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Retired USAF Master Sergeant talks about his personal journey to be the best man he can be and his quest to buy a 4-million dollar ranch while trying to overcome life's obstacles. Mental Health, Minimalism, Financial Independence, Weight-loss, Indie Author, Marriage, Fatherhood, and Everything Else.
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Doctors, nurses, first responders, they are essential. They need to go to work to save lives. But aren’t they always. We didn’t need a pandemic to know this. Until now, essential personnel has been the people who have had to go to work no matter what day of the year it is. People still need care even if it is Independence Day. This includes those skilled trade workers. In order for these doctors, nurses, and first responders to do their job, the building they work in has to be operational. The ventilators we keep hearing about don’t run on faith. They need electricity. So do the computers and communication equipment used for dispatchers and 911 operators. Though they are not in the spotlight and not seen as essential, the men and women who keep the lights on and the water flowing are just as critical to saving lives as the men and women who work directly with sick people. But these are not the essential people I talk about in this podcast. In this episode, I talk about the essential workers that have the jobs we all thought that were beneath us. The jobs that are now the most important in the world. Find my Just Before Bed Journal on Amazon. Want to support this indie author? Visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
Have you ever been asked this question? It's a common exercise in which you are supposed to find out what you want to in life for a career. By taking the money out of the situation, you are forced to choose a vocation that is one that you love. In the movie Office Space, a character named Michael Bolton says the question is bullshit because if everyone were supposed to do what they love for a living, there wouldn't be any janitors. He has a point, but the question is not bullshit. In this episode, I talk to answer this question, explain why it's not bullshit, and talk about who is going to clean up after you. Read the essay I wrote about this on Medium  Find my Just Before Bed Journal on Amazon Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
I have thought for a while now that people who say that "people are too sensitive these days" are wrong. I still do, but I have found some truth in it. There is a fine line, and I think I have defined it. If something offends you, that's legit. You are not too sensitive. If you think something is offensive to someone else. Then yeah, you are probably too sensitive. Also, it's none of your business. In this episode, I answer the question, are people too sensitive these days. The answers are Yes and No. Want to support this indie author? Visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
I was wrong.  When the 2016 election came around, I had no interest in participating. Neither of the two candidates did anything for me. I didn't like them both equally. In fact, you could say that I hated them. My hate for Donald Trump has proven warranted, but my disdain for Hillary Clinton has not. Just the opposite. I had no reason to hate her. I thought I did, but I did some digging, and none of those reasons are valid. I had an unfavorable opinion of this woman based on hearsay. In this episode, I talk about what happened after I heard Hillary Clinton be interviewed on the Howard Stern show—how my and god knows how many others opinion of her changed. Want to support this indie author? Visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
I hit 300 pounds the other day. That puts me about 62 pounds over the weight that I maintained for several years since discovering paleo. So it's time to get my shit together. Of all the reasons why I feel it's time to lose weight, how I look is at the bottom of the list. I feel like this is a major accomplishment for me. I feel like I spent my whole life trying to look thin and lean because I thought it made me more attractive. Now that I am older and married to the girl of my dreams, I see how insignificant my weight really is with regard to being attractive. Especially since I am married to the woman who loved me the last time I weighed this much. In this episode, I talk about the other reasons why I need to lose weight—much more important reasons. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
Fifty Episodes?! Who knew I had that much to talk about? Or that people would even listen? Today I am talking about my Just Before Bed Journal. What is it, how it works, and how it came about. To be brief, I'll just tell you that it's everything I have ever learned from all the self-help gurus and motivational speaker practices rolled into a straightforward routine. I find this routine so beneficial that I created this journal so that it would perfectly facilitate the method I like to practice just before bed. If you are interested in my #JBBJournal or any of my other books, visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
Is the entire world really messed up because you are insecure? In this episode, I talk about a recent experience where a contractor thought it was ok to vent to me about how messed up this world is because we have to do stuff like this. "This" was the installation of a gender-neutral bathroom. What is wrong with creating a safe space? Why is this so bad that you have to talk negatively about it? I delve into this in this episode. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page. Find me on Twitter or Instagram.
I was recently interviewed for a podcast and had my eyes opened to what white privilege is. I don’t take that phrase lightly as I don’t want to misuse it. I have probably never even said it (or wrote it) until now. I tend to avoid topics that I am not one hundred percent certain on. And I have not been one hundred percent certain that white privilege was even a thing, until now. In this episode, I talk about how that conversation opened my eyes to what it's like to be white.  You can read the article that inspired this episode here.  If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on Twitter or on Instagram.
Of all the things I claim to be in my twitter and Instagram bio, I've begun to question if I was still a podcaster or not. Well, I am. I just took some time off.  When my son was born, it became tough to keep up with podcasting. When I got a job, it became even harder. I thought that I was done podcasting, but then the other day, I had to jump on a video chat for work from home.  What better place than my in-home recording studio to conference call from? So I fired up my mic, put on my headphones, and followed the link to the google chat. That's when I realized how much I missed podcasting.  In this episode, I talk about what has been keeping me from recording. Work, being a dad, and gaining weight have kept me out of my recording studio but not anymore. I am making time for what is turning out to be, Season 3 of the David Soto Jr. Podcast.  If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr.
Again I have been working on my journal and writing a short motivational essay of life lessons. This one below inspired me to record a podcast on the topic.  It’s perfectly fine if doing what you love doesn’t pay the bills. Get a job, but don’t set your self up for misery. People tend to base their cost of living on their income. When they realize that they hate their job, they’re stuck. They can’t quit because of the pay. If they were to get fired or laid off, they’d really be in trouble. This is an example of depending on your job. Get to the point in your career that you can get out if you want to. No matter the reason—the boss is a jerk, you hate the environment, want to take the family on a summer trip to Europe—put yourself in a situation where you can walk at a moments notice.  How do you do this? The process is simple: live below your means, become debt free, save some money.  I’ve known dirtbags that lived on the cheap and worked somewhere like Whole Foods only long enough to save some money and hit the road again. Some of them were such hard workers that they had a job waiting for them when they came back. That’s having your job depend on you.  Let’s say you're a suburbanite who has a family and corporate gig paying close to six figures. The process is the same, live below your means, get out of debt, save some money. It’s just spanned over years instead of months. No, you don’t have to quit your job and take a two-year long road trip but imagine the feeling of being able to do it if you wanted to. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr.
Free Your Creativity

