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Thinking of a sabbatical as a Hail Mary pass to cure your burnout? Not so much. In this week's episode, I share the value a sabbatical can have on a high-level career and quality of life while disrupting the myths surrounding this misunderstood strategy. Before you book your leave of absence, tune in.
The famous Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi often referred to the importance of the basics in the American Football game, the blocking and tackling. Being an Aussie and a Rugby fan, I sort of know what he is talking about. The brilliant plays, full length of the field returns, Hail Mary throws, the tactics and strategies are all important, but if the basics are not being done properly, it all comes crashing down and you will never win. Sales is the same. Blocking and tackling is boring, grinding, not flashy and not exciting. There are many aspects of sales which are dead boring, painful, annoying and irritating, but they have to be done. For some salespeople though, landing the whale client is a much more scintillating idea. I have had a number of salespeople, who were very talented, smart individuals, who found all that blocking and tackling was for lesser mortals. They decided to start at the top and work up from there. Their intelligence proved to be a stumbling block to success in sales. That big deal would be the game changer. This client is going to be a huge contributor to profits, once the deal is landed. Except I am still waiting years later for that deal to be landed. That revenue they trumpeted never turned up and they are gone, gone, gone. Recently a friend of mine asked me to coach someone whose business was struggling. In the course of the conversation, it became clear that the blocking and tackling of sales wasn't exciting for him. Here is a revelation – it isn't exciting for anyone! Nevertheless, the business needed income and he was the one designated to go out and get the deals. Our mindset can work against us, as well as for us. If we want to pursue bright shiny objects, because that is exciting and we want to avoid the slog of sales because that is boring, we will be out of a job or out of our business. We have to change our mindset and there is nothing like survival to focus your attention where it needs to be. The pandemic has not negatively affected all industries, but it has hammered most, mine included. This is the most difficult time in business I have ever experienced, due to a catalyst we haven't seen in play since the Spanish Flu in 1918. There is no corporate memory on how to deal with this existential threat to corporate survival. Clients are now working from home. You call their office and all you get is subordinate obscurantism regarding their email address or their phone number or any other details about how to get in contact with them. The blocking and tackling of cold calling has become so irritating in Japan. Maybe it is the same everywhere, but here there is a definite mindset that anyone calling the company is an enemy and they must be thwarted at every turn. The boss's minions who answer the phone probably imagine they are doing a good job keeping their boss away from callers, but are they really helping? The wheels of commerce need to turn and nothing happens in business until a sale is made. We need new and better services than we did pre-pandemic, but it is proving very hard to get that message out. Consequently, cold calling is in remission for most salespeople. Blocking and tackling still has to move forward and we need to think of different ways of grabbing buyer attention. In normal times, turning up to the office and trying to see the buyer would be thought to be inefficient. Tobikomi eigyo (飛び込み営業) needs to make a comeback. It is much harder to eject people from the office reception than on the phone or over email. Companies are getting back to the office at least a couple of days a week, so there is a chance the buyer will be there and guess what? They are not meeting other sellers because the guard dogs are keeping salespeople at bay and no one else is just dropping in. Naturally, many of the newer buildings have elaborate entry procedures requiring QR codes etc., but not every buyer is thus shielded from us dropping by. Is it efficient? Compared to just getting blocked all of the time, it is slightly better than nothing. At least it gives us a chance to meet the buyer and set up a formal appointment for a later stage. Is it enjoyable, just suddenly barging into the reception area and trying to meet the buyer? Not really, but you need a thick hide, if you want to be in sales, so you have harden up. By the way, if anyone ever complains to you about your tactics to see the buyer, just say, “Yes, I can completely understand your viewpoint and I am also sure that this is the type of mindset and approach you would want to see from your own sales team, when facing these tough times due to the pandemic”. Believe me they will quickly get the point and even if you are still blocked, there has been no brand damage. Sending something interesting by mail is another good idea. The guard dog will block your call but will diligently deliver the mail package to the boss's desk. Put together some contents which will get the buyer interested. Make the package slightly lumpy, so that it doesn't look like a bunch of boring documents. What ever you need to put in there, it better answer the buyer's most pressing need and be able to inform the buyer of that fact in two seconds. The window of attention is only showing a sliver these days, as everyone is so busy. We have to make the most of the chance we have manufactured. Blocking, tackling and grinding drives us all crazy, but we cannot defy the truth of the importance of mastering the basics in sales. You can talk up a storm, project the arrival of the whale any moment now and make all manner of excuses, but either the deal gets done and the money gets banked or it doesn't. Back to basics everyone, if you want to survive what the world is throwing at us all right now.
As we approach Mother's Day on Sunday, May 8, Bishop Boyea has a special challenge for us in Week 18 of Disciples Together on the Way: "Write a letter to your mom, living or dead, and say a Hail Mary for her every day this week." Listen to this short message to find out why Bishop Boyea thinks this is very important as we attempt to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ. * To find out more about Disciples Together on the Way, go to https://www.dioceseoflansing.org/on-the-way
Hour 2- The Bruins are struggling mighty hard with the Hurricanes and the lineup changes feel like a Hail Mary by Cassidy. Marcus Smart is good to go for game 3, and Will Smalley of Comic V Comic stops by to discuss the roasting side of comedy.
What should you do with your brand film after you make it? Most people say “post it on our website”....but is that a smart strategy? How many people will type in your website address, show up and watch it? It's often not as many as you hope. Is there a better way to get more mileage out of your brand film? Quick answer: YES. Instead of passively posting it on your website and hoping it will be a “marketing magic bullet,” let me offer a new strategy: put it in a funnel. In this episode, I discuss how to get more eyes on your brand film and structure your funnel around what already works in your sales process. If you already have a brand film, you'll learn how to make it work harder for you. If you're thinking about making one, this will inspire you about how to leverage it for the largest reach. CONNECT WITH BRYCE AT MCNABB STORYTELLING Turn Strangers Into Advocates [FREE Guidebook] Instagram YouTube Twitter Website
Reading is delivered by Jennifer Arcilla and meditation is delivered by April Mendoza from Saint Peter's School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 6: 1-7; Rs psalm 33: 1-2.4-5.18-19; John 6: 16-21 PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BALANCE The theme of our meditation today is: Physical and Spiritual Balance. We have learned in this Easter season about the virtue of balance as we were meditating on the Christian style of life namely "one heart and soul". We now reflect on the balance in our activities which indicate our physical and spiritual balance in the context of time and place. The balance in an activity aims to avoid the emphasis only on physical matters which will certainly produce activism, fatigue, and run out of energy. Excessive prioritization in spiritual activities will reduce in the person physicall or manual works that can increase laziness, escaping task or responsibility, elitism, spiritual arrogance by assuming to be more holy than others. Everyone of us is fairly given by God 24 hours everyday. But the use of time that prioritizes spiritual affairs will result in avoiding other times for interaction with others, working to earn a living, and building cooperation for environmental and social development. In like manner, if most of our times are spent for working, socializing, developing business, and generate more and more income, the result will be one who has not time for rest, reflection, prayer, and renewal of the spirit of life. In using the place also requires the management of giving balance in life. If the emphasis is given only to the quiet, lonely and closed or separate place, one will naturally avoid open and wide place for interaction, communication, and leisures. People who are concerned only with places that are crowded, busy, socialized, and open will have difficulty to find a place for personal prayer, reflection, and contemplation. The work and ministry of the early Church give us an example of how the selection of the seven deacons was intended to carry out the physical activities and services within the Church. While the apostles gave their focus dealing with spiritual life such as the teaching of faith, preaching, and worship. The Church as a tangible manifestation of the kingdom of God teaches us about the balance in physical and spiritual activities or services for the growth of our faith. Jesus Christ Himself, when time requires, He managed to separate himself from public activities which naturally took all his attention, work and ministry. He went up to the mountain for his own activities. To the apostles, the Lord set them to be a separate community and had them especial time and place in their renewal of spiritual life, so that they would always be ready for public ministries. This is a lesson for us to always provide a balanced treatment of our times and places in our spiritual and physical activities. Let's pray. In the name of the Father ... O God almighty, strengthen our faith so that we may live in balance between the physical and spiritual interests of our own lives. Hail Mary ... In the name of the Father ... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/media-la-porta/message
Reading is delivered by Rina Rustiyawati and meditation is delivered by Hermanus Malo Dona from Saint Peter's School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 5: 34-42; Rs pslam 27: 1.4.13-14; John 6: 1-15 BECOME THE INSTRUMENT OF GOD Our meditation today has the theme: Become the Instrument of God. Our Christian life as expected to be in the spirit of Easter is not only a true practice during this Easter season but also during our life time on earth. The resurrection of Jesus Christ does animate our entire lives. The period after resurrection is a period when Jesus Christ is not physically present in the midst of all His followers, unlike when He was still living and walking with His diciples and people of His time. After resurrection, He went up to heaven and seated at theright hand of the Father. But as He had promised, He is forever with us at all times, because His Spirit lives with us in the world. What must we do to ensure that our faith steady and active in daily life by keeping always the spirit of Easter? The inspiration from our readings today can gives us the answer, and it is true to say that we need to become the intruments of God. The ministry of Jesus Christ carried out by the Holy Church as a community of the People of God continues to occur to this day, with her main mission is to serve the humanity and the world. Who are those human beings to be ministered by the Church? It maybe each one of us, our brothers or sisters and friends. It maybe people we don't know who they are or where they are from. It maybe persons God has entrusted to us to be educated and cared for. Becoming the instrument God for us is a basic Christian vocation, as the Psalmist says: Here I am Lord, to do Your will (Ps. 40). The goal of this vocation is to make the Lord truly present in a real and a personal way through the ministry of Jesus Christ Himself, who saves, heals, teaches, speaks of truth, comforts, and forgives. This vocation is gifted to everyone of us who chooses the way of life as priest, religious and lay person. To carry out well this vocation means each of us acts in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and makes His works realized. We are given an example of the apostles who bravely defended the truth of the Gospel preached, even though they were tried and imprisoned by the Jewish Religious Court. A famous Jewish priest, Gamaliel, also spoke in the name of truth and at the same time defended what the apostles fearlessly did. Both the apostles and Gamaliel had proved to be the real instruments of God in preaching and teaching the true faith. Then another occasion also shows us the practice of this truth. The apostles became the instruments for the feeding of thousands of people who were hungry after a full day following and listening to Jesus away from the city. A child who provided a small portion of bread and fish also proved to be the instrument of God for the miracle of multiplication of bread and fish. They were the instruments of God's mercy for the urgent needs of people at that moment. We can be the instruments of God in any given condition in our lives today, especially the conditions that really needs urgent solution or treatment. It all depends on our willingness and commitment to do. Let's pray. In the name of the Father ... O generous and merciful Lord, strengthen us in every step and work that we take, so that we can be your true and useful instruments, especially for the benefit of our needy brothers and sisters. Hail Mary full of grace ... In the name of the Father ... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/media-la-porta/message
Top-two issues for voters: crime and the economy. Biden's judicial nominee (exposed as a BLM extremist) defends her past slanderous statements that cops kill unarmed black men in America every single day. Clay says, "Thousands of people are dead today that would be alive -- I really believe this -- if Black Lives Matter didn't exist." ESPN anchor Sage Steele sues after she was benched for speaking out against "sick" vaccine mandates. Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe joins C&B to discuss her podcast, The Truth with Lisa Boothe, Elon Musk buying Twitter and vaccine mandates. The left tries a Hail Mary with student loan "forgiveness." How much damage can the Biden administration do before the midterm election? See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA l PATRON OF THE YOUNG GIRLS AND PHILOSOPHERS Feast Day: APRIL 29 Our saint for today was a holy and influential lay person, a member of the Third Order of the Dominicans, therefore, not a nun. But she was instrumental in the return of the papacy from its captivity in Avignon, France. I am sure, many of us know St. Catherine of Siena, one of the most popular saints in the Church. Catherine Benincasa was born in Siena, the 23rd of the 25 children of a pious couple, who brought their children up in the love and fear of God. It is no wonder that Catherine, at age five, was very much in love with the Virgin Mary and prayed the Hail Mary, even while going up and down the staircase of their big house. When she was six, she had a vision of Jesus accompanied by Saints Peter, Paul and John the Evangelist. Jesus made the Sign of the Cross on her and smiled. From that moment, Catherine became very mature in her actions and words. She prayed more, made penances, and had the burning desire to practice virtues. Sometimes she would hide and scourge herself. At seven, she made a vow of virginity. When she grew up, her mother tried to find a suitable husband for her, but she remained firm in her resolve not to marry as she had already given her heart to Jesus. She cut her long hair so as not to appear attractive. When she was sixteen, she received the habit of the Third Order of St. Dominic. Then she spent three years in prayer and isolation in her own home. At 21, Catherine had a “mystical marriage” with Christ. Her confessor encouraged her to get out from her isolation and she began helping the sick and the poor. These activities attracted many to follow her examples. It was also the time of many confusions in the Church. Catherine and companions travelled to many parts of Italy to preach penance, prayer and conversion. While praying one day before the Crucifix, she received the stigmata Her pains were on her hands, feet and heart and she alone could see the wounds. Catherine lived in a time when the Church was suffering the effect of the so-called “Babylonian Captivity,” (1309-1376, when the papacy, due to conflicts between the Church and the French crown, transferred to Avignon. There were seven popes who stayed there. She wrote strong letters to the seventh pope, encouraging him to return to Rome. She also went to Avignon to plead her cause before the pope. Fortunately, Gregory XI brought the papacy back to Rome in 1376. Then again in 1378 another conflict arose after the death of Pope Gregory XI, because some cardinals doubted the legitimacy of the election of the new pope. Catherine was summoned to Rome to help in resolving the conflict, but this conflict called the Western Schism lasted many years and was resolved long after Catherine had died. Catherine was also a good writer. She wrote dialogues, prayers and letters. Her celebrated work is entitled “Dialogue on the Divine Providence.” Catherine lived on this earth for only thirty-three years. She became so exhausted and weak due to excessive fasting and penances. She died on April 29, 1380 and was canonized on June 29, 1461. In 1939, she together with St. Francis of Assisi, were declared patron of Italy and in 1999 she became the patron of the whole of Europe. She was proclaimed Doctor of the Church in 1930. The Dominican Order of St. Catherine of Siena founded by a Dominican priest is under her patronage. There are also many groups claiming her as patron saint due to her many miracles. surrender of self-will, discretion, detachment, humility, courage and perseverance. Lord, together with St. Catherine, we pray “Holy Spirit, come into my heart. Do I pray for the Pope and our Church leaders and follow their instructions?
