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Surging Forward Podcast - A Podcast Devoted to the Working Class surgingforward@gmail.com (David Ballentine)

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This is a podcast to help you to keep Surging Forward in the crazy tough world. Learn how to Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward. Subscribe and stay informed

    Episode 90 Taking a Break

    Episode 90 Taking a Break

    Sometimes in life things happen that we have no control over. We have to take a break to meet the issue head on. Many times this means making the hard choices so that we can have a victory and come out stronger. If we just put our heads in the sand and ignore the facts than you may risk losing everything you have worked for.  In this weeks podcast I address some hard issues that many don't want to talk about. Join me as I discuss Facing the Facts and Still Keep Surging Forward. Enjoy and have a great week If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to leave a comment below, share with a friend and also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurgingForward/ We also have a You Tube page where you can watch the actual podcast; visit us at https://www.youtube.com/user/surgingforward Looking to network and get personal training visit us and like us on facebook click here Connect with me on Linkedin Follow us on twitter click here Follow us on Instagram. Contractor and Tradesman Courses to help you Get and Retain your Tradesman License; visit our website at www.surgingforward.com   ________________.

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    Episode 89 Seize The Opportunity

    Episode 89 Seize The Opportunity

    Seize the Opportunity The opportunities are there you just need to seize them.  You can be successful in the trades based on the right choices you make.  You have to make choices of what you want to do to become successful.  Becoming successful is not always about money.  It is about being able to provide a great living for your family.  Success is about making a difference.  It is about being a leader.  Leadership is not about power.  Often people in leadership think they deserve respect, but respect is earned.  Respect does not come automatically with a title.  As a leader you are there to make others look good.  You are there to bring others up.  Leadership is about servant-hood. Seize the Opportunity ideas for those of you that want to go to the next level: The Surging Forward website offers training to keep your license current and prep classes so that you can take your Master’s test. The free Surging Forward App on Google Play offers over 60 hours of training and can readily be shared with friends. Most companies offer training and some even offer mentor-ship programs. Check with your company and see what they offer. A new program that is being launched by Paul Abernathy with the Electrical Code Academy. Paul has created a program for a Certified Master Electrical Code Professional (CMECP).  This certification will provide a formal process to be able to evaluate and identify individuals that have met a recognized standard.  Kent Crook from KC Rhino that was interviewed on Episode 87 You Can Start Your Own Business. Raj Guendoo just released his new book “Finding Home: A Journey of Overcoming Fear and Adversity to Finding Purpose. John Maxwell – Motivational Leadership Speaker. Many feel that leadership is unobtainable.  They feel that they cannot become a leader because they are not known.  Leaders are not born leaders.  They have to work hard.  Don’t just sit around waiting for an opportunity to come along.  Keep preparing yourself so that when an opportunity comes you are ready to seize it.  Think about what it is that you want to do.  Figure out what it is going to take to get to that next level and then Seize the Opportunity so that You can Keep Surging Forward. Here are some of the links to the sites I talk about in this Episode: Electrical Code Academy
    Certified Master Electrical Code Professional
    KC Rhino
    Raj Guendoo
    John Maxwell
    Enjoy and have a great week If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to leave a comment below, share with a friend and also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurgingForward/ We also have a You Tube page where you can watch the actual podcast; visit us at https://www.youtube.com/user/surgingforward Looking to network and get personal training visit us and like us on facebook click here Connect with me on Linkedin Follow us on twitter click here Follow us on Instagram. Contractor and Tradesman Courses to help you Get and Retain your Tradesman License; visit our website at www.surgingforward.com   ________________.

