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  1. 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar

In 25 years as a contractor with the Department of Defense, Carma Barr traveled all over — and she was sure one international dish would take off in Colorado Springs.

"Our restaurant is actually a spinoff of the English tradition of pie and mash, so we feature dinner pies and sausage rolls — and then our sweet pies, which is kind of the American twist on it," she said. Also on the menu: tapas and appetizers, salads, sandwiches, cocktails, liqueur coffees (and the regular stuff), hand-tied loose leaf teas, craft beer and wine. Colorado Springs is eating it up.

"We just want to offer people really good food and really good service — and we're independent, so we work really, really hard," she said. "What brings us the most joy is when we see people really enjoying our product. So when we hear that we won something, it's just icing on the cake for us. Wait — icing on the pie."

314sweetandsavorypi.com | 719-314-6172

2. Boonzaaijer's Dutch Bakery
dutchpastry.com | 719-264-0177

3. Marigold Café & Bakery
marigoldcoloradosprings.com | 719-599-4776

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  1. Kyle Blakely

Kyle Blakely is CEO of Blakely + Company, a full-service advertising agency in downtown Colorado Springs, and 2019's Best Boss. Blakely describes his leadership style as "more hands-off, because we are a smaller company and our team has quite a bit of experience. There is less need for coaching and teaching because our staff knows their job well, understands expectations and knows we need to respond quickly and effectively for our clients. Plus, because of our size, I manage a full client list so I am more involved in the day-to-day work for our clients, which requires a strong team with a good work ethic."

What makes a good boss? Blakely points to the example of the best boss he ever had.

"He was clear about his expectations and we knew that meant doing a great job for our clients," he said. "However, in times of stress, he would also point out that while what we were doing was important, we weren't saving the world and we just needed to focus on doing the best job possible. He was also a big proponent of a balanced life, having interests and activities outside of work that kept our energy up and minds fresh."

blakelycompany.com | 719-439-4890

2. [tie] Greg Walthour, Social SEO
socialseo.com | 719-725-6400

2. [tie] Newell Ledbetter, Newell Ledbetter Advertising
nlamedia.com | 719-635-9988

3. BJ Hybl, Griffis/Blessing
griffisblessing.com | 719-520-1234

Breakfast Restaurant

  1. 503W

Nina Lee knows why people keep coming back to 503W for breakfast.

"Originally 503 West was started to be different from what we would consider the standard — and our brunch is definitely a testament to that," she said. "We offer something different, unique, specialized, local and healthy — and I think a lot of people also really enjoy the fact that they're able to drink some really nice craft libations with our brunch."

The upscale eatery and craft bar on West Colorado Avenue offers plenty of hearty classics, along with distinctive dishes like Lucky Belly hash, or house-battered waffle chicken with bacon crumbles, arugula and lavender honey. Lee said she was "completely surprised" by the win.

"It's really awesome to be a part of the community and to be recognized by the community," she said, "and we're always so thankful for that support."

503w.co | 719-471-3370

2. Black Bear Diner
blackbeardiner.com | 719-314-3616

3. Cracker Barrel
crackerbarrel.com | 719-260-7721

Business Lunch

  1. Bonefish Grill

Proprietor Hank Trueblood calls Bonefish Grill "your local seafood destination in Colorado Springs — and a great place to have fun with your friends."

Bonefish Grill Colorado Springs has been open seven years, and is one of more than 200 locations nationwide. The company, which is "dedicated to responsible fishing practices and the healthy stewardship of the world's marine resources," is even partnering with The Nature Conservancy to help protect coral reefs and restore 1 million corals by 2025. Trueblood says Bonefish, which focuses on a seafood menu, plus steaks, gluten-free options and cocktails, boasts "an atmosphere that creates peak moments." The staff provides exceptional service by guiding guests through an innovative menu with seasonal specials featuring the highest-quality, fresh ingredients, he said.

bonefishgrill.com/locations/co/colorado-springs | 719-598-0826

2. 503W
503w.co | 719-471-3370

3. Cowboy Star Restaurant & Butcher Shop
cowboystarcs.com | 719-639-7440

Car Wash

  1. Quick Quack Car Wash

When you call Quick Quack Car Wash, you don't mind waiting on hold. Callers are regaled with various rap, country or other jingles all lauding the benefits of clean cars.

Quick Quack's theme is fun. After all, its website asks, "What's more fun than free vacuums?" Answer: The big yellow duck that's its logo and a light show while your car is going through the wash, according to its website.

And it's fast. A Quick Quack wash takes about three minutes and there are no lines or boring lobbies. And there's a "clean car guarantee" You look good and leave happy — that's the goal.

And the accolades in the Springs are echoed around the country. Quick Quack has won "best" awards in Sacramento, Roseville and Folsom, Calif., and Utah Valley, Utah. Now thanks to readers of the CSBJ, the chain can add the Springs to its list of awards.

dontdrivedirty.com | 888-772-2792

2. Water Works Car Wash and Detail
carwash-waterworks.com | 719-634-8536

3. Keep-m-Clean Car Wash
facebook.com/pages/Keep-M-Clean-Car-Wash/894742570621297 | 719-392-2250

Coffee Shop

  1. KaPow Comics & Coffee

"Maybe it's the atmosphere or the uncommonly great coffee," KaPow Comics and Coffee's website reads. "Whatever the case may be, just one visit and you will be hooked."

An avid collector, Martin Davidson — who owns KaPow along with his sister, Laura — dreamed of opening a comic book store when he retired from his teaching job, Laura said. He got the idea to combine comics with coffee from a similar store in Omaha, she said.

"We have fun with our specialty drinks. Our most popular is The Dark Side," Laura said. "People come in and enjoy the bright, sunny place and outdoor seating."

kapowcomicsandcoffee.com | 719-896-4376

2. Dutch Bros. Coffee
dutchbros.com | 541-955-4700

3. Pikes Perk Coffee & Tea House
pikesperk.com | 719-522-1432

Department of Defense Contractor

  1. Lockheed Martin

The winner of this year's Best Defense Contractor is a household name: Lockheed Martin.

More than 100 years old, the company has been at the forefront of aviation and aeronautics in the nation. Lockheed Martin is the combined weight of Glenn L. Martin Co. — founded in 1912 in Los Angeles — and the Lockheed Aircraft Co., founded the same year but 400 miles away.

