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Bettering the world one attitude at a time. In a world filled with divisiveness, frustration and lack of happiness, it's time we all start to get along. That all starts with each of us as individuals. We cannot necessarily control everything we encounter within our day to day lives, or the environment in which we live, but we certainly have the ability to control how we react to it. It all starts with gratitude and personal accountability. Take a listen and see if there is something here to help you in taking your part in turning down the hate. Welcome to the Derate The Hate Podcast...

Wilk


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    Grace, Gratitude, Respect and Integrity... DTH Episode 128

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 12:29


    Do you approach all of your personal interactions with Grace, Gratitude, Respect and Integrity?What do the words grace, gratitude, respect and integrity mean to you? I make the statement every week on the DTH podcast that we cannot control everything that happens to us in life, but we can control how we react to it. This is really one of the personal accountability pieces that I refer to so often. Imagine if we all approached our personal interactions using these principles.GraceAs written in an article in Christianity.com,  Grace is the Hebrew word chanan or the Greek word charis, meaning “the state of kindness and favor toward someone, often with a focus on a benefit given to the object.” (Strong's Greek 5485). GratitudeSomething I talk about probably more often than anything else on the DTH podcast. Gratitude is the quality of being thankful and having a readiness for showing appreciation. I often contend that you cannot be a happy person without being a grateful person.RespectRespect is really about treating someone with admiration and appreciation and seeing the humanity within them as a person.IntegrityHaving a strong sense of integrity means you are a person who is honest and of strong moral character.If all people were to approach their personal interactions with these 4 important principles, can you imagine how much better the world in which we live would be?What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people. That begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another. Be grateful for everything you've got. Make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast. If we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    What is the Theory of Racelessness? DTH Episode 127 with Dr. Sheena Mason

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 65:15


    What is the Theory of Racelessness?Have you ever heard of the theory of racelessness? What if there were no such thing as race, if race as a "thing" did not exist? Would we then be able to conquer racism? It's not a hard theory to grab a hold of if you try. This week's guest has developed the Theory of Racelessness. Who is Dr. Sheena Mason?Sheena Michele Mason earned her Ph.D. in English literature from Howard University in Washington DC USA. In August 2021, she joined the faculty at SUNY Oneonta as an Assistant Professor in English. Her first book Theory of Racelessness: A Case For Antirace(ism), a textbook, presents an alternative philosophy of race and the theory of racelessness, an analytical and teaching framework for understanding "race" and stopping racism and its effects. It also presents a philosophy of race, culture, and ethnicity. Inspired by her theory, she co-founded Theory of Racelessness, an educational firm that helps people use alternative philosophies of race and her theory to achieve truly antiracist outcomes. Her second book that presents her theory to a broader audience is due to be released in 2023. The theory of racelessness helps more people undo racism by undoing their belief in "race" and unintentional upholding of racism, by extension. Website: https://www.theoryofracelessness.org Twitter: @SheenaMasonPhDTopics of discussion:What is the Theory of RacelessnessConnecting one's identity to raceUsing racialization to institute inferior and superior "classes""Together" (UHR) Unify, Heal, Reconcile VS. EDISkepticism, Eliminativism, Constructionism, etc...Tenants of "racelessness" What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people. That begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another. Be grateful for everything you've got. Make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast. If we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    A Country At Odds With It's Own Identity...Seeking Idealogical clarity

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 57:51


    Do people really read the show notes? If you read these show notes, please go to our contact page, send me  your email address, and I'll send you a free gift.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE! 

    Nothing Good Comes of Hate... DTH Episode 125

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 7, 2022 69:35


    Nothing good comes of HateI've made the statement so many times on this podcast, but I'm reminded daily that nothing good comes of hate. There is no greater reminder in my mind than the speech given this past week, and other things said recently by the current President of the United States. For clarification, THE DTH PODCAST IS NOT POLITICAL. I want to make sure that is clear, but Hate is Hate and I'll point it out when I see it.People often make the statement, “words matter”. When labels are placed on large groups of people, and then those people are classified as a threat, bad things are bound to happen. Hate, no matter the context, is not healthy. The fact that our current President knows nothing about so many of what he calls “right-wingers” and “ultra-MAGA extremists”, yet boldly spews his hatred for them, made me think of a conversation I recently had with my friend Daryl Davis.The Daryl Davis DiscussionIn episode 99 of the DTH podcast, Daryl Davis and I discuss the question, “How can you hate me when you don't even know me?”. We discuss this question in terms of race. I believe the question is valid for people of all differences. Please check out the replay of this great conversation. Be one of those that asks questions and gets to know those with whom you differ and disagree. Don't buy the lies and ad-hominem attacks of those who would prefer to keep us divided.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    The Importance of Family and Family Time... DTH Episode 124

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2022 30:09


    The importance of family and family time cannot be overstated. I spoke last week about taking a little time for myself and the family. We enjoyed our little weekend camping trip, and so grateful for the memories. As I was thinking about the importance of family and family time, I began thinking about an early DTH conversation I had with my friend Kendall Qualls. I've pulled that conversation from the DTH archives for this week's episode.Who is Kendall Qualls?Kendall Qualls, president of Take Charge Minnesota, knows the American Dream is possible for EVERYONE, regardless of race. In this interview, Kendall and I discuss how “Critical Race Theory” is nothing but a way for those seeking power to divide, while Take Charge Minnesota has a better goal. Rebuilding and resurrecting the American Black Family through Faith, Family and Education.Kendall and Take Charge Minnesota outright denounce the idea of systemic racism, white privilege and abhor identity politics and the promotion of victimhood. Instead of promoting and perpetuating that perpetual victim mentality, Take Charge MN is an organization that has truly made its mission, for individuals to Take Charge of their own Life, Family and Community. Check out the trailer for the "I Am Victor" documentary by clicking the link below:https://youtu.be/6mJyjwmj_QIWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    What is Freedom If You Don't Take the Time to Enjoy It? DTH Episode 123

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 24, 2022 35:49


    Friends, what is Freedom if you don't take the time to enjoy it? In the past week it became very apparent to me that I've been neglecting one of the greatest gifts that I have been blessed to receive. That is freedom. As we, my wife and I, were preparing for an upcoming camping trip, I realized how little we do for fun these days. This became evident when I saw an unopened gift my wife had given me for my birthday last year.It took a reality check for me personally this week to ask myself the question, what is freedom if I'm not taking the time to enjoy it? With that said, I am going to be taking some time off in the coming weeks. I will be pulling from the DTH archives some of the great conversations I've done thus far for your listening pleasure. In light of the Islamist militant terrorist attack carried out at a hotel in Mogadishu by Al-Shabaab this past week, I am replaying my first conversation with my friend "Average Mohamed" where we talked about "Battling Extremism with an Alternative Narrative"Please listen and share this timeless and important message with your network of friends. What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Sometimes the Prize is the Experience Itself... DTH Episode 122

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2022 12:26


    Sometimes the prize is the experience itself. In this quick episode, I take on the defeatist attitude that unless you're going to win, why bother trying. That may be an exaggeration of the way it was said, but this comes as a result of something someone said to my wife recently regarding my participation in a BBQ contest.So why do people compete in events when they know they have very little, if any chance of winning? Sometimes the prize is the experience itself. I use as an example, the Boston Marathon. Now, I'm in no way comparing a local BBQ contest to the Boston Marathon. To be clear, this is about the lesson, not the contest itself. The episode is short. I believe the lesson is valuable. I hope you find as much value in the lesson as I did thinking about it. Every contest is not just about winning. Sometimes the experience is all that really matters. Get out there, have some fun! The world needs more of it!!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    What Role Does Fear and Trust Play in the Gun Safety Debate? DTH Episode 121

