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178: Turning Your Adversity Into Your Advantage With Dom Brightmon
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Dominique Brightmon is Dr. Brad Miller's guest on Episode 178 of "The Beyond Adversity Podcast."

Dominique "Dom" Brightmon, DTM, is a John Maxwell Team certified self-leadership expert from Baltimore, MD, who motivates and equips others to share their story.

In this episode, Dom shares his struggles, how he overcame them, and the necessary tools and skills one must develop to rise above the adversities of life. It talks about how these minor detours are like ingredients to spice up your journey towards your goals.

The year 2012 was the year when everyone believed the world would end. Dom felt as if he was going through a snowball effect: first, his father went on a trip and got lost; they were unable to reach him for a day; then, they could locate him; and subsequently, they discovered his father had Alzheimer's disease.

Dom made a mistake that could have cost his life. While he was smashing his automobile while celebrating his 21st birthday because he didn't realize his brakes weren't working. Dom had also worked as a part-time employee at a library, called out frequently for miscommunication with customers.

Dom discovered the pearls of wisdom hidden among the bookshelves while working part-time at the library. He was able to read and absorb the materials offered in the library while he was there, and it gave him the boost he needed. He was able to read all of John Maxwell's leadership books and the Bible from beginning to end, and he developed into a voracious reader.

Episode 178 of The Beyond Adversity Podcast is a must-listen for anyone experiencing setbacks and a slight detour in life. Things might not fall in as planned initially, but you have to understand that these minor hiccups make the trip even more appealing than the reward that comes after.

"The Beyond Adversity Podcast with Dr. Brad Miller is published weekly with the mission of helping people "Grow Through What They Go Through" as they navigate adversity and discover their promised life of peace, prosperity, and purpose.

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Dr. Brad Miller:

We got a great guest with us today.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Dom Brightmon is a self leadership expert.

Dr. Brad Miller:

He has been certified with the John Maxwell team.

Dr. Brad Miller:

He is also involved with Toastmasters International,

Dr. Brad Miller:

and has the D T M certification through that organization.

Dr. Brad Miller:

He is an author of going north tips

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and techniques to advance yourself.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Go and another book,

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the best selling book crappy

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to happy sacred stories of transformational joy.

Dr. Brad Miller:

He has a heart to help people

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to unlock their inner values through reading.

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And through other forms of self development.

Dr. Brad Miller:

We welcome to Beyond adversity DOM Brightman.

Dom Brightmon:

Oh, my man,

Dom Brightmon:

the one and only Dr. Brad Miller,

Dom Brightmon:

how you feeling?

Dr. Brad Miller:

I'm awesome, my man.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And it is a joy to have you with us here today.

Dr. Brad Miller:

I'm feeling great.

Dr. Brad Miller:

You look like you're fired up ready to go.

Dr. Brad Miller:

You're ready to go my man? Oh,

Dom Brightmon:

yeah, let's go north.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Okay, go north. ]

Dr. Brad Miller:

Well, let's go north.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Because some people have been going south.

Dr. Brad Miller:

What I mean by that is,

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we've gone through a year or

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two or three of some really difficult times in our world.

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And individuals have had their difficult times

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to deal with it as well.

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And some people have got stuck in the muck of adversity.

Dr. Brad Miller:

But your person is going to help us

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to navigate through some some things.

Dr. Brad Miller:

But first of all,

Dr. Brad Miller:

I know that you have some motivations in your life

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to going north,

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because you've had some of your challenges as well.

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And if you will, Don

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Would you just have pack for us a little bit

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of some of the challenges or adversities

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that you've had to face in your life

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to kind of give us a foundational story that we can go to we work from,

Dom Brightmon:

Ah, sure thing.

Dom Brightmon:

Well, for those who were old

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and young enough to remember

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the wonderful year of 2012,

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especially in the US of A

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where they thought that the world is gonna end.

