Retired USAF Master Sergeant talks about his personal journey to be the best man he can be and his quest to buy a 4-million dollar ranch while trying to overcome life's obstacles. ADHD, Vanlife, Financial Independence, Weight-loss, Indie Author, Dating, and Everything Else.
I am an expert a very few things if any. Today's topic is not one of them, but that doesn't mean I can't share some thoughts and opinions on the subject. The subject? Racism! Specifically, the fact that I don't think it will ever go away.
Why do I say this? Because I don't think it has diminished over that last 100 years one bit. Rules and policies have been put in place. We as a country have made advancement in the fair treatment of people of color but that doesn't mean it has stopped racist people from being racist. We have implemented consequences for being racist but we haven't changed racists' minds. And now with the leader of this country being who he is and what he is, racists now feel free to express their thoughts.
Our country may seem more racist these days but it's not, those people were always there.
Does anything good come from fear? I don't think so. While recording this I did realize that maybe fear keeps us from doing dumb and dangerous stuff but does it? Or is that more common sense than fear.
In this episode, I talk about the two types of fear, which I completely made up. Supported and Unsupported fear. Whether you are afraid of something because of past experience or not, what you are afraid of doesn't really exist. You are afraid of a future event, something that may or MAY NOT happen.
Can you imagine a world where we base our decisions on something that may or may not happen? In a world where anything is possible—limitless possibilities—we are going to base our decisions on the one scenario that would suck.
You can get "Moncada" here: https://amzn.to/2N6YnOK
Two very successful people recently killed themselves. Maybe we should redefine success. But that's another podcast. The death of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain reaffirms something I had been thinking about and prompted me to publish something I wrote a couple years ago. An article I wrote after I had the vision of sending a bullet through my own head.
The thing I have been thinking about is how everyone is struggling with something. All of us. We all have something we are dealing with. A lot of us think that our problems will go away when we have money. If this is the case then why have so many celebrities over the years killed themselves.
In this episode, I share my thoughts on how money does not bring happiness. (I know it's cliche.) In fact, I can bring the complete opposite.
You can read the article I am talking about here: https://medium.com/@davidsotojr/i-struggle-with-it-too-aef7dacbb6ef
I'm 44 now. I guess this is my 2018 birthday podcast.
Nothing special really to talk about. I pretty much took the week off. Not really. I'm a writer, I write and create every day but I did have a little birthday getaway up in the mountains. It's almost over, then back to... I don't know what. The land of the internet I guess.
In this episode, I talk about my week in the mountains and the accomplishments I have made. It's funny what you can do when you have no internet. You have no choice but to read and if you are a creator, you have no choice but to create.
One of the things that came to me was an idea for a new book. I share that idea here.
Well, I published another book and nobody cares. Not one bit. I launched Moncada and 5 people bought the damn thing. Three of them were friends helping me out.
I had a pity party for about a day and then I got back to work. I got more books to publish.
In this episode, I talk about what I went through and what happened a few days later that made me forget any doubts I had. I work things out on camera again. I figure out that I have readers out there, I just need to find them.
I am not giving up. This is all part of my story.
If you don't know why I do these podcasts, why any of should do anything in our life, really, it's for myself. It might seem silly. Yeah, I want to help people and all but what I have realized is that people don't want your help unless they ask for it. The thing is people aren't going to ask you for anything unless they see you have something they are also striving for. Basically, lead by example. If I want to help people be their best self, I need to lead by example and get my shit together. I have discovered that these podcasts help me do this. This episode is a prime example as I am caught on camera figuring something major out.
I wasn't sure what the topic of this episode was going to be. I just know I had a story I wanted to share. I talk about how poorly I was treated as a kid because I was not good at sports. These stories led to me asking why did I keep trying to play organized sports if I got so much crap for being bad, if I was ridiculed so much, if I was picked on so much?
As a writer, the most important tool in my arsenal is my computer. When it goes down it needs to be fixed or replaced ASAP no matter the cost. Now, when mine went down the other day, I replaced it with a used one. When that didn't work, I went out and bought a brand new one without returning the first one. (but with the intent to) Why do I bring all this up? Because I dropped $1700 without any problem. Me, an unemployed veteran that lives in a van and hasn't had an income for six months. Oh, and doesn't have a credit card. How was able to do this? An Emergency Fund.
Insecurity got the better of me not too long ago. Some feedback on my first book, or rather the lack of it, led me to self-doubt and feeling like an imposter. I decided it was time to rewrite the book.
