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Friday, November 11, 2022
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2022/11/11 - Keep on Pushing!

[NEW EPISODE] Keep on Pushing!

Fridays 11:00am - 12:00pm (EDT)


The audience will hear from someone who can speak from deep personal experience on helping clients realize a new vision, renew hope and more importantly, gain the confidence that they can rise above any obstacle now or in the future. 


Starting an SMB is not for the faint of heart.  The entrepreneurial spirit is one that requires you to keep on pushing, in both your personal and professional lives.

As a 3-time Olympian, this special guest achieved his grand dream.  His current dream is to inspire others to achieve theirs.  As a keynote speaker, he taps the same energy, determination and skills that enabled him to bobsled with the best in the world.  He is now sparking audiences of all types to dream big and take their “game” to the next level.

We are joined by Devon Harris, International Keynote Speaker and Founder of The Keep on Pushing Foundation.  Devon is a founding member of the original, 1988 Winter Olympics “Cool Runnings” Jamaican bobsled team and is currently a motivational speaker and a mindset resilience coach. 

Using the tools he learned in the Olympics and as an army captain, Devon has been able to help his clients navigate through some of the most challenging, identity shattering periods of their lives.  Through his work with The Keep on Pushing Foundation, Devon supports and enhances the education of kids in disadvantaged communities by providing practical solutions to the challenges that are preventing them from getting educated.






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00:00:41.990 --> 00:01:10.800 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Well, hello out there, planet Earth and Happy Friday. Starting to get a little colder soon, I will really need the outfit that I have on, because I would like to get some skiing done this year, anyway. It's Friday, and it's always Friday with me, Stephen Fry, your Smb guy. I see. Why am I, or in case you missed it? Smb stands for small and medium sized business. For the last twenty years I've been a consultant for Sms, a voice and a sounding board for our business leaders, advocating on their behalf, and their employees, too,

00:01:10.810 --> 00:01:15.939 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I believe very strongly. People in sharing stories, providing perspective

00:01:15.950 --> 00:01:40.410 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: and creating connection. So every single Friday you could find me right here on talk radio, dot Nyc. Doing all of that, lending what's left of my mind and my voice to this radio show where I interview business leaders as well as their trusted advisors. One thing that I've seen over the years some of the best thought leadership for Smbs actually happens on Friday, just about the time we feel the freedom of the weekend coming.

00:01:40.420 --> 00:02:10.359 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: However, we're all so anxious to start the weekend. I usually am, too. These crucial pearls of wisdom we come across. They're overlooked. They're forgotten. They're eased aside in favor of our fun, weekend activities and our freedom from work here on the show. We take advantage of that weekend freedom and clarity, and we discuss popular topics that are on the minds of business leaders and their trusted advisors. The name of the show, not just to play on words, people. My last name means free in German. So a little fun fact for everybody. Little method behind the madness

00:02:10.460 --> 00:02:40.450 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: today's show is brought to you by Sda. Well, strategies a boutique Financial services firm in Hudson Valley, New York, offering personal wealth, management, and comprehensive business solutions for its clients. Sda. Not just a coincidence either. It stands for simplifying financial lives, designing financial strategies and advocating to implement them. Sda offers a concierge experience for both individuals and businesses. The firm's highest priority, always the client's best interests, while empowering everyone to be consciously proactive, and to thrive

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00:02:45.980 --> 00:03:09.249 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So last week was my hundredth episode again. Special thanks to my my guest, Dr. Stephen Soloway. His books arrived yesterday, autographed, and everything you guys want them once again. Email book at D. R. Soloay, S. O. L. O. W. A. Y. Dot com. My fourteenth anniversary was this week. So, love you, honey, thanks for putting up with me and me doing this weekly show.

00:03:09.260 --> 00:03:27.280 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I really appreciate that today is also Veterans Day. So a picture of my Buddy Eric there from his time in the service, all my my friends, who are veterans out there. Thank you for your service. We're very close to the New Year, everybody. This is the time when many Sms are working on their two thousand and twenty-three strategy.

00:03:27.290 --> 00:03:33.729 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Many others should be, but they're too busy working on the day to day of their business, and it's too much.

00:03:33.790 --> 00:03:41.069 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: They need to get some perspective. They need to take a step back. They need to go into two thousand and twenty three with a plan, and they need to

00:03:41.080 --> 00:04:10.339 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: keep on pushing, which is the topic of discussion here today with my special guest, who is a very special guest, One of the original members of the Jamaican bobsled team, so he's also going to teach everyone some lessons learned from cool runnings. But ah! Companies that hire inspirational keynote speakers for their corporate events. They love guests like this one. He's positively impacted and inspired thousands at corporate events for fortune. Five hundred companies, nonprofits, governmental organizations, schools and universities

00:04:10.350 --> 00:04:19.350 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: at the heart of his message are the lessons he has learned about the power of persistence over all sorts of obstacles in order to live his best life,

00:04:19.700 --> 00:04:22.139 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: whether he's speaking at corporate events,

00:04:22.230 --> 00:04:28.760 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: we're just interacting one on one. The mission is the same, and it sounds familiar. Because I like this mission.

00:04:28.770 --> 00:04:58.760 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I talk about it all the time to bring this message of how everyone can keep on pushing and working for their dreams every day of their professional as well as their personal lives. So talk is cheap. We're on talk radio and Nyc. We don't want this to just be talked. The goal here is. Let's use the insight on the Smb landscape and create more impact on Monday. Far too often. Sms I deal with. They're focused on the product, the shiny new toy, the mouse trap, the new wand, Whatever they think

00:04:58.770 --> 00:05:14.540 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: it is that's going to solve all of their problems. And it really just doesn't exist. Products change all the time in everything that we do, both personal and business related. There is no substitute for making the relationships for surrounding yourself with the right. People first

00:05:14.550 --> 00:05:38.470 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: who can help you achieve your goals, execute a good process together with those people. You'll find the right products when you need them. Everything begins and ends with the people. So I know I have the right people around me today to talk about. Keep on pushing because he eat, sleeps, lives, and breeds it every day. We're talking with Devon Harris International Keynote, Speaker and Jamaican Bob's letter right

00:05:38.480 --> 00:05:50.349 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: as an original member of the eighty-eight uh bobsled team and captain of the ninety-two and ninety-eight teams, three time Olympian Devon harris achieved his grand dream.

00:05:50.360 --> 00:06:08.020 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: His current dream is to inspire others to achieve theirs as an international speaker. Devon is tapping the same energy, determination, and skills that enabled him to bobsled with the best in the world, and is now sparking sparking audiences of all ages to dream big and take their game to the next level.