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And all that really happened is that

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when the US baby last took his four month,

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that was one heck of a year,

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because that was a year

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where it felt like a snowball effect happened

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had a wonderful three pronged attack. J

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uly 30, my father went out for a drive

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and then July 31, he had to put out a Silver Alert for him

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because he got lost.

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It comes to find out what am that morning after

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getting on my knees in prayer,

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asking for God to help us find my dad

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after he got lost for 24 plus hours,

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we were able to find him.

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And he discovered he had Alzheimer's.

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Fast forward about a good month

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and a half or so later turned 21.

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And well the day was 21st birthday

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making a left turn on the depth street

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not to know where the break jammed in my car crashed my car.

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And I was still alive.

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Thank God, she could tell.

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And to make even matters worse,

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I had a part time job at the local library

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at the time where I worked at.

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And I was called in at the office for my boss

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because there's some moments

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where I thought the person wasn't showing up

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in the professional life

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and comes to find out it was

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because there was some miscommunication

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there as with some colleagues,

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and some all these other lists of

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stuff that I was messing up and

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jacking up and I'm like, wow.

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So that whole snowball effect

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led me to realize, Wow,

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I need to have a desire for change,

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something needs to change here.

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And I actually had my own acres of diamonds

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in that same library where I found

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some leadership books by John Maxwell

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changed my life forever.

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Because not only reading some of his grade books,

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I'm going to turn around also reread the Bible

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from cover to cover as well.

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And read just became voracious reader.

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And every year since then,

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one of my forms of self development

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is trying to at least read at least 50 Plus books

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a year and I was undefeated

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with that streak it till 2020

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When my content intakes which more

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to the audio visual aspect of YouTube

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and podcasts as opposed to reading books

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I'll read 39 last year 11 shot the 50.

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But I was still able to really expand business

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in a way because the thing about setbacks,

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they could set you up for a story

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for to help others to realize that

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hey, you can go beyond adversity

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and create your own success story.

Dr. Brad Miller:

What incredible stories you have

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to tell there about overcoming things on your own,

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let alone you know the situation

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with your with your father

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and your own accident

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and some challenges in your workplace.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And here you are,

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because you took some action.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And you mentioned a couple of them. And really interested now Dom in unpacking a little bit about what I think it's just pivotal that people who get unstuck and that's taking action. You mentioned reading, what are some of the other things that you that you either glean from your reading or other things you did to break out of your patterns. What are some of the actions that you took that led you to success?

Dom Brightmon:

Oh, yes,

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another one of those things

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was joining Toastmasters International

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because one of the major skills

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that everyone should be able

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to have under their belt is public speaking

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because that will give you

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an edge because a lot of folks

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I'm pretty sure you've heard

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yourself to the classic joke

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where the guy giving the

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eulogy sometimes rather

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be the guy in the casket.

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Because people don't like

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to speak in public. And I

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give to what this voice for

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years since I was a teenager

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and was doing a lot of stuff in church,

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and Toastmasters was a great

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place to join us not only sharpen

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and hone my skills, but also network.

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And the main reason I joined

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is because one of the books

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that I listened to, I believe

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was brought by Brian Tracy,

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where he mentioned Toastmasters.

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And I joined the organization

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originally to actually network

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with other people and find a

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speaker for a public speaking

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seminar at my church. And lo

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and behold, even though I was

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able to build relationships

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with people, I ended up

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getting a buddy of mine

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who also had communication

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experience, the event was successful.

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And I stayed with the organization

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for years and still am a part of

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the organization. My goodness,

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it's almost eight years later now,

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because the thing was, the

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original goal was for one thing,

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but sometimes as you're going

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in this journey of life,

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and you have some setbacks,

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you realize, oh, this little detour

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here might actually take me

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to where I need to go and

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being okay, with something

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that may seem like a shortcut,

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but it's actually something

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taking you further and closer to your goals.

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Because one of the questions

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we can always ask ourselves

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daily is how can I make sure I

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don't leave any blessings on the table.

