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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 Think better. Do better. Be better.
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2022.15 Rachel LaValley: Identity and Unsubscribing
2022.15 Rachel LaValley: Identity and Unsubscribing
Life comes at you 100 miles-per-hour and we get swept into it's current. But what if you could "check out" from it... in a HEALTHY, WINNING way? That is what Rachel LaValley decided to do. She did not like the pace her family was running at, so she took things into her own hands, and into her own home. It is challenging on many levels, but the reward is worth it so far. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
19:05
November 21, 2022
2022.14 Women and Mothers
2022.14 Women and Mothers
What does fair treatment and equality for women look like? What is the value of all the things women, and particularly mothers, do? How much should women be paid? What do we get right and what do we get wrong as a society? These are valuable questions to consider, and hopefully lead to actions and behavior that helps us all WIN in life. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
24:07
November 03, 2022
2022.13 Autumn Fortitude: Strength Sown Steadily
2022.13 Autumn Fortitude: Strength Sown Steadily
Fall is beginning. That means winter is coming. Nothing new there - it's been happening for thousands of years. But before we move on or start looking ahead too soon, we should slow down and smell the... pumpkins? Maybe not. But we should slow down and think for a while - not about the world or even your nation, but you...personally.  What is happening in your life and what future are you headed towards?  How have you actually grown so far this year?  These questions are easy to ask and read (or listen to), but will we take the time to consider and answer them?  This episode is not a conversation. I am reading two articles from the Fall 2022 edition of the Magnolia Journal. I'm reading it because I found them useful and hope you will as well. But also, to use it as a way to ask you: what are you reading? You must have more than your own thoughts in your mind. You must have more content than whatever youtube video or social media channel you follow. There is immense benefit in taking time to read, consider, think. Stop watching screens and READ. Your mind will benefit as well as your body, and it helps you slow down and be present in wherever you are and whatever season of life you are in right now. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision.  The Magnolia Journal Subscription - Magnolia  Official: Winning Minds Merch: Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble  *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle  God Over Money - YouTube  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
10:02
October 14, 2022
2022.12 Amen Clinics: Mental Hygiene
2022.12 Amen Clinics: Mental Hygiene
"Wash your hands."  We saw signs and ads everywhere for the past 2 years telling us to do this - something we learned to do when we were 3 years old. I remember visiting a college campus in 2021 and seeing those signs up in the bathrooms. I thought, "Seriously? Our up-and-coming, brightest-minds-of-the-future have to be told do something this elementary?" I'm not making light of the situation we all know too well but simply pointing out that physical hygiene is something we learn as children. But what about mental hygiene? In this episode, I am reading an article published by the Amen Clinics. This clinic was established by Dr. Daniel Amen (what a last name, right?), and you can find it in the link provided in the show notes. I have learned so much through their articles, podcasts, YouTube videos and books over the previous 2 and a half years. I thought it would be appropriate to feature this simple, yet very effective WINNING practice in an episode. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy this, and that it contributes to your mental hygiene and your next WINNIGN decision. Mental Hygiene Is Just as Important as Washing Your Hands | Amen Clinics AmenClinic - YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
10:14
August 01, 2022
2022.11 Gabriel Copeland: From Fatherless to a Father
2022.11 Gabriel Copeland: From Fatherless to a Father
"There's a hole in my soul and it's the shape of my father..." and so Gabriel Copeland began his speech to the Boys and Girls Club. Unfortunately, his is an all-too-common experience for many young men and women. However, Gabe was able to overcome the challenges of growing up without his father and is now married and has a family of his own. And today he pours himself back into the lives of boys and girls of his local community. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it, and that it contributes to your next WINNING decision.  Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier | Home (boysgirlsclubs.com) Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
19:38
July 18, 2022
2022.10 Derrick Caldwell: Resources and Relationships
2022.10 Derrick Caldwell: Resources and Relationships
Today’s guest is Derrick Caldwell – the Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Lanier, the place where he has worked for the last 20 years or so. Throughout his time he has guided, mentored and helped thousands of young men and women. He does this because he sees himself in so many of them. As a young man he so often did not have these resources and relationships. But now, through his care and commitment, there are several well-known men and women he has directly influenced, and many, many more who are having a positive impact on their local communities and families. Derrick Caldwell is definitely a WINNING MIND! Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next WINNING decision. Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier | Home (boysgirlsclubs.com) Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
31:51
May 17, 2022
2022.09 Stacey Cothren: BODY and Mind
2022.09 Stacey Cothren: BODY and Mind
How can something be a 1st and a 2nd at the same time? No, this isn’t about quantum supercomputers. This is better! This is THE FIRST time the Winning Minds podcast has a repeat guest. Yes, a 2nd time! In this episode, Stacey Cothren joins us again to discuss how we can use our bodies to assist our minds, the signs of being mentally unhealthy, and how we can also help others improve themselves and become a WINNING MIND! Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
25:58
May 05, 2022
2022.08 *SPECIAL* I.C.E. (Intelligence. Character. Ethic.)
