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Resources for My Guest Appearance on Matters of Faith with Jay Wilburn

Many thanks to Jay Wilburn for having me on his podcast Matters of Faith. I hope you enjoyed listening to it and that I both entertained and alarmed you.

*I wrote this prior to the podcast. I’ll upload a link to the podcast later. Thanks!

As promised, here’s a few resources for you…

Rapid Skill Development Mini Guide– It’s free just for signing up.

Game of Thrones vs. the Bible– If you order the Kindle or print version, just send me a copy of the order e-mail, and I’ll send you a free PDF copy and another cool book as well.

The Complete Medical Bible– This is a cool series I’m writing about medical references in the Bible. If you order the Kindle or print version, just send me a copy of the order e-mail, and I’ll send you a free PDF copy and another cool book as well.

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!

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Do you know a parent who has one of THOSE kids?

Ugh! A parent walked over with her kid at the playground. My first thought was, “What’s my kid done now?”

But no. She walked him over to apologize in person to my kid. You see, her kid is on the autism spectrum, and she was helping him to learn social skills. It’s not even that he did anything bad like throwing sand or rocks (yeah, my kids have done that).

She was just teaching him how to do something better.

This interaction turned into a great conversation with her, and my wife and I made a new friend.

Not many parents have THOSE kids.

Many parents have THESE kids…

  • No idea what responsibility or consequences mean
  • Free allowance for nothing
  • Get whatever they want
  • Obese
  • Never venture outside unless forced

I feel bad for THOSE kids. The saving grace is that they’re kids, so there’s still time to unleash their greatness!

Here’s an example of two awesome kids I know…

Of course I have to mention one of my own. My oldest son of 13 years just turned one of his homeschool assignments into his first published book about salads for kids. It’s funny too- he even thanked The Rock in it for inspiring him.


Another impressive young kid is Clara Isabel Logsdon. I know this 8yo artist through her grandad Dan Miller. She completely illustrated a published book based on interactions between her and her grandmother Joanne Miller.


If there’s a kid that you have some influence over as a parent or some other reason, how about you do your best today and tomorrow and the next day to inspire them to awesomeness, even if it feels like torture to them right now.

Disclaimer- My kids are in no way perfect, nor am I. If you want to hear any stories or advice about mistakes they’ve made, things we do, or mistakes we’ve made as parents, just get in touch.

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!

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Vitamix is Why You Should Pay for Quality

Years ago my wife bought a Vitamix blender at Costco for what I thought was an outrageous amount of money. As a matter of fact, she paid for it with her own blow money just so she could prove it was worth it.

Wow did she!

That blender has been the single biggest improvement in healthy eating for our family of 7 ever (5 kids!). We have so much fun with our veggie and fruit smoothies.

Disclaimer- Even though Tim Ferriss and Chris Young at Chef Steps explained over dinner one night how nature wants to kill us, including our spinach. A story for another time.

The other day I noticed a chipped blade. I worked up my angst and called Vitamix ready to fight over making them replace it. They sure messed up my prepped argument.

I barely got on the phone and explained my issue before she said, “Oh, that’s still under warranty. What’s your address? We’ll ship you out a new one immediately.”

Here it is, all nice and shiny…

And that is why you should save up and pay for quality the first time instead of paying over and over for a long list of broken whatevers.

It’s the same way with my business. I do keynotes, breakout training sessions, and coaching. Right now I’m coaching a small construction company that has been ‘buying’ (so to speak) low quality employees for years. It’s greatly affected morale, profit, and their checking account. I just discovered thousands in unpaid and late bills that slipped under the radar.

Buy quality the first time and it will pay off in the end.

I just noticed after I posted this pic that there’s a glob of smoothie on my shirt.

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!

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Is Your Name Superman?

I absolutely love this scene from a recent issue of Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye.

Think about this for a minute in relation to the hats you wear in life…

  • Entrepreneur
  • Employee
  • Dad or Mom
  • Son or Daughter
  • Athlete

How do you see it? Is it a Label or a Challenge?

I suggest you look at it as a challenge. That outlook will change your life.

BONUS TIME!

  • Cave Carson is one of my fave comics. Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance fame has done an amazing job curating the Young Animal imprint at DC Comics.
  • For a great teaching on goal-setting in accordance with the various hats you wear in life, check out the Live It Forward seminar from Kent Julian. Tell him Dr. Dave sent you.
  • My good friend Paul Grau does an excellent keynote about Running to Your Challenges.

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!

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What Would Marcus Lemonis Do?

My wife and I love watching The Profit with Marcus Lemonis.

I just moved locations to be closer to a big new client that made it financially worthwhile to switch geographical spots for a bit. We traded the mountains for the ocean and are now back in Myrtle Beach SC.

As I get started with this new client, I’m digging through their finances, systems, good habits, bad habits, and piles of useless inventory.

Just like Marcus does on the show.

It’s really fun!