Free Your Creativity

2019-05-0627:46

Learn the fundamentals so that you can concentrate on creativity.  I have been working on a journal I want to publish. In this episode, I talk about the progress I'm making but more importantly I talk about what the short essay below sparked in my mind.  When I was an HVAC instructor, I taught Electrical fundamentals in the morning and Refrigeration fundamentals at night. The classes were ten weeks long. After every session, the classes swapped and I’d start again. I did this over and over again for four years.  When I eventually ended up back out in the field, I found that I was a superstar HVAC tech. I was good before, but after drilling the fundamentals in my head for four years, I became great.  When you don’t have to think about the basics, your mind is free to concentrate on creativity. And your creativity sets you above the rest. It’s what makes your performance unique. It is your gift.  You can not fully utilize your gift if you are too busy thinking, what is the finger position for a BMinor chord, or how do I dribble a basketball between my legs, or should I downshift coming into this turn, or in my case, what direction is the refrigerant flowing, or what is the voltage going to this compressor supposed to be.  Before you can fully shine at a task, you have to have the fundamentals engraved in your subconscious—freeing up your conscious mind to focus on your creativity.   If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr 
I wanted to tell the story behind the story of The Namesake, David Alonzo. I mention it a little in the preface but I think there is no better way than to explain myself than in a video.  I love writing magical realism because I believe in the magic a little. For example, I believe that I have had a life blessed with love because of my name. I want my son to have the same blessing, so I named him David as well.  The main character in The Namesake, David Alonzo, David Luís, also feels that he has been blessed and want to pass that blessing on to his son. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out so well for David Alonzo.  In this episode, I talk about the inspiration for the story The Namesake, David Alonzo.  When "The Namesake, David Alonzo" is live, you'll be able to find it here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr 
Hermoso Cariño