00:06:08.030 --> 00:06:16.890 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So Devon was born on Christmas Day in one thousand nine hundred and sixty four was raised in the violent Ghetto environment of Olympic Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica.

00:06:16.950 --> 00:06:27.419 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Okay. The greatest gift he ever received was the belief that a positive attitude and a never say die. Philosophy would carry him farther than a sense of injustice and a heart filled with anger.

00:06:27.430 --> 00:06:41.980 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Devon graduated from the prestigious Royal Military Academy, Sanhurst, in England, and received the Queen's commission in December of one thousand nine hundred and eighty-five, and served in the officer Corp of the Jamaica defence forces until December ninety-two, when he retired as a captain.

00:06:41.990 --> 00:06:58.000 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Devon was encouraged by his commanding officer of all people to try out for, and was selected to be on the first Jamaican bobsled team. So the team competed in the eighty eight Olympic games in Calgary, Canada. Their exploits inspired the Disney blockbuster movie cool runnings, which

00:06:58.010 --> 00:07:27.009 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: favorite of mine no lot of folks have seated out there the keep on pushing foundation which Devon founded in two thousand and six aims to support and enhance the enhance the education of kids in disadvantaged communities by providing practical solutions to challenges that are preventing them from getting educated through his foundation. Devon also works with right to play as an athlete ambassador. He supports right to play his efforts in using sport and playing in refugee camps around the world to enhance child development and build community capacity

00:07:27.020 --> 00:07:56.659 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: as an ex-service man. Devin understands the commitment sense of duty and sacrifices made by those who volunteer to serve and very appropriate here on Veterans day. As a private citizen, he is cognizant of the fact that the freedoms he enjoys are paid for by the courage and sacrifice of these men and women. As a result, he's devoted time to visiting troops all around country and beyond. He's the author of the Motivational Children's Book. Yes, I can. And the semi autographical motivational book keep on pushing

00:07:56.670 --> 00:08:22.349 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: hot lessons from cool runnings. So whether you're an adult or you're a kid, you can get the best of Devon's worlds. Okay. During the two thousand and eighteen Olympic games in Pyongyang, Ch. Ah, Korea Devon was inducted as an Olympian for life, the world Olympian. So association for his significant contribution to society. He lives in New York and is married with five children. He is the man with a really simple message that most people, especially the Smb owners,

00:08:22.360 --> 00:08:46.709 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: need to have enforced regularly. As always. We're going to discuss my favorite questions revolving around movies, Tv and music joining us this morning for, uh, closer to Kingston, New York, I would say, than Kingston, Jamaica Devin. Welcome to always Friday, Brother great to see you, man. Thanks for coming

00:08:46.840 --> 00:09:00.640 Devon Harris: a word that I'm familiar with from my boss that days, you know we used to often here that this start is fry for Jamaica, One I'm like this time to go. You can start this Friday on Mondays on its way. Isn't it?

00:09:00.710 --> 00:09:23.340 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Yep, Yes, the start is fry. I actually kind of like that, because I like this. This is the time of the week where I tend to get the most energy. Anyway, leave everybody with some weekend insight to make a Monday impact. I'm excited for this conversation. I love the movie. I realized that movies might not always be the most accurate depiction. But you gotta give us your the journey straight from the horse's mouth. Tell us how you got where you are today.

00:09:23.350 --> 00:09:42.799 Devon Harris: Yeah, mine. So yeah, you mentioned that I was born in uh in in Kingston Olympic Gardens, but my early years actually were spent in rural Jamaica place called Haunt, in in Saint Elizabeth, on the south side of the island. Um spent my first four or five years with my grandmother,

00:09:42.810 --> 00:09:55.130 Devon Harris: and you know the fact that we are here. Having this conversation now Is her fault right? I I blame her. Um! The thing I remember about her was she? She was just an amazing storyteller

00:09:55.140 --> 00:10:05.889 Devon Harris: erez Agmoni and her store is just later minded to imagination. They inspired me. The the stories that had the greatest impact on me. Steve were the ones she told me about soldiers. Here we are in Veterans Day one hundred and fifty.

00:10:05.900 --> 00:10:23.879 Devon Harris: Um! And these these are dos. Us could just do some amazing things right that jump in these deep gullies and not break their legs, and i'm like, Oh, my God, I don't know if I could do that! But I want to do that right. So it inspired me to want to become a soldier, but but I think more importantly,

00:10:23.890 --> 00:10:26.609 Devon Harris: her stores inspired me to want to take on.

00:10:27.040 --> 00:10:33.270 Devon Harris: I guess tasks and I do things that everybody I thought was difficult to have. Not impossible

00:10:33.360 --> 00:10:52.779 Devon Harris: uh, it really connected with something. And you know. So eventually, of course, I went back to Kingston and um lived um in the Olympic guys. It was a I I it's fair to say that initially, I don't didn't I knew there. People say we we didn't know we're poor, and I I guess initially, I did not know that I'm just

00:10:52.830 --> 00:11:09.770 Devon Harris: you. You knew that some single, some things were missing, though, you know, because you you could hear stories and you see things on Tv. Um. But you know when I was really younger. I love I love playing, I love, I love playing mine. I just um, and I love school.

00:11:09.780 --> 00:11:22.250 Devon Harris: Uh, I love school because I love learning, but I I also love school because I could play at the will. You know there's always bring time on lunchtime when I was on it to sit my ass and be quiet. Um!

00:11:22.360 --> 00:11:40.799 Devon Harris: And I guess there was always this competitive streak in me. So we're always compet competing in class, and of course competing on the sports field. My first love was soccer. Um, but all through that, you know, and I want to be in the army. That that was my thing growing up

00:11:40.810 --> 00:11:45.169 Devon Harris: um end up in high school, obviously, and

00:11:45.520 --> 00:11:55.629 Devon Harris: I ended up running track as opposed to um playing soccer, and you know, in one thousand nine hundred and seventy-nine. I was fifteen was when I started

00:11:55.640 --> 00:12:11.059 Devon Harris: erez Agmoni running uh training for track series. It was a year before the Moscow, Olympics and Abc. One world of sports had a series call route to Moscow, Uh. Showing and highlighting athletes from around the world different disciplines and all that good stuff, one hundred and one

00:12:11.070 --> 00:12:22.380 Devon Harris: um, you know, when we think of Olympic athletes we think of this super human beings, and what what What struck me about those stories were how average and ordinary these people are.

