HANDS AND DAYLIGHT PODCAST

By PETER M. ROBERTS

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America was forged. From nothing came everything we believe in. But the America our grandparents once knew is not the America we now know. Pete Roberts explores how our ancestors used their minds, hands and daylight to build this great nation. Have you forgotten your history? Have you forgotten that you and me, men and women are the ones who drive true change. Have you forgotten that our independence was won through the sacrifice of our ancestors. That what we have is the sum of their works. A movement of the people is the true power we have. But the greatest legacy they left is not the bridges and buildings, it's this thing we call Freedom. That unified we can move mountains. It's not business as usual, Pete builds parallels between the past, the present and the future. He discusses how to reconstruct the grit, values, and work ethic through his personal experiences and of those who have been there.

Episode Date
E37: I’M BLIND BUT NOW I SEE
58:42

What the human body and human mind can accomplish in a 24-hour day is unfathomable. From the basement of Pete’s house, to an old 1950s Singer sewing machine, to building a factory in the woods. Today we reflect on the past and future with special guest, and Origin’s first employee, Jon Milan. A lesson in patience and forgiveness.

Aug 19, 2018
E36: WASH OFF THE COMFORT
51:55

Every day is a fight to not just survive, but thrive in this place. It’s time to wash off complacency and comfort, get the ladder out and get the roof shoveled.

Aug 12, 2018
E35: BRICK AND MORTAR
01:01:18

Is the brick and mortar model it still alive, or are we getting swallowed up by a digital world of consumerism? Today we discuss one of the fastest growing brands, how they reinvented the brick and mortar store, and how we as a company can learn from their experiences as we develop a retail plan.

Aug 05, 2018
E34: IT’S TIME TO GEAR UP
01:05:49

Business is like a slinky on an infinite staircase. Sometimes the slinky will stall on a tread. It's up to you to chase it down the stairs and restart it. Have you have hit a plateau and not sure how to move forward? We take a look at maintaining focus on the mission at hand, and simple ways to shift perspective, to grow, and to win.

Jul 29, 2018
E33: LIVING HIGH ON THE HOG
43:55

Warren Buffet said the deal with Harold Alfond of Dexter shoe was the worst deal he ever made. But what happened to the machinery, and the people left in the wake? It's still here in MAINE, and we are on a treasure hunt to bring back what's been lost.

Jul 22, 2018
E32: IN BONDAGE TO FEAR AND THE OPINIONS OF OTHERS
01:17:17

"Trusting that ship that you’re on, that’s going through the fog, that the sun’s gonna come up and burn it off. Believing you’re gonna see clearly afterwards. Without courage to push through the fog, there’s no reward in the end. How do you know if there’s any real victory if you didn’t go through the darkness, endure it, and face your fears." An incredible interview with Jason Perry

Jul 15, 2018
E31: DON’T SCRATCH THE ITCH
01:19:19

Staying the course is one of the hardest things for an entrepreneur. We are all full of ideas. How do you know when you should scratch the itch, or should you ever? Gaining discipline to stay the course is must, and only YOU can keep yourself in check.

Jul 08, 2018
E30: BREAKING BAD WITH PAPER AIRPLANES
59:09

How making a simple paper airplane completely changed the way we think. Sometimes, complex problems can be solved with simple solutions. Today we delve into lean manufacturing concepts and crack open the fold.

Jul 01, 2018
E29: A SEASON FOR WAR
48:58

Living life and executing without compromise means that behind closed doors, you don't lie to yourself. Sometimes you may step on profits, so change what the word profit means to you. We are at war to reclaim, and redefine that the American Dream is also attainable without compromise. The heartbeat of America is growing stronger.

Jun 24, 2018
E28: FIELD OF DREAMS
56:47

Clear the rocks, one at a time. That's how you start everything in life, and that's how you build your field of dreams. It's dirty, gritty, hard... It's called work. With special Father's day guest, my own father-in-law, Joe Paradis.