Hermoso Cariño

2019-03-3031:14

You haven't heard from me in a while because I have been busy. Busy going on job interviews, busy getting married, and busy having a baby. David Jackson Soto was born 23 March 2019 at 0340 in the morning making that day the best day of my life.  In this episode, I talk about that day and give the details of what I went through emotionally. From the scare he all gave us to the moment I got out my beats pill and play Hermoso Cariño for my son and proceeded to completely lose it.   If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr 
I'm active, have a daily calorie deficit, and am controlling my sugar so why can't I drop the pounds? I have a pretty good idea why.  Every now and then, my weight gets out of control. And every now and then, I get a handle on it by adjusting my diet. There have been times though, that no matter what I eat or don't eat or how much I exercise, nothing happens or maybe just the opposite—I keep gaining weight.  It's been in these times that I noticed the only way to drop the pounds was to do something most people don't associate with weight loss.  In this episode, I talk about what I am experiencing now with my weight loss journey, how it's not working, and how I have dealt with it in the past. If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr 
Just because you don't want to think about it, doesn't mean it's not going to happen. We are all going to die and if we become aware of this our perspective on life will change. That's why I came up with an exercise—make a todo list. A six months to live, todo list.  In this episode, I go into greater detail in why I think this exercise is important as well as my lists from the previous years. I have todo list from 2014, 2016, and created a new one for this episode. I go over all of them and the status of each item. If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. And why not post a link to our baby registry.  Find me on twitter @davidesotojr  or on Instagram @davidesotojr 
In this episode, I respond to this message that showed up in my inbox.  "I have a question and I’m sure I could google it, but since you’ve actually written books, I wanted to know where do you actually start...? I want to write a book on my experiences with being a parent [with] a son and daughter playing sports. I want to write something to the parents to be and say if I could go back, [I'd] change how I viewed and treated my kids when they were playing. I don't know. [There are] probably many books out there that may pertain to what I want to write [about] but I’m also thinking it could be a sort of therapy for me to get it out. " I put off answering this question because, well nothing is easy when I come to having any type of correspondence with me. I had so much to say that I couldn't give a quick response. In fact, I started to write an entire book on this subject. Idiot! I have enough on my plate.  Now, I can check this one off. Here is my answer to where to start when writing a book.  Find me on Medium here.  If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. And why not post a link to our baby registry.  Find me on twitter @davidesotojr or on Instagram @davidesotojr.
If you listen to last week's episode, you know that I am struggling with wanting to got to work and wanting to stay home with my family. With over twenty years in HVAC and Building Trades, finding work is not a problem. It's just that... I'm a writer damn it! When push comes to shove, I'll take a job and bring home the bacon, but I am hoping I can both do it as a writer. In this episode, I talk about my first step in my journey of 1,000 miles.  A dime. I made ten cents last month on Medium. It may not sound like a lot. Well, that's because it's not. I don't even think I can you can buy a gum ball for ten cents. But this ten cents means a lot more to me. Listen in to find out what I am talking about.  Below are the words of actor Geoffrey Owens that I mention in this episode.    “Somewhere in the middle of the road of my life, I found myself in the dark wood of unemployment and debt, but instead of switching careers like a sane person, I took a job at Trader Joe’s to see if I could hang in there. And um, it’s actually worked out pretty well. I’m Geoffrey Owens and I’m an actor.” If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. And why not post a link to our baby registry. 
Jobs and I never really work. I have been fired or dramatically quit almost every job I ever had—starting with the first one.  Being an entrepreneur seemed like the most appropriate thing for me to do. Problem is since having my business stolen from me in 2017, I have not had an income. And with a baby on the way, I am no longer going to be able to eke out an existence living off my savings.  In this episode, I talk about my struggles with trying to be a provider and an entrepreneur and how I made the tough decision to turn down a "good" job for the sake of my family.  If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here. And why not post a link to our baby registry. 
By the time my son is born, I will be just a couple months away from my 45th birthday. I am going to be an old dad. There is no doubt about it, and I am perfectly fine with it. In this episode, I tell you why I am grateful for waiting until middle age (I intend to live to be 100 so technically I won't be middle age until I hit 50) to start a family.  If you want to read the article that inspired this episode, you can read it here. If you are interested in buying any of my books, visit my Amazon author page here.
Seven of the top ten causes of death in the United States: Heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and kidney disease can all be directly linked chronic inflammation. (FYI Accidents, Influenza, and Suicide are the other three. Also, diabetes itself leads to at least three other diseases on this list.) What causes chronic inflammation? For one, constant exposure to a mild irritant such as foods that cause an Immunoglobulin G response.  Immunoglobulin G is what food sensitivity test checks for after exposing your blood sample to certain foods, ninety-six different foods to be exact.  In this episode, I talk about my results from my recent food sensitivity test and how eye-opening it was. If I were to sum it up in just a few words: wheat is not what's going to kill me like I thought. Something that I have been eating for years, something that I thought was "safe' was actually worse.  If you would like to take the same home food sensitivity test You Know Who and I took follow this link and get 20% off.  Visit my author page on Amazon here. And why not post a link to our baby registry. 
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