ABOUT CHUCK DODGE

ABOUT CHUCK DODGE

A few years ago a friend described me in one word, “connector”. I thought about it and he was right, I am the connector. I help people connect with others or resources that they may need. From this, I started my business, Making The Connection. It is important to connect in all areas of our lives. We need to connect with our talents, abilities, resources, our purpose, and God. Recently, my choices have created undesirable circumstances.

However, I have had to re-connect with “Possibilities Beyond Circumstances.” What is possible for me, what is possible for you? It is creating a paradigm shift, seeing our life in a new way. Collaborating with others to create desired results.

It is through my speaking and training sessions that I help people change their perspective.

MY DREAM

My dream is to Ignite the Pioneering Spirit Within Us. It is the spirit of being an entrepreneur, a collaborator, a trailblazer, and creating your own brand. It is within this framework that we will create meaningful work for ourselves and the world. My business,  Making The Connection is focused on helping individuals discover, develop, and display their talent and be more expressive with their talents, skills and abilities.

This is accomplished through my premier programs: Think On Your Feet workshops, the Disc personal profile and my presentation of Possibilities Beyond Circumstances.  As a Toastmaster and Inspirational Speaker since 1995, I am committed to helping people create the abundant life they deserve in spirit, mind and body. Recently, I have branded myself as Mr. Enthusiasm.

It is through my speaking and training sessions that people change their perspective about their lives.

  • Chuck Dodge

Biography

From the 3rd grade to 7th grade, my brothers and I were in and out of foster homes. My decisions started while in high school. In ninth grade, my Latin teacher, Vera Self told me I could be a teacher, specifically a Latin teacher. I ignored her valuable information. I was from a poor family and did not think I was smart enough to go to college. I told no one. After high school I entered the Air Force. I was very successful and was discharged (after 3 years/ 10 months) as a Staff Sergeant (E-5).

In 1980, after working for the State of Michigan for eight years as a computer operations supervisor (6 years) and a data systems analyst (2 years), I made a decision to leave my government job. I went from being an employee to being an entrepreneur – and failed miserably. For the next 10 years I had over 30 jobs and lived in seventeen different places.

I was searching and did not know what I was searching for. In 1982, I met my mentor, Walt Reynolds. WWalt, introduced me to personal development, specifically READING. Throughout the next several years, he helped me discover my mission. Through the next several years, he helped me discover my mission.

On one particular day in 1992, travelling to Borders’s book store in Novi, we created my mission statement:  To help people discover the truth about their extraordinary capabilities and create the abundant life they deserve in spirit, mind and body. That is it. We have the seeds of greatness, now let’s bloom where we are planted.

In the 90’s I began my career as a speaker. It is enjoyable to share ideas with others that can help them create what they want.  In 1994 and 1995, I spoke in high schools.

EARLY SPEAKING CAREER

My speaking has included work with: All State, Taco Bell, Citizen’s Bank, Troy Public Library, Garrow Loftis Real Estate, Davenport University, ITT Technical Institute (Troy), Rotary, Kiwanis, Optimist Clubs, Career Alliance, Community Education  and several other groups.
I am the promoter of three books: Think On Your Feet, Integrity, and The Vision of Habakkuk.

QUOTES

  1. There are no ordinary moments.
  2. This moment is the only thing that matters.
  3. Wake up! If you knew for certain you had a terminal illness…if you had little time left to live…you would waste precious little of it. Well, I’m telling you…you do have a terminal illness: It’s called birth. You don’t have more than a few years left. No one does! So be happy now, without reason…or you will never be at all.
  4. The first realization of a warrior is not knowing.
  5. Every action has its pleasure and its price.
  6. You haven’t yet opened your heart fully, to life, to each moment. The peaceful warrior’s way is not about invulnerability, but absolute vulnerability…to the world, to life, and to the Presence you felt. All along I’ve shown you by example that a warrior’s life is not about imagined perfection or victory; it is about love. Love is a warrior’s sword; wherever it cuts, it gives life, not death.
  7. Find the love in what you do.
  8. Everything has a purpose. It’s up to you to find it.
  9. If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.
  10. Some people live their whole lives without ever waking up.
  11. Knowledge is not the same as wisdom. 
  12. I call myself a Peaceful Warrior…because the real battles we fight are on the inside.
  13. Find your answers from inside. 
  14. Pain is a relatively objective, physical phenomenon; suffering is our psychological resistance to what happens. Events may create physical pain but they do not in themselves create suffering. Resistance creates suffering. Stress happens when your mind resists what is…the only problem in your life is your mind’s resistance to life as it unfolds.
  15. Those who are hardest to love are the ones who need it most. 
  16. Throw out everything that is keeping you from this moment. 
  17. Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. What are you? This moment. 
  18. There is never nothing going on. 
  19. Three principles of reality: Paradox, Humor, and Change. 
  20. There is only the journey.

Chuck Dodge