Season 1, Episode #2 – Mental Case

October 14, 2020

What happens after you fail? Today we take a look at examples in American History of some big failures, that turned out to become big winners! How did they do it? They understood the battle is in the mind. Proper focus, determination and imagination! . . . The beauty of our great American outdoors, from sea to sea should be explored! Recharge your spirit and get inspired!

Explore America!

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The Pioneer-Mindset Part 2

10-28-2020

Pioneers faced the unknown and overcame huge challenges! When we try to put ourselves in their shoes and understand what they must have been thinking in order to succeed, we could solve our own huge challenge, but it takes a little imagination.

For example, President Washington and President Lincoln faced the ultimate wars, with battles of an unknown outcome for an entire nation. Death and bloodshed was all around them. They had to stay focused, for them it was the ultimate mental challenge. For Washington it was all about creating a free nation under God and for Lincoln, it was keeping the free nation under God in one piece and not divided.

In American business, we have examples of this mental challenge on a different battlefield. Isn’t so much of our lives all about mental focus? Haven’t you had a big fat problem that wouldn’t go away, until you…

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Season 1, Episode #1 Helping Mangos, Pioneers . . . Imagine!

October 1, 2020

Pain has been inflicted upon us, very few have escaped. Fortunately, we don’t have to endure this pain for long. How did American pioneers handle tremendous pain? How did they prevail? We know the outcome, but can you imagine what they must have been thinking? Today we explore these questions and the three areas in history that could help you spark your imagination and unlock the answer to your challenge today. Don’t forget to explore America!

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Season 1, Episode #6 – “It’s You”

December 15, 2020

You and I have heard the phrase, “If you don’t learn from history, you are doomed to repeat it.” Today we explore just how to learn from history and this isn’t just any old history lesson, this is a very special show, it’s all about YOU and your history!

We will remind you of the past events that helped shape your life and take a look at those events through a different lens. You may even learn something new, about an old event that made an impact in your life. Perhaps you’ll be able to solve a challenge, that has bothered you for years.

Explore America!

You can subscribe to our podcast and watch the film and book trailers at historymeansbusiness.com, rodlancemorton.com and vimeo.com

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AMERICAN STORIES Part 2

12-15-2020

As you and I know, social mores and technology changes. It’s important to look back and see where we came from and how we arrived today.

To actually touch more than a painting, photograph or pages in a book. Statues are a way to help us connect with the pioneers that paved the way, on a different level. We don’t dwell on the past, we learn from it and move forward.

I would not like the story of my life, if one were to ever write such a story, to focus on my shortcomings and failures and completely dismiss all the things I got right. Would you?

We try to get it right the next time and learn from our mistakes. That’s what we as Americans do today and what we have done in the past.

So let’s think for a moment, why is America great? I understand, the list is long. As you think about your reasons, remember we are a unique Republic governed by the people that you and I appoint. We the people have the power. We have our say, our voice via the men and women we elect, as you know of course.

Our Founding Fathers were inspired by the great minds in history, as they themselves were in this elite class. Cicero’s writings, 2000 years ago, inspired them, as they were laying the foundation. Freedom, they understood, was at the center of this foundation.

Cultural change can take time. The idea of liberty, “freedom” for all was merely a dream for generations and generations.

Slavery for example, dates back to before recorded history. In 17th century Britain, it was big business and part of civilized culture around the world. African leaders and traders rounded up their fellow man and sold them across the globe. Slavery would end in Great Britain during the 1830’s and in America, obviously in the 1860’s.

America battled for freedom, we wrote our Declaration of Independence from a foreign power. The Civil War was all about freedom and unity. The definition of this freedom depended on dividing factors. In the end, freedom from slavery and freedom for all Americans under one nation prevailed.

We now have a divide among us that has been brewing for years. Just as it did in the 18th and 19th centuries.

I’m sure you love America as much as I do, because we know and understand her history. We know who we are today and look forward to an even better tomorrow. Because of our history, and the sacrifices that have been made, we have that freedom.

Remember, camping in an RV or tent is a great way to explore America! If camping isn’t your cup of tea, the hotel business is ready to receive you with open arms.

Explore America!

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Season 1, Episode #5 – Pages and Pioneers

December 01, 2020

Do you love what you do for a living? We obviously spend most of our lives “on the job.” Today’s podcast investigates how history, i.e. American Pioneers could help you and I with some of our biggest career challenges. Pioneers paved the way for all of us, in every kind of industry, why not tap into their way of thinking! We drill down and focus on what it means to learn from those who have been there and done that and just how and why it means business to you and me.

