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Episode 67: Embrace Opportunities to Combine Your Passion with Doing Good For Others

What is your passion? What trips your trigger and really gets you revved up? Not only have I had a series of great guests lately, guests who’s passions are doing things to better the world in which we live, but over the past couple weeks I, along with my beautiful wife have participated in a couple charity motorcycle rides.

Riding motorcycle has been a passion of mine since I was a little kid. I bought my first motorcycle when I was 10 years old with money I earned on my own. Being a kid who grew up in a working poor home, this was a great accomplishment.  If you’d like, you can actually read more about that by checking out the blog post”In Memory of my Departed Father on his 57th Birthday” that I wrote several years ago. Nowadays, one of my great passions is getting to ride my Harley-Davidson with my wife, which is often limited to a couple charity rides each year. Over the past couple weeks, we have participated in 2 charity motorcycle rides that have benefited veterans charities and inspired me to do this episode.

Episode 66: The Peoples’ Turn to Speak, We The Peoples’ Forum… with David Lapp of Braver Angels

Do you ever feel like the average working class American has no voice in today’s polarized political climate? Are you sick and tired, as I am, of those in big government, big tech and big media keeping the average working class American silent while giving those who wish to keep us divided the loudest voices? Why settle for being a prisoner of polarization? What if there were an organization that were to give the average working class American a chance to sound their voice at the podium? Let’s talk about the “We The Peoples’ Forum”, part of the Working Peoples’ Project within Braver Angels…

Episode 65: Project Delta, Providing Service Dogs to Veterans in Need… with Patti Robinson

Have you ever wondered about those service dogs that work with our country’s veterans? Where do veterans’ service dogs come from? Are you someone with a passion for animals, and specifically a passion for rescue animals? I recently had an opportunity to sit down with Patti Robinson of Project Delta, a non-profit organization that teams rescue dogs with veterans suffering from things such as PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and MST. Project Delta is a team of like-minded people from around the country that share a passion for supporting two of the most deserving groups, veterans & forgotten or abandoned dogs.

Project “Delta”(Dogs Enriching Lives Throughout America) is the result of the unrelenting ache in the heart of founder Patti Robinson and you can read more about them by clicking here…

When someone turns their passion in to a mission to help others, and especially our country’s best and brightest that lost a part of themselves on the battlefield, whether it be physically or mentally, I am honored to speak with them. Such a privilege and great pleasure having had the opportunity to speak with Patti on this week’s episode of the Derate The Hate Podcast.

Episode 64: Unhyphenated America, Let’s Just Be American… with Christoper Harris

What’s it mean to be an American? Is America great despite the sins of the past, and if so, what makes America Great? I for one truly believe that the United States of America is the greatest nation on God’s green earth, and it’s high time people stop allowing divisive forces to put labels upon us, and we all just start acting like Americans again. Christoper Harris is one that knows a lot about a lot, and he knows that being an American doesn’t need, and shouldn’t have, a hyphenated identity qualifier in front of it…
The message Chris is putting out is not only incredibly important, but many of the same divisive forces I speak regularly of in this podcast don’t want you to know his message exists. It’s not the standard narrative and this message must be spread far and wide!

Episode 63: Places You’ve Never Been

Twenty Nine years ago I moved out of my parents for the first time. It’s so hard to believe it was that long ago, but harder to believe all I’ve seen and done over those 29 years. The years have passed and many things have changed, but much of what I learned about life in my late teens and early twenties came as the result of working for my dear friends Rick and his wife Jean at their restaurant RJ’s Bar & Grill in Okoboji, IA.

This week Rick re-posted a quote from Anthony Bourdain (posted by The Ritz, another bar/restaurant in the Okoboji Lakes area) that really stood out to me. The quote really hit home for a number of reasons and brought back many memories. Check out this episode for the details of that quote and many of the great memories and thoughts it stirred up for me.