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    Episode 88 Priorties

    Episode 88 Priorties

    Priorities To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;  Ecclesiastes  3 In order for us to be successful we need to set-up priorities in our life.  During my time as an Instructor I have seen many students that go on to be very successful in the trades and others that seem to self-destruct.  Why is this? It seems that we live in a time when people have their priorities mixed up.  They do not realize the consequences of their decisions.   There is a song written by Pete Seeger in the late 1950s.  The song was sung by the Byrds and is titled Turn Turn Turn.  This song was taken from the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Here are a few of the lines from the song: To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven
    A time to be born, a time to die A time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal A time to laugh, a time to weep
    A time to build up, a time to break down A time to dance, a time to mourn A time to cast away stones, a time to gather stones together
    What both the song and the Bible verse are saying is there are times for all these things.  Quality time and having fun is fine, but we do not live in a fantasy video game world. If your priorities in life are only about doing the fun things then you will not have a successful life.  It is important for us to understand our priorities.  If you spend your time only doing fun things like playing video games, watching TV or hanging around drinking beer then you will not be successful.  In the same way if you work all the time, you will have all the money you need and nice things, but you are never home with your family. You have no real life, so again you will not be successful.  If you want to be successful then you need to find a balance.  You cannot just work all the time and you cannot just have fun all the time.  Life flies by so quickly so you have to have your priorities established.  Necessities Are a Priority There are the necessities of life that need to be taken care of like putting food on your table, and making sure you and your family have shelter. These are necessities and these are a priority. Good Friends and Family are a Priority Good friends and family are worth the effort even though you may not always agree on everything.  It is a priority to keep you and your family safe. Even if you do not have a family, you need to take care of yourself as well as those around you. Some people seem to want to live in a world of “what is in it for me” thus losing sight of how they can be of service to others. They want others to do everything for them.  This concept is so flawed because you become dependent on having other people do things for you.  You should be the one doing for others.  By only taking care of your own self and the pleasures of life you miss out on the real meaning of having good friends and family. A Good Reputation is a Priority When you are doing for others and working hard companies take notice.  Companies know who their good workers are.  Even if they don’t acknowledge your hard work, other workers around you notice and will want to work with you because of your reputation. Making Good Choices is a Priority Your priorities in life should be doing and making choices that are right for your life.  Other people are going to make choices that affect your life.  You can’t react to their choices. Sometimes you need to take a minute and think about how you should proceed.  If you proceed the wrong way you could end up in jail.  You may end up making a decision you regret if you made your decision based solely on emotion.  Befor

    • 25 min
    Episode 87 You Can Do It

    Episode 87 You Can Do It

    If you are thinking of or in business for your self than this is a must listen podcast as I share a great interview with Kent Crook from KC Rhino. Kent is an expert marketer and can show you how you can take your business to the next level. Even if you don't have a desire to start your own business now once you listen to this you will want to have the freedom to be able to make it on your own. I look forward to your comments Find out more about Kent at his Website www.KCrhino.com Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward Enjoy and have a great week If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to leave a comment below, share with a friend and also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurgingForward/ We also have a You Tube page where you can watch the actual podcast; visit us at https://www.youtube.com/user/surgingforward Looking to network and get personal training visit us and like us on facebook click here Connect with me on Linkedin Follow us on twitter click here Follow us on Instagram. Contractor and Tradesman Courses to help you Get and Retain your Tradesman License; visit our website at www.surgingforward.com   ________________.

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    Episode 86 You Can Succeed in Business

    Episode 86 You Can Succeed in Business

    Welcome to this weeks episode of the Surging Forward podcast. This weeks episode is a rebroadcast of episode number 36 where I talk to Mike Gesick from my Three sons HVAC. his website is http://www.mts757.com/ he talks about how to start you own business I think you will enjoy this weeks episode as a prelude to next weeks that you don't want to miss as I will be talking with a very successful businessman that can help you to go to that next level. Make sure you subscribe today so you don't miss. Enjoy and have a great week If you enjoy this podcast, please feel free to leave a comment below, share with a friend and also visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SurgingForward/ We also have a You Tube page where you can watch the actual podcast; visit us at https://www.youtube.com/user/surgingforward Looking to network and get personal training visit us and like us on facebook click here Connect with me on Linkedin Follow us on twitter click here Follow us on Instagram. Contractor and Tradesman Courses to help you Get and Retain your Tradesman License; visit our website at www.surgingforward.com   ________________.

