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Markel Group is a family of companies guided by a collection of values that we call the Markel Style. Over the last 90 years, these values helped us evolve from a regional transportation insurance company to a global Fortune 500. It's takes generations of people to keep values like these alive, and we thought we should share the stories of some of the people who do just that.
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A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom from Paul Markel: Professional Educator and Trainer, Amazon Best-Selling Author, United States Marine, Television and Radio Host. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset to help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being.
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Welcome people. My name is Markel Mcdonald and this is my podcast. I'm a random guy from south London that loves to play with my thoughts. So why not share them with the WORLD! Peace and love!
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Elizabeth Pitts from State National won a Markel Style Award in 2023. This is the story of how she embodies the values in the Markel Style with her actions, not just her words. Learn more about State National at: www.statenational.com. Learn more about Markel Group at: www.mklgroup.com.بقلم Markel Group
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Dave Washburn won a Markel Style Award in 2023. This is the story of his impact on Markel, and the role he played in one of most exciting claims stories ever told. Learn more about Markel at: www.markel.com. Learn more about Markel Group at: www.mklgroup.com.بقلم Markel Group
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Endurance is the mental and physical stamina that is measured by your ability to withstand pain, fatigue, stress, and hardship. For example, enduring pain during a conditioning march in order to improve stamina is crucial in the development of leadership. Develop your endurance by engaging in physical training that will strengthen your body. Finish…
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Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. The motto of our Corps is Semper Fidelis!, (Always Faithful). You owe unwavering loyalty up and down the chain of command, to seniors, subordinates, and peers. To improve your loyalty you should show your loyalty by never discussing the prob…
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Knowledge is the understanding of a science or art. Knowledge means that you have acquired information and that you understand people. Your knowledge should be broad, and in addition to knowing your job, you should know your unit's policies and keep up with current events. Increase your knowledge by remaining alert. Listen, observe, and find out ab…
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Courage is what allows you to remain calm while recognizing fear. Moral courage means having the inner strength to stand up for what is right and to accept blame when something is your fault. Physical courage means that you can continue to function effectively when there is physical danger present. You can begin to control fear by practicing self-d…
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Unselfishness means that you avoid making yourself comfortable at the expense of others. Be considerate of others. Give credit to those who deserve it. Avoid using your position or rank for personal gain, safety, or pleasure at the expense of others. Be considerate of others. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul…
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Bearing is the way you conduct and carry yourself. Your manner should reflect alertness, competence, confidence, and control. To develop bearing, you should hold yourself to the highest standards of personal conduct. Never be content with meeting only the minimum requirements. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-pau…
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Enthusiasm is defined as a sincere interest and exuberance in the performance of your duties. If you are enthusiastic, you are optimistic, cheerful, and willing to accept the challenges. Understanding and belief in your mission will add to your enthusiasm for your job. Try to understand why even uninteresting jobs must be done. Support this podcast…
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Integrity means that you are honest and truthful in what you say or do. You put honesty, sense of duty, and sound moral principles above all else. Be absolutely honest and truthful at all times. Stand up for what you believe to be right. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul-g-markel/donations Advertising Inquiri…
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Tact means that you can deal with people in a manner that will maintain good relations and avoid problems. It means that you are polite, calm, and firm. Begin to develop your tact by trying to be courteous and cheerful at all times. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-pa…
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Decisiveness means that you are able to make good decisions without delay. Get all the facts and weigh them against each other. By acting calmly and quickly, you should arrive at a sound decision. You announce your decisions in a clear, firm, professional manner. Practice being positive in your actions instead of acting half-heartedly or changing y…
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Initiative is taking action even though you haven't been given orders. It means meeting new and unexpected situations with prompt action. It includes using resourcefulness to get something done without the normal material or methods being available to you. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul-g-markel/donations …
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Dependability means that you can be relied upon to perform your duties properly. It means that you can be trusted to complete a job. It is the willing and voluntary support of the policies and orders of the chain of command. Dependability also means consistently putting forth your best effort in an attempt to achieve the highest standards of perfor…
