Change is Good

Putting 15 years of stuff into boxes requires a lot of boxes!

I’ve been gradually combing through my office one binder at a time. My purpose has been to eliminate unnecessary stuff. Unfortunately, when everything is important it’s very difficult to throw anything out.

I began early knowing full well that it would take me time to pour over “historical” documents in a futile attempt to determine their validity. I’m very pleased to report that today I was able to rid my office space of 10 binders full of out dated SOPs and pre-millennial memos. However, it wasn’t without a few tears. I get really sentimental when I read memos written by retired colleagues and admirable predecessors.

The alternative would be to pack it all up and move it to my new office until someday my successor would have to throw it out. Network television should film a reality TV show about office hoarders. They could get great ratings filming my office for their pilot episode.

In any case, I felt really proud of myself today as I tossed binders into the shred bin. It felt quite refreshing actually. Unfortunately, I have a long way to go and only two months to get it done.

Although I tell myself daily that change is good and I like the new building we’re moving into, saying goodbye to the old building is going to be very difficult for me. I literally feel like I’ve grown up in this office.

I was 24 years old and newly-wed when I started working at the medical examiner’s office. My wife taught preschool on campus and I was in the process of completing medical school prerequisites at the University of Utah. Previous to that I was living at home with my parents and working as a volunteer EMT/Firefighter and substitute school teacher.

I fell in love with forensics and chose to make it my career. Over the years I’ve been presented with opportunities to choose other paths, but in the end forensics has maintained its appeal.

Looking into my office and seeing stacks of boxes filled with so many memories, I can’t help but feel nostalgic. I found a note tucked away in one of my binders written by a medical examiner who passed away many years ago. The note was almost 15 years old, but her advice was as fresh as the day she wrote it.

It was just instructions on how to be a great transcriptionist, but the feelings and emotions that flooded my office were tangible and unforgettable. God bless you, Dr. Frikke!

Speaking of unforgettable moments, I want to end by sharing an experience from today that I hope will leave a lasting impression.

As you know, we’re packing up the office so we need a lot of boxes. Well, we ran out of boxes today so I went to the store to purchase more. As I was checking out, the cashier said something that caught me off guard but absolutely made my day. Her name was Linda.

As I walked up to the counter, Linda said, “You’re cute!”

With flushed cheeks I thanked her and said, “You just made my day. In fact, when we’re done here I’m going to give you a hug.”

Then, Linda’s cheeks flushed and she said, “You just made my day.”

That brief encounter with Linda solidified a valuable lesson. That lesson was about how the influence of one person can change the world.

It doesn’t take slander and mud slinging to get to the top. You don’t have to be president of the United States to make a change. Showing love and kindness to strangers will make the world a better place to live.

Right now, I commit to be a little more kind tomorrow than I was today. I’m going to do it for Dr. Frikke. Who are you going to do it for?

Linda changed the course of my whole day. I challenge you to change the course of somebody’s day. Make the world a better place.

 

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Rise to Success

I just wanted to let you know about a huge online event that’s coming up.

Over 40 top authors and entrepreneurs will be speaking.

Big names like Verne Harnish
, Jeff Walker, Tucker Max
, David Allen
, Gretchen Rubin
, Barbara Corcoran
, Perry Marshall
, Mel Abraham
, Ruth Soukup
, Cal Newport
, Scott Oldford
, T. Harv Eker
, John Lee Dumas
, and lots more.

And since I know the host, I got you a free ticket.

I got you free tickets to an online event that’s coming up…

The event is called the Self-Publishing Success Summit.

And the speakers are going to show you how to go from “no idea” to your published book — or turned the book you wrote into a bestseller.

Then you’ll learn how to use your book to build your brand, following, or 6-figure business that lets you share what you’re good at with the world.

Here’s the best part: These guest speakers have never been together at one event before.

And some of these speakers charge thousands of dollars to attend ONE their live events.

But you can see all of them in one place for free — you don’t even have to leave your house.

Check out this online event (I got you free tickets)

And the event’s broken down into 3 phases, so it’s easy to put to use. Here’s just a few of the speakers’ presentations:

Writing: Ray Edwards, Claire Diaz-Ortiz, Jeff Goins,Gretchen Rubin, David Allen, and Jay Papisan

Marketing/Publishing: Michael Hyatt, John Jantsch, Chris Brogan, Grant Cardone, and Gary Vaynerchuck.