Started at a church and in a garage, the combined company now is a leader in space, in airplane technology and in cybersecurity.

In Colorado Springs, Lockheed Martin's efforts support the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army at Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, as well as at Fort Carson Army Post.

lockheedmartin.com | 719-622-2300

2. Boecore, Inc.
boecore.com | 719-540-5635

3. [tie] Vectrus
vectrus.com | 719-591-3600

3. [tie] S4, Inc.
s4inc.com | 719-302-5564

Food Truck

  1. Big Papa's Grill

If you are looking for hot dogs with a side of humor, Big Papa's should be the go-to for food truck fare.

After working for decades at various big box stores, Tim Cox started small — with a hot dog cart. And now, he's operating what Colorado Springs Business Journal readers chose as the best food truck in the city.

"The hot dog cart — that was rough in the winter," he said. "So I traded up. The goal was to have a food truck within eight years, and I did it in two."

Big Papa's now has 11 employees, most of whom are part time. But they all have fun doing what they do.

That's part of the success, he says. The other part: a sense of humor combined with a lot of love.

"I genuinely care," he said. "If someone has a good meal with us, they'll come back again. And we try to make it a good experience as well. For instance, we have a hot dog called 'I dream of Weenie,' and that's always good for a laugh. So we try to have people leave feeling better than when they came to the truck."

facebook.com/BigPapasGrill | 719-492-3401

2. Black Forest Chew-Chew Gastrotruck
bfchewchew.com | 719-377-8247

3. Bison Brothers
bisonbrothersfoodtruck.com | 719-217-2123

Happy Hour

  1. 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar

3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar is a multiple award winner.

314sweetandsavorypi.com | 719-314-6172

2. Bonny and Read
bonnyandreadseafood.com | 719-896-4145

3. [tie] Bonefish Grill
bonefishgrill.com | 719-598-0826

3. [tie] MacKenzie's Chop House
mackenzieschophouse.com | 719-635-3536

Health & Fitness Center

  1. Hot Asana Studio

The team at Hot Asana Studio prides itself on meeting the needs of every client, no matter what their experience level.

"We want this to be inclusive — I really want people to walk through the door and feel like they're at home," said studio manager Liza Anderson, adding the first visit to any gym or studio can be daunting. "I want them to see someone ready to welcome them in and feel that they're really supported in their practice. Our classes are multi-level, so you'll have someone who's never practiced yoga before next to someone who's been practicing for 30 years. And that's a beautiful thing."

Hot Asana truly embodies its motto of "sweat and soul," Anderson said, and the award is "absolutely lovely, because Colorado Springs has a lot of yoga studios. I see this as less like a competition between studios and more as showing our clients love us and we love them."

hotasanastudio.com/colorado-springs | 855-996-YOGA

2. Life Time Fitness
lifetime.life/life-time-locations/co-colorado-springs.html | 719-266-9900

3. 24 Hour Fitness
24hourfitness.com | 719-262-0024

Home improvement

  1. Empire Roofing and Restoration

Colorado Springs residents know that, at least once a summer, there's bound to be a hailstorm. Hail damage to businesses and homes can be a nuisance, or a true emergency if windows or skylights are shattered.

Empire Roofing and Restoration has been helping owners repair the damage for nearly three decades. This family-owned company also installs new residential and commercial roofs and gutters; cleans up water, smoke, mold and sewer damage; and repairs and rebuilds homes and offices when necessary after a disaster strikes.

Key to the company's success are referrals, which are responsible for more than 70 percent of its business, Marketing Director Liz Enea said.

"Customer relationships are our biggest asset," she said. "We have a deep commitment to Colorado Springs and the Front Range. Every job, no matter the size, is important."

empireroofingandrestoration.com | 719-591-9200

2. Lowe's
lowes.com | 800-445-6937

3. Home Depot
homedepot.com | 800-466-3337

Local Attraction

  1. Garden of the Gods

If you ignored the unique, millions-of-years-old rock formations, a snowcapped Pikes Peak backdrop and the decades of history as a park, you'd still have plenty to explore at Garden of the Gods.

The Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center offers exhibits, shopping, a café and gallery. And once outside, visitors can experience miles of trails to hike or bike. Some may find they are just standing still admiring the view.

Year after year, Garden of the Gods has been recognized as one of the finest parks in the country — right up there with Central Park in New York City. But then again, Business Journal readers already knew that. 

gardenofgods.com | 719-578-6777 (Visitor Center)

2. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
cmzoo.org | 719-633-9925

3. U.S. Air Force Academy
usafa.af.mil | 719-333-2025 (Visitor Center)

Local tradition

  1. Festival of Lights Parade

Every December, there's only one way to kick off the holiday season: Grab a cup of hot chocolate, find a good seat and enjoy the Festival of Lights Parade.

The glowing, colorful parade is just one part of celebrating the December holiday season, which also includes cultural and artistic programs designed to delight people from every background.

Every year, more than 3,000 people decorate floats with lights, practice musical numbers and dance with flair to start the holiday season. The parade is a great way to cap off the weekend of events, which also includes Festival of Lights Family Fun Day at the Pioneers Museum.

Weather cooperating, you'll join about 60,000 people lining Tejon Street downtown to see it all happen — culminating with a visit from the Big Guy, Santa Claus.

coloradospringsfestivaloflights.com | 719-649-9111

2. Labor Day Lift-Off
coloradospringslabordayliftoff.com | 719-219-3333

3. Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo
pikespeakorbust.org | 719-635-3547


  1. Peter Husak, OfficeScapes

OfficeScapes' Peter Husak is such a good networker, he wrote a book about it.

Called "New Best Friends: Playground Strategies for Market Dominance," the book "shows the rules of social life do not differ much from the rules of business life, and by applying social rules to business relationships, readers can achieve business success," according to Amazon's book review.

Husak practices what he preaches.  He is deeply involved in the community. As owner of OfficeScapes and AdvantEdge Drywall, he also is a professional auctioneer for benefit and charity events and livestock. He's a past president of the Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo and a founding member of the Pikes Peak Posse. He is also a drillmaster for the Pikes Peak Rangerettes, according to his LinkedIn profile.