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And that's by having a desire

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for change, a desire for

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helping others and desire

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for bettering yourself.

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And Toastmasters is one of the

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ways to do that. Because I joined the organization

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gave dozens and dozens of talks

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and getting better as a result.

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And even taking advantage of

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the sandbox experience of leading

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a group of volunteers in a volunteer

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organization because

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with a regular paid job, yeah, you can,

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people will follow you by default to

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to a fault because if they don't

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insubordination, they're Bunnelby

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out the door, volunteerism,

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there's no characteristic, there's no pay,

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they're there because they have

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their own reasons in their own goals.

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So not only just reading, but

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putting some my own reading, i

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t's a practice and joining T

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oastmasters and giving talks based

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off the stuff that I actually

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read and apply to my own life.

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And then eventually

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repurposing that concept

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into books, and then

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eventually take the networking

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skills to even start a podcast

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on my own interviewing

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authors all over the globe.

Dom Brightmon:

So those are just a few of the things I've done.

Dr. Brad Miller:

So several

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things here, let's unpack a little bit.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Well, first of all, you read you

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fed your mind. Yep. And you

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know, when you feed your

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mind, you also enhance

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your soul, I believe and

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things of that nature.

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You also then applied, you were

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intentional about applying

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what you read, and you consumed

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through Toastmasters and through

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public speaking and through

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networking, and through that process,

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and it would you didn't just stay,

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you know, kind of an ivory tower to

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kind of use an academic idiom,

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you didn't say, just reading your

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books, you went out there,

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and you applied it. And then also,

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I think, very, very important,

Dr. Brad Miller:

what you shared here is we got involved

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with some volunteer activities,

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which meant that you're starting

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to connect with something beyond

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the bottom line or beyond the

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motivation of a business purpose.

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But for something greater than

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greater than yourself and others

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you got and exhibited some

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leadership skills there. So those are

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all powerful ways that you took

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action in order to move through

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wherever you were at to a better place.

Dr. Brad Miller:

But let's unpack a little further Dom,

Dr. Brad Miller:

what you said there about

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the motivation of something

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bigger than yourself. I just a big

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believer in this myself, I come

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from a faith based background.

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And I've seen the people who've

Dr. Brad Miller:

done really great great things

Dr. Brad Miller:

have not only done it for themselves,

Dr. Brad Miller:

but they've done it for they've

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had taken some leap of faith

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somewhere along the line. And tell me

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about any, any basis of your transformation

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and what you teach others as based and

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Oh, anything of a spiritual nature are

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faith based or something greater

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than yourself or meditation,

Dr. Brad Miller:

anything like that, tell us about

Dr. Brad Miller:

any faith element involved

Dr. Brad Miller:

with your transformation process.

Dom Brightmon:

Oh, my pleasure, indeed.

Dom Brightmon:

And one of the things I like to

Dom Brightmon:

do daily is to use my snooze

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button as a sensation, a

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moment of silence button,

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because as soon as the alarm

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goes off, usually get out of bed, and then

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give myself some time to be

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within myself my own thoughts,

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and also to pray as well and give

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thanks for another day of being

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alive because someone else didn't

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have that opportunity. And that

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really helped me to deepen the

Dom Brightmon:

transformation process. And one

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thing that notice that all elite

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performers have is that they

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give themselves the gift of solitude.

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So they can masterfully serve the multitude.

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And that's just really one of the

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major things like we're gonna

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have to truly give ourselves silence

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and be within ourselves. And it's

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probably one of the hardest things to do, especially

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as we age in this world

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because we accumulate so many things

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and Time moves so much faster,

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especially after we hit our early 20s.

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And things just keep coming

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at you fast and you wake up one

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day as I go I'm 30 years old.

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Now some people, they wake up

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the next day, it's like, oh, dollar 50.

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So really just giving yourself

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that wonderful gift of solitude

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so that we can best serve

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the multitude because

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spiritual awareness is one

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of the keys to really being an elite per

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former and a lot of elite performers.