Jun 17, 2018
E27: DON'T BOX ME IN
01:00:27

If you don't take a risk on yourself, no one will take a risk on you. Everything that has been created will also be deconstructed by time, so what do you have to lose? We don't live in a box, so don't box yourself in. Flip the box over, stand on top, elevate yourself, and be a pioneer of your vision.

Jun 10, 2018
E26: FIGHT OR FLIGHT RECONDITIONING
01:08:43

We are complex beings, and some things are by default built into our DNA. Our survival instinct, which served us especially well in times where humans weren't the ultimate predator. But those same mechanisms that protected us can now wreak havoc in life in business if not kept in check. Recognizing the fight or flight response is the first step to reconditioning your mind and body.

Jun 03, 2018
E25: PUNCH THE CLOCK
01:28:59

From serving coffee at Brazil’s largest bank, to fighting and representing the name of Jiu-Jitsu. American Top Team founder and champion, Ricardo Liborio takes us inside the business of MMA, the winning mindset. He's looking for the flat line of peace in life. What fear is holding you back? The recipe is simple… don’t quit and punch the clock.

 

May 27, 2018
E24: WIN AT ALL COSTS
01:02:40

From a small café in Washington D.C., today we discuss the moment in which you felt most alive. What was the formula that brought you to that moment, and how can you replicate it again, and again, and again. We also discuss lessons learned at Muster 005. Leadership and winning at ALL COSTS.

May 20, 2018
E23: ROCKETMAN IN QUICKSAND
51:59

Where does inspiration really come from. Does it hit you like a lightning bold, or can you work it like a muscle? You CAN evoke inspiration and creativity even in the hardest times. We all want to be a rocketman, we all are shooting for the stars, the quest to defy gravity. What is not talked about is that your fuel will run out. On occasion, you need to come back to earth. And you may find yourself trying to launch out of quicksand.

May 13, 2018
E22: FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS
55:27

America’s mindset deficit is at an all time high. I wonder how we Americans can stop the madness, create opportunity, and start using our minds, hands and daylight. Better yet, how can infuse action back into our culture and communities. Broken homes don’t define you, your background doesn’t define you. You and I, all of us... we have a head start because we live in the kingdom of opportunity, the United States of America.

May 06, 2018
WAM2: TAPE IT UP
08:26

That word "DESERVE"... wipe it from your vocabulary.This is conditioning for life. Life is going to be painful, there's gonna be some hard times, son. Nothing is given to you, and don't look at the world like you deserve something because you simply exist in a conscious state. If you haven't worked your ass off for it, you don't deserve it. And sometimes, many times, you will work your ass off or something, and you still won't win. And guess what you're going to need to do... tape it up.

May 01, 2018
E21: BUILD YOUR WOLFPACK
01:14:27

Dogs don’t eat dogs, they build packs, together they hunt and eat market share. Goals are futile without action. Actionable execution is futile without planning. Today we discuss goal setting and filling the void with hands and daylight. We discuss our own completed mission “OPERATION SAVE FIRST QUARTER”. How to generate momentum, and the importance of relationships, and knowing who you are. Great things don’t chase you down, you chase down great things.

Apr 29, 2018
E20: CARPE DIEM
49:51

How do you jump start your morning and life? By learning how to make your daily challenges, and struggles, part of your mission...seize the day, everyday. We also discuss recognizing depression, how a sedentary lifestyle has led to a testosterone deficiency epidemic, and finding that endorphin release we all need through activity to keep our body and mind firing on all cylinders.

Apr 22, 2018
E19: SUPERPOWER VS. KRYPTONITE
01:44:31

Today we discuss working in business with family, spouses and partnerships. The dichotomy created when dealing with family in the workplace. Expectations, emotions, and how to make family a superpower instead of your kryptonite.

Apr 15, 2018
E18: JOCKO ON BLESSINGS VS. SACRIFICES
01:34:19

Jocko Willink joins us to discuss many topics, including nicknames, controlling your emotions in life, letting emotions take the lead and letting logic take the lead. The dichotomy of emotions, and the balancing act. JIU-JITSU as a metaphor for life and business. WAR, AMERICA, PERSPECTIVE, and much more from JOCKO!