"Peter Husak is a visionary, driven leader who is one of the most respected and networked business executives in Colorado. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Peter on many projects and find him to be team-oriented and easy to work with. He always puts others' needs ahead of himself," said David White, formerly of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC.

officescapes.com | 719-574-1113

2. Julie Garner, InFront Webworks
infront.com | 719-577-4404

3. Rodney Gullatte Jr., Firma IT Solutions
firmaitss.com | 719-577-4404

Nonprofit Event

  1. Chocoholic Frolic

This year, the Chocoholic Frolic celebrated 25 years as fundraising event for Kidpower, a local nonprofit that helps youths learn "simple, effective People Safety."

Plus, it's about all things chocolate. What could be better than that? The event's Facebook page says it all: "Drizzled, baked, dipped, slathered, chocolate-in-the-middle, chocolate all-over-the-top: any way that Colorado Springs' top chefs, bakers and caterers can use chocolate will be yours for the tasting during Kidpower's annual Chocoholic Frolic."

The goal is to help Kidpower help local children grow stronger, gain confidence and learn about safety.

Basically, Kidpower teaches children how to be physically and emotionally safe, both with themselves and with others.

"Successful practice in age-appropriate role-plays can prepare young people to build stronger relationships, increase confidence, advocate for themselves and others, manage difficult situations and reduce their risk of bullying, abuse and abduction," said the Kidpower website.

And the Chocoholic Frolic is the way it happens.

kidpowercs.org | 719-520-1311

2. Heart Ball
ahacoloradosprings.ejoinme.org | 719-635-7688

3. Small Business Week
pikespeaksbdc.org/smallbusinessweek | 719-667-3803

Office Cleaning

  1. JAN-PRO of Southern Colorado

JAN-PRO of Southern Colorado prides itself on being "a different kind of commercial cleaning company" — with a reputation built on trust, reliability and excellence in cleaning. JAN-PRO offers customized commercial cleaning plans and dedicated support from cleaners who are franchise owners, not hourly employees.

"JAN-PRO is the largest commercial cleaner in Southern Colorado because we not only have the most satisfied customers but because we invest and partner with them," said COO Robert Posch. "While large, we are 100 percent family-owned."

JAN-PRO focuses on health, and caring for customers' building investment with hospital-strength cleaning products, a state-of-the-art disinfecting process, specialized equipment for enhanced indoor air quality, and methods for preventing cross-contamination. All franchise owners complete extensive training and have a personal stake in quality service.

"We create many veteran-, women- and minority-owned independent businesses and have been recognized for this by the Diversity Forum," Posch said. "In short, we are a community asset and resource."

jan-pro.com/socolorado | 719-264-1117

2. Master Klean
masterklean.com | 719-268-6743

3. [tie] Molly Maids
mollymaid.com/local-house-cleaning/co/colorado-springs-east.aspx | 719-638-7055

3. [tie] Clean and Green Cleaning Service
cleangreencolorado.com | 719-434-7964

Pet Services

  1. Wag N' Wash Natural Pet Food & Grooming

Wag N' Wash is known for its self-service wash (with shampoos, conditioners, leave-in conditioners, blow-dryers, towels and brushes for every hair type), full service grooming and in-store pet bakery — with birthday cakes. Natural pet foods, toys, treats, gear, beauty products and supplements round out the full "spoiling" experience.

"We're all about customer service and bettering the lives of companion pets through healthy lifestyles," said manager Kara Loehr. "It's all about education and helping pet parents understand the benefits of what we offer. Our duty is to recognize, promote and foster the positive impact companion pets have on all of us. We want to give the best service to everyone and make sure they leave here smiling."

The Best in Business honor "truly shows how much support we have in our community," she said, "and being a locally owned business, it's very important to us."

wagnwash.com | 719-457-9274 (Uintah location)

2. Buxton Veterinary Hospital
buxtonveterinaryhospital.com | 719-598-5377

3. East Springs Animal Hospital
eastsprings.com | 719-591-4545

Place for a Large Conference

  1. Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort

As an IACC-certified conference center and AAA 4-Diamond resort, Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort provides "the quintessential Colorado experience," Cheyenne Mountain Marketing Coordinator Ashley Stuard said. "Here, productivity is amplified by our passion for delivering genuine Colorado experiences and our unique combination of meeting spaces, breathtaking outdoor venues, award-winning cuisine and unparalleled production and technological capabilities. Nestled in the mountains, we are minutes away from adventure and relaxation, whether that's our on-site spa, golf, tennis, fitness, aquatics or watersports, or whether you venture into the nearby outdoors for ziplining, whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking and more."

With a dedicated team, Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs curates "the perfect attendee experience," Stuard said, with meeting packages, customized experiences, on-site audiovisual services, creative DMC planning and unique team-building opportunities.

cheyennemountain.com | 719-538-4000

2. DoubleTree
doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/colorado/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-colorado-springs-COSP-DT/index.html | 719-576-8900

3. The Broadmoor
broadmoor.com | 855-634-7711

Place for Out-of-Town Guests

  1. Garden of the Gods Resort & Club

With spectacular views, luxury accommodations and world-class dining, the Garden of the Gods Resort & Club is the place most of us want our out-of-town guests to visit — and stay.

The resort now features cottages and casitas for overnight visitors, and wellness services that attract international guests.

"We just received a four-diamond award," said Les Pedersen, vice president of sales and marketing for the resort. "We're very excited about that."

Owners Judy Mackay and Brenda Smith have remodeled the club, putting a lot of effort into its health and wellness facilities, Pedersen said.

"It's a great addition to the property, and it makes us unique in Colorado Springs," he said.

The spa and salon provides nine treatment rooms for a "tranquil and therapeutic experience" at the resort. In addition, there are meeting spaces, hotel rooms, restaurants and several larger cottages for longer-term stays.

It's a gem in Colorado Springs — and readers chose it as the top place to take out-of-town guests.

gardenofthegodsclub.com | 719-632-5541

2. Locked In Escapes
lockedinescapes.com | 719-424-7066

3. Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, A Dolce Resort
cheyennemountain.com | 719-528-4000

Place to Take A Family

  1. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is a multiple award winner.
cmzoo.org | 719-633-9925

2. Garden of the Gods
gagardenofthegods.com | 719-634-6666

3. Locked In Escapes
lockedinescapes.com | 719-424-7066

Place to Volunteer

  1. Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center

The Pikes Peak Small Business Development Center relies on local business volunteers to share their expertise with fledgling business owners and would-be entrepreneurs.