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Especially, like, Heck, even a lot

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of books in the Christian faith.

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They are examples of high

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performers like love them

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or hate them, Joel Olsteen,

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he may give you the sugar

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gospel, metaphorically speaking,

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because he's so easy to take in.

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But he's created a massive

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success for himself. He's

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accumulated a lot in his life

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is great a lot in his life, Steven Furtick, l

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ike all these other great

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Christian preachers in heck,

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even some folks that you

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may not know, some may even

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keep a humble presence about him.

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But you may talk to someone else.

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He's like, Hey, I met that guy over there.

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Because one guy in particular,

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he was an older guy, he was

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about I believe, 69. And he actually

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was a black belt,

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World Martial Artist,

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when his early 20s. And he actually

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owned probably a good 10%,

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if not close to 30% of the

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construction in Baltimore.

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And he was just the guy that

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had the humble brains about him.

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But he still had that spiritual awareness.

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So if whoever's listening I know

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you have a faith based artist,

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I'm a Christian myself, which I

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appreciate and just a have a

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faith aspect to your life, give yourself

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some silence, give yourself some time

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to be not only with yourself, but also

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spend some time with the master

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if that is your chosen, have to walk?

Dr. Brad Miller:

Yes. Well, some awesome insights there,

Dr. Brad Miller:

Dom about the about taking that quiet time.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Some people, you know, have

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a faith based aspect. Some

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people you know, use meditation,

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or deep breathing or yoga,

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any number of other things.

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But it is so important to get centered

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in your inner life in order to have

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some sort of expression in your

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outer life. And that makes a difference

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and helps us to be I love what you said

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about using your snooze button

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as a silent reminder to be

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silent or whatever you said there.

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Because that's it goes to things

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like habits or disciplines or

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practices that we could have

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which he could implement

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the things we've been talking

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about here, diamond. So let's

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go there, I consider this kind

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of the part the, the cognitive

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part of the process that I teach,

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is what do we think? How do we

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how do we change our thinking?

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How do we change your mindset?

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What are some of the what are some

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of the disciplines that you do or

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that you teach, that are transformative

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about the transformation of the mind?

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In order to have you know,

Dr. Brad Miller:

you have success in life?

Dom Brightmon:

Sure thing, one of the strongest weapons

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that anyone has in their arsenal

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to really change their mindset for

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the better. And heck even put

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yourself in a servant leader mind

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mindset is to really ask yourself

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two questions, especially a question

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about preparation of question

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about reflection. And I borrowed

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this from John Maxwell's books

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Thinking for a Change where he asks

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himself these two questions every day one,

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what good will I do today?

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And it's actually better, in my opinion,

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from personal experience to ask

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yourself that question right

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before you go to bed.

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Because if you ask yourself that

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question before you go to bed,

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your brain is cooking while

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you're sleeping as it's recovering

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and restoring itself for full right

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performance state. And there may be

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an opportunity that pops

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up in the middle of the day

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that you weren't consciously

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thinking about, but subconsciously,

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because you asked yourself

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that question the night before,

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an opportunity shows itself on

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that following day. Another

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question for preparation is

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what can I share? Can it be a smile,

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like icon word with somebody

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calling someone I haven't

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talked to in a while encouraging

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a friend supporting your

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friends business, if it's something

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that aligns with my life, recommend

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referring business to somebody else,

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because a lot of folks are taking

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the entrepreneurial route nowadays,

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thanks to some interesting times

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that we're in where folks who've

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lost their jobs and a referral will

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help you a lot. So focusing on what

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you can share with other people

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and at the end of the day, is

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asking yourself what good I do today.

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So if you did something great with

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question number one, you're able to

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refer some something to somebody

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else or share some thing with

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somebody else you got somebody

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learned something new to occurs

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them and you caught up with an

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old friend and they really needed

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that laugh or that that sounding

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board, then you can write down

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that question and as you really

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continue throughout your days and

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document those things, you'll

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definitely create a journal of

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proof and really being more

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ntentional with your life because

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one of the one of my favorite

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quotes that my mentor shared

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with me is that you need to live

Dom Brightmon:

your life your life by design and not by default.