2022.08 *SPECIAL* I.C.E. (Intelligence. Character. Ethic.)
I.C.E. "Intelligence, Character, and Ethic. Work hard if you want to be respected." Dropping a new Winning Minds-inspired song!  This track was inspired, originally, by the episode where I read MLK Jr's essays, "The Purpose of Education" (go back and listen to the episode - it's a good one). And then over the next several episodes, the guests continued to provide confirmation and inspiration. So here it is! Listen and share it with someone who would benefit from it and enjoy the music. Thank you for listening. I hope it contributes to your next winning decision. "Winning Minds: I.C.E." was written and produced by Fred LaValley Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
06:46
April 15, 2022
2022.07 C.S. Lewis: Death Threats
2022.07 C.S. Lewis: Death Threats
My guest is another WINNING MIND from history: He was born in Ireland in 1898. His mother died when he was 10, and 1 month later he moved to England to attend school. He later joined the British army and fought in WW1. He was a friend if J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the “Lord of the Rings.” He was one of the intellectual giants of the twentieth century and arguably one of the most influential writers of his day. He was a Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Oxford University until 1954, when he was unanimously elected to the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge University, a position he held until his retirement. [He] wrote more than thirty books, allowing him to reach a vast audience, and his works continue to attract thousands of new readers every year. One of his works is the classic series: The Chronicles of Narnia. Who is this WINNING…and apparently, WRITING MIND? It is Clive Staples Lewis, also known as CS Lewis. This reading is called “On Living in an Atomic Age” is just one of the many essays in a book called “Present Concerns.” It is a collection of essays CS Lewis wrote and published during his life. It speaks of an Atomic Bomb, which I think is relevant to us now, but could also be substituted with the threat of pandemic, war, famine, or whatever else seems to threaten us any given year. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy this, and that it challenges you to think and live, and that it contributes to your next WINNING decision. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble Anthony Pompliano Pomp 🌪 on Twitter: "Good morning. Don’t take yourself too seriously. We all end up dead. Let’s get after it relentlessly today 🔥" / Twitter C. S. Lewis | The Official Website for C. S. Lewis and His Works (cslewis.com) Present concerns : Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
22:26
April 04, 2022
2022.06 Roberto Rivera *3 of 3 Resilience and Growth
2022.06 Roberto Rivera *3 of 3 Resilience and Growth
What does success mean to you? Roberto Rivera knew what he wanted but getting there did not necessarily go as he planned. Despite losses and setbacks, he continued working towards success as he defined it. This is part 3 of Coach Rivera’s WINNING story. I strongly encourage you to go back and listen to parts 1 and 2. You will be able to understand and appreciate this part that much more. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision. _____ *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
22:34
March 22, 2022
2022.05 Roberto Rivera *2 of 3: Resilience and Growth
2022.05 Roberto Rivera *2 of 3: Resilience and Growth
Wrong place, wrong time, or right place, right time? It wasn’t just that, but for Roberto Rivera it was also resilience, relationships, and decisions. He is the only one, out of 13 brothers and sisters, to graduate high school. But then he also went on to graduate from college and even became an officer in the United States Army. Trust me, there is a whole lot more to this WINNING story. This is part 2 of my conversation with Coach Rivera. If you haven’t heard part 1, go back and listen and then come back and catch part 2. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision. _____ Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
26:21
March 15, 2022
2022.04 Roberto Rivera *1 of 3: Resilience and Growth
2022.04 Roberto Rivera *1 of 3: Resilience and Growth
He found himself homeless at 16 years old… but two things kept him motivated: he just wanted to, one day, be a good father, and make his mom proud. Roberto Rivera faced more than his fair-share of adversity, but somehow, he made it. He accomplished those goals, and a whole lot more! This is part 1 of a three, yes 3! part series with Coach Rivera. It’s that good. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision. _____ Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
35:17
March 01, 2022
2022.03 Juice: Identity and Character
2022.03 Juice: Identity and Character