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 10, 2022 59:42


    What role does fear and trust play in the gun safety debate? I recently sat down for a follow up conversation on the topic of gun safety with 2 friends of mine from Braver Angels. In December of 2021, I conducted a round table event with some friends on the same topic. A lot of things were left unsaid and unresolved in that conversation, as many conversations go when it comes to contentious topics. I asked my friends Mark Beckwith and Paul Norris to rejoin me for this follow-up conversation.Paul Norris graduated from UC Berkeley. He has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a masters' in counseling. A gun owner from age 12, he is an NRA Benefactor member and an advocate for gun safety. He worked at Apple Computer and UCSF in software development and the application of software to business and human needs. He is currently retired but still works part time in counseling. He is active in Braver Angels, serving as a moderator and state coordinator. Mark Beckwith Is a a bishop in the Episcopal Church and a long-time gun violence prevention activist. Mark is one of the co-founders of Bishops United Against Gun Violence.  Mark too is a leader in Braver Angels. He is passionate about helping people move beyond the confines of their political and religious silos in order to find common ground. Be sure to check out our show notes for the link to Mark's recently published book “Seeing the Unseen, Beyond Prejudices, Paradigms and Party Lines”.Mark and I also recently participated in a discussion on the Braver Angels Podcast:Braving the Gun Divide | Mark Beckwith & Wilk Wilkinson with Ciaran O'ConnorWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    The Truth and Trust Project... Episode 120 with Dr. Francis Collins Part 2 of 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 3, 2022 42:51


     Do you trust that our public health officials are telling you the truth? This question, for me, lead to the Truth and Trust Project. I for one find myself very skeptical these days. As many who've listened to the DTH podcast for long know, I've been highly critical of the government's response to the pandemic from the very beginning. How does someone like me have a conversation with someone who had direct influence on the government's response to the pandemic? Not so long ago, I would say that the conversation would never happen, because my attitude would not have allowed it.The Truth and Trust Project may be one of the most important endeavors of my life. Several times over the past several months, I asked the question, “if you could ask Dr. Francis Collins or Dr. Tony Fauci a question, what would that question be?”. For that question, I received nothing but negative responses. The most common response was some variation of, “I wouldn't waste my time, they wouldn't listen anyway”… I asked the question because I am currently involved in a Braver Angels initiative called the  “Truth and Trust Project” with Dr. Francis Collins and myself as partners. The only way we can expect as a country to rebuild Truth and Trust is to have conversations with those whom we disagree. The only way to get results from those conversations is to actually LISTEN to those with whom we disagree and look for the humility and humanity in their position. In this episode, Part 2 of 2, Francis and I discuss:Getting children vaccinatedThe doctor/patient relationshipGovernment mandatesThe casualties of a free societyEmployer vaccine mandates (both in healthcare and the military)Vaccine efficacy and how that messaging has evolvedthe erosion of trust in government and public health officialsWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people. That begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another. Be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast. If we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE

    Nazis at the Turning Point USA Event? DTH Quickshot with Wilk and Jeff Schoep to discuss

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 17:47


    Did you hear about the Nazis at the Turning Point USA event? If those in the media, and more specifically, the gals on The View trying to perpetuate the Hate, you probably wouldn't have. I thought it was another staged bit of nonsense. This is why I called up my friend Jeff Schoep. We live in an age when certain people like to use their big platforms to perpetuate hate and false narratives to drive their own personal agendas. When I saw there were "Nazis" at the Turning Point USA student action summit in Tampa, Fl, I wanted to get the perspective of my friend Jeff Schoep. Jeff is the former head of the NSM ( National Socialist Movement) and the most high profile member of the neo-Nazi movement to leave the movement and devote his life to countering and preventing extremism. You may remember him from our conversation in Episode 70 of the Derate the Hate podcast.Don't miss this short but important conversation! Let me know what you think...

    The Truth and Trust Project... Conversation with Dr. Francis Collins

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 27, 2022 45:38


    Do you trust that our public health officials are telling you the truth? I for one find myself very skeptical these days. As many who've listened to the DTH podcast for long know, I've been highly critical of the government's response to the pandemic from the very beginning. How does someone like me have a conversation with someone who had direct influence on the government's response to the pandemic? Not so long ago, I would say that the conversation would never happen, because my attitude would not have allowed it. The Truth and Trust Project may be one of the most important endeavors of my life. Several times over the past several months, I asked the question, "if you could ask Dr. Francis Collins or Dr. Tony Fauci a question, what would that question be?". For that question, I received nothing but negative responses. The most common response was some variation of, "I wouldn't waste my time, they wouldn't listen anyway"... I asked the question because I am currently involved in a "Truth and Trust Project" with Dr. Francis Collins.Dr. Francis Collins is a  physician-geneticist, Dr. Collins took office as the 16th NIH director on August 17, 2009, after being appointed by President Barack Obama. In 2017, he was asked to continue in his role by President Donald Trump, and in 2021, by President Joe Biden. As such, Dr. Francis Collins played an instrumental role in the government's response to the pandemic. There are many things with respect to the government's response to the pandemic that Francis and I disagree on vehemently. As men who dearly love our country and individuals who both hold strong to our values, we also recognize that there needs to be a better way forward. This starts by understanding that contentious topics don't have to result in a contentious conversations.The only way we can expect as a country to rebuild Truth and Trust is to have conversations with those whom we disagree. The only way to get results from those conversations is to actually LISTEN to those with whom we disagree and look for the humility and humanity in their position. In this episode, Part 1 of 2, Francis and I discuss:How we met (origin of The Truth and Trust Project)1st days of the pandemic and thoughts of those in charge of responseHow virus and information has evolvedMistakes madePresident Biden getting Covid-19 and his past messaging on vaccine Vaccine efficacy and how that messaging has evolvedWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Don't Believe the Lies, Believe Your Life... Episode 118 with Brian Echevarria

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 40:06


    "Don't Believe The Lies, Believe Your Life"... it wasn't but a few months ago when I first heard of Brian Echevarria. Nationally, he was little known with respect to politics but then a video of him speaking in front of his local school board went viral. This episode is not about politics, but about Brian's story. Family is his story...Who is Brian Echevarria? On February 14, 2022, Brian Echevarria was to be the 25th speaker at his local school board meeting in Cabarrus County, NC. Brian is passionate with regard to the controversial issues facing our children in the public school system today. Taboo issues like CRT and transgender athletes can quickly derail school board meetings, but Brian's impassioned & sensible speech got the country talking. The video quickly went viral and he became known as CRT Dad. Brian is much more than the name would imply.  Brian is a Republican candidate for NC House District 73 - Christian, Conservative, Husband, Father, Small Business Owner, and Community Leader.In this episode we discuss:His speech at the school board meetingDon't believe the lies, believe your life... Real life is shutting off the news and getting out there to speak with your neighborsFamily and family values, how politics touches all aspects of our livesLeBron James comments on Brittney Griner and the invisible "Black Tax"The Hate Mail he's received for telling his powerful story and love for his countryHis candidacy for NC House District 73 What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Does Money Buy Happiness? DTH Episode 117

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 16:44


    Does money buy happiness? If you find your happiness in material things, you might say yes. I would challenge whether that is real happiness. Material things may bring moments, or even periods of joy in one's life, but moments of joy are only a sliver of what amounts to true happiness.Should money be the yardstick by which we measure happiness?There is a concerted effort on the part of so many these days to divide the "haves" and "have nots". Have you noticed this? I make the case in this episode, as I do often on the DTH podcast, that Gratitude is a much better barometer of someone's happiness. Those who are grateful for what they have will always be happier than those who are focused on what they don't have."The greatest source of happiness is the ability to be grateful at all times" ~Zig ZiglarWhy the topic, "Does Money Buy Happiness?"I recently read an article, "Here's how much money you need to make to be happy living in the US, according to study" on our local Fox affiliate that raised for me a larger issue. I think it's terrible that so many continuously drive this narrative that money somehow equates to happiness while never mentioning Gratitude or Personal Accountability as factors. Have a listen, let me know your thoughts...What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 116: Drawing Closer to the Creator and The Kingdom of God... with Paul Rakowicz

