Here’s a dump of what’s in my brain… hang on people!

For about 5 years I’ve been doing a one word goal to inspire me all year.  A simple laser focus.  We have too many goals, too many dreams… a one word gets you on track all year!

To learn more go here:  http://www.jongordon.com/positive-tip-your-word.html

This year I chose:  LEARN  (actually if you pray on reflect it ends up choosing you!)

I hope to say this line about a million times:  “What can you teach me?”

If I can learn… I need to SHUT UP and listen.  I need to take good notes.  I need to ask good questions.  I need to dig deeper beyond, “how ya’ doin…”  And If we do this right, as I learn I can gain wisdom and thus use it as a boomerang effect to TEACH and inspire!


I told this to the the team I coach basketball to recently.  I forgot who I got this from.

“YOUR DREAMS HAVE TO MATCH YOUR WORK.  If they DON’T then either, change your dreams, or change your work!”

I just worked with a sales person that wants to make $100,000 in commissions a year before the age of 35!  Awesome goal!  However, as I worked with that person… I realized they were not doing the work (YES THEY WERE WORKING HARD) but not really do THE SMART WORK to get there.  As I told that person, you worked harder on a deadline for a college project, pulled all nighters, etc… to get a B+ then you are to earn this money!   I put it this way, which worked for that person… YOU ARE HOLDING A WINNING LOTTERY TICKET (what you could make in commissions in the next 5 or 10 years)… ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS EARN IT!!!



How many deliveries is Andy Rettler up to?  13 on his garage!  13!

Also, how many $$ of special order RETURNS OF vinyl siding to Wausau Supply did we do this year?  (one product category… one vendor)… OVER $100,000!  WE MUST DO BETTER AND WE WILL!

We simply CAN NOT order SPECIAL ORDER exterior products off a plan… it’s gotten too complicated.  EXTERIOR TRIM WALKS WILL BE STANDARD AND REQUIRED for ALL in the next 90 days as we work out the details!  YES!  BETTER!


Hot take:  You are not sure if there is a God.  Maybe this is all just like Santa Claus.  Fine that’s your opinion… however, tell me this… If there is no God…. who was Jesus… (he really existed it is in tons of historical documents far beyond the Bible… it is how we keep time) based on this man… a man that had no wealth, no power, no followers, no army…SO TELL ME WHO WAS HE?… Just some raving lunatic?  And after his death… why were his followers willing to DIE to spread his message if he really didn’t rise from the dead?  Only explanation is they were plain lunatics… but why would they risk EVERYTHING for a man that was dead?  ODD RIGHT?… That’s my faith.  Also…faith is beautiful… it is something that has no 100%.. reason… no logical answer… and that’s incredible.


Exercise…  Honestly, the happiest people I know… do some form of exercise.   Don’t have time?  I call BULLSHIT.  Get up earlier, go to bed earlier.   How effective are any of you the last two hours you are awake.? I know a few of you are night owls… and good for you.. but for the vast majority of us… we veg out on phones, or tv on the couch for HOURS instead of going to bed and getting up early.  I wake up between 4 and 4:30am most days.    Get it.


And for you operational cats, a good quote from Norway…. “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes!”  THANK YOU FOR WHAT YOU DO OUTSIDE.


Keith Batenhorst has given me a few golden nuggets… here is a recent one…


How true, we have guidelines, we have processes and procedures, but think in terms of this…


“Tribe of Mentors” by Tim Ferris…

When faced with a problem… say this:  “WHAT WOULD THIS LOOK LIKE IF IT WAS EASY?!”

That’s awesome.  We tend to focus on problems with difficult, layered solutions…which leads to 1. no decision or indecision  2. complicated layered solutions.  Both are BARF!  But what if it was easy… could lead to quick answers… and SIMPLE solutions!  LOVE IT!


Oh…here’s one last little thing.

STOP.  Pick something you are going to STOP doing in 2018.  Why say you are gonna do more…!  I know you are already busy.  STOP doing something.   At work, home… life.  STOP. STOP.  STOP.  That for many… will be HARDER than ADDING STUFF!  STOP!


Can’t wait to learn from you!


— – Joel Fleischman.  Joel is Head Coach of the solution providers for Drexel Building Supply.  (drexelteam).   You can follow him on twitter:  @JoelmFleischman.   Our mission is to be a supplier of others happiness.  I hope this little post did just that.


2 thoughts on “RANDOM THOUGHTS

  1. Regarding your Hot take, you say “tell me this…If there is no God…who was Jesus”. Are you suggesting that if there was a historical Jesus that somehow that means that there is a God? I don’t understand your logic there. What prevents me from using your logic to say: If there is no Allah…who was Muhammad?

    I’m happy to agree on the historicity of Jesus of Nazareth, but you make reference to the “tons of historical documents far beyond the Bible” confirming this. Could you elaborate? Where are these tons of non-Biblical documents?

    I agree with you that we base the Gregorian calendar (it’s not how we tell time but I assume you meant days) on the year believed to be Jesus’ birth (he wasn’t born in AD 0 by the way), but what does that have to do with Jesus being god? We base our days of the week upon Roman gods. Does the fact that we named Thursdays after the Roman god Thor and Saturdays after the Greek/Roman god Saturn mean that those deities were real?

    You seem to imply that because the followers of Jesus were “willing to DIE to spread his message” that this somehow proves he rose from the dead. I trust that you’ll agree that the level of one’s conviction has absolutely no bearing on the truthfulness of that belief. The Heavens Gate cult died for their beliefs but that doesn’t mean that a spacecraft was following the Hale-Bopp comet. The 9/11 hijackers were willing to die for their beliefs but that doesn’t mean that they’re in Paradise with 72 virgins. It’s not hard to find people throughout history willing to die for their strong beliefs. Belief does not equal truth.

    Respectfully, I have to disagree with your conclusion. When viewed critically, faith is not beautiful nor is it incredible. Faith — by definition — means that you believe something strongly despite not having evidence (Hebrews 11:1). What other area of our lives would this be considered virtuous? Somewhere right now there is a devout Wahabi Muslim who believes strongly (despite not having any evidence) that you are the infidel and should be put to death. Somewhere right now there is a devout Christian who believes strongly (despite not having any evidence) that the creator of the universe wants to see witches and gay people put to death. Both of those people can find theological support for their beliefs. That’s not beautiful.

    Sure, you can find some very beautiful things done in the name of faith (you’re probably thinking of some right now), but that doesn’t negate the core concept that believing something strongly without evidence is a positive thing – at least not without adding a bunch of caveats.

    You seem like a very nice person Joel and the thoughts on your blog are overwhelmingly positive and inspiring, but respectfully, I hope you’ll take some time in 2018 to critically look at your religious convictions and rationale. I’m confident that there’s some room for you to grow there.


  2. Many of your comments are worthy of deep consideration… however I do believe God, Allah, The force… whatever term you want to use… our minds can’t conceive or start to understand. The more we dig… the more curious it becomes. I choose and have been blessed with a faith. I do not understand why some are, some aren’t, and some are called other places. I do know I have faith in God, and I do believe I should share my beliefs as part of my beliefs. I believe we will agree to disagree…and that’s ok too… but I did want to acknowledge your comment. — Joel

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