Apr 08, 2018
E17: ENTITLEMENT BEATDOWN
01:18:25

Everyone, at some point in their life is humiliated. The best form of humiliation is an entitlement beat down. Most of the time this is not literal, but for me it was. Learning through a personal, humiliating experience that you are not everything you thought. It’s an opportunity you can either embrace and become stronger from, or let it ruin your future. It’s a self-check that’s exposed by external forces. I personally had two experiences that were humbling and put me in my place.

Apr 01, 2018
WAM1: FEAR CREEPING IN
07:05

There has been a rumbling below our feet, and that low hum... that uncomfortable vibration you feel in your body is the foundation this country was built on being stripped away brick by brick. Since when did our teenage offspring become more in enlightened then our forefathers. Since when did the voices of children who have lived in this bubble and who have never seen war and tyranny, who have only lived in a time where technology has become a false God. Since when?

There is a war going on it's taking place inside the hearts and minds of not just America's youth, but of the people of this nation.

Fear has caused tear in the fabric we call America a tear that has been caused by the sharp edges of the bricks being torn down.

Mar 29, 2018
E16: COMING TO AMERICA
01:38:29

WHY would someone run away from all the opportunity in the world, make a decision to leave it all behind, and run and towards the American dream. Today's guest is Andre "Dedeco" Almeida, business man, father, jiu-jitsu champion, and co-owner of Origin. He discusses immigrating to America, leaving it all behind bootstrapped with $100. We also delve into how to handle employees that are stealing from the company, trust, changing an employees perspective, learning english, and what it means to BE AMERICAN.

Mar 25, 2018
E15: BANTER BUDDIES
01:08:16

We all need a little down time... or do we? Sometimes a little friendly banter can go a long way. Today we discuss the impact of vacations on business. Concepts for a new distilled spirit, politics, snowstorms, gumball racing and flying airplanes. Join us in a casual conversation about extremely random stuff.

Mar 18, 2018
E14: EARNING GRIT AND EMOTIONAL CALLUSES
01:18:15

Customer service and levels of communication. DISARMING customers and having good communication skills. Inspiration for design, balancing form and function, and the design of everyday things. How do you set the price on a product or a service?

Live or die and finding substance in your why. Pete delves into personal struggles with importing and makes a decision to make it in America. Going all in on your why.

What is the startup cost of manufacturing, and how long did it take to become profitable? DICKERING deals to make it work with a ZERO budget... American Picking.

BEING READY FOR ABSOLUTE FAILURE, BUT FAILURE NOT BEING AN OPTION. EARNING GRIT, AND EMOTIONAL CALLUSES.

 

Mar 11, 2018
E13: GANJA GREEN RUSH
01:26:56

Perception premeditates judgement. But without total 360 degree education, the way we perceive something is solely based off life experiences, what we've been taught, and this formulates what we believe and what we perceive. What if I told you that our entire nation has been brainwashed for generations. That what we've been taught about certain things are just not true, that government, rules, and laws are not always just and not always right. That money and business truly are the defining factors that drive decisions which influence the rest of us.

Mar 04, 2018
E12: SLUSH, MUD AND MEDIA
01:19:46

As I got in my truck to pick up a coffee, and some supplies from our local farmers union, I decided to route my path home on back roads. Most of these back roads are still dirt roads, not extremely well maintained. The only music I listen to on the road is the noise in my own mind, I almost always drive in silence thinking about this place, my family, business, Friends, opportunities. It’s my time to meditate through reflection and prayer.

So I was driving slow with my window cracked trying to get the perfect balance of heat in the vehicle mixing with the air outside. While driving I could feel the snow loosen up and turn to slush, mixing with thawing mud... and my tires were lifting the slush from the road and throwing it against my truck’s undercarriage. My coffee was still a little too hot to drink, but I was entranced by this mix of the outside cold wind hitting my forehead, the warm heater air hitting my face, the sound of the slush on the road, the smell of thawing mud, and the hot coffee in my hand. As I crested the hill overlooking the mountains the sun started to breach the clouds and hit me in the face at the perfect moment of my trance, which heightened all my senses.