Life is not just about living, life is about living fully. Too many have forgotten what it means to step out of their comfort zone, to do what they might not normally do, or to have that conversation with a stranger you may have nothing in common with just to see what makes them tick. Make it happen, Enjoy the Ride!

Episode 62: Hush Little Baby

“Don’t buy your kids all the things you wished you had, teach your kids all the things you wish you’d known” ~author unknown
It’s not the things you give or buy for your children that will make the difference, it’s the lessons we teach and the time we spend that will be what matters.
This Father’s day weekend I was reflecting on a number of things and a few different things stood out. I lost my father 11 years ago, but I was fortunate and blessed enough to have him in my life up until my mid 30s. Many children are not fortunate enough to have a father in their life at all. This is one of the major problems we face as a society. Much more of an issue than most of the nonsense we’re lead to believe are the great problems we face today.

Being a father has been the greatest gift and honor of my lifetime and reading to my daughter daily is one of my great joys. I recently had a conversation with my wife about a book my daughter has me read to her all the time, several times a week in fact. The book is a different version of the classic lullaby “Hush Little Baby”. This wonderful book was written by Sylvia Long. My daughter loves it and in this episode I speak about a very powerful lesson Sylvia Long has conveyed in her version of this classic.

Episode 61: Intentions Alignment and Rapid Manifestation with Ellie Shoja

They say referrals are one of the greatest forms of compliment and I am incredibly grateful this week that one of our former guests, Jonathan Troen introduced me to this week’s guest, Ellie Shoja. Jonathan was my guest in DTH Episode 59 talking about his movement, Self-Love Revolution. Ellie is another of so many great guests that I have been honored to have on the podcast lately speaking about her journey from trauma to triumph.

Who is Ellie Shoja?

Ellie Shoja is a serial entrepreneur, award winning author, co-founder of Peace Unleashed, TEDx speaker, and the co-host of the Unleash Your Peace podcast. Ellie has been is best known for being a Mindset Expert, Motivational Speaker, and described as a “Modern-day Rumi” whose passion for uplifting and empowering others is at the core of the Peace Unleashed philosophy. For those who aren’t familiar with Rumi, the 12th century Persian Poet and Master Sufi, this in itself is worth checking out.

Episode 60: Critical Race Theory is Hateful Nonsense

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” ~Martin Luther King Jr.
There is very little doubt in my mind that Dr. King would be spinning in his grave when it comes to the topic of “Critical Race Theory”. There is way too much good in this world to let the loudest, most hateful and most divisive voices win the day. Critical Race Theory is just that, hateful and divisive nonsense.

Do you want your children automatically labeled as a victim or oppressed because they are a child of color? Do you want your child automatically labeled as a racist because they are white? That is how Critical Race Theory works, we shall no longer judge a person by the content of their character, but by the color of their skin. It does not matter how old you are, where you come from, what good or bad you’ve done in your life, nothing matters but the color of your skin…

Episode 59: A Self Love Revolution with Jonathan Troen

What is Self Love?
This is a question I’ve seen asked many times in online forums about self help but this week’s guest Jonathan Troen answers it very well. Jonathan, founder of the Self Love Revolution says Self Love is learning to become your own best friend.
Have you ever found yourself equating success to happiness, but you’re successful and not happy? Jonathan was there. Have you found that while you keep changing this or that about your life, location, or job, but still aren’t happy? What’s the common denominator? YOU!

Episode 58: Comfort Zone to Courage Zone; Interview with Debora Keegan

Have you ever heard someone say, “you have to step outside of your comfort zone”? That can be scary for people sometimes, but that is where the action is, that is where you can really grow as a person and attain that life you really love! Master Life Coach and Behavior Change Specialist, Debora Keegan is someone who knows all about stepping out of her comfort zone and helping others do the same so they can live a life they really love.

Who is Debora Keegan?
Debora Keegan is a certified Master Life Coach and Behavior Change Specialist assisting her clients using various tools and techniques to re-frame thoughts and modify behaviors to build a life they love.
Learn more by checking out this episode of the Derate the Hate podcast!