The funny thing is, at every step, every scrap of paper, every supplier, every employee, I ask myself…

What Would Marcus Lemonis Do?

Do you have a mentor of sorts where you do the same thing, even one you don’t really know in person?

Here’s the list of folks that I model life and business after…

What about you?

My family with Tim Ferriss at a dinner he hosted in Seattle for us…

PS…After just one week with my new consulting client who’s in the construction industry, I already helped him land two big new clients. Instant success is always motivating for both of us.

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!

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We’re No Longer on the Way to Being Homeless

I know many of you were around for the start of my 40 Days to Homeless series. For you and any new list members, I’d like to do an update.

To get the entire story, be sure to check out…
40 Days to Homeless
39 Days to Homeless
38 Days to Homeless

On the situation, I have some really good news and some really bad news in equal parts. On the bad news front, I don’t want to strangle you with the whole story here, so I published a more complete version on my blog. What you’ll read there is part of the reason I’m only going to give you the good news on this update.

The good news…We’re not going to be homeless!

I landed a huge client back in South Carolina that is financially worth it to move back there from Chattanooga TN. Not that I want to leave the mountains and rivers, but I feel it’ll be a big step for easing our ‘big family’ housing situation in TN. It’s hard to find room for a married couple and 5 kids in rental housing, but we’ve managed to already secure housing there at the beach.

Aside from the big new client, work is also picking up in other areas as well…

I just wrapped up a 2 week speaking tour in the New England area that included 5 lectures at the Connecticut EMS Expo. My 10yo went with me and joined me in some of my video reviews.

As I wrote this, I’m currently in Nashville TN doing corporate training for Delta Airlines and the TN Treasury Department. This left me with some free time during the day to shoot video for several reviews at area state parks and hiking trails.

And the best news of all…

My 12yo son has just published his first book. His book The Kids Guide to Salads began as a homeschool assignment and morphed from a family experiment into a full book complete with photography. You can order your own copy HERE on Amazon, but if you want an autographed copy, get in touch. He gets really excited and has been working on his signature.

As always, your help is much appreciated in spreading the word, so please feel free to pass this newsletter on to others.

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I Screwed Up by Asking for Help

I screwed up by asking for help.

I hate saying that.

After all, I’ve been teaching my Pre-TSD program to vets and public safety folks for years, and the first piece of advice I give them and their families is to ask for help early and often.

My family hit a weird rough patch recently, and I was determined I wouldn’t be too proud to ask for help. I even set up a Go Fund Me page.

Boy was it a mistake to seek help.

I don’t want to repeat the whole issue. You can read about it by scanning back the past few blog posts. Basically, without warning, we were refused housing and a lease renewal by a number of places because we have 5 kids. All this was happening as our current lease was expiring. Basically, we were headed straight toward homelessness.

Friends and family are weird in a situation like this.

You’ll have a few friends and family members who really care about you and will try to help, even if encouragement is all they can offer. Several of my friends even opened up to me about their own struggles so that we could pray and talk together. I appreciated this. But you’ll often have a larger number of friends and family who will smell blood in the water and see this as an opportunity to tear you apart. And they did.

Here’s a few things I learned during this struggle and my plea for help…

  • Many people’s reactions will go against standard teaching regarding stress and pre-suicide.
  • Don’t ask for help or at least be very careful who you ask for help from.
  • Everybody hurts, but not like the REM song where they eventually come together.
  • Luke 11:11 became very real to me- “If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?”
  • Your closest friends and family will question every decision you ever made before offering any help.
  • Christians aren’t the only ones to step up and offer assistance (although we’d like to think so sometimes).
  • Only post regular updates and happy posts on the blogs and e-mails if you want people to read them.
  • People like you as long as you don’t need anything from them.

During this struggle, I started watching the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why. In retrospect I shouldn’t have. It made me consider things I shouldn’t be pondering. I guess what I’m saying is that this struggle and what happened because I asked for help are, in my 42 years of life, the lowest points of my entire existence. The things some of my friends said to me made me want to escape in any way possible from being hurt anymore.

Also during this time, a good friend of my dad’s, a guy that I’d known since I was in elementary school killed himself. The thing that I kept kicking around in my head was that there was just so much going wrong that he couldn’t take it anymore. I kept asking myself if I was near that point as well. Imagine someone you thought was a good friend saying things worse than this to you.

To be completely open and honest, it was thoughts of my kids that brought me back to a safe place. “Life insurance doesn’t pay out in a suicide” was my mantra. I knew doing something extreme and terminal would just put them in an even worse position.

I’m over it now, because the situation has been resolved and things are better. But this issue took me to a bad place that I know I’ll never forget. I’ve purged some people from my life that were toxic. I restructured some routines and tasks in my daily life. I’m getting closer to God. To quote from a Clive Cussler book I read recently, “Mistakes were made. They’re being addressed.”

