Launch!

I’ve worked on a lot of projects for other people. Some took weeks, some months, and others years. But no other project has compared to launching my own podcast in terms of excitement, fear, doubt, and joy!

The Everyday Espionage Podcast officially launched on November 13th, 2018. An unknown and untested podcast, I was humbled to receive material and financial support from four official sponsors. The entire podcast was conceived, recorded and engineered by the talented team at Stereo Lab Studios in St. Petersburg, Florida. The only role I had to play was creating the content and delivering the message!

With a wonderful family supporting me through my master’s degree and a full-time job, it was my limited free time that got used up recording 13 episodes of the first season. There were days I doubted we would finish, days I feared sounding like a fool, even days lost to equipment malfunctions and schedule conflicts. But I leaned on those around me recognizing it was their support, not my talent, that would make the podcast real…

It is now in your hands, my fellow everyday spies, to decide if we were successful or not. The podcast is live on your favorite podcast platforms and available to you for comment, subscription, and review.

Share the message or shoot the messenger? Whichever you choose, know that it is your choice to make.

Special thanks to:

William Miller – creator of the best-selling Jake Noble book series

The St. Petersburg City Theatre

Marone law Group

Triggermouth T-shirts of St. Petersburg, Florida

Everyday Spy

Everyday Espionage intends to challenge conventional thinking, cultivate elite achievers, and change the future of our world.

Our world is built on a series of acceptable behaviors and shared assumptions. This is conventional thinking. Those who act within the norm are accepted. Those who act outside the norm are rejected. But there is a third group…a group that rides the narrow road in between.

The space between ‘accepted’ and ‘rejected’ is full of fear, doubt and loneliness – but it is also the only road to greatness. Every hero of history and legend chose to leave behind the common in pursuit of the uncommon. And we can do the same.

I thought I was uncommon when I had my first vertical takeoff in an F-15. I thought I was uncommon when I took control of 200 nuclear missiles. I tought I was uncommon when I accepted my undercover identity and swore to serve in the US Central Intelligence Agency. I was wrong.

I was following a path shaped by my achievement but directed by others. And so it is with many of us, as we seek to satisfy in pursuit of promises; as we pledge loyalty and lose leverage. This is common convention – doing what is expected of us and seeking external rewards.

CIA taught me that conventional thinking can be predicted, directed… controlled. And even as I learned the secrets of negotiation and manipulation, I could see myself and my peers falling into the same cycle of conventional thinking. We all wanted to be accepted, to be rewarded, and we were willing to do anything to get there.

Our world will never change as long as our thinking stays the same. I am proud of my history of service, but now my mission is one of change. And whether I am accepted or rejected, mine is the path of doubt, fear, and greatness.