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Al Kim Hosts Gary Smith For Rise And Shine Radio Show

Gary Smith was recently a guest of the Rise and Shine Radio Show hosted by Al Kim. WSDK 1550 AM radio station allowed the two radio show hosts to join forces for an on-air segment, and each broadcaster brought their best material to the table.

Al Kim Talks About Achieving Unusual Greatness

Gary discussed his most recent book, “Achieving Unusual Greatness,” and how it was constructed from several blog posts created in the past few years. Gary crafted the book to be read a little at a time or all at once, giving daily lessons that are the “essence” of achieving success.

Gary told Al Kim that he hoped people would use the book almost as a daily inspiration that could be quickly read for motivation. He said it was one of the more powerful projects he had worked on because of the amount of years it spanned.

Macro View Of The Business World

Gary said his background as an engineer in the manufacturing business led him to seek further education to gain a macro view of the business world. He said moving away from providing a small part of a big business has been a great career choice because he understands where those smaller, integral parts fit into the large model.

Looking For A Change Or Improvement

Al Kim commented that the economy in Connecticut was not in its tip-top form, and he asked Gary what he would say to someone who was looking to make a change or improvement. Gary said it’s important to look at your passions in life and what you’re good at before pursuing a job.

He said many people give up looking for work because they cannot find a position in their field, but a simple inventory of what they enjoy doing most in their life can lead to civic activities, leadership roles and much more.

Trusting God To Spur Change

One of the hardest things to do in life is to accept and embrace change. Gary talked to Al Kim about the common nature to resist change and how it can hold people back from their full potential. However, by trusting God and asking him to guide you, you can make major life changes that lead to amazing opportunities.

He said the most important thing to dealing with change is having a positive attitude and trusting God’s hand to guide you to where you belong. Fear is something that will have to be faced in these situations, and Gary said fear can be your best friend or your worst enemy.

Learn From Gary Smith

Whether you’re looking for business success or personal coaching, Gary has helped countless people through the toughest times of their lives. You can contact Gary through his business, Optimum Performance Technologies, to find out how he can help you get through major changes, understand your business specifics better and much more.

Be sure to tune into The Gary Smith Show on WSDK 1550 where he gets his messages out to everyone. He is always looking for new guests to showcase who have different backgrounds and skills than him, giving the audience a good sense of what can be achieved in life if you put your mind to it.

3 Keys For Dealing With Toxic People

Not long ago, I heard Arianna Huffington on a TV commercial. She was asked, “Who do you most resent in life?” Arianna replied that she has no room in her life for resentment of toxic people. She then offered the following quote: “Resentment is the poison you drink, all the while thinking that the other person is going to die.”

These words are uncomfortably true – and yet they are hard to swallow.

You Will Encounter Toxic People In Your Life

An old friend of mine once said, “Out of every 100 people you meet, 80 are nice, 19 are difficult, and 1 is impossible. There is 1 person out of every 100 whom you can’t get along with no matter what you do.” I asked my friend what I was supposed to do with that one person–those toxic people in my life–and he laughed as he said, “Leave him alone a lot, and if you have the bad fortune of having to work with him, picture him standing there in his red Christmas underwear – at least that will help you maintain your sense of humor.”

Your Approach To Toxic People Defines The Outcome

The conversation with my friend was humorous, but ultimately not very practical. But that leads me into thinking about things that we can do when it comes to dealing with toxic people.

  1. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. These words of wisdom from the late Stephen Covey are a good place to start. Toxic people are toxic for a reason. If you can find out what is motivating their toxicity, you are one step closer to disarming them and beginning to build what may just turn out to be a fruitful relationship.
  2. Ignore the rumors. Whether it’s in your neighborhood, church, or at work, toxic people tend to generate a lot of chatter – mostly in the form of negative gossip. Don’t believe any of what you hear in these circumstances. Be your own person and take the time to become informed and draw your own conclusions.
  3. Learn to love people. Accept people for who they are and where they are in life. Even if they’re nasty and messed up, love them and care about them. Sometimes that’s all it takes to crack the shell of a bad attitude and start the healing process. Why should you do this? Well, stop for a moment and think about where you would be without love.

Toxic people can be a challenge, to be sure. But we all need to be up to the challenge of helping and serving others.


©2014 by Gary L. Smith and Optimum Performance Technologies, LLC (optechs.com).  All rights reserved.

Smith Featured In Local News Article

Only a week remains before the Connecticut Business Expo on June 5 where Gary Smith, Owner of Optimum Performance Technologies (Optechs) in Southington, Conn. will be signing copies of his two published books. A local Patch News Website in Southington featured Smith in a local news article in early May discussing his plans for the book signing and his plans to share testimonials about his journey to find Christ.

