Friday, June 22, 2012

Don’t Be Scared, Competition is Good


I love good competition in the workplace and on the field of play. No matter what job you have or sport you play in it is going to be there. This applies athletes, supervisors, employees and surprisingly in life.

If you want to succeed in fishing, no matter what you do or where you go there is always going to be competition on and off the water. There are going to be other anglers ready and willing to hand you a loss or even work harder for a sponsor than you do. If you are number one, you are who everyone else is chasing.


Photo Courtesy of James Overstreet

What about in the creation of a “newfangled” gadget that is going to change the outdoor market forever? You are dang right, you are going to have competition and they are going to challenge you in more ways than you ever could image. In the stores, at shows and maybe in the courtroom. I say stick that chest out and dive head first into the battle.

Some people don’t see the competition in the work place as a positive. You might want to get a certain promotion in your current job or position, but you are scared of who else could be trying for that same promotion. You must have better knowledge, good training and more education than everyone. Make others look your way!  Don’t take the time to look over your shoulder at who is after you and wanting your job. Show your boss you are the best!

Some people believe there is no competition in life, but I must beg to differ. There is going to be competition every day in your life. There will always be people that can do a bunch of things better than you. Now you know the truth, so strive every day to be better than all those people who dare call you the competition.

THANKS FOR READING….. Branch


About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.



Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dang it, why do we get so attached to our pets?


I kept wondering, someone please give me an answer to my dilemma. I keep asking myself, “Why do we (pet owners) smile so big with joy when we come home to find our dog waiting for us?”  We’ve only been gone an hour to run up to the grocery store, but right there by the door or looking out the window there he is waging his tail. Then one day we start to speak to them in voices we never knew we had in ourselves. Then he will bark and growl back at us trying to communicate directly back to us.
Yep, that’s right; our dogs are family to us.  They will always love us no matter what.  So you think you are having a bad day; not at our house. Our dogs have always lifted up our spirits. When you are having a tough day he will always be there for us. They don’t care about your day.  They’re the ones that are by our side, in our bed, by our feet, just waiting for your hand to come down to touch them.
Yes, Kim and I are dog people. We know our guys love us no matter who we are and what we have done. They just love us. And it’s just natural for them and us.
We have had a rough week, but we are getting better every day. It helps that we have Jake and he loves snuggling with us. We both know that Scout is in a better place running and playing with some of our friends, furry pals without any pain. In my imagination he is lying beside the lake in a green pasture soaking wet waiting to jump in GOD’s lake to retrieve the next ball to be thrown his way….
Thanks for the time buddy; I will see you again someday in heaven….

THANKS FOR READING….. Branch

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their lab “Jake”.






Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Today we remember June 6, 1944

Information copied from web site: http://www.army.mil/d-day/ 








 Remembering D-Day - June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 Ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high -more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded -- but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler. 




THANKS FOR READING….. Branch

About the author: Tom Branch, Jr. is a freelance outdoor writer and full time Lieutenant/Firefighter-Paramedic with over 27+ years of service with the Gwinnett County Fire Service in Georgia.  He has been working and consulting in the Outdoor Industry for over 17 years and is currently creating and managing a pro fishing team, developing new products, promoting products through demonstrations, designing packaging, and participates in different forums, radio & television shows.  Tom and his wife, Kim are supporters and volunteers with Operation One Voice. They live north of Atlanta near Braselton, GA with their two labs “Jake” and “Scout".