Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Success Profiles- Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

I coach people in high risk/high stress occupations and help them find enjoyable second careers after spending time in uniform. Because of that, I enjoy coming across success stories of folks who hit the ground running after their time downrange.

This is another in a series of profiles I’ll be presenting. I hope it encourages you and provides the motivation you need to keep moving forward.

Enter Ryan McRae, Chief Nerd at ADHD Nerd

Pic- Me and Ryan can always be found having coffee together. This was in Portland OR at the World Domination Summit.

I’ll tell you right away that Ryan is a little different. Number one, this guy is my best friend. Because of that, I’m a little biased about anything he puts out. That doesn’t mean I’m not right though. It just means even more that you need to go check him out for yourself. Be sure you do just that! Secondly, Ryan took a non-traditional route to landing himself in one of my profiles.

Most of my profiles and interviews cover men and women who spent time in a uniform (military, EMS, fire, law enforcement, etc) via the standard route. Ryan didn’t. He was a contractor. He came from outside the system and dropped right into the fray by serving in Afghanistan, training soldiers on specialized equipment.

By the time I met Ryan, I’d already served decades in uniform and worked as a contractor myself. I would’ve never expected him to jump into a job like this. But, when the time came, Ryan saw a job opening and a chance to serve. Next thing I know, the guy I talk to regularly about everything from Green Lantern to board games is on a flight to that beautifully ugly hole in the world known as Afghanistan.

That’s why I wanted to mention Ryan here on this profile. Not all men and women in uniform are the same. Not all of them go into boot camp out of high school and wear camouflage every day. Some of them, like Ryan, see a need to fill and refuse to shrink away even though their place of work changes quickly from a Starbucks to a plywood camp with frequent rocket attacks.

While Ryan was in Afghanistan serving mostly with the U.S. Army he also wrote a book of haiku that went along with his photographs of the area. He used this book to raise thousands of dollars for Charity Water. After he came home he launched his current enterprise, which is ADHD Nerd. He’s become a specialist in helping highly driven people, primarily entrepreneurs, who have trouble dealing with squirrels. If you’re one of those type of folk, then you need him. Even so, ADHD has never been a problem for me, but I still get his material because it works magnificently in increasing my production. Not only that, it’s just plain hilarious. If more people could approach serious topics the way Ryan does, I think we’d all be happier.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”

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Here’s Your Chance to be Featured in the New Edition of My Rapid Skill Development Book!

I need your help with a project I’m working on. My book Rapid Skill Development 101 was published several years ago. The book hit several best-seller categories on Amazon, such as education and psychology, but it’s in need of updating.

Since the book came out I’ve had a few of the readers send me their stories after using it, but I would like to add more for a bigger and more helpful expanded edition. I’m also planning on adding examples of other careers that I’ve had coaching clients pursue. In addition, I’m creating a much better cover and improved graphics on the inside.

Here’s how I need your help…

  1. Get the book. I dropped the Kindle version to $.99 (the lowest it could go on Amazon). Or you can click HERE for a FREE pdf copy.
  2. Feel free to mention this offer to friends and family as well.
  3. Read or work your way through the book.
  4. Let me know if you feel anything is missing or needs more explaining.
  5. Send me your story about hacking the system of becoming an expert. Anything is viable from a body of knowledge to a job to a skill.
  6. Sign up for the Mini Guide. There’s a box on the right where you can do that. This is a condensed version of the book that some people use as a quick resource.

Anyone who helps me will not only get the chance to have their story published in the next edition, but I’ll also send you a free digital copy of that edition when it comes out. I’ll also be glad to mention you in the book itself by way of a bio and a mention of what you do.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”

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There’s No Reason to Quit a Uniformed Job if You Don’t Want To

It doesn’t matter if you’re a cop, EMT, firefighter, or a soldier. There may come a time when an injury, a boss, or the bureaucracy try to force you out. They may very well do it, too.

  • Disability hearing goes the wrong way.
  • All of a sudden you’re not promotable.
  • The new chief wants a younger guy in your position.

There are a million reasons you may get booted, but it doesn’t mean you have to leave uniformed service if you don’t want to. Sure, the uniform and the setting might change, but there are also million other things you can do to stay in or around the uniform.

  • Start a business working with your former colleagues.
  • Sit back and invent that ‘thing’ you always knew would make your job easier.
  • Work as a trainer.
  • Move into sales and attend the conventions selling gear you have an intimate knowledge of.
  • Write a memoir.

Think of this quote from Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand…

“There were many ways to make money. Why did you choose the hardest?”

You chose a hard profession. If you love it and want to stay in it, that’s what needs to happen. This is what I do in my coaching. I help people in high risk/high stress occupations find ways to stay there.

This message was written by a team of geeks, nerds, gamers, and Dr. David Powers. You can always find us at www.callsignredbeard.com. Thanks for reading!

In the words of Starship Troopers, “Would you like to know more?”

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