Dr. Brad Miller:

I love what you're saying

Dr. Brad Miller:

there about how you begin the

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day with an affirmation, you end

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the day with all this called a

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confirmation or a re formation

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of what you are to have done a

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while you are to do and I love

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your your phraseology about

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about what good can I do? One

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of the ones I use is to do all the

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good that you can I say to myself,

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do all the good that I can. And I try

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to say to others, I have some

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connection with or influence on

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do all the good that that you can.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And I love what you're saying there.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And then you also mentioned

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about a phrase that I'm not familiar

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with. I'm familiar with journaling,

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if adequate. My my journal is right

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next to my desk here. But you say

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Journal of proof, and I love what

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you said, I'm not sure if that's

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original to you, or maybe you got

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off to someplace else. But I love

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that kind of a a celebration or

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affirmation of what's gone on in

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your life. And so what if you know

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without revealing anything more

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that you want to what kind of

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thing kind of things we're gonna

Dr. Brad Miller:

find your journal a proof.

Dom Brightmon:

Ah, one of the things you're

Dom Brightmon:

gonna find is also List of

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victories because some,

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like there's the classic practice

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that's really popular gratitude

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journal. But if you want to flip

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that and even make it even

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more powerful for yourself, a

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buddy of mine. Got it. That's got a

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bet. Oh, here we go. Sam leave

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what's that's his name. So in today's

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pop to my assembly, which he

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was on a podcast last year. And

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he mentioned creating a victory

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log where you write down

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all your victories for the day.

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So you woke up today, that's

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a victory you were able to share

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God word or furrow with somebody,

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that's a victory. If somebody

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shared referral to you and

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you're in business, that's a victory,

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you're able to get to work on time.

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And you usually are the lay person,

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if you still have a commute, that's

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another victory. And then tracking

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all of those wonderful victories, like

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heck, even me being on this podcast.

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That's a victory today being on

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podcasts in the past, being able to

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reach out to certain people, were

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all my dream guest lists and having

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them really accept the invitation to

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be on my podcast a heck even if

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it's a day where I'm still blessed

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that my elderly mother who's still

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alive, she has a day where she

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isn't feeling too bad. And that's

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a victory for me too, because

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she's at the point now where

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she should enjoy her days left on

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earth because no one knows the

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day or the hour when we may

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have to say goodbye to this

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world and move on to the next one.

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So just counting those victories,

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just stuff like those, it doesn't

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matter how big or small like if

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you have heard the gratitude

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journal and does it resonate with

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you try calling it a victory log and

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writing down those things

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that have happened to you

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constantly 24/7 and see

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what lines up and then you can go

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back and reflect on it. Another

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reason why I called a journal a

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proof because you get to look back

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and see wow, I've actually done

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some things with my life. It may

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have moved fast, but I've

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actually documented a few things.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Now that's awesome. Well, let's

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start to shift now DOM towards

Dr. Brad Miller:

all this stuff. You've learned all the

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experiences you had with your with

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your father and Alzheimer's, your car

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crash all the various things you

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talk about reading and speaking

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and leadership, and your own

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processes for self reflection,

Dr. Brad Miller:

spiritual life. That's all well and good.

Dr. Brad Miller:

That is so awesome, man. But you

Dr. Brad Miller:

have gone beyond that. And you

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have been shared them. You've

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have books, you have training, you

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have services that you offer. And

Dr. Brad Miller:

I believe that we truly transform

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when we serve others with love.

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And with what we've got, you know,

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we we consume, and we have

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transformed ourselves. But it's you know,

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it's not to be a selfish thing.