"I am the boys and girls club." No, this is not a late commercial for the "Big Game", but these are the words of Matthew Juwon Jeffries, aka Juice. Born and raised in Gainesville GA, struggling with an unfortunate home-life, Juice ran to the Boys and Girls Club. It became his 2nd home. It was there that men began mentoring him and helping him develop the self-awareness and character that define who he is today. And now his passion is to do the same for other young men. Thank you for listening to this episode. I really enjoyed getting to know him, and I hope you do to. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
30:37
February 15, 2022
2022.02 Alan Griffin: Opportunities and Relationships
2022.02 Alan Griffin: Opportunities and Relationships
Alan Griffin is the head coach of the girls’ varsity basketball team at Gainesville High School. I really enjoyed this conversation with Coach Griffin as we talked about taking advantage of the small opportunities that come your way, because those little ones bring you closer to bigger ones. He also spoke about how games are won and lost; seasons are good, and seasons are bad…but growth and relationships last a lot longer than any particular joy after winning or pain after losing. This is truly a winning conversation about creating memories and teaching lessons. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy this episode, and that it contributes to your next winning decision. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
23:20
February 01, 2022
2022.01 Quaris Franklin: Redemption and Mentorship
2022.01 Quaris Franklin: Redemption and Mentorship
Quaris Franklin grew up in trouble. At 12 years old he began running away from home, and for the next 5 years he was in an out of Youth Detention Centers. At 17, he landed in jail. His life was full of pain, rejection, and violence… until several years ago. It all changed when he changed. Now he has gotten married, started a family, started several businesses and even a mentorship program for young men. This episode is not just a story of redemption, but of hope and character building. It is a WINNING episode. Thank you for listening. I hope you not only enjoy it, but that it contributes to your next Winning decision. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble Mentoring Young Men - Home | Facebook Homepage - We Believe Cleaning Service We Believe Cleaning Services LLC | Facebook *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
22:35
January 03, 2022
2021.22 Adrian Cromwell: Hard Work and Persistence
2021.22 Adrian Cromwell: Hard Work and Persistence
Adrian Cromwell is an assistant principal at Gainesville High School, a school of nearly 2,500 students. I’ve gotten to know Mr. Cromwell as I’ve recently began mentoring at the high school. One thing I learned from the start is he is very humble, and very visible and active within the student population. He has heart and passion to see our young men and women become successful and overcome the challenges they face in life. I enjoyed this conversation because you can hear his energy as well as observe the strength of character and the WINNING MIND that brought him to where he is today. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it, and that it contributes to your next winning decision. Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble Home - Gainesville High School (gcssk12.net) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
27:43
December 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.21 with Camille Viera
Winning Minds 2021.21 with Camille Viera
22 years ago, she stepped off a plane from Puerto Rico with two boxes and one suitcase. Within 3 years she was a branch manager at a local bank. And then in 2005, Camille Viera resigned from the bank and launched her own business. It was fun, it was tough…and it was never her plan! It all came from her desire to serve and meet a desperate need in her community. But she did it, and continues to do it nearly 16 years later: serving the individuals and families around her. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope Camille’s energy, attitude and experience help you make your next WINNING decision. Camille Viera Services Camille Viera Services (@camillevieraservices) • Instagram photos and videos Camille Viera Services - Home | Facebook Camille Viera Services - YouTube *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
25:37
December 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.20 with Lou Koon *2 of 2
Winning Minds 2021.20 with Lou Koon *2 of 2
