FREEDOM! We all want it. People fight for it. They live and die for it. So, we must all know what it is.
The truth is that if you ask one hundred people to define freedom, you will get one hundred different answers. All of them are valid. All of them are right.
The guest on today’s podcast is John Krotec, a man who is passionate about freedom. He’s an entrepreneur, writer, and army veteran.
He gained his understanding of freedom by fighting tough battles in his own life and winning. His journey highlights the theme of this show, Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
When John abused alcohol, he had to change his story. When he suffered a brain injury in a car crash, he had to change his story. When his marriage was on the rocks, he had to change his story. He did it every time and grew into the inspiring person he is today.
You’ll gain a lot by listening to John’s story. You’ll learn what it really mens to be bigger than your circumstances. You’ll come away with a greater appreciation for a business model that marries contribution and profit.
John created a company based on that model called Greenzone Hero. It honors and supports veterans who fought for our freedom. Greenzone Hero also gives veterans a platform to share their stories.
You’ll tap into your innate sense of compassion for war veterans who have sacrificed their well being and their lives to create more freedom and abundance for all of us.
John may even ignite a new entrepreneurial flame in you that can enrich your business, your life, and the lives of others.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton and Lara Love Hardin
One Mission: How Leaders Build a Team of Teams by Chris Fussell and C. W. Goodyear
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal and Tantum Collins
Code of Trust: An American Counterintelligence Expert’s Five Rules to Lead and Succeed by Robin Dreeke and Cameron Stauth
The Code of the Extraordinary Mind by Vishen Lakhiani
The Beauty of a Darker Soul: Overcoming Trauma Through the Power of Human Connection by Joshua Mantz
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque and Arthur Wesley Wheen
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler
The Road to Serfdom by F. A. Hayek
“Polarization only works in sunglasses, not in sustainable communities.” – John Krotec
Straight Outta Combat – Podcast
How to tell your life story. Huh? “I don’t have a life story,” or, “My life story isn’t interesting,” or, “Only famous or remarkable people have a life story worth telling.”
Did you just think one of those thoughts or some other variation? You’re perfectly normal if you did. And guess what? Those normal thoughts are stories. Stories that limit your personal power.
Don’t think so. Listen to this podcast with an open mind, and you may just have a huge aha moment that liberate you and breaks the bond of slavery to the stories you create all the time.
“I’m not a slave to any story,” you say? Yes, you are, and your “I am not” statement is another story.
The truth is that we, all of us, are brilliant storytelling machines. We create identity stories (often negative), religious stories, political stories, and stories about absolutely anyone or anything that is part of our human experience.
This is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. It just is.
HOW YOUR MIND CREATES STORIES
Actually, it can be bad for us if we are not aware of how this process works in our lives. The moment you become aware, you have the power to create and live into stories that make you happy, stories that enrich and empower you.
This short podcast cuts to the chase about how your mind works. It reveals your mind as a trickster who attaches to every thought and creates a story out of it – if you let it.
That’s what worry is all about. Your mind begins with a thought; it usually expands that thought with the question,”what if?” What if this happens? What if that happens? What if-what if-what if?
When you are a slave to “what if,” you allow yourself to feel a wide range of unpleasant emotions. Guilt, anger, fear, the list goes on. Then, you are a slave to your story and your feelings. No fun?
One way to snap the chains that keep you enslaved is to practice meditation. You will learn a simple powerful technique in this podcast called the blue sky technique. You’ll definitely want to learn it because it may very well be your liberator.
Once you get a taste of mental freedom, you will love it, and you won’t want to slip back into being a story slave. You’ll realize that you know how to tell your life story in a way that gives you fulfillment and power.
Aspire: Discovering Your Purpose Through the Power of Words by Kevin Hall
Awaken The Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Unlimited Power by Anthony Robbins
Your words create your reality. Be aware of the words you say to yourself every day, consciously or unconsciously. You are happy or sad, productive or frustrated, growing or stuck, rich or poor because of the language you use in your daily self-talk.