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It's to be shared with others. So

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would you share with our beyond

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adversity audience some of the things

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that you then teach and lead and

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advocate, I know you have this,

Dr. Brad Miller:

you really emphasize going north,

Dr. Brad Miller:

your TrueNorth tell us what it what

Dr. Brad Miller:

you're about, what does it mean

Dr. Brad Miller:

for you about going north?

Dom Brightmon:

Sure thing. So going north is

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really about advancing others

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to advance yourself in the process

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and bracing your dreams or

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helping others to embrace

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their as well as getting closer to

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embracing theirs. Because we

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all have things that we want to

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do in life, whether a promotion

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to the next level was something that you

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want to do it that was your dream at

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one point and helping someone get

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there. One of the best things

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you can do in this lifetime is to

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help someone else, especially

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someone else reach their next

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level. And they get to thank

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you for it. And it doesn't even have

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to come with a bunch of

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accolades. And sometimes it doesn't

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always come with a nice shiny

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check with extra zeros on in the beginning.

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And just really just helping folks realize

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that a success is tangible and helping

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folks unleash and unlock their value

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because that's the thing I'm sure that

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we both believe in is the fact that

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everyone has value already.

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Everyone has value because of someone's

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living and breathing. They have

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value and everyone has a certain gift

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that they've been blessed with.

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And they can bless others with like me with my voice.

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That's a gift I've been given.

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And lately these past few years, I've

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been honing my skill of comedy and it's

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kind of evolved into me being

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metaphorical colonel in the corny

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joke kingdom, because the corncob

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a day keeps some groaning all day.

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Say enough corny jokes. It keeps going,

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folks just gonna keep loving you for it.

Dr. Brad Miller:

But you got the corny jokes in my family.

Dr. Brad Miller:

I'm considered the I guess the

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dean of dead jokes. Yeah. I send my

Dr. Brad Miller:

I have three adult children and I

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on a pretty regular basis in them.

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I call it my dad's daily joke, Dad's

Dr. Brad Miller:

daily joke. They, they really, they

Dr. Brad Miller:

really hate it sometimes. And sometimes

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they like it. But But yeah, but hey,

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you've got to have fun, right? You

Dr. Brad Miller:

know, we've got to have some joy

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and celebration in life. Otherwise,

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what's it all about? Man? You know, what's

Dr. Brad Miller:

it all about if we don't have a joy and

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fulfillment, because so many of us

Dr. Brad Miller:

have a sense of desperation,

Dr. Brad Miller:

or you know, the adversity,

Dr. Brad Miller:

whatever we face. It, we all have

Dr. Brad Miller:

our things, you know, I've had my

Dr. Brad Miller:

health challenges in my life. And

Dr. Brad Miller:

I've had various things to deal

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with in my life in terms of relationships

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with through divorce many years ago.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And, you know, we all got stuff to deal with.

Dr. Brad Miller:

And especially in the last year or

Dr. Brad Miller:

two with the COVID, and political

Dr. Brad Miller:

stuff, and racial stuff, and violence

Dr. Brad Miller:

and international things going on.

Dr. Brad Miller:

It's just a tough, tough world that we

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live in, and you submit to about how

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things can be distracting and things

Dr. Brad Miller:

like that. And, but you got to do

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something about it. And you're offering us

Dr. Brad Miller:

some some insight here. Tell us about

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some of what you've taught here.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Whether it's having a good laugh, or

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whether it's something inside of your book,

Dr. Brad Miller:

I'd like for you to share about

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maybe a person or persons maybe

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an organization that you've worked with Dom where

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you have seen some of the you've

Dr. Brad Miller:

had some part to play in some

Dr. Brad Miller:

transformation, that they've had some

Dr. Brad Miller:

way that they've been able to navigate

Dr. Brad Miller:

adversity, come on to a better place.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Tell us a good news story.

Dom Brightmon:

Sure thing. So a buddy of mine,

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he was actually, he actually

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joined the John Maxwell team last

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year, too, after helping him out with

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some suggestions of giving him

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some templates of some brochures

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that some folks may use.