"There's been a lot of business growth in the community, and our consultants love to share how to be part of that growth," says Executive Director Aikta Marcoulier. "They've learned through their experiences and they want to give back to help others grow."

The concept is one of "economic gardening," she says. The SBDC works to use the expertise of those who actually built their own businesses to help others follow in their footsteps.

"They're creating jobs," Marcoulier said. "And we love them for that. They can give back, and because we can track their success, they know they are having a big impact. Plus, we're super fun."

The SBDC isn't all business, she says. It's also a great place to work and to volunteer.

"We aren't your traditional business office," Marcoulier said. "We aren't your traditional economic development office. We like to have fun. We just also like to keep up with community needs while we're having fun."

pikespeaksbdc.org | 719-667-3803

2. Springs Rescue Mission
springsrescuemission.org | 719-632-1822

3. Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado
careandshare.org | 719-528-1247

Place to Work

  1. Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region

Employees at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region are united in their love for animals, their compassion for clients, and their commitment to the safety and protection of people and animals.

"We always try to make sure our employees' safety is of utmost importance," said Gretchen Pressley, HSPPR community relations manager. "We also want them to feel valued. We try to make sure our employees feel included in everything, knowledgeable about the organization, and really proud to work here."

HSPPR is committed to encouraging new ideas, listening to all perspectives and fostering a learning environment.

"We have five core values that we really value in not only our employees but our volunteers, and everywhere across our organization. Those are compassion, stewardship, integrity, excellence and collaboration," Pressley said. "We want to be known as an organization that's inclusive and fair and transparent — and anything we can do to work together to achieve that is wonderful."

hsppr.org | 719-473-1741

2. Infront Webworks
infront.com | 719-577-4404

3. Griffis/Blessing
griffisblessing.com | 719-520-1234

Private Members Club

  1. 365 Grand Club

The 365 Grand Club bills itself as "an elite urban club offering you prime opportunities, discounts, and access to the best local businesses in Colorado Springs." Club Director Andrew Woehle describes it as "totally different — outside the box. We're an elite club in downtown Colorado Springs that caters to the common person. Most people can't afford a country club membership and enjoy all those benefits, but they can definitely afford 365 Grand Club and enjoy our great benefits."

Among them: unlimited access to three fitness centers, an indoor pool and hot tub (and soon, a rooftop pool); free door-to-door shuttle service; premium networking events; and discounts at 20 award-winning restaurants, two downtown hotels, shows, Switchbacks games and MX Spa. Being named in Best in Business is "really an honor," Woehle said. "We went to work on this club three years ago … and it was all about the club giving back to the community, giving back to the people."

365grandclub.com | 719-482-5692

2. The Club at Flying Horse
flyinghorseclub.com | 719-494-1222

3. Country Club of Colorado
cheyennemountain.com | 719-538-4080


  1. 3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar

3.14 Sweet & Savory Pi Bar is a multiple award winner.
314sweetandsavorypi.com | 719-314-6172

2. 503W
503w.co | 719-471-3370

3. Colorado Mountain Brewery
cmbrew.com | 719-434-5750


  1. Goosebumps Cryotherapy

Goosebumps Cryotherapy's whole-body chamber sets it apart from the open-faced saunas at other cryotherapy venues, Donna Mabon says. "We have the most advanced technology, so when people have tried the others and they come in and use this machine, it's so much better, so much more efficient and effective than the other machines," said Donna, who runs Goosebumps with sister Debbie. But she thinks the difference goes beyond that. "The other thing that really sets us apart when people walk in is that we kind of invite them into our little family fold here, and we spend time to find out why they're coming in, and really work to address their specific needs." Cryotherapy subjects the body to extremely cold temperatures for pain management, sports recovery, general health and well-being, anti-aging and weight loss, Donna said. And it attracts a loyal following. "Cryotherapy is one of those amazing things that really helps people reduce inflammation, reduce pain, helps them sleep better at night. We have everyone from retired military to athletes here, and everybody in between," she said. "We are really focused on helping everyone."

goosebumpscryotherapy.com | 719-434-8977

2. Beauty Bar
beautybar-inc.com | 719-473-8404

3. Colorado Springs Cryotherapy
coloradospringscryotherapy.com | 719-888-0444

Social Impact Company

  1. Handshake Leadership

CEO Erik Huffman says 2019 is Handshake Leadership's "best year ever following our best year ever." The business — also named Best Social Impact company in the 2018 Best in Business awards — focuses on organizational development, leadership development and cyber education consulting for schools, and offers solutions backed by academic research. That means doing everything from helping high schools develop world-class cybersecurity curricula to hosting cyber safety days at elementary schools, providing industry-level training to K-12 teachers and training Girl Scouts in cybersecurity.

"We're trying to work with more people and be more fearless as we continue to grow," Huffman said.

What sets the company apart, he said, is operating "on what we call 'purpose over profit.' It's not about the money we make — it's about the impact we create. It's about doing what's right; it's about creating change and being a positive influence on everybody we interact with."


2. Blue Star Recyclers
bluestarrecyclers.org | 719-597-6119

3. Mission Catering
missioncatering.org | 719-314-2361


  1. Berwick Electric

Locally owned and operated since 1921, Berwick Electric is a full-service electrical contractor, doing jobs not only in Colorado Springs, but across the country.

Owner Doug Berwick's dedication to quality is one reason Colorado Springs Business Journal readers selected him as the best subcontractor in Colorado Springs.

"Fast, efficient and excellent service is a tradition at Berwick Electric Co.," the company's website says. "Our fleet of fully stocked service vans provide 24-hour service to businesses and homeowners throughout the Pikes Peak region."

Not only do they work fast and do a great job, Berwick also supplies information about electrical needs for businesses through its blog. It provides advice about back-up generators and uninterruptible power supplies [back-up batteries] for businesses that can't afford to lose time or data to electricity outages.

Thanks to dedication, commitment and quality work, Berwick will be around for another 98 years.