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 6, 2022 55:27


    I recently read that a Gallup poll revealed that a record low number of Americans now believe in God. As I look around at all those that seem to be drifting through life like a ship without a rudder, it really comes as no surprise. It is very disheartening, but comes as no surprise. Is there answers to this age of outrage we're living through in the reality that people are losing their faith?How does loss of faith relate to Hate and Anger?I have often heard it said that those who are strong in their faith in God are happier than those who are not. This may be an answer as to why we are seeing acts of outrage increasing while the number of Americans who believe in God are decreasing.How do we draw closer to God the creator?This week's guest, Paul Rakowicz, provided some great insight into his thoughts on this topic. Paul is a fellow podcaster (The Created Order Podcast), pastor, author and Spiritual Fitness Christian Life Coach.Paul has been studying and reading the Bible for over 30 years. With that experience came the passion to help fellow Christians.Driven by that passion, Paul developed the Essential Spiritual Fitness Program, the simple yet proven method to help every Christian go beyond "mere salvation" into the fullness of the Kingdom.Outside of helping disciples of Christ actively apply His teachings, Paul continues his career in the business world leading high performance teams. All the while, raising his family and writing books on our faith and its practical application in the real world.Topics of discussion:Is there salvation through faith alone?What is our duty to God?What is the importance of Free Will?What is Poverty of Spirit?What is "dispassion" and the logical falacy?Do not miss this powerful conversation and please visit Paul's site for a number of  incredible  spiritual fitness resources!www.SpiritualFitnessProgram.comWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 115: Is Hate Getting in the way of You Winning At Life? ...with Dylan Rogers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 29, 2022 48:41


    Have you ever asked yourself the question, "what is the best way for me to obtain and secure a meaningful life?" or "Is hate getting in the way of me winning at life?"  What is a meaningful life? People find meaning in all different sorts of ways. For some, it's family, some it's career, some it's money and for some, and for many, it's just a matter of their own definition of success. For this week's guest, he knew that to secure a meaningful life, he must secure a happy life. With a background in engineering, he was determined to break down the most profound obstacles to happiness and fix the problem. What is the problem? Hate...Dylan Rogers and his book, "Winning at Life"Dylan J Rogers is infinitely driven to make a positive impact on the lives of others and has a relentless passion to inspire positive change.As an experienced engineer, earning a Masters in Systems Engineering and working with the US military, Dylan developed the skills required to solve the most complex problems life has to offer. He also works as a Master Resilience Trainer, teaching Airmen how to thrive in life instead of just surviving through it. Dylan has learned from masters of change like Tony Robbins, and earned a life coaching certification through Tony's program. And from the six year process of writing his book, Winning at Life, he has found the answer on how to discover the meaning in your life, how to create lasting happiness, and how to understand and remove the burden of hate. Utilizing his skills, love of challenges, and deep passion for guiding people to finding happiness and fulfillment, he helps and inspires others to create masterful lives. Dylan inspires others through his speaking engagements, coaching, and Winning at Life.Follow and learn more about Dylan Rogers:Website: https://dylan-rogers.com/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RogersInspire/?ref=page_internalLinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/dylanjrogersinspire/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSdlcnb_-a1f7kuokOno_pA What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be! Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.com I look forward to hearing from you! Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE! 

    Episode 114: Is Hate Being Taught To Our Children? Group Conversation on the book "STAMPED" by Ibram X. Kendi & Jason Reynolds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 22, 2022 67:31


    Is hate being taught to our children in the public, and some private schools? A couple months ago my cousin brought to my attention a book that his 8th grade daughter had been assigned for a book review in her NW Iowa school. I was familiar with some of the toxicity that Ibram X. Kendi had been spreading, but I was not aware that his material was being used in our public school system, much less that it was being taught to 8th graders, and even younger. "Stamped" Racism, Antiracism and YouThis was not a book I had read, and I admittedly did not want to spend the money on it, but I didn't feel it would be right if I discussed it on my show without doing so. In the beginning, authors Ibram X Kendi and Jason Reynolds define in their terms, segregationists, assimilationists, and antiracists. For the remainder of the book, they use their version of revisionist history to attribute every perceived disparity and/or racial inequity since the beginning of time to "white privilege", segregationist whites, weak black assimilationists, or just the evils of white racism. To discuss this book, that again was assigned to my cousin's 8th grade daughter in a public school in NW Iowa, I invited to the conversation Yael Levin of No Left Turn in Education, Tony Kinnett of The Chalkboard Review, Moshe Levy (volunteer with FAIR) and author of a recently published article on "Stamped for Kids" on FAIR's Substack, and my cousin Chad.Nobody's life has ever been made better by convincing them they are a victim, and books such as "STAMPED" is nothing more than propaganda that is used to create a perpetual victim class in the name of diversity, equity and inclusion. This type of material, when used as learning material for young impressionable minds, drives a solid wedge of division and confusion into a space that should be focusing on unity and civility. Do not miss this conversation!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 113: Be Engaged, Not Enraged... Conversation on Braver Politics with Rick and Barbara

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 15, 2022 59:57


    I started this podcast a couple years ago with the slogan, "Bettering the World, One Attitude at a Time"... That is more than just a mission statement for me, that has become one of my central purposes in life. Why you might ask? In many ways, it's because I see our world, but more specifically our country, has in certain ways become broken.What can we do if our country 's political system is broken?In addition to doing the Derate the Hate podcast, I have become quite involved with the organization Braver Angels. Braver Angels has become one of the country's leading organizations working to depolarize  and mend our social fabric. As I began to hear more about the latest initiative that Braver Angels was working on, Braver Politics, I wanted to know more. I thought who better to reach out to than my friends Rick and Barbara!How can I engage without being enraged?Would you like to become more involved in the political discussion, without becoming part of and enraged shouting match that accomplishes nothing? Take a listen to my conversation with my friends Rick Hotchner and Barbara Thomas, (who you may remember from Episode 48) where we are discussing Braver Politics... Let me know what you think!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 112: The Role of Emotions in the Gun Control Debate... Facts Over Hate

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 8, 2022 25:16


    I have said it time and time again on this podcast, and many of my guests have referenced the notion, that a common factor that leads to much anger and hate, is ignorance.  It should come as no surprise then, and cannot be overstated, how much effort is put in by opportunist politicians and media outlets in driving the Hate agenda by keeping people ignorant to the truth, instead of presenting actual Facts, about civilian gun ownership in this country.There are few things that will rile the emotions of most people like the death of a child, and rightfully so. With that said, the media and opportunist politicians know this, and have made it their M.O.  to pounce, using these relatively rare and isolated nightmarish tragedies to drive their political and social agendas, without ever presenting real facts, or putting the numbers in to context, or looking at the much larger underlying issues that go to the nucleus of the problem. They simply rely upon ignorance and emotions, 2 of the leading causes of Hate, to steer their narrative. They do it because it is effective.Please join me for this incredibly important episode, where I lay out some very important facts about guns, gun ownership, and so-called "gun-violence" in the United States today and trends in recent years. Please share this important episode with your network, especially those who out of pure ignorance and emotions lose sight of reality when it comes to the gun debate. If you feel something I've said is incorrect, feel free to reach out to me.References for topics discussed in this episode:https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/accidental-injury.htmhttps://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/homicide.htmhttps://bjs.ojp.gov/content/pub/pdf/tpfv9318_sum.pdfhttps://www.heritage.org/crime-and-justice/commentary/here-are-8-stubborn-facts-gun-violence-americahttps://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2015/5/26/the-ar-for-home-defense-one-experts-opinion https://slate.com/technology/2013/06/handguns-suicides-mass-shootings-deaths-and-self-defense-findings-from-a-research-report-on-gun-violence.htmlhttps://www.nationalreview.com/corner/careful-panic-violent-crime-and-gun-crime-are-both-dropping-charles-c-w-cooke/https://www.npr.org/2022/05/31/1102097583/a-uvalde-coroner-is-haunted-by-identifying-the-bodies-of-children-and-an-old-fri?utm_term=nprnews&utm_campaign=npr&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR2UvuFFyrZkoVFY8WJDtwsC0-YcBjluH2YRh6HbMCO9sbSZLtvpJqLkmgYhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28186008/What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    New Benefit Ride...REPLAY: Project Delta, Providing Service Dogs to Veterans in Need… with Patti Robinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 1, 2022 38:01