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And actually, one of the things he

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wanted to do, because a lot of folks

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are doing it nowadays is starting a

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podcast of his own. And he actually

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had ideas like that. That's probably one of

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the drawbacks of being a creative

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person, a person with a bright hidden

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shoulders if they have a lot of ideas,

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and it can get them down on paper.

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But the drawback is it's the action

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and the implementation piece.

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And sometimes you just have to

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sit down and really get quiet

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and do at least one thing and do

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one thing. And he was having some trouble with self

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doubt, heck, even I had trouble

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with self doubt, too. And he had a theme

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for his show originally called summer

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show summer soldiers where it was

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supposed to be men giving young

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men advice of tools, especially young

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black men, since is a black man himself

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and the whole George Floyd situation,

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it was huge all over the globe.

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And he wanted to at least contribute

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to helping heal that situation. And it evolved

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into just him bringing on other wonderful

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people, especially those who are in youth

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leadership role of helping out the youth

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into a podcast called gift and the gift

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podcast because I hooked him up with at

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least five good people that ended up

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being on his show to give them that starting

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boost. Because sometimes if you tell

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enough people about your goals, a

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nd you can talk to the right people

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who will actually be the wind underneath

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your wings, then you'll be in a better

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place as opposed to those who may

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be dream killers. And they just want

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to take the air for Monday, and then

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chop off the wings of the airplane.

Dr. Brad Miller:

In that cool when you see that

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transformation take place

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and in your friend, your colleague here.

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And you know that if it goes well if

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it goes away, and I believe it's a

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it's a God thing when these type

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of things happen, that if that

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transformation happens with

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that person, and maybe he has

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some influences so that people

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listen to his podcast or some of

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the people that he has some

Dr. Brad Miller:

connection with, and it goes on and

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expands and he gets better and

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gets better I'd say ever evolving

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thing and I believe that's how

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transportation takes place in groups

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and in larger organizations is by

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individuals being transformed

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and they share that with others.

Dr. Brad Miller:

So you got some good

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stuff here my friend, and I think you

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got a lot more to share and you've

Dr. Brad Miller:

got several books and you've got

Dr. Brad Miller:

several things on your website

Dr. Brad Miller:

DOM Brightman calm. If people w

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ant to learn more about you and

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how you could speak into their life.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Give him a smile, give him

Dr. Brad Miller:

some energy, you've got infectious energy.

Dr. Brad Miller:

You got it. You got it just a way about you, you got that. That deep, resonant voice, you got that radio voice. And

Dr. Brad Miller:

people tell me I have that sometimes

Dr. Brad Miller:

and I cut, I kind of jokingly call it the voice of God.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Hey, yo, you've got that going on

Dr. Brad Miller:

area kid bears, you know, some

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credibility with it. But if you're

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going to speak into somebody's life,

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that next person, how can they get

Dr. Brad Miller:

connected to you and what you're all about?

Dom Brightmon:

Sure thing, and thanks again for

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having me on your podcast. Dr.

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Brad, I appreciate you for the invite.

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This is amazing to do an amazing

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work is so for those who want to

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keep in contact with yours truly, Dom bryman.com

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is the best place to go. If you want to

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shoot me an email, shoot me an

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email and Dom and Dom brightman.com

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as well. And I usually check all my

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emails, even the spam ones that e

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nd up in the trash folder. So hey,

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feel free to reach out to me.

Dr. Brad Miller:

Awesome. And we'll put connections

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to your website, Dom brightman.com

Dr. Brad Miller:

at our website, which is Dr. Brad miller.com.

Dr. Brad Miller:

What a pleasure. He is the author

Dr. Brad Miller:

of several books, including going north

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tips and techniques to advance yourself.

Dr. Brad Miller:

He has various leadership training o

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ther opportunities for coaching that can

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enhance your life and help you to

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unlock your inner values. His name is

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Dom bride been we thank you

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for being our guest today on the

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beyond adversity podcast with Dr. Brad Miller.

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