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Judgment is your ability to think about things clearly, calmly, and in an orderly fashion so that you can make good decisions. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul-g-markel/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircle.com/privacy…
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Justice is defined as the practice of being fair and consistent. A just person gives consideration to each side of a situation and bases rewards or punishments on merit. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul-g-markel/donations Advertising Inquiries: https://redcircle.com/brands Privacy & Opt-Out: https://redcircl…
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John Witt won a Markel Style Award in 2023. This is the story of how he ended up at Lansing Building Products, and what he has done there in the 38 years since. Learn more about Lansing Building Products at: www.lansingbp.com. Learn more about Markel Group at: www.mklgroup.com.بقلم Markel Group
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Dr. Jim Mumper won a Markel Style Award in 2023. He co-founded PartnerMD 20 years ago because he believed that the best way to shape long-term health outcomes is to build long-term relationships with patients. He was right, and this is his story. Learn more about PartnerMD at: www.partnermd.com. Learn more about Markel Group at: www.mklgroup.com.…
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Katie Rubino won a Markel Style Award in 2023. She joined Markel as a receptionist 15 years ago, and now leads a team of underwriting assistants for the company's global reinsurance division. In this episode, you'll learn more about Katie, hear the history of Markel, listen to a special message from Redman, and more. Learn more about Markel at: www…
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Alex Green won a Markel Style Award in 2023. He first walked in the doors of Ellicott Dredges in 1977, and he has held every job on the shop floor in the 46 years since. Alex has been a transformative force for Ellicott Dredges and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work with him. Video for this episode available at: https://youtu.be/mQlmDq…
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During a recent conversation, a person that I know was telling me about an issue that they were having. When I offered what I thought was a solution, they rejected it out of hand. That got me thinking. Are we being intellectually honest with ourselves? Do we want solutions or do we instead embrace the problem because accepting the problem is easier…
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While watching an old interview with Eddie Van Halen, it was filmed in the late 90’s, Eddie made a statement about why he played the guitar the way he did. Though he only devoted a few sentences to the subject, what I heard seemed tremendously profound. We’re going to discuss and consider what Eddie meant when he said he didn’t know what not to do.…
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We examine the parable of the monk and the mountain. What lessons can be learned from this short tale? Professor Paul will discuss the modern lie of “fairness”. What is “fair”? Perhaps, "fair" is a place you go to eat cotton candy and ride the Ferris wheel. Support this podcast at — https://redcircle.com/morning-mindset-with-paul-g-markel/donations…
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I was reading a story about Jose Feliciano (Feliz Navidad) and how when he decided to learn to play the guitar he would practice all day long, sometimes for 12 to 14 hours. Friends of Jimi Hendrix have reported that Jimi used to take his guitar with him wherever he went. Anytime he had a spare moment, Hendrix was plucking his axe. If 10,000 hours i…
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What life lessons can we take from the simple act of fishing, casting a line into the water? What lessons can we instill in our children and why is a valuable investment in time to take your kids fishing? Professor Paul offers some advice from the trout stream. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! [INTRO]…
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Pandering, telling people whatever it is they want to hear, is a short-term strategy and a shortsighted undertaking. If that is the case, why do so many people, groups or organizations do it? Why is pandering still prevalent? On whom does pandering work? Most importantly, can you be an effective, successful business without pandering? Do you need t…
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Blessings come in both large and small packages. Often we get so wrapped up in our day to day living that we may either take blessings for granted or fail to recognize them altogether. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Ama…
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Sometimes we need to do that which we do not want to do in order to grow. Paul does not like to do barbell rows. However, it is part of the training program. Once more, trust your coach and make yourself do what you “hate”. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with…
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Are you reaching your goals or do you find that you are coming up short? If you are missing your goals, you might consider whether or not something is missing in your program. We consider lessons from strength training and from business. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit a…
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Paul received a question; “How do you find things to write about?” There are many ways to stoke creative fire. However, all good creative writers share one thing in common; they are able to minimize distractions and observe the world. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and …
