June 11, 2021:
“Mediocrity is easy. The good things take time.
The great need commitment.”
Inspired by Bob Seger's "Beautiful Loser," Mark and Collin use the them of the song to explore issues that prevent us from achieving greatness.
The song is about a dichotomous character who wants everything in the world but is not willing to go for it. He sets his bar so low that he never achieves anything of greatness.
Now, we all know that greatness can be in the eye of the beholder.
But, the topic of achieving greatness points to a few questions:
Come join us as we explore how these issues can impact your success AND how the right mindset can help overcome all of the issues.
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A video link will be added soon.
June 4, 2021:
Mark Ellis and Collin Harbour believe that "community" is vital for all people, including joining a community or even leading one. In fact, we believe it is so important that we made an acrostic out of it.
Membership in a community, whether it be a group of friends, a social group, a church group, or other like-minded individuals can provide a sense of belonging.
The size of the community does not matter, but the community (or group) should be open and accepting of others, allowing people to feel welcome when they become a part of the community. Communities (or groups) help us transform together and even help us fail forward together.
Whether with the group or individually, it is okay to fail, but it is not okay to stop. In fact, it is critical to stop-stopping in order to move forward.
We want you to be a part of our Strike a Chord Live Podcast. Come join us on the journey.
Come as you are.
Open up to others.
Make yourself available.
Membership, A sense of belonging.
Unity around purpose.
Networking in diversity.
Intentionally advancing forward as a group.
Transforming Lives Together.
You Are Always Welcome.
You can check out the Podcast Audio Version Here, OR Click on the "Episode 9 - Video" link below for a selected section of the podcast. You can check out the channel, which will be updated regularly, for all videos.
May 28, 2021:
In this episode we discuss inspiring the youth and being inspired. Whether you are 40, 55 or 75, the same principles apply. Start now and start big. You will not achieve anything unless you start by putting one foot in front of the other.
Jonathan teaches Orchestra in the Escambia County Florida Schools. He starts them young and teaches the love of music while the kids are young . . . 4th grade. But more importantly than music, he teaches the youth valuable lessons about life:
Again, these lessons can apply to anyone, regardless of age or status. There are no overnight successes and in order to achieve anything, you will need to apply these principles moving forward. We don't care if you are 95 . . . learn from these principles and get moving.
Jonathan is also a Rock 'N Roller and has assembled many bands over the years. Additionally, he has played with Yo-Yo Ma, The Moody Blues and Harry Connick, Jr.
We discuss forming positive habits and how this will impact the rest of your life . . . regardless of where you are starting from.
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May 21, 2021:
Chris Bro has a passion for music. Chris is a curator of all things music. He has curated over 700 weekly lists of the “next” music. Music you may not have heard of. Music that sounds like your favorites.
We discuss finding and following your passion. Your age doesn’t matter. Get started. Embrace your passion. You may be able to make a hobby or business out of following your passion.It won’t always be easy. Sometimes you have to “embrace the suck.” Whether you’re 20, 55 or 75, you can follow your passion.
Mindset is everything. Make sure you have the right mindset. Don’t hesitate to get started because “someone else is already doing it.” There’s enough out there for everyone. Get started and enjoy it. Even if you don’t want to put it out for the world to see, you will enjoy it and it will make you happy. By the way, attitude still matters. Don’t be negative. If you start out negative, you will most likely fail. We do a lot of music talk. Music reminds of us things. It makes us feel a certain way. Music also expands our mind.
We also discuss how Chris’s wife collaborated with Rick Springfield on “Jesse’s Girl” be chiming in when Rick couldn’t remember the words . . . and how Chris, his wife and their friends hung out with Bruce Springfield. Fun stories.
Chris’s motto is “Enjoy it All”. Mark and Collin concur with this theme. Life isn’t going to always be fun, but enjoy it anyway.
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May 14, 2021
Seth.Godwin of TikTok is our very special guest. Seth is a “Finance Content Creator” on TikTok and provides useful tips and insight based on the lessons he has learned d in finance at a large financial institution and life in general.
Mark and Collin are both old enough to be Seth’s father and decided to kick back and determine what we (i.e. the older generation) can learn from Seth (i.e. the younger generation).
Seth Godwin (TikTok = seth.godwin)
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May 7, 2021
Heather Ibey is the owner of Randy's Toy Shop in Noblesville, IN (https://www.randystoyshop.com/)
Randy’s Toy Shop specializes in antique toy repair and antique toy restoration. We are a full service antique toy repair shop and pride ourselves on bringing toys back to their original luster and condition for toy collectors and toy enthusiasts who can’t bear to see that toy looking at them sadly in need of repair.