Berwickelectric.com | 719-632-7683

2. AdvantEdge Drywall
advantedgedrywall.com | 719-433-7330

3. TechAxia
techaxia.com | 719-301-0169

Urban Redevelopment

  1. Ivywild School

Built as an elementary school in 1916, the Ivywild School was closed and put up for sale by Colorado Springs School District 11 in 2009. Today, it's a bustling community gathering place, and home to many local businesses, including Bristol Brewery, Old School Bakery, The Principal's Office espresso and cocktail bar, Yobel Market, Loyal Coffee Roasters, Ivywild Kitchen, concert curator Ivywild Music, and Axe & the Oak Whiskey. Joe Coleman, Mike Bristol and architect Jim Fennell partnered to redevelop the historic property, with a vision of linking sustainable commerce and community, and reviving the surrounding neighborhood. The Ivywild School has retained its distinctive features, with reimagined spaces, wide hallways and multiple patios creating a communal atmosphere. From the beginning, Fennell said, "the idea was to create a functional space to align business and the environment."

ivywildSchool.com | 719-368-6100

2. Bristol Brewing Company
bristolbrewing.com | 719-633-2555

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Can changing the mental frame change the game for recovering addicts? Todd Sylvester shares his inspiring... - Deseret News

Posted: 18 Jun 2019 04:05 PM PDT

Editor's note: The following is a transcript of the episode. It's been edited for clarity.

Boyd Matheson: Addiction in all its forms is inflicting damage on individuals, families and communities in epidemic proportions. The scourge has been faced with myriad methods, treatments and programs. Sadly, relapse is more common than recovery. Can changing the mental framing for current alcoholics or those addicted to or dependent on drugs change the game? Todd Sylvester offers hope, healing and a path to transcending current negative behavior on this episode of "Therefore, What?"

"Therefore, What?" is a weekly podcast that breaks down the news while breaking down barriers, challenges you and the status quo, explores timely topics and timeless principles, and leaves you confident to face what's next. I'm Boyd Matheson, opinion editor for the Deseret News. And this is "Therefore, What?"

All right, we're very pleased today to be joined by Todd Sylvester. Todd Sylvester inspires. This is a conversation that matters to me, it's a conversation that we don't have nearly enough. And that is all-around addiction and recovery. And Todd, we've known each other for a number of years, you've got an extraordinary story. And you hear people a lot of times, especially in the addiction and recovery space, talk about making lemons out of lemonade. That's one of those common things that people like to brag about. But you had a lemonade stand experience that literally changed the direction of your life. Tell us about that.

Todd Sylvester: Absolutely. And thanks for having me, Boyd. And it's been great to know you over the years. And it's an honor to be on this today. Yeah, I had an amazing experience that changed the course of my life forever at a lemonade stand. You know, I was in the process of trying to get clean, I was addicted to alcohol and other drugs, I had done everything under the sun. But even worse than that I was just a miserable person. I honestly had thoughts of not wanting to be here, wanting to end my life, which kind of goes hand in hand with addiction, you get that hopeless feeling. And I was really struggling. And at the same time, I was a bartender, which is not good for an alcoholic. At the time I thought it was great, free booze, you know, this is awesome. But as a bartender, I got tips from the waiters and waitresses and then also anyone that would sit at the bar, and I got really good at getting tips. I'd always give the first drink free. And so it would always guarantee me a pretty good tip. I'd also get a lot of change, people would leave change and so I'd keep this change in the cup holders of my car, like nickels, dimes, and quarters. And you know, I was kind of like in relapse mode. I had a really amazing experience with a friend. You know, I had said a prayer for the first time in my life asking for help. And I actually received some help. But from that point, up until this moment at the lemonade stand, I was still really struggling. This voice in my head was telling me I was pathetic and no good. And you'll never be clean. And you know, just this vicious cycle of misery.

And I'll never forget it. I was driving. It was on a Saturday, it was a beautiful sunny day. And I was driving out of my neighborhood. And out of the corner of my eye I see this little girl selling lemonade. No big deal. I drive right on past. And I had this impression come over me, this like, you know, turn around and give her all the money in your car. And at this time I had about $40 with quarters, nickels and dimes. It was what you always refer to as it was one of those Kairos moments. But I didn't know it at the time. Like, well, that'd be cool to give this girl all this money. So I flipped my car around and I pull up and there's this cute little fourth grade girl sitting there, you know, smiling and I said, how much, and she said, 25 cents. I said, I'll take one so she pours it, you know, hands it to me said I set it on the dash and I tell her to cup her hands. And I said cup your hands, hold on, and I start scooping all this money into her hands, right? And she's freaking out. She's like, no way. I'm like, hold on, I got more, you know, and I just keep scooping and it takes me like eight or nine scoops to get all of it. And I'm getting every little one I can find, like here's more. And she's just freaking out. And she's just beaming. And the last scoop, she drops on a table and runs into her house. And in my mind, I'm thinking she's gonna go tell her parents some dude just gave her a million bucks. And as I pull away, you know, for the listeners out there. I don't know if you've ever cried so hard you feel like you're cleansing your soul. This was a soul-cleansing cry. I have to pull my car over. And I just started to cry. And for the first time I could ever remember I actually made someone's day. Because as a drug addict, you become very self-centered. It's like, I'm going to rob from you, I'll cheat you, I'll manipulate you to get what I want. And here I am doing something, I made this girl's probably decade, right? And I have to put my car in park because I'm crying so hard. And I just put my face in my hands and sob. And I cry for like, I don't know, a long time. It felt like 20 minutes. And in that moment, I felt like I mattered. I wanted to be clean. I wanted to help other people. I'm like, I want to do this again. And you know, a lot of addicts kind of have this mentality of all or nothing, right? And I had it and I still do. I'm all in or I'm all out and I said if this girl's there next Saturday, I'm going to give her all my money. So on purpose, the next Saturday I drive by and sure enough, there she is selling lemonade. And I give her all my money again. And I do this every Saturday for the next 2 1/2 months. And every time I pull away from there, I start to cry again.

And this desire of being clean, and wanting to be good, and realizing I am good was just, you know, sitting in my soul again and igniting — there's a famous quote by Ferdinand Foch. He says the most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire. This lit my soul on fire. And so that was kind of the experience in a nutshell. But yeah, it really did change the course of my life.

BM: Amazing what can happen at a lemonade stand. And just so you know, I have taken that to be my new mode. I did it just yesterday. I flew back in from Japan, I was driving home, there was a lemonade stand in my neighborhood and I just emptied the cup holder. So we're paying it forward, just a little bit. You hit so many things in there, Todd. So many people who are addicted, or who have some of those challenges, they do get in that vicious cycle. Because on one hand, they are being very selfish and very self-centered, manipulative, lying, cheating, all of those things that happen. And at the same time, their sense of self-worth is just gone. And I think it's why recovery is such a challenge. And it's so hard to really help people get on that path. But you've really made it your life's work to help people get on that path. And so let's talk about that for a minute. Tell us about the kinds of things you're doing.

