maybe even that inspector that you need his approval to pass you work before you can move on? This many times turn into a battle and escalate into verbal of sometime get physical. The first thing we all need to remember is that everyone has a boss. I have heard some say I work on my own and I have no boss well I beg to differ. Your client/customer is the one that is your boss they may choose not to pay because they do not feel you did the work according to what was agreed upon.  I am an electrical consult/Inspector myself and I have to answer to the client when something that the contractor installed incorrectly. So how do you deal with conflicts or issues when they arise. We all have a need to feel Important (  http://surgingforwardpodcast.com/need-feel-important-episode-63/   ) Join me for this weeks episode that was recorded on Facebook Live on Surging Forwards face book page if you would like to watch the raw footage. Have a great day and Keep Surging Forward.

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Taking a Risk Episode 73


Many people spend time making goals while many people just spend time doing nothing. They feel taking a chance is to Risky. What if doing nothing at all was actually what had the most risk? Making a choice to be better off is not really taking a risk, it is being ready for the unknown things in life that will happen. It is all about choice. Join me today as I talk about making a choice to take a risk.

 

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What is your Outlook? Episode 72

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What is you outlook on your job, life, or those around you? Join me as I continue to discuss some of the biggest Hurdles that you feel keep you from succeeding in the Trades or on your job. How to you see things around you and how do you feel about yourself. What is the biggest thing that is needed to succeed? Each day, each week, each month and even each year provides you with an opportunity to make a choice. Decide today what you will do to Keep Surging Forward. As usual I look forward to your comments. I would also be very honored if you would share this with someone that would like to move forward in their career.

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Gaining Knowledge Episode 71


In this Episode I was actually on the Road and was able to answer a question that I posted on Facebook. I simply asked what are some of the biggest Hurdles that you feel keep you from succeeding in the Trades or on your job. There was a Large response over many of the groups that I am in. All of which I will address in future episodes. The one that seemed to be the biggest hurdle was how to gain more knowledge so you can grow and become successful.   So this episode which is my first episode recorded while on the road will show you the many ways where you can Gain the knowledge needed to Keep you Surging Forward. As usual I look forward to your comments.

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In this Episode I was actually on the Road and was able to answer a question that I posted on Facebook. I simply asked what are some of the biggest Hurdles that you feel keep you from succeeding in the Trades or on your job. There was a Large response over many of the groups that I am in. All of which I will address in future episodes. The one that seemed to be the biggest hurdle was how to gain more knowledge so you can grow and become successful.   So this episode which is my first episode recorded while on the road will show you the many ways where you can Gain the knowledge needed to Keep you Surging Forward. As usual I look forward to your comments.

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What Seems like a Negative could Really be a Positive Episode 68


 

You may be wondering about the strange title I chose for this week episode. Why talk about a negative so close to Thanksgiving.Yes it is that time and to be truthful many of you may not think you have much to be thankful about. Lets be real It seems too many other things control our lives including our jobs schedule, our boss, our family, even things we have to get done for a good cause.  Many people put on the face of being thankful but are really hurting and just wish for once that someone would just listen to them. That is the reason for the title. I want to talk how you can take a negative a turn it to a positive.  I  have always tried to be honest when sharing with my students when teaching the Apprenticeship. I don’t sugar coat things and say crazy things like once you get your Journeyman’s card life will be easy. That’s not how it is at all.  Many of you listening know good and well how hard the trades are.  I would like to share with you actually two stories and both are true and both are about things that happened in my life. Before I begin understand that though these stories are true each person listening to this podcast has their  own story whether they are positive or negative depends on the choice that you make not based on what someone , something, or a circumstance does to you as you will see in my two stories. 

 

Every decision we make everyday can make the difference on the outcome of any situation. If you are around negative people start moving away and surround yourself with positive people.     I see a lot of negative at my day job and one day the right door may open bit I have to have the right skills to be ready. Some will say I don’t have many positive people around me, than listen to some podcasts. I listen to many different ones as I am driving that will inspire me to do better at what I do and that is making a difference to those in the trades and other careers. If you have any questions or thoughts feel free to leave a comment or review on Itunes, or the website at www.surging forwardpodcast.com Looking to start you own business we just so happen to have a course for that no matter what state you are in visit www.surgingforward.com  Looking for those CEU’s for your license renewal or looking to get a tradesman listen again check out surging forward.com.

