KATAGLYPHS | Life Katalyzed + Unexpected Wisdom
A show by Kevin Carroll | The Katalyst
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1. The Introduction
They chose their addiction over raising three sons... without parents in my life, I resorted to finding my life lessons from many sources: businessmen and laborers, winos and alcoholics, drug dealers and users, sport coaches, my peers and old-heads at the playground, merchants, war vets, school teachers, librarians, custodians, food service workers, other kid’s moms and dads. I learned to be constantly on the lookout for any nugget of insight/wisdom that would assist me on my quest to rise above my suffering and circumstances - turning ideas into reality became my focus + I'll show YOU! became my daily mantra. I spent endless hours at the neighborhood playground, school & the public library - all of these locales became my sanctuaries. Finding a way to rise above my circumstances and not let my circumstances dictate my destiny was my constant motivation.
2. "An Open Letter to my Shadow Dad"
...I eagerly sought out and devoured insights and lessons from an eclectic array of individuals that lived in the neighborhood - businessmen and laborers, winos and alcoholics, drug dealers and users, sport coaches, some of my peers, old-heads at the playground, war vets, school teachers, custodians and other kid’s fathers. So, these are my “surrogate dads & encouragers ” that helped me on my quest to not let the circumstances that YOU created dictate my destiny.
2a. "An Open Letter to My Shadow Dad" - UNEXPECTED WISDOM: THE LESSONS!
These are the simple truths/simple LESSONS that I learned from the eclectic group of men from my childhood who “raised” me - I am a mosaic of ALL these men!
“how you do the little things... is how you do all things!”
hustle - ALL DAY ‘ERY DAY!
pick each other up - I Got You!
“don’t you EVER let somebody take your heart!
“WE are built different here!”
“Don’t be on time, be EARLY.”
“If you ain’t willing to do it well, don’t bother to do it at all.”
“I’ve seen a lot of things in my day, but I know there’s something new to see every day so, stay curious.”
ALWAYS being true to yourself.
The power of building relationships.
“you are the company you keep.”
know thy self!
be courageous in a difficult situation.
seek out global experiences.
3. "Million Dollars"
On Thursdays when my grandfather would go to choir rehearsal at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church he would drop me off at my Auntie RoRo/Rose my Mom-Mom’s Sister house. I ADORED HER because she was UNIQUE, QUIRKY & ECCENTRIC! Her house was filled w/delightful ODDITIES + moments that tickled my brain! (#IYKYK Note: I was raised in two different churches. We would split time between attending Baptist Church service and the Episcopal Church services on alternating Sundays - some folks called that a... BAPTOPALIAN!)
3a. "Million Dollars" - UNEXPECTED WISDOM: Be Still!
Our weekly, after church service visit every Sunday to see my Nana Carroll (my great grandmother) would have been delightful if she didn’t insist on doing a ritual that I believed to be mean-spirited. The long-standing rule that she imposed upon my eager, high strung, hyperactive soul was...Sit down. Be Still! For FIVE MINUTES!
An unimpressive playground pugilistic moment + a “peace offering” invitation of a PB&J sandwich serve as a catalytic equation that results in an unlikely + amazing lifelong friendship.
One of a kind
I never heard of this guy until Yogi Roth has him on his pod. So authentic on sharing his life experiences. He speaks the truth and is 100% solution. He actually had me revisiting my youth as I’m listening to him. Kevin is inspirational, truthful, therapeutic, and is still killing it today. Take your time with this. I’m
Listening and taking notes. Appreciate you Kevin! Keep em coming’
Kevin Carroll, AKA “The Katalyst”, AKA “The Man Who Builds Bridges”, AKA “The Man Who Speaks More Languages Than You Can Count On One Hand”.....the list goes on and on and on....is a treasure trove of wisdom and to the point life & career advice. This podcast series is an excellent collection of some of Kevin’s most memorable moments and impactful lessons. Thank you for sharing this work Kevin 🙌🏼🙏🏻
What else can I really say about my dad? Nothing ever surprises me when it come to you. Your grandkids love listening. #StayWoke