    Well my friends, it has finally happened, I have the Covid-19... It's bound to catch us all at some point and this is my week. I'm beyond the worst of it, but not feeling up to doing a whole show, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to run a replay of one of my great guest interviews. In light of the fact that there is another benefit ride coming up for this great organization, I've decided to run a replay of episode 65 where I spoke with Patti Robinson about Project-Delta.Where do veterans' service dogs come from? Have you ever wondered about those service dogs that work with our country's veterans? Are you someone with a passion for animals, and specifically a passion for rescue animals? I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Patti Robinson of Project Delta, a non-profit organization that teams rescue dogs with veterans suffering from things such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and MST.  Project Delta is a team of like-minded people from around the country that share a passion for supporting two of the most deserving groups, veterans & forgotten or abandoned dogs.Project “Delta”(Dogs Enriching Lives Throughout America) is the result of the unrelenting ache in the heart of founder Patti Robinson and you can read more about them by clicking here…Follow Project Delta on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/projectdeltamnLet them know Wilk sent you!Find out more about the upcoming benefit ride on June 18, 2022 below:https://fb.me/e/1QBDPy1U6Hope to see you there!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!#Veterans #ServiceDogs #RescueDogs #PTSD #TBI #MST #Charity #passion #mission

    Episode 110: Discussing Tho Overturning of Roe vs. Wade with Kevin McGary of Every Black Life Matters

    Play Episode Listen Later May 25, 2022 47:42


    With the news in recent  leak coming out of the Supreme Court that the landmark case of Roe vs. Wade will be overturned in the very near future, I thought it only made sense to reach out to my friend Kevin McGary of Every Black Life Matters. You may remember Kevin from our conversation back in Episode 88 of the podcast when he made his first DTH appearance.One of the core principles of the Every Black Life Matters organization is fighting for Real Justice for all human life, from womb to tomb. Our conversation includes misconceptions of what the overturning of Roe Vs. Wade actually means,  the misguided hostility on the part of some because of what they think it will lead to, and so much more.  (including a very defined distinction between Black Lives Matter and Every Black Life Matters)Do Black Lives Matter? Of course they do!! Kevin McGary will tell you "EVERY BLACK LIFE matters"...Other principles that Every Black Life Matters stands for:REAL  justice from womb to tombNuclear familyActive fatherhoodFree marketsEducational choiceCriminal justice reformNon-violenceWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!

    Episode 109: Love Will Always Triumph Over Hate... includes replay of conversation with Chris Singleton

    Play Episode Listen Later May 18, 2022 38:41


    My heart is heavy in the wake of another senseless evil act carried out this week by someone who allowed hate to overtake them. The world in which we live is a dark place, and it is up to each and every one of us as individuals whether we want to be a light in that darkness, or be a contributor to the darkness. Human beings, by their very nature, are broken. We are imperfect in so many ways, but we still have the ability to be a light to combat the darkness. IT IS A CHOICE!Nothing good comes of hate, and you cannot battle hate with more hate. It has never and will never work. For a very long time I struggled greatly with the question, "Why do bad things happen to good people?", and at times I still do. There are many injustices in this earthly world in which we live, both real and perceived, depending on your mindset, and often times people allow those injustices to breed much hatred. Hatred will never be the way forward, it will never lead to a positive outcome, so we must ensure that Love Will Always Triumph Over Hate.This week I  talk briefly about the heinous and evil act that took place at the Tops Grocery in Buffalo, NY., how that lead to my thinking of my conversation with Chris Singleton back in episode 86. I also talk about Eschatology, a topic our Pastor discussed in a recent sermon. I have decided to include in this episode the conversation portion of episode 86 with my friend and incredible inspiration in terms of love and inspiration, Chris Singleton. Thank you in advance for taking the time to listen and share another episode of the Derate The Hate podcastWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 108: Does Free Speech Mean More Hate Speech?... with Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities

    Play Episode Listen Later May 11, 2022 62:10


    In this week's episode, I am joined again by my friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. We're shaking things up a little this week and doing things a bit different. Some current events have been on my mind as they are quite divisive, bringing out the hate in a lot of folks, so I've asked my friend Dan to join me for a conversation on those topics.Our conversation starts with a discussion on Free Speech and Elon Musk's pending purchase of Twitter. The mere thought of an individual proposing a “free speech” environment, purchasing the social media platform has many (of a certain mindset) apoplectic…A whole lot of hate has been on display over the past week regarding the leaked Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe vs. Wade… There are an awful lot of misconceptions and ignorance floating around the internet ecosystem on this topic, and as the DTH listeners know, ignorance tends to lead to a whole bunch of HATE…The perpetual victim mentality was on full display again this past week here in the state in which I live, Minnesota, when the mother of Daunte Wright decided to confront police with some attitude after seeing a high-risk arrest taking place along a Minnesota highway. This is not helpful and just leads to enhanced problems and hate…So grateful to have been joined again by my friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities for this conversation. If you're in the Minneapolis/St Paul area and you want to learn more about the great work FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism) is doing, FAIR Twin Citie's quarterly event may be of interest…  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fair-quarterly-meeting-tickets-329699258357Jacob Mchangama ( @JMchangama ). Jacob is a Danish lawyer, author, human-rights / free speech activist, and social commentator. His new book, “Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media” was recently included in a CBS Story ( https://www.cbsnews.com/news/this-week-on-sunday-morning-february-20-2022/. You can see Jacob's info on FAIR facebook, twitter, website.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 107: Don't Be Mad That It's Over, Be Grateful That It Happened

    Play Episode Listen Later May 4, 2022 20:56


    I'm sure you've heard the phrase, and it may sound cliche, "Don't be mad that it's over, be glad that it happened." Now, quite often this is said in regards to a relationship that has ended,  but this is not one of those times...This week I was devastated by some revelations having to do with my deer camp. Those who've listened to the podcast with any regularity for any amount of time know that my deer camp was very much my happy place and deer hunting is something I most look forward to each and every year. Check out this episode to find out more about what happened. I also dive more into mindset, gratitude and some numbers associated with a study about the number of thoughts a person has on average each day, how many of them are negative and how much of that negative thinking is just recycled negativity from the day before. This is quite important because only we as individuals have the power to change this for ourselves...What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!  

    Episode 106: Awakening Your Infinite Potential With The Right Mindset... with Heather Hakes

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 27, 2022 30:56


    Are we able to manifest the life we truly desire by having the right mindset? For some, this may be hard to believe, yet there are others that are sure of it, because they are living it. I say it in every episode, "Make each and every day the day that you want it to be". This is, in fact, what I am saying with that statement. It is up to us, as individuals, to manifest the day that we want to have by having the right attitude and believing it is possible.My guest this week is living her best life, because through the right mindset, she was able to manifest the life she knew was possible.Heather Hakes is a Mindset Coach, speaker, and author of Take the Leap. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and published in Authority Magazine, Thrive Global, Voyage Denver, and Women Who Empower and Inspire. Heather has reached tens of thousands through her international podcast, Mind Over Matter.From early childhood, Heather understood the importance of gratitude and was journaling on it from age 8. Around the age of 15, Heather became fascinated with psychology and human potential and has been into personal development ever since. She considers herself a bit of a rebel not wanting to follow the crowds.In 2017, Heather took a HUGE leap of faith and followed an intuitive nudge. She waved goodbye to the corporate world knowing there had to be a better reality. She just couldn't fathom dreading Monday and cheering on Friday for the rest of her life.Heather now specializes in helping others get out of their own way by awakening their infinite potential to create their ideal life. She is a graduate of Tony Robbins' Mastery University and Gabby Bernstein's Spirit Junkie Masterclass. Follow Heather on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/heather.hakes/?hl=enWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 105: Building Unity by Asking the Follow-Up Questions... with Michael Ashford