Reading is delivered by Yunita Simon and meditation is delivered by Windah Nora Avelina Pasaribu from Saint Peter's School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 5: 27-33; Rs psalm 34: 2.9.17-18.19-20; John 3: 31-36 SCHOOL OF OBEDIENCE Our meditation today has the theme: School Of Obedience. One characteristic of the spirit of Easter is the school of obedience. This school is very different from the various schools that we have, such as schools of military, nurses, police, communication, techniques, administration and so on. These schools surely produce a lot of graduates, but are they qualified in the virtue of obedience, this is a big question. In fact, they don't provide specific lesson and training to make an obedient graduate. If this is the case, then we might see it more appropriate and good that all of schools need to be inspired by the spirit of Easter to have the lesson or training about obedience. The focus of the lesson in this school should be Jesus who is perfectly obedient to His Father in the fulfillment of the Father's will, by giving himself to be a sacrifice for the salvation of all mankind from sin. This is the main source for the learning curriculum of obedience for all His followers and all others mankind who follow God's will. Jesus emphasized that the basic learning for us is to believe in Him who was sent by the Father and follow the path He went through, which is to carry out the Father's will. This must be a common mission for every follower of Christ. Every form of activity, mission, responsibility, commitment, service, and work must be oriented towards this school of obedience. The point is all of us have the task to carry out God's will. If God's will is well done, then the good and truth of life will be its fruits. One example of this school of obedience is when Peter and other apostles who were forced not to speak about Jesus Christ by the Jewish Highest Tribunal. They were strictly forbidden to preach the gospel and Jesus Christ to the public. But because of their education in virtue of obedience was already strongly founded, they loudly said this: It is better for us to obey God than to humans. This education of obedience focuses on the priority of loyalty and fidelity to God. This means that every temptation or threat that leads us not to obey God must be strongly resisted. Why is God a priority in the school of obedience? Because from Him all moral teachings, kindness, truth, beauty, glory, and holiness come. He is the source of all wisdom and intelligence. So if we choose to obey him consistently, we will be obedient and faithful in all aspects of the orders or rules that we have every moment and place in this world. Let's pray. In the name of the Father ... O God Almighty, may our obedience to You be true and firm as Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ is obedient to You. Hail Mary full of grace... In the name of the Father... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/media-la-porta/message
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In this week's podcast, we will answer these questions from listeners. 1. What does the Bible say about people who wink? 2. What is meant by good health? 3. Can you have the Lord's Supper outside of church? 4. What is the Hail Mary? 5. What does "Elohim" mean? You can submit your Bible questions through our webpage. Thank you!
All my life I've been good Do what my mom and dad and God say I should Go to church and Bible School To live by God's rule So whatever people tell me That The Bible tells me I will do Walk the halls of high school with my purity ring Unlike those other girls, I've got my morals in check It was easy to do 'til I got a boyfriend And pardon my French, but he's cute as heck But I made a pact to keep my hymen intact And Jesus and I are tight Never learned about the birds and bees I was taught to keep an aspirin in between my knees 'Cause The Bible says premarital sex is wrong But Jason says that, "Guys can't wait that long" I don't want to lose him To someone who'll do him I might need to figure something out Well there's a loophole in The Scripture that works really well So I can get him off without going to hell It's my Hail Mary, full of grace In Jesus' name, we go to fifth base! Oh, thank you for making me holy And thank you for giving me holes to choose from And since I'm not a Godless whore He'll have to come in the back door Therefore Fuck me in the ass 'cause I love Jesus The good Lord would want it that way Gimme that sweet sensation of a throbbing rationalization It's just between you and me 'Cause everyone knows it's the sex that God can't see It's hard to be as pure as me To resist the urge to lose my vaginal virginity To wait until my marriage bed To give my husband my unsullied maidenhead So take your cock out Shove it in my ass Fuck me until you cum Oops! I mean let's join our souls and unite our bodies And fly with the wings of God Whatever you do, don't touch my clitoris If you ring Satan's doorbell, God can't ignore this And no prophylactics when you put it in 'Cause birth control's for sluts and it's a sin I've emptied my bowels And laid out the towels I'm ready for romance Now I'm praying to the Power that's the Highest But of all of my holes, this one's the driest And we can't procreate if we anally copulate And God's OK with sodomy, but only if you're straight And I'm staying pure, no matter what So I'm OK with everything but... Everything but... Everything but... Whoa, fuck me in the ass 'cause I love Jesus The good Lord would want it that way Gimme that sweet sensation of a rock hard rationalization It's just between you and me 'Cause everyone knows it's the sex that God can't see I do whatever The Bible tells me to Except for the parts that I choose to ignore Because they're unrealistic and inconvenient But the rest I live by for sure So let's not talk about how the Good Book bans shellfish, polyester and divorce And how it condones slavery and killing gays 'Cause those parts don't count, of course Let's cherry-pick the part about losing my cherry and mine it for ambiguities and omissions To circumvent any real sacrifice But still feel pious in my arbitrary parroted positions And don't you dare question my convictions And don't look closely at the contradictions Just focus on the sacrificial crucifixion And have faith in its complete jurisdiction As the only way to measure if you're good or not And in a debate, just say, "To have faith" Because when you're up against logic, it's the only card you've got So close your eyes, take a deep breath and... Fuck me in the ass 'cause I love Jesus
Reading is delivered by Bernadeta Lembayung Hapsari and meditation is delivered by Clara Novayanti from Saint Peter's School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 4: 1-12; Rs psalm 118: 1-2.4.22-24.25-27a; John 21: 1-14 IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST Our meditation today has the theme: In the Name of Jesus Christ. The Easter message of peace continued to be preached and shared to many people. The proclamation of the gospel of the risen Christ showed even a significant growth and brought along its fruits. Peace as the Easter greatest gift is not just a beautiful word that can be employed to be just an empty promise, but it trully embodies the person of the risen Christ. God himself is forever our peace and this cannot reduce over time until His message of peace meets its end. The peace that we pursue and create in this life takes its source from the peace of God. Our growth and practices of faith really help us to create peace in this life on earth. This is expressed in every act of love which is the greatest divine law that we must practice. On this basis, Peter and the rest of the apostles were sure of love and mercy that they put into practice so as to bring peace to the people they served. To bring peace to everyone and the environment arround us, we are taught to use this basic formula: In the name of Jesus Christ. It is mostly hoped that with this phrase of prayer,the Lord Jesus Christ as our Peacemaker enters and dwells in those who receive the gift of His blessings. On another occasion in the beach, when Peter and the rest of the apostles returned to their routine fishing activities, the risen Jesus appeared and showing them a gesture that brought peace and joy. He gave an example of service by providing them food to eat as the fishing works already exhausted them out. The washing of the apostles' feet during the occasion of the last supper was the main inspiration for all other forms of service. The spirit and act of service must be practiced continually in real life by this first community of believers. Jesus wanted to emphasize that even though the apostles and disciples would return to their normal and routine lives, service must remain their primary spirit and act of growing as His faithful followers. The inspiration from the two readings today illuminate our growth of faith with a wisdom from above, that every form of our act of love which is manifested in various services should always be in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. The legitimacy or justification for this manifestation is Jesus Christ Himself. By using "in the name of Jesus Christ", we truly believe that this name is above all forms of name, label, status, and figure. With "in the name of Jesus Christ", all the rulers of the world and even the power of darkness such as Satan and his servants are made obedient and are under the control of the almighty God. So with "in the name of Jesus Christ", we live our lives every day under God's protection and guidance. As an expression of faith integrated in our Christian prayers, we always pray by saying: "In the name of the Lord Jesus" or "Through the intercession of Jesus Christ", and by this we entrust ourselves to God, our Father. Let's pray. In the name of the Father ... O Father in heaven, send us your Spirit to strengthen and guide our lives as every time we say: In the name of Jesus Christ. Hail Mary full of grace ... In the name of the Father ... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/media-la-porta/message
San Francisco's District Attorney faces an unprecedented recall election in less than seven weeks - June 7 - and the polls augur ill for him. 68% of San Francisco voters want to get rid of Chesa Boudin, mid way through a four year term. Bungled cases, judicial admonitions, high staff turnover and rising crime rates show Boudin has an uphill struggle to hold onto his office. Can he engineer a Hail Mary pass to save his office or is it a lost cause ? --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/james-herlihy/message
Our family's mission is to be a light through wisdom, adventure, and time around the table. Our family mission ties directly into the mission we have here at Business On Purpose which is to liberate heroic business owners, just like you, from the chaos of working IN your business. So that you can ENJOY your business, maximize the impact that it can have on your family and your community, and make time for what matters most! For a ground rule...IGNORE THE NOISE and distraction… “It pays to curate the incoming, to ignore the noise, and to engage with voices who are willing to show their work.” We are about to SHOW you our work. It's up to YOU to implement Surveying hundreds of heroic business owners just like you over the past few years we have heard loud and clear one of the biggest challenges that you face in your business...the feeling that you will never be able to step away from your business b/c you are SO busy working IN your business. Imagine the day, a lady named Josephine comes walking in your workspace, opens up a combo-locked suitcase and says simply… “I am ready to buy your business at a 4 times multiple of your annual earnings IN CASH right here on the spot...with two conditions… ...First, we have to be able to run your business the same EXACT way that you run your business right now, from the sales calls, to the payroll schedule, to the lead generation, to the production and everything in between. I will not require you stay on an earn out...but we need the entire business map so your valued customers will never feel the switch… Second, you have 30 minutes to make your decision and we will expect the roadmap to be in our hands and training to begin immediately using ONLY that roadmap as our training (you will not be allowed to “wing” any of it from your head!” Could you do it? You might say, “No one would ever do that.” Ummm, we've seen crazier. Then you will say, “that is totally unreasonable to expect that a business owner would have her entire business mapped out SO THAT THE TEAM COULD RUN IT.” Or is it? We can say with definition that your business is certainly more “sellable” with a comprehensive systems roadmap in place because your team can run it! Of course, this entire example may be totally lost you on because you would never have the intention of selling your business anyway. No problem. But wouldn't you like your business to depend LESS on you, and more on the RIGHT TEAM? That is a business that compensates you with intentional time, meaningful freedom, and the money to pay for it all? Don't you want your business to help facilitate your passions and convictions? To serve others without killing yourself? Wouldn't you love to do what Eric Burton did, and leave your business for 31 days and it would continue to hum along? We have determined through our own experience that about 8 out of 10 Small Business Owners are being OWNED by their business which means that even if they wanted to sell, no one would ever pay to OWN a business THAT OWNS THEM! How do we break out of the prison of our own business? How do we finally get off the treadmill? How do we stop constantly putting out fires and feeling pulled in 17 different directions? How do we stop the habit of throwing Hail Mary's in our business everyday? One way to try is to simply continue doing things the way you have been doing them. Of course we know where that leads...INSANITY! The other way is to replicate the delivery of every part of our small business and make it so predictable others can run it the EXACT SAME WAY WE WOULD. And, it also gives those team members the FREEDOM to use their skill set instead of being slowed by confusion. We are so obsessed about trying to find the right people…when in reality the more predictable strategy is to build a great SYSTEM where a variety of people can come join in. Remember the old Jewish phrase? In Jewish lore, there is a powerful statement that we have found to hold true since the centuries it was first written, “Write the Vision down so that those who read it may run!” The same is true for the processes that make up the Vision. In fact, we may even make our own statement to say, “Write the processes down so that those who read AND IMPLEMENT THEM, may run...the business!” Truth is...if you don't write it down...you don't OWN it…and neither can your team Did you know that your business doesn't have to own you? Did you know that you DON'T have to feel like you are on a treadmill? Did you know that owning a small business doesn't have to feel like a daily cliff dive with no visibility and no parachute? Owning a business can be the ultimate opportunity to set others free to live in their skill set, to serve customers, employees family's, vendors, your local community, and your global community...all at the same time!!! That's right. Your business can be a MASSIVE force for living out your convictions and serving others. BUT, it will never get there by doing the things that got you to this point. As I built this presentation, over my screen was an incredible view of the tidal creek behind our house in the lowcountry of South Carolina. It is a constant reminder of a real, living, breathing process that just operates on auto-pilot every day. Behind our house, the tide comes in anywhere between 7-9', and then six hours later is completely empty. That's right, 7-9' of water floods the marsh and then completely empties out...EVERY 6 hours, 12 minutes and 30 seconds the tide comes in and the tide comes out...EVERYDAY! The tides are a process. Just like the earth's rotation and the seasons are a process. Processes are simply a “a series of repeatable actions or steps taken in order to achieve a particular end”. When process is NOT in place, what you may get is creative, but it will not be repeatable creativity...and if it is not repeatable then OTHER people will not run it the way you want them to…they will make it up as they go. When process IS in place, what you get is a replication of the original creativity. I'm so glad the sunset is a process, b/c it is something that we like to enjoy on repeat! When you are starting your business, every time you bake that cake, repair that brake, or stack that crate, you are doing something that could be processed so you NEVER have to do it again…AND you are equipping someone else to live out their unique skill set. When you process all of the individual steps, you are equipping and empowering others to bake that cake, fix that brake, or stack that crate so that you can focus on the other elements of serving customers, like payables, receivables, inventory, and office management. Then once those are processed, then you are again equipping and empowering others to facilitate payables, receivables, inventory, and office management, soooooo that you can focus on generating new leads and onboarding new customers. Then once those are processed, then you are again equipping and empowering others to facilitate to…. Hint: Rinse and Repeat Do you see where this is going? Imagine you had EVERY process in your business documented. It could be written down, it could be recorded on video…regardless, it brings massive clarity to every one you might bring into the business. Imagine, just like NASA has EVERY single detail of flying a spaceship to the documented...imagine that you had EVERY process in your business documented. THEN, once documented, you focused the majority of your time on training the processes to capable people who could replicate your brilliance and creativity! Every basic franchise has done it from hamburgers to window washing. That's what a franchise IS. When you buy a franchise, you are essentially buying a process map to walk you step by step through how to make a hamburger, or pick up garbage, or unload a truck, or change brake pads, or build websites. Franchises exist for EACH of those services and thousands more. I'm not even saying that you want to franchise your business...but wouldn't it be great if others could run your business with the same clarity, MISSION and focus that you run your business with? IT CAN HAPPEN! You can do it! See you at the top! INSERT MOTIVATIONAL CLICHE HERE! Welcome to the process map. On this one magic sheet of paper, you will document the title of EVERY major process that makes your business work. With this one magic sheet of paper, the process clarity that comes with, AND (never forget) LOTS OF REPETITIOUS IMPLEMENTATION, you will create a repeatable business that pushes you towards your Vision, consistently lives out your mission, and is completely in line with your unique core values. With this one magic sheet of paper, you will have built a curriculum for training that will make you feel like you are running a full scale business university for your team. Training will become a hallmark of your small business. The product will become less and less the focus and training your team to deliver a great product will increase with habit and time. Story: Gerrick Taylor planting 52 palm trees...now GT spends his days working ON Taylors (vision planning, training, pioneering new locations, etc.) and coaching middle school football In order to create a business that could run without you, you must build a team that is excited to run without you…which means you must build a map that accurately reflects your business so those who read it may run. Welcome to the construction of a business. In business, we tend to get distracted by what is on the outside. We see logos, signs, branding, and products and we think “Wow, they are CRUSHING IT!” While inside, the owner of that business feels like they are the ones being crushed by the weight of chaos and burden. They own the business…but in reality the business owns them and they feel like somewhere deep inside what they have really built is a house of cards. Every business has five cornerstones, on concrete slab foundation, and four wall systems. These are the PRINCIPLES of the business… Harrington Emerson, the American efficiency engineer known for his pioneering contributions to the field of management, once said, “As to methods (processes), there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The person who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The person who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” Let's dive into PRINCIPLES First, the five foundational cornerstones of every business whether you are building homes, remodeling back porches, selling ice cream Next, every business must have a sturdy concrete foundation that is made up of the ingredients of culture and planning. Finally, every business has four primary systems that must operate with repetition and predictability…again whether they are selling sport coats, architectural services, or decking products. Four Walls: Admin/Acctg, Ops, Marketing, Sales Complexity of the walls and the systems that help them operate We must be careful that we are not so lost and distracted by the day to day fires of payables, receivables, sub-contract challenges, material delays…and instead we build systems and people to work through that while YOU focus on the emotionally taxing and important work of working ON the business. Don't become so focused on the beauty of the interior design, that you forget to take care of the foundation. To understand each of these is to build a business that makes time for what matters most with the one resource that is non-renewable…your time. Talk to business owner after business owner and the one thing they will constantly preach is equipping and training their team. Talent grows as training grows, yet too many of us rely on “raw talent” and get burned in the end. Give me world-class training with average talent who implements EVERYDAY over world-class talent and average training...EVERYDAY. The little known secret is when you begin to offer world-class to average talent...the talent will eventually rise to the training! Let me show you how to build a process roadmap that will buy you time for what matters most and get you off of the treadmill! SHOW PROCESS ROADMAP and highlight… One sheet of paper Start w/ the four systems Focus on one system Write the major processes within each system Adopt the Systems Mindset: the next task you do…DOCUMENT/RECORD it like it's the last time you will do that task “Yeah Scott…we've got this…but it'll just sit on the shelf like everything else” You're right…IF YOU LET IT. So where do you put it so you will use it? YOUR TEAM MEETINGS Allow me to give you a real life example. Our BOP Coaching team realized we had a breakdown in our New Client Onboarding process. One of our coaches brought this up, we added it to our Weekly Coaches Meeting written agenda…we reviewed it as a team. Our process was updated, our Master Process Roadmap reflected it, and we moved on The greatest gift you can give your business and your team is the gift of clarity from chaos. How? IMPLEMENTATION. I will take a half-baked plan with full implementation versus a perfect plan with half-baked implementation. I quote Joe Calloway all of the time because it is so powerful, “Vision without IMPLEMENTATION is hallucination”. If you take time to build out proper software with a proper processes, you will have greater clarity in the WHO of your business. Josephine is standing with a briefcase of cash…could you take the deal?? FInd out right now…while you are sitting here and we go into Q&A time, I want you to scan this QR code and take this Healthy Owner Assessment that will give you a tangible metric as to the health of your business. It's free and wildly helpful.