    • 56 min
    What is Your Why Episode 85

    What is Your Why Episode 85

    What is Your Why? (What does this even mean?) Being successful in the trades require skills.  It requires that you learn the physics involved in how things work and what is going on. But before even attempting to learn these skills you need to understand “your why”.   Most people never really stop to think about their “why”.   This is the reason that many people are not Surging Forward in their life.  They just go about living day to day going where the wind blows.  These people have no goals.  They never sat down and took the time to ask: Why am I here?
    What do I like to do?
    Why do I want to do other things?
    What is important to me?
    What am I good at doing?
    Knowing “your why” will help keep you on the right track throughout your life.  Understanding “your why” will help you define your goals and help you understand your purpose in life. You determine what your why is by thinking about the questions above. Here are examples of some “Your Whys”, but these are just to get you thinking: Wanting to fix and repair AC units, to help people’s lives be more comfortable.
    Wanting to be an electrician to provide power for others.
    Aiming to be able to provide safe running water for others.
    Desiring to serve others.
    Being the best at something you enjoy doing, such as building things.
    Creating graphics and cool pictures that can help a company succeed.
    Being a good father or mother and setting an example for your children to be able to succeed in life.
    “Your why” is “Your” why “Your why” is “Your” why.  It is not the dream of someone else or their passion. You have to narrow down “your why” in order to be able to set the goals to help you achieve the success that you want. Success is different for all of us.  We often get caught in the Hollywood idea that it is about making big money.  But that is not what it is about.  Success is based on “your why”.  Define “Your” why and that will help you to achieve your success.  Success does not happen by accident, with the exception of the rare cases of an inheritance that you did not know about.  But even then, if you don’t have a why and you receive a lot of money you will more than likely just waste it. Life is not like the video games or the movies where we can just live life haphazardly and hope for the best, then die and get another chance.  In games we can keep playing over and over until we get it right.  In real life there is no do over or rewind.  If you make a bad choice it can stick with you forever.  A bad choice when you are young may hinder you, but it does not mean you can’t become successful.  It just may place limitations and cause you to rethink “your why”.  That is why we need to be very conscious of the people that we hang around with.  If you hang around negative people all the time, then you are going to become one of them and that becomes your why. The choice of “your why” is decided by:  what you are good at, what you enjoy, or just by what you want to do.  It is a choice only you can make.  That is why “your why” is “Your” why Take advantage of the resources around you that can help you with “your why”. Hopefully by listening to this podcast it can help you to simply take a moment to stop and think about “your why”. We have all been created with special skills.  But we often allow other people to define who we are and what they think is best for us to do.  By honing in on our special skills it will enable us to stand out from the crowd instead of just being a number.  By knowing “your why” it will help you to focus on what needs to be done to achieve success. When you start, “your why” can be small but then it builds over time.  Be flexible, over time “your whys” can change so that you can Keep Surging Forward. Start today.  What is “Your

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Customer Reviews

JZolt ,

Great wisdom from a seasoned Mentor

Dave is one of those special guys that you count yourself fortunate for finding. I admit that as a young tradesman I didn’t see a lot of value in working with my hands. I always felt like I was something less than those who went to college and got degrees and had fancy offices. Dave can take that type of thinking and flip it around 180 degrees with his charismatic understanding of what it’s like to work in the field but to do so with pride. The older I get and the more life just beats the stupid out of me, the more I realize that he is right. Working in the Trades really is something you can be proud of. Sometimes it just takes someone willing to say the thing that you hoped was true to make you believe. Thanks Dave!

Paul Csomo ,

An excellent work companion!

Whether you're in the office or out in the field, Dave provides his 30+ years of practical workplace guidance, advice and wisdom in plain English with no annoying corporate buzzwords. Episodes are the perfect length for a lunch break and Dave will quickly become the guy you turn to every week for that positive boost you need no matter how much you like your job, no matter what kind of day you're having.

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