How to Survive Rock Bottom

how to survive rock bottomRock bottom is a hard place to be.  I do not see anything associated with it to be any kind of joke what so ever.  We all need a bit of encouragement at some points in time in our own lives and this is a good time for some.  Rather or not you are going through tough times right now, rock bottom could be right around the corner for you.  You are not immune from these hard times.  Today I am delivering a podcast episode that is meant to be an encouragement to you.  Rock bottom doesn’t have to be debilitating.  You can recover from something like this.  The fact is that your current position in life does not have to be your reality.  It only takes effort on your part to bring yourself out of a horrible position that you are in.

NOTE: This should not be the only source of help if you are truly having a hard time.  Please consult professional help if you are having a hard time with depression.

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How do you survive rock bottom?

In the podcast episode today I am going to cover:

  • The levels that i went through during my rock bottom
  • Why rock bottom is not the end of the world
  • Ways to put a positive spin on your brokenness
  • How to end the tail spin

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Would 18 year old You be Disappointed?

18 year old you disappointedYou are your own man.  This is evident by how you live your life on a daily basis.  But have have you been asleep behind the wheel?  If you were to go back in time to when you were 18 years old, would he be disappointed in how his life turns out?  We do not know everything that we are going to be at that early age, however we do have a power to change into what we want to be now.  When I was 18 years old, I wanted to be an MP (military police officer) for the military.  That changed so much between then and now.  I know better because I am older and wiser.  18 year old me had no clue how awesome my life would be today.

I am going to help you analyze rather or not you peaked in high school.  This is a real issue that needs to be discussed.  If you do not like what you hear, chances are, at age 18 you peaked.  This doesn’t have to be the end of your story, it just has to be the day it changes for good.


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Would 18 year old you be disappointed?

These topics will be discussed in today’s episode on Skilled Gentlemen Podcast

  • Address your future 18 year old self
    • What do you want for your future
    • What is your passions right now
    • Writing down what you want to accomplish after high school
    • Making a plan to execute this
  • Addressing your past 18 year old self
    • Where did you want to be
    • Was this important to you
    • Should you really have been focused on this or was your path great instead
    • Starting from right now being a better self
    • What advantages you have over the younger gentleman

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Some information that was used in the making of the show were not exclusively mine.  I like to give credit where it is deserved:

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14 Skills to Teach your Children

14 skills to teach your childrenYour children are sponges for knowledge.  You have to teach them the skills that they will need to survive in the world.  Your children look to many different people for inspirations on how they should act.  Movie characters, people in music videos, YouTube creators, and anyone else that may catch their eye.  They see how the character acts and associates that with how they should act.  You, as a gentleman, should have already been teaching them before this happens.  A gentleman should always be a beacon of how to act in any situation.  You should be teaching your children the skills and concepts they need to be a gentleman themselves, no matter their gender.

Today’s podcast episode is about just that.  We dive into 14 different skills that you should teach your children.  These range from conceptual skills like spotting abusive relationships to hard skills like using a knife.


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What skills should you teach your children?

  • How to fish
  • Handling a gun
  • How to handle a knife
  • Driving skills
    • Outside of drivers ed class
  • How to treat someone of the opposite sex
  • The way money works
  • How to have ownership of their actions
  • When to buy quality and when to buy for a quick fix
  • Real defensive driving skills
  • Taking care of their bodies
  • How to swim
  • To be advocates for themselves
  • How to be self reliant
  • Speaking another language

Resources used in the show today are:

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What is Grit

what is gritIf you ever wondered what grit was, just think about when times got hard for you.  You hit the wall but you had a little voice in the back of your mind.  That little voice that said “keep going, keep pushing”.  Grit is that drive that you feel when you wake up in the morning and your muscles are sore.  Your alarm clock is going off and it is super cold outside.  You want to hit the snooze button but that drive and tenacity that you have makes you get up and push forward for the day.  Your drive is important to your success in life.  You are not going to meet your goals and receive the accolades that you desperately want by not having the grit to keep you going during the hard times.

Today I am going to talk about what is grit and really dive into the percentages of success.  The quote goes that 80% of success is just showing up everyday and 20% is everything else.


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What is Grit?

  • How to find the book Grit from Angela Duckworth for a free listen
  • What is the 80% truly made up of
  • How to develop and achieve more grit in your life
  • What does the 20% mean to someone that is looking for it all
  • How to know when enough is enough

Not all of the content covered in the podcast episode today is my own.  Here are the resources that I pulled from.

I also mentioned the Scale that you should try for yourself.  You can find that by clicking here > Grit Scale

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Breaking Away from the Pack – Throwback Episode

breaking away from the packIf you ever needed a kick in the ass, today is your show.  In our everyday life we have packs of people that we are forced to interact with.  There is a chance that some of these people are not like us.  There is a chance that some of these people are losers and should be let go.  We need to, as gentlemen, be able to spot this pack and break away from it to be better husbands, fathers, grandfathers, leaders, business owners, and employees.  There are goals to be met and money to be made, what are you doing in your everyday walk to make these dreams come true and to make these goals reality.  

Most of the pack that we interact with are not willing to make themselves better and not willing to do more than what they have to do to get the job done, we are not these people.  Remember my challenge to write down your goals and at the bottom destroy your pen by making sure you are clear that its not over until I win.  I mentioned in the show that I am willing to be apart of your pack and was absolutely serious about this.  If you have a goal or a dream and have no one to talk to about it, email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com and let me be apart of your pack.  I am appreciative of everyone that contacts me and promise that I am a very approachable person.