TS: Sure. So, you know, one of the things I'm very passionate about is belief systems. You know, we all have a belief system. And our belief system's got a lot of good in it. And there's some negative things and irrational things in our beliefs. And this goes along with everybody. Drug addicts' belief system is, it's probably 90 percent irrational and negative versus the 10 percent that may be positive or somewhat good. And the reason why I'm passionate about belief systems is because belief dictates the way we behave every time. And so what I do is, with clients, or if I'm speaking to a group, I focus on the belief system, not the behavior. So if I'm sitting in front of a heroin addict, duh, don't do heroin anymore. That's easy to say that, right? Stop doing that. Well, no, it's like why do you do that? What's the underlying belief that you have about yourself? It's the story you tell yourself about yourself. And that story has been playing over and over in our heads, typically with a drug addict, for decades sometimes. And it becomes their reality, it becomes their belief. Right? And so what I try and do is I go in, and I unravel that fairy tale story. And I call it a fairy tale, because it isn't real. You know, I was a liar, cheater, thief, criminal, manipulator when I was using.

But to my core, and it chokes me up, it's not who I am. And what I love to do with someone who's struggling with drug addiction is scraping all that away. Who are you really to your core? And I always try to remind them when you were this tall, you know, for your listeners, I'm, you know, like when you're 1 or 2 years old. Who were you then? And they start listing off these qualities. That's who you are. But you've created a story from there until now that's irrational. And so that's one of my favorite things to do, is to unravel that story and go, see, you've been telling yourself a lie this whole time. And that's what I did with me. I was telling myself a lie the whole time.

BM: So I want to drill down on that a little bit, because part of your approach that I really love — there's lots of great programs out there that do a lot of good.They all have components that work. Some better, some less better. But you have something that I think is so critical, and that is some of the programs often have people label and identify themselves as I'm an addict, I'm an alcoholic, and it becomes part of their introduction. And you take a very different approach to that. Tell us why.

TS: Well, labels are cages, or I should say they can be. Labels can also set us free, you know. So one of my favorite things to do, again, if I'm sitting in front of a drug addict, one of my clients, and they'll say, yeah, I'm an alcoholic. And I'll say, well, did you have a drink today? And they'll say, no. Did you have one yesterday? No. And I'll say so are you really right now? And the truth is, you're clean, right? At this moment, you're clean. But yet you label yourself a drug addict, or an alcoholic. Now I get the reasoning behind it. I'm not denying that I've got a problem. On Aug. 5 this year, I'll be clean 30 years. But I know that if I go to a bar tonight and drink, I'm back in my addiction again. But I'm clean. I am clean. It's possessive. I really believe that.

You know, if it's OK, if I can take a little liberty and share a story. It proves this point so powerfully. So I had a wonderful opportunity back in December to speak at the Utah State Prison. OK, and I've never spoken there before. I've spoken to detention centers and this and that. This was something brand new and I'll be honest, I was nervous. So I get there. I have to do a background check. Have to walk through a metal detector. All the doors. There's three guards there. And they're like, OK, we're going to go in the gymnasium. They'll be probably 125 inmates. And I'm like, really, whoa. And they said, if something goes down, make sure you're standing by one of us. And I'm like, is there something going to go down? So anyway, no pressure. So we get in there. And it's a cinderblock gymnasium. It's just small, little, you can hear every little sound, every chair movement, everything. And they have three of the inmates give five minutes each about their story before I get up there. And they want me to take an hour and a half. And I'm sitting there going, my goodness. Am I going to be able to do this? This is like freaking me out a little bit. My heart's pounding. And I'll tell you what, when I stood up after these three guys went before me, they set the stage man, they had these guys like, in the palm of their hand. They were all listening. I kid you not, there was not one guy talking to their neighbor. It was like eyes on me, focused. It was the most really, truly I've never felt so much humility. It was amazing. Well, I share my story. You do a lot of speaking events, Boyd where, you know, you've kind of got the audience, you've got them. That's what it felt like. I'm like, man, these guys are listening to everything. And I have this impression again, ask them this question. So I asked them, how many of you are criminals? Raise your hand. Every hand goes up, right? And they're looking at me like, dude, we're in a prison. And I said, why are you lying to yourselves? I said, why are you lying? And the hands start to slowly go down. And they're still looking at me like, what are you talking about? We're in prison. I said, how many of you by the show of hands committed a crime today? Raise your hand right now. Not one hand goes up. I said, how many of you committed a crime yesterday, not one hand goes up. And I said, see, you have been lying to yourself. And then I asked them these questions. I said, how many of you've told the truth today? And it looked like every hand went up, there might have been a couple didn't go up, but every hand goes up. And then I said, how many of you have followed the rules today? Every hand goes up. I said, how many of you have done the right thing when no one was looking today? I'm not kidding. Every hand went up. And then I said, how many of you have shown respect to your cellmate today? Every hand goes up. And I said, see, you guys just told me you're honest, you have integrity. You're caring and you're respectful. And you've been calling yourselves criminals.

Boyd, had I not been there I wouldn't have believed it myself. I got a standing ovation for three minutes. And it was this loud, because it was cinderblock, it was crazy. And there was this one guy like waving his arms flagging me down. He goes, can I come give you a hug? I'm like, absolutely. And he comes up and hugs me. And afterwards, everyone was saying we've never heard that before. And I said, you label yourself a criminal, then guess what? You're a criminal. Believe that you have it, and you have it. It's an old Latin proverb, right? So stop it. Yes. You've committed criminal behavior. Let's don't deny that. Let's own it. Yeah, I screwed up. But today, you're clean. Why don't we say that we're clean, that we're good. We're not criminals. We're whole right now. And focus on that. So that's why I'm passionate about, you know, labeling ourselves the correct way, I guess is a way to put it. So thanks for letting me share that.

BM: I love that. It's interesting. You probably could have also told them that there were probably very few places in America that could answer those questions the way they did. Whether that was in a business, whether that's in the halls of Congress, or wherever it is, there were probably a lot of people who didn't tell the truth on that day, or lied or hadn't treated the spouse or a child well. So they may have been the far superior in terms of behavior for that day, for that moment.