Below is an excerpt of the local news article written by Drew Crandall:

The Fellowship of Companies for Christ International (FCCI) Northeast Region Office reports that Gary Smith, Owner of Optimum Performance Technologies in Southington, is leading the FCCI “West of the River” business leader group and signing books at the upcoming Connecticut Business Expo on June 5.

The FCCI West of the River group meets on alternating Thursday mornings at the Carousel Coffee Shop, 192 Main Street in Southington. The group is open to business owners, entrepreneurs, CEOs, Presidents and Partners who have top-level responsibility for their businesses.

Smith recently published two books, and will be signing books at the Connecticut Business Expo at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford on Thursday, June 5 from 9 to 4 pm at booth 414. For details, please call Smith at 860-593-4886 or visit www.Optechs.com.

Playing The Game of Life

Are you attempting to play the game of life without goals? Maybe you are and don’t even realize it. If your goals are not clearly visible, they might as well not exist.

A great French naturalist conducted a most unusual experiment with Processionary Caterpillars. These caterpillars blindly follow the one in front of them – hence the name. He carefully arranged them in a circle around the rim of a flower pot so that the lead caterpillar touched the last. Inside the flowerpot he placed pine needles, which are a primary source of food for these caterpillars. Hour after hour, day after day, these caterpillars marched around the pot. Finally, with an abundance of food less than six inches away, they died from starvation.

Many people make the same mistake of confusing activity with accomplishment and, as a result, they reap only a small fraction of life’s harvest. Are you blindly, without question, following the crowd in a circle to nowhere?

Why not sell your possessions, go to Las Vegas, and gamble it all? The odds are very great that you’ll lose everything, but there’s a chance you hit the jackpot. Believe it or not, your chances are better in Las Vegas than they are in life, unless you learn to set goals and follow a plan.

Do people plan to fail? NO! The real problem is that they fail to plan!!

Since goals are so important, why do only three percent of American people commit them to writing? They are four basic reasons:

  1.  They have been told by others, and by society, that setting goals is a waste of time.
  2.  They don’t know how to or understand the tremendous benefits of setting goals.
  3.  They fear that they won’t reach their goals and that they will be embarrassed.
  4.  They have poor self images and believe that they don’t deserve the good things life has to offer.

Do you have written goals? Are you taking action toward their accomplishment every day? Do you review them regularly? Are they a dynamic part of your life? Are you accomplishing your goals and making the kind of progress you want? If not, contact us right now! Call us at 203.599.1467 or email us at gary@optechs.com. We can quickly get you on the road to achieving your dreams.

Disagreeing Agreeably

One of the things I find most troubling, in business and in life, is how disagreeable people have become towards each other.  When dealing with critical issues, there seems to be two ends to the spectrum: either people say nothing because they are afraid they will offend someone, or they jump down people’s throats as they vociferously make their points.

The problem is that neither of these approaches allows honest conversation that leads to solving problems.

In a free country, we have a fundamental right to have our individual opinions.  That is a very good thing when it sparks useful conversation driven by a genuine seeking for understanding.  If I am your friend, I probably won’t agree with you on everything, but that does not mean that I have to do so in a disagreeable or disrespectful way.

John Rankin is a Christian who regularly debates a chief Islamic leader and scholar in the United Kingdom.  When they are in the midst of a debate, these two religious leaders strongly disagree with each other and are both very articulate in making their points.

Rankin tells a story about how he was approached by one of the debate attendees at the close of a debate session.  The person commented that, based on the two men’s beliefs being on completely opposite ends of the religious spectrum, Rankin must hate his opponent.  Rankin looked at the man and said, “Absolutely not!”  He then explained that the gentlemen he had just debated was a close and dear friend and that they were having dinner together that very evening.

Rankin’s approach shows the tremendous value of being able to disagree with someone at a deep and personal level, and yet still be able to value that individual as a fellow human being who is entitled to his own views and opinions.

Have you cultivated the capability to disagree with others and yet do so in a manner that is deeply respectful and that fosters relational growth and problem solving?  If not, here are a few suggestions to help you move down that road.

  1. Perhaps the most obvious step you can take is to focus on the problem and not the personalities involved.  Magic takes place when you focus on what you are trying to accomplish.
  2. Focus on the others person’s strengths and what you have in common, not on your differences.  Not only does it bring the best set of skills to bear on the problem to be solved, but also it helps to expand relationships based on commonality.
  3. Change your thinking.  Realize that we have been created as unique individuals for a reason, and that is so we can compliment each other and enrich each other’s lives during our time on earth.  Learn to treasure and embrace the uniqueness and differences in others.
  4. Realize that you can learn something from everyone you meet, no matter how different the two of you may be.  Seek to learn first and not to teach.  Seek to understand before you seek to be understood.

An old saying reminds us that if two people agree on everything, one of them is unnecessary.  Wise words for all of us to remember.