00:12:22.740 --> 00:12:38.090 Devon Harris: But you know, see, if they had these extraordinary dreams, and extraordinary equally extraordinary desires to achieve those rooms, and it kind of hit me, man. Maybe if I dream as big I work as hard I could probably become an Olympian. So

00:12:38.180 --> 00:12:47.670 Devon Harris: That's where the Olympic journey started, you know, so that our majority I started for my grandmother. No, i'm on this Olympic track as well um

00:12:47.810 --> 00:13:04.899 Devon Harris: had big dreams of competing in the eight to four Olympics in la as a high school uh athlete still didn't even come close. Didn't happen right um that I ended up finishing high school um in eight to four, and

00:13:05.020 --> 00:13:21.269 Devon Harris: dream no more, and the army. So I went off and and listed, which was a rather challenging process, but got through. It ended up going to to sand her, which is the British equivalent of West Point. Um graduated uh got back to Jamaica. It's now

00:13:21.280 --> 00:13:29.679 Devon Harris: fast forward, one thousand nine hundred and eighty, seven, and I remember this i'm twenty, one years old i'm walking on to the to the officers mess,

00:13:29.750 --> 00:13:44.569 Devon Harris: and i'm having this intense conversation with myself. I'm like, So you have a big dream. What are you going to do with the rest of your life. Man, is this it, you know. And i'm like, Oh, yeah, the Olympics.

00:13:44.580 --> 00:13:56.890 Devon Harris: Hmm. Yeah, you know, the olympics were coming up in one thousand nine hundred and eighty-eight in. So So so at this time i'm still a summer Olympian uh summer olympic kinda guy.

00:13:56.900 --> 00:14:13.430 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Yeah, uh, let's take a pause right there because we gotta take a break, but we we'll, we'll. We'll continue the story and get deeper into the method behind Devin's madness. When we after this commercial break again. We're chatting with Devin Harris International Keynote Speaker: an original member of the Jamaican Bob Sled team. Stay with us.

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00:16:29.510 --> 00:16:48.260 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: welcome back everybody. It's Friday. It's always Friday, and it's me, Stephen Fry, your Smb. Guy. We are also chatting with my good friend Devin Harris international keynote Speaker and original member of the Jamaican bobsled team. You like the movie cool runnings. Well, a whole bunch of it's about him so

00:16:48.270 --> 00:17:17.089 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: cool right? Ah, before we get into the method here with Devin Harris. I want to just sit out by the fire pit for a second devin, which definitely warms me up a little bit with all the bobsled in conversation, But just give some quick perspective on the topics of the day. I love your philosophy. I love. How simple it is! I love the thoughts around it, and a lot of times the simple concepts get skipped over by our business owners and by our our friends, our colleagues, all of the above business and personal. No matter,

00:17:17.440 --> 00:17:34.599 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: you know. Again, like I talk about every week with with the product side of things. They change every all the time and everything that we do, whether we're talking personal or business. Yeah. But business wise at one hundred one hundredth episode last week, you know, big big milestone looking at it, and just like

00:17:34.750 --> 00:17:51.029 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: want to make another one hundred episodes. Gotta keep on pushing your personal life, You know. I got my my anniversary was this week. Fourteen years married. Not always the easiest thing. It's not for the faint of heart for sure. Marriage kids building a family.

00:17:51.040 --> 00:17:55.829 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I've got to keep on pushing it. It might get difficult. Got to keep on pushing.

00:17:56.000 --> 00:18:13.559 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Yeah, but over and above that, just the idea of the time of year that it is the time where people really sit back and reflect on things, whether you're thinking about Veterans Day or thinking just about two thousand and twenty-two, two thousand and twenty-one, the last couple of years during the pandemic. And you're trying to figure out your two thousand and twenty-three strategic planning.

00:18:13.760 --> 00:18:33.489 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: You really you really need the right people around you. I've I've interviewed a bunch of folks in the coaching space as of late uh people who act as trusted advisors to small medium-sized businesses, whether it's Cpas attorneys, consultants, all of the above you just need to have the right people around you and start executing the plan together, and that's it.

00:18:33.500 --> 00:18:37.870 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So, Devin, I'd love for you to come back on camera. I lost you somewhere. Where are you?

00:18:37.960 --> 00:18:40.499 Devon Harris: Oh, really? Yeah, there you are.

00:18:40.530 --> 00:19:10.520 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: There you are. You see me? I see you now. I see you now, but you get it getting into the method. This is the part of the show where we talk about the science behind what you do. So when you were talking about your your journey, you were just getting to the point where you you were. You're in the military. Yeah, the you You were encouraged by your by one of your officers to actually go out for for for an Olympic team, and you started thinking about actually getting to the Eighty Eight Olympics. So pick up, pick up there and leave

00:19:10.530 --> 00:19:25.800 Devon Harris: that into the method behind your madness. Yeah, mind. So you know, to go back to you know you say I keep on pushing as a simple um philosophy, and and that the things that most things in life, even most of the things that we need to do to succeed are simple one

00:19:25.810 --> 00:19:38.680 Devon Harris: erez agmoni ideas I didn't say easy, though right. So that's people get tricked or fooled by this idea that it's super so easy. No, it's uh the execution requires some work. Uh and yes, it does start with one hundred and one

00:19:38.690 --> 00:20:01.970 Devon Harris: having that that imagination, that dream, that vivid imagination, that my grandmother started in me. Um! That started to give me a direction and our direction, our dreams, our visions, give us a certain direction, and when you stop putting in the work, sometimes you're the one who sees the path or the door. Sometimes it's somebody who points you to it in the case. My

00:20:01.980 --> 00:20:19.180 Devon Harris: currently i'll go. Hey? You should go for the Bob set team trials I was, and it's because of the work that I was putting in. I was running every morning thinking I was going to the nineteen eighty-eight summer Olympic games, and I caught his eye. So I go to the team trials, and it was uh

00:20:19.190 --> 00:20:35.769 Devon Harris: challenging. I won't, go into all the details, but they like My, Let's just say they like my smile, and they selected me right um to the team. And that's really when the real work started. Because Obviously, if you can imagine September eight to seven or a team got selected.

00:20:35.780 --> 00:20:55.569 Devon Harris: Um! The The Olympics are in February. We know nothing about boxing, never seen one before, and so they The This is where the method behind the madness comes into play. The science, as you're saying, and it's up. It applies whether you're trying to do, Bob, setting for the first time, or start your own small business right?

00:20:55.580 --> 00:21:03.269 Devon Harris: Um. Having this desire to open the doors to get to the Olympics a march in the opening ceremony to sell your first

00:21:03.400 --> 00:21:06.170 Devon Harris: product or served streets of services?

