Team Update!

So where the hell have all of us been?!

Traveling and working!

Two of us have been golfing every week for the past few months (which are our jobs) and then the others of us have been stuck in business meetings doing typical work bullshit however both have allowed us to collect a chunk of experiences to share with you!

Work has been decent as of late… typical clients that don’t understand, act like they do, ask questions, you answer honestly, then they try to screw you…. 

When in business did it become normal to screw your business or service provider? Did you know that nearly 5% of small business revenue is tied up in collections?! Not even ACTUAL REVENUE… cash money… Just ass jack clients that don’t want to pay their bills so they cost these companies more money…

Ask yourself what type of client you are being before asking ANYTHING of your contractor or service provider. You will likely change or tune or change the entire path of the conversation….

Think about it!! 

House Calls!

Got a hilarious telephone call from one of my college buddies and had to share it.

Blake is one of our friends who was the ring leader of our party circle. We would do everything together in high school, college, grad school, etc. This guy was literally the co-pilot to all of our greatest fuck ups. Literally.

Blake met a wonderful gal while in grad school and married her. They now have three kids, live in a very affluent neighborhood, and he has a job as a doctor that works on rich people. Literally, he makes house calls for rich people that don’t want to GO to the doctor. Needless to say, with his clientele he deals with a lot of absent minded individuals.

He calls to share a story with me about one of his clients that calls him at 11PM at night screaming because her six year old son is up screaming that his stomach hurts, and she thinks it could be something “more”. Whatever more is…

So, Blake takes the house call and heads over to their house, which luckily is only a few neighborhoods over from Blake. Luckily, his wife is very understanding and allows him to leave for all of these silly house calls. (Many of his clients are public figures, sports stars, etc. so almost ALL of his calls are house calls)

Blake gets to the house, pushes the call box at the gate, and they let him in.

Walks up to the house, and the Mom comes out (with cocktail in hand) screaming at Blake to hurry up and help her son who is upstairs and in lots of pain.

She escorts him upstairs to her son’s room and then leaves.

He finds this boy sitting on the shitter playing his game-boy. The kid who will remain nameless, looks at Blake while still playing game boy and shitting….. and goes “Hey man. I’m fine. I told my mom my ass was on fire because we had Mexican tonight, and she decided to call you”

At this point Blake is dying laughing and tells him “But you mom called and said you were in lots of pain and you were screaming”…..

The kids reply “Yeah, i was screaming at my Game Boy”

 

SMH.

Cut your losses!

Everyone needs to know when to cut their losses.

No matter personal or professional we all have losses that we all need to cut. It sometimes takes us getting our feelings and pride thrown up in our faces, but we need to have it thrown in our faces sooner than later.

In your professional lives if we keep an employee on staff for too long because we like them, we end up bleeding money on someone because we have blind hope that it will work out for the sake of our own pride, as well as the desire to see your employees succeed.

In our personal lives if you are not losing friends, you are not growing. True friends will understand your growth and will be only a phone call away. This is very true and it takes a lot of guts to realize this in our personal lives because our friends and personal interactions are what keeps us centered and bring us comfort.

If you have the same best friends for 10-20 years, you likely haven’t grown. Try to make yourself change and adapt. Change is necessary for growth, as a seed does not stay a seed.

Stop Complaining!

If you can’t determine if you are this stupid after reading this, you likely are the problem with today’s society. Let’s just put that out there before you even bother to continue reading this.

While talking to some people today i hear varying opinions on all kinds of topics such as religion, politics, social status, and much more. Typically, I remain opinionated because of the fact that I really do not care what people think, so why the hell does it matter?

Anyways, over the past few years we have been friends with this couple who are a complete train wreck and their relationship is solely based upon desperation due to them having a mid-thirties mid-life crisis. The husband was a Marine and served on three tours in Iraq and overall is a great guy. He is a God loving, gun toting, tattooed bad-ass from the United States Military that serves our country for over a decade. On the other hand is his wife, the bitchy divorced mid-thirties girl who has done a diligent effort in letting her political views cloud her success in life and devour her every ounce of logic. Literally, the kind of girl that can’t keep herself out of drama, because she finds it necessary to inject her liberal ass opinion on every situation possible.

