What’s All The Phus?

There is a Greek myth about a guy named Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra,  condemned to push a rock up a mountain every day in hell for being chronically deceitful only to have it roll back down before he could finish for eternity.  That sucked.

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I picked this guy as my avatar for a new logo for the Kenn Blanchard Show. (http://blanchard.libsyn.com) Something about him being a king, being punished to struggle for eternity resonated with me. The part about him being a chronic liar isn’t a nice attribute to associate your self with but I’ve done my share.

The struggle part is main thing.

Today, I said something to a friend that summed up proof that I have learned something over the years.

 

“Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

 

I an a oil painter, calligrapher, musician, blogger, podcaster, journalist, author, professional speaker, counselor, first responder, trainer, editor, Christian pastor, facilitator, elicitor, intelligence analyst, motorcyclist, actor, outdoorsman, marksman, and entrepreneur that lately has been overwhelmed by his own abilities. If I don’t create something I feel like I am going to explode sometimes.

 

For the past few years I have been trying to find the right recipe to make something of my life. I am middle aged now and have amassed a lot of knowledge to go with those skills but not enough wisdom to solve the puzzle that life has placed in front of me to my satisfaction. I have gained enough however to do great things for others and have.

 

Personally– I feel like Sisyphus.  One of my heroes, Frederick Douglas said

“without struggle there can be no progress…”

and I am taking that as the tagline for this new show and pivoting off of that.  I’ve made a few mistakes.  I have done too much and not enough.  I have thrown too much on the wall to see what sticks.  It’s all up there but nothing is leading.

So tonight I rearranged this website making it my flagship and point of information for all my dreams and projects. The new podcast, is going to different because I am going to incorporate video with it. It’s going to be a “sho nuff show.”

There are some subjects that need to be discussed, fleshed out and expounded upon. Some may get me in trouble but I’ve played it safe for two decades. Hope to use all that have to help and give hope to a few people wondering what happened their life, their dreams and their future.

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We have a private group on Facebook. I will share with you this link for limited time.

 

I created a long sleeve Tee shirt for supporters. ‪teespring.com/kennblanchard 

Going to work on an app for Android phone users given to those that support my work on http://patreon.com/kennblanchard Please support me.

I going to share with you some things I have found that work and some that don’t with stories, the struggle and the success I have faced and still facing. I think this new show is going to be a MONSTER. I’ll be doing some public work so you may see me more on TV and radio as I stir up the pot.

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It will be more than guns. Going to go after all kinds of subjects, people and topics. I am not going to be politically correct.

 

Those that follow Jesus please pray for me. You’ll see what I mean soon enough. I am about to make a fuss. (a Sisyphus)

 


What Is Holding You Back?

Kenn Blanchard Show Podcast #3

This week you’ll hear my new intro and outro.   I introduce a new feature where I allow you to call in to 301-828-1414 or any audio recording device you have and send it to me to share what you do, promote your podcast or blog and then allow me to give you some encouragement.  This week features, School of Podcasting, Dave Jackson.  I always share a little about MotorcycleRadio.US and motorcycles. What week its been.  I have been seen and heard a lot in media.   Intro and outros by Jeff Straub.

You ever sit back and think about was is wrong in your life?

  1. Do you believe some people are luckier and happier than you?
  2. Do you get mad when people tell you to “suck it up” and take it?
  3. Do you think what has happened to you in your life is your fault?
  4. Have you ever been hurt?
  5. Have you ever been wronged?
  6. Do you feel like you don’t have as many choices as other people?

There is a story about a guy that was visiting a traveling circus. As he was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures where being held by only a single rope tied to their leg. It was obvious the elephants could break the rope and walk away, but for some reason they did not.

He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these gigantic animals just stood there and made no attempt to break way.

“Well”, the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use a similar size rope to tie them. At that age it is enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to think they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”

The guy was amazed. The elephants could break free at any time, but because they thought they could not, they did not try to break the rope. They were stuck right there! This powerful, gigantic creature has limited it’s present abilities by it’s limitations of the past.

How many of us go through life limiting our abilities based on failures of the past?

I am not sure if this is true or an urban legend. but I do know that if feed the elephant, and provide for it, and give it companionship (other similarly content animals) it will decide to stay there.

We are like that.

We learn from family members and situations to act in certain ways because of the environment, habit and attribution. Most of what keeps us down is negative thinking. We become professional victims. Some call this victimology. We stay angry, sad and afraid. A victim is anyone who experiences injury, loss, or misfortune as a result of some event or series of events. None of us has a perfect life. All of us experience loss, misfortune or some significant emotion event.

The key to surviving is to live in a cesspool of self pity and become extreme sympathy seekers. Do not focus on the bad.

The world is never enough for some.

A glass that is half full is considered half empty. A person with a high standard of living complains about not having enough money. A healthy person complains of minor health problems that others would ignore. We have first world problems in a community that is trying to find drinking water or shelter. We live in a perpetual funk. We like to put ourselves down. We like to think that we don’t have choices, or no access to the answers we need.

I am here to remind you that this way of thinking is learned not inborn. It is possible to change. The biggest problem is that we don’t like change. We and do get used to anything. We hold on to our hurt. We hold on to our baggage. We beg and pray for release but never walk out the door that is unlocked.