Funny thing happened when I started reading it. I went from one extreme to the other. I got my confidence back. It's a great story. I love it. Yeah, it could use some polishing but it's pretty damn good as is.
So what changed? Nothing really. The book is the same. I am making the changes but they aren't published yet. That's the thing. If anything changed, it was me changing my mind about how I felt.
This means I am in control of my feelings and mood. I let outside influences affect my mood but ultimately it's my decision. Why would I give that control to anything or anyone?
Also, comparing myself to others is another bad habit I have which I let influence my mood. I cover it more in this episode.
This is the book I am talking about rewriting: https://amzn.to/2LdXT8G
I have my up days and I have my down days. The day I recorded this was a down day. I felt lower than whale shit. The first thing I decide to do was to go see a movie and eat some popcorn. That helped a bit. Next, was a nap and then, the recording of this podcast.
In this episode, I talk about anxiety and depression. I don't have a solution for you, but I do document me trying to work through it myself. I have been dealing with and working on my mental health for years now. The weird thing is that it's like physical health, I know what to eat, what activities to do, and what kind of environment I should be in for optimal health but I don't always do it.
The big take away from this is reminding myself the things that give us anxiety and depression don't really exist. They are figments of our imagination. Really!
I know the title is deceiving as I haven't actually sold one million books and am now passing on that knowledge to you. In Episode 17 I made the declaration that I was in the process of selling one million books. This is me documenting the process.
Make no mistake, I have no idea how I'm going to sell one million books, but when it happens, we'll have these podcasts and videos telling the story of how I did it.
This episode is a little selfish because not only am I sharing where I am in the book publishing process, but I am making a big announcement. One of them is that The Whore, Marisol Rivera is free on Amazon for Cinco de Mayo. The other? You'll have to tune in.
If you are listening to this on Cinco de Mayo 2018 follow this link to get your free copy of "The Whore, Marisol Rivera."
I have both blogged and vlogged about it before. I even think the article got picked up by The Goodmen Project, now that I think about it. I recently had an experience that reaffirms what I believe about doing what you love. I went salsa dancing.
For the past four Tuesdays, I have gone to salsa class. The is the first time I have taken a partner's hand in four years maybe. What took me so long? With just an hour a week, my quality of life has improved so much.
This is the importance of doing what you love. IT MAKES YOUR LIFE BETTER! It does not have to be your job or career life everyone insists. Just do what you love even if it is just an hour a week. Your whole life will improve.
Also, I meant to get into this a little more, but I think that the miserable people of the world are so because they do not do what they love.
I am a firm believer in affirmations. Some people call them prayers, some refer it to as putting it out there in the universe. Whatever! All I know is that if I write something down, say it out loud, or think about it often; it WILL happen. All that being said, I thought it was time that I made a declaration.
I am in the process of selling a million books. ONE MILLION!
I have had such a strong desire to say it out loud—to publish it on the internet for some reason—but what good is it to anyone for me to do that. So what I have decided to do is to document the process. I am going to share what it is I am doing as I reach my goal of one million books sold.
In this episode, I not only make my declaration I feel so strongly about, but I also catch everyone up with where I am in the book writing and publishing process. I could be documenting me falling flat on my face, but I doubt it.
Two things really got me thinking about this topic lately. One, I went and did a reading at a place called Book Bar in Denver. Now, I thought, and have even been told, that I am a good public speaker. I thought I was going to be a natural in front of the mic. I'm a podcaster for Christ's sake! Well, I got nervous and my voice trembled a bit. Overall, I did pretty well but it was not a flawless performance. I would have liked to have done better. That's when I knew I had to do more of them.
The other thing that led me to this podcast topic was "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." In listening to Jerry Seinfeld interview all these successful comedians, I learned they all had one thing in common. They were all bad at one point and it took getting on stage over and over again to get better.
In today's episode, I go over the four steps to getting better at anything. Anything you want! If these four steps don't work, I guarantee your money back.
Good question! For the longest time, I thought Mexican was a race and that people who were prejudice against Mexicans were racist. It turns out; I was wrong. That led me to wonder what do I mark when I fill out forms and applications that ask my race?
I was reminded of this when someone posted a question on youtube in response to Episode 5 "Proud to be Mexican-American." In this episode, I answer that question and go over the research I did in order to back up my answer. Yeah, I answered the question BEFORE I did the research. But it had been something I had been pondering on for quite some time.
My research not only reaffirmed what I thought it taught me a lot about Mexico and race. I like how race is a social construct. Oh, I also learned what the word construct means.
