ToolsAs soon as the sun arose, I forced my tired body out of the bed. That day I had plans to take on a task I had never done before. I was on a mission to become one of the do it yourself people. A recent trip to buy a new tire inspired me to try some things on my own to save some money. I needed a wheel hub replacement and Firestone was happy to charge me $384 plus tax to do it. However, after visiting ebay I realized I could get the same part for $30 and according to you tube videos I could complete the job in less than 2 hours.

I had the parts for months. They were just sitting in the closet collecting dust. My trip to Autozone awarded me all the heavy equipment I needed through their tool loan program. Those tools had been in the trunk of my car for a few months as well. Being tired of procrastinating and scared that my tire would fall off of my car while I was driving in it, I made the commitment to get the job done. The job was simple and consisted of the following steps:

  1. Remove the Axle Nut
  2. Loose Tire and Place on Car on Jack Stands
  3. Remove the Tire
  4. Loose Brake Caliper Bolts and Hang Caliper from Shocks
  5. Remove the Rotor (slides right off)
  6. Remove 3 Screws Holding Wheel Hub in Place
  7. Unfasten ABS Plug
  8. Pull off Old Wheel Hub and Replace with New

I could do the entire process in my sleep. At least that is what I thought. Continue reading “The 3 Elements Of Achieving Goals: The Right Tools” »

Dream CloudsWe all have dreams. There are many things in our lives that we all want to accomplish. But, are we putting the right energy in to reach them for the right reasons? Are our dreams truly our own or are they being established by others?

Chasing the Dream

I must admit, I actually would prefer to write for a living than get up and go to work four days a week for 10 hours a day. I mean who wouldn’t want to sit around all day using their imagination and creativity to write amazing novel after novel with words so powerful that they are quoted for generations to come. At least in my limited view, being a professional writer would be a dream.

However, in reality, I must do what I need to do to provide for my family. Becoming a best selling author is kind of like making it to the NBA, limited. I mean there are thousands of people who write and self publish books every year and only a select few actually make enough to pay for their publishing costs. In fact, there are people with garages full of books with no outlet to sell them.

A Life Without Dreams

Even in the midst of these hope destroying facts, the truth of the matter is a life is pointless without dreams. If I walked around thinking my purpose was to answer emails for a living, that wouldn’t give me much hope for my future. I would die unsatisfied and unfulfilled. The raw emotion of knowing that I have no hope for things to get better would put me in an early grave.

Imagine if you woke up and knew that no matter what great things happened today to set you up for a prosperous future, tomorrow would be exactly the same. Continue reading “Are You Chasing the Right Dream?” »


Photo by Jo Parry

I know, I know.

I spend a lot of time talking about, writing about, and thinking about “dreaming.” It has become my obvious obsession. I get excited every time I hear someone share a dream that they hope to achieve. It is to the point now where people who are dreamers gravitate towards me. Almost as if they can sense that I will immediately flow into the role of an exhorter and cosign their dreams by speaking positive words, sending uplifting vibes, and sharing business contacts that just might move their dream one step closer to reality.


I’m convinced that this is part of who I was always intended to be. I have an inherent desire to see people reach new heights. I get this unexplainable level of joy when I know I’ve helped someone. It’s not pride. It is a feeling that is a mix between pure excitement, peace and satisfaction. I tell people that I’m trying to change the world -one day, -one conversation, and -one soul at a time. Continue reading “Is Your Dream A Lie?” »

Deja Vu

I’ve been here before. -On the cusp of destruction and total hopelessness. Where every move I make feels like it is leading me farther away from my desired outcomes. I’ve been to that bleak place where confusion and complaining commingle to create the perfect storm of fear, frustration, and darkness. Yeah, the walls look different […]

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Building A Bridge to Dreams

STRANDED Standing on an isolated island in the middle of nowhere I can see in the far away distance a glimpse of civilization. On a clear day I can see the faint outline of skyscrapers with clouds surrounding their highest points. I can imagine a city full of industry and commerce bustling with people going […]

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