I have seen the enemy and it is us. I have seen the black man who blames the white man or the white woman for their career failures. I have seen the so called “leader,” or television personality manipulate people. Cult leaders, race baiters, and ambulance chasers use it every day.

You can change. You can come out on top. You can do better. You have to take responsibility for yourself. You have to try. You have to change your operating system. You have to reboot. You have to clean your hard drive. You might have to get a new drive, a new goal. And when you do a new focus.

Otherwise nothing will change for you. You will be a powerful elephant tied to a circus with a piece of twine when a chain wouldn’t even hold you if you wanted to be free.

I don’t care if you are black, poor, brown, sick, weak, female,  or have PTSD. You are more than your circumstances. you are not just what happened to you. You can become more. You just have to want it. You just have to fight for it. And most of the fighting comes from within you. The world, family friends, etc can’t stop you if you believed in yourself. The world will always hate you. Haters going to hate. But don’t you hate yourself. You have to start believing you can before anyone else.

What we need to believe is that we are warriors. We have to fight on.

 

 

 

 


Battle of the Brands

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Return of the Black Man With A Gun™

I thought my use of my trademarked alter ego was finished. The Black Man With A Gun™ was born in 1999, after Prince’s “Party.” I use the controversial phrase in hopes to desensitize the fearful that gun ownership for African Americans was not a bad thing. I had hoped that with the surge of black gun owners proudly professing their prowess and ownership of firearms on InstaGram, Facebook, Twitter and new websites, that my work was done. I think I shot too soon.

How do you end a brand? What do you do when you’ve become a victim of your creative side?

I have been podcasting the Urban Shooter/ Black Man With A Gun since 2007. The show which airs once a week has been downloaded over 1.4 million times and has been mentioned around the world and been in a couple of documentaries. This is a serious brand. I have worked at it growing it.

The podcast also known as the Urban Shooter has its own app. It is produced from my home studio with equipment donated by my audience I have used it to minister, entertain, inspire and help pass the time with a fantastic audience, some of which who gun owners, in the outdoor community, and quite successful entrepreneurs.

I wasn’t quite sure how to end it but knew I was tired. I have heard all the arguments you can make. I have debated US Congressmen, state politicians, legislatures, talk show host, celebrities and pastors that didn’t know or care about the history of gun control. Having spent two decades defending the Second Amendment, teaching history, sharing my experiences and doing the best I could without real compensation wears a brother down.

I made a niche for myself as the caring pistol packing preacher and pastor of paladins, patriots and pistoleros. I feel more like Yoda now that there are so many new African American YouTubers, Facebook group members, bloggers and forums dedicated to black gun owners. I am no longer alone in cyberspace when I first launched Black Man With A Gun online to promote my book of the same name. I started podcasting at first to talk about gun rights, firearms and training tips but it progressed to more personal pieces about what was on the mind of the people in my community. It has been a blast. So much so that– I have made lifelong friends from talking every week for six years.

This week, I decided to postpone my podcasts’ retirement after the tragic event in Charleston, SC sparked a new debate on whether pastors should be armed. Although some are, the idea of African American clergy with guns has become a hot topic. The Black Man With A Gun™ podcast, blog and host just got a bump from positive media coverage on Fox And Friends, and several radio shows this week. The Kid is back.

But I’m tired. I am currently working in a challenging job to make ends meet after some life changing events. I was forced to slow down my media work. Podcasting allows me to share my experiences and access to great people with interviews and storytelling but I overdid it. I created a network of shows that take a tremendous amount of time to produce that I no longer have. I actually love producing Motorcycle Radio, The UnNamed Church, The WarriorCast, the internet radio show- Blanchard Outdoors, and the Black Man With A Gun show podcast. Producing this many shows is actually very fun and “keeps me out of trouble”. I am in the process of consolidating. Warriorcast is the show that my son host at it doesn’t take much brain energy on my part to produce it for him so that show is continuing.

To quote Dirty Harry Callahan,
“ A man’s gotta know his limitations.”

To cure my weariness, I made the decision to end the UnNamed Church, Motorcycle Radio and include those elements in a new show called the Kenn Blanchard Show that I just launched. This show won the battle of the brand that was causing me worry trying to find out how to manage all of what I had to give with the new interest. I didn’t want to leave my 15,000 subscribers out. The Kenn Blanchard Show hopes to give more of me and the parts that resonated with my Black Man With A Gun audience aside from the guns, history, training, news, interviews and product reviews. I have found a few friends to help me write on that blog that has helped tremendously with my content. And so I will hold off the final episode of the Black Man With A Gun till a better time which obviously is not now.

Now I am free to grow the Kenn Blanchard Show brand which will some day secede the Black Man With A Gun show . But until that day we will have both.

The Week that was
Sunday – Fox And Friends TV
Monday – Washington Times Newspaper
Tuesday- NRA NEWS with Cam & Company
Andrea Traversa Show on
Wednesday – The C4 Radio Show

When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit-
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is queer with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a fellow turns about
When he might have won had he stuck it out.
Don’t give up though the pace seems slow –
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than
It seems to a faint and faltering man;
Often the struggler has given up
Whe he might have captured the victor’s cup;
And he learned too late when the night came down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out –
The silver tint in the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It might be near when it seems afar;
So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit –
It’s when things seem worst that you must not quit.