Nach einer Woche Corona-Pause ist der ComunioPodcast in alter Frische zurück! Flo und Karol blicken ausführlich auf das Bundesliga-Wochenende und nennen in der Top-3 der Woche (01:38:39) risikoreiche Transfers, die aber das Zeug zum Comunio-Meistermacher haben. Neben den Analysen zu den Partien des 31. Spieltags gibt es zu Wolfsburg - Mainz (08:46), Leipzig - Union (17:57), Frankfurt - Hoffenheim (25:57), Freiburg - Mönchengladbach (35:09), Köln - Bielefeld (46:41), Fürth - Leverkusen (01:00:04), Bayern - Dortmund (01:06:55), Bochum - Augsburg (01:21:38) und Hertha - Stuttgart (01:29:16) zahlreiche Spielerempfehlungen. Und so tippen Karol und Flo den 31. Spieltag: Wolfsburg - Mainz Karol: 2:1, Flo 1:0 Leipzig - Union Karol: 2:0, Flo 3:0 Frankfurt - Hoffenheim Karol: 1:0, Flo 1:2 Freiburg - Mönchengladbach Karol: 2:0, Flo 1:1 Köln - Bielefeld Karol: 3:1, Flo 2:0 Fürth - Leverkusen Karol: 0:2, Flo 1:4 Bayern - Dortmund Karol: 3:1, Flo 4:1 Bochum - Augsburg Karol: 0:0, Flo 1:0 Hertha - Stuttgart Karol: 0:2, Flo 0:0 Zwischendurch geben natürlich auch wieder Thomas Doll, Uli Hoeneß und Co. ihren Senf dazu. Viel Spaß! Ihr wollt eure Frage als Sprachnachricht im Podcast hören? Dann schickt eine WhatsApp-Sprachnachricht an 0157-532 69 018. Ihr wollt uns Feedback schicken? Dann wendet euch an email@example.com Falls ihr uns eine Rezension schreiben wollt, könnt ihr das unter podcasts.apple.com/de/ machen! Bewertet uns auch gerne auf Spotify! Vielen Dank!
School officials at Bremerton High School suspended—and later fired—football coach Joe Kennedy because of his on-the-field prayer practice that drew widespread attention from students and press. Here to talk about Kennedy v. Bremerton School District and school prayer more generally is Keisha Russell — an attorney from First Liberty Institute. For more on Keisha's work, check out her profile at FLI here. For more on the case, check out the SCOTUSblog page here. Episode produced by Josh Deng, with music from Vexento. A Special Thanks to Nick and Ashley Barnett for their contribution in making this podcast possible.
Ep. 152 Narranturm & Beechwood Asylums Today we're going back to some of our creepy roots. We're gonna visit a couple Asylums!!! First, we're going to look at Narrenturm asylum, and then we'll head to Beechwood Asylum! After that, we'll just hop right into the business! "Narrenturm" in (Austrian/older) German translates as 'fools' tower,' or more accurately: 'lunatics' tower! The Narrenturm was indeed the world's first building especially designed, in 1783, for "keeping" such mentally ill "patients" locked up in a central facility. It was finished in 1784, and the first patients were admitted soon after. Treatment in those days was minimal to non-existent, so the 250 or so inmates in the 28 cells branching off each of the circular corridors on each of the five floors were indeed more or less simply "incarcerated" here. It was little more than a "loony bin," then emphasizing the word "bin." Still, it was argued that this was better than letting the patients roam around freely with the risk that they might harm someone or be subjected to ridicule or even physical mistreatment by other people. So they were locked away inside this tower, two patients in each of the cells, which contained nothing but the beds and bare walls. The Narrenturm was constructed in 1784 under Emperor Joseph II. It was Constructed by court architect Isidor Canevale. It consisted of a five-story, fortress-like circular building with 28 rooms and a ring of slit windows, plus a central chamber aligned north-to-south. There were, in total, 139 individual cells for the inmates. It was built as part of the Altes Allgemeines Krankenhaus, or "Old General Hospital." It was officially founded by Emperor Josef II in 1784 after the buildings had been used for more than 60 years as a poorhouse. The building of the Narrenturm was prompted by the discovery of underground dungeons used by the Capuchin monks of Vienna for housing their mentally ill brethren; another factor was that Joseph II had learned about similar institutions in France during his travels there. The construction of the Narrenturm points to a new attitude towards the mentally ill – they began to be separated from the rest of society and not simply classified among the general category of "the poor." Each cell had solid and barred doors and chains for restraining inmates. The building's doctors and guards were officed/housed in the center. A visitor to the Narrenturm in the late 1700s said some patients were still made to wear chains or straitjackets while in their cells. Others were allowed to roam free, although the institution was focused on a new way of dealing with the mentally ill. The Narrenturm had a lightning rod or "lightning catcher" installed on the roof ridge when it was first built. At that time, Václav Prokop Diviš, a clergyman in Přímětice near Znojmo, had studied plant growth and treatment with electrical currents present, publishing his findings to the medical community. There are rumors the 'caught lightning' may have been used to treat the mentally ill, although that has never been proven. Prokop Divis invented the grounded lightning rod, which is still used in today's modern infrastructures. He was also a natural scientist, theologian, and one of the Czech canon regulars during his time. A man of science from the earlier centuries, Prokop Divis thought ahead of his time and made this classic invention. Although definitely a man who believed in God and serving the church, Prokop still made his own contribution as an inventor and scientist whose product is still being used today. He earned the needed experience to devise his invention when working in the parish in Prendice. Prokop was responsible for managing the Abbey's farmland in Prendice. He also took charge of water conduit construction, which gave him the exposure to understand mechanical issues. In addition, Prokop developed an interest in electricity, and he began to perform his own experiments with great success on plant growth and therapy, using a small electric voltage. When the death of Georg Wilhelm Richmann, one of the professors at St. Petersburg, reached Prokop's knowledge, he became interested in atmospheric electricity. Richmann had perished by being struck by lightning while observing a storm from a hut. This prompted Prokop to build the "weather-machine" in Prendice, a device to protect from lightning strikes. Prokop devised the very first grounded lightning rod. He observed thunderstorms and deduced that lighting was an electrical spark. He also realized that he could imitate thunder and lightning on a smaller scale. His grounded lightning rod was first erected on the 15th of June in 1754, six years before Benjamin Franklin invented his lightning rod in the United States. Prokop's lightning rod consisted of a pointed slender iron bar, and fastened to it, near the top of the bar, were two crossbars, so producing four arms. Then across which, in turn, a shorter bar was laid, making twelve 'ends.' At each of the twelve extremities, a box with 27 brass needles was attached; each compartment was filled with iron shavings. The main bar was supported by a 132-foot wooden column, and iron chains connected the main bar to the ground. The rod was designed to split the lightning spark into as many smaller sparks as there were needles (324) to reduce its force. His lightning rod invention was not popular and was received with suspicion, so Prokop removed it in 1756 and turned his interest toward music. However, his theory of atmospheric electricity was published in his papers after his death. Apart from his invention of the first grounded lightning rod, Prokop also created the first electrical musical instrument. This was called the denis d'Or and was played by the hand and the feet, like an organ. It was invented in 1753, and this instrument had properties that allowed it to imitate the sound of other string instruments. Initially, Prokop only studied science to be able to find the truth. But when he realized that he could utilize his findings, he made the most productive use of his scholarly knowledge. In 1765, Prokop died on the 21st of December in Prendice, aged 67. Back to the Asylum. Whatever the rumors, most seem to believe the clinic offered more humane treatments for the mentally ill than other doctors in the general population at the time and protected them from possibly being abused by relatives. The psychiatric clinic remained in use until 1869, when it was closed down. Vienna's «Fool's Tower» was soon considered a building worthy of condemnation. Some saw the treatment of prisoners and the mentally ill at that time as unworthy. Some, therefore, quickly raised the issue of conditions in mental hospitals and prisons, made systematic inventories, and traveled abroad to gather knowledge and experience. Some thought this building and some of the other early ones that needed to be shut down were due more to architecture than anything. We've discussed several other Asylums on the show, and we've gone over their architecture and why they were designed in the specific way they were, so we won't go into that here, but feel free to go back and listen to those other episodes! So, there's not an exceptional amount of info on this place, but we thought it was incredible, primarily because of what it is now! We know some of you depraved fuckers will like this and maybe plan a trip! The psych facility closed in 1866 but reopened as a new location for the Anatomical-Pathological Museum in the 1970s. While the circular building (known by locals as "the poundcake") houses only a tiny percent of the museum's total collection, it contains some fascinating pieces. Syphilitic skulls that resemble Swiss cheese, jars of disfigured fetuses, and graphic wax displays of untreated STDs all peer out at you from the old cells. It also contains a recreated wonder cabinet, complete with a narwhal tusk and taxidermied monkeys. In total, 70,000 items make up the collection. Since January 2012, the collection has been administered as a branch of the Natural History Museum of Vienna. But only a relatively small part of the collection in the museum's possession is regularly displayed to the general public. Most specimens are part of the "study collection" (Studiensammlung) for medical professionals and medical training only. However, some features are occasionally shown to visitors on guided tours. Some people don't take kindly to the more extreme examples of shocking deformities, so some of these specimens can only be seen by special arrangement. So that's where we're all going!!! Whoooo! These restrictions are also in force to prevent the Narrenturm from becoming some kind of overtly voyeuristic attraction (this applies in particular to a room with various conjoined twins in large formaldehyde-filled jars – a type of floating twin children's cemetery). They even have a "devil," believe it or not … In actual fact, it's a preserved stillborn baby that back then (1827) was taken to look like the Devil. You need a bit of imagination to see it that way (it doesn't have horns, hooves, or a forked tail), but it's undoubtedly "shocking" to look at. Rather than having been cursed, possessed, or any other such superstitious stuff, the poor thing was simply anencephalic – i.e., a baby deformed so that most of the forebrain, upper skull, and scalp are missing. This is an extreme form of a neural tube defect termed anencephaly, literally meaning 'no brain'). The head ends in big bulging eyes at the top of the front of the head while the flat rear of the head is open, exposing the remnants of brain tissue. The disorder is attributed to a lack of folic acid. Still, it may also result from high mercury exposure, lead, or other toxic heavy metals like Sabbath, Metallica, Slayer, and cannibal corpse. Yes, it's the midnight train…and we felt we had to add that during the tour. Apparently, they go into the details of the history of tuberculosis treatment. So, there's that. Also on display are various bone diseases, tumors, birth defects (including a full-size Cyclops baby specimen floating in formaldehyde), and countless models of skin diseases (mainly of the 'moulage' technique, i.e., taken directly from the sufferer's body and then painted more or less realistically), so that's gross. There is a taxidermy specimen of a "stuffed" child, the whole body! The unfortunate patient had suffered from a severe form of congenital ichthyosis, a skin condition affecting the entire body's surface skin. Next is the skeleton of a woman who had suffered from severe rickets, resulting in such twisted bones and a bent, shortened back that she was only about 20 inches "tall." Finally, there are the leg bones of a man who had been seven feet something tall at the other extreme end – a giant. His shinbone is longer than the rickets woman's entire body. So on top of all of the asylum stuff, now there's all this craziness in there! Oh, also there are rumors of it being haunted too, cus…you know, why not! While we couldn't find much in people talking about any haunted experiences, the Asylum and museum had made many lists of the most creepy haunted Asylums in the world. So we assume there's something there! Ok, that was Narranturm Asylum. Next, we'll head over to revisit our friends in Australia! We love you crazy fuckers down under! First, we're gonna check out the Beechworth asylum! In the rolling hills of Beechworth, near Victoria, Australia, you'll find a dilapidated old building known as the Mayday Lunatic Asylum, once one of the largest asylums in all of Australia. When the Asylum closed its doors for good in 1995, numerous patients died during its 128-year reign. Bone-chilling sightings, horrid smells of rotting flesh, and a history of inducing nightmares in even the most seasoned spook lovers – the Beechworth Lunatic Asylum has the fearsome reputation of one of the most haunted sites in Australia. Very few of its patients walked out of the institution alive from 1867 – to 1995. Built on a hill in Beechworth, Victoria, the site was chosen because of the belief the town's altitude would cleanse the patients of their illnesses, with the winds carrying away their mental afflictions. Seems reasonable…yea… The hospital housed 1200 patients, 600 men, and 600 women, at its peak. As medication wasn't introduced until the 1950s, the center's doctors opted to restrain patients with straight jackets and shackles, and in some cases, they received electroshock treatment. Oh, yea…and of course… there were the lobotomies!!! All the lobotomies!! All it took was a pair of signatures to land you in Beechworth–the request of a friend or relative and that of a medical doctor. So if a husband wanted to get rid of his wife, all he had to do was get a doctor to agree she was unstable. Once there, the new patient would be interviewed by the ward physician. Beechworth was one of many mental institutions operating in Australia at the time, alongside Ardale Mental Hospital and the Sunbury Lunatic Asylum. Some physician interviews have survived to the present day. Unfortunately, they speak of troubled patients, brutal treatment, and little hope of escape. The patients' stories were taken down verbatim by a ward doctor, described by one patient as Dr. O'Brien, who made notes over time about their progress and prospects for work and recovery. One interview goes as follows: Daniel Dooley, 59 23/8/1892 "I was brought by a policeman because I was silly, and I was in the habit of saying my prayers. I stayed a night out looking for a quartz reef. I value it at 100 pounds. I've been at Dunolly on an unemployment pass. I brought a tent. I saw a lot of larrikins there, and they burned my tent. When I came back I could not find the place. I met five men dressed like navvies (Irish workers). I spoke to them and they did not answer. I met more and I spoke and they said they were ghosts. I wanted to go into a house, but they said it was haunted. I then saw the Devil — like a steam engine. I then saw the BVM (Blessed Virgin Mary) and I spoke to her and shook hands with her. She took a tree up to make shelter for me and sent J. C. (Jesus Christ) to obtain another for me. She lifted up the tree as easy as I can this chair. And there was music and ejaculations of the Hail Mary. I asked for money and she had