This is part 2 of my conversation with Lou Koon, and as it turned out, was recorded AFTER we finished our original recording, which is now known as Part 1. I didn't stop recording as we continued conversing, and I think the conversation is worth sharing. But if you haven’t listened to part 1 yet, go listen to it!  In this episode, Lou and I talk about facing the idea and action of suicide as a Christian. As Lou states, and I agree, we are body, mind, and spirit. And suicide forces us to think about life… after death. I know this could be controversial, but I think it is a conversation worth having, and the questions worth discussing. Because your life is worth it. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope it makes you think and ask questions…and above all I hope it contributes to your next WINNING decision. The Intervene Challenge – Turning The Tide On Suicide Listen Learn Lead: Courage to Ask Power to Save: Koon, Kenneth Lewis: 9781985123694: Amazon.com: Books Armed Forces Mission - Home (afmfamily.org) Armed Forces Mission - Home | Facebook Kenneth Koon - YouTube Kenneth 'LOU' Koon - Executive Director - Armed Forces Mission, Inc | LinkedIn If you are in crisis call the national life line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
10:52
November 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.19 with Lou Koon *1 of 2
Winning Minds 2021.19 with Lou Koon *1 of 2
It was 2009 and his son had just suffered a tragic accident and had to be life-flighted to the hospital… among all the questions swirling through his mind, one of them was also how he would pay for all of this because he had no health insurance… because he recently found himself unemployed. Additionally, because the economy had crashed, there was little hope for him to find employment. And as he lay in his bed all alone that night, contemplating it all, he remembered his $1 million dollar life insurance payout… Lou Koon, for the 1st time in his life, began to consider suicide. In this episode Lou shares that painful time, how he survived, and how it led him to dedicate himself to suicide intervention. Thank you for listening to this episode. This is part 1 of a 2 part series. I hope this helps you, challenges you, and empowers you to help turn the tide in suicide. The Intervene Challenge – Turning The Tide On Suicide Listen Learn Lead: Courage to Ask Power to Save: Koon, Kenneth Lewis: 9781985123694: Amazon.com: Books Armed Forces Mission - Home (afmfamily.org) Armed Forces Mission - Home | Facebook Kenneth Koon - YouTube Kenneth 'LOU' Koon - Executive Director - Armed Forces Mission, Inc | LinkedIn If you are in crisis call the national life line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
24:21
November 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.18 *SPECIAL*: Change Your Mind
Winning Minds 2021.18 *SPECIAL*: Change Your Mind
***Special Feature*** If you want to change your life, Change your mind!  This is the debut of the first Winning Minds podcast "theme" song! It's a synthesis of all the lives and conversations we've experienced so far. You will hear many of the themes discussed on the episodes. Enjoy the song, share the song, and go back and make sure you have not missed any episodes! "Winning Minds: Change Your Mind" Written and Produced by Fred LaValley Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
05:20
October 18, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.17 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (MLK Jr)
Winning Minds 2021.17 with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr (MLK Jr)
This is a simple reading of two versions of MLK Jr's essay, The Purpose of Education. Unfortunately, he never made this a speech or a sermon, so we do not have the privilege of hearing it in his own gifted and powerful voice. But he was more than a voice. He was far more than I could ever describe here. But I'll leave it at this: he was a man with a WINNING mind, and I believe the thoughts, questions and arguments you are about to hear are still very useful and relevant. Thank you for listening. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next WINNING decision. Who was Martin Luther King Jr? The Purpose of Education (01) The Purpose of Education (02) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
08:42
October 04, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.16 with Rona Falls
Winning Minds 2021.16 with Rona Falls
Rona Falls is part of a special group of people. This group is not exactly connected to one another directly, but they do form the backbone of whatever community they are in. What group is this? I’m talking about entrepreneurs, small business owners, franchisees. Rona was born and raised in the Philippines, moved to the US after marrying, and soon after her and her husband made the courageous leap into the world of business owners. In this episode we talk about life in the Philippines, school in America, and the WINNING mindset that enables Rona to do what she does. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope it inspires you and contributes to your next winning decision. Nail Salon in Braselton, GA | Frenchies Modern Nail Care (frenchiesnails.com) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
