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The Audio Tidbits Podcast is for ideas, amusement, and entertainment. Episodes are fairly short, so it's a quick chance to learn, laugh, or perhaps find something down right interesting.

Audio Tidbits Gary Crow

    • Society & Culture

The Audio Tidbits Podcast is for ideas, amusement, and entertainment. Episodes are fairly short, so it's a quick chance to learn, laugh, or perhaps find something down right interesting.

    Know-it-alls, The Humility Challenged, Certified Screw-ups

    Know-it-alls, The Humility Challenged, Certified Screw-ups

    Do you have the misfortune of having to deal with a know-it-all, the humility challenged, a certified screw-up? If so, a little sympathy is coming your way. These humility challenged experts on everything are out there, just itching to screw something up and then point the finger at you, as they creep away. -- Let's dip into this a little further.

    • 11 min
    Six for Sunday

    Six for Sunday

    Six for Sunday may sound like something special, but not this time. It's just a six-pack for everyday that happens to be posted on Sunday. Even so, I think you may find at least a couple of these little tidbits worth a minute or so for quick consideration.

    • 10 min
    Blind How: Just Enough — Just On Time

    Blind How: Just Enough — Just On Time

    Here's the thing. For those of us who cannot see, there are dozens of skills and strategies potentially available to us to do what we want to do, when we want to do whatever it is. For the sake of discussion, let's say there are seventy-two skills and strategies (Call them tools.) out there for any of us who goes to the time and bother to master them. Sure, there are way more than seventy-two, but since I can only handel quite a bit fewer than seventy-two, I'll stick with seventy-two. There is no point in totally overwhelming myself before I even get started with filling up my tool box.

    Just for starters, there are three tools that are already there for the taking; and we may not have even noticed that they are there for us. The cool thing is that these three tools are free and only require putting them into our tool box. They do have a down side though. Just like a tiny hammer won't do the job if we have a big nail, a weak tool won't serve us very well when we need it for a big job. But it does not need to be a super hammer. It needs to be just big enough to do the job.

    We also do not need to put a lot of extra tools into our tool box, just in case we need them some day. Instead, we can look down the road to figure out what tools we will need to do what we want to do as time goes on. Our job is to then make sure those tools are tucked into our tool box, just on time to do the job when that job needs done. -- You've got the idea: just enough tools there just on time to do what we want to do.

    One more thing about these three tools. Without them, the other sixty-nine tools potentially available to us are likely to be ineffective, likely not to get the job done for us, likely to never make it into our tool box. Keep in mind that this is a do-it-yourself tool box we are talking about. If you have others who will do all of the work for you and are yourself fine with that, an empty tool box is all you need. Otherwise, you need some tools in your tool box. Not all seventy-two, but some, starting with these three. Think of them as prerequisites to putting more tools in your tool box.

    Motivation:

    I know, it always gets down to motivation. If we want to, then we might; but if we do not want to, we probably won't. We do occasionally do things we do not want to do, but usually we don't. It is also that hammer thing again. Little wants require little motivation and big wants require big motivation. But how much motivation is required to do what we want to do? -- Just enough of course.

    Determination:

    A lot of us who cannot see have plenty of motivation to do what we want to do. It's determination that is in short supply. We are highly motivated to develop the tools required to do what we want to do. We just seem to never get around to reading that book, listening to that podcast, signing up for that class or talking to the right person. What's going on here? It is pretty easy. We are motivated to develop the skill or strategy we need; but motivation alone is not enough. We also have to be determined to do what we need to do.

    I suppose you may be saying, "Hey Gary, slow up there dude. What's this 'we' stuff? I'm motivated enough and as determined as most anyone else. I sure don't have a motivation problem or a determination problem for that matter. You are way off base if you think my lack of tools in my tool box is due to some limitation with me or my motivation and determination. It's way more complicated than that."

    Well, okay. I get it. You have special circumstances that are preventing you from getting better tools, and there is little to nothing you can personally do about that. It is just too complicated to work out, no matter how motivated or determined you are. Your take is that I just don't understand how difficult it is for you; and most likely, no one else understands either.

    Persistence:

    There is one more tool that all of us who cannot see need in our tool box.

    • 9 min
    Blind How Basics

    Blind How Basics

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    Blind How Basics

     

    Blind How (https://BlindHow.net) is
    produced by Gary Crow, Ph.D. who has been blind since birth and has extensive
    experience in mental health and child welfare administration, has spoken and trained
    internationally, and has written numerous articles, books for adults and
    children, and training guides. Most significantly, Gary knows how to succeed
    without being able to see and values the chance to share his experience and
    insights with you.

     

    The
    Social Context

     

    Why might Blind
    How … The Basics interest you?

     

    • You
    can't see and are looking for some tips and suggestions for how to do what you
    want to do.

     

    • You
    spend time with someone who can't see and want some tips and suggestions for
    how to be more helpful.

     

    • You
    are curious about how people who can't see are able to do what they do.

     

    • You
    want to know more about what people who can't see can do to succeed in a world
    where most everyone else can see.

     

    • You
    want to start with the basics, tips for folks who don't know much of anything
    about how to live a full life without being able to see.

     

    • You
    want to expand your understanding gradually to include more opportunities and
    options for doing whatever you hope to do, when you can't see.

     

    If I
    tell you that I am blind, what comes to mind? Now if I simply tell you that I
    can't see, how does the picture in your mind's eye change? Likely the change is
    significant.

     

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Fools and Damn Fools

    Fools and Damn Fools

    There are the regular fools among us. They neither know better nor do better. We tend to give those folks a pass, since they have no control over just how stupid they are at times. And there are the rest of us who don't have the excuse of being standard fools. We are just damn fools, yes all of us. We do our foolishness despite knowing better. We just don't do better. This is not a permanent condition unless we extend our foolishness beyond five minutes a day. Gary has the skinny on this universal fact of life.

    • 6 min
    Don’t Give Advice Unless Impossible to Avoid

    Don’t Give Advice Unless Impossible to Avoid

    Giving advice when asked is dangerous; and giving unsolicited advice is just stupid. Hearing Gary's take on this may be worth a listen; but of course, that is not advice, just an opportunity.

    • 6 min

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