Stop! Before you get ass hurt and get on the political views bitch here listen up… I have friends that are gay, black, straight, liberal, conservative, democratic, republican, libertarian, etc. The problem is not the political view associated with the individual, it is how that individual respects OTHER’s personal and political views. If you have no respect for others to keep your whiny ass shut because of the conflict it will cause, then go fuck yourself sideways. You’re the problem with the world.

Now, back on topic! They have been married for 2 years and have been together for 3 in total. One of them in very self-motivated and determined to be successful in everything they do. The other one has this entitled view of society and views everyone like they can learn something from them. (Guess who is who!?)

Now, they are married and all of these personality characteristics are coming out of the woodwork and they keep complaining about each other. On a weekly basis we hear shit about how the wife is so down in the dumps and has some new issue, and some new drama, and some new problem to deal with. At the same time we hear about how the husband is successful, motivated, and is busting his ass working 12-14 hours a day to help support his family… All while it’s a chore for his wife to sit at her desk for a bitchy 5 hours per day reading emails and answering telephones.

At what point did these two think that their personal characteristics were compatible? You have one person who is very respectful of others political views, beliefs, and all around is a good person which does not stem from religion or political association. Then you have the other part of this relationship that is an opinionated bitch that feels the need to insert her opinion into every damn situation every because it’s her “right”… Everyone has rights, not everyone has respect.

If you are one of these people who is a newly-wed looking at your relationship going “What the fuck happened!?”… Maybe you should have taken a step back and taken the relationship for face value and not dug in any deeper. Maybe dig in a few times, but then don’t call her for two weeks. Whatev.

 

Don’t be a megaphone!

This applies to most people unfortunately. If this doesn’t apply to you, I personally applaud you and thank you for your logical service to society.

In a whirlwind of bullshit at one of our offices today I have an employee run up to me and say “Hey, we have a problem”… He states the problem which obviously cannot be shared with all of you, but the problem is small in the big scheme of things. Literally, the problem equates to somewhere in the neighborhood of a fraction of a percent.

So, I of course ask the logical questions of… 1. are we required to take part in this? 2. what is this needed for? 3. have you asked anyone else about this to see if it is actually needed?

As I ask these questions, I get blank stare in return. To all of them.

I say this as a business owner, problem solver, and more so than that, a logical person who doesn’t like bullshit.

Please make it a point when seeing a problem and complaining about it, to actually have a solution to the problem when you are bringing it up to someone. Think of how the person must feel when you’re bring a shit little problem to the table, but no solution.

Don’t me a megaphone and state the problems louder than necessary. What are you doing? What are you solving?

Be logical. Be thoughtful. Be proactive.

Not an OUNCE of compassion!

Living in a suburban time warp you meet a lot of people from all different strides of like, which honestly many of which have not come from great up-bringings. Not like they were homeless drug addicts, but most all of our neighbors “made it”. This is pretty common in our neighborhood, as we are all in our mid thirties / early forties and we really didn’t come from anything close to what we have now.

With that being said it is however quite interesting to see how these people raise their children with a complete lack of common sense and respect for people around them. It’s almost like children today are so fucking self-involved they cant dislodge their heads out of their asses (cell phones), to take a second and actually communicate and be a respectful member of society.

Given the nature of where we live, this is a very common these not just with our family, but other contributing members to this blog as well. We all kind of live in suburban areas of Greater Atlanta, and it’s actually pretty funny that no matter where you go… Kids will all be the same based upon how society is bringing up our children.

The unfortunate thing though is kids now are growing up to be worthless members of society that literally lack every ounce of self-worth and motivation that we all had growing up. Kids today are coming back home, living with mommy and daddy after college, getting kicked out of school, being disrespectful. This shit NEVER happened in the 80’s and 90’s!

These kids in today’s world are lacking an ass whooping and a lot of self worth.

Good Book! Read it!

This will be quick, as i don’t have much time today with how hectic work has been the past two weeks. Unfortunately, it does not show any signs of letting up which is also a blessing and a curse!