30:39
September 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.15 with Andrew Davenport
Winning Minds 2021.15 with Andrew Davenport
Today’s guest is Andrew Davenport. First and foremost, he is a dad of two children. He also is an Army combat-veteran, a small business owner, and a George W Bush Presidential Scholar. In this episode he shares his journey through the military and into entrepreneurship, his desire to make an impact in his local community, and even his next endeavor: serving our military veterans. This episode is full of winning wisdom and experience that I believe will contribute to your next winning decision. If you know a military veteran, please encourage them to reach out to Andrew: Andrew Davenport | LinkedIn Thank you for listening!
25:16
September 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.14 with Willie Mitchell
Winning Minds 2021.14 with Willie Mitchell
Today’s guest is a man who doesn’t believe in having bad days. He grew up facing many challenges and making his fair share of mistakes, but he has grown and overcome through his own WINNING decisions and with the help of not “role models,” but, as he calls them, REAL models. This man is Willie Mitchell. He has been winning and leading in his local community for more than 30 years, and has been serving on his city's Board Of Education since 1992. This episode is full of winning wisdom. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope it contributes to your next winning decision. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
28:37
August 02, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.13 with Charmaine Broughton
Winning Minds 2021.13 with Charmaine Broughton
Charmaine Broughton is a wife, mother, and small-business owner. She moved to the US from Jamaica as an adult, and started cleaning houses soon after her 1st daughter was born… and today her company employs more than 30 people. In this episode she shares her journey, and one thing she said that I particularly appreciated was “If I’m growing, you should be growing,” Thanks for listening. I hope you enjoy it and that it contributes to your next winning decision. C&C Janitorial | Northeast Georgia's Premiere Cleaning Service (wecleanathens.com) *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
23:57
July 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.12 with Isaac Fuentes (part 2 of 2)
Winning Minds 2021.12 with Isaac Fuentes (part 2 of 2)
This is part 2 of our 2-part series with small-business owner (aka entrepreneur) Isaac Fuentes. He shares more of his story today. He tells how he always pushed himself to find a way, to make the most of his opportunities, to be responsible and not wait for something free… and to never quit. This is how he has truly achieved what is known as the “American dream”. But again, he wants to remind you, you must do business with God first. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope you enjoy it, and that it contributes to your next winning decision. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
23:33
July 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.11 with Isaac Fuentes (part 1 of 2)
Winning Minds 2021.11 with Isaac Fuentes (part 1 of 2)
This is part one of a two part series with Isaac Fuentes, a Mexican immigrant who became an entrepreneur. By many standards he is achieving the "American dream." In this episode he shares his story: his life, his mistakes, how work is fun and how alcohol almost ruined him. He also has some key advice for anyone wanting to start their own business. Thank you for listening to this episode. We hope you enjoy it, and that it contributes to your next winning decision. Stay tuned - Part 2 will be released next! *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
20:51
June 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.10 with Antonio Martin
Winning Minds 2021.10 with Antonio Martin
Our guest for this episode is Antonio Martin: business owner and entrepreneur. He shares his inspiring story of overcoming challenges and obstacles; of persevering and not quitting even when it’s hard; of choosing to be honest and ethical even when others aren’t... At the end of the conversation he shares some powerful words about being a black entrepreneur. Thank you for taking time to listen, I hope this helps and motivates you. Athens Professional Septic & Drain *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
26:20
May 17, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.09 with Jason Johnson
Winning Minds 2021.09 with Jason Johnson