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How do you break away from the pack?

  • Defining the pack
  • Knowing where you fit in the pack
  • Why the pack is full of losers
  • How we sometimes slip into the pack
  • How Scrubs fit into this ideology
  • Being a leader at work
  • Being a leader over your flock
  • Creating a new flock
  • Stepping to live the life you want

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Wealth vs Value: What do you have

wealth valueThe definition of wealth is an abundance of valuable possessions or money.  You can add wealth to your life by either increasing pay or increasing assets and decreasing liabilities.  We all need some kind of wealth because we have bills to pay and food to buy.  Value is The the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.  Also a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.  We all regard value differently but in general it means to same to us all.  

We are going to explore the difference between the two and how it relates to the family.  There has to be some kind of balance between the two different concepts in some way shape or form.  That is the discussion for todays podcast.


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What is the difference between wealth and value?

  • Wealth versus value as it relates to the family
  • What my humble opinion is between the two subjects
  • How to add value to your family
  • What this means as it relates to your legacy
  • The big decision you have to make in life

There were not any outside resources used in the making of the podcast episode.

Thank you for listening to Skilled Gentlemen Podcast. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com


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What I Wish I Knew In High School – Wednesday Throwback

what i wish i knew in high schoolHigh School, for many people, was one of the hardest things to get through.  For me personally, it was just a major annoyance. I just wanted out with the least amount of damage possible.  People are mean and hateful and try to put you down just so they can feel better about themselves.  Everyone believes that this is the best time in their life.  The problems that they encounter now will be worse than the ones that are to come.  Most of this is nonsense, however we do not speak about this to our children and our young community.  Usually they are the ones that get pushed around and ignored, left to come up with their own views on how reality actually works in the real world.

Hopefully today I will have challenged you to take matters into your own hands and speak with your children about what you wish you knew in high school.  Along with that, take some time to think about what you wish you knew in high school and comment on the Facebook page what you think.

Remember that September is Suicide Awareness Month and we all should see the warning signs of this.  We may not like to think about this but it is not like a gentleman to shy away from things that we dont like to think about.  Learn the signs to help prevent a possible issue in your or your families lives.


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What do I wish I knew in High School:

  • my top 17 things that I wish I knew in high school
  • why this topic really matters to a gentleman
  • why we should talk to our children about high school stress

Thank you for listening to Skilled Gentlemen Podcast. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com


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How To Find the Right Dog

finding right dogSo you want to get a dog.  They are wonderful animals and really deserve your best care.  Before you run out to the pet store to find one that you like, you should ask yourself some questions.  You should make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into.  You do not want to regret the decision that you made by adopting this certain breed of dog.  These mistakes that people make are avoidable if you know a few thing in the beginning.

This podcast episode explores the kinds of dogs that you should or shouldn’t choose from.  You are going to get a lot of information that should help you make your decision.  Make sure you know what you are doing before you make a huge mistake.


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How do you find the right dog for you and your family?

  • What questions should you ask yourself before getting a dog
  • What are the top 10 dog breeds that people pick out
  • How to find a responsible breeder
  • How these two different parts of the decision process should mesh together

Resources used in the making of this podcast episode:

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Emergencies that Gentlemen should handle – Throwback Episode

emergencies men should know how to handleOne of the scariest things that a man can endure is witnessing emergencies that involve his family.  The blood pressure rises along with the pulse rate and the brain goes into overdrive.  To the normal person the next step would be to freak out and panic.  To the Gentleman however, the next step would be to calm down and start fixing the situation.  This series that I am starting is going to be an accumulation of the most common emergencies that men face on a day to day basis from the standpoint of an experienced first responder.

 My goal for these shows is to help men pull themselves together and start being the fixer that his family wants him to be.  Do you want to be that guy that runs around panicking because something just happened to him and his family or do you want to be able to help the situation?


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What Emergencies should men be able to handle?

  • what is a first responder
  • why should I keep a medical bag in my car
  • what should be kept in the medical bag
  • What to do if you are in a car wreck
  • How to deal with Hypothermia and Hyperthermia
  • How to deal with Major Bleeding
  • Why you do not have to worry about this

Thank you for listening to Skilled Gentlemen Podcast. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com


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Have we lost Rites of Passage? – Throwback Episode

have we lost the rite of passageAcross the world there are cultures have different ways that they ceremonially bring their children into adulthood.  This is called the rite of passage.  However, we live in a world that protects our children and adults from feeling pain and hurt feelings.  Are there ways that we still have rite of passage ceremony?  Are there ways that we can make our children appreciate their place in nature and in society?  My argument is that the struggle has to be hard to make the reward to be sweet.  

I dive into the history and the cultural aspects of the rite of passage that still exist today.  I also get real personal with my plans to have my own ceremony for both myself and my son.  The journey should be a struggle because you deserve to feel proud of your accomplishments.  Join in the conversation by getting involved in the social media and on the forum!  You should plan your own passage and have your own journey.


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What can we do to have a Rite of Passage?

  • There is a purpose for this, what are the purpose of these rites of passage?
  • What are some of the most common ones around?
  • Is it ever too late to go through one yourself?
  • How am I going to go through my own passage?
  • What my plan is for my son?
  • How am I going to train him for it.
  • How do you develop a tradition for yourself?

Thank you for listening to Skilled Gentlemen Podcast. Please find us on Facebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  All comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com


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