So I joined a book club!

So, anyone who knows anything about me could tell you that I wouldn’t be the first person you would guess to join a book club! 

               I was approached this winter by another one of my Lindbergh High School alumni Dan Greiner about joining a book club.  At first, I laughed at him and was not interested, but the more I thought about it the more I was intrigued by it.  Dan owns his own recruiting firm in the St. Louis area and is the largest mortgage recruiter in the country. Check out his website here! Dan came up with the idea from another guy, Matt Kresko.  Matt also owns his own business as a recruiter as well. Check out his site here. The focus of the book club was to be business/self-development, and that is what sold me!

               Since I have started my business, I have been very interested in what separates successful people from those that fail.  What better way to learn then reading from experts in their fields that must have had enough success to get a book published.  When the idea of book club started, we had over 25 people interested…the first meeting it was only the three of us!  We did add one member along the way Colin McNeil, who is an insurance salesman.

 The first book that we read was “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and it blew me away.  Some of the most productive times of 2020 to date came during this time period.  I wont spoil the book but highly recommend it and may do a review in another blog at another time.  Want to know what was the most effective part though?  It was meeting with three like minded individuals who are striving for the same thing.  Our book club meets once a week and I look forward to that hour every week because I learn more each visit we have together. 

Since our first book we have read two more for our meetings which were “The Wolf of Wall Street” by Jordan Belfort which for me was an absolute bust and I say save your money!  The next was “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey.  This book was just as good as our first and touched on a lot of the same processes!

We decided to switch up book club as time commitments for each of us is different with families and time being a commodity for much of us trying to grow our businesses.  We are now recording a weekly podcast touching on the highlights of each week’s business and self-development influencers, books we read, and quotes that may have motivated us during the last week.  It also selfishly for me expands my knowledges into different sectors I do not have any knowledge of, and in return helps me understand even more.

To me our book club is more of a fraternity and I wish all three of us nothing but the success and they themselves have driven me to try that much harder each week.  I feel like I am being held accountable by a close group and lights a fire that is different then performing for your own success.  It is without a doubt one of the farthest things from my comfort zone, but I am glad to be a part of it.

If you have any book suggestions, podcasts you can’t stop listening to, or quotes that change your daily life drop them down below in the comments.

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Until I decide to write again….

MADE IN AMERICA

Obviously with the influx of the COVID-19 virus our country is realizing how many products are being produced overseas.  In my industry there are several companies that are sourcing their parts overseas, and to me I lose respect for them.  Without a doubt they are able to produce parts at a much cheaper price, but what is the trade off?  QUALITY!  These items are being used with cheap materials and labor that is also ridiculously priced!  There will always be that demand for a cheap products, as some people cannot afford all the parts that are “Made in America”

               To have a look outside of my industry and the personal belief of what our country should do during this time is to bring back as much manufacturing to OUR country as possible.  In this time of need it is hard to believe that the same country who brought this pandemic to the world is one of the few countries who are profiting from it!  China is supplying us with masks and ventilators at a volume that is unreal.  On top of that our pharmaceuticals are also being made overseas at a large percentage.  So, while our country goes into a massive panic and shut down of our economy the “enemy” in my mind is also who we are relying on, and that is just not right. There has to be a point that profits can’t outweigh our patriotism of our own country.

HOW DO WE FIX IT?

               So instead of shutting down America, why not develop the resources and connections needed to bring production back to the USA in large numbers.  America has the capabilities to do everything they are doing, and we have done so in the past during war times.  You would see unemployment reach a new low instead of a new high!  What is wrong about being self-sufficient? Or at the very least the closest we can to being so.  If you take a look into our past you will see that Franklin D. Roosevelt passed the Works Progress Administration that put unemployed people back to work in order to more or less develop our country and put employees back to work! They helped build roads, bridges, hospitals, zoos, etc. (OF WHICH ALMOST ALL ARE STILL IN USE) It is estimated that this cost just around 4 billion dollars which is around 75 billion today!

IN RELATION TO 2020!

               So how does a program like this bring manufacturing back to America?  Easy our government just passed a 3 trillion-dollar stimulus package.  When you compare 75 billion to 3 trillion it seems like nothing doesn’t it.  America not only needs to invest in individuals during this time to bail our economy out but, why not invest in our country at the same time.  We can create what we once had during the industrial times.  We have the space and resources to develop large manufacturing plants across the country.  At the very least there is absolutely no reason that 100 percent of the prescription drugs should not be produced in state side.  After establishing that we can move into other aspects that need attention as well.  Although this will be a rough patch for the majority of the country it is also a time when a large amount of growth is possible.  I would love to know the amount of money each of the states are losing in sales tax each day! The only person who is benefiting from this is Amazon and guess who doesn’t pay sales tax???  Its time to quit being sheep and do what is right for our states and country! 

A QUOTE TO THINK ON

“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

To me this quote means a lot during these times and I feel like giving out this stimulus money is more or less putting a band aid on the situation instead of growing from it.   

               In conclusion I think the quickest fix to get AMERICA back on its feet is getting back to work!  Here is a link to send an email to the governor of Missouri. CLICK HERE!  Let him know we want to get back to WORK!  I personally do not want to spend the next 10-15 years digging out from a depression.  Let’s get together and separate the DEMOCRATS and the REPUBLICANS and focus on what generations before us did! 

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