a bird in her hand and placed it on a perch, and one of the men had a purse with him but that money I've not got yet. I told a priest and he told me to be off." There were 4 other accounts. Unfortunately, none of these 5 men that have these statements survived their time in the Asylum. Nathaniel Buchanan, a researcher for Aradale Ghost Tours, which covers the Ararat institution and the disused Mayday Hills Lunatic Asylum at Beechworth, said treatment in the mid to late 1800s was well behind modern practices. "Treatment was mostly restraint," he said. "There were none of the modern medicines, that mostly came in the 1950s." "Restraint would start with a straight jacket, if that wasn't suitable the 'lunatic' could be placed in an isolation box until they settled down." "There was no distinction between epilepsy and schizophrenia. In that time, there were four classifications for lunacy — mania, melancholia, dementia and paranoia." "There number of conditions has increased from four to about 2000 since then." "Many of the women in the institutions in the late 1800s were likely to have been suffering from post-natal depression, but that was just classified as melancholia," he said. "Also it took just two signatures for somebody to be taken in. If a man wanted his wife gone, and his friends knew about it, he could get them to say his wife was mad, and she'd be taken. "At one stage it also took two signatures to be discharged, but that was later increased to eight signatures, meaning it was a lot harder to get out." Inmates were given work in an 1800s movement towards "moral treatment" — teaching patients proper morals by giving them trades and responsibilities. Women were tasked with sewing and washing while men made shoes and tended farms. One particularly cruel feature of Beechworth was what is known as "Ha-Ha walls." The key feature of a Ha-Ha wall was a trench built on the interior of the Asylum's walls. This made the wall appear low enough that inmates weren't imprisoned from the outside while ensuring that none of them could actually escape. Given the harsh treatment of the patients at Beechwood, it's no wonder that this Asylum is considered another of the most haunted in the world. Speaking to ABC News in 2008, Adam Win-Jenkins, who ran ghost tours of the site, said there are stories of mass shock treatments in which almost the entire patient population was shocked in one session. The rooms where these treatments took place are where the paranormal activity seems to occur. In 2015, a man named Gaurav Tiwari, the founder of the Indian Paranormal Society who has since passed away, saw a little girl kneeling in the darkness of the infamous wing. Adelaide ghost hunter Allen Tiller also had an experience in a wing called the "bullpen," which housed aggressive young people aged between 18 and 25. He heard a door slamming and "footsteps up the hallway," he told Nova100 in 2015. But even before the center closed, it was plagued by ghost stories. Some buildings have since been demolished following an electrical fire. In 1951, a fire swept through the male wing causing considerable damage. An article from The Herald Sun that year read: "400 male patients, many naked, were rescued from Beechworth asylum today, minutes before a fire caused the blazing top storey of the mental hospital to collapse... 11 patients escaped into the surrounding mountainous country. Seven were later recaptured, but four — described as not dangerous — are still at large." Bristol, one of the wards knocked down, was where a deceased male doctor could commonly be spotted roaming the halls. The other common sighting is Matron Sharpe, who was often seen by the nurses. They report seeing the Matron sitting with patients facing electroshock treatment. Those who witnessed the figure say the room would turn icy cold, but her presence seemed to comfort the patients. Its rooms each tell an eerie tale, too. One of which is the story of Jim Kelly - Ned Kelly's uncle. After burning down his sister-in-law's house while a young Ned was inside (but escaped unscathed), Jim was sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by Sir Redman Barry - who later sentenced his nephew Ned Kelly to death. As part of his sentence, Jim was sent to the institution to help build the hospital. However, after serving his time, his mind "was broken," so he spent the rest of his days as a patient at the hospital until he died in 1903. Jim's body was laid to rest in an unmarked grave in the Beechworth cemetery, as were the rest of the Asylum's deceased patients. Not until the 1980s did patients actually receive their own graves and headstone. Before this, they were also buried in the opposite direction to everyone else. Setting them apart from the rest of society as the Asylum had done while living. Another story from the haunted grounds involves a man who disappeared. Despite desperate efforts by staff to find him, several weeks after he disappeared, a resident dog called Max was found chewing a leg near the grounds' entry. This led to finding the man's body up a tree, presumably where he had attempted to escape. But, unfortunately, his body had been there so long that his leg had fallen off into Max's possession. This was also the cause of the stench that lingered on the hospital grounds. Workmen at the hospital have reported hearing the sound of children laughing and playing; when they investigated the sound, they could not trace its source. Several years ago, a parent noticed their 10-year-old son talking to himself while on a ghost tour. When asked who he was talking to, the boy said he was talking to another boy called James, who lived there. One patient, a big chain-smoking woman, was thrown out of a window to her death by another patient who wanted her cigarettes. Because the woman was Jewish, her body was not allowed to be moved until a Rabbi had seen it, so her body was left lying out the front of the hospital dead for 2 days while the Rabbi made the trip up from Melbourne. Her ghost has been seen on the spot where she fell by several witnesses over the last decade. The gardens of Beechworth have long been subdivided into allotments; those who live nearby have seen the ghost of a man wearing a green woolen jacket. The spirit is thought to be a gardener named Arthur, who worked the gardens for many years earning ten shillings a week. He wore his green jacket in winter and summer, and no one could persuade him to remove it. After Arthur died, it was discovered why; Arthur had been secretly storing his wages in the seam of his jacket. When the nurses opened it, they found 140 pounds hidden inside, over four years of his wages. Well…we know you love this stuff, so we'll throw in another quick one! Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital in South Korea! In 1982 the Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital was established outside Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, by a Mr. Hong. The original building was just over 11,000m² and spread across three floors. Sometime during the early 1990s, two additional buildings were added, which increased the size by another 500m². In July 1996, the hospital closed a short time later and was left abandoned and unmaintained for over two decades. Nefarious rumors began to spread about the hospital's closure, and ghost hunters and urban explorers started flocking to the spooky site in droves. As a result, Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital quickly gained a reputation as one of the top three haunted buildings in South Korea. But until an article was published by CNN in 2012 featuring Gonjiam as one of the world's most terrifying locations, the hospital mainly had maintained its ghostly reputation domestically. Sources discussing the history of Gonjiam and the hospital's fate aren't widespread on the English side of the internet, so the majority of research for this article was done using Korean sources. So, however, specific dates and versions of stories and events vary from reference to authority, so it's worth taking some information with a grain of salt. So enjoy Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital for the creepy legacy it left behind, but don't consider it a perfect reflection of the history of psychiatric hospitals in South Korea. So what's all the fuss about? What makes this particular abandoned hospital so terrifying? It helps that the entire building looks like a living, breathing 'haunted insane asylum' trope: Collapsed ceilings. Long echoing corridors. Doors that shut on their own. Patient rooms are littered with old mattresses and forgotten personal items. The main building is a concrete block with a zigzagging exterior staircase and windowless black holes peering into the eerie interior from the outside. The building just looks haunted. And what do creepy abandoned buildings need? A ghost story, of course. And it didn't take long for one to begin making the rounds. According to legend, many patients at Gonjiam died mysteriously, forcing the hospital to shut down permanently. Some believe the murders were committed by the hospital owner, who was accused of keeping the patients' hostage. However, it's said that the owner fled to America after the victims' families and government authorities began investigating the unexplained deaths. Another story says Gonjiam's doctors and director were driven to madness while working alongside the mentally ill patients, which led the director to end his own life. Finally, some believe his suicide was caused by a ghost who possessed his body and drove him to insanity. And the many other ghosts that haunt Gonjiam's abandoned halls are the victims of the psychotic doctors and murderous owner. So while the hospital is closed for the living, the former patients of Gonjiam are trapped forever in the place where they met their gruesome end. The real reason for the hospital's closure is much less exciting… The hospital director didn't commit suicide, nor was Gonjiam closed due to the mistreatment or murder of patients. Business at Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital actually came to an end because of finances, not mad doctors. With the implementation of the Water Source Protection Act in South Korea, a new sewage treatment facility became a sudden legal requirement for the hospital. This caused a disagreement between the owner and the director over whether or not it was worth the financial strain to install a new treatment facility. While talks were ongoing in 1997, the elderly owner passed away, and a new treatment facility was never installed, so the hospital remained closed. When the former owner's son took over the property, he neglected to maintain it, and the hospital fell into disrepair. As for the former hospital's director, he was alive and well at the closing of Gonjiam and allegedly opened another psychiatric hospital in the province of Gangwon-do, east of Seoul. Essentially, nothing about the legend surrounding Gonjiam Psychiatric Hospital is actually true. And a lot of the rumors seem to come from a South Korean television show called 이영돈 PD 논리로 풀다 (ENG: Solve with the logic of PD Lee Young-don), which had an episode featuring the reported hauntings at Gonjiam. The Asylum is no longer standing, but it isn't hard to see why stories ran wild about this place. Just look at pictures of it before it was demolished. And despite the legends not being true, the reports of hauntings still existed until the day the place was destroyed. Many people did die there, so there is definitely that possibility. If you look around, you can find chilling stories about sneaking in and experiencing everything from strange sounds, screaming, and even apparitions and shadows moving about. We wanted to throw this one in because it looks creepy, and it's on a place we've not covered anything in yet.. plus the urban legends surrounding the site are pretty awesome in their own right! Since we ended in South Korea, we're gonna do the best Korean horror movies as per rotten tomatoes! https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/guide/best-korean-horror-movies/
Reading is delivered by Jeane Jacklyne and meditation is delivered by May Ann Rodrigo from Saint Peter's School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Acts of the Apostles 2: 36-41; Rs psalm 33: 4-5.18-19.20.22; John 20: 11-18 RESPONSE TO THE FIRST PREACHING The theme for our meditation today is: Response to the First Preaching. When the truth or fact of an event revealed for a public consumption, the coming responses are not always uniform: yes or no. There are the responses of welcoming and show agreement, while others show disagreement and rejection. There are also unsure responses because they are not in line with either welcoming or unwelcoming. In other words, when you present a fact, you cannot please and satisfy everyone at once. Like when Jesus was still alive, who was not accepted by many, the first preaching by Peter who was accompanied by other apostles and disciples, was believed to have the same fate. But the passage from the Acts of Apostles today highlights a fact that people who listened to the preaching of Peter agreed and accepted the teachings on the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The preaching on the Pentecost Day has this point to say: God had made Jesus, whom you crucified, the Lord and Christ. Then the Jews who heard that preaching responded with their hearts were deeply moved. They understood well but above all they inclined with emotion and will to believe. And then they asked Peter and the apostles what they really needed to do in order to progress in this process to the real faith. They understood with clear minds the contents of the preaching, then they were moved with feelings of glad and interest, and the next step was their wills that already opened to be filled with truth and wisdom of the Gospel. Those responsible for this work were the messengers of the Gospel, which is in this case the apostles and disciples of Jesus. That openness gave them the possibility to make a confession and eventually embrace the faith. But before arriving at this point, the process of growth in faith required an act of repentance, then followed by baptism in the name of Jesus Christ as way of the remission of sins, and the outpouring of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. So in the context of the first preaching on Gospel of Jesus Christ, what really happened was the initiative of the fundamental response from the first believers. In the life of the Church today we make our fundamental response of faith through the reception of the three sacraments of initiation, namely baptism, holy communion, and confirmation. All three are the initial and fundamental stages of Christians and Church life. The Word of God that is heard and received, directs a person towards the renewal of his option of life. Then he is prepared to receive baptism which brings him to meet and to see the Lord personally. He is even called by his name, similar to the risen Jesus who called the name "Mary" in the apparition stroy of the resurrection. This is like the experience of receiving God personally in the Holy Communion. Furthermore, the strengthening of the faith is then made in the following step through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confirmation. Let's pray. In the name of the Father ... O Lord Jesus Christ, may we do not fail to recognize You properly and truly through the proclamation of Your word every day. Hail Mary full of grace... In the name of the Father ... --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/media-la-porta/message
In this episode Costi Hinn and Mike Gendron discuss key questions that newly converted Catholics may ask when they first become Protestant Christians. Questions like, "How do I pray now that I don't use 'Hail Mary' prayers?" "Where do I start reading the Bible?" "How should I navigate conversations with my Catholic relatives?" and "Why do Christians meet for Bible studies?" are all addressed in this episode along with added insights about the deception of the Catholic Church. Mike is an expert on Roman Catholicism after living as a devout Catholic for 35 years. He has spent the last 31 years proclaiming the true gospel and helping people go from religion to a true relationship with God.