Explore America!

American Stories

12-01-2020

So much of what we cover is simply a reminder, a way to jog your memory and encourage you to take action and understand you are not alone.

You know darn well that History Means Business® to you on many levels. We’ve already explored the wilderness and cultural activities, why not seek out the statues that were dedicated and erected, along the way? Why were they important to the towns, cities, regions and our nation? Check them out as you continue to explore. The rest of us can dream of past journeys and plan our next destination.

We’ve already explored some of the American pioneers that helped pave the way for this great nation. History Means Business® when we have the pioneer-mindset, (worth repeating). Like any mindset, it takes time to form a habit in order to get to that point, it takes vigilance to maintain. Fortunately, we have plenty of American pioneers, past and present, for inspiration. You are at the very top of this list! Remember to focus on your past experiences and tap into others that can really inspire you and help you grow! No matter how young or how old you are, you and I can always grow.

We can always gain a new perspective, as you know, when we look at a situation from a different lens. The American story obviously includes you and it includes me. It includes all of us as Americans, past and present. Some of us are just a number, a statistic included in everything that makes up our lives and those that came before us. At least on paper. I would assume want more, I know I do for sure.

I am not expressing or even eluding to you that I have the answers for you. That’s not at all what I’m stating. You and I decide what we focus on and how each of us see circumstances from the past in similar ways to what is going on and has happened in the world you live in, it’s unique to you and to me. Pain however, winning and losing isn’t unique to you, nor to me, is it?

Let’s take a look at what has happened this year in parts of America and, in some cases, still happening. American history has been under attack. Statues and monuments damaged, destroyed or taken down in far too many cities across this country. People can try as they want, but they cannot destroy our history. It is a part of you and me, we will carry it forward into the Ages. It belongs to all Americans, we experienced it through the veins of our ancestors. The wisdom of our fellow Americans, can never be underestimated. We will never let the misinformed, violent or otherwise tear down and destroy the very people that helped build us up in the 1st place.

The statues and monuments being destroyed or those they desire destroyed are often symbols of our great nation at various stages in our history. It shows our growth, our changes for good and a better way along the way. Like slavery, it’s a snapshot of the men and women i.e., the pioneers, that paved the way for change. It is a window into the past of our social mores and values.

Until photography was invented in the 1840’s we only had statues, monuments and paintings to commemorate our heroes . Mathew Brady captured the images of a nation torn apart, brother against brother, tremendous pain to move America forward in a unified, right direction.

Statues and monuments continue to be a fitting way to honor those American icons that mean so much to the people that honored them, in that snapshot of American History.

As we look at a statue of Washington, Lincoln or perhaps Fredrick Douglas, the meaning we attach to such a dedication is limited to our own understanding of the person whose image we stand before. It has little context to the one with little understanding of why the men and women at that time, voted and sacrificed time and money to detail the creation of such a gift to future generations. In an instant, some inane decision by those lacking wisdom and void of reason and judgement with a foolish ideology destroy what had been intended for the Ages. Contemplate this as you continue your journey.

Explore America!

You can subscribe to our podcast and watch our film and book trailers at historymeansbusiness.com, rodlancemorton.com and vimeo.com

Copyright© 2020 Morton Imagine Company

The Pioneer-Mindset Part 3

11-14-2020

What’s causing you so much pain right now? What’s your challenge? You can turn to many books, programs, and gurus for possible solutions. We all have plenty of options and you’re capable, I understand. What I’m attempting to address here is one way, not the only way.

History does repeat itself. This is something we all understand and it’s right under our nose. Perspective and perseverance is hard to beat. American pioneers come in all shapes and sizes, not just found on the pages of history. They found a way, we know the outcome. Perhaps they can help you right now?

We often think of the American pioneers along with the Pilgrims that landed in Jamestown, Virginia in 1607 and Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620, when we hear the word pioneer. Think about this, our very first English settlement, Jamestown was established by entrepreneurs, seeking to create wealth and prosperity. Plymouth is a symbol of the Pilgrims quest for religious freedom. Both of these goals, we take for granted today.

They had no idea what they would face. They knew it would be a challenge, but just how harsh, they could not have known. Death and extreme hardship was all around them, they forged ahead and adapted as best they could. Captain John Smith and William Bradford left their fingerprints on the pages of history.

Pedro Menendez de Aviles however, beat them all to the New World and established America’s 1st permanent settlement, St Augustine in 1565. He claimed it for Spain. Now, did the pioneers and Pilgrims from 1565, 1607 and 1620 have the luxury of knowing their outcome? The pain and challenges they faced had to be met with how well prepared they were, physically and most importantly mentally. The same holds true today for you and for me.