Monetizing: Crystal Paine, Hal Elrod, Josh Shipp, Verne Harnish, and T. Harve Eker.

I can’t wait to hear these speakers!

Get your free ticket now:

Get your free ticket to this awesome online event.

Hope to see you there,

-Brandon Callor

P.S. I’m really excited to attend this online event, and I want you to be there too. Pick up your free ticket (it takes 10 seconds).

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Return on Investment

If you clicked on this blog post hoping to read tips on investing, then you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m so sorry friend, but I’m not going to talk about money market accounts or dividends here.

I’m talking about anything you purchase upon which you might place added value for years to come.

For example, many years ago my wife and I were newly married and shopping around for a bed. Have you found yourself in the following situation? She wants soft, you want stiff. She wants queen-size, you want California king.

Thankfully, we agreed on one important thing – initial cost was not a factor. We decided that the most important deciding factor was our return on investment.

Let me tell you what I mean. We figured that we spent as much time sleeping as we did working. By the way, this was before kids when 8 hours of sleep was realistic. But still, a third of our day was spent laying on a mattress.

How we spent the rest of our day was in large part determined by how well we slept. If we slept poorly our day had the potential of following suit. If we rested well and comfortably and got plenty of Z’s our day had the potential of going well. Do you see where I’m going?

It seemed, then, that picking the right mattress was less about the initial cost of the thing and more about it’s added value. We placed value on the comfort level of the mattress and how much sleep we would get over the life of the bed.

Friends, I’m pleased to tell you that our return on investment has paid dividends for many years. My wife and I are both happy and successful at work. I would like to believe that our three children are well-adjusted largely due to the fact their parents are well-rested and therefore more patient.

Every night I hop into bed it feels like the first time. It was money well spent on a quality mattress.

The same goes for anything in your life. If something is worth doing or the product is right for you’ll know by the added value it brings to your life.

Now that I’ve illustrated my point I want to switch gears to the real reason I’m writing to you. I want to talk about a program I’ve recently discovered that has added value to my life and I want to share it with you. It’s called Self-Publishing School.

I’ve wanted to write a book my whole life. I started several children’s fiction books and a few others, but haven’t finished them. Over the years I’ve attended writing seminars and various classes to help improve my craft. I even started this blog to give me an outlet for writing.

Two years ago I submitted my first children’s book to a publisher. I attached my manuscript to an email along with a cover letter to the publisher. It was like sending my baby off to school for the first time. I was an emotional wreck.

I thought all kinds of things. Would they like it? Would it get rejected? What if somebody called my baby ugly? How would l react?

I was so excited and nervous that I didn’t poop for days. Days turned into weeks. Weeks turned into months. Finally, came a letter in the mail!

What do you think they said? Almost a year past just waiting to hear that they didn’t want my story. For a lot of people this is where the story ends. For others the process continues month after month as they wait for the next publishing house to respond.

I found a better way. My wife introduced me to something that has changed my life. If you want to write a book, spend less time waiting to publish, and make passive income while you work on your next bestseller, then I urge you to click on the link below.

Click here for a better way.

The folks at Self-Publishing School have mastered the process of writing and self-publishing. The link will take you to a series of four free video trainings. In these videos you’ll meet my friend Chandler Bolt who will walk you through the steps of his success.

His Mastermind Community awaits writers and entrepreneurs like you. Yes, I said entrepreneurs.

Writing a book isn’t the end-all. You want the world to hear your voice. You have something to say. You need to market your book and sell it, right.

Click here if you’re ready to write your book.

This link will take you inside where Chandler Bolt will explain how to use online tools to help you market your book in order to reach bestseller in your category.

Using the link above will grant you access to four free videos. Once inside you’ll see testimonials from successful Self-Publishing School graduates. Imagine yourself in their place one day.

It won’t take much searching to find answers to your question about SPS, but you need to click the link below in order to start digging. Once you’re satisfied you’ll be asked for your name and email address. You will received an email with a link to four free videos and more information about the school.

Enrollment to Self-Publishing School is not always open and we’re looking for committed students. Students committed to investing in their success as an author.