5th Sorrowful Mystery The CrucifixionOn this Holy Saturday, we conclude the recitation of the Rosary with the 5th Sorrowful Mystery, the Crucifixion.Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen. MUSIC"Stabat Mater - At The Cross Her Station Keeping"
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden announced that he will be lifting the ban on summertime sales of gasoline that contain 15 percent ethanol. The move is part of the administration's effort to tame high gas prices ahead of the midterm elections. POLITICO's Kelsey Tamborrino explains the actual impact of this move at the pump and how greens and the ethanol industry are reacting. Josh Siegel is an energy reporter for POLITICO. Kelsey Tamborrino is a reporter covering clean energy. Nirmal Mulaikal is a POLITICO audio host-producer. Carlos Prieto is an audio producer for POLITICO. Raghu Manavalan is a senior editor for POLITICO audio. Jenny Ament is the executive producer of POLITICO's audio department.
Gary Frey has served as president of a number successful companies, including Bizjournals.com, a business news portal which he helped transform from a three-person organization to a $100 million company which he sold to Microsoft. In this show you can learn about: The most important attributes of successful leaders today The role gratitude plays in leading others The philosophy of just connecting with good people How to use the Thrive-Wither self-assessment. Join our Tribe at https://leadership-hacker.com Music: " Upbeat Party " by Scott Holmes courtesy of the Free Music Archive FMA Transcript: Thanks to Jermaine Pinto at JRP Transcribing for being our Partner. Contact Jermaine via LinkedIn or via his site JRP Transcribing Services Find out more about Gary below: Gary on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garydfrey/ Gary's Blog Page: https://gfrey.wordpress.com Full Transcript Below ----more---- Steve Rush: Some call me Steve, dad, husband, or friend. Others might call me boss, coach, or mentor. Today you can call me The Leadership Hacker. Thanks for listening in. I really appreciate it. My job as The Leadership Hacker is to hack into the minds, experiences, habits and learning of great leaders, C-Suite executives, authors, and development experts so that I can assist you developing your understanding and awareness of leadership. I am Steve Rush, and I am your host today. I am the author of Leadership Cake. I am a transformation consultant and leadership coach. I cannot wait to start sharing all things leadership with you Our special guest today is Gary Frey. He's an entrepreneur, multiple C-suite executive, and now super coach. But before we get a chance to dive into the conversation with Gary, it's The Leadership Hacker News. The Leadership Hacker News Steve Rush: In the news today, we explore how to balance employee happiness and building business expectations. Toxic workplaces are nothing new. We've likely heard of horror stories of offices run on terror. What is new is, few workers are willing to put up with such conditions, a recent study for the Human Resources Management, SHRM. Completed the study that indicated one in five have left their job in the last five years because of company culture. So that culture is not only bad for the health of employees, but it's also bad for business with an estimated cost to businesses of being over 200 million pounds. Clearly, then keeping employees happy is critical to run a successful enterprise but needs a balance, and that balance needs to be achieved so that you get productivity too. And we can't become subservient to the needs of every employee, or we lose sight of the business needs. In 2017, Google's apparent overcompensation of some staff politically was incorrect at the time called the F.U. Money, but colloquially led to a departure of many, and they took their hefty paychecks and used them to pursue other roles. And if you're underpaying employees so much that they can triple their salary elsewhere, well, then they should leave. However, if we allow every person who is headhunted to jump ship, we won't be left much talent at all. Those do stick around most likely to be under performers and unable to get a job elsewhere. And therefore, the companies left scrambling again. So, we have to create the right environment that fosters loyalty and motivation, so that talent feel the need to stay and want to continue on that journey. And of course, some businesses may not have the budget or flexibility to pay more, but it's still vital to show employees that ownership or leadership of a firm are doing all they can to cultivate happy and healthy work culture. Paying more doesn't necessarily mean you get results. And this is where the key to balancing employee happiness lies. It's critical that we first communicate clearly and transparently any responsibilities that are tied to a position. If performance doesn't match that position, then there needs to be some open dialogue about standards, expectations, and the consequences of positively achieving and negatively achieving those outcomes. And honest, candid conversations can motivate individuals to work hard, to improve their skills while simultaneously given them a reason to stay finding their purpose. There'll also be times when it's in the best interest of the employee to leave too whether we'd like them to stay or not. Someone may get an offer that comes along, gives them new opportunities. In that case, I know that moving on is likely to be best for the individual in the long term, albeit it's going to be painful for you. The goal for each staff member is to thrive in tandem with the business and as leaders to clearly communicate honestly and identify the circumstances that will allow them to thrive and clear communication and openness fosters trust. So, show people your engage with careers so that that helps them want to succeed. And the hack here, with clarity, trust, and mutual understanding on both sides, you are more likely to achieve your expectations and outcomes and therefore standards are adhered. Expectations are met and positive consequences achieved by all. That's been The Leadership Hacker News. Dive into our social media and let us know what you'd like to talk about. Start of Podcast Steve Rush: Joining me on the show today is Gary Frey. He served as president as a number of successful companies, including bizjournals.com, a business news portal, where he helped transform the business from a three-person organization to a hundred million dollar plus company, which ended up selling on to Microsoft. He's now done two turnarounds and held executive positions in two Fortune 100 Companies, and now runs an incredibly successful coaching business and community. Gary, welcome to the show. Gary Frey: Thank you so much for having me. It's great to be with you. Steve Rush: Looking forward to diving into learning a little bit about the journey you've been on so far. And we'd like to kick things off by our guests, just giving our listeners a little bit of a perspective on how they've arrived to do what they do. So, what's the backstory for you? Gary Frey: Oh man, we don't have enough time. I started out as a graphic designer early in my career and did my first turnaround when I was 28 years old. I had no credentials whatsoever to be able to do that. But we did in nine months, which was really cool. I thought it was going to be my forever home. It became the Morris Frey Agency. So, my name was on the door, and we grew it into a really cool creative small but powerful little juggernaut. It was only a dozen people or so when we turned it around and then caught my partner, you know, his hand in the cookie jar one too many times financially. And I had to leave my own company. And so, I always thought I'm just going to, you know, I define myself as a creative director, you know, a designer and creative director and a guy in the ad agency world. And you know, again, kind of, I planned God laughed and my career journey has been anything but to typical. And it's been an amazing journey, actually terrifying in many times and exhilarating in other times and taking me into places that I would've never imagined. So, as you had mentioned, I've run four companies and done a couple turnarounds and I've been inside the belly of the beast of two Fortune 500 Companies and that's where the MacGyver in my title comes from actually was one of those Fortune 500 Companies, which was really cool. But you know, being able to look back in the rear-view mirror and, you know, it's easy to see patterns when you're looking backwards. It's hard to see it when you're in the fog of war. Steve Rush: Yeah. Gary Frey: Anyway, I'm extremely grateful. It's taken me into industries that I had no business doing, including bizjournals, you know, I was not a publishing guy and I was not, you know, a tech guy and yet, you know, I was running a .com in the middle of crazy .com stories. And I got some amazing, funny and wild stories from that time too. But, you know, on insulating glass manufacturing company, like what do I know about that? Nothing. When I look through all of these things, all of my jobs, except for two were because of somebody that knew me or had worked alongside me and saw something, typically they saw something in me that I didn't see myself. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: So anyway, and I've had great leaders and I've had really terrible leaders and I've learned from both. So, you know, you're talking about, you know, leadership hacks, you know, that's awesome to be able to have worked under some really powerful and wonderful leaders that demonstrated servant leadership. And then under ogres that demonstrated just because you're sitting in a power perch, doesn't make you a leader. Steve Rush: Exactly, right. So, when you head did off on your entrepreneurial journey and you started bumping into these opportunities, was there something that was common amongst them that was alluring for you? What was that one thing that drew you towards the opportunities you had? Gary Frey: You know, it's funny. Relationships actually, quite frankly, a lot of it. And I would say early in my career, you know, there were some star gazing moments of, you know, I'm going to, you know, put my name in lights or whatever, and that was pretty short lived, you know, one thing about it, you get kicked in the teeth a few times and then you lose that luster. But one of the things early on, when I was 31, I caught my partner doing some financial impropriety things that he shouldn't have been doing and caught him twice, you know, which, you know, when you got to leave your own company and I chose to leave, because I wasn't going to destroy him, you know, he had made some bad choices, were all one stupid choice away from disaster, I think. Steve Rush: Yeah, you're right. Gary Frey: And I didn't want to destroy him, and I didn't want to destroy my own name. And I would've had to do that if I would've taken the company across the street, everybody in town and Wichita, Kansas knew who my partner was. He had been the head of corporate communications for Cessna Aircraft, and he was 20 years older than me. And you know, that's a big, small town, you know, a few hundred thousand people. And so, my choice was, I'm not going to destroy him and I'm not going to destroy my name. So, I got to start all over again. And one of the things that I did was at the ripe old age of 31, did this really simple T-Chart that I call thrive, wither. And you split the piece of paper in two. On the left side, you right thrive. And on the right side, you write wither. And I didn't have a ton of experience, but I had enough to know what environments and the kind of tasks and the kind of responsibilities and kind of environments that made me come alive. And on the right side, the wither side, I also had enough experience at that point. I've got a whole lot more now, but enough to be able to say, what are the things that I might even be good in these things, but they just drain my tank. Steve Rush: Yeah. Gary Frey: And you know, one of the things that I learned really quickly when we did that, turnaround, everybody quit except for me and my partner, we had to take 20% pay a cut. Everybody hit the doors except for me and my partner. And so, I had to do everything except for the PR, he was a PR guy. So writing, designing, selling, billing, that all fell on me. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: Then when you scale, you got to divide and conquer, and you got to find other people that will never do it just like you did. And I had to find three people in particular pretty quickly to take some of the things off of me and, you know, we didn't have a lot of money. So, I had to hire younger folks, you know, with less experience, but had kind of batteries installed already. And so, I learned really quickly, you know, more about how to communicate better. I wasn't perfect at it, but, you know, set the sites on what the target is, let them find their own way to hit it as long as it doesn't violate core values and who you are as a company and what you're trying to instill, they're going to find a different path than you would've taken. And that's okay. So, I would say, you know, keeping, you know, true to my, you know, what makes me come alive. I started looking at all these additional opportunities that eventually came and some of them, they came on the heels of destruction, you know, quite frankly, where you're just forlorn, wondering, you know, if the world has fallen, you know, do you have what it takes to continue to move on, et cetera. I started really trying to evaluate, well, does this fit me and my unique giftings and that sort of thing or is it asking too much of things that I might even be able to do or that I really suck at that would drain my tank because that's not going to be a good move if that's the case. So hopefully that answers some of the question. Steve Rush: Sure does. And one thing, I guess I've just noticed in all of the things that you've just shared is that in entering those entrepreneurial journeys, you were pretty confident you had most of the attributes that were going to get you there, but not all. And therefore, there was definitely this energy that comes with that around confidence and conviction, as well as having a majority of the attributes, but not all of them, right? Gary Frey: Yeah, and quite frankly, in some cases, I didn't think I had any of them. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: You know, it's really funny. That turnaround, that was kind of the first of many times where I've felt completely outgunned, completely unworthy, you know, completely like they've tapped the wrong guy on the shoulder. In some of those cases, in some of the biggest moves I've actually been brought into, which had me terrified. And I thought, oh my gosh, no, I'm not the right guy, because you know, then once I take that job, then they're going to see the emperor has no clothes. I don't know what I'm doing. In all of those cases, people identified stuff in me. So that first one, this guru that was brought in from Richmond, Virginia. He was a really a business development guru. And it was a Hail Mary because my partner was basically bankrupt. I mean, it was a last-ditch effort to try to keep from going bankrupt. And this guy was extremely expensive. I mean he was 10,000 bucks a day plus expenses in 1991. Steve Rush: That's a lot of cash. Gary Frey: It was a lot of money, but it was, like I said, a Hail Mary. And when they called me at home, we didn't have cell phones at the time. I didn't know him from Adam, and he said, Gary, you know, I know you don't know me, but here's the opportunity that I'm looking for. I've talked with a number of people and your peers around town, your name keeps coming up. And I said, I don't know anything about, you know, doing a turnaround or anything. Like, he goes, yeah, but these are the things that we need, and you know, the kind of position in the marketplace they were wanting to own. And I had worked for the top firm in town that had that position that they wanted to have. And that firm ended up selling to a larger company. And so, kind of destroyed a lot of the stuff that made it unique and special. And in all of those cases, bizjournals.com, same thing. When their top publisher said, Gary, you're the guy, we've got national search looking for somebody to be president over this entity. And I said, Ed, I don't know anything about, you know, publishing, I don't know, I'm not an early adopter technology guy, that's not me. And he goes, no, no, no, but here's what we need. You have started, run, and turned around companies and we need somebody to take this three-person entity and grown into real Bonafede business. Two, you're a bridge builder, you know, you connect really well with people, even in warring factions, in big companies. And I'd done that in a couple big companies. And he said, we got 41 publishers that basically run their own businesses. And they are terrified of the chairman announcing that we've got this .com entity and it's a separate entity. And they think they're going, by the way, the dodo bird, they're very defensive and we need your bridge building skills. And then the final thing is, it's called am city.com for American City. The holding company was American City Business Journals. And he said, it doesn't make sense, that name makes no sense for papers that are called business journals. And some of them are business chronicles. His was the Atlanta Business Chronicle and he was the top publisher. And he said, so we're going to have to rebrand this thing and you're the right guy to do that. So, he outlined very succinctly three things that I would was really good at, but I was terrified of going into a situation where I was going to fail because I didn't have those credentials. Oh, and by the way, I'm a college dropout. So, you know, I have two years of college and was offered a job at the height of the great recession actually before 2008-2009. But in 1982 is the highest unemployment in U.S. history since the great depression. And so, I had this job offer and my advisor said, ditch the paid scholarship and take it because grads aren't finding jobs. So, I had this additional achilles heel or, you know, albatross around my neck that was following me around everywhere saying I'm not good enough. Steve Rush: In hindsight, Gary, do you think that the fear of the unknown has actually been a driver in many respects? Gary Frey: I don't know if it was a driver, but it was definitely there. And the responsibility of providing for my family, you know, I got married at 21 and my wife was 19 and we're still married 39 years later. And we had kids, you know, a couple years later her after we got married and she stayed home with the kids. So, I had no option, you know, I had to provide for my family. I wanted to provide for my family. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: And in many cases it threw me into situations where if I would've had an option, I wouldn't have taken the option. I would've taken a safer option. So, you know, the best boss I ever had was still one of the top execs at Bank of America, a woman. And she would often say, Gary, we have more confidence in you than you do, which was very true. But she did the same thing where she would just push me and encourage me, you know, you've got more under the hood than you think that you do. And sometimes a little bit of that kind of encouragement and cajoling combined with the necessity of, I just got to do this. has pushed me into it, but she would often say, Gary, you're just so entrepreneurial. And this place was a pretty entrepreneurial place. We went from 80,000 associates or employees to 160,000 in two years with the three largest bank acquisitions in history at that time. And so, it was a whirlwind all the time and she would say, you know, you're an entrepreneur. And I'd say, you know what, actually I'm not. I'm more of a turnaround guy. Entrepreneurs, like they see the non-existent and they call it into existence. I've worked for some I'm amazing entrepreneurs. And sometimes you would go, well, you're lying but they would go, no, I'm not lying. I can see it, even though it's not there yet. And that really isn't me, but I am a problem solver, and I can see things. And so typically I love to come in alongside, in bizjournals, the same thing, three people, we turned it into a real business, but you know, somebody had gotten that thing off the ground, they got it moving and then they needed some additional oomph to take it to the next level. Steve Rush: That must have been some moment though, when you know, Microsoft come along. Hundred-million-dollar company at this time, and you sell out. That must have been a really proud moment for you, right? Gary Frey: It was very interesting. So, they bought 20% of the company for $20 million. And before that, that was the second all offer that we actually had. And that was a year after the .com bubble blew up. And so, we had .com wasteland everywhere. The one before that though, and this was only a few months into my time there as the president, I was meeting with a competitor in San Francisco, we put a million dollars in this competitor, and it was before I got there. So as soon as I got there, the chairman said, I need you to go out to San Francisco, meet with these guys. I put a million bucks into them. I go, why'd you do that with a competitor? And he goes, and he just kind of winked at me. And he's like, I like to keep my enemies close, like smart, right. And so, I go meet with these guys. And then shortly after, within a few months I developed a pretty good rapport with them, but one of the first meetings was really hilarious. They were losing 40 million a year, burning it. They were just spending money like drunken sailors. They had a million-dollar top line, not quite. And I asked the guy, he was an Oxford educated, really brilliant Egyptian guy. And I said, Timor, you know, I was just blown away. They had big screen TVs everywhere when they were about $15,000 a piece, you know? And like, it was just crazy. Hundreds of people running around, bringing you lattes, doing neck massages between meetings. I'm like, what the heck is this? I said, what is your business model? And he says to me, look, Gary, it's a very nimble business model driven by eyeballs. That's what he said, word for word. And I said, so Timor, what you're telling me. I said, I'm not a real smart guy. And I didn't go to Oxford, but what you're telling me is you don't have one. And what you do have is advertising. Steve Rush: Yeah. Gary Frey: And he goes precisely. Well, they sold about a month later. He calls me and he says, Gary, you got to come out here and you got to meet with all these investment bankers. We're having this big celebration party. We sold to NBCI for $225 million. We're rich, and I thought, you have freaking got to be kidding. After they sold, they wanted to buy 20% of our company. And they had that same valuation. But we were going to have to take all of our traffic and run it through. It was called allbusiness.com. And so, I take this to my chairman. He has to think about it for a few weeks and he comes back and he says, you know what, that's mind blowing. But he said, I don't think these guys are going to be in business in 18 months. He goes, Gary, this whole .com thing is going to blow. And he called it to the month. He called to the month, and we ran extremely conservatively. I had gone from running tens of millions of dollars in marketing budgets at Bank of America. I had to arm wrestle this guy for, I think, 7,500 bucks for the whole year of marketing. But he called it. And so, when the next year when Microsoft came through and I mean, that really validated what we had, you know, a .com that sells to NBCI for stupid money in the stupid world of the .com crazy at the time. That was novel, but it, you know, toysrus.com had a much bigger valuation and they were losing money, hand over fist versus their brick and mortar, so that was kind of not real. Microsoft made it legitimate. But what that also meant was I was not going to be having the reins that I did and, you know, things were going to change. And so that's when I left actually to go, I had merged two companies together when I was at Bank of America. I was consulting with two friends who owned separate firms. And I actually merged those things together. I made the introductions, they asked me to be the third partner. And I said, no, you know, I'd been through the partner fiasco that I'd bitten once, I'm not doing that again. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: Well, they came back after they heard about the Microsoft thing and they said, you know, why don't you come and be our third partner? We'll still give you a third of the company. You be president, so it's truly a merger because I don't really actually believe there are mergers. Somebody acquired somebody. And then the person that got acquired, they're made to feel better by yeah, we merged in with them. Well, you actually, he got acquired. In this case they really did merge. They both had very complimentary groups of people, their places in the marketplace. And by having me come in as president, it wasn't, well, one acquired the other is like, I'm completely a neutral party. And I actually brought those guys together. So that was kind of a cool thing. So yeah, it was cool with Microsoft, but it also meant that okay, things are going to change and I'm probably not going to enjoy a lot of it, you know, beholden to somebody out in Seattle Steve Rush: When one door closes another open though, right? Gary Frey: Well, yeah. And it did, yeah. Steve Rush: It led you to do what you do now, didn't it? Gary Frey: Yeah, yeah, yeah. Quite frankly I loved what I was doing there, but I'm glad I'm not in publish, you know. I mean, I loved it and I loved the people, but I've been in private equity since then. I've been in some really interesting places that I would've never been brought into had I just, and I actually took a pay cut to leave that gig and, you know, joined these two partners. Steve Rush: And one of the things that I remember from the first time that you and I met Gary, is you have this philosophy that cuts across all of the work you've done and that's just connecting good people with other good people. And that's been a real tenet of yours, isn't it? Gary Frey: Oh yeah. I love it. If I was a billionaire and when I was in private equity, we actually had a couple billionaires in the group, and I learned so much from these extremely high net worth people. But what I learned from them is even if they were in their eighties and some of them had run the largest oil companies in the world, you know, I mean just some amazing human beings. They were still engaged in what they loved to do. And, you know, rarely were they out playing golf. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: You know, they were engaged in business. They were engaged actually in helping other people. And that was one of the things that I did within that private equity group, where we had 300 ultra-high net worth families in the group. I had actually invested in it a year before they bought my company. And I was small potatoes compared to all these other guys, quite frankly. But what I learned from them was, and what I learned about myself I guess was, I became the connecting rod in between these people, because they're all high value targets. They can't trust anybody for a good reason, you know, everybody is coming at them with an angle, and they want in their pockets quite frankly. Steve Rush: Yeah. Gary Frey: And so, it was an honor and a privilege to be able to connect these really amazing people with other people that they could trust. Because it's very lonely. It's very lonely, actually running a company and at the top of a company, but I can't even imagine being a billionaire or worth $350 million. And when you've gone from not much to that, and then all of a sudden, you know, everybody's coming at you for something rather than for who you are. Steve Rush: It's an interesting perspective, yeah. Because people then see people that high net worth as a commodity, don't they? Rather than a person, Gary Frey: Oh, big time. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: Big time. Steve Rush: So, you're now focused on coaching some super big hitters, as well as some startups and a really nice diverse portfolio of coaching. What's next for you on your journey then Gary? Gary Frey: Well, so here's, what's interesting. Coaching is really lonely and every time I've done it, somebody's tried to hire me. So, the biggest one that I got to work with was the CEO of Yokohama Tires in California. And it was because the top American introduced me to them because after he had gotten to know me for about a year or so, I was helping them on some challenges that they had. He's like, you need to meet Mr. Karashima and so I did, and from what I can tell, I was the first kind of American outsider that was allowed to come into the inner circle, which was really cool. That was wonderful. And then they tried to hire me, you know; we did this huge project. And it was re really successful even to the point where a number of years later, when I talked with Jim, who was the top American, I said, you know, and this is right in the middle of the rubble of 2009, when the decimation of the great recession was everywhere. And our company, our private equity firm blew up 30 million bucks, most of us got wiped out, including me. And I just felt extremely low at that time. And I said, Jim, did we make a difference? And he said, do you know how many people we had to let go during the recession? And I said, no, I was just going to be even more depressed. And he said, zero. I said, are you kidding me? He goes, no, we didn't have to let go one person. And he goes, you know what? Karashima still says to this day that, that exercise and, it was kind of a repositioning and getting them really clear on their core values and their purpose. They had been chasing, you know, each CEO would come in after, you know, they'd do a three- or four-year stint and they would chase and put their own mark in the American market of whatever they were chasing. And they'd kind of lost their way, quite frankly. And so, all I did was help them using some research, but then also guiding them as to no, you guys need to own this market, hold fast, don't waiver. And, you know, they saw great success. Well, he said that was the single most impactful thing. He said, Gary, and I think we charged him a quarter million bucks for this. He said, you could have charged us 10 times the amount and it would've been worth it. And I thought, wow, this is amazing. But I've kind of taken that bait one too many times. But as soon as you take the bait and you go on the inside of the company, you lose your voice as the coach. And so, I've got kind of the best of both worlds right now. I rolled my coaching practice into a regional CPA firm. I'm not a CPA, don't want to be, but it's very unusual because 11 of the 80 of us have started run or turned around companies using our money. That's extreme unusual in the CPA world. And we work with privately held companies. We love helping them grow. So, for me, one of the things I learned early on part of my thrive, wither was, I got to be part of a team to really have fun. I could make more money just being a solo guy, coaching. And all you got is, you know, your brand and your time. And if you can, you know, one to many it by doing programs and stuff like that. But I love being part of a team. I swam my fastest splits when I was a swimmer in high school and college on my relays because I wanted to win more for the team than I wanted to a win for me. And so, I think, you know, I'm probably going to be the first non CPA to become a partner and buy into this company, because even if they changed all the tax laws and you could mail it all in, what we do is help business owners who know their industry and they know their company, run their companies better, more financially prudent and smarter to where they understand those things. But also, on the culture side to where they can get above the three line and not have to just be working in the business but working on the business. So that's kind of my happy spot. Steve Rush: Excellent stuff. So, this is the part of the show where we turn the tables a little bit. Gary Frey: Yeah. Steve Rush: And I get to have the great honor of diving in and hacking your great leadership brain. And if I could, I'd ask you this to get those leadership hacks down to your top three belters, what would they? Gary Frey: Yeah. So, the first one, and there's no substitution for this, in my opinion. And it comes down to, are you going to adopt the position of I'm going to serve or I'm going to be served. And only each CEO can really ask that, or each leader. Is my objective to be served or am I going to serve? That's the number one, the best leaders I've ever had and worked around. They had the disposition of humility, and I am going to serve. I'm going to choose to serve, and they walk among the troop. They're the ones that stay in the fight versus issue edicts from a position of safety. That's hands down, the number one thing. Number two would be, understand kind of your own thrive and wither. Like what makes you come alive and what makes wither? Because if you do that and then you do it among your team, then all of a sudden, what I do with my high growth coaching clients on a yearly basis, we'll go through kind of their thrive, wither. And then we'll look at how their functions are working you know, do we have bottlenecks where too many people are going into this, you know, are waiting for this person where they've got too much on their shoulders. And I do, I call it horse trading of responsibilities. The CEO is still the CEO, the CFO is still the CFO but sometimes stuff that they've willingly shouldered because there was nobody else do. It's dragging them down, kind of like barnacles on a boat, slowing the boat down, you got a dry docket. And then you see, oh gosh, we got barnacles, scrape them off, so that's really an important number two. And it is in that order because you could do thrive, wither and all that, but if you still have the disposition of y'all are serving me, well that's, you know, it's going to show, and you aren't going to go real far. Steve Rush: Yep. Gary Frey: And then the final thing is, really how do you, and you got to keep asking this question because you never really arrive, but getting the team, your team one, your core team around you. Aligned, focused and executing on the important versus the tyranny of the urgent. Those are my three. Steve Rush: Awesome. I love this whole notion of thrive, wither. Because it not only is it visual, but you can actually almost anchor energy to what makes you thrive and what makes you be aware of dragging that energy away from you as well. Love it. Gary Frey: Yeah. It's so simple, man. I'm again a T-Chart. you split the piece of paper vertically into two and you write and do a horizontal line at the top and you write thrive on the left and you wither on the right. And I have everybody do this. I say, give yourself 30 minutes, quiet, turn off all the distractions. And seriously just give yourself 30 minutes. Stream of consciousness, all the stuff that makes you come alive, the environments, the variety, or the routine, whatever those things are, focus on, what the positive first then move into the wither and think about even the stuff that you've accepted, because you may be good at