So let's continue down that path. Because I do think it's so important that we do get the right framing, in terms of dealing and for our listeners today, whether you're struggling, whether you got a spouse, or a child, or a grandchild, or a neighbor or a colleague at work that you know is struggling, these are all things that can be helpful. And I think sometimes we sort of shrug our shoulders a little bit, it's like, well, you know I know Mary's got a problem, or I know Dave is struggling. But a lot of times we don't know what to do. We don't know how to start the conversation. Give us some insight there.

TS: That's a great question. And I hear this question more than any other question, it seems like. I've got a friend or I've got my son or a daughter who's struggling, I don't even know what to say to them. You know, and that is a tough thing, because it's so sensitive. Because typically the person who's struggling, typically I say this, not everybody. They're very guarded about it. They get very defensive. And so the person getting ready to ask the question knows that I'm going to be faced with some confrontation here, right. So here's the thing, and everyone's looking for this magic way of, and it really is sitting down and going, I need to share my truth with you. And saying it like that really kind of sets a different kind of tone, almost. And I've put this to the test, where I just want to share my truth with you. And then it's like, I'm worried about you. And here's why. And then you list this off. It's literally about just doing it. Because a lot of times the fear is unwarranted. Afterwards you're like, yeah, there was some confrontation. But I feel so good that I spoke my truth to them, right? Because we don't want to go to bed that night not sharing our truth. Had we, we could have maybe saved someone's life.

Maybe they needed to hear it, even though they were defensive. They still deep down are going I'm so glad they said something. And it's literally like, I'm here to help you, but you're going to have to do it. And that's the other hard part is, you hear this all the time. Well, they're going to have to want to change. It's true. At the end of the day, the person is going to have to want to do that. And the other thing I'd add to that. So first, have the conversation. Be willing to just have the courage to just do it. You're not perfect at it. But you'll be surprised how good you'd be at it.

BM: And then just as you get into that second point, I just want to re-emphasize because I think this is so important, is that we do have to get comfortable having the uncomfortable conversations. That's a big part of that program to begin. But when you're talking about truth, when you're talking about principles, rather than just the behavior, it sort of shifts the conversation where that person who may be addicted or dependent on something, they're not going to feel attacked because you're not going after their behavior. You're not trying to fix them. You're just creating space for that principle conversation to start happening.

TS: Thank you for pointing that out. That is very well said. The second point is, is once you've kind of established this, I'm sharing my truth. And you know you have them, at least they're listening is, is I always like to ask the question, who are you? And most people can't answer that question. If you were to randomly ask people on the road, who are you? They'd be like, I don't know. Because we don't usually ask that question. But it's an interesting one. If you think about it, when we're little kids, we know who we are. We may not be able to articulate it because we're young kids, but deep to our heart, we know who we are. And we lose sight of that. I said that wrong. We forget it. Sorry, we don't lose it. We forget, we never lose. And that's one of the things I like telling someone who needs the help. Like, who are you really to your core? And I'll even go back. Who were you when you were this tall? Again, listeners. I'm like, you know, 1, 2 years old. And it causes them to reflect and if they're being genuine, at that point I was honest, I was joyful. I was brave. I was courageous, I was teachable. And I go, where did you get those characteristics? Where do they even come from? And you want to get them to go to that point where I was just born with them? Because that's the truth. Yeah. And then it's like, see, that's who you really are. And this behavior you're doing right now? I know you, deep down you don't want to keep doing this. And so I have found those that little simple thing, it's like the wall comes down. It doesn't always go that way. But most of the time, you'd be surprised how open the person is to that type of conversation.

BM: It's an important thing for us to recognize in a lot of those settings. I think we sort of have this mind, we either have the mindset of this big massive intervention moment where, you know, we're going to read them the riot act, and you know, take them off somewhere. But I think a lot of times it is just asking the questions, being willing to listen and to have a different kind of dialogue. Again, not just on the behavior. Every addict knows that their behavior is bad, right? They really know that. So you don't need to tell them that over and over and over again, they get that. But when you start reminding them, and I'm glad you use that term, remind them who they are. And those principles, it's very easy, where they can start saying, yeah, I'm not in alignment with who I really am. And I would remind our listeners that this applies every bit as much to those who aren't dealing with an addiction or substance issue. That these are the same things when we talk about what makes us so that we're not happy, things that prevent us from having meaningful, deep relationships, that allow us to express our talents and abilities in unique and powerful ways like we're supposed to be doing. It often starts with this kind of conversation.

I know you've got a couple of resources and tools, you do a lot of things in terms of a coaching format, which I am a big fan of because it is how real change and accountability happens. But you also have some other resources. I know you got a book coming out in July ."I Am Recovered." Tell us about the title of that.

TS: Yes, a great title, "I Am Recovered." It chokes me up again. I apologize. You know, one of the things that's taught in the addiction world is you'll always be in recovery. And I get the reasoning behind it. I mean, I get the point is you don't want to deny and say, well, you know, I get it, if I go back to drinking I'm in trouble. But I think what it does is to me that seems like that's a long life sentence. You know, I'm going to be in recovery the rest of my life. And I really believe, Boyd, that you can be recovered. Like, it's game over. It's done. Now, again, I really believe I'm recovered. It's over. I will not drink again. I'm smart enough to know that I'm not going to go hang out at the bar tonight. I'm not going to go hang around people who are doing drugs, per se, I'm not going to do that. I'll go help people in those areas, for sure, all day long. But it's a mindset. It's again, belief dictates behavior. If I truly believe I'm recovered, man, and it's a powerful, powerful thing that will propel me in the right direction, right? And I'm not saying this in an arrogant way — look at me, I'm recovered. It's more of that belief system internally, because I wasn't born a drug addict. I wasn't born to shoot heroin in my arms. That's not why I'm here. So it's just about, no, I'm, I'm recovered. Or in other words, again, I know who I am. That's a powerful place to be. And so that's why that title means so much. It's a mindset. It's like, this is who I am moving forward.

BM: That's such an important lesson for all of us to take in. Again, so often, whether it's diet, or drugs or relationships, or pick your poison there. So often we get wrapped around these inappropriate labels, inappropriate judgment that always puts us in a position of being less than. I think one of the real challenges in our society is we have so much comparison going on anyway, between, you know, the perfect pictures that everyone's posting on Facebook, or Instagram or whatever social media channel they're on, that it causes us to always be comparing to something else. And whether that's comparing to the life that other people have, or comparing to what we think we should be or could be, as opposed to what we are.

