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Winning Minds

Winning Minds

By Fred LaValley
WINNING begins in the MIND. Enjoy these conversations with everyday people who overcame difficulties and setbacks, or simply recognized how their way of thinking limited their own abilities and opportunities. They did this (and continue doing it!) by learning that success and WINNING start in the MIND and how we think. With WINNING MINDS we can Know better. Do better. Be better.
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Winning Minds 2020.11 with Michael Thurmond
"Where are the men?" This was the cry of Michael Thurmond as he stood before a crowd of a few hundred people in the sweltering sun of a June afternoon in Gainesville, GA. They all came to discuss and rally together to dedicate themselves to fixing, not the problems of the world, not the problems of America, but the problems within their own community. And when Mike began to speak, he spoke with passion from his own life experiences and convictions. In this episode, Pastor Mike takes up that same message. So please listen and consider his words. Thanks for listening to this podcast, I hope it contributes to your next winning decision. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* https://www.godovermoney.com/ Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
20:56
October 15, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.10 with Isaac Owolabi
In a society where we are more connected than ever… well, at least we thought we were until social distancing and quarantining showed us that we need more than 4G and 5G friends. We need real relationships. In this episode, I’m speaking with Isaac Owolabi –  engineer, entrepreneur, husband, dad… friend… who has lived all over the US and not only “been there, done that, got the t-shirt”, but also still has real friends in those places. Thank you for listening to this podcast, and I hope it helps you make friends and be a better friend. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* https://www.godovermoney.com/ Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
28:23
October 1, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.09 with Joe Hernandez
It was a Wednesday night, 9 years ago that he found himself on the run from the law, lonely and broken… and that night, at 21 years of age, he chose to change. The man he tried to become since he was 17 was not the man he wanted to be anymore. In this episode, Joe Hernandez shares how the wrong idea and example of what a man is took him to a dark and dangerous place. But he has changed now and endeavors to help others WIN by embracing the truth and the challenge of what a man really is. Joe and his wife are now youth pastors of The Door Church in McAllen, TX after pioneering a church-plant in Detroit, MI for 3 years. https://www.thedoormcallen.com *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
23:32
September 15, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.08 with Ashton Cheeks *2 of 2
This is part 2 of the two-part series with Ashton Cheeks. In this episode Fred and Ashton dive into the lessons Ashton learned, and how he has changed the way he thinks about habits and discipline. He tells us how disciplined thinking is not emotional, and also by applying disciplined habits you can transform areas of yourself you are not confident in. You can follow Ashton on Instagram @ashton_develops and on Facebook at facebook.com/ashtoncheeks. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
17:19
September 1, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.07 with Ashton Cheeks *1 of 2
Meet Entre-believer, Ashton Cheeks: broken dreams didn’t break him, and tough luck didn’t leave him down on his luck thanks to his never-quit attitude. But just like he needed more than dreams, he needed more than attitude. Ashton is now WINNING because he’s learned the value of good habits and daily, practical discipline. In part 1 of this 2 part series, he tells us how life and his mentor taught him “You can have hallelujah, but you need ‘do-allujah’.”  You can follow Ashton on Instagram @ashton_develops and on Facebook at facebook.com/ashtoncheeks.  *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)*  Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
13:21
August 18, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.06 with Javy Gaona *2 of 2
This is part 2 of my conversation with Javy Gaona. If you haven’t heard part one, please go back and listen to it first so you can understand and appreciate all that Javy has to say here. In this episode we discuss more of his life, and particularly, the challenge of asking for help. If you think you need help, if you want help, I encourage you to ask for it, look for it, and do not stop until you find the help you need. Javy found it, and wants you to know – there is hope! Things can change! *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
14:44
August 3, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.05 with Javy Gaona *1 of 2
When he was 13 years old, the healthy, happy life he lived was turned upside down and within a few years became, as he describes it, reckless. In this episode I talk with Javy Gaona about his tumultuous middle and high school years, and what that led to after high school.  But now he is winning, thanks to a critical decision and a new way of looking at accountability and responsibility. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
18:59
July 15, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.04 with Hurl Steward
On this episode you going to hear a man who not only made difficult changes while suffering painful criticism, but also a man whose heart is large and humble. Hurl said, “The very same people who were putting me down and talking about me began to call me up and say, ‘Tell me what you did…I want to change my life.’” He also points out personal responsibility, saying, “I had to make some decisions. I had to change some things.” I encourage you to listen to this episode twice because I guarantee you will catch some things the second time, and even more as you continue thinking about his words and story. For me, it was how Good Decisions changed his own mind, which resulted in changing the minds of the people around him. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
13:27
July 1, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.03 with Cedrick Paschal *2 of 2
This is part 2 of a two part series with Cedrick Paschal, a black man raised and still living in Athens, GA. This episode we get into more of his story and specifically how he has been able to succeed and WIN in the sensitive and difficult area of race-relations. I understand this is not everyone’s story, but I believe his in particular is very powerful and enlightening, and I hope it is useful to you. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
23:09
June 23, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.02 with Cedrick Paschal *1 of 2
Did you ever hear the story about the baby born in Bethlehem whose family had to move because of potential threats against his life? No, I’m not talking about Jesus. This is actually how Cedrick Paschal’s life began. Join us on this episode, part 1 of a two part series about his life, and how he, as a black man, has been able to WIN in the sensitive and difficult area of race-relations. I understand this is not everyone’s story, but I believe his, in particular, is very powerful and enlightening, and I hope it is useful to you. *Part 2 will be released on 6/23/20 @ 8AM* *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* Music during Ad Sponsor: Butterfly Woke by Jeris (c) copyright 2020 Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) license. http://dig.ccmixter.org/files/VJ_Memes/61357 Ft: airtone
24:34
June 22, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.01 with Gelson da Cunha
From age 16 until age 19, his life experience went from a young man in a happy home to a broken home, to a crime statistic. But now he is happily married with children and becoming a powerful, positive influence in his community. A big part of Gelson learning to WIN in life was realizing the value of authority and discipline, love and affirmation, and deciding who he should trust to be a healthy role model for himself. “You only really change when you change your mind.” *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)*
17:45
June 15, 2020