00:21:06.340 --> 00:21:23.680 Devon Harris: Um! And then kind of figuring out, hey? Step by step. What do you need to do? You know they say you you. The best way to eat an elephant is not to swallow it whole once at a time, bit by bit, right? And sometimes, you know, on the surface of it's given it. May

00:21:23.690 --> 00:21:43.129 Devon Harris: you like this thing is there's no way in hell. This could happen like there's no way ahead. You can have a bob set team from Jamaica. Well, actually, there is um, i'm one of the things that kind of need to do is like, What what can I do in Jamaica and in our lives we have to figure out what what's the one thing you can do right now,

00:21:47.870 --> 00:22:06.000 Devon Harris: you know. And it could be that you're going through that, as we all did over the last two years, you know Covid nineteen, and the attendant results of that, and and things are pretty shitty. You go well, you don't have all the answers, and that's fine. But what's the one thing you can do right now.

00:22:06.010 --> 00:22:10.009 Devon Harris: Shoot my mouth off. It's what I do best. Yes, action.

00:22:10.060 --> 00:22:27.190 Devon Harris: Um take an action towards your goals, no matter how far away they see my home made. How difficult they may seem, allows you to feel better. Man, You just feel good that you're doing something to improve your situation. You're doing something to move your forward.

00:22:27.200 --> 00:22:44.149 Devon Harris: And so, yeah, we started like that. That. That is box that trading in, Jimmy. There's no but we're practicing the start. We're learning uh, you know everything, all the nuances and and and I talk about this picture in particular all the time. I speak

00:22:44.160 --> 00:22:59.129 Devon Harris: because you know what every single thing we're doing. There is wrong. But hopefully you learn to figure, too, from it Right? Clearly we did. But the and that's the thing right. You don't have to have all the answers you have to start from where you are,

00:22:59.760 --> 00:23:03.870 Devon Harris: and as you do, though you'll start becoming wiser. And

00:23:10.560 --> 00:23:14.250 Devon Harris: but you because you're in the game

00:23:14.260 --> 00:23:31.959 Devon Harris: you're able to start figuring out stuff. You start learning, you start watching other people. You'll watch other business owners. You talk to other business owners, you find mentors or peers who can help you right, and you start getting better. And I mean

00:23:32.290 --> 00:23:38.119 Devon Harris: by the time the Olympics ruled or wrong. We're pushing the seven fastest start time of the hill right

00:23:38.820 --> 00:23:45.460 Devon Harris: from starting, doing everything wrong. And yeah, that's that's That's generally how I

00:23:45.500 --> 00:23:57.789 Devon Harris: approach every single thing that that i'm doing, whether it's sports, and it takes obviously years and years to hone and develop your athletic skills. What I want people to recognize is that

00:23:58.050 --> 00:24:03.309 Devon Harris: the skills and knowledge and experience that you develop in one era of your life

00:24:03.570 --> 00:24:18.480 Devon Harris: oftentimes are in some way shape or form transferable or applicable to another part. Right? Your life is not disjointed. It's all interconnected, and the knowledge that you have man, even if it's just the

00:24:19.170 --> 00:24:32.620 Devon Harris: Do I say the intern what I call it what i'm gonna call the internal. Not just this this feeling that you have in your gut, that this drive and desire that you that you had, and the feeling you had when you overcame that other

00:24:32.630 --> 00:24:42.000 Devon Harris: situation you can. I don't care how difficult it is. I did that before i'm going to do this. No, I want to. Yeah, I t this situation

00:24:42.010 --> 00:25:09.969 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: and and get the best of it. So getting started on the right foot getting started where you are. You'll permit me if I make a bunch of cool Runnings references throughout all of this, because I can't help myself. So I, when you started saying that, and and some of the conversations we've had to date like, I think, about starting out of the gate, counting to three in German, and then they actually say, fry right? They say free, and and they go. Yeah. So no. What happens is that this the unknown, sir, says

00:25:09.980 --> 00:25:11.690 Devon Harris: the track is free.

00:25:11.850 --> 00:25:40.749 Devon Harris: The start, this start just fry, and so you get on the eyes because those your turn. Somebody pointed to the door, and they do call in there. The Germans do account in Germany. I don't know why I I was. I was just remembering the movie. It's like it's. It's like, count. It's like counting the three in German. It's like, I think it was German that I remember

00:25:40.760 --> 00:26:09.060 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: confusing us, anyway, which, by the way, psycho was my favorite character from the movie. I I can't. I can't help myself, I think totally totally was it? Do it. But but yeah, and my brother and I've been communicating and in cool running lines since the movie came out, which is also, you know, but getting started on the right foot, I mean, This is something that happens with the business world. A lot is that people feel like things need to be the ideal

00:26:09.110 --> 00:26:29.019 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: climate and perfect, and all of that, and it's like I I always come back to. There is no perfect like There's only progress, So it's like, if you're gonna wait forever to do something, and to take some type of initiative, even with your existing business, that you've started, and it revolves around, waiting for things to be perfect and the timing to be ideal.

00:26:29.540 --> 00:26:37.790 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: It might not be the best strategy, because start from where you are. Have some type of a plan. Have some type of folks who can help you

00:26:37.800 --> 00:26:58.190 Devon Harris: but start from where you are. Whatever is most appropriate for that time is that is that kind of where your heads at with all that. That's That's how I roll mine. Um! I agree that you have to start. You have to create that. You need a plan. You need to have some, some, an an idea of the direction that you want to go right. This is a business i'm starting. But you are absolutely right. If you

00:26:58.200 --> 00:27:06.280 Devon Harris: sit there waiting for to have all your ducks in a row for this this plan to be like perfect.

00:27:06.360 --> 00:27:12.250 Devon Harris: You're you're never gonna get stopped, because there are so many different variables. The market is always changing.

00:27:12.350 --> 00:27:42.339 Devon Harris: Um, you know the you You you see people who sit there waiting for the perfect time are being crippled by fear that they are. They don't fail, you know. They want to make sure that they eliminate all the possibilities of failure. No, that's part of the journey when you say no, you know what not to do. Yeah, exactly. And that's a perfect that's a perfect segue devin into the madness of what you do, and I can't wait to talk with you further about it. When we come back from this

00:27:42.350 --> 00:27:51.700 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: break again We're chatting with Devin Harris international keynote Speaker, an original member of the Jamaican bobsleeding team. Stay with us, everyone.