I look forward to hearing from you and as always thank you for your encouragement as we are all on the same journey to Keep Surging Forward Until next week have a great week

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Going in the Right Direction Episode 67


Are You Going in the Right Direction – Sometimes as leaders we tend to feel alone and that no one understands the stress that we have. I would like to address this by wrapping up the past six episodes in our series on the Six Basic Human Needs.     By understanding how to apply each of the Six Basic Human Needs we will learn to see how looking out for the needs of others, your own needs as a leader will be met.   We will see how when motivating others to succeed, we will succeed as well.

Basic Need Number One was discussed in Episode 61 “A False Sense of Security”.  We talked about Certainty and Comfort.  Leaders guide those under them to get training that may benefit their career this will give their workers more self-confidence instead of the feeling of helplessness.  You as a leader may be the only positive voice speaking into their lives.

Basic Need Number Two was discussed in Episode 62 “Changing the Mundane”. We talked about Variety. Leaders provide a break from the mundane by becoming more creative in motivating those under them to get the job completed.  Leaders find ways to make a tough job in the field more fun.

Basic Need Number Three was discussed in Episode 63 “The Need to Feel Important”.                          We spoke about Significance.  Leaders need to treat each person we work with as an individual who is important.  Leaders can cause someone to make a drastic change for the worst if you tear them down, especially in front of their peers.  Leaders need to provide discipline and correction in private.  

Basic Need Number Four was discussed in Episode 64 “The Love Connection”.  We spoke about being Loved or Cared About.   Leaders probably over look this basic need the most with those that they have influence. We are not saying you have to give them a hug or get all mushy.  But when a leader applies all of the attributes talked about in this series to those under them, then they will have a sense that you really care for them.   A leader needs to realize that their success depends on the success of those under them.

Basic Need Number Five was discussed in Episode 65 “Continuing to Grow”.   We spoke about everyone wanting the opportunity to Grow. Leaders can provide the open door that can help those you influence to really shine.  As a leader you are in a position to see strengths that maybe even that person may not know they have.  If you see something in a person, say something. In turn, you will continue to grow in your strengths as you grow in your understanding that we all have special talents.

Basic Need Number Six was discussed in Episode 66 “What is Your Contribution? We spoke about people wanting to be able to make a difference. You as a leader have the ability to guide someone to help someone else in need.  As a leader instead of you always being the one to jump in and save the day, why not guide one of the people under you that may be lacking in self confidence, the chance to demonstrate their skills. This will boost their confidence and you will have also met at least 3 of the 6 Basic Human Needs for that person.

As a leader we can see the overall picture and provide ways to fit others into areas to help them succeed.  Knowing your team members, their strengths and weaknesses, and understanding these Six Basic Human Needs will allow you to create a team that will not only follow you but, also respect you. Bad leaders make demands by threats and intimidation, thus their workers only work out of fear, doing the minimum to survive.

Continuing to grow as a leader by serving the needs of others will enable you to keep “Surging Forward” as well as helping others to keep “Surging Forward” with the whole team going in the right direction.

Join me next week as I talk about Being Laid off in Episode 68 “I Lost My Job”

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What is Your Contribution? Episode 66


Contribution, this is number six in our series on the Six Basic Human Needs.

Contribution, what does it mean?  Why is it one of the six basic human needs that we all have?

We all have dreams and aspirations.  When we were young maybe we wanted to go to the stars or even become the president.  But what are you good at?  What is it that you can do naturally?  We look around us and try to do what others do, but what is your special skill?  Using that skill, that talent, is your contribution.  A contribution is using our talents to make this world a better place. 

Contribution gives us a sense of value and worth.  It is the knowledge that we are making a difference in someone’s life.