I stumbled upon a book called Living With a Seal by Jesse Itzler, and it was recommended to me by one of by buddies who actually knows Jesse in some weird way. He said that it is by far one of the funniest reads because of the way the book is written, and if you grew up in the 70’s  or 80’s  due to the mindset of the book, you’ll find it even funnier because of how our parents were. There’s a bunch of stuff that as an adult you can easily look over, and lose sight of. This book was a good reset for me, and likely will be for many other people.

Growing up my parents had a very “militarily” style of parenting, which made me and my brother very strong people. There was never a day of feeling down on yourself, or a day or not making your bed, getting up late, not doing chores, and not being a good person. Point blank, every day you had objectives, and you accomplished them. Period.

No matter if it was washing the dishes, taking the tractor out to cut the fields, or even just cleaning around the house, you had objectives. And you were only told to do them about 2-3 times, until you started catching on. As a pre-teen, if you saw the floors were dirty, you’d better get mopping before mom catches the floors looking like this. If she told you to mop the floors she would critique the shit out of you until those floors were perfect. Much easier to do it before she could complain. This logic applied to everything we did growing up in Georgia far before it was populated with housewives and country clubs.

This book i read literally reiterated all of the things my parents taught me growing up. On days i didn’t need to be up early, i was waking up early to be successful and complete my objectives for the day. Period. (They always got done)

As an adult, now with a family, company, and more relationships than i know what to do with, there comes a time where you ask yourself “What are my daily objectives?”

The things that make you TICK. Figure it out. It’s a hell of a great book, especially if you’re a child born in the 70’s or 80’s.

 

Be careful who you sh*t on!

In all aspects of life you will run into people not just once, but multiple times. Don’t ask why, but generally if you’ve seen someone once, there’s a very high likelihood that you’ll see them again. No matter if personal of professional, you will likely run into the same people later in life.

A great example of this, which is very relevant as of recently for me is a business partner we worked with in Los Angeles a few years back. My company had a large project out in Los Angeles, California with this project team that was comprised of about 5 individuals who were living out there permanently to finish up this start-up project they were working on. When working on these larger projects, you get pretty close to the people you’re working with because they are who you are with literally ALL day. I am not emphasizing when i say all day. You live in the same corporate housing, you eat at the same restaurants, you work on the same job site, it’s literally nuts. Over the 18 months we were on-site my partners and i got very close with the project team out there that we were working with. These guys were from ALL walks of life and all countries.

One thing i forgot to mention was the fact that these guys you are working with, are literally your weekend co-pilots. Lots of times it’s more of a pain in the butt to travel back home Friday after work, just to fly back on Monday morning or Sunday evening. More times than not we would end up staying in Los Angeles to play golf over the weekend and just goof around. We did toooons of dumb shit while out there. It was great.

Once our project was closed out we all shook hands and parted our ways like men do and haven’t spoken since.

(Fast forward 6 years)

My company is working on a project, and we hear our client is going to be bringing in a new internal project team for us to work with. We really don’t think anything of it because it’s a longstanding client of ours, and they’re just shifting chess pieces around essentially. Earlier this week my company was asked to come in for a meeting so we could meet the new project team that would be handling this project for us, and guess who walks through the door?

The same three guys we worked with back in Los Angeles for 18 months! As soon as we saw each other we all busted out laughing and exchanged hugs, laughs, etc. These were three guys that i thought i would NEVER see again in my entire life despite spending close to two years of our lives together. These are guys that literally, not only live on the other side of the country, but two of them live on the other side of the world. The likelihood of us seeing each other again was so slim, i never thought it would happen.

Now, we are working on this dream project with people that we have a GREAT professional and personal relationship with…

Goes to show you…. Almost a decade later… People remember you. They remember the good times. The bad times. They remember everything. Be careful who you shit on, and how you treat people. You never know when God’s going to put someone or something back into your life!

Good Housewife… Bad House-guest!

We have a group of friends that’s pretty out there. Many run and operate very successful businesses, and then others are simply have no desire in life to further develop. My wife and I have a very good relationship with most all of our friends that share the same desires and have the same drive as we do. We are very determined to be successful and make the best life possible for our children. As for the friends that have no desire to further develop, those ones are the issue.

