Escaping the Heat

I am sure you can all understand my desire to bolt from Phoenix over the summer as much as I possibly can. When it is hitting 110 every day I get away whenever my schedule allows (for my friends, family, colleagues, and clients who live in the winter cold weather states I am sure you are thinking that I should be taking my medicine as you did during the past harsh winter but remember you are always welcome to come play golf with me in January when it is 80 degrees!) This past week I was thrilled to spend my time in Denver, one of my favorite cities in the country! I always rent a loft in LoDo, the local way of referring to Lower Downtown, where I can walk, bike or scooter to literally everything. Whether it is a Rockies game, music in the park, exploring Cherry Creek or frequenting my favorites restaurants and clubs it is always just a mater of minutes before I am in the heart of it all! This is one city that did it right! This past weekend the Greenway Foundation put on an event where Cherry Creek dumps into the Platte River and was a combo of live music, paddle boarding, kayaking, contests with prizes and of course beer and over the top food…with Coors Light being a sponsor who would have guessed! I wanted to share some pictures and hope that they will entice you to put this fab city on your list of must visit in the future!
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How You Come to the Events in Your Life

“It is not important how we come to the events in our life. What is important is how we deal with those events.” “You are what you are and where you are because of what has gone into your mind, and you can change what you are and where you are by changing what goes into your mind.” ~Zig Ziglar (Read more from a 2009 article that still applies to this theory HERE) I assert that there is no such thing as luck, but rather the opportunities that are presented to you in life are a direct result of the way in which you walk through it. If for example, you love yourself and are confident, people will see you as the type of person that they want to be around. On the contrary, if you are constantly negative and complaining, you will only attract other negative people. Who wants to spend the day with someone who will bring them down? The same is true in the work place. If you bring a spirit of hard work and commitment with you to work, you will be rewarded. Who cares if you hate your job? Find a new one, but in the meantime, do it to the best of your ability. Who knows, maybe your attitude will be noticed and a new job will find you. I actually give a talk on this very issue to Human Resources professionals all of the time. I talk about how dead time is the greatest thief of productivity in the workforce today. If you don’t like where your life is headed, try changing the little things first and maybe the big things will follow. If you have something unfortunate happen, look for the lesson to be learned so that you can avoid having to learn it over and over again. It is as simple as this. Good works produce rewards. If you put good out to the universe, good works, good choices, good vibes, whatever you want to call it, it will be returned to you. Have faith in that and you will not get lost.
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Lock Up Your Loved Ones

Many of my recent posts have been centered around my business and I think it is time to touch on the importance of the loved ones in our lives. It is not what we have in our lives but who, and we all need to ask ourselves if we are spending the least time with the people who are the most important? Let these people know you love them and let them know often. Make them feel special every day. Don’t wait one more day lest it is too late. Regrets down the road are mistakes made today. Please don’t ever take these people for granted. I am fortunate enough to be surrounded by a family of people who, through trials and tribulations, have been vigilant in their love. When I was on drugs, they tried to intervene. When I lost touch, they didn’t lose hope. When I was branded society’s outcast, they hugged me tightest. When they were taken away from me, I finally knew their worth. Let these people know you love them and let them know often. Let them know how special they are every day. Watch your kids and fight to protect them no matter how much they rebel against it. Pick up the phone and call your parents, or better yet, visit them, they will not always be there for you. Hug your loved ones close and be true to your commitments and you will have that love reflected back to you. Lock up your loved ones so that you will never have to regret the things that were not said or the love not given. They will be your cheerleaders, your confidants, and your reality check. As you are there for them, they will be there for you. It will make a difference to them and it will make a difference in you.
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Giving a “SHOUT OUT” to ICBA

For the past seven years I have had the pleasure of working with ICBA (Independent Community Bankers of America) as a speaker for their events as well as a partner on my products and webinars. They are a first class organization and in a world where we often take for granted those who have helped bring us to where we are today professionally I want to take this opportunity to let everyone know what a top notch organization this is!! Whether it has been sharing the platform with their President and CEO, Cam Fine, while I deliver a keynote at one of their state banking associations to working with Marlee Melville, VP of Education/Products in partnering on my products and webinars to most recently working with Runay Olson, VP of Education/Seminars who last year brought me in to Memphis and Minneapolis for speaking engagements at two of their national events; it has always been the same- working with first class individuals representing a first class organization. Thanks ICBA!  Our working past has been my pleasure and I look forward to many more years together! Finally, I would like to share with my readers a recent letter I received from ICBA and which is now prominently posted on my website at http://www.troyevans.com/testimonials/icba-runay-olson/
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Robbery Training – Some Final Thoughts

Your frontline people are the most important and powerful robbery deterrent you have.  These individuals can keep you from being targeted.  Take a page out of the Wal-Mart book and make it a policy to meet and great as many people as possible who come through your doors.  You will end up pleasing your legitimate customers while scaring off any potential robbers. Because complacency can be your greatest enemy, I would encourage you to implement the following immediately. First, create a suspicious activity log.  Supply every workstation with a journal or notebook- something within reach where a quick note can be written if that person sees something out of the ordinary or someone they do not recognize. Management should review these notebooks, weekly, if not daily.  If a pattern is detected, then your institution may have been cased for a robbery and appropriate measures should be taken. Second, have all employees sign a “non-disclosure” form.  One of the reasons I was successful as a bank and credit union robber was the fact that I had at one time dated a teller.  I knew about bait money, dye packs, second drawers, tracking devices, when money was counted, and so forth.  Little did she know at the time that she was providing me with valuable information that I would later utilize as a bank and credit union robber.  Require all of your employees to sign a “non-disclosure” form indicating that they will not share with anyone (family included) the policies of your institution surrounding security, procedures, and training.  Explain that if the information fell into the wrong hand, it could someday be used against them in a robbery situation.
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Goodbye to My Beloved Four Legged Son

As the first quarter of the year comes to a close I reflect on all that I have to be grateful for and all of the many people who touch my life!  I am also internally grateful to all of you who have and continue to reach out to me as this is also the six month mark in which I lost my twelve year old four legged son Archie to cancer.  Although it has been over six months I still feel the pain of losing a family member and give special thanks to those who give me their shoulder, listen to my stories and share with me their similar losses. On a professional note, the start of 2014 is bringing exciting new changes in the way I deliver content to my clients.  Speaking engagements, webinars, audioconferences and product sales are just the tip of the iceberg…I am very excited about some new ventures I will be launching and well certainly keep you all in the loop. Watch for post later in this week about Bank and Credit Union Robbery Tips.
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Troy Evans is a Former Bank Robber!

On November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal Prison. He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in three states, over a six-month crime spree, and was sent to the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. His neighbors included such notorious criminals as Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Troy was released on December 13, 1999, over seven and one-half years later. Despite the obstacles that only prison can produce, Troy was determined that his time behind bars would not be wasted time. Education would be his saving grace. After six months of filling out applications, writing essays, begging, pleading, and selling, Troy landed his first scholarship for one class. That was a beginning, and when Troy walked out the doors of prison he carried with him two degrees, both obtained with a 4.0 GPA and designation on the Dean’s and President’s list.
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