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In Communication, networking, relationships on October 23, 2018 at 11:19 pm

“The only weird thing about eating there is you share a table with total strangers.” This is the advice I received regarding eating at a little family style fried chicken joint in Sweetwater, TX. I travel a great deal for work. One of the highlights of my travel schedule is the great locally owned small restaurants. Especially in small towns. Sweetwater doesn’t have many locally owned restaurants to choose from. It’s located on the busy I-20 corridor between Midland and Abilene. The usual suspects are present: Whataburger, Popeyes, etc.

I’ll be honest with you, I’m not a huge fan of fried chicken at restaurants. With this in mind, I wasn’t sure what to think about the prospect of trying this out. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was the chicken some of the best fried chicken I’ve ever put in my mouth, they serve nine to ten sides that you pass around the table and spoon onto your plate.

To me though, the highlight was eating at a table full of strangers. My co-worker and I sat next to two salesmen from Abilene. One had eaten there many times before and the other it was his first time too. We conversed for the majority of the meal. Once they finished eating, they hurried off to meet with more prospects. We then struck up a conversation with an older couple at the end of our table. The man had been coming to eat at The restaurant since 1959. The crazy thing, they don’t even live close to Sweetwater. They are from east Texas. They were driving home from Midland and made sure they left in time to make it to Sweetwater before the lunch rush just to eat the chicken.

I love chance meetings with total strangers. Just a brief moment to get a glimpse into the life of another person that you will never meet again.

If you ever get the chance, be sure to stop and eat at Allen’s if you are passing through Sweetwater, TX. Take your time. Talk with those around you.

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On Self Doubt

In Personal Development on October 23, 2018 at 1:24 am

So the last few days, I have written a great deal in my book. I am nine chapters in and that self doubt is creeping it’s ugly head around. I hate when this happens. There is so much I want to say in each topic and when self doubt comes around, I lock up. The fingers quit working and inevitably, I shut down the old laptop and call it a day. It may take me a few more days to get back into it. I hope not. Hopefully getting this all off of my chest will help. I’ve said it before ) not actually my words though), “if you want to be a writer, write.” I will continue to write until hopefully the self doubt goes away and the book starts writing itself again.

I Push Forward

In Personal Development on October 19, 2018 at 12:19 am

I have known that I want to write a book for many years now. For years, I thought, “who would want to hear from me.” I finally got over that for the most part and started writing earlier this year. It has not been easy. The first book I scrapped after writing the intro. The current book has gone through several iterations to get to the point I’m at now. Looking at my progress I know that this might not work. I can tell you the process has changed me immensely. I have had to to be very introspective. I am really going out on a limb and putting myself out there. It is somewhat of a scary feeling. Alas, I push forward. There are days when I can write for hours and it feels as if the book is writing itself. Them there are days when I feel like “this can’t possibly work,” and consider pulling the plug. Yet, I push forward. I have had this blog for quite some time. If you look back, you will see the randomness it seems to take. All a part of self discovery. There are long periods of time when it has just been neglected as you can see. That is nothing more than self doubt. Over the next several months, my hope is to use this platform to document my progress. Feel free to follow along. I hope you can learn something though my mistakes. Most of all, I hope that you learn that you can do the thing you want to do as well. Keep me honest. Don’t let me go several months without posting here.

Want to be a Writer…

In Personal Development on July 2, 2018 at 1:31 am

…then write. Advice I received during a podcast or a blog from Seth Godin. Really, it’s true for anything we do, or want to do. Now, that does not necessarily mean you will be a Pulitzer Prize writer, or even a best seller. But how are you going to be a writer if you don’t ever write?

Get started today.