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00:29:54.300 --> 00:30:05.659 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Welcome back to always Friday with me, Stephen Fry your Smb Guy. Not just me. We're joined by Devon Harris International Keynote Speaker and original member of the Jamaican bobsledding team

00:30:05.670 --> 00:30:20.430 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Devin. We were chatting a little bit about your story about the journey, about the method definitely getting into some of the madness, some of the portrayal of of things in the Ah, in the movie that became famous, you know, following the exploits of the team.

00:30:20.440 --> 00:30:39.980 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: But yeah, where some of it was was true, where some of it may not have been. But you know, no matter what some of the madness that we'll we'll get into now. Some of the stories that you have from the field. You know we We were talking a little bit just now about people fearing to fail, and how they never get moving, and never get started to even keep on, pushing the way that you encourage people to.

00:30:39.990 --> 00:31:04.370 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: But not only did you guys get started get moving, kept on pushing. I I loved like this this vision of you the picture of like getting up from the fall and sled and walking off the track, and everything. I think about it in the movie. I think about it in real life from what you guys had experienced. But yeah it, there's There's no substitute for hearing the stories come straight from your mouth. So give us a little bit of the artistic observational view from from your work and from your experience.

00:31:04.450 --> 00:31:16.760 Devon Harris: Well, the artistic observation of you I love that term. Yeah, you know. Hollywood stretched the truth. Let's say it that way. Yeah, that's it. It's it licensing, you know. Um, But um,

00:31:17.300 --> 00:31:37.270 Devon Harris: no. So So you're you're You're the facts in the movie. There was a boss, a team from Jamaica. We got a problem. Finding funding. We went to the Olympics and we crashed. Uh. I was just asked this week about like Sanka, your favorite character. No, he didn't have a lucky egg, but I think that you know, if I could pause you. I think the looking is a

00:31:37.280 --> 00:31:55.960 Devon Harris: is a really I think, that I think that there was some so so many good life lessons here. So I think all of us have a look at that. And actually they look at it, represent this thing inside of this belief that we can all we, This feeling that we can always reach back to that gives us

00:31:55.970 --> 00:32:00.750 Devon Harris: a sense of confidence and assurance that everything is going to be okay, you know

00:32:00.830 --> 00:32:18.970 Devon Harris: um the the my favorite characters. You'll bring out the ball heading Guy, the team, the guy that wanted to go to Buckingham Palace to live uh, you know that's kind of my My favorite scene in the mover which didn't happen is when they were at the bar, and

00:32:18.980 --> 00:32:36.390 Devon Harris: the German guy was belittling Junior, the rich kid, and they were in the and you better take him on plans in front of the mirror and go. Well, what do you see when they look in the Morrissey pride. I see a bad as mother. I like badasses who take no crap off of nobody, because that's

00:32:36.400 --> 00:32:41.099 Devon Harris: that so sums up the Jamaican attitude,

00:32:41.120 --> 00:32:44.950 Devon Harris: you know, but I think it's such an awesome attitude to have as well not to

00:32:45.190 --> 00:33:02.960 Devon Harris: not to take crap from anybody Right? Anything that's going to stand in the way of you achieving your goals. You know I I got that from from you right from the beginning. Bad as mother that don't make no practical for nobody.

00:33:02.970 --> 00:33:06.989 Devon Harris: The The crash was a driver error. I thought there were

00:33:07.000 --> 00:33:26.960 Devon Harris: very kind in the movie um right, you know, and the whole parting thing, too, and I know people think that Jamaicans are party animals. Do. We were in bed at nine. We had a nine o'clock curfew, and I remember one morning, uh, you know I don't know how I ended up like near the exit or the entrance to the village,

00:33:26.970 --> 00:33:56.139 Devon Harris: and I saw one of my friend from another team, another country. His girlfriend was dropping him all that morning, and as I giving her I can see it. See you later, love. I'm like, Whoa! I wasn't on my at nine he was out. So that's a good point, though just some of how how things come might be depicted, and how people might might look through a certain lens and be like Ah, it's probably, you know, smoking a joint beforehand, that I don't think that's necessarily how it is at all, especially if you're an Olympic athlete.

00:33:56.150 --> 00:34:10.459 Devon Harris: The Olympic games were not fun and games, but but aside from cool runnings right like. There was another picture I found out there of of an extended group of folks like there was. There was a two thousand and thirteen documentary that was made also.

00:34:10.469 --> 00:34:28.409 Devon Harris: Oh, yeah, my. So So we have had. Obviously since eighty eight. We have had a team in the Olympic games. Well, except for two years. So the the team was heading back to the two thousand and fourteen Olympic games, and we ended up doing a kind of documentary commercial

00:34:28.420 --> 00:34:48.059 Devon Harris: um with the current team where the storyline was that the old team, led by myself, was not helping the new team to get back to the Olympics. So that picture that you're showing us. There was us finally found that we figured out a way to get out of Jamaica. We're back in Calgary about to go down the I. So it was,

00:34:48.070 --> 00:35:01.940 Devon Harris: you know, my on so many different levels. Of course the commercial documentary thing was more fictional than anything else, but There was a powerful moment in my mind. I remember being at the start. Um in Calgary

00:35:01.950 --> 00:35:10.509 Devon Harris: with my teammates, my former teammates, and then you guys on the ice and we're standing behind and just going. Wow!

00:35:10.630 --> 00:35:21.079 Devon Harris: Could you can you imagine, or could you ever imagine? I remember saying to them back in eighty-eight when we were starting at the start during the Olympics. Could you ever imagine this moment,

00:35:21.370 --> 00:35:25.739 Devon Harris: you know. So that's pretty. It was pretty cool, pretty special? Yeah,

00:35:26.250 --> 00:35:38.710 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: very, very cool now, going back to things that are real and not from the movie. Did you guys ever practice in the bathtub? That makes no sense to me at the time. It just seemed funny.

00:35:38.720 --> 00:35:47.890 Devon Harris: I know. I know, you know exactly, because in the movie I don't. I don't remember which of the characters, I call it all the time.

00:35:47.900 --> 00:36:06.349 Devon Harris: Is this correct? How does that in any way relate to what a bubble it feels like? Good! It doesn't um you. But as so you know, when you go, and then brand new track, you know everybody has to learn the terms. But the driver, more so than in the body as well as a great mind. If you're in the back

00:36:06.670 --> 00:36:21.530 Devon Harris: erez agmoni, and you're the guy on the very back, pulling up the brakes at the end of the run. That's why you're called the Brake man, and you don't know where you're on the track. It's the longest ride ever, and It's dangerous, too, because you don't you won't know when you cross the finish line, and where you should stop one hundred and fifty.

