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2021 – Can I Grow It?
Hey Red, Hey Red, how are you doing today? Good, what are we gonna do? Not too sure this character I've had for a long time, I think it still looks like me, I've got a lot of compliments about this guy but I'm always trying to well both growing and shrinking um always had problems with my weight and never been happy about that growing too big, but you know he's been kind of the,
what is the logo of my school for the last seven years I guess and I'm not too sure if I want to use him to grow and to change, but I may and I may not but you know these are like some of the questions that I have like how do I move forward with what I know and what I don't know or what I know that I know I don't know you know like this known gap and I know that I want to grow, I know that I want to grow because I can't have things so difficult or so hard or or so unknown,
I don't, I don't thrive anymore from building a bunch of unknown things and and trying to figure out how they will grow together, you know, I did that through my, you know when I first started my career 20 years ago I was always like ah ha ha ha ha like like like the lights were just going off everywhere,
you know like this new knowledge of teaching and working with kids and then you know I started connecting the dots and you know that was wonderful because you know, like,
so like, boom, you learn so much so quickly and it's amazing, but then, you know, you start connecting these dots because you're looking for, you're trying to transform or you're trying to link things so you got this knowledge, you've got this knowledge and they're kind of adjacent and you start linking them together,
so I like growing that way, but then, you know, another 10 years, get to, you know, another 10 years later and you're like, wow these dots or you know, 10 years, five years,
one year doesn't matter when, you know, you get these aha moments when you're ready, when they like connect inside your brain, like, like this brain idea and this brain idea, they're both sort of like,
like, like vibrating around to get to that one spot and then boom they connect and it's like lightning going off in your head, like, wow, I didn't know that I could do this, you mean I've been doing it the wrong way or I've been doing it this way for years and years and years and years and suddenly because of this one little thing,
I can flip that switch and I can grow this new way and now this is exciting because, you know, now I've been working in the study room for the last 10 years, you know,
before that hog ones and schools and now I'm like, well maybe I can shift totally online, maybe I can do this, maybe I can do that, like the world is changing and so I'm looking at like where's my clearing, where can I grow my guard?
And, and, and what am I gonna grow now? I, I do have like I already, I have my roadmap of, you know, my information of where I want to grow, but it's still connecting these dots is very tough.
so one thing I like to do is um, I like to just, you know, take a piece of content and think about all the little things about that.
One piece of content, like the hungry caterpillar, he comes in and he,
he will eat everything in your garden and you never know, you know, like you're working so hard, you're making a lot of progress and then this little guy comes in and boom, your garden is gone and and that's like these little things like,
you know, it's really, really tough sometimes, like you're on the right path and then you're not and you know, and that was that, you know, those sort of like growing as an amateur or as a beginner as like up and down up and down like a roller closer and then slowly I got better and better and, and the ups and downs or less and now,
you know, I'm coming on 20 years and it's kind of like this and then up and then down and kind of like this, but, but when it goes down it might come crashing down, and that's what I want to grow in ways that allow me to,
even if I come crashing down, even if something happens to me, then my son can still progress with it, or my sons and my wife and my family can still move the ship forward and can grow with it.
And that's one reason why I like these images,
because regardless of what happens to me, they can always grow this from, you know, this brown bear make a connection to this brown bear and then potentially sell resources to people who want this content.
I don't know if this is like the best,
like this is how my brain is trying to connect the dots and I don't know if that's the future, but I'm gonna say that given that most people know brown bear, then I'm gonna say that it will continue to sell because it's eric Carle and Erik Karlsson is known and people don't like the unknown.
People don't like things that they don't understand.
They're not ideas that ideas, new ideas take years to grow and and I don't have yours anymore.
I had my twenties, I had my thirties.
Now, I've got my forties, I'm looking at what I know to grow that, wishing you all the best luck and to grow whatever you need to grow to move your life, your business, your career forward,
trying to do the same here, thank you, Good luck, Bye!
2022 – What Happens When…?
Hi guys, it's friday, I'm gonna dance with my little wooden man.