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 20, 2022 47:05


    It is a well known problem in the course of discussions, especially when someone is having a discussion with someone with whom they disagree, that they spend more time listening with the intention of responding rather than with the desire to truly understand. I am fully aware, and can readily admit that I am personally guilty of this. Thankfully I don't do this nearly as often now as I did previously in my life. This is a battle, like so many of the bad habits that we acquire throughout our lives, that we as individuals must face and attempt to overcome. One of the best ways we can have better, more meaningful and productive conversations is by asking better questions. My guest this week has made an art form out of communicating effectively and asking incredibly insightful and meaningful questions.Michael Ashford is a former award-winning newspaper reporter, and editor of the Emporia Gazette in Emporia, Ks. His years of journalism experience sharpened his interviewing skills and taught him how important listening and asking follow-up questions is to get the full and real story.He has transferred that skill set into the podcasting space, now focusing on the power of storytelling. He is still a self-described independent journalist, digging below the surface of cliches and clickbaity headlines to uncover nuance and detail that lives within the most important issues we face these days.With Michael's podcast,The Follow-up Question, he aims to remove assumptions and opinions from the questions he asks, and instead, let his guests stories reveal themselves within their answers.Michael has a passion, as I do, for bettering the world in which we live. Whether it's through writing articles, giving an inspirationalTedX speech, or interviewing intriguing guests on his podcast, if Michael is saying it, it's well worth the time to read, watch and/or listen. What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 104: "I Never Thought Of It That Way"... with author MÓNICA GUZMÁN

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 13, 2022 54:52


    Have you ever wondered how to have a meaningful conversation with someone with whom you disagree vehemently on a particular topic? Do you have family members that you disagree with politically, and cannot have a conversation without things becoming heated and toxic? What if there were a book that could teach you "How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times"? There is, and this week I am honored to have the author of that book on the Derate the Hate podcast to talk about her latest book, "I Never Thought Of It That Way"MÓNICA GUZMÁNis a bridge builder, journalist, and entrepreneur who lives for great conversations sparked by curious questions. She's director of digital and storytelling at Braver Angels, the nation's largest cross-partisan grassroots organization working to depolarize America; host of live interview series at Crosscut; and cofounder of the award- winning Seattle newsletter The Evergrey. She was a 2019 fellow at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation, where she studied social and political division, and a 2016 fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University, where she researched how journalists can rethink their roles to better meet the needs of a participatory public. She was named one of the 50 most influential women in Seattle, served twice as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes, and plays a barbarian named Shadrack in her besties' Dungeons & Dragons campaign. A Mexican immigrant, Latina, and dual US/Mexico citizen, she lives in Seattle with her husband and two kids and is the proud liberal daughter of conservative parents.Take-aways and Quotes from MÓNICA GUZMÁN"Those who are underrepresented in your lives, will always be over-represented in our imaginations"Curiosity in 1-to-1 conversations will save us (like no politician, group, or institution can)"If there's one thing that most people on the left and right can agree on, it's that the way we treat and talk to the other side is broken"Monica's promise: "This book will equip and inspire you to be one level more curious about the people who disagree with you than you have ever been."What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 103: Those Who Imply Correlation Equals Causation to Perpetuate Hate and Division

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 6, 2022 14:39


    Have you ever heard someone use the phrase, "Correlation does not equal Causation"? More importantly, have you ever taken the time to think about what that means? Quite often there are those on social media, in the main stream media, or opportunist politicians that love to take a situation, ignore all variables except those that will get them the traction they desire, and run with a narrative that stirs the most division, animosity and anxiety amongst those of differing thoughts and opinions...One can find countless examples of this each and every day in their news feed on most social media platforms, most mainstream news channels,  or by checking out the YouTube channel of most of your widely publicized politicians. This is not a hard thing to spot once you are conscious of it, and knowing what to look for, especially in this age of toxic public discourse. Take a listen to this week's solo episode and let me know what you think. Stay tuned in the next few weeks as I have some incredible guests joining me for more great conversations. Above all, keep bettering the world by sharing this content with your networks.Find out more about Correlation vs. Causation with this resource:https://www.scribbr.com/methodology/correlation-vs-causation/What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE! 

    Episode 102: From Left to Libertarian, A Pro-Human Perspective in the Twin Cities... with Dan Garscia

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 30, 2022 56:35


    As many of the regular listeners know, I love organizations that are all about bringing people together, promoting unity and community while also recognizing that we are all individuals with our own thoughts and ideas. This is why I truly adore and respect organizations like FAIR (Foundation Against Intolerance & Racism), Braver Angels and so many others that I have highlighted on the podcast. My friend Rick of Braver Angels recently introduced me Dan Garscia who is a spokesperson for the local Twin Cities chapter of FAIR.The conversation in this episode was not originally meant to be one for broadcast, but just an introductory conversation between Dan and myself to find out more about FAIR Twin Cities. During the conversation, things were clicking with incredible synergy, so Dan and I decided this would be something of value to the DTH listeners. I have once again found a great collaborator for the Derate the Hate podcast in my new friend Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin Cities. Share this episode with your network, and more importantly, seek out and get involved with local chapters of great organizations like FAIR, Braver Angels and so many others doing great work to bring people together...Dan Garscia of FAIR Twin CitiesDan lives in Maplewood, Minnesota with his wife and two spirited children. Dan has been active in his community for over a decade, starting when he first noticed that the freedoms he values so highly were beginning to erode. Dan joined FAIR because, as a partner in an interracial marriage, and father of bi-racial children, Critical Race Theory threatens the values and principles he and his wife have worked so hard to instill in their children. Dan has witnessed firsthand the damage that CRT can cause young minds, and is willing to do whatever he can to help bring the focus back to the “content of character” approach that treats all humans with equal dignity.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 101: If My Child Identified As A Train

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 23, 2022 16:01


    We as a society cannot be expected to bend reality in order to accommodate those who lack the ability to accept reality. We also must acknowledge that truth, no matter whether it offends me, you, or anyone else, is still the truth and by inhibiting one's ability to speak the truth, it does not make it any less true. This simply creates an environment filled with more division and hate among those who disagree. While it is often considered taboo to discuss, and often a "cancelable" offense, I think it's important  that we continue as a society to discuss controversial topics such as transgender athletes competing in events against opponents that are not of their biological sex. Some (big tech & big media) would have you believe that if you are on the opposing side of this topic, for whatever reason, you are committing "hate speech", and you should be silenced. Like most things, I believe if we choose to silence those with whom we disagree, we drive a larger wedge of hate between us. Maybe that is by design, but it's a design I refuse to accept.Listen to this episode of the Derate the Hate podcast, share it with your network, let's start a civil discussion and talk about the topic in a meaningful way rather than accusing those of opposing views of hate. Transgenders and those suffering from all kinds of mental illness are not going away, so the discussions must be had. I've attached a couple relevant articles to the show notes at www.deratethehate.comWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE! 

