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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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All the Small Things

The older AJ gets the more important the small things become. Yes, you can't judge a book by its cover but you can start to see the outline. The question isn't "What's the harm if I ignore this small thing?" it should be "How long or how much effort does it really take to do that?" If things like saying please, thank you or cleaning up after yourself aren't important then what does it say about the bigger things in life?

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18 Going on 30

After spending the first 26 plus years at home AJ wanted nothing more than to get away and never come back. He learned a lot the first time he moved away but that ended with a very humbling move home. The resolve was just made fiercer about never wanting to go back home but that was wrong. You can't ignore or change where your from and just being back home AJ channeled an energy and inspiration he was desperately searching for.

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My Black Book

Everyone has dark times they hope to never revisit but for AJ he keeps a reminder close by so he can never forget just how low things can get and what he can pull himself up from. Reminders of death are always around but are you ever prepared for it? Being in radio has also became a responsibility to more than just himself when it comes to helping.

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