We will spend quite a bit of time on NOSTALGIA. We remember how toys made us feel and MAKE us feel now. We remember the smell, the feel, the laughs. Randy's Toy Shop makes sure that antique toys are restored to their natural beauty and continue to provide that nostalgic feeling for years to come!
Moving fast in life is relatively normal these days. No one wants to slow down. Be careful. Brick walls are around every corner. You are going to run into them if you don’t recognize they are around the corner.
Many of us want to go 400 miles per hour – ALL THE TIME!! But if you are always going that fast it is difficult to see the impending crash.
Take a little time every now and then to recharge. It is important and it can provide clarity on future growth opportunities.
Life is not about getting things done all at once. Your goals can be achieved through incrementalism. Take small steps towards your goal. Move towards them each day with attainable and measurable steps.
Don’t be discouraged if you don’t accomplish your goals all at one. It will take some time, but create “wins” along the way.
Recognize and celebrate your achievements that get you closer to your goals – even if they are small.
Here’s a tip: create a checklist and mark off the incremental steps as they are completed.
Check out Randy's Toy Shop Here:
Randy's Toy Shop
165 N. 9th St.
Noblesville, IN 46060
eBay Store www.ebay.com/str/randystoyshop
Web site www.randystoyshop.com
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April 30, 2021
Our guest this week is Bruce Pulver, a well-known TEDx speaker and Author of Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter: Powerful Words That Changed My World.
Bruce passionate about the power of our words and the influence they have on attitude, mindset and the results we achieve in life. In his book, Above the Chatter, Our Words Matter, Powerful Words That Changed My Life Forever, Bruce shares the personal experiences and powerful examples of how to take control over the words we use. He believes that consciously paying attention to our words and choosing how we speak to ourselves and to others absolutely controls our mindset and gets us to the results we hope for and deserve in life. His book contains a collection of 400 consecutive days of writings that focused on a single word each day of self-encouragement and inspiration which he wrote to get through a difficult period in his life.
Words are important. They shape what we do.
A very important word is “start.” The premise of our discussion of the word “start” is a quote from Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.”
Bruce prepared an acrostic using START:
Say “what can I do”
Take an action
Ask how later, just do now
Reach beyond your belief
Then take another step. And another step. And another step
Once you start, it is important to look at incremental steps and improvements you can take. Each increment is further away from where you started and gets you closer to the idea of “stop stopping.”
Good habits will be developed and they will become your reality.
Commit to the commitment. A tip to do this is to add a date on your calendar in the future – and a little reminder will be received. Are you continuing to incrementally move from the starting point?
Make sure to have the right mindset. Most things in life can be viewed from many perspectives. The right perspective can drive results.
Bruce’s Website, Social Media Pages
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April 23, 2021:
We are in a season of Transformation Worldwide! We are witnessing many people thriving during this season, and we see watching many people fight against it at a detriment to their psyche and emotional heart.
COVID-19 has changed the world for bad (death and sickness) and good (reset the way we all live and work). People have spent an incredibly more amount of time together. Fathers are able to spend more time with their children and watch them grow. But other visits (i.e. nursing homes, care centers) are limited. It’s quite a dichotomous season but, overall it’s been a cleansing or a washing of the old entrenched ways of the past.
Mark and Collin take a little stroll down memory lane and discuss famous people they have met, including:
Be Kind. Do good for others. The world will be a better place.
April 16, 2021: To Be Updated. Link to Video Available Below.
April 9, 2021:
Two lifelong friends with a love of baseball, music, motivation and inspiration - as well as nostalgia, culture and transformation and fun! And we want you to take the journey with us. Mark Ellis and Collin Harbour. We grew up in the late 70s and throughout the 80s. We've been around the block a few times. Since we hadn't talked in over 30 years until March of 2021, we decided to start a podcast. In this session, we introduce ourselves and the show. We want you to be a part of our community and to join us on the journey as we seek to inspire and motivate! We also will focus on various topics, such as a couple form this week:
We also spend a little time reminiscing about our childhood and some of the youth years together. We loved music. We wrote songs: "Strawberry Houndog" and "Lucy Love Me" (With a little bit of Beatles and Elvis running through our creative juices!)We spend some time on motivation - based on Glenn Lundy's (#riseandgrind) i.e. "Build Your Own Table" !!
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