- “The pen is mightier than the sword.” 0:33
- Quote from novelist and playwright, Edward Bulwer Lytton. 0:41
- I’m launching an additional short weekly episode of Change Your Story, Change Your Life. 0:55
- This new format is called One Word Story. 1:13
- Words shape your reality. 1:35
- A variation on “the pen is mightier than the sword.” 1:55
- Variation was said by Robert Burton in “The Anatomy of Melancholy,” written in the early 17th century. 2:06
- Burton’s variation: “A blow with a word strikes deeper than a blow with a sword.” 2:15
- How often do you hurt yourself with your words? 2:35
- We will explore a different word in each short episode. 2:50
- You will become aware of the multiple meanings of the words you use. 2:56
- Learn and apply the Giggle Test. 3:16
- Sometimes, a great compliment can make you uncomfortable. 3:21
- We all have great potential talent. 4:25
- Final thought: You can either lead or be led. 4:37
- You can’t truly lead unless you read. 4:45
- There are no reasons for not reading, only excuses. 5:51
There are schools, and there are schools. Some are highly respected by society. They offer book learning, a competitive grading system, and a fast track to the top of the social ladder.
Some of these schools have have higher prestige, status, and celebrity than others. A diploma or degree from one of these institutions can open many doors that lead to respect, social acceptance, and wealth.
The street can also serve as a school. So can a prison. Your education in these hard knuckle schools will not earn you society’s blessings or certificates that open doors. But they can definitley give you a priceless education.
They can teach you survival and a profound understanding of human psychology, They can unleash creativity. They can cultivate compassion; They can offer you hard won lessons of great wisdom.
These schools can destroy you. If they don’t, they can forge integrity and strength of character and prepare you to enrich the world with your unique brand of authenticity and contribution.
Will Latif Little forged his character and special gifts on the streets of Philadelphia and in Holmesburg Prison, a terrifying penitentiary known as the Terradome to its inmates.
Will Little served ten years in the Terradome for murder. His own tagline describes him as a man who went from convicted murderer to committed life coach. Here are some of his accolades:
- He leaves people forever changed.
- No one forgets Will Little.
- He’s a category of one.
Those words do not express unearned praise. Will played a high stakes game to win them. It was a life and death game.
Will emerged from prison, a wise, loving, intuitive, and compassionate person with a gift for healing others. He heals damaged and disturbed psyches; he heals souls.
He is an author, speaker, and mentor to troubled youth.
Give yourself the special gift of hearing this authentic inspiring man on today’s episode of Change Your Story, Change Your Life.
BOOKS IN THIS PODCAST
ICY – Inner City Youth: The Life & Times of Will Little byWill Latif Little and Christopher Skog
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell
WILL’S FAVORITE QUOTE
“Where there is a will, there is a way.” – Pauline Kael
Your Hidden Power
What do you think and feel when you hear statements like, “Humans only use ten percent of their full potential,” or, “You have genius in you?”
Do you want to believe those things, but find it hard to fully accept them? Do you feel that you would be naive or silly to believe that you have unlimited potential?
Potential for what? Enormous financial success. An exciting lifestyle. Deep personal relationships that fill you with joy.
Don’t feel bad if you believe that unlimited anything in your life is fun to dream about, but that it is just pie-in-the-sky thinking.
Here’s what I believe. And, you’re free to laugh at me. I wholeheartedly believe that we all have the capacity for miraculous levels of achievement and happiness.
Why do I believe it? Because I experience new levels of my own potential the moment I let go of worry, tension, and fear.
Today’s guest, Heather, Dominick, is a brilliant mentor and coach who helps people discover, unlock, and live into their full potential. Her clients are what she calls HSE’s, Highly Sensitive Entrepreneurs.
According to the definition, HSE’s make up only twenty percent of the world’s population.
My questions for you are, what if you had a tool that helps you determine if you are an HSE? What if just learning about the makeup of an HSE, you could tap into your own undiscovered human potential? What would that be worth?
I think it would be worth a fortune. At the very least, it will be mind expanding to hear Heather Dominick reveal her powerful and important knowledge.