Follow this link and enter your name and email address to receive a free video guide to self publishing.

Click here for your free guide to self publishing.

I’m grateful I did.

W. Brandon Callor

SPS Master student/blogger

Guest Blogger on R.K. Grow

Hello everyone. It’s been awhile since I last posted anything. I apologize for the wait. Please check out my article as a guest blogger on R.K. Grow’s website. http://rkgtheauthor.com/wp/guest-post-by-brandon-callor-supervising-medical-examiner-assistant/#comment-106

I offer insight on writing accurate morgue scenes and true-to-life characters for writers who want to develop authentic material when writing morgue scenes.

Coping Strategy: Sharing

When I speak of sharing as a way to cope with tragedy I’m not referring to something as trivial as going halfsies on a foot long submarine sandwich or something more drastic and deviant such as joining a swinger’s club. I mean opening up yourself to another human being by sharing your sorrow. Seeking social support is an adaptive or constructive coping technique. The trick is knowing whether or not the other person is willing to share your burden.

The Christian Bible speaks of Jesus Christ who told his disciples to come unto Him with their burdens and He would give them rest. The Torah suggests that the word rest, as used in this scripture, refers to a related word that means to lead or guide. Consequently, a person who knows the way to peace or knows how to find happiness has a moral obligation to help others find the way. The Quran says that Allah does not put burden on any human more than he can bear. It also says that any man who is burdened cannot lift another from their burden without the help of Allah. I’m paraphrasing, of course. The 14th Dalai Lama said, “Compassion and love are not mere luxuries. As the source both of inner and external peace, they are fundamental to the continued survival of our species.” Buddha taught his son to practice compassion. He said that compassion has the capacity to remove the suffering of others without expecting anything in return.

With those thoughts in mind, I would like to share an experience I had the other day. I met a kind, honest man who for whatever reason decided to open up to me. We met as he was delivering supplies to my office. His tragedy was tender and personal and I felt honored that he chose to share it with me. The story he shared was about the death of his infant child many years prior. I suppose he felt comfortable sharing his history with me being that I work for the Medical Examiner. Perhaps he thought that I would understand his loss and appreciate his pain. He would be correct in that assumption. Whatever reason he might have had for sharing his story, I DID truly appreciate him sharing it with me. It’s important to me to remain grounded. It’s all too easy to become callous and dissociate from reality when surrounded by tragedy all day long. Connecting with another human helps maintain realism.

Although I am still a stranger to that delivery man, I will always remember the part of him that he shared with me, and I hope our brief interaction lightened his load. It certainly made me reflect on a few aspects of my childhood. You see, I come from a long line of story tellers who share our family history as if speaking is as essential as breathing. Every aspect of our family’s life has been shared with friends, neighbors, and strangers alike. As a child it embarrassed me to hear our trials revealed so readily with anyone willing to listen and some not so willing. I’m just now beginning to realize that the sharing of those burdens with others, and the open discussion of our family’s trials were perhaps an attempt to cope with the burden of those trials.

I have discovered that I too have the gift of sharing. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing. In any case, I have found that it is quite liberating to release my secrets into the world. Thank you to all of my liberators and please accept my apologies for saddling you with my problems. A caution to all who comfortably and freely share your burdens with others, please be aware with whom you share that you do not saddle the already heavy-laden. Neither of you will benefit from that interchange.

Please consider the following quote by L. Whitney Clayton of the Presidency of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In his October, 2009 General Conference address, That Your Burdens May Be Light, he said, “…bearing up under our own burdens can help us develop a reservoir of empathy for the problems other face. The Apostle Paul taught that we should ‘bear…one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.’ Accordingly, our baptismal covenants require that we should be ‘willing to bear one another’s burdens, that they may be light; yea, and [be] willing to mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort.'”

I would like to reiterate what the Dalai Lama has said concerning human nature. Compassion is not a luxury, it is fundamental to the survival of our species. May you be willing to share your sorrows with a friend and in turn receive their’s. Be a friend to one who has none. Listen. It is human nature to hold on to your anger and sadness, to wallow in self-pity. Do yourself a favor and put off the natural man. Remember that a more constructive technique to cope is to share.