Most of our disappointments are internal.  What holds you and I back is often the negatives, fears, and baggage we carry.  Nobody is keeping you down but you.  Whatever someone said has already disappeared into the atmosphere like a vapor.  It’s your mind that holds it and replays it over and over again.  How far could you go if nothing or no one was holding you back?

It’s ok to need help, pride is not your friend.

We live in a world of skepticism, sarcasm, and ignorance.  It has always been this way but it just seems to me as if it is more pronounced today.  There is still much beauty in the world but we chose not to see it, display it, or share it. Instead we focus on the rude, and the lewd.  We doubt what is true.  We prefer the lie.  We make “alternative facts.”  We use humor to mock what’s good, innocent or nice to be around.  We lack the knowledge to appreciate what we have. 

And because everyone is doing it, it seems ok.  A skeptic is one who refuses to believe without direct personal experience. 

What could you achieve if you weren’t holding yourself back? How far could you go if you weren’t afraid of failure, looking stupid, or putting your talent out there?

All you need after that is courage.

If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure out your passion. For passion will lead directly to your purpose.

It was snowing.  It was dark and I was preparing to go to a job I should be glad I have on a Sunday morning.  Of all the voices in the world, the loudest and most insidious is my inner voice.  I’ve been trying too hard and slowly stripped the joy right out of my life.  When you have failed as often as I have, and made numerous mistakes, it’s easy to be self-critical.  I know life is about discovery but I was still sad until I wrote this and got it out.

I forgot that everybody has to do their own growing no matter what I went through.  My opinions are not fact to anyone but me.  It doesn’t come with age either.  I have met and still meet idiots.  Most are happier than I am.  I have no right to change that or suggest they change their worldviews.

I also realize now that its ok if the person asking for money doesn’t realize their troubles isn’t the lack of money but a poverty mindset.  I realized that some people like working for others.  Some don’t like to work at all.  Some enjoy reality shows.  You can watch what you want. I am not going to say anything.  I realize that television programming that I don’t agree with is not programming me.  My mind is a computer.  Junk in equals junk out.  Some enjoy watching sports above all else.  I have other things.  Some enjoy getting wasted on drugs and alcohol.  Some enjoy having babies. I also realize that the man that wants to marry a stripper with four kids, and high debt has more problems than listening to me.  Some like to blame others for their misery.  Most are happy where they are in spite of what they say.  I am going to have to accept that.  Some like to eat and are prone to obesity.  I can’t change that.  Some think that they are god.  Some don’t believe in God.  Everything is a choice and I have to roll with it.

Life teaches you things.  It shows you what works and what doesn’t.  You would think that with all the things we have in common, that it would be easy to pass on information based on experiences but no one cares enough to change.  And most of the time, the person you are trying to help doesn’t want your “opinion.”

Today I realize the only person who cares what I think is me.  I’m better now than when I got up this morning.  Going to try to be more respectful and less critical.

The Serenity Prayer by  Reinhold Neibuhr hits home.

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.

One of the main themes for this blog is sharing the struggle of others in this thing called life. Success means different things to different people. One of my newest friends will say he has succeeded when he is able to travel around the world performing his music. Like you, the struggle is real. This week I speak to an artist who is making music in the genre known as Hip Hop.

For those that don’t like so-called rap music, you may not understand that rap also known as Hip-hop is a type of music, an art form and culture that has influenced fashion, vehicle design, our vocabulary and American culture since the 1970’s. Like the Blues, and Jazz, Hip Hop originated in America. The cultural movement known as hip-hop emerged in the late 1970s in the predominantly African American South Bronx section of New York City. It was characterized with being predominately spoken-word instead of actually singing, also much of it rhymed. It went pop with the Sugar Hill Gangs’, “Rapper’s Delight” in 1979. I shared that with you so that maybe you will appreciate the hard work and the conversation I have with the artist officially known as Durdy Banga.

This was our first interview. I learned a lot. I asked him about the origin of his name, and the reasons he does what he does. I got the normally shy guy to talk and had a good time hearing him explain his philosophy and dreams.

I am sharing a clean version of my favorite from his latest project The Water Vaporist , aptly called “Introvert.”

His email address for contact is thedurdybanga@gmail.com   The links mentioned in the Kenn Blanchard Show Podcast episode #71 coming this week  can be found here.



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Podcast Episode 70

Fresh as day old bread, back from Podfest.us and have a few thoughts to share about what I realized while I was among some great people.  Don’t quit.  We are put on this planet to help others.  Even when you don’t know what your mission, passion or purpose is help someone in the meantime.  A penny is still a penny even if it looks like the one i found.

Don’t give up on yourself or your dreams.  You may have to define your dreams and make sure it is attainable BUT don’t stop moving forward.

i decided to change the intro of the show a little and hopefully will be more frequent with it. That would be regularly and weekly.  Please subscribe to it

Decided to create a business supporting future and current podcasters that want to go pro by being their producer.  Going to build a network business model that promotes our clients as well as edits for best practices.



When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,

When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,

When the funds are low and the debts are high,

And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,

When care is pressing you down a bit-

Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

Life is queer with its twists and turns,

As every one of us sometimes learns,

And many a fellow turns about

When he might have won had he stuck it out.

Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –

You may succeed with another blow.

Often the goal is nearer than

It seems to a faint and faltering man;

Often the struggler has given up

Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;

And he learned too late when the night came down,

How close he was to the golden crown.

Success is failure turned inside out –

The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,

And you never can tell how close you are,

It might be near when it seems afar;

So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –

It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.


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