    Episode 100: What is Color Us United? ... with Christian Watson

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 16, 2022 38:49


    I often say that it's unfortunate that those who know the least tend to say it the loudest. Social media, the main stream media, and politicians who would rather be in front of a camera or a microphone have proved this for us time and time again. As our next guest phrased it very well, "the internet ecosystem appears to show that bad ideas are winning and flourishing".Christian Watson, my guest this week, is a podcaster, YouTuber, and spokesperson for "Color Us United". Christian is a profound thinker who's work both with, and outside of Color Us United, is invaluable in the cause of raising awareness of toxic ideologies, battling harmful woke mob mentalities, building unity and bettering the world in which we live. Join me for this conversation where Christian explains what Color Us United is, what they do, and learn about the value system that drives him to do the work that he does.Topics & Quotes from Conversation~ social media and the internet ecosystem~ "not everyone is consumed by bad ideas"~ megalomania~ Woke mobs and virtue signaling~ CRT and 1619 project~ "I'm not going to sell my integrity for just a few clicks"~ "True success does not come from selling yourself to people for their temporary affection"What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 99: How Can You Hate Me When You Don't Even Know Me? ... with Daryl Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 9, 2022 69:10


    Have you ever stopped to really think about what the root cause of racism is? Politicians at every level, and those in the media, now more than ever before, speak in platitudes about race, finding new ways to interject race and racism into every story and topic, but do you ever hear them present real solutions that speak to the root cause of racism? The answer, in most cases, is probably NO. When I was a child, a young man, and even to this day, I find great passion in befriending and just listening to the stories of, and finding wisdom in, those older and more seasoned in the ways of the world than me. Whether it was listening to my parents and their friends talking about growing up in our little mid-western towns, the widow on my paper route who had long since lost her husband and had few visitors, or the old man at the end of the bar that ran out of people to talk to, I loved it all and still do.  Doing the Derate the Hate podcast affords me opportunities to meet and speak with people that I may never otherwise encounter. For this I could not be more grateful. When I get the opportunity to speak with a true legend like Daryl Davis, I am overwhelmed with gratitude. If you do not know who Daryl Davis is, you need to stop what you're doing and listen to every word he says in this incredible conversation. Daryl Davis is what many would call a superhero in the ranks of race relations. Do you want to know what a man who's devoted a large portion of his adult life to converting white supremacists says the root cause of racism is? Don't miss this conversation… That's right, Daryl Davis, a black man that has gone right to the source of Hate, having sat face to face with members of the American Nazi party, the KKK and many other organizations of HATE, joins me in this week's episode of the Derate the Hate podcast. How did Daryl Davis play an instrumental role in rehabilitating upwards of 200 KKK members, leading them to a life of peace and civility rather than Hate? Don't miss this conversation…What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    DTH Quickshot ... preview with Daryl Davis

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 7:30


    In this short video Daryl Davis talks about the very first time he experienced racism. Daryl Davis joins Wilk for a discussion on the Derate the Hate podcast to discuss, racism, and how he made it his goal from a very young age to learn what makes people hate others because of their skin color. This clip is just a small portion of the complete episode of the Derate the Hate podcast that will air in it's entirety on March 9, 2022. Those not familiar with Daryl Davis need only know that he went right to the source of hate, not only getting to personally know several members of the KKK, and becoming instrumental in nearly 200 of it's members to leave the KKK for good. When it comes to those who Derate the Hate, those who are bettering the world, Daryl Davis is a true legend!! #racism #DarylDavis #Hate #Legend #Unity #KKK #Love For more Derate the Hate episodes: https://www.DerateTheHate.com For more about Wilk: https://www.WilksWorld.com To Learn More About Daryl Davis: https://www.DarylDavis.com

    Episode 98: Making Civil Discourse Fun for the Next Generation... with Daniel Idfresne

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 2, 2022 42:35


    One of the greatest problems we face in the battle we are fighting against woke culture and the perpetual victim mentality is that not enough young people are getting involved in a meaningful way. Striving for a more meaningful and civil discourse among those who have differing thoughts and opinions is not particularly fun or exciting, for most people, especially those of the younger generation. That is one reason I was so excited when I was able to make contact with this week's guest.Who is Daniel Idfresne?Daniel Idfresne is a first generation American whose parents immigrated here from Haiti. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and is a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School. Daniel began to notice a trend among his peers recently where they were denouncing their white privilege online, updating their bios with gender pronouns and posting links to all kinds of different social justice causes. Daniel wanted no part of such divisive things, as he's a proponent of equality and pluralism. In school, Daniel noticed another trend where identity politics was becoming the norm. Classroom debates were dominated by a single point of view, and many would self-censor to avoid being demonized by those with the woke mob mentality. He'd had enough. Daniel did not want to live in a world focused on dividing us, or a world where people could not have honest discussions about what they thought. This is when Daniel found out about, and became involved with FAIR, (the Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism). This later prompted Daniel to form a club (FAIR at School), a genuine safe space, where students could feel free to discuss ideas in a way that didn't just fit in to the typical social media posts.I am honored to have as a guest on this week's DTH podcast Daniel Idfresne to discuss a little bit about his background, the woke mob mentality and how FAIR at School is looking to make civil discourse fun for his generation. Daniel is a profound young thinker who's been featured, whether in person or print in the NY Post, Fox News, Bari Weiss' substack and more. Daniel has also recently been named a fellow at The Douglass Society. I hope you'll give a listen and share this with your contacts to help energize and inspire more young people to become involved like Daniel.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 97: "Program Your Life, or Life Will Program You" ~ Les Brown

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 23, 2022 23:49


    One of the reasons I do this podcast is to help others that are getting, or have become discouraged. My primary reason for doing the DTH podcast is to Better the World, One Attitude At A Time. I believe the best way to do that is to tame the toxicity in our public discourse through individual accountability and having a positive attitude.  Like so many out there, I too find myself, at times, getting discouraged. I was having a conversation the other day, with a gentleman that most people would probably know of, and he asked me, "Wilk, is it too late?", meaning, is it too late to bridge this divide, are we so full of hate and animosity for those of differing opinions that it cannot be turned around? I said to him, I wouldn't be doing the Derate the Hate podcast if I felt it was too late. But like I said, I too find myself, at times becoming discouraged, and even at times feeling almost defeated. Sometimes when I think it may be time to give up, something happens...My wife and I were having a discussion this week about all that we have going on, and she could tell I was a bit discouraged with certain things. She asked me if I had ever heard of Les Brown? I had not, so she sent me a YouTube Video of his. That 58 minute inspirational video was pure gold. Much of what Les talks about in the video was stuff that I have talked about on the DTH podcast, but his delivery and cadence are incredible.  This is a must watch or listen to video if you are unsure of the power of you and your mindset. It also brought to mind for me, Episode 52 of the DTH podcast, so for the first time, I am bringing back a large portion of that episode in this one.  Let me know your thoughts on both! What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 96: Overcoming Your Triggered Ego... with Haran Singham

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 16, 2022 38:05


    "Don't just go through life, GROW through life". That is a phrase I had not heard before, but recently I found out about Haran Singham and his group, "The Happiness Mission". That phrase means a lot to me, because I have much personal experience in that arena. As I look back on my life, I see a lot that I am not proud of, but much that I AM proud of as well. We are not, nor should we be, defined by one period or instance in our life. You see, I know that I have GROWN in to a much different person than I used to be.One very important part of GROWTH is not allowing our EGO to keep us where we are, but putting our ego in check to allow needed growth. Many of us have experienced TRAUMA that helped us to build a wall, a wall that is guarded by our EGO. Why is our EGO always getting triggered? I've asked Haran Singham to join me on this week's DTH podcast to help answer that question. I have asked Haran to join me in this episode to discuss his take on Ego and it's role in peoples' mindset, and how it can be a hinderance at times in their recovery from both past and present trauma. Who is Haran Singham?Haran Singhaam is a professional life coach with a background filled with considerable trauma. Trauma that he was able to overcome through education and coaching. Haran suffered much trauma in his younger years, mentally, sexually, and as the result of the toils of war, bouncing from place to place in seeking whatever safe refuge could be found in the war-torn country of Sri Lanka. He eventually made his way to Australia as a refugee where he sought safety, security, and purpose. Suffering from PTSD and having lost his will to live, life was more than rough, but he is now winning. Haran became the master of his destiny by turning Pain into Power.  Haran now helps others find their purpose, master their mindset & emotions for a life of fulfillment and happiness.Become a part of "The Happiness Mission" Facebook group by Clicking Here!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 95: The Addiction Relapse Epidemic within the Pandemic... with Scott H. Silverman