00:36:21.920 --> 00:36:38.780 Devon Harris: That means that you're kind of running off the edge, you know. So you you just know you started the track, you know which corners go left, which one go right and and how long they are, and after what I was a great man. When you in the back, you actually have a sense of

00:36:38.820 --> 00:36:43.879 Devon Harris: whether or not the driver did a good job on that particular turn. You just feel it.

00:36:43.950 --> 00:36:47.200 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So there's a driver. There's a break. Guy.

00:36:47.240 --> 00:36:55.930 Devon Harris: Now, is it to like when you're doing a team before in a sled. Are there more or the different other roles, or what? What else? We got? No, just so. Yeah, the

00:36:56.340 --> 00:37:11.300 Devon Harris: they're just called pusher. So there! There's a driver, and then there are three pushers, and one of the pusher on the very back is called the Brick Man, The last guy to go in, and he he's the one that applies to breaks at the end of the run. Not not during the run,

00:37:11.310 --> 00:37:19.329 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: you know. There's So there's so many analogies to what you just said that I think of when it comes to working with the small medium-sized businesses that both of us do.

00:37:19.340 --> 00:37:43.980 Devon Harris: It's like where like, especially if they get an idea in their head right like I want to be the next bobsled team. It's like they'll just off to the races and forget about having a brick guy in the back to like you. Don't know the turns. You don't know the track. It's like you could totally end up killing yourself. No, and that's what you know. When I think of our experience, we are all learning at the same time, and so go back to the

00:37:43.990 --> 00:37:51.589 Devon Harris: the the conversation about not waiting until everything is perfect, right, and so clearly

00:37:51.890 --> 00:38:11.269 Devon Harris: Our first run was not from the very top, and we're in printing on the top of the hill like we are professionals, right or first. Run most from half way down the track, and you're sitting in there, and they're nudging you up. So you start from where you are and you take your time and you start building and you build until you go. Okay, I think I have this part

00:38:11.280 --> 00:38:30.899 Devon Harris: cover and let's go to the top and let's start that process over again. Sitting in the sled and and making it. We don't as safely and as slowly as you possibly can. But you're making progress. I like that right. Yeah, make progress until you go. Well, Let's try and run. Let's try a jog off the top until

00:38:31.090 --> 00:38:33.880 Devon Harris: you're sprinting with the seven, five to start time.

00:38:35.330 --> 00:38:54.950 Devon Harris: See? I mean, i'm just. I'm just thinking of my physical shape right now, like it's just sounds impossible. But, uh, well, you uh translate to one not used even I Good. I couldn't do that right now. You yeah, you still probably be better at it than me, though.

00:38:54.960 --> 00:39:07.139 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: No, it's. You know the madness of things. Yeah, again. Getting into where you are today right where you're. You're speaking to rooms of people. You're speaking to businesses. You're talking to people, one on one and coaching them.

00:39:07.800 --> 00:39:25.380 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: You know a lot of times like just people are trying to stay away from fear, and the fear of failing especially. And you and I both know that some of. But Life's best lessons, Whether you're talking, business or personal are going to come from the failures. You could use it as simple as taking your hand away from the hot stove.

00:39:25.790 --> 00:39:42.470 Devon Harris: Yeah, absolutely. And I talk about feel that every single time I get on stage, because that like that crash is a massive failure. And I tell you you know the challenge with people is that whenever they've experienced failure, they see themselves as failure, and i'm like you should stop that

00:39:42.480 --> 00:40:01.270 Devon Harris: it's a result that you got that fail didn't quite work out, but you weren't a failure. So your job now is to figure out what you what what lessons are there for you to learn, as someone says. Um, you know. Figure out how you can continue more intelligently

00:40:01.530 --> 00:40:19.089 Devon Harris: uh because the failure is a part of the success journey, and if you're not failing, it means that you're sitting there waiting for that perfect time. It means that you're not pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone, and you you can't accomplish anything awesome.

00:40:19.470 --> 00:40:31.280 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: You know it. It's it. It hits home so crazy. Just because I think of. I think of my mother right? She's she's what some would refer to as a neurotic perfectionist, right?

00:40:31.290 --> 00:40:59.860 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: And there's an author out there. Jeffrey Cones has a bunch of great books. I don't know if you've ever met him or read any of his books out there. But yeah, ah! From procrastination to production as a book that he wrote forever ago, and he details different types of procrastinators. And my mother is like the the perfect example of a neurotic perfectionist that it's like a lot of times like what we're talking about, you know, starting from where you are instead of instead of starting from. Everything has to be perfect, and the time and the place and the feeling and the everything has to be ideal.

00:40:59.870 --> 00:41:17.830 Devon Harris: It's kind of start from where you are. The idea of a neurotic perfectionist is, Everything has to be perfect before they could take the next steps, and it just leads to procrastination all the way through. I I describe myself as a reform perfectionist, and it's not because I use to procrastinate, but I use of strive

00:41:17.840 --> 00:41:22.510 Devon Harris: for perfection right. I want like a gold medal or nothing

00:41:22.520 --> 00:41:38.729 Devon Harris: kind of thing, you know, and I've come to the realization that excellence man. If if in the moment he can do your absolute best, okay, you may not necessarily win a medal for that. But you can go to bed knowing that you know what I that's all I had, and I gave it everything. I had

00:41:43.370 --> 00:42:04.790 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: again very a lot of times, very, very simple, messaging, very, very simple lessons to take away, and some of life's and businesses. Best lessons can be really simple, and I echo your sentiment, and I say it all the time. Simple is not the same as easy. Nothing worth doing is easy, or else everybody would be doing it. It can be a lot simpler than people make it out to me.

00:42:04.800 --> 00:42:18.159 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I agree, sir, absolutely love it. Great minds think alike. We're going to take a quick break, but we will be right back with Devin Harris International Keynote speaker and original member of the Jamaican Bob sledding team. Stay with us people,

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00:44:23.830 --> 00:44:39.300 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Welcome back to always. Friday with me, Stephen Fry. Here, Smb: Guy, we're chatting with Devon Harris international keynote speaker. Keep on pushing foundation. Original member of the Jamaican bobsled team. I hope you guys have been listening. This is just

00:44:39.310 --> 00:44:56.190 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: one cool guy. First of all, like You're you're cool, man. It's, you know. I just get this great feeling around you, no matter what. But hearing some of the stories of your travels, you know, from the real side of things instead of you know, the faulting to my memories of the movie, cool running is is just awesome. Man really appreciate it.