There is a Bible parable about “Talents”.  Summarized it is about a master that gives out some talents to his workers before he leaves on a trip.  When he returns, he calls his workers unto himself and wants to see how they used the talents he gave them.  What contribution did they make?  Two of the workers doubled their talents.  The master was so happy with them that he gave them a reward.  One of the workers just set his talent aside and never used it.  The master was very angry with this worker and took away his talent.  In this parable the master may sound mean, but the workers were given these talents to be used, to contribute; to make a difference in someone’s life. 

Take the talents that you have and use them.  Don’t try to be someone else.  Don’t let someone take away your talent by listening to their negativity.  This will only leave you angry and feel like the world took something from you.  Go out and use your talent.  You may need to learn something new.  Take advantage of the tools that are out there to help you grow.  There are a lot of on-line classes.  Take a few and grow your talent.  Even if you just have one talent; take that one talent and use it.  You may become the next Einstein or Tesla. 

Use your talent to help other keep “Surging Forward” and make this world a better place.

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Continuing to Grow Episode 65


Growth, this is number five in our series on The Six Basic Human Needs

We have all been in a place where we want to quit, but growing is vital in order to avoid the risk of failing to keep “Surging Forward”.

We have all heard and even the Bible states to be content.  But being content does not mean becoming stagnant.  Growth or continuing to improve yourself also does not mean having to be better than everyone else.  Around the world many say we are different, but in many ways we are very much the same.  We all have a desire to grow.  But sometimes we don’t know how to grow or we are fearful of the unknown.  Sometimes we don’t know who to trust.  Trust is a big factor in growth, but we all fear getting hurt or burned by someone we care about.  That goes back to the “Love Connection”.  But we need to make a choice to grow. 

If we don’t make a choice to grow, we can become like standing water.  Standing water becomes stagnant.  It starts to smell.  Mosquito larvae and bad stuff begin to breed. This can happen to us.  If we don’t grow, we start becoming resentful to those around us when they are doing well.  We start becoming angry and jealous of their success.  Rivers become fresh as they flow; they filter out all the bad stuff.  “Life Happens”.   Bad stuff happens in life.  But growth gets us out of the stagnant waters; it acts like a filter. 

We can break out of the stagnant water by listening to positive messages on Podcasts and by teaching someone else how to listen to a positive message.  As we listen we grow and move forward. We start becoming a river that is happy for other’s success.   As we grow, life has value again and we want to help others grow.  Sometimes it takes time, but continuing to grow is vital to avoid the risk of failing to keep “Surging Forward”. 

 

 

The Love Connection Episode 64

The Need to Feel Important Episode 63

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The Love Connection Episode 64


The Love Connection, this is number four in our series on the Six Basic Human Needs

Remember the song, “What’s Love Got to do With It.  Loves got everything to do with it.  We all have this deep down desire to be loved, but many people go out looking for love just like another song says “… In All the Wrong Places”.  They have that roaming eye, that desire to be with someone when they don’t even know who they are.  That one night stand, satisfaction for about 10 – 15 minutes and then it wears off and they feel that sense of loneliness and the pain that it didn’t work out again.

In scripture Jesus states that the greatest commandment is to love.  Not talking about a sexual or romantic love, but the true deep love.  But before you can be loved and cared for, you have to put yourself out there and be vulnerable.  It is called the “Servant Attitude” of taking that first step.  When you do for other people, they will be thankful and have a sense of love or being cared for.  It starts from you.  We need to do for others like we want them to do for us.  If you want them to care about you and love you, then you need to start loving other people and doing for them.  It is a choice. 

We can’t always be on the receiving end of things.   Podcast Episode 29 spoke about whether you are a taker or a giver; which one are you?  You can listen to this episode by clicking here  If you are always on the taking side then you are not going to feel that sense of love that you are looking for.  True love comes with caring for someone else.  When you care for someone then they in turn will love you back.  We need to make a choice.  In order to be loved we need to choose to love first.  People who are truly successful in life are the ones that have learned to put others first.  They take time to make others feel cared for and feel special and then they in turn feel love and are able to keep “Surging Forward” in life.

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