Let’s take a look at an unusual pioneer, if there is such a thing. He is someone you probably don’t think of as a pioneer. He is not only in the news, he is the majority of the news today. He falls into two of the three areas of history we covered in the HMB Mango story. He can be found on the pages of history and as a senior, he’s part of “living” oral history. He’s the oldest person elected president at age 70, the 1st billionaire, non politician/military leader elected president in American history. The brash NYC real estate developer and hotel magnet has an empire spanning from New York around the globe. Obviously we are talking about Donald J. Trump. This is not a political angle, I must disclose this in today’s environment. For example, in our documentary film we explore JFK, Trump and Truman.

Remember, in the early 1990’s Donald Trump was over 900 million dollars in debt and sinking fast. He had to find a way or he was going to lose everything (Remember John DeLorean and many others lost it all). He told his wife at the time, Marla Maples, you see that homeless man over there? He is worth more than me. So, he negotiated with his creditors, made a deal, adjusted his business plan, changed his focus and within a few years was worth billions more than ever before and would go on to become the most powerful man in the world. Like him or not, this man knows who he is, has the kind of mental focus and work ethic we all could aspire to achieve.

The pioneer-mindset is how History Means Business®! It’s how you and I can solve huge, painful challenges, with a little imagination.

No matter how old you are, right now today no matter what your pain and challenge is, can you think of a way your most admired pioneer, past or present, might inspire you?

Remember, focus is critical. Focus on how they must have been thinking. What was driving him or her?

Explore America!

You can subscribe to our podcast and watch our film and book trailers at historymeansbusiness.com, rodlancemorton.com and vimeo.com

Copyright© 2020 Morton Imagine Company

Season 1, Episode #4 – “Living” History

November 14, 2020

Imagine looking forward to your Golden Years! Imagine making a greater impact on the world around you, after retirement. Imagine helping others, while helping yourself. Could you use the help of a mentor, right now? Join us on today’s podcast as we explore the benefits of aging and perhaps even help spark your imagination.

Explore America!

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The Pioneer-Mindset Part 2

10-28-2020

Pioneers faced the unknown and overcame huge challenges! When we try to put ourselves in their shoes and understand what they must have been thinking in order to succeed, we could solve our own huge challenge, but it takes a little imagination.

For example, President Washington and President Lincoln faced the ultimate wars, with battles of an unknown outcome for an entire nation. Death and bloodshed was all around them. They had to stay focused, for them it was the ultimate mental challenge. For Washington it was all about creating a free nation under God and for Lincoln, it was keeping the free nation under God in one piece and not divided.

In American business, we have examples of this mental challenge on a different battlefield. Isn’t so much of our lives all about mental focus? Haven’t you had a big fat problem that wouldn’t go away, until you changed how you looked at it?

In business, this is so true! You may not have heard of Henry Flagler, however most Floridians know the name. He is known as the Father of Miami, Palm Beach and St Augustine. He built his Florida East Coast Railway from St Augustine all the way down to Key West. Beginning in 1880, he built the Ponce De Leon Hotel in St Augustine and other spectacular hotels in Palm Beach and Miami.

He was an invaluable partner with John D Rockefeller at Standard Oil, he was wealthy, driven and very intelligent. He was a visionary, yet he knew pain too! Failure wasn’t foreign to him. As President Lincoln was communicating with his Generals during the Civil War, Flagler sold his distillery business and started a salt mining company (York), thinking it would be greatly needed for food preservation during the war. Things went well for a while during the war, until demand dropped off and price cutting drove him out of business. He lost everything! So, he dusted himself off, got a job as a grain merchant again and paid off over $100,000 and then would go into business with Rockefeller creating Standard Oil and the rest is history!

Florida is the world’s #1 tourist destination today! One man’s vision, pioneered America’s vacation capital, Henry Flagler.

We will share stories on this blog that could inspire you and spark your imagination. They’ve really inspired me!

As I mentioned earlier, Morton Imagine Company is all about mental focus. We’ve heard this before but it’s so easy to get off track (mental focus). This is why we will explore how American pioneers (including seniors), paved the way for all of us. Looking at history through their lens and imagining solutions for today’s challenges.

Explore America!

You can subscribe to our podcast and watch our film and book trailers at historymeansbusiness.com, rodlancemorton.com and vimeo.com

Copyright© 2020 Morton Imagine Company