With all that said, I’ll leave you with a quote from Brian Dixon-

“Your failure is not something to be embarrassed by. It’s a springboard to launch off from.”

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!

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38 Days Until We’re Homeless in Chattanooga

In 38 days my family might be homeless in Chattanooga TN.

*For the whole story you can start the series HERE.

I got an e-mail today in response to this series that made me sick to my stomach. As soon as I read it, I messaged my buddy Ryan McRae, my best friend in the world.

I said, “Am I doing everything wrong? I just don’t want to be too ashamed or prideful to ask for help.”

His simple response was, “You’re doing fine and the right thing. And you’ll always have haters.”

Ryan made me feel better, like I’m not a total screw-up, and still have something to offer the world and my family.

Let me sum up what she said to me in an all day series of e-mails…

  • “You have accomplished nothing of value.”
  • “A little challenge and you’re freaking out?”
  • “You made your bed, not I, so lie in it.”
  • “I have more debt than you and I’m battling Lyme Disease, vocal cord dysfunction, Bartonella, IBS, GERD, and Optic Nerve Atrophy.”
  • “Life can be shitty at times.”
  • “No use pointing out birth control.”
  • “How about you spend the next 39 days reversing the decisions that put you in debt?”
  • “I filed for bankruptcy. You could do the same.”

Her words bothered me. Don’t think I’m not saying some of the same things and worse to myself anyway. You know what, though, I’m just gonna keep pushing on. I have to. Another thing Ryan taught me was that if I slow down too much or give it too much power, the Dark Passenger will show up and convince me I’m truly worthless.

In honor of this lady’s e-mails, I’ll mention a series of short stories I wrote about a husband living a truly crappy life where nothing goes right. It’s called The Diary of a Crappy Husband. I’m in that kind of mood right now.


The best way you can help me is by spreading the word. Please forward this e-mail on to everyone you know. I need as many people as possible to know about this in case they can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Please connect with me if you have any questions.

A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.

Here’s a link to resources where most of my business is conducted.


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39 Days Until We’re Homeless in Chattanooga

In 39 days my family might be homeless in Chattanooga TN.

For the whole story you can start the series HERE.

Since the first e-mail yesterday, I’ve been getting some questions. I’ll answer them here, because I’m sure many of you are wondering the same things.

“What about your business?”

It’s a fair question. It’s a polite way of asking if I’ve just been sitting on my ass all day or if I should try a different job. But that’s okay. I don’t mind telling you what’s going on.

Business is going well. I’m actually leaving tomorrow for an assignment out of town that’s one of my highest paying yet. Successes like that give me hope. I need it, because I’m almost out.

It’s the mountain of debt and other circumstances that are killing us.

  • I lost a $35K a year client, and I’m still feeling that impact. That forced us to put almost 2 years of apartment rent on credit cards.
  • My 2mo baby has kidney problems, specifically hydronephritis.
  • I just got two letters from different agencies telling me that property taxes were screwed up in 2015 and 2016. Together those two letters are asking for over $10K, payable within 30 days.

Then there’s still the whole getting kicked out of our apartment because I have too many kids thing.

There’s a lot of other stuff going on too. I’ll elaborate more as this series goes on.

Here’s one way you can help. Support me with your shopping!  Here’s a link to resources where most of my business is conducted.

One of my income sources I want to tell you about is a horror book written by my mom and published through Amazon. You can find it right HERE. Buy a copy. Buy a thousand. It’d make me and my mom really happy.

I’ll be sending out quite a few e-mails in the coming days that will give more info and show different ways you can help. I’m going to be hustling like I’ve never hustled before.

The best way you can help me is by spreading the word. Please forward this e-mail on to everyone you know. I need as many people as possible to know about this in case they can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Please connect with me if you have any questions.

A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.

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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!

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40 Days Until We’re Homeless in Chattanooga

In 40 days my family might be homeless in Chattanooga TN.

Me, my wife, and our five kids make a family of seven, with kids ranging from 12yo down to 2  months. We’re getting kicked out of our 3 bedroom apartment because we go over the 2-person-per-bedroom rule, even though one of the kids is just an infant. That also means we can’t rent another 3 bedroom place and local 4 bedroom houses are out of our budget.

I don’t know what we’re going to do.

Basically, I need to make a year’s worth of income in the next 40 days to pay down debt and afford a place.

I need your help.

I’m not asking for a handout. I’m just asking you to support my business, buy any of the stuff I’m selling to downsize, and tell everyone you know who might be able to help in some way.

I’ll be making a lot of posts in the coming days that will give more info and show different ways you can help. I’m going to be hustling like I’ve never hustled before.

The best way you can help me is by spreading the word. Please forward this e-mail on to everyone you know. I need as many people as possible to know about this in case they can help us or know someone else who can.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Please connect with me if you have any questions.

Here’s a link to resources where most of my business is conducted.

A GoFundMe page has been set up HERE.

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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!

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