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Interview with Billy Bob Harris I The Determined People Podcast

Billy Bob Harris is the most connected individual I have ever known. His contact list defies the “six degrees of separation” and brings it down to one degree. He is a connector, a facilitator who quickly connects the dots. Billy Bob spreads encouragement as well, and he is the perfect guest for our Thanksgiving week show.

Watch to the very end for a special Thanksgiving message.

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Learning

When I was in school, I received a report card that showed my supposed knowledge in the subjects I was studying. My grades reflected the first four letters of the alphabet. I mostly received B’s and C’s, along with an occasional A or D. I was labeled as an average student.

I have never considered myself to be average. I refused to accept that label. My ability to connect and communicate with people was not graded, but I excelled in human connection. There are other types of knowledge than book knowledge. Personality and adaptability are more highly correlated with success than intelligence.

My grades went up in college. It turns out I loved to learn. I just needed the right environment.

Whatever grades you received in school, be sure you don’t degrade yourself…

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Narcissists

Have you ever been in a relationship with a narcissist? Narcissist destroy whoever gets in their way.

Narcissists break you down so they can rebuild you into what they want: someone they can control.

By doing this, the narcissist forces us to find our inner strength. We rebuild ourselves and become a stronger version of ourself. We develop into who we are, not who others want us to be.

If you are in a relationship with a narcissist, I encourage you to find your strength. Find your voice…

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Age

We can’t stop the aging process, but we don’t have to allow it to ruin our health, either.

Age only exists in your head and your heart. Keep your thoughts on what’s true, right and noble. Exert yourself when you exercise. Eat good foods. Read books that make you think, books that inspire you. By doing these things, you will begin to age in reverse.

Try it! You will become more vibrant, and the lens you view the world through will expand…

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Start

People believe they must have everything aligned perfectly before beginning a new, worthwhile venture. Or they need more education. Or time. Or money. Or whatever excuse they conjure up.

Here’s a secret for you: you do not need perfect alignment, education, time or money or anything else. Commit your work to honoring God, ask Him for guidance, keep asking along the way, and begin. That’s it!

Then keep going, no matter what…

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Reborn

I get it. Change is hard, or is it? The battle is in our mind and our thoughts will dictate our actions.

If you desire to change something in your life, you cannot remain the same person with the same behavior. Think of change as a form of rebirth. You become like the butterfly, released from a dark cocoon, free to fly wherever you want to.

Start by changing one thing, only one. See yourself succeeding in your mind’s eye. Commit to it for one month. Watch what happens…

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Direction

A husband and wife were driving down the highway when the wife says, “you’re going the wrong way!” The husband replied, “be quiet. I’m making good time!”

Will the road you are on lead you to your destiny? Don’t confuse activity with achievement. Set goals, big goals for your life. Goals that are so outrageous you must rely on the Creator to make them happen because you can’t accomplish them on your own power.

And guess what? If you keep God in the picture, and you are pursuing what is true, right, and noble, He will guide you and place the right people in your life while removing unseen hurdles. You will succeed.

Just keep going, no matter what…

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The Determined People Podcast Interview with Derek Hughes

Derek Hughes is known internationally as The Standup Magician. He learned his craft initially while he was recovering from open heart surgery when he was 10 years old. 

Born to a single mother when she was only 16, Derek grew up without a father in his life, but several mentors emerged as he pursued his calling in performance art. Today, Derek performs all over the world and delights audiences young and old. His greatest performance is as a husband and father. Derek talks openly about the struggles fatherhood brings, from being on the road to filling a role he didn’t have in his life. Don’t miss it. 

Oh, and he’s one of the nicest guys in the entertainment business you will ever meet. Click on the link in my bio to listen. #buttcard #magic #entertainer #fatherhood #agt #agtfinale #magician

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Failed Again

Here’s some hard truth: most people want to see you fail. They will tell you they are happy for your success, but underneath they don’t mean it.

People thought Albert Einstein was crazy, they told Henry Ford he would never create an eight-cylinder engine, and Thomas Edison only had two months of formal schooling. I guess the dream killers in their lives were wrong.

Do not allow anyone to talk you out of your dreams for your life. Other peoples insecurities have nothing to do with you. There are many detours and setbacks on the road less traveled. If you don’t quit, you will reach your destination.

Do the work…

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Aging

I have known people who at 23 years old thought and acted like they were one foot away from the grave. And there are eighty year olds who live rich, vibrant lives.

We have a choice about how we age. When we exercise regularly and keep our thoughts clean and clear, we will slow down the aging process. I don’t have to point out what a lifestyle of no exercise, too much television and poor food choices will do to your body. But poor choices are reversible! At any age.

Age exists only in your head and your heart…

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