AJ & McCall

We Need to Open Our Eyes

With what is going on in the country is complex but there's one simple solution that could make a lot of headway, experiencing. For AJ it's all about traveling, especially internationally, and seeing new places, trying new food, meeting new food but most importantly being somewhere brand new where you have no idea. That's not all though, more people need to seek out different opinions and be open to learning what they don't know.

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Opinions Aren’t Facts

Everyone has opinions but recently more and more have seemed to elevate them as equals to facts. In an age where more and more information is readily available it seems it is being revolted against as people just surround themselves with similar thoughts and ideas to verify their opinions. It is becoming more common for conversations to end with 'Well that's my opinion.' when met with opposite ideas to retreat in ignorance.

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To Understand You Have to Acknowledge You Don’t Know

It took me a couple of days to process and put down what I was thinking with everything going on in the country. What I noticed was there is so much needless arguing. Part of it is hypocrisy and part of it is 'being on a side' but the end result is really the same. Ultimately, I reflected on a bit of perspective I have to realize I don't have any perspective. It's okay to say 'I don't know.' and I think that's where understanding what's happening right now starts.

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My Self-Destruction

Complacency is natural for everyone but what about self-destruction? AJ always described all his down periods as ruts and would eventually shake them off, but some times they were worse than that. The last few weeks has been more than a rut but identifying that was start to reversing the spiral and something he'd never do when he was younger.

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Freedom Versus Structure

When it comes to the work environment you find yourself in, different things will work for different people. For AJ, the environments in his radio career have been all very similar. AJ explores what the pros and cons of a freedom or structured environment provide and what he thinks he needs as he continues to push forward. No matter what environment you're in though, there's one common key to everyone's success.

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Loyalty Shouldn’t Be a Bad Thing

No one would ever say at the first sign of trouble to just give up and walk away, but don't be blinded or bind by loyalty and trust. Those are very powerful words but are misused to push through an obviously bad situation. One of the biggest criticisms of being a Millennial is no loyalty, but that's not the case. It's about understanding and knowing that it's reciprocated.

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Words Matter

AJ had a reminder recently about the impact words can have and it made him re-think how important they are to him. From hobbies, to interests, to his career, words are very essential to a lot of things he does, but that doesn't mean his words are any more powerful or important than anyone else's.

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A Career in Radio

Being in radio means you're always going to ask 'How do I get a job in radio?' The same day a veteran in the building gave AJ their tips and tricks to surviving a career AJ's sister decided she wanted to switch to communications. AJ has some advice but the best way to show you want you're in for is to follow along his journey.

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How to Friend

Just this week a study revealed the average American hasn't made a new friend in 5 years. Luckily, AJ hasn't been that bad but that's more due to special people than his ability to make friends. Life is lived out loud on radio and social media but really a quiet guy struggles to maintain friendships, despite being desperately afraid of ending up alone.

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Dear High School AJ

When AJ was a teenager he didn't want unsolicited advice, like most teenagers, so instead he writes a letter to his past self. What advice could he have for the him of over 10 years ago? A little self-doubt, some laziness and a perceived lack (and also not realizing how much there actually is) of time left some things untried, undone and challenges not met.

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Do It Better or Do It Different

Two mantras I picked up with my radio career are 'Do it better or do it differently.' and 'Outwork everyone.' but they apply to so many things. A conversation about ESports and my hobby of playing and blogging about Fantasy Football made me realize how that first saying is true everywhere. Work ethic is something I've always defined myself by and has gotten me to where I am.

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Traveling is Better with Someone Special

Staying home for most of his life and then a bad job that didn't let him leave work lit a fire for AJ. Never again was he going to not be able to travel and see the world. Travel was his new hobby and nothing was going to stop him. It was made even better when he found someone to do it with. It all becomes that much more special and meaningful with someone to share all the memories and adventures with.

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