I always say that looking at your life through comparison is always fatal vision. And so I really love and appreciate that you have chosen this word recovered. Because that does give you power and it allows you to function from a position of strength, so that you can deal with issues. Again, it's not about being in denial that everything's fine and dandy. But it puts you in a position of strength. Talk about some of your experiences with some of your clients, in terms of getting them to that moment where they are no longer functioning as an addict, in a position of weakness, less than and being recovered or empowered or moving forward?

TS: That's a great question. You know, there's several that come to mind, but one that I just recently had, this kid who he was an alcoholic, and also a drug addict. He was doing heroin and alcohol, you know, just tag-teaming them. And when I met with him he had gone through detox, and he'd been clean for I think he was going on day 7, which was a very good place for him to be in. And I said, well, why are you here? My first question, he goes because I can't stop doing drugs. And I said, oh, really? I said, did you do drugs today? He goes, no. And I go, did you do them yesterday? No. Did you do the day before? No. Did you do on the day before? No. I go, did you hear what you just said? You're here because you can't stop. But you've stopped. Again, not denying that there's an issue here. There's a lot to dig into. But I hit him right off the bat with that. And it was just like, I've never thought of it that way. And I think that we have this amazing gift of agency. It's a gift, man. And I think we take it for granted how powerful that can be. Both negatively and positively. And this kid, it was like this light bulb turned on. And he was like, yeah, I have stopped. And so again, I'm trying to lay this foundation to start to stand your life on again. OK. OK. So I can choose to not use today? Yes, you can. You really, truly can. And you did. And you've actually chose the last seven days to do that. And here you are, you're not jumping the fence to get out of here to go use. I mean, look at you, you're sitting here even. How did you do that? And he's like, I'm choosing to stay. And so it's again, it's about looking at it for what it really truly is. And so those little things like that leading them forward.

The other thing I talked about is you're not powerless, you're actually powerful. You know, we have this bottled water between Boyd and I. If that was vodka, yeah, OK, it's vodka. I don't have to grab it. It doesn't have power over me. It's a liquid. It's in a plastic container. It doesn't control me. I'm in charge of me. I might have the thought of, oh, I'd like to maybe drink that. The thought comes in. But I'm not that thought. And that's the other thing I teach my clients, you're not that. So I don't have to go grab it and put it to my lips and drink it. I don't have to and I can choose not to, even though the thought was there. And then you learn how to, you know, kind of segregate from that thought. Realizing that's not me. I can choose not to grab it, which I do.

BM: I think those choices are so important. I want to talk for a minute, because I think this is all interconnected. Because often we talk about relapse. And that's sort of the peak and valley of addiction and dependence. It's also my yo-yo diet and a host of other new year's resolutions that don't make it past Jan. 21. But that's a pattern for a lot of us in terms of just that. We get committed to something, we get going and then we either get distracted or discouraged or frustrated or feeling less than, and then we kind of throw it all out the window. And so talk to me for a minute about how you prevent that. And then how do you get to the point where, because you described this earlier, you talked about this life sentence of recovery, which I love the visual of that. Because for a lot of us, again, whether it's diet, or dependence, we sort of feel like we gotta white-knuckle our way through everything. We gotta just hang on for one more day. And that's impossible. How do we get past that?

TS: Well, I think it's about overcoming some ignorance, OK, and I don't mean this in a derogatory way, meaning, if we don't understand something fully, then a lot of times that information, or lack of, will control us in a negative way. So for a simple example, I don't like the word sober. Because the definition of sober is the periods in between using. So if I say I'm sober, I'm saying I'm in between the period before I drink again. I like the word clean. Clean is, again, recovered. I'm done. It's game over. I'm not white-knuckling it. I've made the decision. I'm not counting days. You know, I think it was Tony Robbins that says if you're counting the days, it's not lasting change. And I know there's people out there that do that. And I have no problem counting the days if you're celebrating, hey, I made it a year. This is amazing. Good for you. I'll be the first one to celebrate with you. But if I'm counting every second, white-knuckle, holding on for dear life, it's because really what I'm saying is I'm not done. So that plays a huge part in that, honestly, is understanding what we're really saying here and overcoming it. And we talk about these simple little, well quit saying sober. Say you're clean. You're done. It's game over. And at first people are like, what? They think I'm crazy. But again, what I'm trying to teach them is how powerful they are. And they knew it again when they were 1, 2, this tall, just a little kid. They know it to their core. And we've just forgotten. So that's all I'm doing is going back to that. And you're right. It's not just about addiction. It's about anything in our life, right? Anything. It's about understanding who we really are. And then we have the power to overcome those certain things.

BM: That's fantastic. And I know you have a belief cast. Not a podcast, but a belief cast, which I love. And we'll get this up on our website as well in terms of where people can go in and get some of those resources that you've been talking about today.

You know, the podcast is "Therefore, What? And so this is the moment where we ask the "Therefore, What?" question. So people have been listening to this podcast for 25 minutes or so now. What's the "Therefore, What?" What do you hope people think different? What do you hope they do different after listening to this podcast?

TS: Great question. And what I'm hoping is that anyone who's out there who's struggling or has a family member who's struggling is that we are powerful human beings. We do need help and we always will be in a position where we need help. I mean, I wouldn't be sitting here had I not had several hundred people helping me. But at the end of the day, what I'm hoping people will walk away with is that I am a powerful human being. Not an arrogant or cocky, but a humble, confident, capable, teachable, brave human being. And I want you to start labeling yourself those things. I am those things and add your name to it. I, Todd, am capable. I, Todd, am brave. I, Todd, am teachable. Versus I am broken, I am damaged, I am an alcoholic, I'm less than, I'm not good enough, I'll never make it, you know. And so that's really my big hopefully takeaway for your listeners is they'll hold on to that and start telling themselves the truth versus the fairy tale lie.

BM: ToddSylvesterInspires.com is the place to gather all the information there. And again, whether this is for yourself, for a loved one, a spouse, a colleague, a neighbor, a friend, these are principles, which is what we love to focus on on this "Therefore, What?" program. Because principles drive behavior, and that's how we really make transformation and are able to really do and fulfill everything that we're capable of.

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