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 9, 2022 55:45


    Our country has been faced with, and is still facing extraordinary and unprecedented times in so many ways. Not only have we been plagued by a pandemic that is contributing to the loss of many of our friends and neighbors, but our government's reaction to the pandemic is taking an incredible toll of it's own. With so many lives and livelihoods decimated by lock-downs, mandates  and the resulting loss of businesses and destruction of the economy, one of many unintended consequences is the number of people who have relapsed into the black hole of depression and addiction.This week's guest on the Derate the Hate podcast is no stranger to addiction and all the troubles that come along with it. Scott H. Silverman is an expert crisis coach and family navigator, encouraging families and individuals to move forward on the road to recovery. Scott has been featured on multiple news and media outlets for his expertise about addiction and recovery. He is an author, an interventionist and a fellow podcaster.Scott knows what addiction and hopelessness are about because he's been there. Scott has spent nearly 4 decades in recovery. It was during a business trip more than 35 years ago, Scott was on the edge, or literally a ledge. Struggling from addiction, considering suicide, and feeling like things were unraveling, he was at rock bottom. The day after trying to kill himself, he flew home and immediately entered treatment. he lived the embarrassment, fear, and helplessness surrounding addiction. But most importantly, he has come out the other side whole.Today, Scott is the CEO and leads the team at Confidential Recovery, an intensive outpatient substance abuse recovery program based in San Diego, California.Do not miss this great conversation where Scott and I discuss addiction relapses in the age of Covid. We dive in to how humans are social creatures who need social interaction, the stigma of asking for help, and so many other destructive features of drug  & alcohol addiction, fentanyl overdoses and the opioid crisis that is facing our nation.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 94: Living in a Drive Thru Society

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2022 14:13


    You know the phrase, "welcome to so & so, what can I get for you today" or some variation thereof... I don't know what it's like where you live, but it seems you cannot drive past a fast food restaurant around here without seeing a line stretched completely around the building. What's going on these days that so many people would sit for extended periods of time to get "not so fast" food?There are a couple things going on here that I dive in to in this episode, none of which are good. Whether it be media & government driven fear of personal interaction, "the great resignation", or just peoples' new norm of avoiding personal contact for whatever their personal reasons may happen to be. None of this is good, because we as human beings are social creatures and we need personal interaction and socialization for the benefit of our physical and mental health. Check out my thoughts in this DTH episode and share your thoughts with me...What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 93: Being Sincere Doesn't Mean You're Right, and Being Wrong Doesn't Mean You're Lying

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 26, 2022 18:47


    In this current age of toxicity people often assume if someone states something they don't agree with, the automatic reaction is "YOU'RE LYING"... Are they really lying, or are they wrong? Can someone be wrong, and be sincere, but not be lying? Just because someone is sincere about their beliefs, does not make them right, but also does not mean they are lying.People without the benefit of having facts on their side often like to inhibit or censor the ability of those with dissenting information, and never in American history have we seen a time when there is more of a concerted effort by some to censor those of differing thoughts and opinions. This often times makes the skirmish between "you're lying" and "you're wrong" much more difficult, because peoples' survival instinct kicks in when they are not "allowed" to voice their concerns and opinions. Is it any wonder we are so divided? Take a listen and let me know your thoughts...What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 92: What's It Mean to be a Person of Influence?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2022 14:26


    What is aperson of influence? When most people think of people of influence, they often think of sports stars, celebrities, politicians, etc. What if I told you that you that you, no matter what you think of yourself, are most likely in some way a person of influence?This week I talk a little about one of the most well known persons of influence this country has ever known, Martin Luther King Jr.. Dr. King changed the world through peace, love, understanding and common humanity. While MLK was a force for good, and an incredibly positive person of influence, not all people of influence are forces for good. The influence goes both ways, as is very evident in most peoples' news feed on their social media feed of choice (or main stream media channel)...Not all people of influence a force for good in your life, so choose wisely. Check out this incredibly important episode, share it with your network far and wide, and help me be a person of influence and a force for good in what at times seems like a sea of divisiveness and darkness. What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 91: The Winter Blues and How To Beat The SAD

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2022 14:50


    Have you ever had the winter blues? Do you know what the winter blues is? In a conversation I was recently having with some friends, a friend of mine mentioned the winter solstice, how the days were now going to start getting longer again, and how we were getting closer to spring and all the happiness that comes along with it.This got me to thinking about something called the winter blues. I don't know if I have personally ever been afflicted with the winter blues, but it's likely I have. I decided to do a little research on this and found that it is also called Seasonal Affective Disorder or S.A.D. This SAD in most cases is just a severe case of the winter blues.In the spirit of bettering the world one attitude at a time, I dug a little deeper and found the best ways to Beat the Winter Blues and wanted to share them with the DTH listeners.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Tribute to my Dad and Happy Birthday to my nephew KODI!!

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 3:53


    January 8 is not just another date for this family...In 1996 I was building houses in the foothills of the rockies and I found out my little sister had a baby boy. Kodi Allen Schroeder was born this day, 1/8/1996In 2010 I was driving truck and unloading a load of propane in River Falls, Wisconsin when I got the call, my Father passed away... 1/8/2010January 8th is not just another day for this family....Notable links:In Memory of my Departed Father on his would-be 57th BirthdaayEpisode 90: New Year, New You, Nonsense… Every Day is an Opportunity to Better Our Lives

    Episode 90: New Year, New You, Nonsense... Every Day is an Opportunity to Better Our Lives

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 17:37


    Are you one that makes new year's resolutions?  Have you ever made a new year's resolution that you've kept, or what's the longest you've stuck with that resolution? On average, more than 80% of new year's resolutions fail before the second week in February. What if instead of wasting our energy on new year's resolutions, we make daily resolutions to better our lives?It was 12 years ago this week that we lost my father. He was way too young and not a day goes by that I don't think of him and miss him very much. My Dad taught me so many things, but so much of what I learned from him, I did not learn until after he was gone. I am now less than 10 years from the age my Dad was when he passed, and that brings to the forefront in my mind how important every day is. I talk in this episode how we must never take for granted the days we have on this earth, that we do not know when our last day will come, but we should embrace the idea that every day is an opportunity to better our lives.Matthew 24:36"But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."In Memory of my Departed Father on his would-be 57th Birthdayfrom the Wilksopinion blog originally written March 14, 2011What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 89: DTH Holiday Life Lessons with the Family 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 15:38


    It's the holiday season once again, and the final DTH episode for 2021!!  I would just like to take this opportunity to say how grateful I am for my family and all those that support me in my efforts to make the world a better place. This is not a long episode, but in it I highlight a conversation that I recently had with a friend that resulted in a great little life lesson.  Sometimes we know that what needs to be said may hurt someone's feelings, or even make them mad, but it needs to be said nonetheless.I wrap up this episode by playing a recording of a Christmas song that always brings a smile to my face, and I hope it does for you as well.Short and to the point, but an important episode! Check out some of our latest episodes with some incredible guests. Looking forward to a fantastic 2022!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 88: REAL Justice, REAL Solutions, EVERY Black Life Matters... with Kevin McGary

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 47:42


    He saw Black Lives Matter yucking it up with ANTIFA, having a grand ol' time while black and brown businesses were burning, and Kevin McGary knew that something had to change. He figured people would see through the facade, but as things calmed down, and some of the noise subsided, people still didn't get it...Who is Kevin McGary and what is EVERY Black Life Matters?Kevin McGary is an author, public speaker and the president of  Every Black Life Matters (EBLM). EBLM is an organization that considers itself a preeminent justice movement. While this is a noble thought, and seemingly a virtuous goal, “ What does that actually mean?” There have been many organizations that consider themselves justice related organizations and/or movements. “Social Justice,” Racial Justice,” and “Human Rights” organizations (in general), are all about “justice,” right?  Read More about EBLM by clicking here...For more works by Kevin McGary, check out the links below...Celebrating the Rittenhouse Verdict... for AmericaWoke Salvation Army surrendered without a fight

    Sunday Morning Comin Round... (Pilot Episode)... Squaring Enhanced Gun Safety Measures with Personal Gun Ownership and the 2nd Amendment