What if I told you there was no such thing as race?
Before I discovered I was meant to be a storyteller I wanted to be a health and wellness guru. Someone in the field, someone I looked up to, gave me some really bad advice one day. I followed this advice for several years and was unhappy. Then I noticed so was the person that gave me the advice.
In this episode, I get into the specifics of this example. It has to do with writing and being an author but it applies to life in general.
A recurring theme I seem to be talking about a lot is putting oneself first. Even before this podcast, I talked about it. Doing anything in your life for others is the path to misery. Essentially, because we don't give without the expectation of something in return.
I think a big contributor to the unhappiness of the world is this:
We give something people didn't even ask for and then get pissed because they're not interested, because they didn't buy it, or because they didn't appreciate it.
Put your oxygen mask on first!
Nobody wants your god damn guns. They want children to stop getting murdered.
I never really thought I would be talking about such touchy political subjects but I can't not speak about it. We have people attacking children for voicing their opinion, propaganda all over youtube, a housewife from Arnold, Missouri seeking out fame by brainwashing Americans, and here is the biggest thing, SOME OF US ARE ON THE SAME SIDE!
In this episode, I talk about how divided we are as a country and how we don't need to be. We are acting like junior high kids, and I am being conservative here. It's more like elementary school children. We don't like what people are saying, so we are calling them names. We are throwing fits, stomping our feet and crossing our arms saying "it's not fair." It's time to grow up America. Let's use some common sense. If we calm the fuck down a bit and act like adults, we'll see that many of us are on the same side.
The truth is it's hard!
Someone recently commented on FB that I had "this perfect life." I was like, Dude you have no idea how far from perfect it is. These past two years on the road have been hard.
In this episode, I talk about why vanlife is a lot harder than pictures on Instagram show. The biggest contributor? Isolation. And it's not necessarily because of loneliness. I actually like being alone but the isolation, that's tough. When you are forced to quite your mind, many people don't like what they hear. That's why they do their best to keep their mind occupied with something or anything else. With vanlife, that's not an option. Vanlife forces you to deal with the devil within.
I cover some other things that make it tough too, like money! I forgot to cover dating. I guess we can save that for another episode.
I am a grown ass man and I recently had one of those experiences where I woke up and felt like I had to apologize. Even as a young man I thought that one's drinking is out of hand if he or she has to apologize for his actions the next day. I've woke up like that a few times in the past year, and I got to say, it's not ok.
In this episode, I talk about why I shouldn't be drinking in the first place but also go over some hints that indicate that I'm an alcoholic. It's eye-opening for me, really.
I knew I was an addict and thought that my addiction was to food, specifically sugar. Of course, I have fallen off that wagon and am dealing with the fact that I just ate some cookies right now. While I attended my meetings, I always thought to myself that I was glad I didn't have to give up booze—glad I wasn't an alcoholic. I couldn't imagine what it would be like to hang out with my friends and family and not have a beer (code for getting shit-faced). Well, guess what?
With recent events blowing up the internet, I have been asking myself, What EXACTLY is the NRA? I asked on twitter and facebook and got zero responses. Does anybody really know? I took to their website and found some answers.
So... the NRA is a gun safety and training school? That's not a bad thing I guess, but I can't help but wonder why a school is so influential on our government? Also, what does a school have members and not just students—each paying separate fees?
Still confused I continued to ask the question, What the eff is the NRA? I got an answer on a drive in the Rockies with a close friend of mine. His answer: A church. He was absolutely right.
In this episode, I talk about the similarities between the NRA and a church.
Is everything we know about relationships from TV and the movies?
I'm not sure where I heard it, but it was very recent. Someone was insinuating that how we view relationships is entirely based on pop culture. This is something I had been thinking on for a while. What have I been basing the potential of long quality relationships on? It also reminded me of a story in where I actually gave relationship advice to someone where I said the words, "This is not the movies."
In this episode, I relay this story and ask the question, Is everything we know about relationships based on TV and the movies. If we do, does this have a negative effect on our relationships?
I don't really have an answer here. I just ponder on this question for a bit.
I said this the other day, and it resonated with me. Then I posted it online with a picture, and it blew up. People loved it. I guess it resonated with a lot of other people as well. There are a lot of us out there that are moving forward with our dreams and goals regardless whether it's perfect or not. We are just doing it. Then there are the others, the ones that aren't doing anything out of fear. The fear of it not being perfect or fear that they will look bad doing it—that they'll make a mistake.