Feb 25, 2018
E11: RENDERING THE LEVIATHAN
01:05:07

Death comes to everything with a heartbeat. Economies are strong in war, farmers and butchers deal death to provide our food supply for 300 million people. Few of us continue the traditions of hunting and gathering, planning and preserving, gardening and growing. We turn a blind eye to how food is grown, killed and processed. What will they say about us in 100 years. Will they teach our great grandchildren how we created injected animals and plants, will they say we partook of a barbarous communion of genetically modified flesh and fast food that is no better than injesting soylent green?

What will they say about us using fossil fuels, burning wood, creating landfills, mining, processing, burning, refining.

For the most part, I'm ok with the way we live. There are things I would like to change, but compared to the way it was, I couldn't be happier to live in this land, raise my children in this country, and believe in this flag and what it stands for. I love that we can harvest and burn wood, that we can mine ore and make steel, that we can refine crude oil into fuel. In 200 years will my way of thinking be extinct?… Probably…

Feb 18, 2018
E10: THAT LOUD SUCKING SOUND
01:36:52

Words are our greatest tool. Words are free for anyone. As kids we said, “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”. The truth is words can be a blessing or a curse. They can build empires or cause wars. Bridges can be burned by words said in haste. And the right words chained together can literally change the world. Shaking someone’s hand, looking in their eyes and letting them know “HERE I AM”. That’s how real deals are crafted, that’s how trust begins. If a word comes out of your mouth, you yourself need to believe it.

Feb 11, 2018
E9: I WILL LIVE HERE AND DIE HERE
01:46:05

His family has been in Maine's wood industry for three generations. Out to prove himself, and with his hands and daylight, Brody Cousineau overcame many obstacles, including rewiring his brain as a young child due to his extreme Dyslexia, now his superpower. Striving to prove the family name after dropping out of college, every time he made a mistake, he also made as he says a "tuition payment". From running a mill at 22 years old to pushing through the economic recession, this podcast is filled with laughter, sadness and wisdom. Brody shares with us his deepest thoughts on failing to fail, and always finding yes.

Feb 04, 2018
E8: CAST YOUR NET
01:12:32

As an entrepreneur, it’s our duty to pull the best out of our team each and every day. We need to be even tempered day in, and day out. We need to motivate individuals, teams, new hires and seasoned vets. Respect cannot be forced upon someone. You can not demand respect. Respect is earned many ways. Employees ARE your piers, they are are the lifeblood of your business. They are trusted with company secrets. They are the voice on the other end of the phone when customers call. They are the ones putting your master plan in action. Without them, nothing exists. They come to work each day from unique living situations, different lifestyles, and diverse backgrounds. And every single person on this planet has something to offer this place before they leave. It’s our job as leaders to help them tap into their full potential.

Jan 28, 2018
E7: SAND CASTLES IN TIME
01:14:55

People are an interesting creation. Each one of us has free will. We are all born with this innate ability to know right from wrong. It's in our DNA makeup. But the smarter we get, the easier it is to mix the two. The smarter we think we are, the easier it is to convince ourselves of just about anything. Man is the only creature that has freedom to dream, and look at the earth as a playground. We have the intelligence to pull raw materials out of the earth, mixing them and forming them into whatever we want. We are also smart enough to survive in comfort, unlike the rest of the animal kingdom. We pre-plan our meals, shelter, family, lives. We don't run on instinct alone like other two and four legged creatures. We are designed, and driven to build, invent, create, dream, and explore.

Jan 21, 2018
E6: JOCKO'S SNOWMAN
01:35:05

I believe, that once distilled, there are three types of entrepreneurs. The first type is the one who wants to start a business because they want to work for themselves. They see working for themselves as “freedom”. Even if their business owns them, and their time, the sheer fact of not having to work for the “man” keeps them engaged in their work. Many times, this person is a sole proprietor, or has a handful of employees. They are happy with paying their bills, taking a yearly vacation, coaching their kids ball games. They are content and enjoy defining their daily schedule. They take challenges head on, They work hard, play hard, and are truly living life to its fullest. They yearn to have a financially healthy lifestyle, not looking to build an empire. That’s OK…  because happiness is defined by the individual person. Success is defined by how the individual interprets it.