I think I found a dynasty… seriously. I’m not talking about sports and which team is the next New England Patriots, or the Yankees or LA Lakers or something foolish like that… but a family dynasty. One of the definitions of dynasty is “a series of members of a family who are distinguished for their success, wealth, etc.” Today we have Jason Johnson – cousin of previous guest, Georgia Fay, and therefore nephew of another previous guest, Georgia’s father: Alvin Smith. If you haven’t heard their episode, go back and listen. For real. I’m telling you, these folks, this FAMILY… is a dynasty of WINNERS. And when I say that, please don’t think that just means they show up and collect a trophy without earning it. Winning is not easy glory and fame and confetti falling from the ceiling. It’s fighting through unique challenges, and making up your mind – making, building, renewing, changing, creating – fighting for a mindset that can win. In this episode, Jason discusses how he has been able to live well despite losing his mother to cancer when he was a young boy. Don’t sit back and relax and enjoy the show. No. I need you to commit your attention and lean in to this episode. Thank you for listening. I believe this can help you, or maybe even help you help someone else, make some winning decisions.
32:18
May 03, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.08 with Adam Parker
Winning Minds 2021.08 with Adam Parker
When someone you love passes away… its tragic. There’s no way to say it that isn’t painful. But its even more painful when that passing is sudden and unexpected. In today’s episode, Adam Parker shares his experience with grief, depression, anger… a vast array of emotions he worked through and dealt with after his father passed away suddenly from meningitis. If you are in a similar situation, I hope this message helps you heal. It probably won’t take away the pain, but it may help you recover. And if you have not experienced the death of a friend or a loved one, I hope this will help you be able to support someone who has. Thank you for listening to this episode. I hope it helps you heal and continue winning. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
30:18
April 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.07 with Stacey Cothren
Winning Minds 2021.07 with Stacey Cothren
Go get some exercise!  Get some fresh air! Those are things we are told when we’re frustrated or are trying to figure something out…or we’re driving our family crazy locked inside the house. We’re told that because it’s been known to help. But it does more than that. Today, we’re joined by Stacey Cothren, an army veteran, mother, and a school counselor. She shares her own story, and how, challenging physical exercise actually makes us smarter and can help you change what you believe about yourself. This episode is fairly personal for me, as well, and you’ll hear a little bit about this as you listen. Well, thank you for listening to today’s episode. We hope you enjoy it, and that it contributes to your next winning decision. revelationwellness.org facebook.com/rwinsideandout Instagram - wellnessinsideandout  *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
25:06
April 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.06 with Rachel LaValley
Winning Minds 2021.06 with Rachel LaValley
Hate speech. Our society is increasingly vigilant and ruthless about eradicating it from every platform and conversation. However, what about the words you use and the things you say about YOURSELF to YOURSELF!?! Those words and ideas can be much more harmful and long-lasting than whatever anyone else tells you. In this episode, Rachel LaValley, shares her tormenting battles in her own mind about self-image and comparison, self-hate speech, and how she began WINNING those battles. Still fighting them? Yes. Winning more of them? Yes. Can you do the same? Yes, you can. Thank you for listening to this episode, we hope it contributes to your WINNING MIND! *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle 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
26:01
March 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.05 with Markel Smith
Winning Minds 2021.05 with Markel Smith
What would you tell the 17 year old you? Or maybe you’re only 17… what do you think will be important in your life in 10 years, and what can you do about it today? In this episode, Markel Smith – a young man from Athens, GA, tells us a little bit about his life – the rude awakening he got when he graduated high school, and how that unfortunate situation led him to create and develop a habit of work and improvement in his own life. Don’t sit there and accept everything that happens to you. Sometimes you need to get up and work for a better outcome, a better way of living. That’s what Markel did. Thanks for listening to today’s episode. I hope it contributes to your next winning decision. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
15:51
March 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.04 with Hurl Steward