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 77:02


    “If there is any one secret to success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own.” ~Henry FordIn several of the conversations I've had the opportunity to have on the Derate the Hate podcast, many of my guests have either alluded to or outright expressed that one of the greatest problems we face in today's toxic interactional climate is people's inability to understand, or unwillingness to understand, not only the opposing side's point of view, but also to see the humanity in the person or persons expressing said point of view.Sunday Morning Comin Round is meant to be a round table with a bit of a twist. Admittedly, this is an experiment, and my first time for attempting something like this. I can tell (as I'm sure will be evident), there is a learning curve. With that said, this is NOT A DEBATE, but rather an exercise in understanding each other, and reaching a point of mutual clarity through civility rather than agreement.Our topic for this very important conversation is: “Squaring enhanced gun safety measures with personal gun ownership and the 2nd Amendment” 

    Episode 87: Helping Others Obtain Destiny... conversation with Pastor Corey Brooks of Project H.O.O.D

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 35:33


    Can you imagine spending a cold winter's night on a rooftop, in the windy city of Chicago? How about spending 100 cold winter nights on a rooftop in one of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhoods? What if the cause was so great that you felt called to do so? Well Pastor Corey Brooks felt that calling, and he is doing just that, for the second time!Who is Pastor Corey Brooks and what is Project H.O.O.D.?Pastor Corey B. Brooks, founder and Senior Pastor of New Beginnings Church of Chicago and founder and CEO of Project H.O.O.D. Communities Development Corporation has become a leading voice and presence in the fight against the violence gripping Chicago's poorest neighborhoods. He established New Beginnings Church of Chicago in November 2000 in the heart of Chicago's most dangerous neighborhood - this opportunity was his first glimpse into the despair in the city of Chicago served as the catalyst to his ongoing efforts to date. Read More...Don't miss this conversation where Pastor Brooks and I discuss his second go round on the rooftop in a cold Chicago winter, encouraging CEOs and others to join him on the roof to raise funds for an incredible community activity and learning center. We talk about his inspiring vision of providing hope, rehabilitation, revitalization and a path towards dignity and independence for those who have all but thrown in the towel.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 86: Forgiveness is Your Path Forward, Love is Stronger Than Hate... with Chris Singleton

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 37:34


    Fans of the Derate the Hate podcast know that I love stories of those who triumph over adversity, and those who persevere through the toughest times in life to come out on the other side and start their own journey towards bettering the world. Being able to forgive is not something that comes easily to everyone, and to some people, it comes as a total surprise when it happens, but it's forgiveness that often times provides us with a path forward.This week's guest, Chris Singleton, is a former minor league baseball player drafted by the Chicago Cubs. He became a nationally-renowned speaker with a message of resilience, forgiveness and unity following the loss of his mother in the 2015 Mother Emanuel Church mass shooting in Charleston, SC. Chris now shares his message with over 50 organizations and 30,000 students annually. His clients include: Boeing, The Houston Texans, Microsoft, Biogen, Volvo, The Washington Wizards and over 100,000 students and educators across the world. One of his children's books, Different – A Story About Loving Your Neighbor, was a best seller in its category and has been featured by numerous outlets, including The Obama Foundation.Chris' overall mission when speaking is to inspire his audiences with his story of resilience and to unite millions of people with his belief that, "Love is Stronger Than Hate."What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 85: Flying the Unfriendly Skies... What's up with this Hateful Trend?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 21:36


    I recently read an article that peaked my interest because it said something to the effect of "Flight Attendants' jobs have never been more dangerous". Obviously there had to be something here that involved hate, and I wanted to know why. Why is it that people have suddenly taken to hating flight attendants?The article, which I will not promote, looked at first to be a decent article spelling out how since the pandemic began, instances of unruly and sometimes violent passengers are causing problems for flight crews on flights across the board. This article quickly descended into nonsense by claiming that some 61% of violent incidences on flights involved some form of racial, homophobic or gender involving slur and then it got worse...It sickens and saddens me when people try to interject race and racism to promote an agenda, when the reality is, very few incidences of violence or unruly airline passengers have anything to do with racism, homophobia, etc... Check out this very important episode to find out where the real problem exists and what's causing people to lose their minds in our not so friendly skies...What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 84: Thanksgiving and the Age of Perpetual Outrage

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 18:15


    It seems you cannot open an internet browser, browse social media, turn on a television or listen to the radio without finding out some group of "offended" or "aggrieved" people are again protesting something. Are all these people victims of something, or what I've referred to as those with the Perpetual Victim Mentality, or are their lives just so empty of meaning that they are looking to be part of something bigger?With this being the week of Thanksgiving, I have to wonder if all these "perpetually outraged" protesters and demonstrators would be as empty and angry as they are if they were grateful for all the blessings within their lives? Would they be so drawn to the lies, divisiveness, hyperbole and Hate of those in the media and politics, if in fact they focused on giving thanks for what they have rather than seeking some sense of purpose and meaning within the scores of perpetual outrage mobs?Happy Thanksgiving to all the Friends of the DTH Podcast. May you be thankful for all your blessings and openly share your gratitude today and every day. THANK YOU!!What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 83: Silver Linings and How They Can Be Found

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 20:35


    No situation in life has ever been made better by those who constantly beat the drum of negativity and/or victimhood. As someone who spent a large portion of my life with a bad attitude, I can definitively say that statement because I know it to be true. Gratitude is something I speak of often in this podcast, and in my personal and professional life, because I truly believe that you cannot be happy if you are not grateful, and the happy make the world a better place. As such, the unhappy and ungrateful make the world worse, it's just the nature of things.How a situation plays out, for better or for worse, often comes as a result of how we react to it. This is why I also often speak of personal accountability. Life tends to be messy, and there are negative things that happen within our lives every day, that if focused upon, can result in more negativity. Those who don't constantly focus on the negative, are often those who produce more positive results because their minds generally work in a positive results driven mode rather than the negative. I talk about a simple, and personal example, of how this works and how one can find the silver lining in what seems to be a dark cloud.What have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by clicking HERE!

    Episode 82: From Widow to Warrior, Adversity to Awesomeness... with Barbara Allen

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 36:36


    Friends, I have talked about it time and time again on the DTH podcast, the victim mentality just produces more victimhood. This week's guest knows all to well what it's like to be a victim, be stuck in the warm waters of victimhood, and the results that brings. She is also one that knows how to pull herself out of that pool and become a warrior, and inspiration to others that no longer wish to  be a victim. Her story is truly one of adversity to awesomeness...Barbara Allen is someone who has more than a few reasons she could play the perpetual victim card, could be bitter at her country, and could wallow in the depths of pity, but that is not the path she has chosen. Instead, after periods of being both actively, and passively suicidal, and most certainly self-destructive after the murder of her husband by another soldier while deployed in Iraq, Barbara one day had enough of being "the victim". This is such a powerful and inspiring conversation with a true patriot that is doing incredible things to better the lives of others and the country she loves. DO NOT MISS THIS EPISODE!!Quotes from Barbara Allen in this DTH episode:"If you have the victim mentality, you'll continue to be victimized""What the hell has happened to this country? ... I didn't come through everything I've been through, my husband didn't give his life, my friends husbands and wives didn't give up their lives to let those who hate the country tear it down from the inside"Details for "The Great American Summit"Barbara Allen is an award winning authorWhat have you done today to make your life a better life? What have you done today to make the world a better place? The world is a better place if we are better people, and that begins with each of us leading a better life. Be kind to one another, be grateful for everything you've got, and make each and every day the day that you want it to be!Please follow The Derate The Hate podcast on Facebook, MeWe, Instagram, Twitter . Subscribe to us wherever you enjoy your audio. Please leave us a rating and feedback. Send me a message on any media platform or subscribe directly from our sites. Let us know about someone you think should be on our podcast, and if we book them for a conversation, I'll send you a free gift! Not on social media? You can share your thoughts directly with me at wilk@wilksworld.comI look forward to hearing from you!Please check out our affiliates page by visiting www.deratethehate.com or clicking HERE!

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