In this episode, I talk about how I am moving forward with my career as an author and how I have to fix some mistakes that I have made. How those mistakes could have been prevented but had I waited until everything was perfect, I wouldn't be at the point I am now—a published author with the third book in a series coming out very soon.
You may think, Hey I'm not an author what does this have to do with me. It has everything to do with you. Just insert any job or business you are interes
My worst week of #vanlife.
I have been plagued with breakdowns since the beginning of this year. This particularly sucks during my first winter in Colorado because if the engine doesn't run, I don't have heat. The biggest issue I have, I guess, is MONEY. Living off my savings, putting my van in the shop stresses me out.
That being said, in November I paid $500 for admission to a writer's summit in Austin, TX. I have since lost my job and was not sure I could afford to travel. I for sure couldn't afford the airfare and hotel room. I would have to drive my van. Shouldn't be an issue, right? I just spent nearly $2,000 in repairs over the past couple months. I should be good to go! The van broke down.
In this episode I tell the story, to include the events that lead to my breakdown in middle-of-nowhere Texas and eventually my tiny mental breakdown. This is a long-winded podcast, but I get to the life lesson towards the end. Emotions are a choice and I chose to lose my shit.
Why women shouldn't fake their orgasms.
Wrong! I am not going to tell anybody, especially women, what to do with their body. But it's a cool title for a podcast, no?
I am, however, going to share a story told to me by a close friend on how she realized what an impact faking her orgasms had on her and her relationship. Then I am going to relay how the lesson learned can be applied to every one of us in any relationship. (See this is not about sex!)
The truth shall set you free. Truth always wins. Don't spare anyone's feeling when it comes to how you should or want to be treated. People will treat you as poorly as you allow them. Draw that line, say no. You'll be surprised how many of us don't know we are mistreating you. How it is the last thing we want to do and all you have to do it tell us! Just tell us.
I believe it was Lee Greenwood who said it best, "I am proud to be a Mexican-American." Or was that Cheech Marin?
In this episode, I talk about how I recently realized how much I love being Chicano or, more commonly known as, Mexican-American.
I struggled for so many years trying to pick a side—trying to pick a culture. Mexicans encouraged me to be more Mexican. Americans encouraged me to be less Mexican. I have learned that our culture as Chicanos is a blend of two cultures. Trying to isolate one is like a Latino trying to pick their race on an application or census form. There is no one answer that applies to us. We are a blend, a mixture
Our culture is not one or the other it's a combination of the two. It's Spanglish. It's turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving and Tamales on Christmas. It's Tierra and Kool and the Gang, Mariachi and Hip Hop. It's my grandmother's fair skin and green eyes that causes people to assume my dad is white and my dark ass skin that causes peo
Let's talk about goals.
Goal setting has started to get a bad wrap here in the past couple years. Minimalists have gone so far in giving up things that they have given up goals. Some people have just changed the name of goals to "intentions." Whatever! As much I want to be a cool minimalist, I can't bring myself to give up goal setting. The biggest reason for this is IT WORKS.
In this episode, I talk about why I recently set a goal to buy a 4 million dollar ranch in the Rocky Moutains. Why this goal is important and why it is the first goal like it I have ever set.
I also dig out my old "affirmations" book and review my old goals for the first time in a long time. I unveil that at least two of them have come true since setting them. It's crazy how this works.
Today I talk about how Action Kills Fear!
I go into detail of my recent #vanlife problems, specifically breakdowns. I have had a lot. I let them get to me, but I handle it. How? I took action.
If action kills fear, what kills all the other stuff we battle within our heads. Depression, anger, jealousy, hate, and everything else. I cover it in this episode of the David Soto Jr. Podcast.
I stammer through this episode. The flow I usually have isn’t there. The topics feel a little forced but they are good ones. Today I talk about two things that have come to mind lately.
-Everyone is hurting in someway
Everyone! I have taken this as my mantra and it causing me to feel something I lack, empathy.
-Nobody gives a shit about you
I have heard this a million times but it didn't sink in until the other day. It's the same reason why I don't follow a link for an article a friend wrote or buy a book a fellow other wrote. It's nothing personal but people instinctively look out for number one, themselves.
Welcome to the first episode of The David Soto Jr podcast. Today I talk about:
-What happened to The Struggle, the name I was going to uses for my podcast
-I am not an expert, I am not here to give advice
-Giving without expectation, I saw this happen and was reminded of something I heard a long time ago
-Adversity and the something my dad told me a long time ago, “This is just part of your story.”