00:44:56.860 --> 00:45:00.249 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: You do have to come off mute, though. Study show. I can't hear you when you're on mute.

00:45:01.790 --> 00:45:31.780 Devon Harris: So yeah, the only way to keep me quiet just to put me on mood. Me, too, in case you haven't noticed. Yeah, but I hope i'm not breaking your heart with a real story, because there's so many fans of the movie go What? That wasn't true that wasn't true, but not all all the Spielberg magic in the world. It's not going to necessarily tell you the whole story. But it's cool magic. That's why we all like it, and that's why I always ask questions about movies, Tv and music. But, Devin, this is the message part of the show. You have a lot

00:45:31.790 --> 00:45:38.080 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: lot of great messages out there a lot of very simple messages, even if we're just talking, the idea of keep on pushing

00:45:38.090 --> 00:46:06.480 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: like, Keep on pushing like, no matter what it's not easy, it can be simple. It's not easy right a couple of things that you've said along the way. Even today, just us us us talking here. Everyone has to learn the turns in your case, especially the brake guy. But ah! You know, start from where you are. That might not be at the top. A lot of people feel like in order to really get something moving. They have to be on top of their game on the top of the world on top of the mountain, and just doesn't always happen that way. Just gotta start from where you are.

00:46:06.530 --> 00:46:35.800 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Yeah, failure is a result. I love that. I never. I never put it into those words. You know people fail all the time. It's kind of what you do with it. You know I I always talk in terms like that. Ninety percent is what happened, You know ten percent is what happens to you ninety percent. What what you do with it? Sentiments like that. But failure is a result. It's not who you are. It's what you're taking away from it. But you gotta give us some more of these beloved sound bites, because even the ones that I've kicked around for years. I feel like you're probably going to have some that are way. Better so

00:46:35.810 --> 00:46:45.340 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: give us a little bit of you know the insight to make a Monday impact actions that people can remember as they get loaded this week out and watch football

00:46:45.510 --> 00:46:50.349 Devon Harris: uh, you know that's about a football, because, you know you you look at

00:46:51.220 --> 00:47:08.129 Devon Harris: when I watch a game, you know, when i'm watching sports on Tv, uh, you know, and i'm rooting for my team. I'm. Always nervous like. Is this play going to work like It's It's uh, you know. Three and third on and twelve like, Are they gonna come converge, and i'm like Oh, my God! And I

00:47:08.140 --> 00:47:26.169 Devon Harris: um! And I have to remind myself that they have a certain level of confidence. It may not work, but they have a certain level of confidence in their ability that it is going to work right. And and that's how I am when i'm in the game myself

00:47:26.180 --> 00:47:38.019 Devon Harris: erez agmoni. And that's how you have to be when you're in your game, you know, doing, running your business, you know, and living your life that. Yeah, you may have, you know, third and long, one hundred and one.

00:47:38.360 --> 00:47:49.390 Devon Harris: But you have to approach this not with Oh, my God, I hope it works. Yeah, i'm going to get. You know, we're going to convert. We're going to. We're going to convert.

00:47:49.400 --> 00:48:03.070 Devon Harris: I got this, and if I don't, i'll figure it out. Yeah, Yeah, cause there's all, cause here's the thing. If it doesn't work, you can always try for Fourth. Go forth on all your punt and you regroup? Yes,

00:48:03.080 --> 00:48:12.779 Devon Harris: yeah, you want, and you regroup, you know you. You always have to. Uh, and it's just part of the coupon pushing philosophy, you know. So when people hear that they think it's always about

00:48:12.830 --> 00:48:30.100 Devon Harris: um. There's so many there a bunch of different layers to this philosophy, as I call it right. Yes, it's part of it. Is it pushing against the obstacles that are in your? We are fine? And if those obstacles will move, because sometimes you know what There are some really stubborn obstacles in our way, but

00:48:36.020 --> 00:49:06.010 Devon Harris: the obstacle as opposed to sit there thinking. Oh, my God! It's over because I can't get this, you know, to be like isn't it such a funny coincidence that we're usually the biggest obstacles of accomplishing everything. Yes, exactly. So move that obstacle which is you around the of limitations that you're dealing with, you know. So I want to. I want to throw out there a couple of the testimonials that you have on your site. Because I think it's. It's really simple, and it speaks really well to to the simplicity behind your messaging, and also to how relatable. Some of it is.

00:49:06.020 --> 00:49:36.009 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Yeah. So Devin's speech was certainly one of the highlights of the meeting. People really like the messages he conveyed in his speech, and we're able to relate to them at both a professional and personal levels. This is so important to me, and I know it's important to you, because when people start separating all of this with the world of business in the world of personal life, they start to lose a little bit of the story and the experience with it. Don't: you agree? Yeah, absolutely. But I I would seem to forget that the person, the the person that you

00:49:36.020 --> 00:49:54.919 Devon Harris: to take to work and to your business is the same person that was home, and they're going to take back. Obviously, you You wear a different hats, right? But right, if you're not going as a person. If you're not going to grow your business, you're not going to go professionally right. When you experience professional growth,

00:49:55.240 --> 00:50:00.009 Devon Harris: you know it's impact your personal life as well, you know, and there are. So these

00:50:00.020 --> 00:50:29.769 Devon Harris: all of us are in the peep of business, regardless of what our business is absolutely if you have a family that's definitely a people business. Yeah. And, by the way, when you talk about wearing different hats, this is one of my favorite ones that I've always had. Oh, look at that! Oh, so yeah, it's It's one of my favorite ones. But but they thank you for the incredibly passionate and inspirational speech you delivered at our annual meeting. And this is in the guys of being a corporate keynote speaker. Right?

00:50:29.780 --> 00:50:37.519 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: You had our attention from the start, and we thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the insightful lessons you drew from your Olympic bobsled experiences.

00:50:37.530 --> 00:51:07.520 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: It's like the experiences is where you you're able to give people the wisdom, the perspective, the situations that you've already walked into before. And you know, before earlier you mentioned the idea of make friends with other business owners in your industry, in your field. Talk to them about what they're doing, and what you're doing, and it was my mind how people don't do that, and they they look at it as like, Oh, i'm going to give them a piece of my competitive edge. It's like they can. Google your competitive edge. It's like all it matters. Is you guys are talking and making some things happen again.