Winning Minds 2021.04 with Hurl Steward
This is part two of an earlier conversation I had with Hurl Steward. He’s a man who has overcome a lot of adversity – some due to events beyond his control, and others that were self-inflicted. But he’s winning now! In this episode we discuss his life and mindset in order to win as a husband and father. I know there are a lot of problems in our world, and so much to be frustrated with, but let this be a reminder that you are surrounded by so many good and gifted people. And you never know, you just might be the person someone else needs in order to know there is a better way to think and live…and ultimately WIN!  *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
13:23
February 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.03 with Danny Delgado
Winning Minds 2021.03 with Danny Delgado
His parents didn’t speak English, didn’t know American culture or almost anything about this country when they immigrated to the US. Yet he goes on to graduate college with two degrees, get married, start a family… achieve the American Dream! This is Danny Delgado’s story, and he joins us on today’s episode to discuss something you may not expect – READING! Yes, the exciting world of literature! Don’t skip this episode. Don’t move on to the next one in your playlist. I know this is not everyone’s favorite subject or hobby…but that’s why this is Winning Minds – our goal is to help you think, change, and grow by sharing what has helped others change, grow, and think. Today’s conversation, hopefully, will do just that for you. I’ll offer an apology now - the audio from our conversation is a little “muddy” in the beginning, but about 5 minutes into the it we were able to make a change and fix it. You will notice a definite improvement in Danny’s audio. Alright, that’s enough introduction. Thank you for listening to this episode – I just want you to know, Reading is LIT…. and I hope this contributes to your next winning decision. *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
33:03
February 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.02 (part 2 of 2) with Georgia Fay
Winning Minds 2021.02 (part 2 of 2) with Georgia Fay
This is part 2 of my conversation with Georgia Fay. If you haven’t heard part 1, you absolutely must go back and listen to it! In this episode we continue discussing what you and I allow into our lives. What food we consume, and what content we watch and listen to and how that affects our minds. In our first episode, Georgia refers to a certain “gift” in her life: her mother… who battled with her own mental health. And today she graciously shares with us, certainly from her personal experiences, some simple yet very helpful advice on how to think about and approach this incredible challenge. And then we close out discussing my own (and maybe yours too) developing thoughts about, and view of, people we may think are “crazy.” Let’s just say the stigma isn’t accurate or helpful. Thank you for taking the time to listen to Winning Minds. I hope you find this conversation valuable, and my goal is that it would contribute to your next winning decision. mentalfinesse.com YouTube - Mental Finesse *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
16:57
January 15, 2021
Winning Minds 2021.01 (part 1 of 2) with Georgia Fay
Winning Minds 2021.01 (part 1 of 2) with Georgia Fay
IT'S 2021!!! Let's celebrate by deciding to make this a WINNING year!  There's no one better to begin it with than Georgia Fay: co-owner of Mental Finesse, a mindset and life-coaching service she and her sister started almost two years ago. But this isn't about her business, it's about her life. Georgia's passion for mental health is deeply personal, is far more than an occupation, and goes way beyond academic concepts and impractical advice.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series with her, so please open your heart and mind to this conversation (and the next), and start WINNING in 2021! https://mentalfinesse.com *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
22:58
January 01, 2021
Winning Minds 2020.15 with Jeremiah Sims
Winning Minds 2020.15 with Jeremiah Sims
Dysfunction, violence, danger, drugs, tragedy, and instability in almost every area of life… …AND THAT WAS JUST DURING THE FIRST 12 YEARS OF HIS LIFE!! How does anyone rebound from that? How does someone not only just HOPE to make it out, but even beyond hoping, how does someone actually DO IT?!? All I can say is, buckle up, and get ready to listen to Jeremiah Sims tell you about his life… and how at 17 years of age he discovered there was a world bigger than the tragedy he was living in and how it motivated him to be better, and start WINNING! *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* 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
32:14
