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Behind The Wheel Podcast

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Connecticut's #1 Business Running & Entrepreneurship Podcast where we amplify the accomplishments of ordinary people (e.g., runners, triathletes entrepreneurs, artists, entertainers, and creators) who are doing EXTRAordinary things within their sphere of influence. We're located at the intersection … read more

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Time Vs. Timing

Thirteen years ago, I got this crazy idea to do a podcast; I shared the idea with a random stranger Alabama Joe; he was intrigued. But I had no experience, no equipment outside of a laptop, a cheap microphone.

But, I didn’t let that deter me. I wanted to start a podcast; the idea was to use it as a training tool for the associates within my hub & spoke locations. I shared the idea with my district manager, and he kind of brushed it off, but I could see the possibilities. Our corporate offices would press up record training DVD’s and then distribute them to all of their stores-it didn’t make sense to me.

A lot of things didn’t make sense to me back then, like why didn’t we offer impulse items at the checkout counter-(e.g., gum candy, & mints). We had a BJ’s near our location in Garden City, so I purchased the items in bulk and made them available for our customers. My district mgr was a little upset because I followed that long-standing retail rule about not asking permission, you ask for forgiveness.

My life at that time was on a different trajectory. I was working lengthy retail management hrs and running a successful cleaning company with three people working with me, going through a ruff divorce because of my stubbornness, ignorance, pride, which led to my infidelity.

I make no excuses for the decisions I’ve made in this life, and as long I have a love of my children, I don’t care about what the crowd thinks or says about me.

I was brutally honest with my children and asked for their forgiveness. Running has helped to repair the damage which I inflicted.

Passion alone is not enough; it can be dangerous. You might have a desire to drive a car, but without the knowledge and proper training, you may have a fatal accident.

Meeting Alabama Joe was no accident back in 2007. I was captivated by his story and creativity; I shared it with Our Time At Home, a local newspaper In Brooklyn. Bernice Green covered a story on Joe and quoted me in the piece. The picture of Miles Davis Playing with Bird when he was from Alabama Joe.  I hosted an art show at my apt invited a few friends, and Joe provided the Art, Joe, and I recently connected after 13 years. I had some big plans and dreams, but the time wasn’t right. 

Oh yeah I haven't mentioned my Ko-fi page.  The launching of my Ko-fi page is me embracing my talents, this is me walking in my purpose, this is me taking the leap, acknowledging that what I'm doing is providing a valuable service for the audience, the guest and the sponsors.  BTW Podcast is a business.

I took the leap 4years ago to drive for Uber/Lyft Full-time, so I could have the flexibility to devote to building BTW Podcast.  Ko-fi is platform that will allow entrepreneurs/business owners to sponsor an episode PRE, MID or POST roll, it also allows you to buy me a cup of coffee.

Thanks for accompanying my on this ride.  Leave a voicemail to let us know how were doing and receive a shout out in a future episode.

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