Stuff I Learned Yesterday is a podcast intended to motivate and inspire you to learn something everyday. I believe that if you aren't learning, you aren't living. By taking time to reflect and learn something every day, you will not only improve yourself and your life, you will help make the world a better place. Share what you've learned by calling 304-837-2278 or emailing email@example.com.
567 – Forged by Failure
Last week I ended the episode with me FINALLY landing what was my dream job at that time: a buying position within the company I was working for. My first day on the job was preparing for a business trip to our industry’s annual conference taking place the following week. My new assistant got me up to speed, and out the door I went. The new team I was working with was enjoyable. My assistant was very knowledgeable and really delightful to work with. The other junior buyer in our department was amazing. I’d known him for a number of years and he was a rock star. In fact, he was the guy that got the buying position I mentioned last week. He was a couple of years younger than me, but had a reputation throughout the company for being smart, analytical, humble, and a hard worker. The senior buyer was...different. I was used to working for bosses that took the work seriously, aimed to perform at the highest level, but still had a way of being very personable. This new boss did not have any of that last attribute. He was aloof and quiet. There were days where the only thing he’d say to me was hello and goodbye.
566 – I’m Going to Yemen
So there I was, a 19 year old killer. The first sign of difficulty had crossed my path, and I had no Samwise Gamgee. Can we just pause here for a minute? I want to make sure you get that reference. I know most of you wonderful nerds got it. But for those who didn’t, go find a copy of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, or go watch the movies. Samwise Gamgee might just be the true hero of that entire adventure. Frodo never would have finished his journey, he never would have survived, he never would have had the required resilience to throw...well, I’m tempted to say that the spoiler warning halo has lapsed since the book was first published nearly 70 years ago, but I did just encourage you to go experience it...so let’s just say that Samwise and his wonderful po-ta-toes that you can boil, mash, and stick in a pot, were important. Read More...
565 – Death of a Dream
The year is now 1994. I was fresh out of high school and ready to head out into the world and conquer it. Warner Brothers, I’m coming at you! My plan was to enroll at the University of Central Oklahoma for two years, then transfer to the University of Oklahoma to finish up my final two years. My freshman year would be spent living in the dorm, and my roommate would be one of my close high school friends. It was going to be awesome!! Read More...
564 – The World is a Classroom
In the fall of 1991 I was 15 years old and a sophomore in high school. I did well in school, but didn’t really take all my classes seriously. English was one of those classes that came naturally to me, and that year we had a brand new teacher for English by the name of Mr. Harrison. Mr. Harrison was different. He not only had an English degree, but he was fluent in French and Spanish, and knew a fair bit of Latin. He was well-read, articulate, quick-witted, and knew how to command a classroom. Before moving to Oklahoma, he’d lived in Michigan where he ran a photo studio and did substitute teaching. Read More...
563 – Birth of a Dream
Let's get dangerous!
What comes to your mind when you hear those words? I was a child of the 80’s and entered high school in 1990. When I was in high school, my afternoons after I got out of school consisted of me coming home, turning on the TV, and for the next two to three hours, watching cartoons like Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, Tailspin, Ducktails, Darkwing Duck, the Animaniacs, and Batman: The Animated Series. And I absolutely loved watching these cartoons. Read More...
The Return of Stuff I Learned Yesterday
Back on March 17, 2014 I launched Stuff I Learned Yesterday, a podcast to inspire, bring hope, and be a spark of light in the world. After 562 episodes, the sun set on SILY on December 30, 2016. A new day has dawned, and SILY is back, this time, the launch day is March 17, 2021. I’m looking forward to sharing the new episodes with you. Here’s a preview of the first two episodes. Subscribe or follow the podcast, and enjoy new episodes each Wednesday starting March 17. Read More...
Stuff I’m Learning Today
In just the hundred or so episodes I’ve listened to of this podcast, I’ve had a lot of self reflection. I’ve learned that I can control today, that sometimes all someone needs is a little encouragement, that making the hard decisions oftentimes reap the most rewards, and that even someone that you wouldn’t imagine could be happy like a janitor could have more joy than anyone you know and even pass a little of that joy on to you.
I started out as a fan of Darrell’s, and he has been a mentor to me in so many ways from helping me learn the ropes of podcasting to helping me be a better father to my children. I would most importantly think of him as a friend. It may be tough to look at your life and see what needs fixing or needs review, but if you want to become a better person, this is the podcast for you because if you aren’t learning— you aren’t living.
I learn something new every time I listen
I am not going to say that I listen to every episode but I have listen to many of these. The various hosts do a wonderful job at sharing stories from their lives in hopes of helping the listener learn something new. This show gets me to think and re-examine my life. Lately it has been really trippy because I have been going through a lot of things in my life and lately every episode has been really helpful with the chalenges I've been facing. To all the hosts of this show past, present, and future... THANK YOU. Thanking for sharing your life with me. Hopefully one day I can return the favor on the Friday Forum.
Darrell and the rest of the presenters do a wonderful job. I always know that they will have a thoughtful, well-planned podcast. This podcast picks me up when I need it and reminds me to be my best every day.