December 15, 2020
2020.14 Into-Africa *Special Feature*
2020.14 Into-Africa *Special Feature*
This is a special feature "presentation" but really can be considered part 3 of Alvin Smith's episodes (Make sure you listen to the first two. Did somebody say Trilogy!?). This episode is dedicated to his charity organization, Into-Africa, and the goal is that you would listen and realize you can change. Things in your life can change. Your LIFE can be BETTER if you are willing to think differently and put in the necessary work. Know Better. Do Better. Be Better. You'll hear a few audio clips we've taken (with permission) to help you understand what Winning Minds and Into-Africa are all about. Another reason for this being “special feature’ is because we've recorded a song for Into-Africa. The “featured” song features Atlanta, Georgia resident Chetan Benson – an amazing voice, but more and most importantly a husband and father. So…here it goes! A condensed interview-visionary presentation, and a special feature song for Into-Africa are coming atcha right now! It’s time to WIN…and go IN-to Africa! Into-Africa Door Church "Into-Africa" written and produced by Fred LaValley. Vocals by Fred LaValley and Chetan Benson. Instrumental is for non-profit use from www.allroundabeats.com  Winning Minds Media YouTube Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
10:13
December 01, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.13 with Alvin Smith *2 of 2
Winning Minds 2020.13 with Alvin Smith *2 of 2
The goal of Winning Minds is to challenge the way we think, and to offer perhaps a new way of thinking which leads to better living. One of the key people who led me to start this podcast, although indirectly, was Alvin Smith. He was raised in Athens, GA and now is an associate pastor of Door Church in Tucson, AZ and is the Founder and Director of Into-Africa ministries. This episode is part 2 of my conversation with him, and as you listen, I believe you will be inspired to think, live and be better than you ever have before. Thanks for listening to this podcast. I hope it contributes to your next winning decision. https://www.door.church/ https://www.into-africa.org/ *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
12:20
November 16, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.12 with Alvin Smith *1 of 2
Winning Minds 2020.12 with Alvin Smith *1 of 2
At 26 years of age, he and his wife moved to the poorest nation in the world: no running water, no electricity…in his own words, he describes it as “overwhelming poverty.” But what he and his wife started now reaches not only people all over Sierra Leone, but 14 other African nations, and can even be found in Europe. How does that happen? In this podcast, Alvin Smith speaks about how being creative and resilient can enable us to rise above poverty and improve ourselves and our communities. Thanks for listening to this podcast. I hope it contributes to you next winning decision. https://www.door.church/ https://www.into-africa.org/ *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
13:13
November 02, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.11 with Michael Thurmond
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
20:57
October 15, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.10 with Isaac Owolabi
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
28:24
October 01, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.09 with Joe Hernandez
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
23:33
September 15, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.08 with Ashton Cheeks *2 of 2
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 01, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.07 with Ashton Cheeks *1 of 2
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
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
14:45
August 03, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.05 with Javy Gaona *1 of 2
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
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 01, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.03 with Cedrick Paschal *2 of 2
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. Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
23:10
June 23, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.02 with Cedrick Paschal *1 of 2
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.  Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
24:35
June 22, 2020
Winning Minds 2020.01 with Gelson da Cunha
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.”  Official Winning Minds Podcast Merch | Redbubble *Credit: intro track is "Warriors" by Bizzle (God Over Money)* God Over Money Records | Music, Apparel, & Lifestyle God Over Money - YouTube 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
17:46
June 15, 2020