While i was away on a business trip my wife invited one of her girlfriends over who falls into that category of “no desire to further develop”. One of those girls that didn’t go to college, didn’t want to stand up for herself and have strong meaningful relationships, didn’t want to build up her future while she was younger, etc. Now, she is in her mid thirties and has the job of a 23 year old and a boyfriend who is literally one of the nicest guys you would ever meet, but she is such a cluster-fuck she starts a million fights a day with him simply for the fun of it. (Bitch is crazy, right!?)

(Begin rant…. )

So, I arrive home from my business trip and see her car parked in our driveway. Our driveway is huge. We have a 3 car garage, and a driveway where you could park 4 cars in the driveway and still pull all 3 cars into the garage. Don’t worry, she parks right in the middle of the driveway blocking my garage door so i cant pull my car into the garage. This is about the 100th time she has done this, and she consistently does it every time she comes over.

(At this point, i am mildly annoyed….)

I finally find a way to squeeze my car past her, pull into the garage, and i walk inside to see my lovely wife in the kitchen making dinner for our family.

I say hey to her, give her a kiss, say hey to our kids, gets my welcome-home hugs, and put my bag down. Sitting on my sofa in silence is this crazy bitch friend of my wife’s… In silence. Doesn’t turn around to say hello to me, despite she has been at me home all day, eating our food, drinking our liquor, and really just invades our f*cking space! At this point, i still haven’t received a “hello” from her, so i walk upstairs and decompress for about an hour.

Oh, one variable i haven’t told everyone about is the fact that this girl also finds it necessary to bring her f*cking dog over to our house… All the damn time. It’s not just any dog… It’s a dog that is poorly trained, has long nails, and continually farts, shits, and pisses on every square inch of your home. Despite the fact that the dog is like 5 years old. Any dog owner knows that if you have issues with your dog that are disciplinary like this, all of those issues stem from the owner sucking at life.

So, i have not only this “girlfriend” of my wife’s over, but we are also graced with the presence of this animal that desperately needs training. (Not his fault, can’t be mad at the dog)

To add insult to injury and compound the havoc our house guests are costing us, we are now having to deal with having this dog IN our home. Want to know what’s worse than having this dog IN your house though? Putting him outside, because this little f*cker jumps on your doors and scratches the shit out of them. Rips the paint right off the doors, and smear mud all the way up them.

You think that’s it? Oh no… Don’t worry… I come downstairs after my 1 hour “mental health break” and i sit down for dinner… Don’t worry our “house guest” joins us for dinner as well. As i am sitting down for dinner her dog not only pisses on our floor ONCE but TWICE!!! Right next to where i am eating by the way…

So, i say some rude comments i am sure when this happens, and then our house guest finally leaves…  After she has pissed on our floors, scratched our doors, slung mud on our doors, eaten our food, drank our liquor, and blocked my garage door.

In closing i leave you all with this… While i love my wife, she knows she pushed by buttons that day. I love her regardless of her choice of house guest. She is always accommodating and takes pride in making our house, a home for everyone that comes over.

As a house-guest…. If you do dumb shit like i described above, please just drive your car off a f*cking bridge.

Fishing Trip Recommendations! Help!

Our group of friends are all big fishermen. Not big, but we like sitting on a boat while hammered drunk, and then give us a rod with a razor sharp hook on it… We are in heaven. Even better, let us sling that razor sharp hook thru the air while sitting in the middle of a river… Game on.

We are looking at putting together a fishing trip for a few guys (4-5) of us and escape with clients for a few days without the wives. It’s a good opportunity for us to blend our businesses as well as allow our client bases to learn about each other from people that they’ve never met before. It’s kind of like asking someone that drives the Lexus what they think after a few years of driving it, opposed to asking the car salesman.

We have always made it a point to go up to North Georgia to a place called Cannon Falls Lodge, as well as a few other private properties on the rivers up there to go fly fishing. However, we are now on the quest for something bigger and better.

We are looking to head out to do some fishing out west so we can catch the BIG rainbows, but everyone we talk to has very strong opinions about where THEY like to go… Does anyone have any relevant suggestions about where to go? There have been no consistencies in the feedback we have been getting.