it. You may be the expert in pivot tables, but you just hate doing pivot tables. Well, put it down. Steve Rush: Yeah, super. Next part of the show we call it Hack to Attack. So, this is to where something hasn't worked out well, but as a result, you've got some good learning out of it. And it now serves you positively. What would be your Hack to Attack? Gary Frey: You know when I was at Bank of America. Early on, I was given a team because I had to go figure out why did this acquisition, why is it not working? And why is our attrition high and blah, blah, blah. They thought it was a communication message. And you know, having run Ad Agencies or whatever, that's why they thought. And I was from that part of the country, this 11-state region in the Midwest versus the East Coast. And so that was another reason why I was in there. But what was interesting is, one of my lieutenants, she was really good at helping me kind of navigate the organization because you start in and you know, everything's new. But I had a very young associate vice president that was on her team. And what I was doing was I was actually micromanaging some stuff like; I wanting status reports probably too frequently on some stuff. I mean, we were moving at the speed of light, it seem like anyway, just trying to, you know, assimilate these acquisitions and then getting stuff done and dealing with problems and all this. And they were long days and short nights for sure. But this Lieutenant came to me and said, Gary, you know, Lisa, you are just killing her, you know? And I said, well, first of all, I'm really glad that she raised this to you. I wasn't aware that I was doing it. Steve Rush: Right. Gary Frey: So, she has complete access, and I was a senior VP, and she was, you know, three rungs down. She can come to me anytime if she sees me kind of grab up in the wheel again, she has a permission to spank my hand. Like, no, no more of that, and I will adhere to it. So that was one thing but another one that was kind of hand in hand with this is, she said when's the last time you ran? Because I was a big runner and I said, oh, it's been a few days. And I said why? And she kind of looked at me, she's go, Aah. I go, what do you mean? And she goes, well, your kind of edgy. I go, really? She goes, yeah. And so, she said, I'm going to take over your calendar and I'm going to make sure that at least three days of the business week, because on the weekends, I would run anyway. But at least three days, we're going to put meet with Jim and that's code to get your butt to the gym, strap on those running shoes and go run. And that was a huge thing for me, and my wife acknowledged that. She's like, yeah. And so, I know that I'll get more edgy. I want to get more controlling. If I'm not physically exerting myself and getting exercise to clear my head routinely. So not six days a week, period. I don't miss it. Steve Rush: Awesome. Gary Frey: So that's another one. Steve Rush: Yeah. And the last part our listeners have become really accustomed to and love diving into is you get a chance to give Gary some advice when you were 21 and do that time travel. What would your advice to Gary 21 be? Gary Frey: Well, I would've said ditch the Tom Selleck mustache that I was trying to hide behind first of all, it was ridiculous. But seriously I'm actually writing a book right now with this is the working title and it's ignored the imposter, give me anything but typical. And the imposter syndrome was really heavy with me. College dropout, every job I was up for was masters preferred, bachelors required. And yet somehow, I landed these jobs, but I always felt less than, and I was always comparing myself to somebody else. And it's been working with so many CEOs and entrepreneurs that I've realized that they have had some. There's this woman, she had 10,000 employees at one point, privately held business. And she's become a very good friend and she had two years of secretarial school. She never even had a CFO, even a fractional CFO when she had an organization that big, and she said, Gary, I don't know what I'm doing. I said, Tana, I know people that don't even have a hundred employees that they still can't survive without a fractional CFO or a CFO. You are far better than you thought. And some of those conversations just reinforced to me. Oh dang, you know, we're all created uniquely. We all have unique fingerprints by design. And so, I'm very, very passionate about helping people understand, like, you know, that imposter syndrome none of us are immune to it necessarily, but there's a way you can silence it and that's, you know, and some of that kind of goes back to thrive, wither and being true to yourself is, you know Shakespeare said, right? Steve Rush: Yeah, very much. So, Gary, I've loved chatting with you. You got loads of great stories, and I'm confident that our listeners would be thriving versus withing as a result of the conversation. Gary Frey: I hope so. Steve Rush: But how can we make sure that we can get them in touch with you? Gary Frey: Yeah, probably the easiest thing is just connected with me on LinkedIn, you know, it's just Gary Frey at LinkedIn and that's probably the easiest way to do it. I'm also on Instagram and again there, I'm just Gary Frey. Steve Rush: Brilliant. Gary Frey: But I love writing about leadership and things. Some of the crazy things that I've experienced to hopefully help and bless somebody else and give them encouragement. I'd be remiss if I mentioned we started a podcast like you. Steve Rush: Absolutely Gary Frey: A couple years ago and it's called the Anything But Typical Podcast. And we just feature privately held business owners and entrepreneurs. And primarily in my City, Charlotte, I've had people from around the globe say, hey, can we be on that? And typical, I say, no, because I want to continue to elevate what's happening in my own backyard first. Steve Rush: Well, Gary this goes without saying thanks ever so much coming and sharing your stories with us and thanks being part of our Leadership Hacker Community. Gary Frey: No thank you. It has been a blessing and just a ton of fun. So, thank you. Steve Rush: Thanks Gary. Closing Steve Rush: I want to sign off by saying thank you to you for joining us on the show too. We recognize without you, there is no show. So please continue to share, subscribe, and like, and continue to get in touch with us with the great new stories that we share every week. And so that we can continue to bring you great stories. Please make sure you give us a five-star review where you can and share this podcast with your friends, your teams, and communities. You want to find us on social media. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter @leadershiphacker, Leadership Hacker on YouTube and on Instagram, the_leadership_hacker and if that wasn't enough, you can also find us on our website leadership-hacker.com. Tune into next episode to find out what great hacks and stories are coming your way. That's me signing off. I'm Steve Rush, and I've been your Leadership Hacker.
This Summer, HWIDG Studios and the producers that brought you the Fast and Furious Saga of films bring you the next pivotal entry in the story all about family. They've been in the streets and all over the world. They've been to the sea, and the sky, and even space. So where is Dom and the family going next? Mushroom Kingdom. The Fast and the Furious Presents: Kart Wars. When Dom can't find a babysitter for date night, he turns to the last man he can: Mario! Dropped into the world of Nintendo, Dom and family must do the one thing they know to defeat Bowser: race. But this isn't any normal race. No NOS here, just bananas and shells! World's collide this summer in Kart Wars!- Regionalisms- Corporate Greed for The Little Things- Squandering Opportunities- Halo TV ShowIt's the little things in life that matter. It's the weird idiosyncrasies that make us who we are. But your little things in the town over are weird and your weird idiosyncrasies are disgusting and you should choke on them. Wether it's serving cheese water with chips and salsa, or putting marshmallow fluff on your burgers, it's different and I DON'T LIKE THAT.Companies are not poor people. They pay taxes like they are, and take all the handouts they can get, but poor they are not. So, they should be able to foot the bill for the little expenses. But some don't. They want to keep every nickel and dime when a dollar would make everyone happy, and they have a billion of those in the bank right now. Imagine the best quarterback in the NFL. Not the best so far, but the peak specimen. I'm a perfect robot body. He sets a Hail Mary pass under pressure, it takes off in a perfect spiral towards the end zone, and the receiver, setup for the perfect pass, no one around him, drops trou and pisses in his mouth as the ball flies into his head and kills him. That guy would go down as the worst player ever. He squandered the perfect opportunity.If you were a TV executive and you got the new, hottest franchise dropped into your lap, and the budget to match, would you A:) hire people that know or are willing to learn about said franchise in order to best represent it, or B:) replace all the existing intricate lore, leaving it a shell of its former self, pissing off all the fans, and making an uninteresting genre work based on cliche for people that don't even like said genre? The answer is always B apparently.All this and more on this week's fast and furious episode! Don't forget to join us on DISCORD, support us on PATREON or by BUYING A SHIRT.
Today on Rising,Desperate Biden pulls Hail Mary, brings Obama to White House (00:00)Ryan Grim: Kurt Cobain was a casualty of the drug war and our broken approach to treatment (14:00)Robby Soave: Unmasked Kamala Harris does photo op with MASKED DC school kids (23:52)Deutsche Bank PREDICTS RECESSION as corporate America THRIVES (33:56)The FBI is SPYING on you thanks to Jan 6: Report (44:47)Sean Penn INSANELY suggests US should threaten NUCLEAR war against Russia (53:01)Kim Iversen: Elon Musk bashes ESG scores championed by WEF and controlled by liberal ELITES (59:03)Where to tune in and follow: https://linktr.ee/risingthehillMore about Rising:Rising is a weekday morning show hosted by Ryan Grim, Kim Iversen, and Robby Soave. It breaks the mold of morning TV by taking viewers inside the halls of Washington power like never before, providing outside-of-the-beltway perspectives. The show leans into the day's political cycle with cutting edge analysis from DC insiders and outsiders alike to provide coverage not provided on cable news. It also sets the day's political agenda by breaking exclusive news with a team of scoop-driven reporters and demanding answers during interviews with the country's most important political newsmakers.
We discuss the Marian apparition of Fatima, Portugal in 1917, as well as other famous sightings of the Virgin Mary. From May to September 1917 three children claimed to see Mary in the hills near Fatima, Portugal. They say she spoke to them and revealed three secrets. What were those secrets and how does the Catholic Church categorize miraculous sightings? Find out in this week's episode.
100 episodes. Could you ever have believed it? Could you ever have wanted it? To celebrate, we're going deep into the life and work of the patron saint of Los Angeles and L.A. Meekly: Mary Pickford. We'll cover her life (11:46), United Artists (49:24) and Pickfair (1:28:03). Plus we get sappy thanking all you smelly fans. This episode brought to you by the Hometown History podcast found anywhere you get podcasts. And by Q for Quinn. Use promo code LAMEEKLY for 15% off today.
Father Mykhailo Kuzma, Consecration of Ukraine and Russia, the message of Fatima William Albrecht,Solemnity of the Annunciation: the origin of the Hail Mary prayer Bishop Mueggenborg, A Look Ahead to Sunday's Gospel
Hello Family,Thank you for joining today's Rosary prayer. This is day 30 of our 54-day Rosary Novena. Thursday of the third week of Lent. Family, I would like to invite you to our next meet and greet. This Saturday March 26 at 7 am PT. Our coffee with Roses will consist of a live Multi-lingual Rosary prayer. you can pray a Hail Mary in the language of your choice. We will end with Introductions. Share with us where you are joining us from. You can share a rosary Story or let us know how we can pray for you. The link to the invitation is listed in the show notes. the password is all lowercase: rose54https://calendly.com/54daysofroses/coffee_with_roses2?month=2022-03 Day 30; Glorious Mysteries in Thanksgiving Let us pray the Glorious Mysteries in Thanksgiving. Blessed Mother, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, we ask that you intercede for us as we pray to have our hearts opened to the will of God.Blessed Mother, In this season of Lent, pray for us and with us, that we may do our best to server our Heavenly Father, to serve each other with Kindness, and that we may do our best in the things that we do to make a difference in this worldOur Lady, Queen of Peace, we pray for the people of Ukraine and Russia. We pray for the end to the war and violence.We pray for the Intentions received by email, Instagram, and YouTube.We pray for the intentions of everyone listening to this rosary prayer. For: Cristina and her Son Antonio, Bea, Newton, Michael, Health of Noleen, Anne Marie, Jillian, Jonathan. Jessica, Abigail, Aman, Angie, Allan, the Vite Family, Cristian, Fiona, Lilly, Brian, Roscoe, Jerome, Lisa, Krysta, Nicole, Bri, Paul, Rachelle, Luann.With love,Maritza MendezWebsite:https://www.54daysofroses.com/Support our Ministry:https://www.54daysofroses.com/supports6Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/54daysofroses/Coffee with Roses:https://calendly.com/54daysofroses/coffee_with_roses2Linktreehttps://linktr.ee/54daysofrosesAudio Engineerhttps://luisaperez238.wixsite.com/portafolioThe song "Meditation 2" created by Patrick Buddehttps://www.patrickbudde.com
The boys try to read the most difficult novel of all time. In a week. In a passive-aggressive Hail Mary for the ages, Ben lashes out at Adam's literary prowess and challenges the group to read James Joyce's Ulysses in seven days. And thus was born "The Ulysses Challenge," which will no doubt sweep TikTok! Featuring standup comedy clips from Hannah Jones and our own Adam Cayton-Holland! LINKS: See The Grawlix LIVE at the Bug Theatre in Denver on Saturday, March 26th with Anthony DeVito, Kelsey Rosen, John-Michael Bond, and BK Sharad! See Adam live in Denver at Comedy Works Downtown on March 23rd! Tell us how quickly you read Ulysses on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Support us on Patreon and receive ad-free episodes, bonus videos, birthday shout-outs, exclusive merch, a video welcome message from Ben, and more. Don't get caught naked in the rain—festoon your nude bod with official Grawlix merch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Patrick Yunen Kelly, Senior Lay Student - Zen Center of New York City, Sunday 03/20/2022 - Yunen talks about his experience of the more devotional aspects of Zen practice. He makes connections to the Lotus Sutra and devotional practices from other religious traditions.
Reflection 80: At the Hour of Our DeathIf you have prayed the “Hail Mary” prayer, then you have prayed for your last hour in this world: “Pray for us now and at the hour of our death.” Death is frightening to many people, and the hour of our death is not usually something we want to think about. But the “hour of our death” is a moment we should all look forward to with the utmost joy and anticipation. And we will look forward to it only if we are at peace with God, within our soul. If we have regularly confessed our sins and sought the presence of God throughout life, then our last hour will be one of great comfort and joy, even if it is mixed with suffering and pain (See Diary #321). Think about that hour. If God were to give you the grace to prepare for that hour many months in advance, how would you prepare? What would you do differently so as to be ready for your final passing? Whatever comes to mind is most likely that which you should do today. Do not wait until the time is near to prepare your heart for your passing from death to new life. See that “hour” as an hour of the greatest grace. Pray for it, anticipate it and be watchful for the abundance of Mercy God wishes to bestow upon you, one day, at the glorious conclusion of your earthly life.Lord, help me to be rid of all fear of death. Help me to continually remember that this world is but a preparation for the next. Help me to keep my eyes on that moment and to always anticipate the abundance of Mercy You will bestow. Mother Mary, pray for me. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: www.divinemercy.lifeCopyright © 2022 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.
Patricia-My child is learning the Hail Mary in catechism. They added a part in the prayer which concerns me about other things they are changing. What should I do? Charles- I thank the Lord that the USA invented the atomic Bomb first because if another country had found the tech first it could have been much worse. David-Can you expound on the Doctrine of Double Effect? Donna-can we make something good out of something evil? Dan-On the atomic bomb issue, sometimes you have to take a life to save a life Geri-I struggle with forgiveness in my mind. Listening to RR has helped me forgive myself. Cindy-I want comment on my moms reaction to the A bombs of WWII. Wasn't till she learned about the truth of what the bombs did that she had a change of me Sam-I found an article about how Japan said that all their civilians had to function as Militia. Would that justify the dropping of the Bomb? Bill-How do you reconcile the doctrine of self defense with the dropping of the Atom bombs.