Do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do do I remember one of those commercials back in the day where they were talking about like arthritis or inflammation or you know, the joint seizing up and,
and I've got one of these guys and actually he came around the same time as I hurt myself and which then I needed to go in for some medicine for the doctor and you know, it's like,
you know what happened from the point where I got hurt to now, it's been an interesting story and what happened was, you know, I was walking and then my foot, something was hurting more and more every day and,
and then one day just boom, it just went, you know, like, I it was like, I sprained my ankle, but by walking and then I, the next day I woke up almost crying, you know,
like, I was like lying in bed and my leg hurts so much that I couldn't because I couldn't get up and then the pain kept getting worse and worse.
It's like, whereas,
like, the inflammation in my leg spread through my whole body and suddenly my injury from when I was doing weight lifting back in high school throughout my shoulder, my right shoulder,
so then my left leg and my right shoulder weren't working, you know, in tandem together and I'm lying in bed and I got to go to the bathroom, I can't get up because it hurts so much my son's home just go home and, and,
and I'm like, I'm crying because it hurts, I'm crying because I feel like I'm gonna pee the bed, I'm crying because you know this, this whole like new reality is setting in and, and so we went to the doctor and they engaged the medicine and I started taking this medicine and uh,
it was like, uh, I don't like medicine, but it's better than the pain and this is like, and then you start thinking through like your dad and his life and how he started making these new like steps and processes because he can't do this.
So he has to future think his next five moves,
his next 10 moves.
So here I am in the same boat.
And that's why I brought me to swimming.
And you know, last weekend I talked last week I talked about, you know how like the process of learning how to go swimming and you know, doing all these little steps just so I can take a swim.
And I thought I had it all figured out until monday.
I went back and I realized when I went back, I like I forgot all these little steps I had learned the week before and I had to relearn them, just,
you know, committed to memory and that's not.
So I've been swimming now for two weeks and, and, and then also, you know, since I got this injection I stopped taking my medicine and which I think is a good thing because I'm not really liking medicine, but if I have if it if it means that this pain that was making me cry,
I'm like, I'll take it.
But these days I've been able to live with this pain swimming or no swimming.
And it's like all these variables are juggling around and you know, I don't really know,
I just, you know, in the present, you know, trying to feel out what sort of works best for me in this time with what I eat and how much I eat and exercise versus what kind of exercise and my dad and what he kind of went through and it's like, it's complex.
I don't know where these ideas and these memories are coming from, but they're coming in ways that I don't always have to think about.
Alright, So also, you know, what happens when you start swimming?
You know, you've got the complexity of swimming with these, these other people and these women and you know, what do you say to help them become your friends so that they'll let you see, swim with them in the slow section because you're not strong enough to swim in the fast section.
And so you give up these tidbits of information.
It's like, oh, I live in you owe me to where of course you live in you and it's a big city, but he was like, oh,
I live in a dorm bed.
He's like, oh, my son goes to, oh, I live in vulnerability.
And she's like, oh, my son went to Madam, are you that guy that went to that daycare next in? It's like,
yeah, I'm that guy.
And then she's like, I know I know who you are, my I know who you are, because you're that famous guy who has the study room and this thing.
and it's like, you don't know what happens, like, but you do know, I mean you're looking you're giving information to people so that they can make, you know, sort of like,
how you can find that sort of middle ground, so you can be more trusted in the group so that they want you to come in the group because they feel like you're in the in crowd now.
And it's just sort of weird how like,
how complex life is how complex people are and and with medicine, with friendships, with with, you know, the jobs that we do and how they all sort of work together into the narratives that we tell.
And I don't know.
Yeah, so that's what's up this week.
Thanks for listening.
Um today's father's day is coming up and I'm always appreciate for all these little lessons that my dad taught me 30 years ago, 40 years ago that I'm just now starting to kind of put together in my head.
Well, actually started to get putting them together in my head a few a few years ago.
But they're starting to make more sense as I get older.
All right, good luck in solving whatever you need to solve today.