See, You Have the Power

Make a plan to be the person you want to be, rather than letting life make you the person you don’t want to be.


The Set-up


I got my first job when I was 14. It was awesome. I worked with my step-sister at her dad’s tropical fish and reptile store just outside of D.C.

It was a really neat place to work. Besides all the cool animals, having my sister as a co-worker was a blast.

One of the best parts of the job was the people. I got to meet a lot of interesting people.

Some of our customers came in on a regular basis, like clockwork.

There was 1 such person in particular that stopped there at least once a week on his way home from work.

If business was slow, I’d sit outside and talk smack with him.

I always liked popping the doors open on his van and check out the tools he used at work.

He was a commercial Fire Sprinkler Fitter.

I was fascinated by the heavy duty tools and the jobsite stories.

By the time I was 16 all I wanted to do was hang sprinkler pipe but all I heard about it was “Never will you. It takes a special kind of crazy to be a Sprinkler Fitter and you don’t have it”.


I didn’t accept that, I wanted it in a bad way.


By the time I was 22 years old I was on a sprinkler crew hanging pipe.

I stuck with that trade for 17 of the best years of my life.


How I did it


Why was I successful even though I wasn’t “built” for the job?


The answer’s simple. I wanted it and I could see myself doing it.

I made a plan of action and I worked toward it, knowing that I would achieve my goal.


I didn’t give up no matter what anyone had to say about it.


You can too


The key is visualizing where you want to be and believing you’re there like it’s already happened.


You really can accomplish anything with this mindset.


Let’s do an experiment.

  1. Stand up and hold your right arm straight out pointing at the wall in front of you.
  2. Now rotate your torso clockwise as far as you can without moving your feet.
  3. Notice exactly where you’re pointing.
  4. Now, put your arm down and relax. Close your eyes. In your mind picture yourself rotating further. See it. Do this 3 times, going further each time.
  5. When you open your eyes go through the motion again and notice where you’re pointing this time.


You went further didn’t you.


That’s because you visualized it in your mind.


You’re thoughts become reality.




This is also why when you say you can’t do something, your right.


If you want to change your life stop thinking about what you don’t want or can’t do and start visualizing what you do want and believe you can do it.


What now


Understand and believe, thoughts become things.


If you can visualize what you want and believe like you already have it, it will materialize.


This is known as the law of attraction. It’s a law that can’t be broken.


We tell our kids they can do anything they set their minds to.


That truth is for you too.

Believe it!

Crazy? Probably.

The beginning of insanity. This is a brief history of what Writeswitch is and how it got here.

Let me start by telling you who I am. I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ. A single father raising a teenage son and an almost teenage daughter. A pipe fitter by trade. I’m a blessed man.

At 40 years old and after 17 years in the Fire Protection industry I’m hitting the breaks and changing direction. This, like so many other major changes in life, took root in the middle of what seemed like total devastation.

Have you ever seen a forest immediately after a fire and then 10 years later?

Life comes from the ashes.

What I’ve learned is to separate emotion and rational thinking from hard events, put fear in check and trust God to take the worst situations and bring about wonderful change and new life.

Most of my work takes place 50 miles away from home. I suffered job loss due to auto engine problems and no emergency fund in place. This was a scary place to be, however, in this, my eyes were opened up to a job that can be done from home and on my schedule. A job that, with some financial restructuring, can easily support us. I find myself having breakfast with the kids every morning and being able to spend meaningful time with them every evening. At the same time, I’m able to give a large part of myself to serving in different ministries within the church, which is an answered prayer in itself.

This is life today and I love it. I think I made the writeswitch and I’m not about to switch back.