Jan 14, 2018
E5: THE CULT OF CULTURE
01:15:12

If you are one of the select few who live on this earth with a business mind, understand this… Statistically speaking, 75% of the people you employ on your journey will not make it to the end with you. Few will stick with you as the trail is blazed. Most will leave, or be asked to leave. A saboteur may weasel their way in, like a wolf in sheep's clothing. A good apple one day, may start to rot and stink the next. Before you know it, a rotten apple has turned the whole batch rotten. I’ve learned the hard way, I once lost my cult of culture, I lost the answer to the question “why”.  I've been on the forefront of an event that I blame on my own youth, and the result of having a young entrepreneur’s mind. But, this rule of 75% loss,  I’ve changed to a 75% gain, so how do we get there?

Jan 07, 2018
E4: MINUS 22 DEGREES
01:12:55

People ask me what is jujitsu. I say, jujitsu is what allows a man to be free. Jujitsu is what frees your mind from the noise. Jujitsu is not a religion, although, it is spiritual at times. Jujitsu is about trust Trusting yourself, trusting your partner, trusting the positions. Jiu Jitsu is about letting go. Letting go of what your brain naturally wants your body to do. It's about letting go of ego, letting go of that primal instinct you as a man believe you have. That part of your brain that says in a fight you would win. Because men are built with a block in their mind, some call it a warrior spirit. But having the spirit to be a warrior is futile without training. That block in our brain disguises the truth. You are naturally numb, you are born numb to the truth. It's why young men can walk into battle, it allows us to feel invincible.

Jan 01, 2018
E3: TWO MEN ON MY ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE TEAM
01:13:23

To be great at something, you don't have to start with having a bunch of money. You don't have to start with catching a lucky break. The only thing you have to start with, and the most valuable thing that you have been blessed with is your mind! Every great thing in this country and in this world formed first in someone's mind. The minds of men and women, and children...YOUR MIND, is the most valuable asset in the world. When you wonder why CEOs get paid tens of millions of dollars, it's because that organization, that corporation, that enterprise, is investing in what's in that person's head.

Dec 26, 2017
E2: "F" WORDS - FRIDAYS & FORTY HOURS
01:31:11

If you are a young entrepreneur or starting a business from scratch, there is no such thing as Friday's and Forty hours. You need to work until the work is done. Make hay while the sun shines, that’s not just a saying, it’s an actual statement of what needs to happen. Get used to structuring your entire life around the health of your business. Plan on always being on call for whatever part of the business needs your attention. I think when entrepreneurs are young and ambitious, but lack experience, they have a distorted view of how much actual work will be done by them and them alone.  NOTHING can be built in 40 hours, over a five day work week, especially if you are building an empire. Those building empires don't have timelines. Their week doesn't start on Monday, and end on Friday. The ultimate goal is to have financial freedom, freedom from time, freedom to do the things in life that can only happen with entrepreneurial independence. It’s easy to be blinded by grandiose ideas. But you will put more work in, then you ever thought imaginable. Any business takes a minimum of three years to start making some type of profit, if you're lucky. Plan on three years, 36 months of 100 hr work weeks, 3600 hours. That’s a start. Unforeseen problems are inevitable regardless of how streamlined your business plan is.

Dec 21, 2017
E1: CALLUSED AMERICAN HANDS
52:11

Have you forgotten your history? Have you forgotten that you and me, men and women are the ones who drive true change. Have you forgotten that our independence was won through the sacrifice of our ancestors. That what we have today is the sum of their works. Have you forgotten that a movement of the people is the true power we as Americans have. The greatest legacy they left is not the buildings, bridges and infrastructure, it's THE FREEDOM, THE DREAM, AN INDEPENDENT NATION driven by the people. That unified we can literally move mountains. Welcome to the Hands & Daylight Podcast.

Dec 15, 2017