Saturday, September 24, 2016

Bragging is not the best way

Hello fellow Tradesman out there.
Over the years I have heard so many people brag about all the things they have done. It is one thing to share about a great accomplishment, but it is quite another to make up stories to make you sound more important. What does that do to ones integrity?
Listen to our new podcast episode on bragging your way to the to. Go to Surging Forward Podcast on Itunes or go to to download and listen. I want also offer my thanks to you all for reading. You can help me a lot by sharing on facebook or email to others who might enjoy. Please feel free to pass this post along and don't forget to like us on facebook. Until next tim
Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward

Friday, September 9, 2016

Giving Your Word

How important is it to keep your word? Trust is something that seems to have gone by the way side. Seems everyone is looking for an angle. Lying in today's workplace has become the norm in order to get ahead. Don't fall into this trap. Your word is the most powerful attribute you have. If you cannont keep your word it is sometimes best to say no. Your integrity will keep your fellow workers, and/or clients if you have a business watching your back instead of worrying about  whats next. Also do keep company with those that do not have integrity the fal can come very quickly.
Listen to our new podcast episode on giving your word. Go to Surging Forward Podcast on Itunes or go to to download and listen. Always be willing to help others. Please feel free to pass this post along and don't forget to like us on facebook.
Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Episode 4 of the Surgingforward podcast

Well hello again fellow tradesman out there. Been a busy few weeks. We have just published our 4 episode of our new podcast. The title is the 3 R's Respect, Reliability, and Responsibility. Go to to listen. This show talks about haw to get respect. Do we deserve respect or is it earned something to think about as we strive to grow in our careers. There is a lot happening in our world today and if you are demanding that people respect you than you may not actual deserve it. Just saying respect is something that we must earn on a daily basis and depends on how we are treating others. Leadership is a skill that must continue to be developed. There are many people who at one time were great leaders but the power went to there head and they now abuse the position. These leaders have lost the respect from those that follow . You than have those that work under strictly under fear and nor dedication. Well I need to get ready for the new year. I am working on lesson plans for the upcoming Apprenticeship classes. A new 3rd year class.
So I will leave you with this question What are you doing to help others have a better life, it is not about money, but maybe just a kind word.
Drop us a topic you want discussed on the podcast, at or just leave us a comment below, in the mean time, Stay Safe and Keep Surging Foward.

Monday, August 8, 2016

The Podcast is little late but it's up and running

Hello Surging Forward members, friends, and future fans,
We were a little late but we got the podcast up and going last night. I did not realize all the actual startup work, but I am sure we will be tweaking it here and there. Special thanks too my sons best friend for setting everything up.
You can check out the the new podcast at
Don't forget to send us your questions. and we will talk about most any subject related to the trades and to working a job in general. Also like us on Face book to keep up with some of the things we hope to start posting soon. Send us your bad installs or your positive pictures and we will post the pictures there. Our Facebook address is .
The first podcast is an introduction into our first series of discussions. Again feel free to send us your comments on what we can do better. We are new to this but hoping we can help all of us to surge  forward in this hectic world. Even this week end I could not believe how fast time went by.
Well I am going to sign off for now as even I have to work the day to day grind. Remember to pass the word and share with your fellow workers Until next time, Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Free Training the Podcast is coming

Hello fellow tradesman  this has been a busy summer and we are getting very close to launching our new podcast. again those of you that do not know what a podcast is it is like a radio show but on the internet. we have just launched a new website at which will have all the details. Also make sure you send us your topics for discussion also and we can include in upcoming episodes. The launch for our new show will be available to listen online or download on Friday August 5th.  we will do a new show every week. These will include topics such as how to grow in your career, How to increase you worth and your pay to your company, How to start your own business (not as easy as you may think but if you have the drive can be rewarding) dispel some myths and learn some truths about working the daily grind, and many other topics for the working class. stay tuned and in the mean time drop us a line at and like us on Facebook at . Help us get the word out. Free Training we like free right. Take care and remember to Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Things Coming

It has been a while but it does not mean we haven't been busy,so here is a quick update. We have been working on some new things. First we have just published the new 2014 Electrical code in Virginia and Oklahoma and it now has full audio. You spoke and we listened. We are working on the HVAC, Plumbing and the Fuel/Gas code to bring audio to those as well.  We are also looking at starting a podcast which will provide you with ways to grow in the trade and move up the ladder. I know the jobs are always bad, the pay stinks, its to hot, its to cold, but hey the grass is not greener on the other side and most of you don't have 4 years of student loans in the thousands of dollars either.
If you have any topics you would like us to discuss simply drop us a line at Stay tuned for times and the opening show.
As always
Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Future of Tradesman continued

Well I am back again. I want to try and continue with the topic of the future of Tradesman. Last time we spoke of the lack of training and today I spent some time with a former student that is seeking to grow in the trade. So many times there are so many choices, yet you may feel there are no choices. In reality the choice is up to you. If you are happy with the statuesque and do not want to continue Surging Foward in our lives, how can you expect to gain respect in the trade, make more money in the trade, be promoted in the trade, get that really cool task on the job site, or any other  goal you want in life. The road to success is not always easy but it is not hard either. The opportunities are there but it requires that you step forward to take on the challenge. With that said a few things to keep in mind. You will fail, yes that it what I said you will fail at times, but you will also succeed. So many people are afraid to move forward because they may fail. If that was the case and you never continue to Surge Forward you would have never learned to ride a bike, How about even learning to walk, or play sports. Think about where you are in the trade you work at. Ever made a mistake? The real question is what did you learn from falling off the bike? What did you learn about not doing the task on the job the way it was explained. Maybe you wanted to do it your way. Maybe you should have asked  one more question. Maybe you ask too many questions and need to do some research yourself. Boy I wish I had google when I was younger. I could have avoided a lot of mistakes. The point is we learn much more ( or we should be learning ) from our mistakes than when we get it right accidentally and deep down we have no idea how we got it done. Now the real question is what can you learn from others mistakes and also keep them Surging Forward.
Stay Safe and Keep Surging Forward