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Do you have “writer’s block” or are you just not inspired to sit down and write? During this episode, Paul will share a couple of methods that he uses when he is not feeling motivated or inspired to write. Maybe these tricks can help you. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit …
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More lessons from the garden. Sometimes you need to plant the seeds and have faith and patience. You might be surprised. Paul has a garden report for you. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, Unite…
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Can growth occur without discomfort? Childhood is tough but constant growth is happening. Neither muscles nor intellect can grow without discomfort and stress. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, …
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Finding a mentor or multiple mentors throughout your life requires a deliberate effort. Teachers and mentors are not going to come find you. You need to put yourself in a position where they have access to you. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a profession…
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First, share your favorites episode of Morning Mindset on your social media story. How does the term cognitive dissonance fit in our modern world? What happens when people refuse to recognize this situation and make a change? Also, Paul is going to take a summer vacation. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandi…
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Recently, my wife and I went to our local greenhouse to purchase some starter plants to make up for some of the seeds that never took root. I was feeling pretty good about our garden until I walked into the greenhouse. Then I reminded myself that I am a novice, an amateur, and they are professionals. If you like the show, please check out our Offic…
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Fear is a natural human response to danger. Being afraid is not a sin, but neither should it become a lifestyle. What we are witnessing, through our virtue-signaling world, is fear being mistaken for virtue. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional …
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The shortest road to madness and depression is the attempt to please everyone, all the time. Despite the fact that we all “know” that we cannot please everyone, how many of us are still frustrated by that attempt? If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a profess…
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“The Office” is one of the most successful television shows of our generation and is beloved by millions. However, The Office was almost canceled after the first season. It was not perfect and many studio execs wanted to drop the show. However, one man had faith in it, even though it was not perfect. Kevin Reilly, the head of NBC, had faith in the …
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We all like to look back at old photos. Sometimes when we look at those pictures we say “What was I thinking?”. Do not let yesterday’s behavior cloud or take away from today’s successes. The old way was not wrong if it was the best way for the time, today’s successes are built on yesterday’s behaviors. If you like the show, please check out our Off…
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How did, arguably the greatest leader and President in the history of the United States, begin his military career? What lessons can be taken from the story of George Washington and Ft. Necessity? If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & …
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An answer is not invalid just because it was not the one for which you were looking. We have questions in our lives and we all encounter problems. Sometimes we need to accept an answer or a solution even if it is not what we expected it to be. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical…
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Sometimes we lose the trail or find ourselves off of the path on which we wanted to be. Today Paul talks about ways to find the trail or get back on the path to success. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best sellin…
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Paul has some advice for disappointed High School Seniors who are moving on with their lives minus the graduation ceremony. Ceremonies are nice, but are they truly what is important in the grand scheme of life? If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a profession…
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Today’s topic came from a recent discussion by Paul’s strength coach, Matt Reynolds. Every person is going to have to face unforeseen challenges in their life. How can we prepare ourselves to weather the storm and ride out the tough time? Make some deposits in your emotional 401K on a regular basis. If you like the show, please check out our Offici…
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People love to throw around the advice, “believe in yourself”. But, how? How can you learn to truly believe in yourself? Genuine self-esteem does not come from a poster or from getting a participation ribbon or trophy. Paul will offer one way to truly start to believe in yourself. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset …
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Most professionals, at some point in time, will have to engage in the creative writing process. One of the greatest roadblocks to creative writing is distraction. Today, Paul will talk about how he minimizes distractions in order to accomplish his writing chores. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A dai…
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What does it take to have and epiphany, a breakthrough moment? Can you plan or arrange this “Aha” moment? Obviously you cannot. However, there are things you can do to help prepare the way for the breakthrough realization. If you like the show, please check out our Official Morning Mindset Merchandise! A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with …
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