Si & Veronica aren't as shocked as they thought they would be (but still going through it) for episode 206! In another week of 4 hours of Bachelor episodes, it still isn't enough time for Clayton to show some more empathy for what he is about to put these women through. He convinces Gabby and Rachel to stay after telling him that he slept with and is in love with both of them (and Susie), all to just do a group breakup. Susie makes history as she turns down Clayton's all or nothing final rose. But all to just end up with him in the ~real world~ without those meddling producers. We will be getting some co-bachelorettes with Gabby and Rachel, but it seems like the logistics for that haven't been exactly figured out yet. We're just happy that means more screen time for Grandpa John and Big Papa Tony. (Bachelor talk ends at time marker 38m:43s) Bella Hadid finally ‘fesses up to having a nose job and “wishes she didn't get it done.” Sure, Jan. Elon Musk and Grimes have been hiding a second weirdly named child from us since December. Tom Brady's retirement lasted about as long as Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries' marriage. Speaking of Kim, her and Pete made things IG official this past week and Pete already has MULTIPLE tattoos (and a full on BRANDING) in honor of Kim. They are really pushing the promo of their new “The Kardashians” show on Hulu with Kravis' potential tries for a baby. Vee went “Yikes!” to the continuation of the Kim, Kanye, and Pete drama. But this time Pete has some receipts! Also there was a baby “yikes” to the aforementioned billionaire reality star saying the key to success is “just getting off your ass and working… people don't want to work anymore.” Join us for what is always a good time and leave us a rating and review for a shoutout! Follow us @thefuturebachelor on Instagram! Thanks to you all who have subscribed! -- For fun, great music updated weekly, follow FUTURE BACHELOR on Spotify! ***SLAPPER OF THE WEEK*** "My Love" by Florence + The Machine -- Follow us on Instagram!
Nice & Smooth explains why Makaveli's "The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory)" is one of the Best Albums. Smooth Bee & Greg Nice tell host Soren Baker why "Hail Mary," "Me And My Girlfriend" and "To Live And Die In L.A." are particularly potent tracks. Smooth Bee also details why he compares Tupac to Bruce Lee. Hit us up in the comments section & let us know what you think. Pick up Soren Baker's books at amazon.com/author/sorenbaker and watch his interviews at youtube.com/uniqueaccessent. Please like, subscribe, and share Unique Access Ent. with Soren Baker, part of the Pantheon Media podcast network. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
You get a Hail Mary! You get a Hail Mary! EVERYBODY gets a Hail Mary! Delegation, join us as W.E. salute everyday women—especially the millions holdin' it down from the frontlines of this pandemic. This week SJR connects with essential worker Sylvia Lloyd, LMSW who shared her journey & commitment to the helping profession. It would be the words she seldom heard as a child yet laid hold of in adulthood that empowered Sylvia to fulfill her destiny! Together they remind listeners that life is in the power of our tongue. And since closed mouths don't get fed Sis, W.E. gone need you to open your mouth! Treat yo'self to wow-worthy recipes from HelloFresh.com/WomanEvolve16 + Stack those coins with Truebill.com/WomanEvolve + Woosah your way to Headspace.com/WomanEvolve for mindfulness made simple!
Coming up on 99% CRAPS Don't you love leaving work on a Friday? Heading directly to the Casino 2 hours away?? This is my 24-hour CRAPS Trip! On the way, why do I go to the Casino? On the way back, session recaps, bonus bets and even a Hail Mary! But 1st, I've been thinking… TW - @99percentcraps FB – Ninednine Percent IG – ninedninepercent.craps NOTES for Episode 46 00:00 - GE CRAPS SHOOTERS 00:45 - THOUGHTS ABOUT LAST TRIP 02:50 - FUN VS $$$ 05:50 - LISTENER RUN IN 06:30 - COMING SOON: RULES RECAP 07:30 - THIS WEEKEND'S STRATEGY 08:40 - GA CRAPS SHOOTERS 09:30 - COULDN'T SHOOT FOR $H!T 10:53 - PLAYED BUBBLE CRAPS 12:45 - BONUS BET: ALL, TALL, SMALL 15:45 - DOWN ON FRIDAY NIGHT 21:15 - ROLL TO WIN 23:00 - HAIL MARY BET 29:00 - HOPPING SEVENS 34:34 - #1 GOAL
In the final episode of series four (spoiler), Ciara and Ciarán endure what is frankly a very fighty episode which is named after your Granny's excuse for staying late after mass. Christine is finally confronted about her wrongdoings of the past at Jason's Big Announcement Party. But what is that big announcement? Think of a truly very boring and stupid announcement, and then thing of something even boringer and stupider and you're halfway to figuring it out. Amanza is noticeably missing with no explanation so we can only assume she was temporarily abducted by alien realtors from another planet. We wish for her safe return very soon. Thanks for listening to the series, we had fun. We'll probably do the next series when it's out, you lucky little divils. Enjoy, see ya soon x
Fr. Jacob Hsieh is a Norbertine priest of St. Michael's Abbey teaching religion and Latin at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro and chant at Ss. Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington. He is a graduate of Thomas Aquinas College and was ordained a priest in 2015. As we begin the Holy Season of Lent, Fr. Jacob talks with us about the Stations of the Cross.TRANSCRIPT:announcement: 0:34Welcome to the beauty of our Catholic heritage. Our host is father Jacob Shea, a Norbertine father of St. Michael's Abbey in Orange County, California. Father Shea has a great love for our church's heritage, the beauty of our Catholic heritage with father Jacob SheaFr. Jacob Hsieh: 0:54Welcome back to the beauty of our Catholic heritage, here with father Jacob Shea. Let's begin in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be world without and Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us, in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. So we are in the midst of Lent. Here, let us meditate upon the Stations of the Cross. These are great gift to us from the Blessed Virgin Mary. And we must indeed take this as a treasured gift and really see the glory and the marvels that are contained in this most precious devotion. We of course, know the beauty of the Rosary. And indeed, this is really the most powerful weapon after the mass and the divine office, then we also have the great devotion of the Stations of the Cross, we must see that devotion to the Stations of the Cross is going to help us to develop our mental prayer. Just like the rosary helps us to develop our mental prayer. So to do we learn to enter into the divine silence of contemplation through the Stations of the Cross, remember the importance of mental prayer and especially inlet, when we are giving everything to Jesus even more than before. We fast it's true, we give all it's true. However, the most important of all of these is to unite ourselves to God, we must enter into the heart of Jesus, in deep, silent prayer. And we must practice this even more land is entering into the desert for 40 days with our Lord, we must enter into that deep desert, where we are alone with God. And we give everything to God with all of our hearts, and all of our minds, all of our soul, and all of our strength. So as we have said before, the rosary helps us to do our mental prayer. And again, mental prayer is going to start off with recollection. And then it moves to meditation, and then contemplation. And then as many of the spiritual writers say, we should end with a resolution, that is the fruit of our mental prayer. And so of course you want to recollect yourself and this is exactly what the rosary does. When you say the prayers that are repeated our father and Hail Mary, you're recollecting yourself. Then as you meditate, you're meditating on the mysteries, you're thinking discursively, about what is happening, right, your mind is going from one thing to another. In the mystery, that's what it means to be discursive prayer. So we're thinking about the Annunciation, or, We're inlet here, we're thinking about the beauty of the cross and the love of our Lord as He looks upon our lady, every detail we are thinking of as much as we can, moving from one to another to another discursive means movement from one holy thing to another holy thing to another holy thing, in order to feed our minds and strengthen our heart with nourishment, so that we can really begin to contemplate or rest in God. Thus, meditation, when done correctly, leads to contemplation and then in contemplation, we rest in the heart of Jesus, we rest in the heart of Mary, loving Him on the cross. So instead of going from detail to detail, or from thought to thought about the cross, we just embrace Jesus on the cross We stand there with Mary at
Nice & Smooth explains why Makaveli's "The Don Killuminati (The 7 Day Theory)" is one of the Best Albums. Smooth Bee & Greg Nice tell host Soren Baker why "Hail Mary," "Me And My Girlfriend" and "To Live And Die In L.A." are particularly potent tracks. Smooth Bee also details why he compares Tupac to Bruce Lee. Hit us up in the comments section & let us know what you think. Pick up Soren Baker's books at amazon.com/author/sorenbaker and watch his interviews at youtube.com/uniqueaccessent. Please like, subscribe, and share Unique Access Ent. with Soren Baker, part of the Pantheon Media podcast network.
Pete Wright, Kyle Olson, and Rob Kubasko helm this fine Saturday Matinée. Rob's still watching Boston Legal, but sounds like he's about finished and can move on to another hit legal drama. Stay tuned! Kyle has seen The Batman and has good things to say. No spoilers, but the way he talks about this thing makes us super into it. Did Pattinson really pull it off? The Film Board will be talking about it Saturday evening live. Pete complains about Kimi some more and recognizes that he's on an island with this one, so he throws a Hail Mary and brings up the time that Scarlett Johansson turns into a USB stick. Sick burn, bro. There's some good fuel up for trailers this week. Seriously, no scrubs here: Rob's Trailer: In Search of Tomorrow Kyle's Trailer: Bullet Train Pete's Trailer: Umma THE LIST! The gang last week gave us bombs that became beloved. We might not do it right. Rob's List The Iron Giant Event Horizon ⭐ Hudson Hawk Kyle's List The General Clue Fight Club Pete's List Office Space Clerks The Shawshank Redemption
Pete Wright, Kyle Olson, and Rob Kubasko helm this fine Saturday Matinée. Rob's still watching Boston Legal, but sounds like he's about finished and can move on to another hit legal drama. Stay tuned! Kyle has seen The Batman and has good things to say. No spoilers, but the way he talks about this thing makes us super into it. Did Pattinson really pull it off? The Film Board will be talking about it Saturday evening live. Pete complains about Kimi some more and recognizes that he's on an island with this one, so he throws a Hail Mary and brings up the time that Scarlett Johansson turns into a USB stick. Sick burn, bro. There's some good fuel up for trailers this week. Seriously, no scrubs here: Rob's Trailer: In Search of Tomorrow Kyle's Trailer: Bullet Train Pete's Trailer: Umma THE LIST! The gang last week gave us bombs that became beloved. We might not do it right. Rob's List The Iron Giant Event Horizon ⭐ Hudson Hawk Kyle's List The General Clue Fight Club Pete's List Office Space Clerks The Shawshank Redemption
Kyle Katarn and Xanthe discuss minutes 6-10 of Solo: A Star Wars Story. In this excerpt of the film, Han and Qi'ra escape from Lady Proxima's lair, get chased at high speeds through Corellia, and end up at the Spaceport. We discuss Han Solo's themes, the visual language of Star Wars, and why John Williams is the "emotional taskmaster of the movies." Discussion Guide: 00:00 - Hello there! 04:00 - Grindalids 15:12 - Han starts with a Hail Mary, but when he starts to achieve success, his music grows more confident. 16:22 - John Williams wrote a couple variations of Han's theme to reflect his different states. 22:18 - How do contemporary Star Wars composers balance between being authentic and emulating John Williams? 29:24 - On Solo drama, leaks, news, public discourse in 2018. 35:05 - Is this a violin sul D or sul G in "Corellia Chase"? 48:51 - The dice. 55:59 - Silent world building during the Corellia Chase. We fly through all these set pieces showing us Imperial checkpoints, TIE fighters on an assembly line, etc. 1:02:39 - Hint of the Star Wars Main Theme... and what it may represent. 1:08:30 - John Powell getting a lot of mileage out of the John Williams themes. 1:12:46 - Emotional taskmaster of the movies. 1:20:11 - SWMM Questionnaire Things to Check Out: Kyle Katarn's previous episode on Star Wars Music Minute: https://youtu.be/WMtZhUZnINM John Powell posted the score video to "1m4-5 Corellia Chase" on his YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/gwxKd0BU4ew John Powell shared a video from the scoring session for "Corellia Chase" - https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2055945587962066 Themes: 2b. Young Han Solo (Searching Variant, comp. JW) 1. Young Han Solo (Heroic, comp. JW) 2a. Young Han Solo (Searching, comp. JW) Note: I use the theme names and numbers established in Frank Lehman's Complete Catalogue of the Musical Themes of Star Wars. You can download it free at his website: https://franklehman.com/starwars/. Where are we in the soundtrack? end of "Bunk / Proxima (1M2-3)" (about the last 10 seconds) full track: "Corellia Chase (1M4-5)" or "Corellia Chase" beginning of "Spaceport (1M6-7)" or "Spaceport" (until about 0:57) STAR WARS MUSIC MINUTE QUESTIONNAIRE: 1. In exactly 3 words, what does Star Wars sound like? Epic. Exotic. Alive. Pewpew! Brrrrrr! Pppphufff! (rough transcription of Kyle's sound effects...) 2. What's something related to Star Wars music or sound that you want to learn more about? The process of crafting new sounds to represent species or technologies. What parameters or instructions are sound designers given? Is it like "I want it to sound wibbly wobbly" or something subjective like that? 3. What's a score or soundtrack you're fond of besides anything Star Wars? Kingdom of Heaven (composed by Harry Gregson-Williams) Bonus Question: What would you encourage listeners to pay more attention to on their next viewing of Solo? Pay attention to what's going on in the background during fast-paced moments like the chase, because there are a lot of important world building information, Easter eggs, and references to other Star Wars media that can be found. Kyle Katarn: Twitch: https://www.twitch.tv/ky1ekatarn YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCb8X1bh7GNenZizQtypmUBw Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ky1eKatarn Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ky1ekatarn/ If you enjoyed this episode and want to show extra appreciation, feel free to buy me a coffee and shout out the guest! https://buymeacoffee.com/starwarsmusmin If you want to support the show, consider becoming a patron! https://patreon.com/chrysanthetan Leave a voice message, and I might play it on the show... https://starwarsmusicminute.com/comlink Star Wars Music Minute: Website: starwarsmusicminute.com YouTube: /starwarsmusicminute Twitter: @StarWarsMusMin Instagram: @starwarsmusicminute TikTok: @StarWarsMusicMinute Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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