00:51:07.530 --> 00:51:23.959 Devon Harris: Yeah, Yeah, absolutely. So you know, success principles are Universal man. So we we know what I apply in the Bosset track. You can have that in your business as well. Uh, And so I try to. Yeah, I'm using my boss, that experience and my army experience to

00:51:23.970 --> 00:51:37.039 Devon Harris: erez agmoni and drawing acknowledges between those and the challenges that my audience is facing. Ah, you know. So the the the science, as you mentioned earlier, the steps that I take to achieve one hundred and fifty

00:51:37.050 --> 00:52:02.119 Devon Harris: uh success in Bob setting are in the military. I'm saying, Hey, there are similar steps you can take in your own business as well. In the same way. I'm competing, and I know that sometimes you know the the comp competition the competitor can be, you know, unfriendly. Let's say, Yeah, sure um. But but you know we we, I find generally Bob Setting, for example,

00:52:02.230 --> 00:52:08.179 Devon Harris: You know people are talking to each other, and if they're not talking to you, you have eyes. You can watch.

00:52:08.190 --> 00:52:28.419 Devon Harris: I learned which is what we did. We were working. I say we're working over time and in category, because we're all. If we weren't getting ready to go to other track. We were watching the other teams to try and figure out what they were. Definitely Open your eyes, open. Your ears become, you know, a learning organization

00:52:28.430 --> 00:52:58.020 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: always always be learning. Devin was entertaining and motivational. He kept his presentation to meet the needs and vision of our school district. He has inspired us to keep on pushing. You've inspired me to keep on pushing. I hope everyone out there you guys are inspired to keep on pushing. You could check out the keep on pushing foundation. It is a nonprofit organization which i'll talk to you about appearing on Tommy D. Show you'll definitely like that. He's a blast. But, uh, you know, keep on pushing Devin Harris motivational speaking coaching. I know you.

00:52:58.030 --> 00:53:16.090 Devon Harris: You're doing some coaching work with my buddies over at Sda as well. So Internet, you know, individual coaching for private private wealth, management, types of clients. All of this is on the table. Is it not

00:53:16.100 --> 00:53:33.289 Devon Harris: Erez agmoni and helping people really to create that vision, that endgame as they go through a rather challenging period in their life, you know, and and absolutely providing for other clients as well. You know, um personal development training online training on my website, one hundred and one

00:53:33.300 --> 00:54:02.080 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: feel free to visit that Devon Harris dot com is where it's at. So before I let you go, we're going to visit the answers to my favorite questions. Speaking of entertainment, I always ask everybody who's your favorite movie, your Tv show character. What's your favorite movie, your Tv show? And what's your favorite musical instrument? Who's the artist? You'd like to hear play it. So as soon as I asked you those questions I couldn't help. But think of that scene from cool runnings that says, I see a bad ass, mother, who don't take no crap off nobody because you like badass characters.

00:54:02.090 --> 00:54:32.059 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So you should. I find Oscar actors, You said Jason, born so it's a favorite of mine for sure favored a lot of people's out there, and that whole series, originally picked up by fishing boat filled with bullets suffering from amnesia. You guys got to watch the movies if you Haven't just yet, but a badass guy through and through. You also, said John Wick. The ex-hip man who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that killed his dog and took his car. It's like it doesn't get more badass than this. Don't mention the dude's car, and his dog man by the bad choices,

00:54:32.070 --> 00:54:34.010 bad bad choices.

00:54:34.020 --> 00:54:56.130 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: So when I was asking you about the favorite movie and Tv show, obviously, i'm just sitting here thinking of cool runnings. I'm thinking of sank of coffee as my favorite character and all that. But you know you know the story. It's like the way that it's outlined on. Imdb says: When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic games, he enlist the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican bobsled team.

00:54:56.270 --> 00:55:06.509 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: Kind of not at all. What happened, is it? But still good cinematography, you know. I'm telling you, man.

00:55:06.820 --> 00:55:19.069 Devon Harris: But yeah, there there there was a picture that I saw out there. That was of the reason the freezer when I was like i'm not smoking, i'm breathing. Oh, that that was that was your character,

00:55:19.280 --> 00:55:32.660 Devon Harris: you know. Um, which did not happen, not even close it. You know that that's seen that you just showed what ever but sank a wearing is is a do for back. When we got to Calgary it was minus twenty-five,

00:55:32.670 --> 00:55:52.220 Devon Harris: but but you know we're in late passive prior to that, where it was minus forty. If you can't imagine that's where my dad went to school. So it's a I I need this and a bunch more layers. And yeah, yeah, not going to be able to think straight. By the time I got to the Olympics we were a season winter guys that we didn't want to operate in the winter.

00:55:52.230 --> 00:56:21.179 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: But you, you said your favorite Tv show was the whole series of Chicago fire, Chicago, Pd. And all that, and especially Chicago fire thinking about. You know Jamaica versus the bobsledding. You know the story of firefighters and paramedics in Chicago that you know both on a personal and professional level. There you go again with You know the personal level and and the business side of things, and it's exactly how I like to look at it. It's not that it's necessarily one and the same. But it is kind of putting on different hats depending on the situation.

00:56:21.190 --> 00:56:36.640 Devon Harris: Yeah, completely. I just found myself watching those series. And Um, yeah, I love the fact that they're serving and yes, and you know sometimes in very dangerous life-threatening environments. And and then the care and the comrades, and the collaboration.

00:56:36.650 --> 00:57:05.469 Devon Harris: That's that that their display as well. Both of us like to come from a service mindset for sure, and I still keep getting all the pictures of cool runnings in my head the whole time. When I asked you about the musical instrument, i'm sitting there singing Jimmy Cliff's version of I can see clearly now, but it's so popular from that movie. But you actually said your favorite instrument and artist was the soprano saxophone from Kennedy G. That is an answer that's been given. I you know I I want to bother to start, You know, homing this song so because I have to spoil the show completely. But

00:57:05.480 --> 00:57:23.529 Steven Frey @alwaysfreyday @smbguy: I love this sound. Thank you so much for spending some time with me today. I hope everyone out there really appreciate your experience and your perspective, encouraging people to keep on pushing. Given what you've been through, and how you've done it. It's it fits like a glove. I love the messaging, and I I love the stories.

00:57:23.810 --> 00:57:53.200 Devon Harris: Hey, uh, Steven, Thanks for having me, man. It's uh it is indeed Friday, and i'm excited to be the the one hundred and first episode. So, congratulations, man, you are definitely epitomizing this philosophy of Keep on pushing. Thank you, man. Got to keep on pushing together one hundred more episodes of always Friday out there. Don't miss the next episode. We will be back on talk radio dot Nyc. Friday morning next Friday at eleven Am. Eastern time. Have a great weekend, everybody. We'll see you next week.

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